Wednesday, August 7th, 2013...10:22 am

Ask Jody: BBQ & Luau Style Long Island Wedding

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Chris, Wantagh
Q:  I am so happy and lucky I found you and this site!! My fiance and I want to have a very nice outdoor BBQ Luau type reception. Our budget is small but has the hope of really having something that people will be entertained at. Hula dancers maybe etc… We are really not the catering hall types. Just want a day where we get together with loved ones and friends. My question is do you know of an outdoor venue that would accommodate something like this. A lot of places we have searched have outdoor but then you must go inside or maybe don’t allow the Luau kind of catered food. Thanks so much for any and all help!!

A:  Hi, Chris.  Thanks for writing! The Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury has amazing outdoor space, with a South Beach inspired pool deck, sandy “beach” area, fire pits and more! They offer Caribbean and Latin cuisine, which is a perfect fit for you. I would suggest choosing a cocktail style menu or buffet to cut costs. There are also many dance companies that have Hula dancers for hire, such as Aloha Hula NYC
I would also look into the Pavilion at Sunken Meadow State Park. It is an intimate, but casual venue overlooking the Long Island Sound. You can add Luau decor to make it your own.  Good luck!