NY wedding venues
We are looking to have an October 2009 wedding in or around manhattan for around 140 people. We want it to have a cozy, october feel creating an intimate setting. Trying to stay away from standard banquet hall feel, ie no ruffly curtains, old carpets, ornate furniture. Any suggestions?
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I like Manhattan Penthouse as well--I go there annually for a reunion party. I am having an October wedding in the city this year and we're going with Union Square Ballroom. It's decidedly NOT a typical wedding venue, though. Another good one to consider would be Studio 450. The newly-constructed Chelsea Arts Tower was spectacular, but 140 might be tight and it's on the expensive side just for the venue. Both Studio 450 and Chelsea Arts require outside catering; Union Sq Ballroom has its own.
First, Congratulations! Second, if not too personal, what is your budget?
Abigail Kirsch has some good venues in the city. If you do not have to do Manhattan, there Stage 6 Venue is nice as is there botanical gardens venue.
I have to recommend the Boathouse in Central Park (disclosure, my wedding venue). I know there are mixed reviews, but based on 10+ events that I have been too, the boathouse food is above par compared to most banquet food (not compared to 11MP) that I have had and can be really good if you pick the right items. Also 140 would fit fine. My experience with the staff has been professional as well.
Cannot speak on others inside of Manhattan, although many venues will lease you the space, but you still have to find the catering,
It was too big for my wedding but might for your size. Smack Mellon. A beautiful industrial space in brooklyn, but with a grand scale and high ceilings that lends it the elegance that makes it work for a wedding.