Deity Wedding Venue and Event Space located right in the heart of Atlantic Avenue was once a synagogue in need of much repair. Owners, Caio & Kristine Dunson purchased this space in 2004 and did a total gut renovation that both Caio and Kristine were very much apart of. The walls were covered in plaster and they wanted to expose the brick. They also replaced all electrical, plumbing and most of the floors and stairs. All of the art is custom made by Brooklyn artists including the stained glass and the beautiful Iron Gate tree seen at the front door.
Deity opened in 2007; the couple chose this space for its potential and the lovely area. Caio and Kristine have turned this space into a beautiful 3-floor venue with a bar and sitting room on the main floor and a lovely hard wood floor space on the second level. The owners currently live in Brooklyn and have about 12-15 employees at any given time. Their business has grown mainly through word of mouth campaigns and built there own reputation without using paid advertising.
When Deity first opened, they started with smaller events and worked their way up to weddings after getting several requests. They soon realized that weddings were something they loved after seeing how much a unconventional, full-service venue was needed in their market. Their specialty is non-traditional weddings, including the ceremony, reception, dinner, dancing, drinks, décor and DJ. When asking the team at Deity about up and coming wedding trends, she sees weddings moving away from the natural, rustic, DIY look to more of a glamorous style. Much like the movie The Great Gatsby, with candlelight, orchids and colors like silver and gold.
The advice they have for a couple planning a wedding is to always plan 6-12 months in advance. Save yourself from a lot of stress and use a full-service venue or wedding planner. Unless you are a professional event planner, planning a wedding can become a full time job. Most brides don’t have time to do this, and it may end up costing you just as much money in the end as well as your sanity. As you find your venue make sure to ask the right questions about what may or may not be included. Look for hidden charges on things like cake cutting, china and administration fees. Also ask about the length of time you are allowed to use the venue for as well as how late you are able to stay.
They are a great choice for those looking for a one-stop shop and can plan your entire wedding in-house. Many Brooklyn venues do not offer this type of service. What makes them different from other venues in Brooklyn are that they are the only large capacity wedding venue with 3 floors of unique décor all designed in Brooklyn, by Brooklynites. They have done many events and there favorite is creating a unique environment that is not your standard catering hall. They are very proud of their same-sex marriages and being a part of history in NYC.