Pulling off a barn wedding is no easy feat. There are a lot of concerns such as lighting, furnishings, and decor. Depending in the “rusticness” of your barn, there is maybe more or maybe less to fret about as you plan your big day. Simplicity is often the key to a great event, and that’s what we love about Crested Hen Farms in historic Alligerville NY.
For one price, Crested Hen Farms offers a furnished, electrified, wi-fied barn for your reception and 32 acres of its surrounding property for your ceremony. Plus, there’s a decor warehouse on-site with all the china and utensils you might need, and a large assortment of miscellaneous props. And then there are chickens and eagles too, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
First a little backstory: Crested Hen Farms is located about 90 miles, or an hour and half, from New York City. The farm was established in 1791 and was originally called the “Thomas S. Schoonmaker Farm” after an early owner. The barn itself was built in three phases, the first portion dating back to the farm’s beginnings and the later two phases taking place about 100 years later.
In 2001, the farm was purchased by current owners Frank Macagnone and Keith Eddleman who carried out a renovation of the barn for the specific purpose of hosting events. As the property sits within the hamlet of Alligerville, which was declared a National Historic District in 2015, the renovation was carried out with the approval of the Town of Rochester Historic District and the New York State Historic Preservation Office.
The spacious barn has 300 square feet of space for your celebration. A wireless LED lighting system runs throughout and customized color schemes are available on request. The barn also provides wireless internet for couples and their guests, an added plus in the rural Hudson Valley where reception can often be spotty.
Connected to the barn is a covered terrace and 16 foot wooden bar for your cocktail hour. A great feature especially for really hot weather or on rainy days.
When it comes to decorating your reception space at the Crested Hen, couples have the luxury of perusing an on-site decor warehouse where they can choose anything they want at no extra cost. This includes everything from mix and match china, to glassware, to croquet sets — even more hen inspired decor!
Before there is the wedding party though, there must be the ceremony and the Crested Hen offers as many possibilities as there is space on its acreage. One popular choice is to exchange vows on the banks of Rondout Creek which runs directly past the farm.
Another choice is the field outside the barn under a birch wedding trellis (which can be moved to any other part of the property at a couple’s request).
For the eagle-eyed among our readers, yes, that is an eagle’s nest in the trees off to the right of the trellis. Owner Frank Macagnone tells us that the eagles set up their home at the farm about two years ago and are now under the protection of New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation. “I hire an attendant for each event to sit out there and make sure guests don’t wander too close,” says Frank. “Our guests really love to watch them and we’re happy that they’re finally coming back to this region.”
A great place for viewing the eagles is at a large fire pit near the creek where weddings wind down with a bonfire, s’mores, and hot chocolate. This is another service is included in the booking price.
Finally, a day of coordinator is provided in the booking price. The only additional services couples need to provide at the site are portable toilets (electric and water hookups are provided) and catering.
The barn is available from mid-Spring to mid-Autumn and can accommodate up to 150 guests. As of this writing, the booking price for all the amenities mentioned above is $10,000. The 2017 season is already completely booked and we are told that 2018 is booking fast.
Now, about those chickens we mentioned earlier.
The Crested Hen, in addition to being a wedding venue, is actually a working farm which raises chickens. And as you might have guessed, it takes its name from a breed of chicken preferred by owner Frank — one with a frizzly crest of feathers on its head.
We’re delighted to see such an inspiring venue right in our home county and just 10 minutes from our studio. Looking forward to seeing you at the Crested Hen sometime soon!
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