10 Best Affordable Wedding Venues in NYC for the Budget Conscious Couple

So you’re thinking about tying the knot in New York City? You’re not alone, The Big Apple is one of the most popular places in the US to get married, but also one of the most expensive.

According to the Wedding Report, the average price of a wedding in NYC is $42,831. That’s quite a bit above the national average and if you are on a tight budget, that number can seem overwhelming.

Well, we bet you didn’t know that there are affordable venues in New York City if you look hard enough and think a little outside of the traditional wedding box.

And, you’re in luck because we researched for you! Here are our 10 best affordable wedding venues in NYC!


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New York City Fire Museum

The New York City Fire Museum tops the list of affordable wedding venues in NYC!

Featuring artifacts and photographs, the New York City Fire Museum tells the tale of the evolution of the FDNY. The space has two exhibition floors that your wedding guests can visit during your big day and the third floor is the place for your rocking reception!

This large open space is a blank canvas for whatever kind of wedding you are dreaming of. It has 12-foot ceilings, exposed brick walls, large windows, and hardwood floors. 

Bonus: When you rent the New York City Fire Museum you can save even more money by bringing your own caterer and vendors!

Starting Cost: $2,500.

Capacity: Up to 175 seated guests.

Find New York City Fire Museum at NYC Fire Museum or check out Facebook or Instagram.

Sommwhere

Located in the heart of the Lower East Side, Sommwhere is the ultimate venue for creative couples on a budget.

One of the core values at Sommwhere is sustainability and their building design is eco-conscious. They tout their venue as “a calm oasis” and it is hard to believe the location is surrounded by the hustle and bustle of NYC. 

The venue is 1,200 square feet and features curved mirrored walls, arched doorways, natural wood & a concrete kitchen for a minimalist vibe.

The staff is there to help make your day extra special and can provide creative direction, wedding photography, catering, and much more. But, the best part? The price! 

Bonus: You can start your marriage off with some good karma as Sommwhere actively donates unused food and even event decor to local charities!

Starting Cost: $1,000.

Capacity: Up to 100 seated guests.

Find Sommwhere at Sommwhere or check out Instagram.

Go Sailing NYC

Another out-of-the-box venue, Go Sailing NYC is a fun and affordable option for you and a select guest list. 

This Manhattan-based yacht departs from Chelsea Piers and features a luxury deck lounge, as well as an inside cabin lounge.

There are luxury 5-star amenities with beverage and catering services staffed by members of the US Coast Guard. There are also several outdoor dining options including one near the Statue of Liberty. 

Bonus: Since this private sailboat sails all around the city, you’re sure to get some magnificent photos with the New York skyline as your backdrop. 

Starting Cost: $600.

Capacity: Up to six seated guests.

Find Go Sailing NYC at Go Sailing NYC or check out Facebook or Instagram.

Peterson House NYC

Dreaming of tying the knot in the Greenwich Village Historic District? Peterson House was built in 1854 and is located right in the middle of “the most beautiful block in New York City.”  

The parlor floor is described as “turn-of-the-century chic” and features two elegant rooms with chandeliers and marble fireplaces. This recently restored townhouse has high ceilings and a small terrace overlooking the garden area; perfect for a classy and intimate affordable wedding.

Bonus: Currently the home of the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies and the New York Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, Peterson House NYC has been owned by several different people from artists to entrepreneurs. You and your guests can become part of its fascinating history!

Starting Cost: $2,500.

Capacity: Up to 80 seated guests.

Find Peterson House NYC at Peterson House NYC or check out Facebook or Instagram.

New York Marble Cemetery

Don’t be fooled by the name, the New York Marble Cemetery is actually a historic garden hidden away in lower Manhattan.

Established in 1830, the New York Marble Cemetery is an affordable, hidden gem in the heart of NYC. This gorgeous serene space evokes a park-like vibe with a half-acre lawn, shade trees, flowering gardens, and benches. 

Perfect for an intimate, romantic outdoor wedding, the venue is covered on three sides by towering stone walls with plaques of marble engraved with the names of the 19th-century vault owners.

Bonus: The venue is the oldest non-denominational cemetery in New York City and has a rich history.

