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Jan 21, 2010 08:24 AM

Long Island Wedding - PLEASE HELP!

I have been engaged for 4 months and am desperately trying to find a venue I love. Looking for something different and contemporary but not overly priced. This is proving to be much more difficult that I had thought. The places I do like always have something wrong - too small (we are having 200-225 people) or the food is bad. Food needs to be excellent. Any suggestions?!?!?!

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  1. Royalton at Roslyn Country Club is where I wanted my wedding, but I'm having nearly 300 ppl. They can definitely accomodate up to 250 comfortably. Never tried the food, but by the looks of it, and other reviews, the food is very good. The menu is totally customized by you.

    Carltun in Eisenhower Park is another gorgeous place. Food is great too.

    Both have the country club feel, definitely NOT the wedding factory feel.

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    1. re: stefathena

      I am hearing great things about the Royalton. I think I am going to check it out. Thanks so much!

    2. Have you ever checked out the wineries on the North Fork? They do great stuff now, especially places like Bedell and Raphael.
      I got married before I discovered the North Fork wineries so I missed that chance, but I'll be doing an anniversary party there some time in the future.
      Good luck!

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      1. re: foleyd7

        I love the Winery idea however most of them have large site fees. Raphael ($15K) in addition to $150 a head. I am looking into Peconic Bay right now.

        1. re: lala1006

          Make sure you find out if you need to cover catering separately or not.
          I believe Rapheal's fee is so high becuase they have a full blown onsite kitchen whereas many other wineries require you to account for your own catering & equipment.
          Good luck!!

          1. re: foleyd7

            Just as an FYI, I went to a wedding at Raphael last June and the food was incredible.

      2. I attended an unbelievable wedding at Martha Clara Vineyards (NoFo). When I was planning my wedding we looked into the Harrison House which I really loved, however this venue was too large for my wedding.

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        1. re: nmurawsk

          I am going to check out Martha Clara Vineyards tomorrow. The more I think of it, the more I think it could be really different. Doesn't seem to $$$ either. By any chance do you know who catered the wedding there?

          1. re: lala1006

            They used Christopher Michael Caterers and the food was amazing! They use a lot of local ingredients/produce. I've attended a lot of weddings over the past couple of years and that food really stood out. I still remember the grilled tuna steak - it was so fresh! Seriously, from start to finish that wedding was perfection.

            Here is the link:

            They also catered the rehearsal dinner at the bride's parents house and the food was also superb. They did a clambake which was spectacular.

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