Weddings at the Carey Institute
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A Breathtaking Destination for Weddings that Contribute to the Global Good
Experience the old-world charm and elegance of an all-inclusive destination wedding weekend on a 100-acre country estate in the Catskill Mountains. With our Carriage House Restaurant and gourmet chef, Helderberg Brewery and 78 guest beds accommodating up to 150 people, we work with you to customize every detail to make your wedding weekend the most beautiful and memorable time of your life.
FRIDAY: ARRIVAL & REHEARSAL DINNER
Your destination wedding weekend begins when you arrive on our 100-acre historic country estate. Festivities commence with your ceremony rehearsal on the hilltop in front of the Stonecrop Estate Home, overlooking the majestic Catskill Mountains. Afterwards, you and your guests will enjoy a country barbeque rehearsal dinner including cocktails and music around a private bonfire, or drinks on the patio at our Helderberg Brewery.
Your wedding day begins with a gourmet breakfast buffet at the Carriage House Restaurant featuring a full spread of classic brunch offerings paired with fresh fruits and specialty pastries. After breakfast, your friends and family will have the estate to themselves for outdoor fun such as swimming and kayaking in Lake Myosotis, hiking at the neighboring Huyck Preserve, tennis, volleyball, soccer, basketball and a myriad of lawn games.
For the most memorable moment of your life, choose from a variety of locations on our 100-acre property. Your wedding ceremony can take place on the Stonecrop Hilltop overlooking spectacular views of the Catskill Mountains, before the fireplace in one of our historic estate homes, or at our Wedding in the Woods site — a forest clearing with natural paths and a built-in stone and wooden arbor.
COCKTAILS & RECEPTION
Following your ceremony, enjoy a cocktail reception and hors d’oeurves on the historic stone patio of our Huyck Estate Home. Then continue to your reception and gourmet dinner under a tent surrounded by meadows or at the Carriage House Restaurant. Menus are provided by our gourmet chef and are customizable to your tastes and dietary needs. Continue your celebration as late as you’d like, enjoying a bonfire under the stars or host an after-party at the Helderberg Brewery.
HELDERBERG BREWERY PACKAGES
Helderberg Brewery is a New York State Farm Brewery located on our campus and is a part of the Carey Institute’s Craft Beverage Incubator, where we work to strengthen New York’s farm-to-glass supply chain. We focus on experimenting and designing beer recipes around NYS ingredients. All of our beers contain at least 90% locally grown hops and grain. We also organize and host workshops for farmers and brewers and we provide aspiring brewers with hands-on learning opportunities.
Start your wedding weekend off right with a welcome party for your guests. Exclusive use of our taproom for two hours with an open or cash bar and bonfire.
Buy a Full Keg
Save money by buying a full keg. All kegs include one jockey box set up.
— 5-gallon keg (40 pints)
— 13.5-gallon keg (105 pints)
— 15-gallon keg (124 pints)
Keep the party going after your reception ends. Exclusive use of our taproom for two hours with an open or cash bar and bonfire.
Design Your Own Beer
You help design the recipe, we brew the beer. Two five-gallon kegs (80 pints). Bottling and labeling of your beer is also available for an additional fee.
SUNDAY: BREAKFAST & FAREWELL
Enjoy another delicious breakfast buffet at the Carriage House Restaurant with your family & friends before you depart. Then begin your honeymoon with a morning of leisure exploring the historic village of Rensselaerville, the Huyck Preserve and Lake Myosotis.
We can accommodate up to 150 guests in our four antique filled estate homes which boast outdoor porches, libraries, lounges and fire pits surrounded by natural beauty. Every room has a private bathroom, coffee machine and strong WiFi. Your guests will not have to worry about driving home after a long night of celebrating – everything is on site for your destination wedding weekend.
“I honestly feel like you can’t get a better deal for a domestic destination wedding. No other place offers their entire premises to a single group! The team work demonstrated by the Carey Institute staff throughout the planning process helped us tremendously. Our day came together amazingly – beyond our expectations!”
– Dana & Sean
“Perfection is hard to achieve, especially when it’s your wedding day. But I will be brazen and say that Carey Institute went far above expectations with what was a perfect wedding weekend. This is THE place to be for a true wedding weekend retreat. The whole staff swells with pride and worked tirelessly to ensure that we all were accommodated and happy. We were so lucky to work with Ileana throughout our year of planning. Ileana is the real deal when it comes to event planning and single-handedly made sure the whole wedding weekend was exactly what we wanted at every moment. Carey achieves perfection just with its pristine grounds alone. Add in a staff that far exceeds expectations and you’ve got a wedding weekend that no one will ever forget.”
– Zach & Jesse
“We are thrilled with our wedding experience at the Carey Institute and couldn’t feel more lucky that we got married there! The venue is charming, beautiful and comfortable, the food is delicious and the setting offers amazing views and the perfect backdrop for photographs. Sue is thorough, experienced, enthusiastic, has tons of great ideas, and we loved working with her! Months after our wedding, our guests continue to talk about how much fun they had. We can’t recommend it strongly enough!”
– Via & Nate
Having our wedding at the Carey Institute was the best, and easiest, decision we made for our wedding! The grounds of the venue sell themselves, but the staff truly made our weekend wedding go off without a hitch! Our guests kept coming up to us the whole weekend commenting on how wonderful everything was. Now a month after the wedding, we’re still hearing stories about how amazing the venue was and our guests are asking how they can stay there on their own :). Regarding the venue and catering – they handle it all. The chef is amazing and easy to work with, the event planner was WONDERFUL to work with. The folks who work the grounds and stay late at night to make sure our guests are taken care of were amazing. We seriously couldn’t be happier with the way everything went. Having a weekend wedding here with everyone on the property will be the best decision you make. We had welcome drinks at the brewery Friday night, bonfires Friday and Saturday night at Stonecrop House, and then the “going away breakfast” on Sunday. Everyone had to travel for our wedding, but they loved being able to be with everyone Friday – Sunday, and they also enjoyed the fall foliage and the hikes around the Huyck Preserve. We opted to get married in the woods because it has such an intimate, special feeling to it so make sure you check that site out on your visit! We cannot speak more highly of the staff here or more highly of our experience here. Carey Institute will forever hold a special place in our hearts and we hope to go back and spend another weekend there!
-Allison & Julius
Get Married at the Carey Institute
Located less than 35 miles from Albany and a stunning two-and-a-half hour ride from New York City, our professional and friendly staff is happy to arrange your transportation. Hosting your wedding at the Carey Institute ensures not just that your wedding will be an unforgettable experience, but will also contribute to our mission of Global Good. Learn more at www.careyinstitute.org.