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The Audubon Boathouse - Prospect Park

Brooklyn , NY

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Brooklyn, NY US
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Sandy
Wedding:
6/9/2012
4.4/5.0
Booking Prospect Park was a easy choice for us. Everything is packaged here, but it's a good package not like a hotel wedding package. The food, alcohol, CAKE, rentals (ie. table cloth & chairs), and services are ALL included in the price. If you have little time and only want to focus on small things that make the place unique, this place is perfect. There's indoor and outdoor options, boat rides and a historic building. Moveable Feast is the dedicated and only catering service allowed. Personally, I had a great time working with them though I don't think I was a pushy pushy bride. I just emailed them a list of questions in the beginning, middle and before. A lot of it is trusting your vendor to do the right thing and we did. Food and service was above average I think.
Booking Prospect Park was a easy choice for us. Everything is packaged here, but it's a good package not like a hotel Read more...
Booking Prospect Park was a easy choice for us. Everything is packaged here, but it's a good package not like a hotel wedding package. The food, alcohol, CAKE, rentals (ie. table cloth & chairs), and services are ALL included in the price. If you have little time and only want to focus on small things that make the place unique, this place is perfect. There's indoor and outdoor options, boat rides and a historic building. Moveable Feast is the dedicated and only catering service allowed. Personally, I had a great time working with them though I don't think I was a pushy pushy bride. I just emailed them a list of questions in the beginning, middle and before. A lot of it is trusting your vendor to do the right thing and we did. Food and service was above average I think. Read less
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Antonia
Wedding:
9/17/2011
5.0/5.0
The Movable Feast crew headed up by Ellen and Jackson did an amazing job on every aspect of the wedding planning process from decorations to table settings, lighting, and food. They are sweet, kind, accessible and flexible, and make a potentially stressful process for brides an absolute breeze. Ellen and Jackson made me feel at home during every meeting. They worked with me to put together a delicious menu that our guests adored, and helpfully added some modified selections for family members with special food needs. All around a fantastic group to work with!
The Movable Feast crew headed up by Ellen and Jackson did an amazing job on every aspect of the wedding planning process Read more...
The Movable Feast crew headed up by Ellen and Jackson did an amazing job on every aspect of the wedding planning process from decorations to table settings, lighting, and food. They are sweet, kind, accessible and flexible, and make a potentially stressful process for brides an absolute breeze. Ellen and Jackson made me feel at home during every meeting. They worked with me to put together a delicious menu that our guests adored, and helpfully added some modified selections for family members with special food needs. All around a fantastic group to work with! Read less
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dme11217
Wedding:
9/3/2010
4.4/5.0
Want a unique location that'll blow away your guests? This is it. A beautiful spot in the park with a really cool building --my guests were just amazed. When the sun goes down and your guests are dancing on the lakeside terrace, under the stars, you'll be happy you picked the boat house.

The only downside to this spot is that transportation's a bit of a mess: your guests have to park in a lot and take a 4-5 minute walk to the venue. The wedding party can get a permit to drive right to the boathouse, but we ran into a few difficulties with park staff roadblocks. Can be a bit of a problem for out of town or very young/old guests.
Want a unique location that'll blow away your guests? This is it. A beautiful spot in the park with a really cool building Read more...
Want a unique location that'll blow away your guests? This is it. A beautiful spot in the park with a really cool building --my guests were just amazed. When the sun goes down and your guests are dancing on the lakeside terrace, under the stars, you'll be happy you picked the boat house.

The only downside to this spot is that transportation's a bit of a mess: your guests have to park in a lot and take a 4-5 minute walk to the venue. The wedding party can get a permit to drive right to the boathouse, but we ran into a few difficulties with park staff roadblocks. Can be a bit of a problem for out of town or very young/old guests. Read less
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yh
Wedding:
6/12/2010
4.6/5.0
My husband and I loved the venue. Our goal for the wedding: Do as little wedding planning as possible. We were able to do that with the Audubon Boathouse. We loved the historic feel of it, the fact that it is in one of the most beautiful parks in Brooklyn (and really in New York City), the scale and intimate feel of it - it was perfect for our wedding size of 75 guests.

Some people might not like the bird theme - some of it is not removeable, but we figured that the kids would enjoy it. It's a perfect space for 70 - 90 guests and you can rent a tent if you want to squeeze in more people, but you kind of lose the indoor / outdoor aspect of the space. Because of the natural beauty of the building, we really didn't have to do any decorating - we brought in some flowers for the tables, but that was pretty much it. So, on the day of - we had very little to have to do in terms of decorating - I hate decorating and I had enough to deal with on the wedding day. This was huge.

