Hi everyone! New here, recently engaged on 5/31/14. We live in Poughkeepsie.
We are planning on a tiny little wedding, 10 people total - including the 2 of us. It's exactly what we want. No bridal party or groomsmen, no bridal shower (I dislike them), no bachelor/bachelorette parties (not our taste at all), no registry. Just us.
That being said, from what I have seen so far, a lot of the venues around the Hudson Valley that I can think of are better suited for larger events (like Mohonk Mountain House based on what I've seen on their website, Brotherhood Winery, etc.). And with such a small group, really all I'd like to do is have a tiny intimate ceremony outside (weather permitting - we want to get married in early October 2014), will move it inside if it looks like it's going to be too cold out. After the ceremony in the late afternoon with 8 of our closest family members, we'd have a tiny little cocktail hour with drinks and appetizers - this would have to be seated though. My FMIL has Parkinson's Disease and is in a wheelchair, so I wouldn't want to make her feel left out by having her sitting in her wheelchair somewhere while all of us are standing. Then, we'd like to have a quiet formal dinner with all of us sitting at one big table. If we had the wedding at a small B&B or something, I think it would be cool if we got rooms at the B&B for our family members to stay overnight and relax, and then we'd ideally take a car service that night and go away for the rest of the weekend.
Has anyone in the area been to / had a tiny little wedding in the area? Could you suggest anywhere formal, ideally great outdoor scenery, but small enough to feel appropriate for this type of event? My fiance still thinks Mohonk would be cool - so we are going to inquire about small private rooms for our wedding, but I don't want to be sitting at a table in a giant room built to hold 300 people - know what I mean?
Thanks for your suggestions! I just looked at the calendar... tomorrow, this will be 4 months away if we went with the first weekend in October! I'm excited!! Hoping this small wedding will be as stress-free as possible. I can already see a lot of "yeah, no. have you tried this bean dip?" in our future as people start to inquire about our plans LOL.