(Closed) Brotherhood Winery, NY

posted 6 years ago in New York – Hudson Valley, New York
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

How did it go? I’ve heard of it, but have never been there. I had no idea the site rental would be so much!

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I just got their quotes the other day as well.  It was recommended by a friend, so I don’t have any first hand knowledge, but I do know that the site rental includes wine and champagne (about 1 bottle per every 2 people). They don’t allow caterers to bring other wine products on their grounds.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

This is way old, so probably doesn’t matter anymore, but I did look into Brotherhood for my wedding. The $7500 included chairs, tables, and wine, so actually, was not bad when you did the math. A caterer in that area would add about $60/head when I was figuring everything out, but it varies so much that it’s hard to say!

Post # 5
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Wannabee

My wedding hasn’t happened yet (getting married this June 2014), but I will certainly update this post after the wedding! In the meantime, however, I will share the experiences I’ve had with Brotherhood thus far and some points that may be helpful:

1) Brotherhood does NOT allow candles. So be prepared to buy a lot of LED candles. I hate the way the fake candles look but I had no other choice. Not a deal breaker but may be helpful for someone to know.<br />2) I’ve quickly learned that their preferred method of communication is generally via phone. Personally, I strongly prefer e-mails because I sit on an open trading floor – so that was a bit difficult for me.<br />3) There is no separate private room for one to store items during the wedding or change outfits. Again, not a deal breaker but helpful insight. <br />4) My favorite part about Brotherhood is the rustic charm. I did not want to get married in a typical wedding hall so this venue was perfect for me. <br />5) If you want to hang string lights above the dance floor but you’ll need to bring in your own ladder. Due to liability issues, you are not allowed to use their ladder. So that’s very annoying. Hiring a lighting company is an option but I’ve been quoted over $3K.

So overall, some of the restrictions that they have is annoying but the venue itself is beautiful. I will update about the actual experience after the wedding!!

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I also have not been married yet, but might be doing it at Brotherhood in 2015. I LOVE the venue and the site fee isnt bad when you count in all the tables and chairs and wine and champagne that is included. What I am having an issue with is catering. I am having trouble finding ANYONE who will do it for less than $100 a head! I am hard pressed to get my guest list below 150 people and that equates to $15,000 just for food, not even the alcohol in some cases (what I would need in addition to the wine and champagne provided by the venue). The venue does provide you with a list of preferred vendors for catering – folks who have worked there before and they are comfortable with the space. Unfortunately most of these are quite expensive, but I have my hopes up that it will all work out. I really want to get married here.

Like gettinghitchedinjune, I also dislike the phone-primary communication as I prefer email, but the guy who helped me when I toured and over the phone really is very nice and full of information. they dont have a place to change and get ready, but they told me about a hotel nearby where most people stay if they are getting married here and there is a shuttle between the hotel and the winery which is convenient. Also, if you are going for a caterer that is not on their preferred list, make sure they have a liquor lisence. I ran into a caterer who was a great deal until I realized I would have to hire a bar tender in addition from a totally separate company.

If anyone has any comments about local caterers that can be used here or you HAVE used here, I would love to hear about them! I really dont want to cross brotherhood off my list and i just cant get my guest list below 150 (very very big family and that only aunts and uncles and close friends…)

I too will update this post if I learn more. I cant say evough wonderful things about this unique location 🙂

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

PalluthJones:  Have you tried Gourmet to Go in Millbrook, NY? I met with Billy last year, and he was my second choice caterer. In hindsight, I wished I had gone with him, because they were very well run and knew what they were doing, unlike my caterer. I received a quote from him that included an extensive menu and dessert bar and it was only $53/head. Granted, this did not include alcohold or rentals. I got married at Mount Gulian across the river from Brotherhood, and had a similar set up where I needed to bring in a lot of items including chairs and tables. I bought my own alcohol and had the caterer bring the garnishes, sodas, juices, etc. and I maybe spent an additional $2500 for alcohol. 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Thanks @whitums! I dont think I have spoken to them yet. I will. If I provide my own alcohol, I am cool with that. Do they have their liquor lisence though? I assume they would be able to serve the alcohol if I provided it?

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