Hi! My girlfriend and I are trying to plan our wedding for May 2016 in NYC. We expect approximately 25-30 people and want to keep things fun and low-key. We hope to keep our budget as low as possible – under $5,000. We have been trying to find information about doing a Central Park ceremony without using a wedding planner – we can’t tell if that is doable or if it will be too much of a headache… Spending $1,000 just on the ceremony won’t work for us. If we did that we would then want to find a not-too-far-away restaurant where we could do a reception. The other option seems to be finding a space where we can do the reception and wedding in one. We haven’t had luck so far, and there are just sooooo many places, but they are all out of our budget (and we haven’t found many spaces where we could do the ceremony and reception in one). We are not religious, but looked at two area Unitarian Universalist churches (the one in our community is pretty cheap), and even those are pricy. We are from out of state but a lot of our guests are in that area, and we both love the city and would just stay there for our honeymoon, so this is a really attactive option for us, but we are starting to wonder if it is going to be possible to keep our budget or whether we need to not get married there. Most of what we have been able to find on message boards is several years old, so the links are no longer active or the businesses are way more expensive now, etc. Any help would be much appreciated!