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6 Of The Most Unique and Non-Traditional Wedding Venues Found in the Hudson Valley

If you’re the type of couple that is looking for that really unique, non-traditional wedding venue for your Hudson Valley wedding, this is the article for you.
 

One of the great things about planning a wedding in the Hudson Valley is that it’s chock-full of wedding venues; from traditional wedding banquet halls, to hotels, to farms and barns, to castles, and everything in-between. Anything you want for your wedding day can be found here.
 

However, if you’re looking for something a little quirky, a little different and unique, a little out-of-the-box, here is a list of 6 locations that would be perfect for you.
 

Emmerich Tree Farm, Warwick
 

Love Christmas? How about a Christmas in July wedding at Emmerich Tree Farm? This outdoor wedding venue is situated smack dab in the middle of an evergreen tree farm with forest all around you. They have a beautiful pavilion and patio just perfect for that “out-in-the-country” vibe. The pavilion is typically used for cocktail hour and the rustic patio is typically used for the reception, which can hold anywhere between 130-180 people. They even offer a special bridal tent that the bride and her bridal party can use to get ready. Cap your night the best way possible with a campfire! You and your guests can sit around roasting marshmallows at their fire pit with features 360-degree seating!
 

Four Brothers Drive-In Theatre, Amenia
 

There’s nothing more nostalgic than the drive-in movies and if you love that mid-century all-American vibe, the Four Brother’s Drive-In Theatre is perfect for you. Owned by the same folks that brought you Four Brother’s Restaurant, this one-of-a-kind site only hosts five weddings a season and can accommodate over 200 people! This space allows you to truly craft a unique wedding experience and comes with a ton of fun amenities! They include a playground, food truck, fire-pit, a patio with a stage, and, of course, that massive movie screen which would be an awesome place to show a pre-wedding slideshow or have the latest movie playing in the background of your reception. You can stay on the property until 1 a.m., and if your guests get the munchies after a night of partying, they can grab a burger, hot dog or shake from their snack shack.
 
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Dramatic Hall Theatre at Peekskill Central Market, Peekskill
 

If you enjoy history and want a retro-meets-elegance vibe, then you want to check out the Dramatic Hall Theatre at Peekskill Central Market. The room, which is a renovated 1870-era theater, is located on the third floor of the building and can hold close to 100 people. This two-level, wide-open space with beautiful wood floors, brick walls, red velvet curtains and two cascading staircases with iron railings will really make your wedding one to remember. Guests can enjoy drinks from the bar on the upper level while getting a birds-eye-view of the celebration below.
 

Basilica Hudson, Hudson
 

If you prefer an artsy, eclectic, industrial vibe for your wedding day, you’ll definitely want to check out Basilica Hudson. This reclaimed 1880s industrial factory is actually a non-profit arts center but can be rented for private events such as weddings. What once began as a foundry for steel railway wheels, this massive 7,000 square feet space has been stripped down exposing their gorgeous industrial windows, brick walls, terracotta ceiling tiles and steel ceiling beams. Guests can enjoy adjacent parking, and they have no vendor restrictions, meaning you can literally create your masterpiece wedding day. However, because it is a busy rental space with tons of great events happening all year, your wedding will need to be worked into their event calendar, sp make sure you give yourself plenty of time to plan.
 

Bell Tower Venue, Rosendale
 

If you don’t want a church wedding, but your parents want you to, this might be a great compromise. The Bell Tower is a gothic style brick church built in 1896 by the Dutch Reformed Church and today is a 2,500 square foot open space perfect for weddings. While no longer a commissioned, working church, the inside still looks like a church, with tons of natural light coming from their cathedral windows, beautiful vaulted ceilings, and the pulpit is the perfect stage for your ceremony or your band/dj. It can accommodate up to 120 guests, has a full bar, and offers catering suggestions for your special day.
 
