(Closed) Information on Alder Manor (Tara Circle)?

posted 8 years ago in New York – Hudson Valley, New York
Post # 4
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Isnt that the place they are using for FOUR WEDDINGS on TLC?

Post # 8
3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Through a twist of weird coincidences Alder Manor came to the forefront of my brain again yesterday.

This venue was THE top contender for us for about 2-3 months. Wedding planning was put on hold to wait and hear back from the caterer. Literally, plans put on hold. At the end the caterer was -to us- unresponsive and irresponsible. It took almost 2 months to get a call back. Then we waited another 2 weeks and still no call. So we had to give up on them.

By The Way, still to this day the caterer has NEVER called us back.

But for those interested I have some information and feel free to ask me.

It is genuinely a very beautiful, unique venue.

But I do have to warn you that you have to realize the mansion is in state of despair, since we last saw it in Fall 2009 it most closely resembles a Roman Ruin (which for us was part of the charm).

Post # 9
14 posts
  • Wedding: December 2010

I considered Alder Manor and went to visit it with my fiance. It was truly beautiful- in a Great Expectations/Great Gatsby kind of way! We had a winter wedding and they offered to light all the fireplaces in the mansion. There were many smaller-like rooms (cigar/library lounge) and beautiful outside gardens. It is expensive and the larger rooms did not hold more than 125 or 150 I believe? But the governor and mayor Bloomberg have had events there and I think it would have been my top choice for a smaller wedding!


Post # 10
1 posts

I’m getting married at Alder Manor in August 2011.  The rates start at $120 a head with a wine and beer bar and go up from there.  We are inviting 220 guests, hoping for around 175.  The ballroom and yellow room can each seat around 120 and the library can seat another 80ish.  That all depends what shape tables and if you do table service or buffet.  The Foyer is usually used for dancing but could also be used for tables.  The patio is where cocktail hour is usually held.  The ceremony can take place outside in the garden or in the yellow room and either can supposedly accomodate over 200 people.



Post # 11
10 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

@traceyshababo:Is there a location fee on top of the 120pp?  Thanks!

Post # 12
1 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

@traceyshababo: Wow. My fiance and I just stumbled across this place last night on line, and I am completely blown away. I would love to hear how your wedding went, Tracey? Any tips/advice? Was it hard to coordinate travel plans for relatives? I live in Brooklyn, and most of my friends/family are in NYC. Would love to hear how your experience was!

Post # 13
6 posts
  • Wedding: July 2013

Does anyone know if the grounds are open to photography I am looking for a rustic engagement photo shot.  I can’t seem to find if a permit is needed or if just closed to photographing. No one answers phones or calls back ….. Undecided

Post # 14
100 posts
Blushing bee

Hi Rustic,

We wanted to have a shoot there, but the cost was around $300 for an hour then and it may have gone up since then.


Post # 15
2 posts
  • Wedding: July 2012

 I had my wedding here this past July. The manor is absolutely beautiful; however, the in-house caterer was a disaster. We sent him the laundry list of issues that occurred on the day of our wedding, including not putting out the dessert table that was included in our contract, cleaning up early while guests were still eating, and not bringing enough food out for the family style setting- even after our guests asked for more. We were so embarrassed to not only to see these problems ourselves, but to also have to hear it from our guests! Also, do not have your wedding here in the summer- we paid a lot of money for AC (at their encouragement), but it couldn’t compete with the heat in July. Honestly, there is way too much to put here, however, most of it came down to organization and cutting corners. I expected some problems- we were taking a risk by not going to a catering hall- but not to the extent in which it occurred. We hoped to resolve these problems and prevent it from happening to future brides, but the caterer ignored our emails and calls. Had he responded, I would have understood that he was running a business that was working on improving, but unfortunately, that is not the case.


You will never get another chance at this day. I would ask, no matter where you get married, to see a real wedding as it is set up and handled. I will forever regret that I did not.

Post # 16
3 posts
  • Wedding: September 2014

@tatkarir:  I’m sorry you had such a terrible experience… I for some reason still want to see the venue. I’ve only been trying to get in touch with them since yesterday, but compared to other venues this is already a long time without response on email / phone. 

Can you share how you made initial contact? It’s mind boggling that such a beautiful venue like Alder Manor and with such history can be so carelessly run… 

Is it run by Chefs at Work? Is there someone else I can contact? 


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