Running the Numbers
THE ORIGINAL BUDGET: $20,000
A swanky Champagne-and-cocktail party with great music.
A: My dress was $300. It was Carmen Marc Valvo, and I got it at Bloomingdale’s. It wasn’t a “wedding dress,” but it was white and long, had a train, and seemed to fit the vibe. I later spent $600 on alterations. The shoes were silver Jimmy Choos ($400). I knew I wanted nice shoes because I’ll wear them again.
Some of What They Paid: $1,300
101 River Views is a cool penthouse space with great vistas ($4,500), and it fit our vision perfectly. Since the space was furnished with white leather chairs and other lounge pieces, we were able to save on décor. We rented a few highboys, a dining table for our older guests, and chairs for the ceremony.
Some of What They Paid: $4,500
The Food & Liquor
I wanted to have lots of Champagne and passed hors d’oeuvre. Unfortunately, there simply wasn’t enough food, but we couldn’t argue because we’d signed a contract ($7,500 including rentals, tax, and tip). Aside from that, the cocktail theme went over well. We had a full bar, and we were able to use connections for discounts. Plus, Leo’s restaurant gave us wine.
Some of What They Paid: $7,500
A friend went to the flower district; the bridesmaids and I all had white-rose bouquets, which were around $80. The rest of the flowers were used: They were recycled from an event our caterer had worked earlier that week.
Some of What They Paid: $80
I wanted a photo booth but thought it would be too expensive. I saw the live-photo-booth concept when I was in New Orleans—photographers provide a background and take photos of the guests. I tracked down the company, Bring Into Being, here in the city, and they were fantastic. The cost was $3,500 and included a CD of images.
Some of What They Paid: $3,500
Where Else They Saved
November and March are shoulder seasons, so we knew we could get everything a little cheaper. March can still be iffy on the weather, so we went with early November.
THE ACTUAL COST: $22,000
From the Summer 2010 New York Wedding Guide