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So you wanna get married in NYC without (completely) wiping out your bank account? Before throwing up your hands and heading south of the border to Jersey, check out these six venues that promise to house your dream day "I-do's" without making you leave your dream city.
A few pointers before we get stated: Restaurant weddings will save you big bucks because you're not typically being charged site rental fees or setup fees—just food. Many offer private rooms and have sound systems already in place that can be hooked up to your iPod wedding playlist.
For immediate savings on almost all venues, consider booking your event on a Friday night or Sunday afternoon, or if you really want to save a few Benjamins, a weeknight. An important piece of advice given to me during my own planning: everything is negotiable.— Jessica Tiare Bowen
If you seriously want to save a few years in rent, it doesn't get much cheaper than hosting your intimate ceremony in one of NYC's public park spaces. For the cost of the $25 permit, you and your boo can say I-do bathed in bloom while your dearest guests watch. Combine that with a post-ceremony brunch at your go-to spot, and happily ever after is off to a pretty good start—with plenty of money left over for your dream honeymoon.
· All Weddings Week 2013 Coverage [Racked NY]