Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A Brooklyn Wedding, Part I

It is now September 2nd and just 4 short days after my beautiful wedding day. I wanted to get onto the Brooklyn Clothesline as soon as possible so I could start my Brooklyn Wedding series and hopefully help others brides make their wedding day as special as mine was.

To begin, I’d like to start with the all important wedding reception venue. When I initially began my search for the perfect venue, there were many options to consider, including location (Brooklyn, Manhattan, Long Island, etc) or restaurant, hall, country club, etc. I chose to narrow my selections down by cost of venue as well as location. Once I narrowed down my options, the process was much easier to manage. We ended up agreeing that the reception should remain as close to the church, and our neighborhood, as possible; we wanted to accommodate our out of town guests, as well as our senior guests, and guests who did not have access to a car.

Some of the websites I used to search venues included, but are not limited to:

The knot website was helpful in giving me an idea of cost per person, without having to commit to an appointment with the venue. I’m a big believer in not wasting my time, or others’ time.

After much research, I narrowed my selection down to 2 venues. In the end, one simply gave me a better bang for my buck and offered more options to “customize” my wedding. I can honestly say that I am completely satisfied with the decision I made.

The Dyker Beach Golf Course was impressive from the moment I contacted Beth Lanteri, the Catering Sales Manager for the club. Beth emailed me a sample menu as well as a price-point per person for a 5 course, sit down dinner – exactly what we were looking for. Since it was the same cost as our other option, I thought it would be worth it to check out the venue. A few days later, and about a ten minute drive from our house and we were standing in front of an impressive country-club-like building on the middle of a golf course, in the middle of Brooklyn! Once on the property you would never know you were in a bustling borough.

We met with Beth, toured the building, and scheduled a tasting. A few weeks later we returned for our tasting, which cemented our decision – the wedding reception would take place at Dyker Beach Golf Course. We then met with Chris Giacolone, the Food and Beverage Manager at Dyker Beach G.C. Chris was more than helpful throughout the entire process of planning our event. Accommodating does not even begin to describe Chris. We had a lot of special requests, as we were bringing two very different families together and wanted to make sure we were able to please everyone on our special day. From ordering an extra import beer, to providing extra items, items that were not on the menu, to incorporate in our cocktail hour.

Everything the day of the event went smashing. Chris and his staff set up all of our centerpieces (which we had made ourselves the evening before) and set up candles on the tables, seating cards, wedding favors, and much more. When we arrived at the reception, we were ushered off to the bridal suite which was stocked with champagne, fresh fruit, cheese, crackers and more. We waited in the bridal suite while our golf cart was brought to us and parked next to the outdoor, flagstone patio – ready for us to use in finding the perfect spots for pictures on the course.

We ended up with 56 guests at our dinner reception. Our guests were treated to a cocktail hour complete with passed hors d'Ĺ“uvres and an open bar. Dinner was served by waiters in tuxedos, donning white gloves. Our guests had the option of ordering a chef prepared dish of either salmon, chicken, or chateaubriand. The bar was well stocked with top-shelf liquor, imported and domestic beer, and sweet imported liquers.

Our experience with the Dyker Beach Golf Course was an incredible one, and we are so glad we found it! In a big city there are so many choices, and we consider ourselves lucky to have this little gem right in our neck of the woods. The DBGC is located 1030 86th Street. My contacts at the club were Beth Lanteri and Chris Giacolone, although I believe there are other associates you may contact if you are looking for more information.

The budget conscience bride who must please everyone AND provide a classy atmosphere with stellar service will find that the DBGC meets all her needs and more.