Check Out Our Bridal Thanks-Giving

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Bridal Thanks-Giving

Book any of our officiants or planners between 11/24/11 and 12/1/11

and receive a Very Special Bridal Gift

Choose one of the following gifts:

1 Large Window Cling or 2 Small Window Clings

Personalized Flip Flops

Personalized Acrylic Circle Cake Topper

Contact us today to set up your appointment or to receive your contract.  Then you can choose from any of the three above gifts.

Same Sex Wedding Elopement Event

Same Sex Wedding Elopement Event

“Historic, first date ever available to same sex couples in NY”

July 26th, 2011
July 27th, 2011

All Day!!

We are going to have multiple locations set up all over the Hudson Valley.

Rhinecliff Waterfront
(Take Amtrak from NYC)

Ashokan Reservoir

New Paltz

Kingston & The Rondout

Beacon Waterfront
(Take Metro North)

$150 for the elopement
(gratuities are appreciated)

If you would like a professional photographer, this can be arrranged.

Contact us at if you are interested in getting married.  Please let us know which day, time of day and location.

Reservations and Deposit Required

The Following Is Needed To Get Married:

Marriage License – Obtained from any town hall in all of NYS more than 24 hours before the ceremony.

Witnesses – You will need to bring two witnesses

Payment – Check, Cash, Money Order are accepted the day of the ceremony.  Credit Card payments must be made 2 days before the event.

Please join us and visit our booth at the Winter 2011 Bridal and Fashion Show

Please join us and visit our booth at the Winter 2011 Bridal & Fashion Show, sponsored by the Southern Dutchess News Group


Advertised on
Hosted at the Dutchess Manor
Sunday, Jan. 30 from 12 Noon – 4 p.m.

Plenty of appetizers and door prizes

Fashion Spectacular, plus demos on exercise, hair & makeup and ballroom dancing

Pre-register now by sending an email to and receive an article on Bridal Show Tips from

Please do not respond to this E-mail to pre-register.


Win FREE Invitations!

Each year we have one big contest.  This year the contest is for FREE Wedding Invitations.  Your choice of any invitations with a retail value of up to $600.

Pocket Invitations, Themed Invitations, Save the Dates and so much more.

Submit your information by 12/31/2010.  Winner determined by 1/1/2011.  Good Luck!!

Click Here to go to our Webform

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Free Wedding Workbook & Website

FREE Wedding Planning Workbook & Wedding Website

At Hudson Valley Ceremonies we have will create a
wedding planning website just for our couples.

Here are some of the great features that are available on
your personal website:

Guest List
Task Calendar
Wedding Ceremony and Reception
Rehearsal and Rehearsal Dinner
Seating Arrangements
Engagement Activities
Bridesmaid’s Luncheon
Bridal Shower
Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties
Post-Wedding Activities
Gifts and Thank Yous
Costs and Payments
Vendors and Contacts
Out of Town Guests
Gift Registry
Create and Collect Notes Electronically
Organize Notes into your own Categories
Attach images and Links to Notes
Share Notes with Family and Friends
Maintain a Master Email List for your Wedding
Create Customized Lists
Send Email in Bulk
Works with your Existing Email Address
and so much more!!

Contact us today for a free workbook and website

Hudson Valley Ceremonies      845-266-6076

Marriage Still In Style

Article written by Kathy Kahn of HVBiz

The wedding business is never out of season, but for some couples, they are definitely keeping an eye on the bridal budget.

Jeanne Stark, owner of Hudson Valley Ceremony in Rhinebeck, loved her own wedding so much she decided she wanted to make a career out of helping others plan for that special day.

“I had also been to some weddings where I saw couples getting ripped off. I wanted to do something to help others avoid the pitfalls and remember it as a wonderful day.”

After 20 years of planning other people’s “I Do’s,” Stark says even the economy has not deterred wedding fever, but it has contributed to the way couples are spending.

“Many are waiting until their late 20s or early 30s to get married – it’s no longer something they expect parents to pay for – and since they are spending their own money, they are setting a definite budget. For those who don’t have financial constraints, anything goes. But most couples are looking for something in the $10,000 range. That is still quite a bit of money.  Because of  that and because of the economy, they are asking us to either come in or under their budget … and we make sure we do,  but also make sure it is an event they will come away happy from.”

