Maybe this is a little unorthodox, but my fiance and I are set on getting married in Manhattan - W/E Village, Chelsea or Soho are the areas that would suit us best.
We're forgoing a church ceremony and a traditional reception - what we'd really love to do is have a small ceremony after guests arrive and are seated with cocktails at a restaurant, perform our own vows, and then sit down to a nice dinner and a few hours of drinks and music.
Many restaurants in and around the areas I specified have reasonable party packages, but my question is, does anyone have a handle on a spot that might be interested in doing a much longer event -- and a space that would accommodate a little movement and perhaps even dancing for the younger guests once dinner's served? Price is an issue, in that I'd like to not spend more than 100/head if it's possible. Prix-fixe dinner is fine, obviously. It's really the space and the atmosphere that matter, if we're going to do the whole shebang in one spot.
As for food, well, we love all kinds. I'm particularly fond of Italian and would like to stay away from Japanese, since it tends to alienate some folks (and my family are not exactly foodies). Ideas? Suggestions?