All about Hudson Valley weddings
Looking for a Hudson Valley wedding venue? Here are resources to help you with planning your day and finding a venue. Why? Because it's not that easy to plan a wedding here.
The Hudson Valley is anywhere from between seven to 10 counties, depending on whom you ask. It it made up of small towns rather than one central city, and searching for venues or vendors up here is no easy trick.
Here Comes the Guide only lists 56 Hudson Valley wedding venues, and The Knot doesn't even have a specific Hudson Valley category. And those big wedding websites can be a tough place to find those unique, rustic or historic wedding venues you've been hoping for. Because, let's face it, if you wanted to get married in a white box of a banquet hall, you'd be planning a wedding in Jersey. (Just kidding, Jersey.)
We're here to help. We are Hudson Valley wedding photographers, not wedding planners, but we've helped enough couples to get an idea of what stresses them out and what sparks joy. We're local and we know, for example, that Tuthilltown Distillery isn't booking weddings this year, but a newly opened historic mill down the road is. Or that October is the new peak season but September can be just as awesome.
Wedding planning advice is everywhere, but there's not a lot of it that is geared specifically to the Hudson Valley. First we'll give you what you came here for - wedding venues. Lots of 'em. Then we'll also give you the overview and vibe to help you narrow down what you are looking for.
And you're also going to need a wedding photographer. So check out our wedding photography page for resources and our portfolio of heartfelt and happy images.
Hudson Valley Wedding Venues
55 Hudson Valley Barn Wedding Venues for 2020
A barn venue is the quintessential Hudson Valley wedding location. Couples come here for barn weddings for good reason. We got barns. Barns and barns and barns. This list is the only complete catalog of Hudson Valley barn wedding venues to be found anywhere, and I keep finding more. Barn venues range from luxurious like Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Tarrytown to rustic like University Settlement Camp in Beacon. The barn venues below can accommodate anywhere between 50 and 300 guests.
1251 State Route 208, Monroe, NY 10914
21 Finchville Turnpike, Middletown, NY
1200 Rt 42, Sparrow Bush, NY (near Port Jervis)
180 Brady Rd, Warwick, NY
162 South Route 94, Warwick, NY
50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY
248 Old Stage Road, Saugerties, NY
77 Mill Hook Road, Accord, NY
781 Blue Mountain Road, Saugerties, NY
103 Burroughs Dr, West Park
220 North Road, Milton
280 Malden Turnpike, Saugerties
1203 Glasco Tpke, Saugerties
14 Gala Lane, Milton
34 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
96 Piney Point Road, Boiceville, NY
77 Mill Hook Road, Accord, NY
1308 Bruynswick Rd, Gardiner, NY
500 Crescent Ave, Highland, NY
161 South St., Highland, NY
105 Phillies Bridge Road, New Paltz
607 County Road 6, High Falls, NY
690 New Paltz Rd, Highland, NY
45 Phillies Bridge Rd., New Paltz, NY
276 Vineyard Avenue, Highland, NY
85 Abeel St. Kinston, NY
2585 Route 209, Kingston, NY
2 Rescue Road, High Falls, NY
5256 County Road 28, Long Eddy, NY
1161 County Rt. 10, Windham NY
62 Water St | Catskill, NY 12414
386 Bronck Mill Rd, West Coxsackie
630 Bedford Road 10591, Tarrytown, NY
174 Canopus Hollow Rd, Putnam Valley
26 Wing Road, Millbrook, NY
2517 Route 82, Ryanville, NY (near Lagrangeville)
1013 Old Quaker Hill Road, Pawling, NY
16 Old Post Road, Staatsburg, NY
196 East Duncan Hill Road, Dover Plains, NY
145 Sterling St, Beacon, NY
148 North Creek Road, Staatsburgh, NY
1 Mount Beacon Monument Rd, Beacon
724 Wolcott Ave. Beacon NY
431 Schultz Hill Rd, Staatsburg
87 Blue Hill Rd, Hudson, NY
680 Ostrander Rd, Ghent
65 Bells Pond Rd, Hudson, NY
105 Simons Rd, Ancramdale
365 W Pond Lily Rd, Elizaville
184 Oak Hill Rd, Hudson
673 NY-66, Hudson, NY
1 Valley View Road, Big Indian, New York
930 Woods Rd, Germantown, NY
2085 Payne Road, Castleton-on-Hudson
18 Hudson Valley Winery and Vineyard Wedding Venues for 2020
Some of most popular vineyard wedding venues are Red Maple Vineyard, a working farm and vineyard with a gorgeous reception pavilion, Millbrook Vineyards, which features a stunning barn loft and arched window and a surprisingly affordable site fee, and Nostrano Vineyards, which includes a metal-clad pole barn for indoor festivities. These are the venues that give you pause on Pinterest. Somewhat lesser know but capable of being just as lovely are Magnanini Farm Winery, Brotherhood Winery and the newly opened City Winery Hudson Valley, which is housed in a restored riverfront knitting factory. But there are many more, some tucked away, some not advertised. See all 18 below.
