NYC wedding on a tight budget???
My fiance and I are trying to plan a wedding in Manhattan in Jan or Feb 2008. We have a very limited budget ($15-20K) with a guest list of about 100. Is this possible? Am I being delusional? I had dreams of having in a loft space, but I realize that won't be possible on my budget. I've heard that restaurants might be a good alternative.......any suggestions?
Congratulations! NY Magazine did some neat articles on city weddings on a budget in one of their wedding issues. One of them is here:
If you search the rest of the site for "wedding budget" other articles will come up as well. I found their suggestions much more helpful than the usual magazines / books when planning my wedding.
You might try the Metropolitan Building in Long Island City. It's not Manhattan, but it's close, and it's definitely your dream loft space (or at least was ours)--a whole floor in an old warehouse. It's furnished, too (with lots of chaises and giant mirrors & etc.) , so you don't need to spend on decor unless you want to. If you go with the in-house caterer, I think it can be pretty reasonable. The rent for the space alone is $6000 (or was last year).
Hi there & congratulations! Your budget will be fine...
Check out Alger House on Downing St in the west village. We're having 100 people there (they hold 125 for a cocktail party; ~85 for a seated dinner), and their prices are VERY reasonable. It's a very cute and unique carriage house with plenty of original charm, and a big party space (2500 sf). It's not lofty, however, as there's not a of windows; but the ceiling is high and there's a really neat staircase w/ an extra room upstairs. Our total cost for the location and catering is going to be around ~$15,000 ($100 pp buffet dinner plus tax and gratuity). My prices are for a saturday night, so you could save more with a Friday or Sunday event, or having a cocktail party rather than a dinner. They also set up for a ceremony for no extra fee. I'm convinced they will do a great job, and we did also look into restaurants. We went to a tasting, and the food really was delicious... we tried the fillet mignon and chilean seabass. The side dishes and hors d'oeuvres were very creative and tasty.
www.algerhouse.com The pics don't do it justice, but you'll get the idea.
We did a lot of research, considered piecing together a loft rental with a caterer; booking out a restaurant... everything else we considered were going to be $20+ tax & gratuity.
Best of luck to you, and pls let me know if you need other recommendations. I'm using great "freelance" flower and cake people at very good prices.
I recently looked at the Alger House and need to make a decision whether or not to go with them... For NYC they're very reasonable, but still a bit more than I wnated to spend overall... It is a gorgeous space, and it pains me to have to start looking all over again..
Would you mind sharing who your 'freelance' vendors are? Also: out of curiosity, what are you doing with music??
I got married in NYC many, many years ago, but our strategy was to find a restaurant that didnt' normally open for brunch on Sunday and do the wedding and reception all before the dinner service. The restaurant (Hisae on West 72nd) was very, very accommodating, the place held the 90 people comfortably, the food was delicious and we didn't have to spend our future children's college fund.