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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.
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1. Helen Mills Event Space and Theater

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137 W 26th St.
New York, NY 10001
(212) 243-6200
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For the modern bride, this loft-turned-all-inclusive-wedding joint is one to put on the “to visit” list. The space can host weddings running the gamut from intimate to extravagant, depending on taste (and budget.) The versatile setup accommodates 250 guests for cocktails and 125 for a seated dinner, with the most affordable option starting around $125 per person. [Photo]

2. The Aurora Gallery

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(347) 288-6870
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A cultural mecca for painters, dancers, actors, videographers and musicians, this unique gallery space is also a blank canvas for innovative brides-and-grooms-to-be. With room for 120 seated guests plus a dance floor, the $1,300 starting price point isn’t too shabby. [Photo]

3. NYC Fire House Museum

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278 Spring St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 691-1303
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Located in one of the trendier (read: more expensive) parts of town, the Fire Museum is a steal of a venue. No matter what day your event lands on, the space rental is a flat rate of $3,500 for 8 hours, or if you prefer to go hourly, $450 an hour. The only catch is you're responsible for bringing in your own caterer (who must come equipped with both a liquor license and liability insurance), as well as musical entertainment. [Photo]

4. Thalassa

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179 Franklin St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 941-7661
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This Tribeca restaurant features Greek cuisine that will have your guests shouting Oopah! from the rooftop (helllooo “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” on steroids.) Have your ceremony in the wine cellar, then shoot on up to the second floor for dinner and dancing, accommodating up to 200 guests. The Mediterranean gem ranges from $100 to $200 per person, but all the stars and points awarded to it by Forbes, Zagat, and Wine Spectator make it money well spent. [Photo]

5. Frankies 457

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457 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 403-0033
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The converted blacksmith’s stable combines the charm of exposed brick walls and sunshine for days via their skylight, not to mention its own garden. The food and beverage minimum is $7,500, plus a $500 facility fee that covers set-up and basics for a three hour event. The downside to this darling Brooklyn joint: they don’t have a cabaret license, so getting down on the dance floor is not permitted. [Photo by Daniel Krieger]

6. Queens Country Farm Museum

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73-50 Little Neck Pkwy
Glen Oaks, NY 11004
(718) 347-3276
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Okay you Etsy-obsessed brides: we don’t need to tell you that rustic chic is the DIY rage, but you'll be thrilled to know that you can now get that Mason Jar vibe right here in NYC at the Farm Museum. They offer different setups, ranging from open air pavilion to barn to orchard to lawn, all ranging in price and accommodation of guests. The Barn Complex can accommodate 120 guests with a dance floor, and is $2,000 for a 4 hour event, with an additional $250 tacked on for each hour of overtime. Again, this is for space only, so budget in the money you’ll need for food and entertainment. [Photo]

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1. Helen Mills Event Space and Theater

137 W 26th St., New York, NY 10001
For the modern bride, this loft-turned-all-inclusive-wedding joint is one to put on the “to visit” list. The space can host weddings running the gamut from intimate to extravagant, depending on taste (and budget.) The versatile setup accommodates 250 guests for cocktails and 125 for a seated dinner, with the most affordable option starting around $125 per person. [Photo]
137 W 26th St.
New York, NY 10001

2. The Aurora Gallery

35-18 37th St., Long Island City NY
A cultural mecca for painters, dancers, actors, videographers and musicians, this unique gallery space is also a blank canvas for innovative brides-and-grooms-to-be. With room for 120 seated guests plus a dance floor, the $1,300 starting price point isn’t too shabby. [Photo]

3. NYC Fire House Museum

278 Spring St, New York, NY 10013
Located in one of the trendier (read: more expensive) parts of town, the Fire Museum is a steal of a venue. No matter what day your event lands on, the space rental is a flat rate of $3,500 for 8 hours, or if you prefer to go hourly, $450 an hour. The only catch is you're responsible for bringing in your own caterer (who must come equipped with both a liquor license and liability insurance), as well as musical entertainment. [Photo]
278 Spring St
New York, NY 10013

4. Thalassa

179 Franklin St, New York, NY 10013
This Tribeca restaurant features Greek cuisine that will have your guests shouting Oopah! from the rooftop (helllooo “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” on steroids.) Have your ceremony in the wine cellar, then shoot on up to the second floor for dinner and dancing, accommodating up to 200 guests. The Mediterranean gem ranges from $100 to $200 per person, but all the stars and points awarded to it by Forbes, Zagat, and Wine Spectator make it money well spent. [Photo]
179 Franklin St
New York, NY 10013

5. Frankies 457

457 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
The converted blacksmith’s stable combines the charm of exposed brick walls and sunshine for days via their skylight, not to mention its own garden. The food and beverage minimum is $7,500, plus a $500 facility fee that covers set-up and basics for a three hour event. The downside to this darling Brooklyn joint: they don’t have a cabaret license, so getting down on the dance floor is not permitted. [Photo by Daniel Krieger]
457 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

6. Queens Country Farm Museum

73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, Glen Oaks, NY 11004
Okay you Etsy-obsessed brides: we don’t need to tell you that rustic chic is the DIY rage, but you'll be thrilled to know that you can now get that Mason Jar vibe right here in NYC at the Farm Museum. They offer different setups, ranging from open air pavilion to barn to orchard to lawn, all ranging in price and accommodation of guests. The Barn Complex can accommodate 120 guests with a dance floor, and is $2,000 for a 4 hour event, with an additional $250 tacked on for each hour of overtime. Again, this is for space only, so budget in the money you’ll need for food and entertainment. [Photo]
73-50 Little Neck Pkwy
Glen Oaks, NY 11004