Kosher wedding in New York City Area
(Accidentally posted this in Other Boroughs board instead of Kosher which I thought I was in for some reason. Can't figure out how to move it?)
I am looking to host a kosher wedding for 250-275 people in the New York City area May 2013. I've seen a couple of threads about this but they are scattered and some are several years old - so I was hoping for some new recommendations/stories more specific to our needs.
We are really trying to keep it under $100/pp for site and catering. We have contacted Prestige and they seem very promising. Foremost is out of our price range. I have contacted Main Event but not heard back yet. Any opinions on Prestige vs Main Event?
Does anyone have recommendations for either caterers or venues for us? We would really like it to be easily accessible for our guests (near hotels or near public transportation) if at all possible!
not sure if you looked at this place. We are having my daughter's wedding there & you can bring in kosher caterer. Snug Harbor botanical gardens in Staten Island. 83 acres of really neat buildings and beautiful gardens owned by the city of NY, but a lot less expensive than either Wave Hill or NYBG.
We are in the process of finding a glatt kosher caterer and can use help in that area. Some of the relatives are very frumm, even though neither the bride or groom are.
Actually I know someone who had a wedding there- very unique and pretty! They had it catered by Prestige Caterers. I have definitely enjoyed the phone calls I have had with Prestige, they seem willing to work in our budget. Though we're looking around to see what else is available first I wouldn't hesitate to at least give Prestige a call - talk to Howie.
Which side of NY? Despite both being "NYC area," NJ and Long Island (as well as the outer boroughs) are very different.
I can say that our wedding was at Shelter Rock Jewish Center. The decor is nice, and the food was fantastic (in-house caterer); we got compliments up to a year later. 250-275 is about the limit for size, though; we had 260 and while it wasn't overcrowded, I don't think they could've accommodated many more. You need to take a cab from the LIRR station, but it's a quick ride.
Sephardic Temple in Cedarhurst is also popular, and had good food, but there were one or two aspects of the decor I've been unimpressed by. The LIRR is in walking distance, but cabs don't seem to run there on Sundays.
Both of those were quoting prices under $100pp, though if you include tax and tip it may come out over.
Try crystal plaza in livingston. I wanted this place so badly for my wedding but they didn't have my dates. They have a kosher kitchen - vaad of metrowest and the place is stunning - and you should be able to do it for 100 pp. If that's too far, in brooklyn there are tons of places to look at in that price range