(Closed) Bear Mountain Inn in Bear Mountain State Park -New York

posted 12 years ago in Reception
Post # 17
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Hawaii2NewYork –

I am using reverend Sara for our officiant.  She isn’t religious and has been great so far – do a search on ceremonies from the heart and you can probably find her webpage.

I’m using Sally Duvall for makeup.  She is awesome and will pretty much spend 6 hours doing makeup.  A little pricey but worth it.  Supposedly, opening of the 1st floor of the inn is still slotted for May.  I don’t know if they’ve found a chef yet and I’m worried about the food!  For flowers, I’m using FlowerGirl in Valley Cottage.  Met with her and she totally understood what I was looking for and her stuff is amazing. 

 

 

Post # 18
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2 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Hi, I was looking at scheduling an October wedding, but I was just told John (the wedding coordinator) resigned and they are not planning on having the lodge done until 2011.  I have been reading a lot of poor reviews recently on other websites… has anyone been out there recently?!

Post # 20
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2 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Hi,

I don’t recall her name but she answered the main number, I was looking for Michael as John emailed me last week and then Michael responded.  Michael is on vacation for a week, but still checking emails and she said John resigned.  I asked if that would have an impact and she said it shouldn’t… but all the reviews i read complimented John!   

That’s all i know right now, awaiting an email and phone call for more info!

 

Post # 22
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1 posts
Wannabee

I am also having my wedding at Bear Mountain this summer.  I was keeping my fingers crossed that the Inn would be ready.  But after hearing John is no longer there, I am really worried.  Please post any news you hear or maybe we should create a “support group” offline. 

I will miss John and hope whoever replaces him is just as good. 

Another good way to keep on news is their facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bear-Mountain-Inn

Post # 23
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2 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Hey ladies!

I just met with the new General Manager of The Bear mountain Inn and Lodge, Michael Morris this past weekend. I went with my fiance, daughter, & Moms. We had to wait about 45 mins past our meeting time to speak with him & he seemed somewhat disheveled (now I know why – he’s brand new!) He wasn’t able to give clear answers about fees for different days, fees for different times of year, room rates – saying prices may change (?!) It was bizarre and a bit off-putting! I have been going to Bear Mountain since I was a little girl & dreamed of having my wedding there, but the lack of organization scared me a bit. Michael showed us the banquet room and it was a mess (post party) with food on the dance floor and everything, so it was hard to see what it might look like decorated for a wedding. It’s definately a bit dated and could use a bit more TLC (beyond the new paint and carpet), but it’s not meant to be a super elegant venue & overall, I’m a fan of the Lodge’s rustic charm. 

Despite all the switching of hands, which could be a problem, I LOVE the views from the Lodge (Hessian Lake & The Hudson River!), the rustic feel, and the newly renovated cabins and rooms for guests. He said that if we booked the Lodge, we would have first dibs on the Inn for our date once it was ready to roll. He said Spring 2010 for the first floor and January/February 2011 for the second and third floor (projected). The Inn will be amazing I’m sure, but not nearly as private as the Lodge area for a wedding (dogs, frisbees, and swarms of city folk constantly surround the Inn), so we’ll have to wait and see how it develops. They’ve been renovating the Inn for years now, but it IS a state park, so they’re at the mercy of state funding.

Bear Mountain is still on the top of my list, but let’s keep eachother updated with any news please!!!

Thanks – Beth:)

Post # 24
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8 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve cancelled my wedding at Bear Mountain.  After a very troubling meeting to discuss my wedding I was left with little faith that 1. The Inn would be ready in time for a 10/2 wedding and 2. Management is competent.  I also noticed a comment that was put on facebook regarding the state not giving money that was promised and that opening of the inn will be delayed.  It was soon after deleted.  I was informed that they will be having Octoberfest and it would interfere with my ceremony.  Lots of drunk people and noise, just what someone wants for an intimate and special occasion.  Ridiculous.  During the planning process I was told by John that booking additional rooms incremental to the 20 blocked would not be a problem – I really wanted to get the individual lodges.  In the meeting the new mgr Michael said that all rooms have already been reserved to other guests.  Needless to say, finding all this out right when I was about to hand over the 50% check was troublesome.  In the end I decided I’d be happier and less stressed with my wedding anywhere but Bear Mountain.  When we left Bear Mountain we spoke with a construction employee and he also left us feeling like we’d be better off elsewhere.  Good luck to everyone with 2010 weddings! 

Post # 25
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369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Wow I am sooo sorry this is happening to you guys! @mle did you schedule your wedding for another location??

Post # 26
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3 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I have my wedding scheduled there for November. Same deal, we scheduled the Inn with the Lodge as second option in case the first floor of the Inn isn’t open in time. Reading these posts I’m getting very worried. John was great but I realized he kind of told a couple tall tales. He told me the first floor reception room would have a huge fireplace, which isn’t true. The second floor does, but that won’t be open until winter of 2010-11. We met with Michael a couple weeks ago, as same as a post above… he kept us waiting one full hour and seemed very flustered. At this point it’s too late, seeing as my wedding is m months away but I’m starting to think they are never going to have anything finished and I’m going to be stuck at the Lodge, which aside from the view I’m not crazy about the banquet room. The rooms are beautiful and have a rustic chic feel but they didn’t bring any of that feel to the banquet room.

Does anyone have any suggestions for hair/makeup? Someone mentioned Sally Duvall, I’d love her contact information if you’re still checking this post!

Also, I booked Pearl River Florist… Maryanne is AMAZING!

Post # 27
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8 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Laurendianna –

Here is Sally’s website (she is amazing!).  I was fed so many lies by John and then Michael was just a jerk to be honest.  When you are spending $20k on a day you should get treated properely.  AND DEFINITELY not kept waiting an hour.  I’m so glad I was able to cancel and get my deposit back, we had the 1st catering manager I forget her name add a clause to contract.  If you aren’t happy it isn’t too late to change…we found a different venue for the same date and same price with better options.  Best of luck.

http://www.sally.xbuild.com/

Post # 28
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7 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Fellow Bee’s I want to thank you for all your comments about Bear Mountain Inn, we just crossed that off our list of possiblities!  Thanks for saving us the headaches!!

Post # 30
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1 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@Marisa3:

I’m getting married at the Overlook lodge this March! Happy to hear you really loved your wedding there. Did you hire someone to add special ligthing in the room? If so, who did you use? I’m also looking for someone to come to the lodge to do my hair and make-up??

Thanks for your help!

Post # 31
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1 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Marisa3:

I am just in the beginning stages of looking for a wedding venue and I am really in love with the idea of having it at the Bear Mountain Inn since everyone can stay in one of the rooms there but with some of the other reviews I’m a little hesitant to think about booking there.  Do you know if there is anywhere online that you can see pictures of all the different spots for a reception; they don’t really have any on their website.

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