Congratulations to all of our September couples!

A big Congratulations to all of our September couples!

Elizabeth and Ron 9/3 at Poets Walk
Elizabeth and Dana 9/3 at New York Country Club
Melissa and Jeremy 9/4 at The Links at Unionvale
Nicole and Nick 9/4 at Twin Lakes
Jill and John 9/4 at Millbrook Winery
Kellie and Mark 9/4 at The Falkirk Estate and Country Club
Gabrielle and Dean 9/10 at West Park Winery
Laurie and Rick 9/10 at The River Grill
Kaitlyn and Brian 9/10 at The Onteora Mountain House
Luciana and Eduardo 9/11 at The Ashokan Reservoir
April and Jill 9/16 in Central Park, NYC
Kaeleigh and Cory 9/16 in Gardiner, NY
Nichole and Peter 9/16 at The New York Country Club
Michelle and David 9/16 at The Glen Island Harbour Club
Jennifer and Marcelo 9/17 at The Stony Ford Golf Course
Stacy and Craig 9/17 in Yorktown Heights, NY
Veronika and Brainerd 9/17 at Oak Hill
April and Heath 9/17 in Kinderhook, NY
Sarah and Justin 9/17 at West Settlement
Beth and Hermann 9/17 at Del Posto Ristorante, NYC
Melissa and Kyle 9/18 at The Grandview
Nicole and Derek 9/23 at Arbor Ridge Catering & Banquet
Adam and Erin 9/24 at Mary’s Parish in Greenwich, CT and Westchester Country Club
Jessica and Kyle 9/24 at All Souls Church
Peter and Nicole 9/24 at The Historical Harness Track
Daria and Lukasz 9/24 at Mohonk Mountain House
Nicole and Ryan 9/24 at Overlook Lodge
Aimee and Michael 9/24 at Highlands Country Club
Katie and Rick 9/25 at Mohonk Mountain House
Jessica and Todd 9/30 at The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel

Congratulations to all our August couples!

A big Congratulations to all of our August couples!

Shelly and Frank 8/4 at Belvedere Mansion
Sierra and Bryan 8/5 at The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel
Victoria and Isaac 8/5 at Brookside Manor
Damian and Shawn 8/6 in Rhinebeck, NY
Nicole and Rina 8/6 in Rhinebeck, NY
Tista and Prashant 8/6 in Jewett, NY
Crystal and Pedro 8/6 at Hunter Mountain
Lauren and Corey 8/6 at Windham Mountain
Ashley and Ismael 8/7 at Catlin Gardens
Jeremy and Sonya 8/7 at The Marist College Gazebo
Kristine and Vincent 8/14 at Full Moon Resort
Russell and Meiling 8/14 at Kefi Restaurant in New York, NY
Lance and Folami 8/18 at Riverfront Park
Kimia and Terrance 8/18 at The Grandview
Melissa and Ted 8/19 at The Grandview
Andrew and Ashley 8/20 at FEAST Round Hill
Vicky and Holly 8/20 at The Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery
Sherry and Eric 8/20 at The Grandview
Robin and Michelle 8/21 at The Rhinecliff
Michelle and Matt 8/26 at Trump Hudson Valley
Tina and Rami 8/27 at The Grandview
Priscila and Ed 8/27 at The Grandview
Michael and Melissa 8/27 at Mohonk Mountain House
Melissa and Luke 8/27 at Rolling Greens at Dutchess Golf and Country Club
Heather and Blake 8/27 in Salt Point, NY

Congratulations to all our June couples!

A big Congratulations to all of our couples that were married this June!

Louise and Dan 6/3 at Anthony’s Pier Nine
Suzanne and Michael 6/4 at Minnewaska Lodge
Maya and Craig 6/4 in Hopewell Junction
Jennifer and Michael 6/4 at Lippincott Manor
Jessica and Jeff 6/4 at Le Petit Chateau
Kristin and Dennis 6/5 at The Grandview
Nicole and Hector 6/10 at Glen Island Harbour Club
John and Sarah 6/11 at The Stone House B&B
Isabelle and Richard 6/11 in Salt Point
Allison and Pat 6/11 in Hyde Park
Angela and Mario 6/12 at the Villa Borghese
Ezra and Karen 6/15 at Perkins Memorial Tower
Melanie and Dave 6/18 at Harvest on Hudson
Jacqueline and Evan 6/18 at Total Tennis
Ashley and Ammi 6/18 in Hudson NY
Sarina and Hamza 6/18 at Villa Barone Hilltop Manor
Michelle and Kevin 6/19 at Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa
Lisa and Christopher 6/24 at The Villa Borghese
Simone and Brendan 6/25 at West Park Winery
Rebekah and Harry 6/26 at The Onteora Mountain House
Justine and Jeffrey 6/28 at The Walkway Over The Hudson
Natasha and Steven 6/30 at Belvedere Mansion

