Post # 1
This is my first time posting. I got engaged a few months ago and we’re planning on having a long engagement. However, I’ve started looking at venues and am already frustrated.
Ideally, I would love a historic venue, or to rent a historic site out. However, I’m terrified of having an outdoor wedding without backup in case it rains, which rules out a lot of historic buildings. Does anyone have suggestions? We’re pretty flexible in term of location – we will go from lower Westchester to Orange or Putnam counties, as well as parts of CT or NJ even.
So far the only thing I’ve found that looks like it might fit my needs is Fox Hill Inn in CT, CV Rich Mansion in White Plains, and Le Chateau in South Salem. I haven’t inquired or visited any of these places, so I’m unsure of price. I also like the look of Lounsbury House in CT and Historical Hall in Bedford, though that last one might be too small for us.
Post # 3
@mouser211: The Lyndhurst has a tent in the courtyard of the carriage house with flaps. In the event of rain cocktail hour could be moved inside the carriage house if I remember correctly. Monteverde at Oldstone in Cortlandt Manor has a great indoor backup plan too and a big outdoor tent.
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@MsLabRat: Thanks so much! I love the look of Monteverde, but didn’t realize they had an indoor backup plan. That might be perfect!!
Post # 5
@mouser211: Hey there! We have also been looking at venues in the Hudson Valley, and particularly at historic sites. Of everything we’ve seen, I think Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill has the best rain plan because they basically just enclosed the historic house so you get the feel of being at Mark Twain’s old country house, while also enjoying giant picture window views of the Hudson.
@MsLabRat: I noticed that you brought up Monteverde, which is one of the places that we’ve looked at. Do you know anything about what a wedding there would be like? Since there was the bankruptcy a couple of years ago, I’m having trouble finding any reviews online for the venue.
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@woofbearus: I know a little bit about Monteverde, but as you said there aren’t really any reviews online. It is actually my venue! I know that in 2011 the property changed owners and they did some renovations. The site fee is a little steep, but it includes use of the tent and many tables in the tent/terrace and chiavari chairs, was comparable to other outdoor venues in the area, and may be negotiable. They have a list of preferred caterers you can choose from and the list is large. So far the event coordinator Mary Ellen has been very very responsive.
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2014 - alder manor
We’re getting married at Alder Manor in Yonkers. Its an old mansion built in 1912. This is my dream venue, but trust me, the historical factor has brought soooooooooo many headaches, and extra things to think about!
Good Luck in your search!
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@mouser211: le chateau is beautiful and surprisingly reasonable. I had my senior prom there and everything was lovely. I got married at Mount Gulian in Beacon, NY but it’s not practical if you’re super worried about weather. I got super lucky.
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2013 - The Fox Hill Inn
@mouser211: I had my reception at the Fox Hill Inn in October, and they were fabulous. It is a lovely old mansion. We didn’t have our ceremony on-site, but they seem pretty flexible about it and while the ideal setup is outdoors I’m sure they could accomodate an indoor rain plan.
I have to say the staff there is amazing. They were spectacularly organized for our wedding day and one major bonus was that they took care of everything on-site (food, linens, cake). So you don’t need to pay a site fee and then worry about external catering. Weddings also include 2 “bridal assistants” and a “maitre d” who take care of you day-of if you need help with anything. (One of them helped me bustle my dress!). One negative was that we didn’t get to do a tasting of our food before selecting our menu (you do get a cake tasting though). However, we thought the food was delicious and we needn’t have worried about it at all! They were also great about answering my most bizarre questions (ex. what is the size of the area on the sink so I could make my bathroom baskets).
I don’t know the size of your wedding, but I do know the minimum at the Fox Hill for a Saturday night is 125.
DH had prom at Le Chateau and I’ve heard it’s nice, but I don’t know too much else about it!
A few other historical sites in CT are:
- Lockwood Matthews Mansion in Norwalk, CT
- Burr Family Homestead in Fairfield, CT
- Waveny House in New Canaan, CT
- Gallagher Mansion in Norwalk, CT
Post # 9
Merlin29: How was your wedding? I’ve heard such crazy stories about this place never getting back to people, etc. Let us know how it all went down?