Also, venue does come with the parking lot was maybe a 5 minute walk (Not the Wollman Rink location, but not too bad of a walk). We didn't have too many guests that drove - most took the subway, but free parking in a New York City venue, it was pretty rare to have that feature, so that definitely saved guests money because they didn't have to pay $20 - 30 for parking for a 4 - 5 hour event! The subway is pretty easy to get to there, the only sligiht problem is that we should have called for a local car service and had that set up for late that evening as people departed. Oh well.

I was originally not thrilled that we didn't have much choice with the catering option, but I ended up being very pleased by the service provided by Movable Feast. All-in, the price was about as good as you can get in NYC - you could pay less, but you pay for what you get - i.e. if you're paying less, you're probably getting less for the money. I'm a big foodie, but the fact of the matter is that you are never going to get a four star meal at a wedding venue. It's just not going to happen - anytime you have to feed more than 20 people all at the same time, it's never going to end up as good as being able to feed 4 people at the same time. Nonetheless, I thought the food was perfectly fine - it doesn't compare to some four star meals that I've had at some of NYC's finest restaurants, but nothing will. The best wedding food I had was at a wedding that had fourteen guests. But more important, the service was very good. Service was professional, timely and I was very pleased.
My husband and I loved the venue. Our goal for the wedding: Do as little wedding planning as possible. We were able to do Read more...
My husband and I loved the venue. Our goal for the wedding: Do as little wedding planning as possible. We were able to do that with the Audubon Boathouse. We loved the historic feel of it, the fact that it is in one of the most beautiful parks in Brooklyn (and really in New York City), the scale and intimate feel of it - it was perfect for our wedding size of 75 guests.

Some people might not like the bird theme - some of it is not removeable, but we figured that the kids would enjoy it. It's a perfect space for 70 - 90 guests and you can rent a tent if you want to squeeze in more people, but you kind of lose the indoor / outdoor aspect of the space. Because of the natural beauty of the building, we really didn't have to do any decorating - we brought in some flowers for the tables, but that was pretty much it. So, on the day of - we had very little to have to do in terms of decorating - I hate decorating and I had enough to deal with on the wedding day. This was huge.

Also, venue does come with the parking lot was maybe a 5 minute walk (Not the Wollman Rink location, but not too bad of a walk). We didn't have too many guests that drove - most took the subway, but free parking in a New York City venue, it was pretty rare to have that feature, so that definitely saved guests money because they didn't have to pay $20 - 30 for parking for a 4 - 5 hour event! The subway is pretty easy to get to there, the only sligiht problem is that we should have called for a local car service and had that set up for late that evening as people departed. Oh well.

I was originally not thrilled that we didn't have much choice with the catering option, but I ended up being very pleased by the service provided by Movable Feast. All-in, the price was about as good as you can get in NYC - you could pay less, but you pay for what you get - i.e. if you're paying less, you're probably getting less for the money. I'm a big foodie, but the fact of the matter is that you are never going to get a four star meal at a wedding venue. It's just not going to happen - anytime you have to feed more than 20 people all at the same time, it's never going to end up as good as being able to feed 4 people at the same time. Nonetheless, I thought the food was perfectly fine - it doesn't compare to some four star meals that I've had at some of NYC's finest restaurants, but nothing will. The best wedding food I had was at a wedding that had fourteen guests. But more important, the service was very good. Service was professional, timely and I was very pleased. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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CristenB
Wedding:
9/26/2009
4.2/5.0
The Boathouse was a beautiful location to have our ceremony. The staff there was responsive and able to answer any questions we had. Everything was set up exactly as we specified the day of the wedding.

My only complaint was that they do not allow you to drop off guests at the boathouse by car. My guests had to be dropped off at the Wolman rink and walk down which was difficult for several people.
The Boathouse was a beautiful location to have our ceremony. The staff there was responsive and able to answer any Read more...
The Boathouse was a beautiful location to have our ceremony. The staff there was responsive and able to answer any questions we had. Everything was set up exactly as we specified the day of the wedding.

My only complaint was that they do not allow you to drop off guests at the boathouse by car. My guests had to be dropped off at the Wolman rink and walk down which was difficult for several people. Read less
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