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wedding reception venue, about 50 people?

flowerpot | Mar 3, 2010 06:51 AM

Hi everyone, I know there are suggestions all over the board, have looked into a few but thought I'd ask the experts with my situation in detail:

We are looking for a place to host a wedding reception, Saturday night, August in the city, after our city park ceremony - ( or city hall if it's pouring rain...)

Trying to stick to a guest list of 50 people.
Don't need a full bar, wine/beer + maybe one sig cocktail is plenty.
For me a wedding with no dancing is a drag! So we'd like a place that we can plug an ipod into, as we are on an extreme budget....would like to stay under 4k including everything, if that's possible!

It doesn't have to be fancy AT ALL, just want a fun, unstuffy atmosphere that is nice in the summertime, outdoor space would be grand but not necessary.

And the final kicker to make this difficult, for reasons I can't go into on the internet - we can't book the place until June. I know that sounds strange and insane, and maybe impossible - but we are not making any "official wedding plans" until then. It will all have to come together very quickly in about 6 weeks. The situation is complex. I'm hoping that the usual Manhattan August business slowdown will free something up - I'm now at your mercy, chowhounders!

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