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Have a budget-friendly wedding in My Kitchen, Queens!

You’ve always dreamed of eloping in New York City, but you’re looking for someplace more subdued, affordable, or just plain different than those famous and iconic NYC wedding locations. Maybe you’re a Brooklyn or Manhattan local who has never experienced the diverse, international flavors of Queens, NY, and now you’re on the hunt for the perfect venue to host your budget-friendly NYC wedding for under 100 people.

Be a Queen (or King!) for a day, no matter your wedding size or budget!

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We highly recommend My Kitchen in Forest Hills, Queens for the perfect post-City Hall reception, an intimate meal with your wedding party, or a full-on ceremony with dinner, drinks, and dancing.

My Kitchen is a unique restaurant and event space specializing in Italian-Caribbean comfort food and budget-friendly events. You’ll love the gorgeous, customizable wedding options in their restaurant, banquet hall, and spacious patio. Husband-and-wife team, Chef Joe and Dhanny Palma are beloved by their clients for their incredible food, personable service, and expert advice.

“I often get calls from couples saying that they’re planning a ‘small wedding’ or a ‘simple wedding,'” says Dhanny. “I quickly correct them by letting them know that it is still a wedding, no matter size or budget. Whether it is 100 people or 12 people (yes, I’ve done one of those), this is your day!”

What does a budget-friendly NYC wedding look like?

My Kitchen’s customizable spaces can host your budget-friendly NYC wedding for under 100 people!

    • Banquet Hall – The indoor hall serves up to 80 guests seated, and is designed to give ample natural light through French doors, with one wall of open bricks looking onto the patio.

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  • Outdoor Patio – The perfect space for an intimate ceremony, cocktail party or garden tea party, which may also be used as a reception space for hors d’oeuvres for evening events before moving inside for the formal reception.

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  • Restaurant Space – Ideal for smaller, more intimate events like bridal showers, baby showers or private dinner parties, this indoor space seats 25-40 guests.
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All wedding packages include decor, which can include chair covers with a couple’s choice of colored sashes, backdrops, colored linen, and ballroom chairs. You can bring your own cake and flowers, have My Kitchen supply these, or you can add these on to your NY 1 Minute references and service packages.

Don’t forget the hair stylist, florist, photographer, wedding officiant, and DJ! NY 1 Minute’s got you covered with our build-your-own wedding packages with the best NYC wedding professionals.

Create your perfect big or small wedding menu

Chef Joe will accommodate every couple’s tastes and diets, from steak and seafood centered dishes, to gluten-free, vegan and Halal items. My Kitchen even has a sample wedding menu to help you plan your budget-friendly NYC wedding. You may want to opt for My Kitchen’s fusion menu, which is a celebration of cultural traditions that have been passed down, merged, and innovated. Some mouth-watering examples:

  • Curried Lamb Ragu tossed with pappardelle pasta topped with dollop of lime yogurt
  • Bacalao filled Ravioli with a puttanesca sauce
  • Stewed Oxtail over Polenta
  • Caribbean Style Fish Stew over Vegetable Cou Cou
  • Trinidadian-style Smoked Herring tossed with spaghetti

As Dhanny explains in her post, Things My Chef Taught Me, “We went back and forth with my recollection of a recipe vs his tweaking the recipe to make it his own and it was quite delicious, making me question my grandmother’s choices LOL.”

Take your City Hall wedding to the next level!

My Kitchen offers a fantastic City Hall Wedding Package, which features an intimate wedding reception in your own decorated private room, inclusive of a Cheese Bar appetizer station, 2-course meal, and soft beverages, from $55 per person. Talk about easy on the wallet!

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Where to take great wedding photographs around Queens?

The charming neighborhood of Forest Hills features Tudor stylings in Station Square and Forest Hills Gardens, perfect for a Downton Abbey style photoshoot. Have a-rocking’ photoshoot to touring bands at iconic Forest Hills Stadium. Get back to nature in bucolic Forest Park, which also boasts a vintage carousel. Shoot for the stars in Flushing Meadows Corona Park! Pose in front of the rockets at NYC Hall of Science, or in front of the epic Unisphere fountain. Go on one of a million Queens food tours and ‘gram it up in New York City’s largest and most diverse borough, where over 150 different languages are spoken, and nearly as many food cultures thrive. Don’t forget that you’re still only a subway ride away from NYC’s most famous sites. We’ve got you covered if you’re looking for an incredible wedding photographer!

My Kitchen, your wedding guru!

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Chef Joe’s and Dhanny’s forty years of service industry experience and good-humored, no-nonsense advice are worth their weight in gold for couples who have chosen NYC for their destination wedding or elopement spot. Just take a look at some of Dhanny’s frank and hilarious blog entries:

My Kitchen is now in its 7th year, and Dhanny and Chef Joe’s inspiring marriage and business partnership continue to sparkle as an NYC rarity.

“We run our business to please us. We are not for everyone, nor do we compete. We are here to provide service and good food. We try to be real and honest. We wear our relationship on our sleeves with our customers. Share photos of our kids and stories of our vacations. We are real people making a living in an industry which tries to dictate your hours of business, your staffing, your menu. We stand by what we believe and we work to make a living, and if that means taking off once in a while to go to the beach, we are allowed.”

Dhanny’s advice to couples who want to have a strong, lasting marriage is to simply remember why they got married: “Because you were in love and couldn’t see yourself having fun without this person. Maybe have a kid or two. Chef and I are BEST FRIENDS before anyone else. We work hard but we play harder with each other. At the end of the day, I want someone to take care of me when I get old and so does he. Marriage is very transient nowadays. It takes work and most folks don’t want to put in the work.”

Fantastic advice from the fantastic owner of one of NYC’s best venues to have a budget-friendly wedding for under 100 people. You can book the start of your own beautiful friendship with My Kitchen, by sending an inquiry. 

Be sure to also check out our NYC Elopement Packages to make the most of your special day at My Kitchen!

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