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Long Island Vineyard Wedding~ Cheap Options with Great Food?

I am looking into getting married next fall at a vineyard on Long Island. So far my reserach has uncovered very high site fees for the more popular vineyard spots (Raphael, Bedell, Wolfer, Pellegrini, Martha Clara, Macari). Does anyone have a suggestion for a more under the radar vineyard, that does weddings for a more reasonable site fee (less than $3,000) that also has an outstanding caterer on their list of preferred options? I know...I want it all and I want it cheap! Thanks!

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  1. i don't know anything about the cost, but I attended a wedding at Martha Clara Vineyards last fall and the food and ambiance were both wonderful.

    1. I think you have to bring your own caterer to most of thos vineyards.

      1. Try the Old Field vineyard. Not some big corporation, so the fees might be a little bit more reasonable. They're the only vineyard with it's own stretch of waterfront, which is nice. Also, their sparkling white wine (champagne technique) is very, very good.

        1. Have you looked at Paumanok Vineyards? The Massoud Family are very lovely and welcoming people. http://www.paumanok.com

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          1. re: mangiamama

            Thanks for the suggestions..please keep then coming!
            Paumonak is one of the vineyards we're considering, but the site fee is $3,500-$4,000. Old Field Vineyard's site fee is $7,000!!!!

            1. re: ChowDiva

              Sorry, I should have read your post in full before responding. Channing Daughters is kind of off the radar. I did not see any site fee on their web site. I'm pretty sure the host events because I have driven past and seen the white tents set up.

          2. I have friends that did their daughter's wedding at the Vineyard Caterers. They searched many wineries and found that it was super-pricey, no matter which ones they looked at. There are also costs associated with using catering and other services specified by the chosen vineyard. Cheap and vineyard do not go together for a North Fork wedding. Many of the vineyards will only allow alcoholic beverages that is their product. This could get very expensive at $15 a bottle.
            One thought may be to get access to use part of a farm adjoining a vineyard. This gives you a lot more control allowing for a full competitive choice of catering, tents, music and all of the other extras. Going to non-North Fork situated contractors may also save you a bundle. This gets you close to wine country at a reasonable budget.

            1. my sister had her reception at raphael. the site fee was like 2500. the coctail hour was awesome! if it's not a huge wedding its a nice place(not a huge dance floor). the dinner was good as well. Entrees were original. the mahi i would say rather dry (but that's probably because i had fresh caught in cabos two months earlier). the hall stole all the desert leftovers(huge, beautiful cupcakes) though. probably to be used the next day or given to staffs kids. lol

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              1. re: cuffz

                2500?? are you sure?? I think yougot your information wrong bc i was just here last week and told the event coordinator about your post and she said that you got your information wrong and almost impossible to charge $2,500. The cheapest site fee @ Raphael Vineyard is during the winter time which is $6000 dollars and during the high season can range from $7,000- $12,000. And on top of that, the food there is $140.00pp and alcohol fee is another $40.00 dollars. It's crazy expensive, but a really beautiful vineyard to have a wedding! Now, you can do your math and see the total wedding cost at Raphael

              2. We've been to Vineyard Caterers, it was nice but not really a winery, per-se. What about Peconic Bay? They've renovated/expanded recently, have no idea what they charge however as far as site fee goes. I'm surprised that Old Field charges that much, it's not all that great-looking a venue except for the private beach access and I'm not a fan of their wines so much. Osprey's Dominion? They've also renovated recently. Their wines are very very good. There's some newer one's too, a little more off the beaten path so maybe they're looking to establish a reputation, you could check out Roanoke, or Baiting Hollow Farms.

                1. Oh, and I believe most of the vineyards have lists of "preferred" caterers they will permit to bring in food from, aside from using their wines exclusively.

                  1. Hi ChowDiva! I am getting married next spring.. Did you find a vineyard? Have any suggestions for me? I want the same! Great place and cheap! Please let me know! thanks.

                    1. We recently went to a wedding @ Raphael which was very nice and had excellent food for a wedding, that is. I was told that they are the only vineyard that had their own kitchen for cooking.
                      I am sure Raphael is quite expensive.
                      Vineyard Caterers is actually a non-vineyard venue and less expensive.
                      Otherwise, give each place a call and ask. I doubt that any of the vineyards are a bargain. This is how they pay the bills. It's not about the wine.

                      1. Thanks for the help! Very informational. I was thinking about doing a cocktail party for just a few hours....I hope that somewhere can accomodate us. thanks again Motosport.

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                        1. re: 24chelle

                          Try the Baiting Hollow Vineyard. They seem to fly under the radar. There is also The Cooperage near by and LIV Long Island Vodka distillery but I don't know if they do affairs.