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Senate Garage, Kingston
 

Senate Garage is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a converted garage! Now, you may have images in your head of oil-stained floors, florescent lighting, and car company signs hanging off the walls, but this is no ordinary garage. It actually has quite a fascinating history as it was originally built in the 1920’s and was used as a parking garage for chauffeured-driven cars for those who were visiting the bustling city of Kingston. Today, Senate Garage is a beautiful open space with dark hardwood floors, industrial lighting, exposed brick walls and exposed ceiling beams, plus a beautiful green outdoor space, which can be rented separately, perfect for your ceremony. It has 7,500 square feet of space and holds up to 275 guests for a seated dinner.
 

Lumberyard, Catskill
 

By day, Lumberyard Center for Film and Performing Arts is a women-led non-profit center supporting the ever-growing performing arts and film industry in the Hudson Valley. For your wedding, it transforms into the space of your dreams. Picture 12,000 square feet of production space just waiting to be created into something truly magical for you and your guests. Couples can choose from two rentable spaces; a 5,000 square foot studio, which was once a former barn, overlooking the Catskill Creek which can accommodate 150 guests or a 7000 square foot reception hall for up to 450 guests. Couples can also book both spaces. Both spaces are heated and air-conditioned and they also provide on-site accommodations for up to 25 people. Another bonus is they’re pet-friendly, and because they work in film and performing arts, they have killer state-of-the-art audio and visual facilities.
 

Which venue would you like for your wedding?
 
Photo Credit: Senate Garage by Pioneer Media

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3 Ways I Incorporated My Maltese Heritage Into My Wedding

Here’s a little fact about me. I’m Maltese. Usually when I tell people that they literally look at me like I have two heads. The conversation usually goes like this…

 

“Mal-what?” they ask.

 

“I’m Maltese!” I say.

 

“Oh, like the dog?”

 

“Well, not exactly. My family comes from Malta?”

 

“Malta? What’s that?”

 

“An island in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Sicily”

 

“Oh, so…your Italian?”

 

“Nope. Maltese.”

 

Malta

Photo taken by my cousin

Then I go into my favorite part where I get to talk about Malta. How it’s a country composed of three “tiny” islands (about 200 sq miles) between Sicily and North Africa with a population a little over 400,000. How it has some of the oldest ancient ruins on earth that predate the pyramids of Egypt. How it has its own unique language (Middle Eastern/Arabic with a mix of English, French and Italian) that’s the only Semitic language that’s written in the Latin alphabet. I could go on and on because I love educating people about Malta.

 

I’m first generation American on my father’s side, second generation on my mother’s side. In fact, if you do the math, I’m probably more Maltese than American (though I’m proud of both my heritages equally). But here’s the ironic part…I’ve never been to Malta (yet).

 

I’ve come close twice. Once in college when I was studying abroad in Europe (but wasn’t allowed to travel outside of the group I was with) and once the year I got married, when my cousins went. I couldn’t go then because between saving and planning for a wedding and saving for a house, it just wasn’t financially possible at the time. So, visiting is still on my bucket list.

 

That being said, because I’m so proud of where my family comes from, it was very important to me to incorporate my Maltese heritage into my wedding. I’ve said over and over that one of the best things about weddings is that it’s a great opportunity for the couple, even though they are coming together as one, to showcase their induvial styles, religions, heritages, cultures, etc. So, here’s what I did…

 

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I incorporated my Maltese heritage in the details

 

Maltese Cross

Photo Credit: Majestic Studios

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” This is a rhyme brides know all too well. The “new” was easy…that was my dress. The “blue” was easy…stickers I put on the bottom of my shoe that read “I Do.”

 

The “old” and “borrowed” was tricky. I was trying to figure out what those could be and then my mom had an idea to look through her jewelry box.

 

As we were going through the box which is full of family heirlooms, I found a magnificent filigree Maltese Cross pin that belonged to my grandmother as well as some lace she made. Making filigree jewelry and lace are traditional Maltese arts. My thought was to use them both on my bouquet. While I opted, in the end, not to use my grandmother’s lace (for fear of getting it stained from the flowers, or oils from my hand), I did have lace wrapped around my bouquet as homage to her and attached the pin to it. (There’s another story here on how I lost the pin on my wedding day and miraculously found it the next day…but that’s a whole other story for a whole different day).

