How to Make the Most Out of Open House

Attending an open house at the Green Building is one of the best ways to get a feel for it as your potential wedding venue. You can see the venue and our staff in action, and you can take your time exploring and asking questions as needed in a calm, no pressure environment. We always invite a few of our favorite vendors to join us, so open house is also a great opportunity for those who have already booked the venue but are still looking for vendors to help execute their dream wedding. Visit our calendar for upcoming open house dates, and check out some of our tips for making the most our of your visit:

Photo by Clean Plate Pictures

Photo by Clean Plate Pictures



  • Bring a friend or family member to bounce ideas off of – preferably someone whose opinion you value, but who won’t stand in the way of your vision.

  • Keep in mind these venue checklist essentials to ask about during your visit.

  • Bring your phone, camera, and notebook to take notes, document the venue, and quickly find your favorite vendors on Instagram.



Take a peek at the venue's private suite – can you imagine yourself getting ready there, or having a quiet moment before the ceremony begins?  Is there enough light for hair and make-up, is the furniture comfortable, is there enough space for your wedding party?



Open house is a great time to meet potential vendors. You can ask about their familiarity with the venue and get to know their personalities in person rather than browsing endlessly online. Are they warm and friendly? Are they knowledgeable about the venue?



Be prepared to take many photos of the venue from all angles. If you notice a particular design element you like about the venue, document it! If you are visiting a few different venues, they could all start to blur together so you'll want to take note of standout features to jog your memory. 



Our venue coordinators will be onsite to answer any questions you have about hosting an event at the Green Building. When you book the space, you will be assigned a venue coordinator who will be your guide from the time you sign the contract until the last pickup after the wedding. Say hello to them at open house!  



In addition to getting a feel for the venue itself, keep an eye out for other spots that would be good photo ops for first look and family photos. Take a short walk around our block and you'll find plenty of interesting murals, quintessential Brooklyn stoops, colorful buildings, and industrial vignettes with tons character.



You’re going to be looking at tons of venues and meeting all kinds of people trying to sell you things throughout the planning phase, so try to make it fun. Taste all the food, drink all the booze. Turn it into a date night, and hit up one of these local spots after you leave open house. 

Broken Box Mime Theater

ABOVE BELOW was a special two-night event presented by Gowanus Art & Production and Broken Box Mime Theater (BKBX) at the Green Building in 2015.  BKBX is a collaborative performance group that tells original stories through mime technique, without the use of props, sets, costumes or words.  Each evening the audience was taken on an epic journey inspired by place and perspective, via a collection of original short plays told entirely through movement and music. ABOVE BELOW woke up the adventurer, the romantic, the cynic, and the dreamer in all of us.

Photos by Chellise Michael

ISSUE Project Room Presents Nakatani Gong Orchestra

ISSUE Project Room partnered with us to bring a non-traditional orchestra directed by master percussionist and acoustic sound artist Tatsuya Nakatani. Nakatani's approach to music is visceral, non-linear and intuitively primitive, expressing an unusually strong spirit while avoiding any categorization. He creates sound via both traditional and extended percussion techniques, utilizing drums, bowed gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects and bells, as well as various sticks, kitchen tools and homemade bows, all of which manifest in an intense and organic music that represents a very personal sonic world.

Photos by Chellise Michael


Groupmuse is making classical music accessible to new audiences by taking the fuss out of the listening experience, meaning anyone can host Groupmuse artists house-party style with and for friends. The Green Building proudly hosted a larger-scale evening outside their regular living room sessions. Learn more about Groupmuse here, and see some of our favorite photos by Chellise Michael below!

The Median Movement

THE MEDIAN MOVEMENT is the artistic intersection between Xan Burley + Alex Springer, serving as a vessel for their collaborative choreography, performance and teaching. They presented Room Moving Part I, a collaboration with sound/set designer/performer Will Owen and dance artist Hsiao-Jou Tang. Room Moving examines established relationships of formal performance in working with an integrated set of bright, white string. The night ended with a performance of X, a duet, opening on a moment before an end. 

Rebecca + Dov's Food Truck Wedding

This feature of Rebecca and Dov's wedding at the Green Building originally appeared on Style Me Pretty.

Throwing a food truck wedding seems like the kind of event a couple would set out to deliberately host. You know – the kind of idea that had been brewing for some time, with photos pinned to a secret Pinterest board and specific food trucks already on deck. But for Dov and me, the idea was a solution – a really delicious one – to the planning problems many couples typically face.

