@nharper, and @kaktr2,
sorry for this delayed response, not sure why I’m getting such delayed notices from weddingbee?
Ok where do I start? Yes tents run to be a lot of money, especially when your paying for a barn location to begin with. It was this reason I ended up not having my wedding at shadow lawn, I actually backed out almost immediately after we booked because my guest list would’ve forced my hand into renting a tent which I didn’t want. I was very happy with my decsision in the end. We were married at The Inn at West Settlement in the town of Roxbury NY which is an hour further north from High Falls. It was the right decision for us. Anyway, Shadow Lawn is a very lovely venue and congratulations if you booked there. They have some very lovely alternative inns and venues nearby for your guests.
As to caterers, I cannot express just how wonderful my caterer is. I was happy with her food etc. beforehand but even more so since our day. Our guests are still raving about the food quality even now almost 2 months from our day, and bear in mind that the majority of my guests are in some way affiliated with the restaurant/catering business, they had high expectations to start with! I know I listed her above but her name is Linda Laestadius from Sweet Nothing’s in Mount Tremper which is also close enough to High Falls for her to cater at Shdow Lawn. She is really who you want, trust me! If however she is booked I would go with Harvest Real Food Catering – Chef Mark, coordinator Tammy, they also have a lovely inn close by for your guests to stay.
Event planner – I am very detail oriented when it comes to this stuff (maybe because I do it at work for others) but I did contemplate hiring a ‘day of’ event planner. I knew I could get all the details done beforehand but I did wonder who would ‘manage’ the flow of the day and see through my vision. In the end an unfortunate family bereavement changed several budgeted large ticket items (photographer, videographer) let alone my day of coordinator. Had that not been the case I would’ve booked Hudson Valley Ceremonies with whom I booked baby sitting services from. Theyre reviews and price were good.
Rain & Bathrooms – Bathroom unit rental for Shadow Lawn will set you back some money, and if as I suspect the price for Shadow Lawn has gone up considerably since I “booked” so probably has the bathroom cost. And yes, regardless of the price increase, you should factor in the cost of a ‘real’ bathroom unit and not a porta-potty, trust me your guests will notice! My venue had actual bathrooms built before this summers wedding season (and included the good bathroom rental in the site fee anyway) so in the end that wasn’t a factor for us but please know that this is an important part of a DIY budget. As for rain, that is something you can only hope to avoid, we were lucky, we had a glorious day, but should we have married on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend instead of the Friday we would have been washed out for our ceremony and cocktail hour, instead we relished in the fantastic Catskills thunder and lightening storm that took place the next day. Yes rain is a possibility, the only advice I have for that is to have a back up plan and enjoy your day no matter what, don’t let rain spoil your fun (but that is why a back up plan is important!)
Plates – yes and I have them and may be interested in a buyer?! I haven’t got around to sorting them out since we returned from our day but hope to very soon. I am also not sure that I want to resell them all or just some or rent them out or what, I guess that will depend on how I feel after I’ve reorganized, however I do have a full service that we were able to use for our 126 guests (including a set of 10 melamine ‘vintage china looking’ plates for our younger kids). I have photos of my tables and place settings that I can email out if anyone wants to see what I did, even if its just for inspiration:)
So did I answer everyone’s questions, even if my answers are late? 😉 I wish you all the best for your future and have fabulous weddings ladies! Let me know if I can help with anything else? Or if you want to see pics!