 

I incorporated my Maltese heritage through romantic proverbs

 

Maltese wedding

Photo Credit: Majestic Studios

My husband is Irish, so Irish wedding traditions and blessing are easy to find. Maltese wedding traditions and blessings, not so much.

 

Most Maltese are Roman Catholic, in fact, we’re some of the oldest Catholics in the world, dating back to 60 A.D. So, other than having a full Roman Catholic mass wedding, it was really hard for me to find ways to incorporate Maltese wedding blessings. Not to mention, the Maltese language is very complex, so I needed to find blessings that also had English translations.

 

I thought a cool thing to do would be to have Gaelic and Maltese love proverbs scattered on the tables during cocktail hour. I went online to see what I could find, because we know that if it’s online it must be “true”, right (haha!), and held my breath that what I found was correct (I’m not too fluent in the language). My saving grace was that if they weren’t right, only a few people would know. Thankfully, I have a cousin in Malta who looked over the sayings and said that, for the most part, they were right, so I went with it.

 

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I honored my Maltese heritage by keeping my last name

 

My last name, Zammit, is not common at all over here in the States, but in Malta, my last name is like Smith or Jones here. It’s very common.

 

When couples marry, 98% of the time the bride takes the groom’s name. However, I didn’t want to lose my very Maltese name. Now, I know no one can take my heritage away from me, but without my last name, no one would be able to tell, from the outside, what or who I am. It’s very much a part of my identity and how I define myself.

 

A disclaimer here is that changing your name is a very personal decision. Everyone is going to have a different reason for changing or keeping their name, and whatever you decide is correct. For me, I wanted to keep my name but also honor my husband and our unity by taking his name as well, so, I hyphenate my last name.

 

Hopefully, learning how I incorporated my heritage into my wedding will give you some ideas on how you can do the same for your wedding. What specific part of your heritage or culture are you incorporating into your wedding? We’d love to know.
 
Featured Photo Credit: Majestic Studios

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3 Unique Ways To Say ‘This is Us’ At Your Wedding

One thing for sure about weddings is that they are very systematic. There’s an ebb and flow to them, there are certain steps that need to be followed and certain elements that are found in pretty much every wedding.
 

It can be hard sometimes, for couples to feel like they can express their individuality, to say “this is us”, or if they do, they then feel like they might be doing something “wrong”.
 

There’s an image that I love, and maybe you’ve seen it…it’s the saying is “Because we’ve always done it that way” with a big red “X” over it, as if to say change is good.
 

Weddings are a blank slate. Just because weddings have always been done a certain way, that doesn’t mean you can’t change it up. Yes, there are certain things you need to do like book your vendors, apply for your marriage license (which is time specific), send out invites, but outside of the “moving parts”, everything else is really up to you to create.
 

There are three elements to a wedding that are perfect for showcasing your unique personality and there are Hudson Valley professionals who can help you design your unique vision.

 

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Flowers

 

Forever Brooch Bouquets

Photo Credit: Forever Brooch Bouquets

When you think of a wedding, flowers are usually one of the first things you picture because the bride carries a bouquet with her. It’s usually always part of the look. However, what if you are allergic? What if you want something that lasts a little longer? What if you just don’t like flowers? Well, there’s an alternative!
 

How about brooch bouquets? What is a brooch bouquet, you ask? It’s a completely handmade bouquet usually made with fabric flowers and brooches, or all brooches and no flowers. Michelle Levy-Phelan (who you may remember from this article), creator and owner of Forever Brooch Bouquets in Suffern, NY says “These brooch bouquets are a great alternative to flowers because they last forever. They do not wilt, nor do they fall apart. No need to hang them upside down and dry them, because they will stay vibrant for years to come! You can eventually use the same bouquet that you walked down the aisle with as the centerpiece for your future dinner parties that you hold in your home. They will always sparkle.”
 

Levy-Phelan says brooch bouquets also become a keepsake. “The thought process behind them is that the great-grandchildren of the bride or groom can walk down the aisle at their own wedding with the bouquet in hand. They become a family heirloom.”
 

In addition, brooch bouquets are great ways to honor family, friends and loved ones too. “You can include anything in them,” says Levy-Phelan. “For example, brooches/jewelry from loved ones and friends, fabric and clothing from loved ones who have passed could be made into flowers or into the handle of the bouquet itself, picture frames with photos in them, as well as cremation jewelry to hold a loved one’s ashes while the bride walks down the aisle.” You can also use the bouquet as a way to honor those who mean the most to you by asking for a brooch or a piece of jewelry from every member of your family and friends and combine their brooches into a bouquet really making your bouquet extra special.
 

Jewelry

 

Hudson Valley engagement ring De's Jewelers Poughkeepsie

Photo Credit: De’s Jewelers

Your wedding rings, including your engagement ring, are another great place to showcase your personality. They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but it’s not the case for everyone. Diamonds are traditional, but if you want something different, it doesn’t mean you are doing anything ‘wrong’.
 

Dennis Fouhy, Vice President of De’s Jewelers in Poughkeepsie says gemstones are a very popular alternative to the traditional diamond. “There are a number of beautiful gemstones that can be used in place of a center diamond either for a price point or a custom look. Other popular choices are sapphires (a Princess Diana choice), deep green emeralds, the sky’s the limit,” says Fouhy.
 

Opened in 1964, De’s Jewelers, A family owned and operated, second generation jewelry store, has been around long enough to see almost everything when it comes to wedding jewelry, so they can help you make your ring as personal as you want. Fouhy recalls “A young lady wanted her diamond engagement ring to be ‘pretty in pink.’ Her one-of-a-kind design incorporated a magnificent Morganite set in rose gold.”
 

For the guys, the same rules apply. What if you don’t want a traditional gold (white or yellow) wedding ring? Fouhy says “There are a variety of contemporary metal wedding band choices. If your guy works with his hands or feels uncomfortable wearing a shiny gold ring, popular choices are the indestructible titanium, tungsten or cobalt chrome in simple or more elaborate designs.”
 

Now here’s a question…what if you have a metal allergy? Some people do, and if you are one, you don’t have to forgo a ring. There are great alternatives for you as well. “Platinum and palladium are great alternative metals for those with metal allergies,” says Fouhy.

 

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Cake

 

donuts Glazed Over Beacon NY

Photo Credit: Peter Oberc

Wedding cakes have been a staple in weddings since the pre-18th century and stems from many different cultural traditions dating back to Ancient Roman times. However, while you may have a sweet tooth, traditional cake may not ‘cut it’ (haha..sorry, had to add that pun!)
 

If cake isn’t your thing, have no fear! Couples these days are doing all sorts of things in place of traditional cake. Everything from pizza, to pie, to ice cream and anything else you can think of can be used instead. Even donuts!
 

Lisa and Ron Tompkins, owners of Glazed Over Donuts in Beacon is a boutique gourmet donut shop giving customers warm, totally customizable donuts with a variety of toppings to suit their every taste. “I think donuts are a great alternative because you can give a variety of flavors,” says Lisa. She says guests can enjoy “Something as simple as a spiced cinnamon-sugar to something as elaborate as maple glazed with walnuts and a maple syrup & cinnamon drizzle or lemon glaze with coconut and a raspberry drizzle.  And people can eat them right then and there or save them for a sweet treat after the event.”
 

Lisa says couples have done a variety of different set-ups with donuts. She says, “We had one couple do a donut tower, but most have had them in nice little boxes with cute personalized labels to send home with their guests as favors.  Several have had them as their dessert table as well.  They had them placed on platters of varying shapes, sizes and heights.”
 

So, I hope this has given some ideas of ways you can incorporate your own style into your day. What are some unique elements you are adding into your wedding?

 

Featured Photo Credit: Forever Brooch Bouquets

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