Planning a Kosher Wedding In Manhattan
My fiance and I are planning our wedding and would really like to have it in Manhattan. We know that it will be difficult to have our kosher wedding with in a low budget. But, I was wondering if anyone could tell us what the cost realistically are? And what are the best venues and vendors to use?
We hope to have about 350 guests. But, the more research I do the less likely it seems that we will be able to have that size of a wedding and not spend all our savings. Can anyone help us understand just how much a wedding in Manhattan of that size will really run us? and if there are places that can hold a large party and have a reasonable cost? Thank you!
It all depends on the kind of place you want, hotels cost more than synagogue halls and small less highly decorated halls charge less than big fancy ones. If you are a member of synagogue with a modest hall they might let you do it very reasonably. OZ and ramat Orah on the upper West Side will do modest budget events with glat kosher caterer of your choice. So will a couple of lower east side synagogues, including the zany Angel Orensantz on Norfolk Street, which is not really a synagogue any more. The cheap venues are mostly in Brooklyn and other outlying areas, but smaller manhattan synagogues are the closest to an affordable choice in manhattan.
Much of the cost of the wedding is determined by the venue. A caterer can often provide just the food, china/flatware/stemware and kitchen team with Mashgiach and the venue can then provide the waitstaff/bartenders and even a kosher bar.
The menu-only price for a Cocktail with passed hors d'oeuvres, several stations and then a 3-course plated meal usualy ranges from $50.00 to 80.00, depending on your caterer. Disclaimer - I work for a kosher catering company (OU Supervision) and our prices are in the middle/upper part of that range.