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msappho Sep 17, 2007 07:03 AM

Hi everyone,

I'm hoping someone can help me here...I've read a few of the posts that are semi-related to this topic and it seemed as though people had some great advice to offer.

I am recently engaged (yay) and need to plan a kosher wedding. I don't have a very large budget I think total including everything (band, flowers, wedding dress, venue, food etc) we can spend about $60,000....which I think is quite a lot of money but by NYC standards I know, is not a lot. I don't need/want to have a crazy extravagent wedding, but my fiance and I do want black tie seated dinner. He and I are foodies and he is wine obsessed so the menu planning will be a headache for sure.

We would like to have the ceremony and reception in the same venue. I was thinking of The Pierre, or The St Regis, or Tribeca Rooftop, Bridgewaters, Boathouse at Central Park, The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers...something along those lines....though I think they may be a bit beyond our price range....does anyone have any experience with those places???

I'm thinking for food and venue we can't really spend more than $40,000.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a kosher wedding in manhattan??? We can't really afford more than $200 per person for food and venue.....

Any help would be so greatly appreciated.

Many many thanks!

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    Levine Jan 8, 2009 09:32 AM

    I too am planning my wedding and my fiance and I are both foodies. We have a similar budget and searched everywhere for a place we liked. We chose Temple Israel and couldn't be more excited. They have an excellent reputation. They do some really creative things with food, so it's not your typical kosher meals. The place itself is stunning too, we can't wait! Mazel Tov and Good luck!

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      mrotmd Dec 15, 2008 01:57 PM

      Temple Israel of Lawrence is serviced by Morell catereres. Excellent all around. My son's wedding was there.
      The Ufruf and Shabbat dinnar by Allan Schonfeld of Prestige Caterers. Their web site lists the places the cater. They were absolutely superb!
      The Marriot Brooklyn bdrifge will do it kosher. I stayed there but the wedding was in lawrence
      Mazal Tov

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        yorklc Dec 15, 2008 10:33 AM

        Hi everyone

        I too am newly engaged and need to plan a kosher (would be better if Glatt) wedding. I live in Manhattan, but prefer the wedding to be in Brooklyn or LI (more centrally located for family and friends). Has anyone heard anything about Manhattan Beach Jewish Center in Brooklyn, price wise, if the food is good? We are looking to spend about $100 a person or less if possible but for the right place can be flexible.

        I am not religious but my fiance has family that is so needs to be kosher. That being said I have heard some negative things about Manhattan Beach not being so nice to people who are not orthodox. I know this sounds crazy but just wanted to know if anyone has heard anything positive about the caterer there. Any suggestions of other places would be great as well.

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        1. re: yorklc
          masteraleph Dec 17, 2008 07:01 AM

          I was recently at a wedding there, and the food was pretty decent. It is accessible by subway, but it's not the easiest trip, if that matters. It's possible that they have requirements about the wedding (I know they allow mixed seating at the meal, but have no clue about the ceremony or mixed dancing).

          In terms of Long Island, Sephardic Temple, Shelter Rock Jewish Center (we're using this location), and Crest Hollow Country Club all have sticker prices under $100pp (before taxes, tip, and obviously other expenses). Shelter Rock is Conservative but is under the OU, Sephardic is kind of traditional and is under a major organization (don't remember if it's the Kof-K or Star-K), and Crest Hollow is also glatt.

          1. re: yorklc
            rebeccafriedman Dec 23, 2008 01:51 PM

            Hello and Mazal Tov! I'm happy to help you find a venue if I can, but you need to be more specific: how many people? Does $100 need to include staff/alcohol/rentals or is that just the per head catering price, with everything else added in? What is your budget for a venue? What is the date/time of day? (all of these factors contribute to cost) Most vendors are more flexible these days because of the terrible economy, so you can usually get a better bargain if you negotiate. Feel free to contact me directly as well. Best, Rebecca

          2. berel Sep 17, 2007 08:18 AM

            a coworker of mine just went to a kosher wedding catered by Foremost caterers (see link below) at teh Puck building in lower Manhattan. they seem to have a large list of places where you could have the wedding


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            1. re: JS69
              berel Sep 17, 2007 01:04 PM

              I'm not the one getting congradulations, but mauzone is a good choice too

              1. re: berel
                cheesecake17 Dec 16, 2008 10:26 AM

                Foremost/Ram is excellent. They aren't cheap, but the food they serve is amazing. I've been to about 10 weddings in the past year catered by Foremost, and they were all beautiful.

                1. re: cheesecake17
                  berel Dec 16, 2008 10:38 AM

                  I wonder who in the end catered this wedding and how it turned out

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