I just got off the phone with a wonderful couple from NYC who is planning their wedding at Onteora Mountain House in Boiceville, NY. It is without a doubt one of the top Hudson Valley wedding venues on my list. If Jeff and I were getting married all over again, it’s our top pick.
So what makes the Hudson Valley so special?
First of all, the Hudson Valley is HUGE and it technically encompasses the area from Westchester County outside New York City all the way up to Albany and Troy. Here are just a few reasons why the Hudson Valley rocks when it comes to weddings.
The Hudson River
It’s beautiful, majestic and absolutely irresistible. There’s nothing like photos of the gorgeous bride and groom on its shores at sunset. Simply add an amazing professional photographer and you’ve got wedding photos to die for.
If you don’t favor the river view, you can always host your wedding at a mountain hideaway. You’ve got the Catskills, part of the Appalachian Mountains, and even some of the Adirondacks to choose from.
Ever see the movie Dirty Dancing? There are dozens of hidden away mountain resorts in the woods that are a perfect destination wedding spot. With a vantage spot high in the mountains, you’ll have a view of the Hudson River running through the valley, too.
Historic locations can be found throughout the entire Hudson Valley region. Homes of the Roosevelts, Vanderbilts, and Rockefellars have been restored to their prior glory. You can find centuries old estates and farmhouses, like Bronck House in Greene County, circa 1663. West Point Military Academy boasts some of the most impressive views in the entire Hudson Valley.
These are only a few of the historic gems in the valley, many of which are available for wedding ceremonies and receptions.
The Hudson Valley offers the full experience of all four seasons.
Wedding season begins in the spring, celebrated with daffodils, tulips, and pale green sprouts. By summertime, the mountain side is lush and gardens reach full bloom. Autumn is the most popular time for weddings because of the splendid fall foliage across the Hudson Valley. Some couples even choose to brave the threat of a snow storm to enjoy winter’s crystalline beauty.
All of these changing seasons are nature’s gorgeous backdrop for your wedding photographs.
Openness To the Non-Traditional
There are so many unique destinations and such diverse cultural and creative options to choose from in the Hudson Valley that pretty much anything goes. This means you are free to plan your wedding exactly as you choose.
Hudson Valley couples often encourage their eccentric tastes and individual creativity, assisted by the creative artists who are drawn to the area outside New York City. The area is famous for its pioneering independent spirits, and couples can draw on this energy to create a one of a kind wedding experience.
Couples hosting a wedding in the Hudson Valley won’t have to worry about entertaining their out of town guests with all the entertainment options available in the Hudson Valley.
Tourists can visit the historic spots already mentioned, drop by numerous art museums and galleries, go to the theater or engage in outdoor activities like swimming, hiking and biking at national parks.
With all the festivals and events in the Hudson Valley, each weekend offers a new adventure.
A local Chamber of Commerce can recommend a myriad of entertainment options for your guests over your wedding weekend.
This list only touches on the beauties and wonders the Hudson Valley region has to offer. Planning your wedding here provides the opportunity to customize your wedding experience and treat your guests to a region filled with history, natural beauty, culture and fun.