Wedding Venue Cost: Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel
Situated just a few miles from New York LaGuardia Airport and right in the heart of Flushing in Queens, the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel is a popular choice for Asian couples to hold a wedding reception. It’s convenient for traveling guests, it’s nicer than a lot of the older banquet halls in Chinatown, and the cost is quite low.
Wedding Venue: Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel
Date Price Quoted: June 2013
Wedding Date Quoted For: Summer 2014 (Saturday evening)
Price Assumptions: Includes dinner reception for 150 guests
Room Name: Eastern Wedding Menu 1
Venue Fee: $0
Catering Per Person: $88.80
Total Wedding Venue Cost: $17,548
The Main Point
Chinese wedding venues usually charge by tables of 10 guests, and the Sheraton LaGuardia operates in a similar manner charging $880 for a table of 10. The old rule of thumb for weddings in Chinatown is $1,000 a table, so the price of the lowest cost menu at the Sheraton LaGuardia is actually better. Higher-price menu options do exist, and I’ll go over the other packages later.
Cocktail hours are not usually a staple in Chinese wedding banquets so the above cost estimate does not include a cocktail hour unlike the other wedding venue cost estimates I’ve done in the past. The Sheraton LaGuardia does offer hors d’oeuvres and other cocktail hour additions, but they are all priced a la carte. In addition, alcohol is not included with any of the menu package, so you will have to select one of their open bar package, which are priced per person and time-based i.e. two hours long, three hours long, etc.
For those with a large enough wedding reception at the Sheraton LaGuardia, you will receive some free benefits as well. If you have at least 120 guests, for example, you will get a complimentary room with a bottle of champagne, free breakfast, and a free private room, which you can use for the bridal party or a tea ceremony. In addition, guests get access to discounted hotel rooms as well as a complimentary shuttle from LaGuardia Airport. If you have at least 180 guests, you get all of the above and a free wedding cake. These perks and an estimated cost of $17,548 certainly make the Sheraton LaGuardia a great venue to hold a Chinese wedding banquet.
[Update 8/14/13] Until 9/3/13, you can open the American Express Starwood credit card and the American Express Starwood Business credit card, two of the best rewards credit cards. On each card, you will receive 35,000 Starwood points after spending $5,000 within 6 months (30,000 points signup bonus on top of the 5,000 points for spending). If you don’t have large wedding expenses to charge, you can still easily meet this spending requirement via Amazon Payments. 30,000 Starwood points can get you three free nights at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, and 40,000 Starwood points can get you five free nights since you get the fifth night free when you redeem points at any category 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 Starwood hotel!
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