If incredible outdoor beauty is on your wedding must-have list, then you can’t go wrong with the Hudson Valley. The place is packed with stunning views of the renowned Hudson River, greener-than-green forests, gardens, vineyards, and so much more.
Many prominent painters, writers, and historical figures (FDR, Rockefeller, Washington Irving…just to name a few) have hailed from the Hudson Valley area, so there’s no arm-twisting to get history fans on board with a visit.
Even with close proximity to New York City, the towns throughout the Hudson Valley have retained the intimate feel of Main Street, USA. Locals greet you with a hello and a smile, so it’s easy to feel at home here no matter where you’re from.
Ready your palate: this fertile farm valley is a haven for amazing wines from some of America’s oldest vineyards. Pair them with meals at world-acclaimed restaurants helmed by some of the best chefs around, and you have the recipe for an indulgent experience.
Recently named by National Geographic as one of the world’s Best Trips, Hudson Valley is truly a must-visit. No matter your interests, the exceptional beauty, rich history, foodie buzz, and thriving art and music scenes are bound to make you want to kick off your shoes and stay awhile.
What does the perfect wedding ceremony look like to you? Something traditional filled with sacred customs passed down through the generations? A fun and whimsical vow exchange filled with personal flair? An intimate elopement with just you and your love? Whatever you have in mind for your day, Hudson Valley is brimming with experienced wedding officiants and local ceremony musicians who can help you plan an unforgettable “I do.”
Top off your wedding day with a reception celebration that’ll have your guests saying, “Wow, what an incredible time.” Make it happen by teaming up with Hudson Valley caterers who will serve up mouth-watering cocktails, apps, and local cuisine, hire an energetic band or DJ to get the party started and get your guests on their feet, and, of course, enlist an expert wedding planner to dream up decor that’s totally out-of-this-world gorgeous!
When you’re getting married in the beautiful Hudson Valley, even the rehearsal dinner is an event to remember. Regardless of where you get married in the region, there are endless options for great local restaurants and venues where you can kick off the wedding weekend in style.
Show your wedding guests the royal treatment. Surprise them with a day-after brunch the morning following your big celebration to allow them to live the good life just a little bit longer. Not only will your friends and family appreciate the hospitality and get to spend a little more time with you and your new spouse, they’ll appreciate having one last taste of the area’s amazing local cuisine before the long journey home. After all, who doesn’t love brunch?
Want to be the ultimate hosts? Treat your guests to a little local flavor right away by surprising them with wedding welcome bags filled with snacks, souvenirs, and suggestions about what to see and where to eat when they’re in Hudson Valley. They’ll love the warm welcome, and they’ll love to discover the area through your eyes.
Don’t forget to say “thank you” to your guests before the day is over. Do this with wedding favors that give a nod to your wedding destination, your love story, and the theme of your event. Whether you go with your favorite sweet treat from a local bakery, a jar of your mom’s homemade jam, or an “I Heart NY” keychain is up to you.
When you get married in Hudson Valley, you can count on your guests never being bored. From museums and monuments to gorgeous natural and historical sites, there’s plenty to do and see in every county. To help your guests get the most out of their stay, suggest to them a few of your favorite things to do in Hudson Valley.
Hudson Valley has a reputation for being a heavenly place to wine — hello, locally harvested wines — and dine. So, clearly, your guests will have no trouble at all finding amazing places to grab a mouth-watering meal. Check out Fodor’s Hudson Valley restaurant guide and suggest a few of your favorites with your guests.
Make trip planning easier for out-of-town guests by suggesting a few great places where they can rest up between your wedding festivities. Throughout the Upper, Middle, and Lower Hudson Valley, you’ll find a number of charming bed and breakfasts, historic inns, and modern hotels that will serve as your guests' home away from home. Recommend accommodations that are close to where the celebrating will go down and make sure you choose some at different price points so that can everyone on your guest list can find a room that works for their budget.
The engagement session is a great way to both document this incredible time in your life and get to know your wedding photographer. So where should serve as your backdrop? The Hudson Valley is a big and beautiful place, so the options can seem overwhelming. Lucky for you, we chatted with one of our favorite local wedding photographers and asked her to share a few of her go-to engagement photo locations, as well a few tips, so check out what she has to say before your session arrives!
It’s time to plan the bachelorette party! The Hudson Valley area may be best known for its quaint, quiet villages and popular tourist destinations, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a place where you and the girls can let your hair down and have some fun. There are tons of places all over town that are perfect for boozing, dancing, and celebrating the bride’s bachelorette party. Start the planning process by taking a look at our Hudson Valley bachelorette party ideas.
Planning a bachelor party in Hudson Valley? With outdoor adventures, countless things to do and see, and plenty of great bars to get your booze on, there’s no doubt that Hudson Valley is a great place to play host to the groom’s bachelor party. We’ve got lots of ideas to help you get started.
Where would we be without the immensely talented pool of Hudson Valley wedding vendors? Their passion for planning, commitment to their couples, and incredible ingenuity is what makes the local wedding scene as remarkable as it is, and it's the unique team behind every wedding working together that makes each event an affair to remember. Their combined experience and expertise is second to none, and we want you to benefit from it while assembling your dream team of vendors. Check out our Spotlight Series for in-depth Q&As with the best of the best in the industry, and make sure to read the articles they've contributed to Borrowed & Blue for the most reliable wedding tips and tricks, straight from the source.
The Hudson Valley region has an events calendar that’s packed practically all year round with festivals, concerts, and fun activities. While that’s all well and good, sometimes these major events can derail even the best laid plans. So, before you nail down a date, check your local events calendar to see if any big events are planned that could make securing hotel accommodations difficult for guests and plague you with traffic and crowds. To help you get started, we’ve laid out some of the major annual events in the area below.
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Check out some other useful local online resources to get you acquainted with all-things Hudson Valley, from travel guides to the local restaurant scene to great local wedding blogs run by our friends in the industry: