Post # 1
We have a venue problem on our hands. We found a place we liked – a hotel in the Hudson Valley – checked that the date was available, and that our wedding party size was ok and visited the site. We confirmed that we would like to reserve the date, and the owner/manager said he would e-mail the paperwork for us to sign and make a deposit.
The man has gone completely missing! We have called and e-mailed. At first I thought he was being his iffy self as he had been a bit sporadic in responding in the past, but numerous phone calls, e-mails, and messages later, we think he just abandoned us for a larger group and is giving us the runaround.
So right now I have a mini-crisis on my hands and need a venue that:
1) will accommodate a 25-30 person wedding
2) is within an hour of penn station/grand central by public transport, and the venue itself doesn’t require lots of walking after you get off the train (Some of our guests are elderly people and, besides, most people are already coming from out of town)
3) has great food
4) is located in a pretty setting that can host a ceremony outdoors – we’ve seen some prettified parking lots and gems among eyesores (I get sad and claustrophobic in closed-off catering halls)
5) doesn’t have insane rules (out by 8, no music).
Ideas? Open to long island, westchester and hudson valley.
Post # 3
Do you mind sharing your budget? I’ll put my thinking cap on.
Post # 5
Hmm… Most of the venues in the Westchester or Long Island areas would require at least a short cab ride from any train stations. Would that be ok? Or do you need it to be withing walking distance from the train. Just asking because I was not clear on the second requirement. The only wedding venue that I know of on Long Island that is right next to the train station is the Garden City Hotel. If you are open to guests needing to take a short cab rides from a train station then there are many many many more possibilities.
Post # 6
A walk of 15 minutes or less is ideal, but at this point I’ll have to keep my options open to include short cab rides, too.
Post # 7
@lila8: Maybe he no longer works there. Have you tried calling others at the venue and explaining what’s happened?
Post # 8
He owns the place. Besides that, I’ve explained the situation to others when I called and all they said was that they would convey my message.
Post # 9
@lila8: Got it, that’s a shame, I’m sorry!
Make sure you review them on Yelp!
Post # 10
I have no idea if its in your budget or not, but have you looked at Wave Hill in the Bronx? It’s a beautiful spot for an outdoor ceremony!
Post # 11
I unfortunately don’t have any venue suggestions to give, but I would probably call the venue one last time and confront them directly. Let them know that you think they have been unprofessional and give them one last chance to own up to their promises, and if/when they don’t, be sure to leave some negative reviews on yelp, weddingwire, etc.
It’s not okay for any business to be so dishonest and to string you along like that, and I would absolutely warn other brides about your bad experience with their lack of professionalism. The least they could do is let you know they booked someone else in the space instead of wasting your time!
Post # 12
The New Leaf Restaurant in Fort Tryon Park is gorgeous for weddings. YOu can have your ceremony outdoors in the park and your reception in the cafe. I’m not sure what the price per person is — it might be higher than $120, but you could check it out. It’s technically in NYC, and it’s about 30-45 minutes from Penn Station or Grand Central.
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza
I live in Westchester and have been trying to think of some places near train stations. Maybe Half Moon in Dobb’s Ferry, Red Hat in Irvington or Riverview near the Greystone station?
I am not sure what the prices/restrictions are, but they are all beautiful venues right on the Hudson River. I’ll keep an eye for other places that might fit your requirements. GOOD LUCK!
Post # 14
@lila8: how about Harvest on the Hudson http://www.harvest2000.com/hoh/ in Westchester?
According to google maps, it’s a 6 minute walk from the train station, and it’s beautiful!
Post # 15
Nice. I will check these out, at least the ones I haven’t already – a few of these places are lovely but didn’t welcome small weddings when I called, for example.
I will be sure to add a review on a few wedding sites at least. Funny, I went digging deeper after they went AWOL, and discovered another bride who had a nearly identical experience to mine. If I’d seen that review I wouldn’t have bothered to take the time and money to visit (it’s not next door). Wedding planning is stressful enough without this kind of drama.
Thank you all for your suggestions – and keep them coming.:)
Post # 16
- Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza
@lila8: How is your search going OP? Did you find anything??