I love the city, but if you’re like me, these cooler days have me dreaming of the Hudson Valley’s gorgeous fall landscape with colorful leaves and rolling mountains. It sounds like the perfect backdrop for an outdoor wedding! Plus, with the pandemic still going strong, more couples are opting for more intimate wedding venues or al fresco receptions to keep people safe. So, we thought this would be the perfect time to share our favorite upstate New York wedding venues, from raw and woodsy to country club luxury:
Best Outdoorsy Venue | Cedar Lakes Estate
This gorgeous estate just 70 miles from NYC features glassy lakes and tall pines. Exchange vows at this romantic retreat, and stay all weekend long. Dance the night away, then wake up with a warm mug of coffee and enjoy full views of the mountains. Cedar Lakes Estate owners Stephanie and Lisa (sisters) have not only maintained the pristine beauty of their family’s summer camp grounds, but they’ve transformed it into a stunning natural event venue. They’re proud to share this beautiful legacy with others and work hard to exceed your wedding expectations.
Cedar Lakes Estate Offers:
- A variety of outdoor & indoor event spaces
- Chef’s garden
- Cozy cottages & suites
- Open-air reception pavilion
- Temperature-controlled barn
- Farm-to-table dining experiences
- Professional culinary & mixology team
- Lodging for over 400 overnight guests
Why we love Cedar Lakes:
First, they offer 3-day all-inclusive stays for you and your wedding party so you have time to relax and take it all in. It feels like a home away from home in the woods.
Best Rustic-Chic Venue | Blooming Hill Farm
While Cedar Lakes gives off more of a raw outdoor vibe, Blooming Hill Farm is charmingly “farmhouse.” This trendy rustic-chic venue has thought of everything, and you’ll find a bit of childhood wonder at every turn. Pet the farm cats, walk across the wooden bridge, checkout their seasonal veggies – it’s so much fun to explore, and there are endless opportunities for great photos.
Blooming Hill Farm offers:
- Full venue access, including linens & chairs, tableware, and more
- Full-service catering
- Customizable menu
- Farm-to-table dining experience
- Delicious culinary creations
- Event planning services
- Extensive beverage options & services
- Custom desserts & wedding favors (extra)
Why we love Blooming Hill Farm:
This all-inclusive wedding venue never disappoints, and their packages are incredibly reasonable for their exceptional service and delicious farm-to-table food. This is the place to make memories and have good ol’ fashioned fun!
Best Luxury Venue | The Highlands Country Club
You aren’t limited to the forest in Upstate New York; they have several fantastic luxury wedding venues as well! We love the Highlands Country Club. In addition, the club showcases the rich history and beautiful landscape of the Hudson Valley while providing you and guests with exceptional service. The Highlands Country Club boasts “simple elegance and timeless charm.” Their grand ballroom features a beautiful wood dancefloor and a sparkling chandelier. The elevated ceilings and adjacent fireplaces make the room feel spacious yet warm and inviting.
The Highlands Country Club Offers:
- A selection of linens
- Complimentary printed menus
- Villroy and Boch china
- Wedding party suites
- 5-hour open bar & signature cocktails
- Hors d’oeuvres
- Champagne toast
- 3-course meal, select wines, & custom wedding cake
- Valet service
- Event coordination services
Why we love the Highlands Country Club:
It’s an all-inclusive, luxury wedding venue. Their collaborative team goes above and beyond to make sure your wedding day is all you hoped for and more.
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