Congratulations to all our May couples!

A big Congratulations to all of our couples that were married this May!

Katherine and Kellan 5/1 at The Poughkeepsie Grand
Amanda and Jeremy 5/1 at Full Moon Resort
Liz and Ray 5/5 at Belvedere Mansion
Kristin and Danny 5/6 at Locust Grove & The Poughkeepsie Grand
Amy and Alen 5/6 at Villa Borghese
Laura and Steven 5/7 at Poets Walk
Kim and Clinton 5/7 at The Cadet Chapel & Eisenhower Hall
Chad and Victoria 5/10 in Central Park
James and Jennifer 5/13 at Marist College
Brenda and Al 5/15 in Stone Ridge
Bridget and Sean 5/15 at The Grandview
Kristen and Daniel 5/20 at The Grandview
Chris and Breanna 5/21 in Millbrook
Christine and Jonathan 5/22 at Colden Manor at the Spruce Lodge
Erica and Evan 5/28 at The Grandview
Amber and Kevin 5/28 at Hunter Mountain
Catherine and Bryan 5/28 at The Grandview
Jennifer and Jesse 5/28 at Four Brothers Restaurant
Helena and Dan 5/28 at The Mt. Beacon Bed & Breakfast
James and Rebecca 5/29 at The Highlands Country Club


A big Congratulations to all of our couples that were married this winter!

Kimberly & Adam – Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz
Marisa & Erik – West Point Officers Club, West Point
Alicia & Justin – Fallkirk Estate, Central Valley
Michelle & Tim – Ceola Manor, Jefferson Valley
Nicole & Joseph – Terrapin Catering, Staatsburgh
Juliana & Michael – Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, Poughkeepsie
Daisy & Peter – The Rhinecliff Hotel, Rhinecliff
Lauren & William – HVC, Rhinebeck
Amanda & Woody – Ritz Carlton Westchester, White Plains
Filamina & Michael – The Inn at Dover Furnace, Dover Plains
Lys & Tony – Omega Institute, Rhinebeck
Keke & James – HVC, Rhinebeck
Michelle & Lance – Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz
Jennifer & Michael – Villa Borghese, Wappingers Falls
Megan & Brian – Opus 40, Saugerties
Jenny & Kenneth – The Grandview, Poughkeepsie
Renee & Peter – Morgan State House Inn, Albany
Rachel & Ryan – The Grandview, Poughkeepsie
Kristi & Rafael – Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, Poughkeepsie

Congratulations to Kara & John who had Baby Colin blessed at Ceola Manor in Jefferson Valley!

Congratulations to Catherine & Michael who had Baby Sean blessed at the Taconic Education Center in Cold Spring!

Wedding Day at Stockade Tavern

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Sign Up at 7pm
First Ceremony will begin at 9pm

Free marriage ceremonies preformed for all couples with a valid NYS marriage license, or same sex couples with a heartfelt desire for a spiritually true commitment.

Donations will kindly be accepted.

The marriage ceremonies will be officiated by Hudson Valley Ceremonies very own Reverend Stuart Chernoff, the right reverend. Also know as Studio Stu.

Stockade Tavern
313 Fair Street ~ Uptown Kingston ~ 845-514-2649

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

Hudson Valley Ceremonies

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

Hudson Valley Ceremonies


Walk Way Over the Hudson

Elopement Over The Hudson River

Hudson Valley Ceremonies is now going to be performing elopements on the “Walk Way Over The Hudson.” For $150 you and as many guests as you want can walk to the middle of the new walk way bridge and get married. The “Walk Way Over The Hudson” is the longest pedestrian bridge over water.

Walkway over the Hudson
Walkway over the Hudson