Here’s what your dream Hudson Valley wedding will cost



Part of the appeal of a Hudson Valley wedding is the wide-open space in which you can gather friends and family for your nuptials, like Hayfield, pictured, in the heart of the Catskills. Photo: John Dolan

According to The Knot’s most recent Real Weddings Study, the average Westchester/Hudson Valley wedding in 2017 cost $55,357, making it the fourth most expensive place to get married in the United States after Manhattan, New Jersey and Long Island.

The survey also reveals that couples sought out more unconventional venues to exchange their I Do’s such as barns, farms and ranches, with an increase from a meager 2% in 2009 to 15% in 2017.

Jeanne Stark, owner of Hudson Valley Ceremonies in Rhinebeck, has been working in the wedding planning industry for 25 years and tells Brooklyn Based, “Barns [as sites for weddings] are highly desired and very hot right now. We’ve seen a lot more demand for them over the past few years…People are looking more to unconventional spaces to make their own these days like barns, farms, and CSAs and there are plenty of them out here,” says Stark.

Just as we priced out the cost of a Brooklyn wedding, we did the same for the Hudson Valley, using The Knot’s survey as a starting point. Our tally is much higher, as you’ll see by the end, even without line items like attire or rings. (more…)

Continue reading at Brooklyn Based, where this story was originally published.