A Breathtaking Destination for Weddings that Contribute to the Global Good

Overlooking Lake Myosotis and the Catskill mountains on a 100-acre historic country estate in Rensselaerville, the Carey Institute for Global Good offers a breathtaking setting for your three-day destination wedding weekend.  With our Carriage House Restaurant and gourmet chef, Helderberg Brewery, 78 guest beds, and dedicated event planner available on site, we work with you to customize every detail and make your wedding day the most beautiful and memorable day of your life.

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Dana Darrell Wedding
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“The couple instantly fell in love with their venue, The Carey Institute for Global Good, for its “unpretentious, old-world charm.” Its connection to their love of books was also a strong selling point: “When it’s not hosting weddings, it’s a scholarly retreat. Books, woods, big lawns, a brewery on-site…it made me think of college and fantasize about spending a season holed up there working on a project,” explained Darrell.”

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Your unforgettable 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 at the Stonecrop House, including cocktails and music around a private bonfire, or drinks on the patio at our Helderberg Brewery. Relax, rejuvenate and spend quality time with your family and guests before your big day.


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, berries and specialty pastries.

After breakfast, guests will have time to discover historic Rensselaerville, beautiful waterfalls and hiking trails, or kayak Lake Myosotis at the neighboring Huyck Nature Preserve. Onsite, guests can also play tennis, volleyball, bocce ball or croquet in our open meadows. A picnic lunch buffet is also available.



For the most memorable moment of your life, your wedding ceremony, choose from a variety of locations on our property including the Stonecrop Hilltop overlooking the Catskill Mountains, before the replace in one of our historic estate homes, on one of our stone porches, or in the Guggenheim Performance Hall.


Afterwards, enjoy a cocktail reception and hors d’oeuvres on the historic stone patio of our Huyck Estate Home, and continue to your wedding reception and gourmet dinner under a tent or at the Carriage House Restaurant across the green.  Continue your celebration as late as you like, dancing the night away with your family and friends. Or, host an after party at the Helderberg Brewery.



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*All packages may be tailored. Prices will vary with customization.


Spend some more quality time with your guests before you depart. Enjoy another delicious breakfast buffet at the Carriage House Restaurant, and begin your honeymoon with a morning of leisure exploring the village of Rensselaerville, its waterfalls, Myosotis Lake and our local hiking trails.

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“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

“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

“From the moment we made contact with Sue, we knew we’d choose the Carey Institute for our wedding. The weekend of the wedding, Sue and her team were extraordinarily attentive and made all of our guests feel welcomes. The food? AMAZING! The site speaks for itself – a gorgeous, peaceful location with a rustic elegance. We had an unforgettable time and many of our friends still recount that ours was the best wedding they have ever attended.”

– Mari & Zev

“The Carey Institute did a fantastic job for our wedding weekend. We had an amazing time and it was stress free because of all the help from Sue and the staff. All our guests told us that we chose the perfect place. They also mentioned how great all of the food was. Thank you so much to the Carey Institute and Sue for a perfect weekend.”

– Mary & Jake

Get married at the Carey Institute.

Exchange your vows outdoors on our rolling greens, on the steps of our nineteenth century stone patios, nestled in the evergreens, or inside one of our extraordinary estate homes. Located less than 35 miles from Albany, and a stunning two-and-a-half hour ride from New York City, our staff is happy to arrange transportation. Hosting your wedding at the Carey Institute ensures not just that your wedding will be an unforgettable experience, but will also contribute to supporting our mission of Global Good.  Learn more at

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