Unconventional wedding venues are in demand


In 2016, Four Brothers Drive-In and its adjacent restaurant in Amenia, NY, in Dutchess County, added weddings to their offerings. John Stefanopoulos, owner of Four Brothers, as well as the neighboring Millerton Inn in Millerton, NY, said bookings had only increased since the start of the pandemic.

“Once Covid happened, people went crazy. It has amplified the movement to do non-traditional weddings, ”he said. “Couples go to local places rather than franchises.”

Mr. Stefanopoulos cited the desire for off-the-beaten-path experiences and outdoor options as attractions. Plus, couples have the option to play their favorite movie in the background. “We usually organize the reception and the cocktail party on our terrace,” he said. “The ceremony takes place in the tents, and the dinner and dance take place in front of the big screen so you can watch while you eat.”

An eight-hour event for up to 200 people at Four Brothers costs $ 30,000 to $ 45,000 for space, movie, food and service. Additions like tents, tables, chairs, a DJ, photographer and flowers, or any other arrangement that Four Brothers can provide, like shuttles, will increase the cost by $ 10,000 to $ 15,000.

FlowerSchool New York is a floral design school by day and venue, known as the ILA Penthouse, by night. Everything from the design, staffing, planning and execution of the plant-based menu takes place in-house in its more than 4,000 square foot space on the seventh floor of a building in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.

“The number of venues and staff has declined while the number of people getting married has increased,” said Calvert Crary, the school’s executive director, who estimates the space will host 100 weddings next year.


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