Challenge: Luxury for large guests lists

NY, NJ and CT, Wedding Style & Decor
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Courtesy of The Roosevelt Hotel

There's certainly no shortage of gorgeous wedding venues in Manhattan. But, if you're inviting over 250 guests, the options get narrowed significantly (When our art director, Amber, first told me her wedding was attended by 450 people, I remember thinking 'Where in the heck did you find a space big enough to hold everybody?!'). And then, of course, there's the other problem that goes hand in hand with a big guest list: A big bill.

So when I recently paid a visit to the landmark Roosevelt Hotel on Madison Avenue, I was not only surprised to find out that they can easily host a wedding for over 420 people in their historic, gilded Grand Ballroom, their packages are also surprisingly well-priced: Starting at $165 per person, you'll get five hours of premium open bar, a one hour cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres and stations, a five-course served meal with wine service, a Sylvia Weinstock-designed cake, plus a complimentary bridal suite and two complimentary rooms for your parents. Not too shabby. You and your guests also get free reign of the entire mezzanine floor, which includes several meeting rooms—I love the idea of turning them into a photo booth room, a kid's room with a babysitter, and a martini lounge.

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The hotel just opened up a rooftop lounge, Mad46, this past summer. The outdoor space on the 19th floor of the hotel, which is surrounded by glittering midtown skyscrapers, is open until 2 a.m.—making it the perfect spot for a post-wedding after party. —Lauren Matthews, Associate Editor, Brides.com Magazines

Wedding Wisdom: Whether you're inviting 50 or 450, keep track of your guest list with Brides.com's Guest List Manager.

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