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wedding at Grand Prospect Hall

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Has anyone had or been to a wedding at Grand Prospect Hall? I am planning a wedding for late summer, curious to hear any thoughts. Other places we are looking at include the Palm House and River Cafe, so any thoughts on those would be appreciated as well!

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  1. GPH is not the most picturesque location. It's on an ugly street overlooking the Prospect Expressway. The rooms there are opulent, but the place definitely has a wedding factory vibe. Can't vouch for the chow there. River Cafe, on the other hand, is in a class by itself. The location is 5-star and the food has gotten some good reviews. Another location to consider: The Boathouse in Central Park. A beautiful setting, good food too.

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    1. re: joeblab

      Ask them for a complete food tasting and take along a professional "eater" to document the experience.

      1. re: joeblab
        Ledra Horowitz

        Thanks for the tip re wedding hall vibe. Duly noted. I have heard many good things about The Palm House at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Has anyone had or been to a wedding there and would like to share?

        1. re: Ledra Horowitz

          I've been to lots of events at the Palm House over the past 10 years and have been wowed every time except the last (Mid December). It was an hors d'oeuvres only party and the food was OK but not spectacular. But aside from that experience, I thought their caterer was great both in terms of food and service. And the setting is spectacular. If you are willing to pay the big bucks (a lot more than GPH I assume), it's certainly worth it. The River Café is wonderful but I doubt if it can handle as many people as the Palm House or GPH. Another wonderful setting in that area is the Picnic House in Prospect Park. You supply your own caterer. Price wise, it is probably a bargain and if the wedding is in the warmer months you can have the ceremony outdoors in the park.

          By the way, GPH is a trip. If you guests are into retro or have a sense of humor, they may love it. It can be lots of fun, but as others have said, it is a mill and not a class act.

          1. re: Ledra Horowitz

            Palm House is a gorgeous setting for a wedding. The food the two times I've been there has been mixed. Some things were very good, some not to my taste at all. I priced it for my wedding 2 years ago and it was way out of our budget range.

            I haven't seen a commercial for Grand Prospect Hall in ages, but they always cracked me up. Definitely a wedding factory vibe.

            1. re: Ledra Horowitz

              I had my wedding there. I chose it over the New York Botanical because I think Abigail Kirsch food is way over-hyped and because, as far as weddings go, the place is much more beautiful. (I.e., all glass conservatory as opposed to swags, chandeliers and murals on the walls and plstic garden chairs at the ceremony.)

              The food was excellent, the service was excellent and the place was beautiful. Everything was perfect. Guests are still talking about it and rave about the inidividualized attention they received from the service.

          2. Grand Prospect hall is excellent. Not at all a "factory." More like a working-class banquet hall, with over-the-top everything. Bring irony, and it'll be a great party.

            1. Just attended a wedding there last night and it was not a good situation. Would not recommend.
              1) There was no air conditioning until about 3 hours later and many complaints from the guests and workers (the staff was visibly sweating as obviously were the guests)---at the end of the evening, we were told that one of the compressors had not been turned on that was why it was so hot, which is something that I think should have been checked before any guests arrived
              2) Food was not good; if it were not for the fact that I was starving, I would have passed on the dinner (i could eat about 1/4 of it)

              There are far better venues for weddings in Brooklyn, especially places where your business would be appreciated

              1. Although not a wedding, we had our holiday party (for about 35--400 guests) at GPH.
                It was a nightmare from start to finish. When we arrived at 7:30pm, the parking Valets refused to park anymore "Big cars" b/c there was no more room.(We were in a Lexus sedan) We had to find parking and walk in a not so great at night, area.Then there were the non working restrooms on the second floor,(Not broken: Under planned renovation) necessitating a trip and a l-o-n-g wait at the restrooms on the Lobby level. The event was clearly understaffed. First they ran out of plates and silverware, Then, worst of all, they ran out of food! By the time they called some of the tables to go to the buffet, there was no more hot food, only salads. Only after people started to complain about empty buffet platters did mgmt finally begin to attempt to address the situation. Even then they brought out deli sandwich platters and bowls of potato, coleslaw and macaroni salads!. They literally had no more prepared hot food! It was so ridiculous we were actually laughing at the absurdity. I have to say, had it been something more personal than an office party, we would not have been laughing at all

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                1. re: Tay

                  I'm sorry to hear that you had to go through that Tay. However, I think that Grand Prospect Hall is a great venue. I've been to a few events there and enjoyed all of them. Most notably, my best friend just had a wedding there. The service was very courteous and professional and the food was very tasty. As a guest I definitely didn't have to worry about all the details that go into planning an event but I think that the banquet coordinators at Grand Prospect Hall handled all of my friends requests with care and professionalism.

                2. I just have to say that the grand prospect hall tv commercial is the greatest 30 seconds ever caught on film. my prediction is in 20 years that commercial will be a cult classic.

