Kosher Wedding in the NY/NJ Area
I am attempting to plan a very simple wedding in New York.
My criteria include:
Budget Friendly (Ideally, $65 pp or less)
Allows mixed seating/mixed dancing
Glatt Kosher is in house (or outside caterers are allowed)
Relatively close to Brooklyn, Northern NJ, and Manhattan (1.5 hours drive)
We aren't looking for a fancy "hall" type-we would like more of a synagogue or community center
If it is a hall-the more simple the better
We would also like a venue that can take care of most items "in house" (table settings, linens, chairs, placecards..etc).
150 adults and 20 children
Buffet style is okay. Dairy is okay.
Morning, Afternoon, or Evening are okay
Has anyone ever managed to have a small simple NY area wedding without going broke? I would really love some input. I KNOW there is a venue for us-we just need to find it.
Any suggestions, comments or tips are welcome!
My guess is that you can either be at a synagogue/community center (frequently quite cheap), OR have somewhere that has linens, table settings, etc, but not both. In my experience, the caterer generally provides that stuff, not the hall, and most synagogues don't have an in-house caterer. I believe that the location generally provides tables and chairs, but not the rest of it.
Two synagogues that you might want to look at are Anshei Chesed in Linden NJ, and Mt. Sinai Synagogue in Washington Heights, Manhattan. Both have respectable spaces for a party of that size. You could also take a look at Ys/JCCs - I've been to a glatt kosher dinner at the Y of Union County that came out surprisingly well.
You can try Rockwood Park Jewish Center. They advertise weddings for $35/pp
You can also try Hewlett East Rockaway Jewish Center http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/736596#5996522
For a nice listing of kosher wedding halls see