If you’re looking for an outdoor wedding venue in the Hudson Valley, check out the Storm King Art Center. Yes, it’s a museum with one-of-a-kind sculptures installed throughout its 500 acres. But the outdoor vistas serve as a bride’s blank canvas to create the wedding of her dreams.
I had the pleasure of taking a tour of Storm King Art Center back in Fall 2022 and then I spoke with the Special Events Team to get more details about what goes into planning an outdoor wedding at their location.
We toured the two most popular spots for wedding ceremonies and receptions: Museum Hill and South Fields. Both names describe their locations perfectly. Museum Hill sits at a higher elevation with a shaded canopy of trees overlooking the fields of the art center while South Fields is literally a wide open field at the bottom of Museum Hill, waiting for a talented wedding planner’s magic touch to turn it into a magnificent dream wedding backdrop.
One important tidbit that sets Storm King apart from other venues is they schedule ONE wedding every two weeks. This allows their Event Team to dedicate the necessary time to planning just YOUR wedding and if you have questions, the team is current on your details because they’re not working on a dozen weddings at one time.
This type of schedule also allows you to take your time and not feel rushed because they have to set up for another wedding or event. When you book your date, you are the VIP for the day.
Utilize the preferred vendors list you receive at any venue. Wedding planning is much easier when vendors have a working relationship with your chosen venue. When it comes to outdoor space, preferred vendors also have records of how best to layout the tents, power generators, lights, etc. simply because they are familiar with the terrain. Not that a new vendor can’t figure that out but a preferred vendor lessens any chance of problems or confusion.
Common Sense Tip:
Take a tour of each venue you’re considering. Ask as many questions as you like because you’ll most likely think of things when you’re onsite as opposed to just looking at a website and talking to someone on the phone. Also, take your time on the tour to really take in everything there is to see and try to envision yourself getting married in that location.
Also be aware that when planning an outdoor wedding – such as at the South Fields at Storm King, you will need to bring EVERYTHING with you, from the utensils to the bathrooms.
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