Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Places : Prince George Ballroom--Downtown Bride's location

The Prince George Ballroom is located at 15 East 27th Street in a landmark building that was originally built as a luxury hotel in 1904 and later became a welfare hotel. In the 1990s, it was purchased and rehabilitated by the not-for-profit Common Ground and the building is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Ballroom was just restored over the past two years and has only recently been open for events. Common Ground was a Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award this year from the New York Landmarks Conservancy for their work in restoring the space.

We plan to have our guests enter through the World Monuments Fund Gallery and hold the ceremony in the ballroom. The cocktail hour will be held in both the Gallery and the Ladies Tea Room and the reception will be back in the Ballroom.

Capacity: 299 seated

Fees: The cost of the space is a $7,500 site fee - which is applied to Common Ground's programs to combat homelessness (unfortunately, the organization is structured in such a way that you can't take a deduction for the site fee, but it does go to a good cause).

Amenities: There is a full kitchen, but everything else needs to be brought in. You have the entire site (including the Gallery, Ballroom and Tea Room) from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. and are not charged any additional fees for bringing rentals in early or having them picked up late. There is a conference room that can be used as a bridal suite upstairs. The venue also provides security guards and the events manager (Rachel - who I pray does not quit before my wedding because she is that awesome) will be there as well and will coordinate your vendors.

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