The Reception: On the Cheap

A Wedding Bill

Date: Sunday, April 8, 2007
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Size: 50 guests
Theme: English tea party

You’ll have a sound system, tables, and an environment that requires few decorative extras. There’s also a winding staircase, and the main room has a view of a flower garden below….$2,000

Get invitations, save-the-dates, and thank-yous from the graphic designer and owner of this arts-and-crafts shop that sells the wares of local artists….$365.77

String quartet–cum–jazz ensemble from Juilliard
(212-799-5000, ext. 313)
The office of career development will hook you up with ensembles of experienced local performers—trios, quartets, and full bands—all trained at the school ($225 for the first hour; $125 for each hour after that)….$600

Tea & Sympathy’s English tea party through MJ & Company
(212-929-5848) and drinks from Fresh Direct (
Tea & Sympathy and MJ & Company work in tandem to provide finger sandwiches, quiche, sausage rolls, scones, plates, flatware, stemware, and waitstaff—and a wedding cake alternative: cupcakes….$2,694.72

Warehouse Wines & Spirits
Order Trader Joe’s French Market red and white wine, Nicolas Feuillatte champagne for toasting, Michel Frères French sparkling wine for guzzling, and ingredients for the night’s signature cocktail….$343.63

Chelsea Wholesale Flower Market
Place sunflowers and blue delphiniums in Japanese vases and Chinese teapots on the tables, along with fishbowls alternately filled with lemons and water-and-tea-lights (vases from the Future Perfect, teapots from Pearl River Mart, bowls from Fish Expo)….$830

Students at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Photography and Imaging Department

Hire Bobby Sukrachand and Ben Jarosch: They’ve shot events (gala dinners, gallery openings, and weddings in New York, Boston, and Chicago) for three years. One shoots black-and-white, the other color, for up to eight hours or fifteen rolls of film (including color digital images)….$852.50


The Reception: On the Cheap