501 Union Wedding Cost

Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff

Located in five Brooklyn neighborhoods, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Boreum Hill, Gowanus, and Park Slope, the 501 Union stays true to its history, dating back to 1916, transforming your special day into a place to gather and celebrate.

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On average, the price per person can greatly vary depending on the time of year and which day of the week you want to book the venue.  The food choices, alcohol (if you want it) and all of the additional inclusions, such as the flowers, transportation, photography and so forth, as with any venue, can play a large role in the “average” per person price.  With all of this in mind, WomanGettingMarried.com states that most couples should be prepared to pay about $206 per person for a peak-time Saturday night wedding that would include both the food and alcohol for a five-hour open bar package.  Deducting the open bar, if you didn’t want it, this could drop the “per person” price by more than $56 per person, depending on the package chosen.  Seeing this is the peak-time pricing, any other days throughout the year may be less or even the same, again, depending on the factors mentioned prior.

As for just the rental fee on its own, this fee will depend on the day of the week and the month you choose, and to make it easy, we broke down the costs from outside sources we found online in our table below:

Friday, Saturday or Sunday$7,000
July, August, November, December
Friday or Sunday$10,800
April-June, September-October
Friday or Sunday$11,400

NOTE:  These rental fees were sourced from outside parties and should be used as estimates only.  Remember, as in our first bullet point above, this will NOT include the food, alcoholic beverages and additional decorations, transportation, photography and so forth.  As the rates do vary, the official venue website asks you email info at 501union.com.

To break down the rental fee, open bar and the catering, here’s what you should be prepared to pay for all of the three combined.  Again, this will not include any of the additional wedding expenses you need to budget for.

Bar Package (5-hour open bar)- $8 per person for just bottled water, soda and juice -- no alcohol

- $44~ per person for select wines, draft beer and soft drinks

- $56~ per person for open bar including select wines, draft beer and soft beverages

- $72~ per person for premium open bar including premium liquor, wine, bottle beer and soft drinks
FoodVaries as you choose the caterer and setup ($50-$150+ per person)

What’s included in the rental fee?

According to the official site, the rental fee will include cleaning before the event, pre-event support from an events manager, a venue coordinator, an operations manager, a front of the house manager, coat check room access with 160 hangers, four-part mobile stage, a fully-integrated audio system, a private suite, fully equipped kitchen for catering and access to the following venue spaces in our subheading below.

At the time of your booking, the venue does ask you place a 50% down deposit, and in addition to this, you will need to place a $1,000 security deposit, which is refunded up to 14 days after the event as long as no damages occured.  30 days prior to the event, the additional 50% is required to secure the date.

Venue options

The Lounge:  A 1,400 square foot “mingling” room equipped with a 15-foot Carrara Marble top bar, surrounded by detailed woodwork, brass light fixtures, wallpaper and a white tin ceiling.  A choice for those who want to have an indoor cocktail hour space.

The Courtyard:  A 1,400 square foot outdoor space designed for socializing.  This area, which extends from the Lounge, opens up to Union Street and the main space area.  A popular choice for an outside ceremony, this space can seat a maximum of 140 guests.

The Gallery:  This 3,500 square foot space, equipped with a lofted ceiling and 50-foot skylight, is surrounded by exposed brick and hardwood.  Including eight chandeliers, each on dimmers, as well as an integrated sound system and full-service bar, this area is commonly used for the wedding reception.  Depending on the setup, this venue space can accommodate up to 140-160 guests.

Tips to know

Outside vendors are allowed with the exception of any furniture vendors, but the venue does have a preferred vendor list.  You are allowed to bring in your own caterer, but the venue does provide its own bar packages as long as you have a minimum headcount of at least 75 guests and you commit to a four-hour minimum open bar setup on all wedding parties.  An 18% gratuity is added to all bar packages.

The venue only books one event per day, and on the day of the event, the venue will open at 9 a.m. and will remain open through 2 a.m., with guests asked to leave by 1:30 a.m.

To see the venue in action, Mademoiselle Fiona listed multiple photos from a wedding she photographed.

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