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Jan 19, 2007 12:15 AM

Wedding Suggestions

So we're trying to get married in August and we're thinking about doing it at a resturant. We have the following criteria:

1) About $125-150/person including alcohol.
2) Able to accomodate 90-100 people or so; and
3) A separate room or alcove where we could hold the ceremony if possible.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

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  1. It probably won't help you, but if you are thinking of a smaller guest list - 75/80 tops, you can rent out Il Buco. We did this a few months ago and the space and food were amazing!

    1. I know a married couple that celebrated in Becco and it was a huge success.

      1. i got married at Battery Gardens in October. The food was great and they can accomodate both ceremony and reception.

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        1. re: downtownstefanie

          I am getting married at Battery Gardens in May. ANy tips or hints i should know? How many people did you have? Can I pick your brain on layout and event flow?

          1. re: slesin

            How was your wedding at Battery Gardens in May? I am thinking of getting married there this May and would love to know about your experience.

            1. re: dogooder

              I am getting married there in Sept 09. Anyone have any hints and tips for me?

          1. re: cheesypoof

            I went to a party at Trattoria Dopo Teatro and found both the food and service very unimpressive.

            1. re: Pan

              I agree with your assessment of Dopo Teatro.

              I'd suggest you check out NISH, on East 58th (just east of First Ave). It used to be March. Nish and Scalise have reorganized, reduced the price, and made the space more casual, but it's still the same romantic space and the same great food by Wayne Nish.... I think a wedding there would be divine!

          2. I went through this same research a couple months ago (getting married March 31!). We got really stressed out working with traditional wedding venues and so we decided that we would just have it at a restaurant. Well, we ended up coming full circle, since restaurant prices are incredibly inflated when 1) you have to rent out the whole place and 2) they hear it's a wedding.

            We ended up choosing Alger House, a charming little carriage house in the west village that does their own catering. I think we're paying around $150 pp total (tax & gratuity included) for 5 hours: open bar, passed hors d'oeuvres, hot food stations along with set up for the ceremony. After working out prices with restaurants, asking them to set up for a ceremony was kind of a big deal... along with the fact that they just don't do that kind of thing every day. Alger House fits around 90 for a seated dinner, and 125 for a cockail reception with ~2/3 seating (which is what we chose in order to fit more ppl). Alger House has wedding coordinators that work with you to plan your day, and will be there for your event. And their food is really great, too. The total cost is less than all the other "wedding" venues, restaurants, and lofts + caterers that we considered.

            As for restaurants, I also read good things about Candela and Moran's. We also considered Alta... they give you the entire restaurant, open bar, and help coordinating everything for $20,000 plus tax and gratuities. I think they fit 150+ and the space is very cozy.

            Since you're having it in August, maybe you'll be able to find a place with a couryard for your ceremony.

            Best of luck, and congrats!!!

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            1. re: erin07nyc

              I am trying to plan a wedding for Jan/Feb 2008 and am completely STRESSED out with trying to find a venue that will accomodate our tight budget ($15-20K). From everything you've said, I think I'll check out Alger House. But, does Alger House provide for the tables, chairs, lighting, ceremony set-up? Did it cost extra? Or is that all included in the $150pp. Would it have cost more for a sit down dinner?