Post # 1
Planning a wedding for about a little over 200 invites. We like Tribeca Rooftop and Brooklyn Botanic Gardens (Palm House) for a Spring wedding. The minimum capacity on a Saturday for Tribeca is 200 and the minimum for Brooklyn is 150. Don’t really know if there will be either 160 to 320 people depending on responses. Which is a better choice? Also, another point, would like the wedding to be personal and not generic.
Post # 3
Are they indoors or have an indoor option? I honestly think it would just depend on “how spring” you’re going for and what the weather is like that time of year.
Post # 4
@Mrs.LemonDrop: My basic issue is that I am not sure if I will have a lot less than 200 people attend, even though I will invite over 200. Tribeca Rooftop requires a minimum guarantee of 200 people and BBG requires a minimum of 150. I would like indoor and outdoor spaces used, but that would depend on the weather at either venue.
Post # 5
I am really partial to the BBG – it’s gorgeous there, I’m actually a member and go there all the time. I’m always so envious of the wedding’s there – totally out of my budget!
These two options are just such different NYC wedding venues. I think it really depends on if you want the true city experience at Tribeca rooftop or if you want the gorgeous urban garden wedding at BBG.
I think that BBG has a good bit of restrictions on what vendors you can use for different things – so long as they are up front about it, it’s fine, but I would just make sure it’s all discussed.
Are most of the guests living in NYC or visiting? Tribeca would be easier for people to get to in general.
Post # 6
@lmoss78: Agreed, they’re so different, it’s not really a pure venue question, but a “what kind of wedding do you want to have” question — and ultimately the OP knows best. All that said, BBG makes me swoon. If we kept the wedding in NY, I’m pretty sure it would have been one of our finalists.
Back to topic, from a guest perspective, Tribeca might be easier w/r/t hotels. BBG gives you more opportunities for something truly unique.
Post # 7
I’m getting married at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden next year! Just so you know, if you plan a daytime wedding, the minimum is only 100 people, and it’s a LOT less expensive. (Of course, that means that the entire reception has to take place inside the Palm House – the outdoor cocktail hour is only for evening weddings. Your ceremony could still be outdoors, though.) I don’t remember what the max capacity is, though i think it might be around 300.
Also, I believe the only restrictions on vendors are for the caterers – Charles Sally Charles are the exclusive caterers for the Palm House. Other than that, they have some suggested vendors but will allow you to bring in whoever you like, as long as they have the proper insurance.
Post # 8
Oh, also, if you’re planning for spring of 2013, you might want to give the BBG a call to plan soon – when we visited in January, they were pretty close to booked for Saturday evening weddings in May and June of 2013. They seemed to have a decent amount of availability for Saturday day weddings, though… but it does seem like they book up fast!