Wedding Venue within 2 hrs of Rockland/Westchester
I was wondering if anyone knew of any CHEAP wedding venues within a two hour radius of Rockland/Westchester County?
We'd like to have a rustic-feel wedding with probably around 130-150 people. We seriously need to keep our budget under $20,000 - that's for EVERYTHING. I am desperately searching for an affordable venue. Everything I find, the site fee is like $6000-$9000 and that's just not a possibility when food is NOT included in that price. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
Considering state parks, historic sites, barns - really anything that is unique and not your typical wedding banquet. Not opposed to a tent either (if anyone has any knowledge on how much that would cost, I'd appreciate that info too!).
NY/NJ/CT - whatever is within two hours of Rockland or Westchester County.
ANY IDEAS AT ALL PLEASE!
Check out Jean-Jacques in Pleasantville. http://www.jean-jacques.com/venues.aspx They cater at a large variety of venues and may be able to help you find what you're looking for. The problem with that large a crowd at a place that isn't generally used for weddings is that you have to create everything yourself.
Call Craig Purdy at Umami in Croton. He often caters functions at unusual places and could have some ideas for you. http://www.umamicafe.com/
Someone in another thread (Motosport?) mentioned his son was married at Lyndhurt in Tarrytown.
Do keep in mind that you'll be at the mercy of weather at state parks, barns, etc. There's a reason people often end up at more traditional venues.
For an affordable place that does host weddings often, check out Stewart Manor Country Club (which is neither a manor nor a country club) http://www.stewartmanor.com/home.html
I know that The Cloisters in Ft. Tryon Park and the NY Botanical Gardens host weddings--might be pricey though. There are also lots of inns and farms in Connecticut that host weddings. I'd tried a search along the lines of "rustic barn wedding Connecticut".
Check out Blooming Hill Farm.
It's definitely got the rustic barn feel. They do weddings there but it is very much DIY. If you are creative and have the time you can swing that # of people for under 20k. You have to rent everything, though, from chairs and tables to plates to toilet trailers (yes, that rustic).
I have more info from them if you're interested but it's a couple years old.
We are having my sons bar mitzvah at The Fairways @ Dunwoodie in Yonkers which is very reasonable. i don't know if you can have the ceremony there though. They also have a party room at Tibbets Brook Park and a fancier venue at the Putnam County golf course in Mahopac which may be more pricey. http://www.fairwaysdunwoodie.com/