Average Base Cost: $73,000
Average base cost for a Locusts on Hudson wedding is calculated by figuring a 150-person guest list for a Saturday night wedding using standard food/beverage costs and tax and gratuity. Transportation to venue, catering kitchen/equipment, entertainment, decorations, flowers, tents, chairs/tables, lighting, etc. are not included. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand.
How it breaks down:
Facility Rental Fee: $30,000 location fee and a mandatory $30,000 lodging fee, so $60,000 total.
What this includes: The $30,000 location fee gives you use of the property’s 76 acres for four days and three nights, which means you can have your rehearsal dinner, lunches, brunches, and any other event-related activity there. The $30,000 lodging fee provides you 11 bedrooms with room for 21 guests (I’m guessing you can squeeze in one more so there’s room for 11 couples total) for four days and three nights. Services and amenities include:
- Heated Pool
- Hot Tub
- Pilates Reformer
- Tennis Court
- Hiking Paths
- Historical Farm Complex
- Wireless Internet
- 76 Secluded Acres
- Golf Course Next Door
Food: You will have to bring in your own approved caterer. You can expect prices to range from $100-$200/up for food and beverage depending on your caterer. Caterers can use the manor’s kitchen for small gatherings up to 40 people. Otherwise they will have to set up a portable kitchen on the grounds which can run you several thousand dollars.
Space Type: Inside/outside
Bridal Suite: Yes
Size: Up to 250 guests, with seating for 150 in the barn and 40 in the manor
Food Service Type: Depends on selected caterer
How Will Grandma Get There? Up to 21 guests can stay in the manor for a fee of $30,000 for three nights. For guests not staying at the manor, there are several hotels and B&B’s in Hyde Park, Rhinebeck, or Poughkeepsie. The closest train station is in Rhinecliff. Amtrak offers a 95-minute service from Pennsylvania Station to Rhinecliff-Kingston while Metro North offers a 105-minute service from Grand Central Station to Poughkeepsie (a 20 minute drive from the house).
Extras: Tents, tables, chairs, linens, etc. need to be brought in from an outside vendor. You can hire a concierge for an additional $500/day, as well as obtain the services of a private chef for a fee.
Party On!: There is a 12 a.m. noise curfew.
The Locusts on Hudson sits on 76 acres in New York’s Hudson Valley. The Neo-Baroque style manor was built in the 19th century, and is surrounded by tennis courts, a beach, a neighboring golf course, a working farm, and gorgeous meadows. The property is owned by hotelier Andre Balazs, who bought it in 2004 as a private residence and has since transformed the manor, barn, and entire property. His main initiative in purchasing the grounds was to create a working farm that would allow him to bring that experience to The Standard Grill in NYC.
Woman Getting Married Says:
Who wouldn’t want to get married on a property as gorgeous as this? The price, however, is not for the faint (or broke) of heart. The (semi) good news is that you can offset the lodging part of the cost if you wanted, and have 10+ couples (including you and your husband) stay in the 11 bedrooms on the manor and pay their share, which breaks down to $909/night per room (or $476 per person per room, if two people were staying in it.) With an additional $30,000 location fee on top of the $30,000 lodging fee, it’s still expensive any way you cut it. If you have the money and want to get married at a private, stunning location, this is an amazing choice. I think it would work best for a small, intimate wedding of 22 people or less, so everybody can stay on the property and you don’t have to worry about tents or other expenses.
Check out more pics from a wedding at Locusts on Hudson here. I love that the couple brought in a taco food truck!