23 Factory St, Montgomery, NY
172 Strawridge Rd, Wallkill, NY
100 Brotherhood Plaza Dr, Washingtonville
1 Torne Brook Rd, Hillburn, NY
174 Canopus Hollow Rd, Putnam Valley, NY
331 Mckinstry Rd, Gardiner, NY
156 Highland Ave, Marlboro, NY
103 Burroughs Dr, West Park, NY
26 Wing Road, Millbrook, NY
450 Clinton Corners Schultzville Rd, Clinton Corners, NY
Milton, New York
835 Cascade Mountain Road, Amenia, NY 12501
714 Albany Post Rd, New Paltz
320 Crawford Street, Pine Bush, NY
10 Sweet Clover Rd, Highland Mills, NY 10930
82 Four Corners Road, Warwick, NY 10990
61 Brimstone Hill Rd, Pine Bush, NY 12566
10 Ann Kaley Lane, Marlboro, NY 12542
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Hudson Valley Wedding Planning
What is the Hudson Valley anyway?
Not a dumb question. When I lived in Brooklyn, I though of everything north of the Bronx as "upstate." Now that I'm here, I know there are three distinct regions within easy travel of the city - the Hudson Valley, the Catskills and the Adirondacks. New York State defines the Hudson Valley as everything from Westchester up to Albany and includes the counties of Rockland, Orange, Ulster and Greene and Albany on the west side of the Hudson River and Westchester, Putnam, Duchess, Columbia and Rensselaer on the east side.
In practical terms, people tend to think of the mid-Hudson Valley when they consider the Hudson Valley, which is Orange and Ulster County on the west side of the river and Duchess County on the east side and includes the towns of Newburgh, Goshen, Middletown, Warwick, Washingtonville, Montgomery, New Paltz, Kingston, Woodstock, Highland and Wallkill on the west side and Beacon, Poughkeepsie, Wappingers Falls, Rhinebeck, Hyde Park and Millbrook on the east side. The mid-Hudson Valley is my jam and where I shoot most of my weddings. Generally, Westchester is considered it's own "thing."
Where to find your type of venue
Each side of the river has its own vibe, with the east side a bit more refined and the west side a bit more rustic and less populated. The west side is a bit less expensive. If you are looking for a rustic farm, barn, vineyard or industrial type of wedding in the Hudson Valley, you'll find the majority of the venues on the west side in Ulster County with Orange, Greene and Dutchess as close seconds. If you are looking for a castle, historic manor or estate wedding, Westchester on the east might be a good bet.
Desirable features of the Hudson Valley include river views, mountain views and lake views. If you're looking for a beach wedding, this is not the place. There are a few banquet halls up here, mostly on the east side of the river, but not many on the west. This is more the area for unique, historic or farm-type venues.
What will a Hudson Valley wedding cost you?
According to the The Knot's latest survey the average cost for the ceremony and reception in New York state is $41,800, compared to about $28,000 nationally. Bummer. What's worse, a lot of experts consider that to be a low number. On the bright side, the Hudson Valley is less expensive than New York City, Long Island or New Jersey specifically, just more expensive than pretty much anywhere else.
Plenty of my brides have pulled off beautiful weddings for far far less than $42,000 by finding lesser known and less expensive venues, exchanging money for DIY time and just by getting creative. A rustic venue can seem like it should be cheaper, but watch out for what's not included, like the food, tables and chairs or even bathrooms.