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                  1. re: montoya040

                    there's one of similar greatness that I grew up with in NJ for this place:


                  2. Also you should check out The Knot and find out from other brides that have had their wedding there. They will give you any and every kind of feedback available.


                    1. As someone who lives close by, I would recommend not even stepping foot inside GPH. Tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky

                      And who wants to be ironic on their wedding day?

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                      1. re: secondbecky

                        love love love their commercial :) it seems like a great place to get married and as someone who also lives in the neighborhood (and wants to get married in Brooklyn) i would never tell people not to step a foot inside, after all not everyone has the same taste. I went on their website and it looks like they have more than one room. I'm planning to get married there. As far as recommending it, go there, check it out for yourself and form your own opinions and don't rely on others to tell you whether to book your wedding there or not.

                        1. re: SpiritofTheSea

                          " I would never tell people not to step a foot inside, after all not everyone has the same taste."
                          The OP asked about our experiences there and I just related mine. (See my posting of 7/08) While I'm happy that some others had better ones, as you can see, mine was way beyond bad, I agree that forming one's own opinion is the way to go but part of that process should be knowing the experiences of other people.

                          1. re: Tay

                            I absolutely understand where you are coming from. You, unlike the person I replied to shared your personal experience and as you have said it was awful. I'm sure if I had a bad experience at a certain place I would also be very unhappy. I also agree that part of the decision making process is research but I personally, think that if a person has never been to a place they can't call it tacky or ironic (especially if they are a Brooklynite-we have to support our neighborhood businesses in this economy) I know that I will have my wedding here and thanks to your post I will definitely make sure to arrange a food tasting before the actual event.

                            1. re: SpiritofTheSea

                              I got married there and had a wonderful time. Yes, the place is a little cheesey, but in a fun way. The food was quite good, but that was six years ago so I can't really say if it still is. Overall I loved it as did most if not all of our guests. I still have people telling me it was the best wedding they've ever been to.

                              1. re: SpiritofTheSea

                                Yes, if you care about the food a tasting is so important. When we were looking for venues one place we went to when we asked for a tasting we where told that we were welcome to eat at the restaurant, entirely different menu from the banquet menu. When we asked about the cake we were told that we would taste it on our wedding day

                                On the other hand the place we had it at we went to interview them while another event was going on and they kept bringing samples of the passed hour d'ouvres to us and the dinner items they served for banquets was then same as was on the menu. So if you care about the food, taste it. One thing we did find was that plated and served food was cheaper and better than a buffet

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                                Also curious to note that some of the people defending it are posting for their first and only time...a little curious.

                                1. re: jdf

                                  "Also curious to note that some of the people defending it are posting for their first and only time...a little curious"
                                  I honeestly don't know who is or isn't being genuine. I'm okay with anyone who relates their own experience as long as it's truthful. I think more than the unfortunate food shortage experience, I was dismayed by the uncaring attitude of the mgmt. We had several hundred people attending our event and paid many thousands of dollars and were looking forward to a wonderful evening. It was really a shame the experience was so unfortunate. I can only hope it was the exception not the rule. Needless to say our next event was held elsewhere (The Marriott) and it was fine. :-}

                          2. I went to a wedding here two summers ago and wasn't that impressed. The food was fine, standard wedding food, but there wasn't enough of it, and beyond that, the owner was shockingly rude to some of the guests!

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                            1. re: Semele

                              I actually did post for the first time and am planning to post some more reviews soon :) I was looking for reviews about Grand Prospect Hall-because (as I've said above) I am planning to get married there. And if someone felt that I was defending the hall-that isn't quite the case. Somehow, I felt insulted when others called the place (that I am planning to get married at) tacky. I took a lot of things into consideration before posting -that's why I plan to write a lengthy review once I have had my food tasting. Who knows, it might be awful-and the next review will say that I hated it. For now, I like the place. I thinks it's beautiful and the fact that it's a Brooklyn landmark doesn't hurt either.

                              1. re: SpiritofTheSea

                                You don't mention a budget at all. I certainly am sure that there is a big price difference between Grand Prospect Hall and the River Cafe . I have eaten at the River Cafe many times. The Prixe Fixe is around 100 now and of course adding tax and liquor it can run about 170 a person. I can only assume a wedding runs around 250 to 300 a person. What is your budget.

                                1. re: SpiritofTheSea

                                  I agree with you..the gph is a great place to have an elegant "royal" feeling wedding...i had my wedding there in 2008 and my guests are still saying how great it was and they had to drive like three hours to get there!

                              2. I wanted to get married there, but my husbands first choice was the Picnic House and it was available.... Good luck!
                                PS. I have only heard good things about it.

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                                1. re: roux42

                                  The best practice would be to arrange a tasting during an actual wedding there. It is easy to cook for 2 people, but it won't reflect the same quality that the kitchen is putting out during a 1 or 2 hundred person event.