Post # 1
Hi! I hate planning things, so this is a big problem for me. I have to plan a reception. We will get married at City Hall, and there will only be about 20-30 people there. However, I don’t know what to do for afterwards. I wanted a small cozy dinner somewhere, but everything that I find is so expensive. If it were up to me, (i’m a bit of hippie), I would get married in jeans and have a picnic at Prospect Park, Brooklyn afterwards. But, my fiance is not into that at all! He told me he wants to wear a tie! and would like to do something nicer than a picnic after we get married. BUT, we don’t have a lot of money, so I really could use some suggestions…please! Any ideas? for a group of 20-30 people and affordable…everything I find online is either too expensive or, if it is affordable, doesn’t look nice at all!
Post # 3
What is your idea of affordable? What’s your budget?
What about something like your favorite neighborhood restaurant? Perhaps they could give you a limited menu and you could just pay for what people eat?
Post # 4
Rosy has a great idea. I would also suggest that you call around for pricing or even better yet go to each place to talk to someone in person. In this economy people really are willing to work on prices.
I would go with Rosy’s idea of a local favorite w/ a limited menu or serve a few dishes family style. Ask if they’ll let you either bring your own alcohol (if you want to serve it) or just serve beer and wine only.
Have you called Bubby’s? I’ve seen some great smaller weddings around the internet there that looked fantastic. Not sure of the price though.
Post # 5
Definitely try Bubby’s… It’s pretty there too so you can take lots of pics too.
Post # 6
It’s not impossible to make a picnic more formal. Adding a nicer tablecloth and floral centerpieces to picnic tables could do that. You might want to check out the parks’ conservancy organization for options. They might have an indoor site that could give your reception a more formal feel. But I suppose the first thing is really to figure out what formal really means and how much you’re willing to spend for it.
Post # 7
What about having a hors’d and appetizers reception? You could get a back room at a restaurant, but instead of serving full meals, you could just do an hour of appetizers and finger foods. That might help with costs.
Post # 8
Hey there, fellow Brooklynite!
I think knowing your budget would help. There are many small Brooklyn restaurants with backrooms/outdoor spaces that would be great. Do you have a neighborhood in mind? Boerum Hill, Caroll Gardens Park Slope? Also Prospect Park has a beautiful boathouse as well. You may want to check into that. That way you can control catering etc.
Post # 9
Thanks so much for your suggestions!!! I am hoping to spend not more than $50-65 per person, and I have about 30 people in my group (my budget is about 2,000). I am new to the area, just moved here from CT so I don’t have too many favorite restaurants. I didn’t know about Bubby’s. Looks like such a great place! They sent me more pictures through email and it seems like it has a good atmosphere, and good views of the city. Going to check it out this week!
Let me know if you know of any other restaurants like that. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!