Starting Cost: $2,500.

Capacity: Up to 150 seated guests.

Find the New York Marble Cemetery at Marble Cemetery or check out Facebook.

The Green Building

Located in Brooklyn and dating back to 1889, the Green Building was originally used as a brass foundry. It has now been renovated into a wedding venue with indoor and outdoor spaces that ooze a hip industrial vibe.

The Courtyard is 2,400 square feet and is the ideal outdoor ceremony space or cocktail hour location.

Inside the building, there are original exposed brick walls, open-beamed ceilings with lots of greenery, and large windows to let in plenty of natural light. There is an indoor/outdoor sound system and a custom-built mobile bar.

Bonus: We love the idea of hiring a food truck in the outdoor Courtyard. How fun is that?

Starting Cost: $4,000.

Capacity: Up to 160 seated guests.

Find The Green Building at The Green Building or check out Facebook or Instagram.

The Dumbo Loft

Another incredible wedding venue in Brooklyn, The Dumbo Loft was built in 1891 and has been completely renovated.

Originally built as a 19th-century tobacco warehouse, The Dumbo Loft is an NYC wedding venue with a fascinating history and unique wedding photo opportunities.

Just steps from the Brooklyn Bridge Park, you can have an outdoor ceremony in the park and then walk over to The Dumbo Loft for your reception. This stunning space boasts large windows that frame charming original cobblestone streets and Manhattan bridge archways.

The Main Space at the Dumbo Loft is 3,000 square feet and has high ceilings, wood columns, exposed brick walls, and hardwood floors. 

Bonus: The Dumbo Loft is pet friendly so you can make Fido a part of your big day!

Starting Cost: $3,000.

Capacity: Up to 140 seated guests.

Find The Dumbo Loft at The Dumbo Loft or check out Facebook

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

Located in the Bronx, the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum is a mid-19th-century mansion perfect for your affordable yet elegant intimate wedding.

This historic venue has plenty of charm and character with manicured lawns and stone fountains. Imagine the wedding photos you’ll have taken in this chateau-style setting!

The Formal Gardens are terraced and have a garden pebble court for your ceremony, and the sunlit Conservatory has ceiling-to-floor french doors with scenic views of the gardens and grounds. This restored Orangerie is also filled with artwork and 19th-century-style sculptures. Wow!

Bonus: For a larger wedding party, you can rent a beautiful white tent for a reception on the grounds.

Starting Cost: $2,500.

Capacity: Up to 50 seated guests.

Find the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum or check out Facebook or Instagram.

Hampton Inn Brooklyn Downtown

You might not get too excited about having a wedding ceremony and reception in a hotel ballroom, but if you and your guests are coming from out of town, the Hampton Inn Brooklyn Downtown may be the perfect venue for your weekend wedding getaway! 

Not your typical run-of-the-mill chain hotel, the Hampton Inn boasts dazzling views of Manhattan from the Skyline Terrace located on the 23rd floor.

The main event room is decorated in Art Deco style with a black, white, and metallic color scheme with some modern accents including a projector for your slide show!

Bonus: If you are planning your wedding from another state, the staff at Hampton Inn are more than happy to help you with every detail from booking rooms to transportation. 

Starting Cost: $1,000.

Capacity: Up to 32 seated guests.

Find the Hampton Inn Brooklyn Downtown at Hampton Inn Brooklyn Downtown or check out Facebook or Instagram.

The Farm Soho Rooftop

Located in the heart of Nolita, The Farm Soho is a historic building that gives guests spectacular views of Little Italy and the Manhattan skyline from its rooftop.

Perfect for intimate micro weddings, this venue has 2,300 outdoor square feet with outdoor furnishings and an A/V system.

The overall vibe is eclectic, yet elegant and modern with its stylish and contemporary outdoor bar. And did we mention the views? Stunning!

Bonus: The Farm Soho is home to the oldest cheese store in America! Who doesn’t love cheese?

Starting Cost: $3,000.

Capacity: Up to 50 seated guests.

Find The Farm Soho Rooftop at The Farm Soho or check out Facebook or Instagram.

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