Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
53 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Average Base Cost: $16,000

Average base cost for a Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture wedding is calculated by figuring a 100person guest list on a Saturday night for a 5-hour wedding and an average food/beverage catering cost of $100/pp. Transportation to venue, entertainment, decorations, additional rentals, valet, DJ, and photography are not included. Average price includes gratuity and state sales tax. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand.

*Prices subject to change

How it Breaks Down

Facility Rental Fee: 

  • Fridays and Sundays – $700 per hour
  • Saturdays – $800 per hour

What’s Included: Tables and chairs are included, as well as two hours for set-up and one hour for cleanup when you rent the space for a minimum of 4 hours.

Extras: Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture Leaders are also available to perform weddings.

Food/Beverage: While the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture has a list of preferred caterers, you can bring in your own as long as they provide an Accord Certificate naming BSEC as a certificate holder.

Photo by JF+AB Photography
Photo by JF+AB Photography

More Stats

Space Type: Inside/Outside (if you do decide you want to tent the outside area a quote from Ace Party Rental for a 25’ x 55′ tent was $2,000 and up to $2,600 depending on if you want walls, lights, and a heater)


Size: The building can hold 100 people indoors and 150 people outdoors. For over 100 people you would most likely set it up with seating outside and dancing inside.

Bridal Suite: Yes

Parking: While on-street parking is available, space is often limited

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Photo by JF+AB Photography

Food Service Type: Your choice

How Will Grandma Get There? BSEC is located directly next to Prospect Park, and is around 7 blocks away from the 7th avenue F/G. There is a Fairfield Inn and Suites located nearby for out-of-town guests.

Party On! Events can run between 8 a.m.-1 a.m.

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Photo by JF+AB Photography

The Report

The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture is a self-described “liberal and educational fellowship without formal creed or dogma.” The neo-Jacobean style mansion was built in 1900 and has housed the BSEC since 1947 (though the BSEC itself was formed in 1906).

Woman Getting Married Says

With the largest private garden in Brooklyn, this venue offers one of the few inside/outside venues in and around the city on a budget. You can achieve a garden-party vibe without too much fuss or decor by having your ceremony outside and your reception to follow with an inside/outside flow (IE: food stations can be set up inside if having a buffet).

You can bring in your own caterers, which is a huge plus, and the central location is great for guests coming in from Manhattan and the Boroughs. I think the smaller your guest count at this venue the better given the layout, but overall I think this place is a fun and inexpensive option (especially for NY/Brooklyn!) for a unique wedding.

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Amenities/What’s Included 8
Convenient for Grandma 8
Layout 8
Location 9
Overall Charm 8
Venue Value 9

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