Post # 1
My SO and I just decided to get married in October, and we want to have a small wedding with around 40 guests. Unfortunately, we are only starting to plan it now, and we could use some help.
Most of the venues we have seen in New York are for 100 people and more. Do you have any suggestions on venues for about half the size?
Post # 2
check out restaurants! i seriously looked at aurora and palo santo in brooklyn. there are a few fancy ones in the meatpacking district too that i think only require 50 people for a minimum, so you should look into those as well. i checked these out by finding $$$-$$$$ on yelp and typing in whatever kind of food, then looked into their websites and then checked them out in person. i ended up falling in love with a catering hall on long island. go figure haha. good luck!
Post # 3
What’s your per person budget?
Many of the hotel venues do smaller weddings in smaller spaces. It won’t be an exclusive venue, but neither is a restaurant. Pricey though on a per person basis. Also the private university clubs will do smaller weddings, again not exclusive, but cheaper than a hotel.
Post # 4
I highly, HIGHLY reccommend Bacchus Bistro on Atlantic Avenue in Dowtown Brooklyn/Boerum Hill. My husband and I had our rehearsal dinner there about a year ago and it was amazing. It’s a French restaurant and they regularly host weddings, rehearsal dinners and other events, and their prix fixe menu was delicious (and they were able to easily accomodate both my vegan mother and my meat-loving friends and family). They have an outdoor space with beautiful lighting, and I believe (but I’m not sure) that they can cover and heat the outdoor space during the winter months so you could still use it. They were also very reasonably priced compared to other NYC restaurants and venues.
(We got married right across the street at Deity, another venue I highly reccommend, though it would prob be a bit late to book there for October of this year).
Post # 5
jamb: We were thinking up to $200 per person. Do you know any specific hotels that have smaller spaces? And what about the university clubs you mention?
Post # 6
lalalydia: Thanks for those options! We will definitely check them
Post # 7
catpeaches: Thank you for the Brooklyn ideas! Do you know the names of any of the meatpacking district ones?
Post # 8
I think the Ace Hotel and the Bowery Hotel have some smaller rooms, but am not sure what their minimums would be.
Post # 9
i think wythe hotel is around $200 pp. it’s in brooklyn. also check out ICI and mymoon restaurant.
as for the meatpacking, sorry i don’t remember at the top of my head. for some reason the brooklyn ones stood out to me more. also i think there’s a city hall boathouse with around those prices too.
Post # 10
Agreed with all of the Brooklyn recs (except i think you mymoon had a buyout min of $200 pp for minimum 100 guests). I once hosted a baby shower at PaloSanto and it was great! Also try frankies 457. I think a room in a restaurant or buyout of a smaller restaurant would work out really well.
Post # 11
runnernyc: for Manhattan (not sure what kind of look you are going for)
below is a link of other places in Manhattan
they are all nice, its just depends on what you are going for.
http://therivercafe.com/weddings-at-the-river-cafe/ (this place is really amazing, you get such a great view of Manhattan. Your wedding pictures would be great. you would have the skyline right in back of you. I don’t know how small of a party they can accomodate, but its worth a shot bc this place is top notch)
Post # 12
runnernyc: Ok, that’s a little low for the hotels. The lowest cost hotels that I remember were at $225-$245 per person pre tax and service. The university clubs, however, are $180-$200 per person, but also pre tax and service…Harvard Club, Yale Club, or alternately New York Athletic Club. You’ll need a member sponsor though. Honestly, at $200 per person all in, I think venues outside of Manhanttan are a better bet.