10 Beautiful Wedding Venues in the Catskills in Brides
By Alyson Krueger
The Catskills, a mountain region in the southeast part of New York State, is an ideal wedding destination. The area is full of natural beauty; you can get married along a creek or in front of a waterfall, and mountain ranges give incredible vistas. Because of its proximity to New York City (it’s around a two-hour drive), there are amazing chefs and hoteliers who call the region their home, too. Whether you’re looking for a hipster hotel to a grand estate, the Catskills has something for you.
To help you plan your perfect Catskills wedding, we turned to Bethany Pickard, owner and lead planner for Modern Kicks, an event planning firm in the region. Weddings in the Catskills are all “beautifully different,” she says. Still, there are some general rules. To get married here, she recommends having a budget of at least $800 to $1,000 a guest. While there are options for year-round weddings, she also suggests late May to early October as an ideal time to tie the knot in this region.
One of the greatest parts of the Catskills is how many beautiful, diverse venues there are. “The hotel venues in the Catskills are anything but ballrooms,” explains Pickard. “Some require a tent, while others have a barn or other raw space that can be transformed for the wedding day. In addition, we have a large number of stand-alone barn spaces, estates, and reimagined historic properties to choose from.”
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Handsome Hollow, located in the Catskill Mountains, has 93 acres of sprawling, lush meadows and rolling hills. The buildings are rustic chic, and one of the hardest decisions you will have is whether to stage your reception in the 18th-century Amish barn or the 100-year-old farmhouse. The venue feels like a private oasis, says Pickard. “It’s tucked away in a quiet glen.”
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Plattekill is a family-owned ski mountain in the western part of the Catskill Mountains. The resort hosts weddings where you and your guests can ride the chair lift and have a ceremony at the top of the mountain (with gorgeous views around you!). You’ll have your reception in a retro lodge from the 1970s with wood-burning fireplaces and a wrap-around porch with perfectly placed Adirondack chairs.