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wedding reception venue, 50-75 people?

Posted this in the Manhattan board, but we live in Brooklyn and would love to do it there as well, so reposting here, hope that's okay...

Am going to investigate Madiba & Ici, but would love other ideas!

Hi everyone, I know there are suggestions all over the board, have looked into a few but thought I'd ask the experts with my situation in detail:

We are looking for a place to host a wedding reception, Saturday night, August in the city, after our city park ceremony - ( or city hall if it's pouring rain...)

Guest list is 50-75 people.
Don't need a full bar, wine/beer + maybe one sig cocktail is plenty.
For me a wedding with no dancing is a drag! So we'd like a place that we can plug an ipod into, as we are on an extreme budget....would like to stay under 5k including everything, if that's possible!

It doesn't have to be fancy AT ALL, just want a fun, unstuffy atmosphere that is nice in the summertime, outdoor space would be grand but not necessary.

And the final kicker to make this difficult, for reasons I can't go into on the internet - we can't book the place until June. I know that sounds strange and insane, and maybe impossible - but we are not making any "official wedding plans" until then. It will all have to come together very quickly in about 6 weeks. The situation is complex. I'm hoping that the usual Manhattan August business slowdown will free something up - I'm now at your mercy, chowhounders!

Mar 14, 2010
flowerpot in Outer Boroughs

wedding reception venue, about 50 people?

Also for anyone who has outer borough suggestions - we are totally open to that! Especially Brooklyn, where we live. :)

Mar 06, 2010
flowerpot in Manhattan

wedding reception venue, about 50 people?

That blog is totally inspiring and so helpful, totally biting her paper fan from Pearl River idea. It's great to see other people's budget breakdowns, places I'd like to spend less or more....thanks for that!

Mar 06, 2010
flowerpot in Manhattan

wedding reception venue, about 50 people?

A great looking place in a sweet location....thanks for the suggestion!

Mar 06, 2010
flowerpot in Manhattan

wedding reception venue, about 50 people?

Thanks piegirl, that is a really good and positive take on the afternoon reception and maybe we will do that! Plus we are doing a city park ceremony, so the earlier the better for that....ideas happening. :) City Bakery has a lovely menu and for $100/guest we could have 50 for 5k...will look into them, thanks again!

Mar 06, 2010
flowerpot in Manhattan

wedding reception venue, about 50 people?

thanks metfan, I know it is a tall order - not expecting too many replies! But all I need is one place, so why not try, I figured.

It could be any kind of place, Mexican, tapas, regular american kinda food...and one place we are considering is Madiba in Brooklyn - but thought we'd try here too. I know an afternoon reception is a cheaper alternative and we might try that, but I can't help feeling that is a bit anti-climactic - like what do you do AFTER your afternoon reception?

Thanks for the input!

Mar 03, 2010
flowerpot in Manhattan

wedding reception venue, about 50 people?

Hi everyone, I know there are suggestions all over the board, have looked into a few but thought I'd ask the experts with my situation in detail:

We are looking for a place to host a wedding reception, Saturday night, August in the city, after our city park ceremony - ( or city hall if it's pouring rain...)

Trying to stick to a guest list of 50 people.
Don't need a full bar, wine/beer + maybe one sig cocktail is plenty.
For me a wedding with no dancing is a drag! So we'd like a place that we can plug an ipod into, as we are on an extreme budget....would like to stay under 4k including everything, if that's possible!

It doesn't have to be fancy AT ALL, just want a fun, unstuffy atmosphere that is nice in the summertime, outdoor space would be grand but not necessary.

And the final kicker to make this difficult, for reasons I can't go into on the internet - we can't book the place until June. I know that sounds strange and insane, and maybe impossible - but we are not making any "official wedding plans" until then. It will all have to come together very quickly in about 6 weeks. The situation is complex. I'm hoping that the usual Manhattan August business slowdown will free something up - I'm now at your mercy, chowhounders!

Mar 03, 2010
flowerpot in Manhattan