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Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Manhattan, Venue | 0 comments

Wedding Venue Cost: Chelsea Piers Lighthouse 2

Last time, I analyzed the cost of a Saturday evening wedding at Chelsea Piers Lighthouse and not surprisingly, the venue was quite expensive given its popularity and location in New York City. Nevertheless, if you really love the idea of a wedding along the Hudson River, you may want to consider a Friday or Sunday evening wedding at Chelsea Piers Lighthouse instead as you’ll save quite a bit.     Wedding Venue: Chelsea Piers Lighthouse Date Price Quoted: Winter 2013 Wedding Date Quoted For: December 2014 (Friday or Sunday evening) Price Assumptions: Includes ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception for 150 guests Room Name: N/A Capacity: 275 Venue Fee: $1,900 Catering Per Person: $195 Tax: 8.875% Gratuity: 23% Total Wedding Venue Cost: $41,239   The Main Point Compared to the estimated cost of $52,287 for a Saturday evening wedding, you’ll save over 20% by going with a Friday or Sunday evening wedding. The catering cost per person drops from $250 to $195 but otherwise, all other cost aspects stay the same. Another important point to...

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Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in Manhattan, Venue | 0 comments

Wedding Venue Cost: Chelsea Piers Lighthouse

Wedding venues in Manhattan often feature views of a park or a great skyline, but Chelsea Piers Lighthouse offers a dramatic view of the Hudson River in an intimate setting all without leaving Manhattan. The Lighthouse is one of the most sought-after venues in New York City and is a joint venture between Chelsea Piers and the highly regarded Abigail Kirsch catering company. We attended a friend’s wedding at Chelsea Piers Lighthouse earlier this year and not surprisingly, it was fantastic. Out of curiosity, I followed up with one of the sales manager and received a price quote for 2014.     Wedding Venue: Chelsea Piers Lighthouse Date Price Quoted: Winter 2013 Wedding Date Quoted For: December 2014 (Saturday evening) Price Assumptions: Includes ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception for 150 guests Room Name: N/A Capacity: 275 Venue Fee: $1,900 Catering Per Person: $250 Tax: 8.875% Gratuity: 23% Total Wedding Venue Cost: $52,287   The Main Point The minimum number of guests required for Saturday evenings at Chelsea Piers Lighthouse is 200, but I’ve...

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Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Manhattan, Venue | 0 comments

Wedding Venue Cost: Per Se #2

Recently, I analyzed the cost of a wedding at Per Se’s West Room, which seats 60 guests. For larger accommodations, consider privatizing the entire restaurant and hosting your reception in the Per Se Main Dining Room.     Wedding Venue: Per Se Date Price Quoted: Summer 2013 Wedding Date Quoted For: Winter 2014 (Friday evening) Price Assumptions: Includes dinner reception for 80 guests Room Name: Main Dining Room Capacity: 80 Venue Fee: $5,000 Catering Per Person (Low Range): $185 Catering Per Person (High Range): $270 Tax: 8.875% Gratuity: 25% Total Wedding Venue Cost: $80,000+   The Main Point The catering cost is the same whether you are reserving the West Room or the Per Se Main Dining Room. $185 will get you the four course menu while $270 will get you the nine course chef’s tasting menu. The venue fee, however, goes up significantly when you book out the whole restaurant. For access starting at 5pm, the venue fee is $5,000. If you want all-day access, the venue fee becomes...

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Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in Manhattan, Venue | 0 comments

Wedding Venue Cost: Per Se

Thomas Keller is one of the world’s most famous chefs, and some of his restaurants include the legendary French Laundry in California and Per Se in New York City. It’s extremely difficult to get a prime dining time reservation at these restaurants. As a result, it’s not a surprise that some couples are interested in making private bookings to create an unforgettable wedding reception. In fact, two of my good friends held their reception at Per Se, and every aspect of the evening was impeccable. I never asked them what the cost was, but I was able to obtain an estimate for a possible Friday evening reception in winter 2014.     Wedding Venue: Per Se Date Price Quoted: Summer 2013 Wedding Date Quoted For: Winter 2014 (Friday evening) Price Assumptions: Includes dinner reception for 60 guests Room Name: West Room Capacity: 60 Venue Fee: $750 Catering Per Person (Low Range): $185 Catering Per Person (High Range): $270 Tax: 8.875% Gratuity: 25% Total Wedding Venue Cost: $19,327   The Main...

