Post # 1
So I got engaged on Nov. 27, and I have been tirelessly searching for a venue for my reception ever since. I am sick of looking at cookie cutter banquet/catering halls, and I want something truly unique – or even just in my budget that can be made into something beautiful! I’m dreading “settling” for my venue, I don’t want to give up!
I’m planning from California and this is making the task that much more daunting. I am expecting 90-100 people and I’m trying to do it for under 95pp (before tax and grat) on a SAT night. I understand that is not helping me, but Fiance and I agreed it is the only time we want to do it.I always envisioned a garden ceremony, or a tented wedding, but all of these things seem very out of our range. Our total budget is around 15k, but I am just assuming its going to go up to at least 17, and I’m not happy about it.
So, does anyone have caterers they can recommend? A beautiful restaurant? A community hall you know can be transformed? I am from Orange County NY but we can extend down into central jersey. Help me please, my hair is falling out from the stress!!
Post # 3
Would you consider moving north to the Catskills? I am getting married in the western catskills in August, and the prices in the area are not bad. We are getting married at a fly fishing resort that has log cabins along the delaware river- I’d consider that unique… There are a lot of places with beautiful outdoor settings, and less competition so venues are willing to accomodate. If you are interested let me know and I can give you more specifics…
Post # 4
Patriot Hills Country Club could maybe work?
Post # 5
Patriot Hills required a 125 minimum, and my fh is super not into getting married wtih golfers roaming around in the distance.
Ruby, actually the first place I fell in love with was up that way, but my parents really didn’t think it was going to work for everyone. 90% of our list is from Rockland County, and they don’t want to make them drive 3 hours for a night 😐
The good news is, my Mom told me to stop being so cheap and just pick a place I actually liked, so I’m upping my budget to the 100-110 range, which opens up a lot of options. At this point though, I feel like I’ve looked at these places so many times that theyre running together and I just hate them all. It’s going to take me forever to make a decision. How long did it take you guys to decide on a place?
Post # 6
We live in NYC but have a cabin in the Catskills, so we had already known of a place we wanted to get married in the area before were got engaged. Then, after being booked there for 6 months, they went out of business! Yikes! Luckily we found another place in the area that is even more perfice for us, so we are very happy with how it all turned out. We love the outdoors, so untraditional wedding venues were best for us. Good luck on your search!
Post # 7
Have you looked into Wineries? HV has a whole bunch. They were a little too rustic for our tastes. Benmarl has THE best view. Millbrook has a really nice vaulted 2nd floor that can accommodate your size. The coordinator is kinda blah which threw us off.
West Park Winery is no longer a active vineyard but everything is still in tact to be used as a pseudo catering hall. Looks beautiful in pictures but it was a tad far for us so we never visited.
Knot has a HV region board. Check out photographers in the area to check out their blogs. That was a great resource for me!
http://www.traceybuyce.com/ This is a photographer we were highly considering when we were still looking in HV region.