Mar 28, 2009
Our search for a reception hall started out far and wide. We looked all over Long Island, New Jersey, New Rochelle and Westchester. After several months of searching, we had decided on a hall in New Rochelle but had three bad experiences prior to signing the contract. We decided not to book with this hall and I'm so glad we didn't. We started our search again and the Carlyle on the Green was the last place we looked at. As soon as we entered we were greeted by a very friendly reception. And I knew as soon as I saw the ceremony room with the beautiful fireplace and the reception room with all the windows and bright sunlight coming in that this was the place! We worked with the banquet manager, Cynthia, and immediately connected with her as well. We absolutely loved the space however it didn't fall within our price range on our date. After discussing some options with Cynthia, we discovered that there is a "reduced" menu for a lower price during their off season months. As much as we wanted to have a June wedding, we decided that the Carlyle was the one and we decided to have our wedding in March during their off season so that it would be more affordable. Cynthia also reassured us that despite the reduced menu we would still be able to get a lot of the items that we wanted off the full menu. Their gratuity/service fees are a bit higher than most halls and we also had to pay for the valet but after all was said and done, we were extremely pleased with everything. From the moment we booked, everyone at the Carlyle was so warm and welcoming. We met with Cynthia several times to review details and also for our food tasting. The food tasting was held in their restaurant and the food was beyond fabulous! We're big time food people and we couldn't get enough of everything. We were a little worried that the Carlyle's cocktail hour room wouldn't have enough seat but there is seating provided in the hallway and they can open up their additional room if needed. They're a great place for a large wedding since their reception room can hold >300 people. Our wedding was about 165 guests and we were able to put sofas to create a lounge-like atmosphere in the reception room. It was definitely a unique touch. The day of the wedding everything went off without a hitch. We were so pleased with their superb service. I had one small request that the aisle runner that I had painted with a monogram on it be rolled out right before I walk instead of before the bridal party and they were more than happy to accommodate my request. They also made sure that none of my guests saw me before the ceremony and that I was standing off to the side while the ceremony started so I wouldn't be revealed to the guests until I actually walked down the aisle. I thought that was a really nice touch. During the rehearsal an hour before, they also walked us through how to walk down the aisle and who should be standing where. My guests raved about the food at cocktail hour and said the seafood station and bourbon street station was definitely their favorite. Once everyone was inside the reception room, our Maitre d', Christina, let me know that I could peak through the French door curtains to watch my bridal party entrance. We were able to get everything we wanted on the main menu except for the duck entree and filet mignon. It didn't phase us at all since we picked a chicken dish and the rib eye. Both were really good. Everyone really enjoyed the food and the room was stunning in the afternoon. Everyone's pictures came out really well from all the sunlight and it was perfect. Carlyle was quick to setup all my DIY items as well as taking them all down. We went with the cake they provided and they let us pick from a few designs and we asked if we could have a combination of both swirls and dots on our cake and it looked fantastic! The only thing was that there was a lot of construction outside due to the 2009 US Open and while it made some backgrounds for pictures outdoors a little difficult, we were still able to get some really great shots.
Services used: Catering, Wedding Venue
I found my dress at RK Bridal after much searching and since I had started my dress shopping early, I decided to shop around for my dress. After receiving a really great price on my dress from another shop, I went back to RK Bridal and asked if they would price match and they agreed. I was fitted for my dress and when it came in it was too tight. After I went back a few times, I decided I had to get spanx in order to properly fit into the dress without it bulging in weird places. I went for a fourth time and had called ahead and asked if it was ok if I try my dress on again. The woman on the phone agreed. When I went to try on my dress in person, the woman working there told me that I can no longer come and try on my dress until my first fitting which was 3 months away since I came a few times already. She made me sign a paper that said if I come one more time that I need to take my dress home despite the fact that I had called and asked prior to coming. Alterations ended up going well since I didn't have much to alter and the dress fit exact. RK bridal definitely has a great selection of dresses and we also did the no-frills program with the bridesmaids dresses. Their prices are great and they'll price match almost anything.
Services used: Dress & Attire