Planning a Brooklyn Wedding: The Venue

Engagement bliss is lovingly lingering however the wedding planning has begun! True to our steadfast Brooklyn roots, we are delightedly planning a Brooklyn wedding!

reBar , in DUMBO, was our first choice. It does an excellent job of taking care of all your wedding details. Their package includes ceremony set-up and breakdown, open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, layered cupcake “cake”, votive candles, DJ, decorations, flowers and photos on their rooftop. It’s a gastropub located conveniently in downtown Brooklyn right underneath the Manhattan bridge. It’s rooftop is nestled between the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges which would make for some great photo ops! Alas, it’s such a popular wedding venue (their prices are super competitive!) that it’s booked all the way until next December. They did have Labor Day weekend available however, Brooklyn Bridge park doesn’t allow outdoor ceremonies on holiday weekends so that decision was easy to make. Bittersweet, but easy. Nix rebar. Although I would highly, highly recommend this place for the non-traditional Brooklyn couple who want a casual, city-vibe for their Brooklyn wedding.

Deity was our second option. Deity is a club/lounge located on Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. It’s a former synagogue that’s been revamped  from protecting the holy and sacrosanct to promoting the corporeal and epicurean. Ah la dolce vita!

Deity is another one of those all-inclusive packages with a beautiful space to boast. The owner, Caio, was super nice and sweet when he took the time to show us around the space. He was so attentive to all of our questions and was sure to make us happy (including my mother who tagged along with her own set of questions; flowers? candles? white linens? a green room? where will we pass the grey poupon?) My mother’s idea of a wedding and my idea of a wedding are both very different. She’d go with the traditional church ceremony and Long Island catering hall. I want a simple, non-denominational, (perhaps outdoor?) ceremony with a view of the city skyline and an intimate restaurant with ample dance space. Compromise is an art my fiance and I are getting better at.

I digress.

All three floors are yours including the second floor ceremony space which boasts high ceilings and exposed brick walls, the 1st floor cocktail reception and the club in the basement. The price and decor are really hard to beat but I decided not to go with Deity only because the dance floor has no windows and in a summer wedding it would be sacrilegious to have my guests couped up in a basement!

We’ve also looked at Bubby’s (mucho dinero), Frankie’s 457 in Carroll Gardens (no dance floor here. It’s a big fat Greek and Latino wedding, they will dance on tables if they have too. Next!), Giando’s on the Water in Williamsburg (beautiful place, less than stellar reviews. As a Brooklyn blogger myself, I take customer reviews very seriously) and finally The Foundry , which is booked until the year 2031 (or 2013, I forget).

There is one more place left in Brooklyn that is beautiful architecturally, has a rich history, is situated in a great neighborhood and overlooks a picturesque view. The space has all the idyllic details that would keep the happy couple content and satisfy the concerns of the MOB. You will just have to wait to hear all about it 🙂


About Maya

I like words like "labyrinthian," "kerfuffle," and "serendipitous" because they're mellifluous. I love poetry, pumpkin ales, sangria, long summer days, Fall foliage, going out of my way to step on crunchy leaves in October, live music, Jazz, Salsa dancing, theater, film (foreign and indie), the arts (myriad varieties), dance (in theory and practice) and any place where I can sit outdoors and take it all in.
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5 Responses to Planning a Brooklyn Wedding: The Venue

  1. C. Buchner says:

    I’ve always imagined that if I were to ever get married…*waits for snickers to stop*…it’d be neat to have it on Halloween night in a cemetery. In costumes! Of course, finding a gal who’d go for that is next to impossible, so dream I shall. 😛

    That Deity one sounded kinda nice, windows notwithstanding. So many venues, so little time…

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  3. Kara says:

    Hi! I am interested in having a party at Deity, and while I imagine the rates would be different since it’s not a wedding, how much does Deity charge? You can e-mail me at…Thank you so much! Best wishes!

  4. Amanda says:

    What is the last place?! I’m looking into rebar so read your blog thanks for the great info! Dying to know where you ended up. We have very similar wants! Please let me know! Thanks so much.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hi this article was interesting since we are in the exact predicament. We are between ReBar and Deity and have a list of Pros and Cons to both. I am ready to pull my hair out. How was the Montauk Club afterall? What did you think of the stairs and your guests having to comein and out of the venue at Deity.

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