Someone told me recently that the Hudson Valley/Catskills in New York is the second most popular wedding “hub” in the United States. I 100% believe that to be true — there are TONS of wedding venues in this area and there are weddings happening ALL the time.
I recently had dinner with a dear friend of mine, Sarma from Sarma + Co Photography, and as we were chatting all things weddings, we found we had something in common: there are SO many venues that we are DYING to work in that we have never even seen. And from there, an idea was born: what if we traveled to some of the Hudson Valley’s best wedding venues together, and then shared our thoughts and findings with our future couples?
Not so surprisingly, this idea had legs, so today Sarma and I are thrilled to be sharing with you our first Installment of our Venue Series: Crested Hen Farms.
Nestled at the base of Mohonk Mountain and situated on the banks of Rondout Creek, this 32-acre farm is the perfect setting for a country-chic wedding.
One thing we were DELIGHTED to discover was that “Crested Hen” was not just a name for this gorgeous property — there are crested chickens on site, and they are FIERCE.
One of our favorite things about this venue are the possibilities for gorgeous backdrops. If you’re wanting sprawling country hills and mountains behind your ceremony? Can do. If you want the creek-side vibes under a giant tree? Can do. Or if you want to get married in front of the Barn built in 1875, that’s fine, too.
The best part? The rental fee includes the use of 20 antique church pews for your guests to sit on for a truly unique outdoor ceremony.
Crested Hen Farms can accommodate up to 150 people for a ceremony and reception. We are in love with the bar area, which was perfectly restored and set up for cocktail hour and beyond.
The 3,000 square foot barn comes fully loaded with antique farm tables and chairs, for an eclectic, vintage look. Bonus? No need to rent table linens!
The Props Barn
One of the greatest perks to getting married at Crested Hen Farms is the Props Barn, which is just like it sounds —- a barn full of props, dishes and decor that you can raid to your heart’s desire for your wedding day.
Crested Hen Farms is located just 90 minutes from New York City, and is close to New Paltz, NY, a great hub for hotels, restaurants and more. For your guests’ convenience, valet parking (housed in this super-cute valet stand) is included in the rental fee.
Your rental fee also includes a 2-night stay at the lovely Inn at Crested Hen Farms, which sleeps 13 people — perfect for families, wedding parties and more. Also available is a studio apartment that sleeps 2, as well as a “loft” space overlooking the property, which can sleep up to 4. These properties are right across the street from the farm. A number of events, from rehearsal dinners to after parties, can be hosted there.
In short, we love this venue. It’s convenient to NYC, close to several major hubs, incredibly scenic and loaded with a ton of unique and money-saving amenities. Is Crested Hen Farms your dream venue? Contact the team today!
Thank you so much for reading along! We’ll see you next time as we check out another of the Hudson Valley’s best wedding venues.
Corinne + Sarma