Stark plans weddings for older couples or those making a second trip down the aisle. “They are usually looking for a more intimate experience, and  they keep the guest list to a minimum, as a rule. A quiet bed and breakfast with a fireplace is  what many are in the market for. Simple, elegant and small.”

Stark, whose addition to her own Rhinebeck home is her base of operations , employs 12 people who help her plan for more than 300 celebrations a year – most of them with a bride and groom as the centerpiece.

“We can create a package the couple feels comfortable with and make it a great event – they can either cut back by choosing to reduce flowers – many are choosing to create do-it-yourself centerpieces. Some are opting for buffet-style dinners or brunches s rather than full-course meals and reducing the number of members of the bridal party. Others are trimming guest lists,” she said.

Watching dollars doesn’t mean you end up with a so-so affair.

“On the contrary, making  some realistic  changes that bring the price  to within your budget doesn’t mean it’s not just as lovely or elegant, but it may not be in the same venue Chelsea Clinton had her wedding in,” she joked.

Stark said a wedding is one event where couples – even those on a budget – are willing to go as high as they can to make their day one to remember. “When the economy is bad, people want to do something that makes them feel good. A wedding is a positive, happy occasion. Even couples on a budget will come up with every penny they can muster to make it special.”

Midweek weddings have been more popular since the recession hit, she said. “When the economy goes south, more people do weddings in the winter because brides can negotiate a better price. And most catering facilities or small boutique wedding venues will make a great deal for a Tuesday or Thursday wedding. I tell my clients, ‘If your guests love you, they’ll be there.’”

Another added plus for the local economy are New York City brides who come up to the Hudson Valley to have an event on the water and to enjoy the view.

“A bride in the city would normally end up spending $100,000 for an event they can have up here for half the price, and have much more of a selection –hotels on the water, tented, outdoor events that can’t be had easily in the city…it’s also a great getaway for guests, too. They don’t have to travel far.  I have noticed when the economy goes south, couples come north.”

Stark has some favorites: “I love the Rhinecliff, Locust Grove, Mills Mansion, our local wineries – they offer weddings that are not a cookie-cutter theme. Depending on the size and scope of the event, there are several mansions up here that will offer the home for a wedding or a special event.  There’s a lot to choose from all over the region.”  Some that did not currently offer space for weddings are now finding their historic sites are attractive venues. “For couples and wedding planners, this is always a positive to be able to offer the bride and groom something out of the ordinary, and it helps our local historical sites stay in the plus column.”


Hudson Valley Wedding Elopements

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Couple from New Orleans married under the Rockefeller Christmas Tree in NYC

Elopement Services

Just because you are planning a simple wedding doesn’t mean it has to be a boring and non romantic ceremony.  All ceremonies are the beginning of a new life together and should express all of the inner feelings that need to be expressed at that special moment.

We are here to help.

Hudson Valley Ceremonies can help with the ceremony, location and a dinner following.

Each couple has a choice of attire for the minister:  Dress, Pant or Skirt Suit, Vestment

Elopement at Hudson Valley Ceremonies   $65.00   (locations at office with arbor or in Rhinebeck or Rhinecliff included)

Elopement at Your Choice of Location    $100 (travel fees may apply)

Walk Way Over the Hudson      $150 (no travel fees)

Elopement in New York City    $300  (this includes the travel fees)

Arbor, Music and Bouquets can be provided

Elopement with Wedding Coordinator    $400

Officiant, Site Finder for ceremony and reception, Coordination of the entire event, Assistance finding other vendors (only for weddings with less than 50 guests)

Do you want a beautiful location for your winter wedding ceremony?
Do you need recommendations for other professionals that do small weddings? We have all the information you need to make the event perfect.

All of our elopements receive special dinner coupons:

~ Texas Roadhouse, Kingston, NY   Receive a FREE Appetizer

~ Hyde Park Brewing Company   1 free beer sampler (6 4oz. tasters of our craft beer)

~ The Melting Pot    Free Chocolate Fondue with the purchase of one of our Four Course dinners

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Walk Way Over the Hudson