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Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in Amex Starwood, Amex Starwood Business, Credit Cards, Hotel, Queens, Starwood, Venue | 0 comments

Wedding Venue Cost: Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel #3

As mentioned before, the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel’s intro western wedding package is the Elegant Wedding package. The other western wedding package is the Grand Wedding package, and here is the price breakdown.     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: Western Wedding Grand Wedding Capacity: 180+ Venue Fee: $0 Catering Per Person: $109 Tax: 8.875% Gratuity: 21% Total Wedding Venue Cost: $21,539   The Main Point At $109 a person instead of $99.95, the total cost is just $1,788 more than the Elegant Wedding package. For that price, you get five hours of open bar instead of four hours, and the bar offerings are better. In addition, you receive a carving station and pasta station for the one-hour cocktail hour as well as the hot hors d’oeuvres passed butler style. Last but not least, you receive better, more diverse menu choices for the appetizer, salad,...

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Posted by on Jul 2, 2013 in Amex Starwood, Amex Starwood Business, Credit Cards, Hotel, Queens, Starwood, Venue | 0 comments

Wedding Venue Cost: Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel #2

The Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel is not just a popular choice for Asian couples to hold a low-cost Chinese wedding reception, but it’s also a popular choice to hold a western style reception! Like the eastern style receptions, you have a couple of package options to choose from, including the Elegant Wedding package.     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: Western Wedding Elegant Wedding Capacity: 180+ Venue Fee: $0 Catering Per Person: $99.95 Tax: 8.875% Gratuity: 21% Total Wedding Venue Cost: $19,751   The Main Point For the western wedding packages at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, you are charged per person rather than per table of 10 for the eastern wedding packages. For the entry-level Elegant Wedding package, it’s $99.95 a person. Other aspects, such as 8.875% tax and 21% gratuity stay the same. What is interesting is that the western wedding packages also include a cocktail hour,...

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Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Amex Starwood, Amex Starwood Business, Credit Cards, Hotel, Queens, Starwood, Venue | 0 comments

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 Capacity: 180+ Venue Fee: $0 Catering Per Person: $88.80 Tax: 8.875% Gratuity: 21% 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...

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Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Venue | 0 comments

Other Good NYC Wedding Cost Information Resources

I’ve been a bit busy lately planning for the upcoming wedding, and it will probably only get busier as the day gets closer and closer so while I will still post and share my research regularly, it may not be as often as before. A lot of details still need to be finalized, and I’m continuing to negotiate and arrive at the best deals. In the meantime, I wanted to share a couple of other useful NYC wedding cost resources I have come across since I started blogging here at Wedding Spend. I think they share the same goal as me – to have as much vendor price transparency as possible so that couples planning for their weddings enjoy a smoother process without overpaying. After all, the cost is already going to be high, and the time investment is off the charts. The Wandering Bride has good reports on many of the wedding venues in the tri-state area, including cost details. LIWeddings.com has a nice table of a lot...

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Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Long Island, Venue | 0 comments

Wedding Venue Cost: Westbury Manor #2

Previously, we saw that the wedding venue cost at Westbury Manor was around $25,673. This cost was for their Manor Room, which fits up to 280 people and requires a minimum of 185 people. The venue, however, does offer a smaller more intimate room called the Garden Room! Have a look at the cost breakdown for the Garden Room at Westbury Manor.     Wedding Venue: Westbury Manor Date Price Quoted: May 2013 Wedding Date Quoted For: June 2014 (Saturday evening) Price Assumptions: Includes cocktail hour and reception for 150 guests Room Name: Garden Room Capacity: ~140 Venue Fee: $0 Catering Per Person: $119 Tax: 8.875% Gratuity: 20% Total Wedding Venue Cost: $23,321   The Main Point To remain consistent like before, I’ve assumed 150 guests even though the capacity for the Garden Room is technically 140 guests. As you can see, the catering cost per person drops from $131 to $119, resulting in $2,352 of savings. In addition, you can have your ceremony at Westbury Manor and the reception at...

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Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Long Island, Venue | 0 comments

Wedding Venue Cost: Westbury Manor

If NYIT de Seversky is out of your budget but you still want a wedding in a traditional mansion, have a look at Westbury Manor, another popular mansion venue in Long Island. Surrounded by elegant gardens and lots of green, Westbury Manor is especially great when the season changes and has a fantastic charm. The price is quite reasonable as well and a good value more along the lines of Fox Hollow and Jericho Terrace.     Wedding Venue: Westbury Manor Date Price Quoted: May 2013 Wedding Date Quoted For: June 2014 (Saturday evening) Price Assumptions: Includes cocktail hour and reception for 150 guests Room Name: Manor Room Capacity: ~280 Venue Fee: $0 Catering Per Person: $131 Tax: 8.875% Gratuity: 20% Total Wedding Venue Cost: $25,673   The Main Point One main point to note is that Westbury Manor does not do both a ceremony and reception on Saturday evenings. For Saturday evenings, they offer a cocktail hour and a reception, which lasts five hours! You will, however, have...

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