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a wedding, chowhound style

abundavita | Jan 16, 200202:13 PM     8

Dear Fellow Chowhounds,

I need advice for my wedding. Ours will be far from traditional: about 100-150 people, no isle, and my dress is some vintage 60's number I picked up in a thrift store for $15, fresh flowers from the farmer's market. I'll definitely have a band there--no cheesy d.j. for this couple! The first thing I need to find is a location, and then I'll focus on the food. I live on the Lower East Side in Manhattan and was hoping to find an inexpensive place for the reception there (things are much cheaper in this area) or anywhere in the city would be OK. Think low budget! I can spend no more then $800 otherwise to groom will pressure me to have it in Ithaca where we can do it for $500 but I'd much rather have it in the city that I love the most and where I live, NYC. Does anyone know of ANY place in NYC, preferably on the Lower East Side that is cheap and allows you to do your own catering??
I really don't want to use a caterer at all. I would much rather buy food in bulk from restaurants I like in the city and elsewhere--Turkish food from Beti Kabab in Jersey, smoked fish from Brooklyn, sausages from a smoke house in Warrensburg, you get the idea. I plan on making my own cake since I used to be a pastry chef. HAS ANYONE EVER EITHER COOKED THEIR OWN FOOD FOR A WEDDING OR PURCHASED FOOD FROM RESTAURANTS IN THIS MANNER? And also, does anyone have any other resaturant/food suggestions for my wedding? Please give me advice, I know this all sounds a little wacky, but I just want the food to be superb and we don't have much $$$.

Thanks a bunch and happy eating.

Abundavita

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