Saturday, March 24, 2007

Places : Brooklyn Lyceum

BB07 wrote:
I just thought you all might want to know about an alternative place in Brooklyn- I just spoke to someone getting married at the Brooklyn Lyceum , and I think it is an amazing choice for something a little less traditional. Their wedding is 200+ people, so it holds a lot.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Places: Synod Hall

molisa1 wrote:
Here are photos of synod hall - it is very affordable, only $2200 for the main hall, the downstairs is also cool and is available for a smaller fee, if you do both you get them total $3500. We are doing both, downstairs for cocktails, then upstairs for dinner/dancing.

Contact Info:
Edwin Morales

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Rehearsal Dinner : Locations

Planning : Babysitters

Not having kids at your wedding?
BB07 found these babysitters that can sit for the children of your guests at your wedding.
The Wedding Sitters

Planning : Wedding Planners

Here is a list of recommended wedding planners in the NYC area.
I'm using Francesca of Dazzling Affairs.
Indiebrides Shadycat and itslaurie both used her.

Francesca Leonardini
Dazzling Affairs, Inc.
Wedding and Event Planners
Office: 516-887-0199
Cell: 516-455-1751
Fax: 516-887-3130

NYC Knottie Caeid (Christine) started her own business.
Exquisite Affairs

Diamond Gold Weddings

Carol Events

Emerald Events

Places : Society of Illustrators

The Society of Illustrators
layla76 wrote:

We spoke to the house manager a few months ago when we were looking for our venue but never went to see it in person. It's a brownstone museum on the UES that specializes in illustrators like Norman Rockwell and the famous cartoonists of the New Yorker. You get the run of the museum for your wedding and they can do the bar and catering. All rentals are included with the venue. If you want you can also use an outside caterer. Now this might be to good to be true but he said to us they can do a wedding for +75 with sit down dinner and bar for $7000.00.

Hotels : Heightsgirl's Hotel Suggestions

Heightsgirl's hotel suggestions for Manhattan for around $200 a room:

Seaport Inn , 33 Peck Slip (at Water Street), 212-766-6600.
In the South Street Seaport area. Also close to the Brooklyn Bridge and even the Water Taxi. Quoted $229 a night.

Cosmopolitan Hotel , 95 West Broadway at Chambers Street (Tribeca), 888-895-9400 or 212-566-1900.
Quoted rates of $165 for 1 King bed and $189 for 2 King beds.

Larchmont Hotel , 27 W 11th Street (bet 5th and 6th Aves), 212-989-9333.
A “European” style hotel (shared bathrooms), but right by Union Square. Very convenient if you will be taking the train a lot.
Larchmont Hotel

Amsterdam Hotels. A group of 5 hotels, mostly in Midtown. Cheap ($125-$225),

Rooms To Let (B&B), 83 Horatio Street (West Village, near 14th Street and 7th Ave), 212-675-5481.

West Eleventh Apartments (B&B), 278 West 11th Street (between West 4th St & Bleecker), 212-675-7897.

Heightsgirl is using the Holiday Inn Express (Brooklyn, Union @4th Ave)

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Hotels : KellyE99 Hotel overview

KellyE99 wrote:
We really liked the Westin and The Library Hotel (price for Oct weekend at Library $349 Full Bed, $459 Queen Deluxe, $559 Q/K with pullout sofa), and we are going to probably go with Club Quarters as a lower cost hotel. If you want any of the other pricing that I got for these let me know. The blocks are good at these since they don't make you pay for them if they don't book.

Hudson Hotel Q
Great, very modern, amazing bar areas, but tiny-tiny rooms and bathroom, like cruise ship size, so have to get bigger than a standard. They will block up to 20 rooms until 21 days before the event, $429 Standard, $489 Deluxe (will upgrade Bride and Groom if bigger room available).

Good bar, spacious rooms, modern decor, updated amenities, spa at location.Will block up to 15 rooms until 1 month before the event, $339 for room, $539 for Suite (don't say they will upgrade when I talked to them but when I visited the person said they typically do upgrade bride and groom).

Good bars at each but Grand Central has a great outside location in the back, nice sized room, decent decor kind of classical old world, larger rooms and more rooms types at Manhattan location but similar decor at both locations.They will block 15 rooms until 1 month before the event, Grand Central or Manhattan location same price, $409 1 Queen or 1 King, $449 2 Beds, $509 1 Bedroom suite (will upgrade Bride and Groom to 1 Bedroom suite if 10 are reserved).

Library Hotel
Boutique style, smaller hotel, serve continental breakfast, great rooftop bar (open till midnight) and garden area, reading room with piano on 2nd floor, each floor has a different theme, moderate size rooms, no rooms have two beds.They will block up to 20 rooms until 1 month before, $349 1 Full Bed Petite Room, $459 1 Queen Bed Deluxe Queen Room, $559 1 Queen/King and pull out sofa , no rooms have 2 beds except pull out in Jr Suites (upgrade for bride and groom if 8 are reserved and mother of bride, includes continental buffet breakfast every morning).