When Dov and I sat down to plan, we considered food, alcohol and music the holy trinity of our reception – the trifecta that truly makes for a great party. We also learned within a hot second that these were among the most expensive elements of any wedding. So to keep our guest list at 200 people, we made some decisions early on: we would search for a venue where we could stock our own bar, we wouldn’t use a traditional caterer and we would find the most fun DJ NYC could offer.

We preferred a venue that shined on its own and only needed a few subtle, seasonal details. We came across a former foundry called The Green Building on a quiet street in Brooklyn and fell in love with its exposed brick, vintage charm and sky-high ceilings.

We also had some stylistic preferences of our own. We wanted a wedding that was simple and informal. Dov grew up in Los Angeles, so we wanted our wedding to incorporate some of that casual elegance native to California. As a lifestyle editor who grew up in New York, I’ve seen just how elaborate and stunning weddings can become. But that level of grandeur just isn’t me (I skipped the veil and ditched the bouquet), and it certainly isn’t us. It was challenging to find vendors that had similarly restrained approaches, and it wasn’t until we decided to work with food trucks that we found some awesome collaborators.

Dov and I opted for a cocktail-style reception so guests would be up and about. We looked into some loft spaces but preferred a venue that shined on its own and only needed a few subtle, seasonal details. We came across a former foundry called The Green Building on a quiet street in Brooklyn and fell in love with its exposed brick, vintage charm and sky-high ceilings.

Since we weren’t using a traditional caterer, we had more freedom to serve the kind of food people love to eat – like grilled cheese, fish tacos and falafel. We thought about using some local Brooklyn restaurants to cater the food, but we wanted such a variety of options that no one restaurant made sense. We initially came across the concept of food trucks as something couples used as an extra element, like for dessert or as a late-night snack. But food trucks were our answer for the whole reception, allowing us to serve the kind of food we love to eat and cutting our food and alcohol budget by more than 60 percent.

That level of grandeur just isn’t me, and it certainly isn’t us.

We included a card in our wedding invitation informing guests that the reception would be “A Moveable Feast, featuring vegetarian fare from our favorite New York City food trucks.” We hired trucks that served four different types of grilled cheese and handmade sodas, Middle-Eastern cuisine, roasted local vegetables, fish tacos and customizable chipwiches for dessert. To top it all off, my mom made the wedding cake and additional pies, while the groom’s mom individually wrapped dozens of her homemade peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. And as a final detail, we served coffee and tea in to-go Anthora cups, as a final nod to New York City and the casual dining we love. The trucks were placed in the patio area of the venue, as well as on the street right outside. Guests were able to move from the patio to the reception room, and out to the street with ease.

It’s pretty amazing to know that we designed every single element of our wedding ourselves, which seemed like the right way to kick off sharing a life together.

For the bar, we chose our favorite top-shelf liquor combined with delicious wine, champagne and the craft beers we love. We set up a self-serve “craft beer garden” in the patio, so guests could help themselves to nine different types of beer — which included some local brews, ciders and seasonal ales — throughout the night.

And when it came to music, our friend Allyson Levine at Bob Gail Special Events recommended DJ James Mulry, who spins at the Wythe Hotel, for some great tunes. James was especially awesome on the big day – somehow incorporating my love for jazz and old standards with music that people actually want to get up and dance to. He also kept our wedding – both the ceremony and the reception – on schedule.

Planning a food truck wedding for 200 people was certainly a logistical nightmare at times – you basically quadruple the amount of vendors you’re dealing with, and how is one supposed to know how many fish tacos to order vs. falafels vs. pounds of roasted bokchoy?! But it’s pretty amazing to know that we designed every single element of our wedding ourselves, which seemed like the right way to kick off sharing a life together.

Thank you to these wedding vendors:

Photography: Katie Osgood | Floral Design: Joseph Richard Florals | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | DJ: James Mulry | Officiant: Rabbi Richard Camras | Venue: The Green Building | Alcohol Vendor:Warehouse Wines & Spirits | Beer Vendor: DeCicco's in Armonk | Bridal Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Bride and MOB Hair Stylist: Halli Bivona | Chuppah: Gail Kogen (Groom's mom) | Cookies: Gail Kogen (Groom's Mom) | Food Truck: The Taco Truck | Food Truck: Morris Truck | Food Truck: Toum | Groom's Stylist: Geronimo De Ocampo Desumala III | Groom's Tie and Pocket Square: Paul Stuart | Ice Cream Truck: Coolhaus | Invitation Calligraphy: Ashley Curry | Ketubah: Stephanie Caplan | Local Vegetable Station: Westville | Menu Cards & Programs: Bride & Groom | Paper Products Printer: B Squared | Photobooth: We Love Photobooths! | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother | Venue Rentals:Broadway Party Rentals | Wedding Cake & Pies: Marya Shapiro (Bride's Mom)