03/14/17 3:31pm

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Throwing a spectacular, 80-person wedding in Brooklyn for anything less than $40,000 is a feat. (That’s the low-end, average price of hosting your nuptials here–The Knot estimates the cost is closer to $60,000.) Throwing a wedding here for $14,000 is a bit of a miracle. But Laura Dolce-Bun, a teacher, and Mey Dolce-Bun, a farmer, managed with the help of talented friends and a lot of hands-on planning.

Of course, not everyone has a wedding photographer friend they can ask to shoot their weddings, as Laura and Mey did. Their connections at their venue helped, too, but they rented it at an opportune time when it was just getting started. Any couple can do this and expect to save money, as brand-new or soon-to-open venues often discount their prices to fill the calendar quickly and get cash flowing.

Laura and Mey also kept costs down by doing a lot of the work that a caterer would typically do, like arranging for the rentals of tables, seating and dinnerware, procuring all the meat, produce and alcohol themselves, and asking friends to bartend.

Even if you don’t intend to go DIY like they did, their tips, particularly for savoring the moments of a day you’ve spent a year planning, are worth heeding. Here’s how planned their October 2016 Williamsburg wedding. (more…)

03/13/14 3:49pm

This video by Love + Brain Films makes it easy to recap this year’s spring Wedding Crashers, which took place in three fab venues this year: The Green Building, Show Room Gowanus and 501 Union. Take a peek, you’ll see it was a blast.

Wedding Crashers from Courtney Arcese on Vimeo.

Below, Andrea Fischman Photography and Amy Sims for Moss + Isaac captured our vendors and guests in depth. We have even more photos on our Facebook page.

Thanks again to our sponsors: Squarespace (Receive 10% off your first purchase of Squarespace with code CRASHERS14), Lover.ly, Prym Rum, Heights Chateau, Mionetto Prosecco, and Brooklyn Brewery and to Be Better Studios, who designed our programs and signage.

A special thanks to our vendors, too, who transformed The Green Building and Show Room Gowanus into a gorgeous, inspiring showcase of all the creative elements you can incorporate into your wedding. One bride-to-be, Katy Fuoco, actually took the time to email us and say what a great time she had at our fair.

“We’re getting married in October and I’ve been to a couple fairs so far that have been so dull, generic, and boring,” she wrote. “I finally felt like someone ‘got me’ at the Wedding Crashers event on Sunday. Such creativity, thoughtfulness, and great, amazing vendors.”

Visit all of our fabulous vendors’ links after the slideshow, and happy wedding planning! (more…)

09/04/13 2:09pm

Inside the courtyard of 501 Union. Note, classic cars not included in every wedding. Credit: JBM Wedding Photograpy

Inside the courtyard of 501 Union. Note, classic cars not included in every wedding. Credit: JBM Wedding Photograpy

Wedding Crashers, the city’s best wedding fair for couples seeking one-of-a-kind nuptials, is unveiling its first fall fair on Wednesday, September 25, from 5:30-9:30 at the brand-new Brooklyn venue, 501 Union. Whether your vision involves Brooklyn-inspired invites, farm-to-table catering, or a string quartet that covers the Smiths, we tightly curate Wedding Crashers to showcase the most original vendors in New York. (more…)

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