Club Quarters
Only went to Midtown location, lobby area has bar with marble columns, they couldn't show a room, it is a business hotel, no real extra amenities.(they will ask you which member company you belong to, there are tons of them though) will not block rooms but will give special number for access, first come first serve basis for everyone, no upgrades for Bride and Groom at New York City Locations
-Midtown - $184 1 Full Bed Club Room, $207 1 Queen or 2 Twin Standard Room, $234 1 Queen with kitchenette Superior Room, $314 1 Queen with Sofa Bed and kitchenette One Bedroom Suite
-Midtown - $214 1 Full Bed Club Room, $237 1 Queen or 2 Twin Standard Room, $264 1 Queen with kitchenette Superior Room, $324 1 Queen with Sofa Bed and kitchenette One Bedroom Suite

Monday, February 12, 2007

Makeup and Hair : NYC Makeup and Hair vendors

A lot of this information was originally provided by knottie curlyjoe .
A huge thank you to her!
I added some others to it.
This information was provided for weddings in 2006 and 2007, so prices may have changed.

-New York Magazine's list.

Knottie recommendations:

-Sally Duvall Makeup.
-Meredith Carre Makeup.
-Once Upon a Bride
-Michelle Loconte Makeup.
-Rosemarie of NY ProStyle

Mia Hendrickson of the Bridal Lounge .
She does both makeup and hair.

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David Kalahiki makeup.

Laura Nadeau Makeup

Stacy Pitt hair.

Maureen and Claudia Pedala , Maureen does makeup, Claudia does hair (I think she does makeup too though)

Patrycja Korzeniak Makeup.

Piera Canu Makeup.

Niquay Fa makeup.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Places : Prince George Ballroom

Downtown Bride's location
Downtown Bride wrote:
The Prince George Ballroom is located at 15 East 27th Street in a landmark building that was originally built as a luxury hotel in 1904 and later became a welfare hotel. In the 1990s, it was purchased and rehabilitated by the not-for-profit Common Ground and the building is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Ballroom was just restored over the past two years and has only recently been open for events. Common Ground was a Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award this year from the New York Landmarks Conservancy for their work in restoring the space.

We plan to have our guests enter through the World Monuments Fund Gallery and hold the ceremony in the ballroom. The cocktail hour will be held in both the Gallery and the Ladies Tea Room and the reception will be back in the Ballroom.

Capacity: 299 seated

Fees: The cost of the space is a $7,500 site fee - which is applied to Common Ground's programs to combat homelessness (unfortunately, the organization is structured in such a way that you can't take a deduction for the site fee, but it does go to a good cause).

Amenities: There is a full kitchen, but everything else needs to be brought in. You have the entire site (including the Gallery, Ballroom and Tea Room) from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. and are not charged any additional fees for bringing rentals in early or having them picked up late. There is a conference room that can be used as a bridal suite upstairs. The venue also provides security guards and the events manager (Rachel - who I pray does not quit before my wedding because she is that awesome) will be there as well and will coordinate your vendors.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Photographers : Zlatko Batistich

Ice_bats_mommy wrote:
Zlatko from Zlatko Batistich (NJ) starting at 3K
My girlfriend from NJ hired him and the photos came
out beautiful. He has a simple but artistic style and
a very quiet, reserved approach to weddings. The
album design he did was also very elegant. He works

Photographers : WPJA

Ice_bats_mommy wrote:
This is the site where all the best
journalistic wedding photographers get accepted. It's
a fantastic resource not just for photographer but
ideas as well. They also have a bride+groom section
page with useful info. A great place to start looking
for photographers.

Photographers : Mariann of Blue Daisy

Ice_bats_mommy wrote:
Mariann from
Mariann of Blue Daisy Weddings
(NYC) starting at
3.5K, and 4.5K with album
We fell in love with her through her website but in
person she showed more slideshows and albums which
were beautiful. Her personality is also very nice.
We thought her prices were fair considering she offers
a lot in packages and also gives the digital negatives
with all her packages. Current (summer of 2006)
packages range from $3500-7000. She travels anywhere
even internationally.

Places : Prospect Park Audubon Center & Boathouse

Prospect Park Audubon Center
& Boathouse

Shadycat says: ” There are very easy to work with. The caterers are all good and not over priced at all. I am SO in love with the site.
Completely surrounded by trees and a small lake!.”

Built in 1905, the Boathouse was one of the first buildings in New York City to be declared a landmark. This Beaux Arts style building overlooks the beautiful Lullwater and Lullwater Bridge and features two levels and a balcony. After receiving extensive renovations, the Boathouse reopened in 2002 as the home of the nation's first urban Audubon Center. This historic structure is available for rental for everything from formal weddings to cocktail receptions to corporate events when not in use for public or school programs. During select hours, you can take advantage of special optional activities such as guided tours and electric boat rides on the Independence. Birthday packages for children, ages 4-12, are also available.

Home to Brooklyn's most elegant weddings for almost 100 years, the Boathouse offers a breathtaking natural setting and a stately Beaux Arts facility for your special occasion.


The facility can accommodate 80 for sit down 120 for buffet cocktails or up to 350 guests with optional tenting.

• The Boathouse is wheelchair accessible
• 10 decorative tables and 35 café chairs
• 40 white wood garden chairs
• House Manager and two security staff
• Upper-level balcony overlooks the Lullwater pond
• Guest parking

The Boathouse is available year-round after public hours, which generally end at 5 p.m.

Fees: $4000 for evening wedding

Catering is additional and limited to our exclusive list.

Contact Info:
Rental and Event Planning Office:
(718) 287-6215
or email Barbara Christ