Searching for wedding site/reception within two hours of NYC!
I just got engaged and my fiancé and I want to have a small wedding (80-100 people) on a Saturday evening in late July or early August. We're looking for a place with a nice outdoor site for the ceremony/decent indoor backup site and great food. On a budget of less $100/person with tax and tip. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
I went to a wedding at the Hollowbrook Country Club last year in northern Westchester. The outdoor site was quite nice, on a shaded porch, and I thought the food was vey good (esp. for a wedding). I don't know what the indoor backup would be (but maybe it wouln't be necessary since the porch is covered).
This might not be helpful as you'd need an outside caterer, but we got married at Tarrywile Park & Mansion a few years ago, in Danbury, CT> http://tarrywile.com/ . The fabulous thing about it was that it was all OURS - it really felt like we were getting married in our own, very grand house.
We did things cheaply - we supplied our own booze (so we knew people were drinking really good stuff!), and I even did the food, with the help of my mother, though there are plenty of good catering firms around. We did the whole wedding for 70 for a ridiculously small amount of money.
I went to a wedding a few years ago at Catlin Gardens in Slate Hill (Rockland County?) NY. Thought the grounds were lovely and it might be perfect for a wedding of your size and budget.
Please let us know where you end up. Congratulations on the engagement!