Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

53 Prospect Park West,
Brooklyn, NY 11215
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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


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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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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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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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