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Marry Me in Rockland!

Rockland County has an infinite number of gorgeous backdrops for your wedding: charming villages, oodles of parkland and miles of Hudson River shoreline. Five airports (JFK, Newark, LaGuardia, Westchester, Stewart) plus trains, buses and marinas make it easy for your guests to get here…or to add on some sightseeing in New York City.

Here are 6 unique ways to craft your perfect love party in Rockland County.  

Photo: Nyack Beach State Park – 4eyes Photography 

Hudson River Splendor

Want to dance the night away as the moon rises over the water? Rockland County has many beaches, piers, marinas, marshes and trails along the mighty Hudson. Couples have great access to the shoreline and wide-open options for incorporating the river into their big day.

For a view of the Mario Cuomo / Tappan Zee Bridge  – and its nightly light show – check out The View on the Hudson in Piermont and The Nyack Seaport. Or go up the river a bit to the Hudson Water Club, which looks out on the widest part of the Hudson. Or go DIY with a tented affair on the Plateau at Nyack Beach State Park or up the hill at Marydell Faith and Life Center. Both have wonderful views of the river and Hook Mountain. Both also have buildings which can be rented as an alternative or addition to the tent.  For a super fun micro wedding or rehearsal dinner idea, hop aboard with Nyack Boat Charters for a wonderful sunset cruise.

Photo: Bear Mountain Lodge

Tons of Parks & Foliage

Half of Rockland County is covered by parkland. Trails weave around lakes, through forests, past dramatic cliffs and many boulders (yes, it’s called ROCKland for a reason!).

A number of venues take full advantage. Bear Mountain Inn, Valley Rock Inn & Mountain Club and Appalachian Mountain Club are surrounded by the magnificent Harriman State Park. Paramount Country Club, Cropsey Farm / Rockland Farm Alliance and Red Barn Cidery offer lovely vistas and use of their barns, greens and fields.  There’s even a little bit of Japan in these hills: The Views at Mount Fuji offers a unique setting high above the tree line.  

Photo: 76 House, Tappan – Maksim Akelin

Charming Historic Villages

You and your guests can explore some lovely, walkable towns. So many neat things to do for all ages and interests while brides and grooms are getting ready!

Read about how one couple maximized Nyack. Their party traveled from the Edward Hopper House Museum to the Hudson House, which used to be Village Hall back in the day. So much US history can be found in Tappan, Sparkill and Piermont as well. Venues for weddings and rehearsal dinners include the 76 House (the oldest restaurant in the county), Union Arts Center / Roost Restaurant and Otto’s Full Service in Piermont.  Want a rooftop that looks out at a charming village? Head to The Pearl River Saloon

Photo: GARNER Arts Center, Carole Cohen Photography

Go Industrial Chic

Once busy with manufacturing, industrial spaces are now often used as unique settings for fabulous weddings.

In Rockland County, couples can choose from a variety of spaces in the Garner Historic District, which contains an interdisciplinary arts center in a repurposed 19th century textile mill along with a brewery and restaurant.  Down the road in Sloatsburg, the Valley Rock Inn provides couples with a very private complex of buildings that have all been repurposed and designed with tremendous style. It includes overnight options, swimming pool, fire pits, restaurants, and rose garden courtyard. Hotel Nyack features a ballroom, speakeasy, restaurant, and pool – plus a honeymoon suite and rooms for your guests – in an industrial chic setting.

Photo: View on Hudson, Piermont –  Christopher’s Studio 

Ballroom Glam

Rockland County also has several options for larger weddings and couples looking for a dose of sparkle. These can be found in full-service hotels, event spaces, and country clubs. Some favorites include the Hilton Pearl River, Terrace On The Hudson, Haverstraw and New York Country Club.

Photo: Hudson House Nyack, Little But Fierce Photography

Spread the Love

Rockland County is a vibrant, diverse place that is welcoming to all – in part because of a strong network of community and faith-based organizations. A lovely way to start a marriage is by choosing a venue that aligns with your values. A number of not-for-profit organizations and places of worship in Rockland County have beautiful spaces that can also be rented for wedding receptions, bridal showers, and rehearsal dinners.

Here are some not-for-profits with DIY spaces. Please take a moment to learn about their missions:

Angel Nyack 
Edward Hopper House Museum 
Marydell Faith & Life Center 
Nyack Center
Rockland Pride Center 
Rockland Center for the Arts 

For additional help with your plans, please visit:
Rockland Wedding Idea Guide: https://rocklandweddings.org
Nyack Wedding Resources:  https://visitnyack.org/nyack-wedding-resources/
Rockland County Tourism:  https://explorerocklandny.com/index.html

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