Try a brunch wedding. Get married at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge, then walk to Bubbys for brunch. Pretty non-traditional, very NY and with the cash you save you can invite more people or spend more on flowers or the honeymoon, etc.
Have you considered getting married in a park,or your own backyard?
Instead of the traditional long dress you could go with a shorter dress.Some stores like Sears have beautiful dresses that could be worn as a wedding dress,and a lot cheaper too.The cost of real flowers can be very expensive to order from a florist,so you could choose flowers from your own garden if it is possible, or buy flowers from a thrift,or dollar store and make your own bouquets.Hairstyling for your special day can cost you as well,so if you have a friend who is able to do your hair,why not let them do it for you. I had a friend do my hair-she is a hair stylist,so it didn't cost me as much,plus she brought over the things she needed to my house-eg: portable hair dryer,curlers,etc.Also, we set up a practice hair day.The style I chose,we wanted to make sure,it would look good on me for the wedding day.This way you won't be disappointed to find out at the last minute,that the hair style is not right for you.
never heard of Bubby's.. I'll look it up? Have you been there before? how much do you think it will be?
I have considered a park wedding but I would like a mini-reception for about 80 people. All the places I have looked at want about 100 ppl.
Thank you for taking the time to respond.
I'm a wedding photographer, and Bubby's is one of the many venues I've worked in. It's on the waterfront in Brooklyn, has a spectacular view of the downtown NYC skyline, and there's a park right across the way for photos outdoors, with the river and city as your background.
The regular menu at Bubby's is "American Comfort Food" - burgers, fries, macaroni and cheese, and they are famous for their home made pies. They will also do a nice buffet, butlered hors d'oeuvre, and the price is moderate. It's a very laid-back, relaxed, and fun place. Not at all stuffy or formal.
Here's a picture, and I can share many more photos of the wedding I photographed there if you call of contact me by e-mail. There are hundreds of other interesting possibilities here in New York, it all depends on your taste, interests, and budget.
I have never been to Bubbys,that was from the reply above me.I live in Ontario,Canada. Do you have Legions in New York? That is a hall for men and women who were/are in the service.Anyways,we had our reception at the legion and it is less money to rent from them than a regular hall. Plus we had them cater the food which also cut the cost.
My planner suggested Bubbys and if I had done a daytime wedding, I would have gone for it. Check out the website: www.bubbys.com. Brunch for 100ppl would only cost you $4000 and with a free ceremony space (outdoors), it would make for a dramatic unforgettable event. Good luck!
the old stone house -- a little house in a little park in park slope http://www.theoldstonehouse.org/ combines a park with an indoor reception area that's cheap and that you could bring in whatever caterer you want.
there's other historic houses of different sizes that are fairly budget friendly in nyc, on this website: http://www.historichousetrust.org/page.php?p_id=15
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