(Closed) Venue Help

posted 8 years ago in Long Island, New York
Post # 3
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3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hi!
Have you considered doing it at a restaurant that has outdoor dining for the outdoor ceremony portion?

Unfortunately I don’t really have much in terms of recommendations.

GL!

Post # 4
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21 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Maybe a large cabin somwhere would work – all you’d need is to rent a caterer. Family and friends can rent their own cottage closeby and it can be a special weekend thing.

I wanted a small wedding too and found that all the “wedding venues” required a minimum. My idea was to find a pretty, non-wedding venue and just pay for a caterer. Though in the end, we opted for something private, I found the most romantic places when I looked outside the scope of traditional wedding venues.

Good luck!

Post # 5
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46 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

One venue that may work is the Setauket Neighborhood House, near the Stony Brook LIRR stop.  It’s right across the street from a duck pond and near other green space, so an outdoor wedding could be feasible.  I think the venue itself is $500 to rent and includes tables/chairs.  They only allow beer/wine (no hard liquor) but you can BYO.  I had my bat mitzvah there many moons ago and it’s an affordable space that’s historic.

Post # 6
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216 posts
Helper bee

I am a Long Island bride and I had the same dilemna as you. With under 50 guests, I could not even meet the minimum at most of the smaller places and I was set on a one party at a time, outdoor on-site ceremony, on a Saturday evening in the summer. Sounds impossible right? But I found my perfect venue in the Hudson Valley at a B&B near Poughkeepsie. I got everything I wanted (which would have been impossible on the island) for a pretty decent price. And I am far happier that I looked there rather than settling on a local place where I would not really have the wedding I wanted. You might consider this is you are willing to travel a little bit off the island. You will find much more flexibility, better prices and much more natural beauty.

Since you do have have a 50 guest count and would like a day-time wedding there are a number of halls on the island that would accomodate you. Look into Bridgeview Yacht Club, Sayville Country Club. The Thatched Cottage, Smithtown Landing Country Club and George Washington Manor. All of these places have low minimum for day weddings and outdoor ceremonies. You can also post on liweddings message boards and the girls there can give you lots of ideas.

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