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If you want a venue that offers a ton of space, several different backdrops for really memorable wedding photos, an elegant feel and the freedom to choose your dates year-round without hassle, then the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel is a good choice. This large, sophisticated hotel is located in Poughkeepsie, New York, about 90 minutes from New York City. Each location in the hotel has exquisite decor that is appropriate for both traditional white-dress weddings and chic events with a little more swagger.
The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel ballrooms are large enough to hold a wedding ceremony, cocktail reception, sit-down dinner service and dancing under the same roof. That way guests don't get lost traveling from locale to locale trying to keep up. The hotel offers two main ballrooms which include the use of other rooms for celebrations.
The Regency Ballroom. The larger of the two event spaces, the Regency Ballroom has enough space to fit 300 guests comfortably. Recessed chandeliers adorn the room's ceiling at regular intervals, creating a soft ambiance, while heavy curtains line the ballroom's walls to provide a classic, Old World. Rental of this room also includes the more intimate Starlight Room for your cocktail reception.
The Terrace Ballroom. Although it may be a little smaller—it can hold 200 guests for a seated dinner—the Terrace Ballroom more than makes up for it thanks to having access to an outdoor courtyard filled with greenery. This gives the newlyweds an ideal place to sneak outside for a quick kiss or some time alone in a beautiful setting. Palm Court is included with this package for a cocktail reception.
The Starlight Room. This beautiful room gives guests the chance to mingle around its refined bar, which literally shines thanks to its dark-tile surface. A long mirror covering the back wall makes the room seem even more open and bright and lots of lighting adds a modern feel.
Palm Court. Palm Court's distinctive shape allows for interesting decor layouts. Classic carpeting with stylish motifs cover the floor, while the room's hanging chandeliers add another touch of romance.
What You Should Know
The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel is experienced working with large gatherings of any type. The staff is committed to providing the high level of service couples demand on their most important day. Hotel employees welcome LGBT weddings as well.
The venue offers couples the choice of a number of different wedding packages, depending on whether you're looking for a seated dinner, cocktail reception or something altogether different. Wedding packages are available in four different tiers and although they vary in price, each includes the same high level of service.
The menus are varied and provide for a lot of different tastes, so it's easy to find a menu layout that that works. There are even special stations that serve sushi, grilled foods and more for an extra cost. Couples need to inform the hotel of their menu and linen choices at least six weeks in advance so they can have everything ready.
The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel is a full service wedding venue, taking care of nearly everything except for the wedding photographer and DJ—although they can offer recommendations for these as well. Each couple is assigned a dedicated wedding planner to help guide them through the process, including custom designing their wedding cake, which is included in the standard wedding package.
All wedding packages also include champagne and a signature cocktail of your choice, floor-length linens, chair covers and cloth napkins in your choice of color and personalized menu cards. LED accent lighting is also available to add to the ambiance, while couples can also choose to include an ice sculpture or custom martinis for an additional fee.
All this means that the wedding day is pristine and refined—the venue even provides a private butler to serve cocktails to the bride and groom. The ballrooms are spacious, so guests are comfortable and the decor really has a chance to shine. There are also numerous fabulous backdrops for wedding photos set against the textured ivory wallpaper and white wood moldings, a verdant outdoor landscape, reflective mirrors with dark tile and even street-oriented spaces for more informal shots.
Adding a further level of luxury to the experience, the newlywed couple is given a beautiful, two-room Jacuzzi suite to enjoy on their wedding night. Five guest rooms are also provided to allow the wedding party to sleep onsite after the reception, while additional rooms are also available at discounted rates for any out-of-town guests.
Due to its proximity to New York City, the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel makes it easy for friends or family living there to attend the wedding without complications. Think of it as a way to enjoy big city style without a huge headache. Afterwards, newlyweds can pop off to the Big Apple to take in a Broadway show or just snap more pictures in a world-class environment.
The level of class and service offered at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel makes it a great choice for couples looking for a truly upscale wedding experience. Soon-to-be-weds are provided with top notch planning services and nearly all necessary services and amenities are included with each wedding package. To make your experience that extra bit special, you'll also be given all of the following bonuses:
- Personal maître d'
- Private wedding party reception suite
- Custom fresh floral centerpieces
Amenities + Details
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$$ – Affordable
AMAZING VenueReviewed on 11/01/2013 Stephanie R
My husband and I looked at several venues for our big day, but not one of them could beat the POK Grand! The Emerald package was affordable and we were beyond please with the quality and the amount of food we received! Our guest were beyond full and said that they have attended weddings with less food than what was served at cocktail hour alone! So when it came time to eat dinner our guests were feeling full to say the least, but beyond pleased to learn that the staff packaged their leftovers to bring home! They also walked around with seconds for everyone!! They packaged all the extras for us including dessert and stored them in the hotel refrigerator, which came in handy at 2am when we realized how hungry we were from all the excitement. The staff at the Grand were beyond courteous and attentive!! Starting with Gina and the entire experience of planning. The morning of the wedding we went to the bridal suite to get ready and one of the managers came into introduce himself and brought us champagne, and made us feel very welcome! The night of our wedding we had the pleasure of meeting the rest of the staff, our maitre d came in and introduced herself and asked if we needed anything and then sent in our head waiter Joe. Joe was BEYOND helpful and memorized my entire bridal party's drink preference and kept them coming! He even brought one of my groomsmen a whole six pack of Octoberfest beer!! The entire night he was at our beck and call. I can not express how awesome he made the night with his attentiveness! The set up was gorgeous! The staff put all of my little touches together in a way that exceeded my expectations! I also loved that they took my husband and I into the reception area prior to all the guests, so we could take a moment to appreciate the beauty rather than trying to take it all in during our entrance. I could not have envisioned a more perfect reception! Overall, the POK Grand is hands down the best venue to have your reception! Your guests will not be disappointed or hungry!!
The Perfect Venue!Reviewed on 10/27/2013 Fiona F
We cannot say enough wonderful things about The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. We think that anyone who gets married anywhere else in the Hudson Valley is CRAZY! The Grand takes care of everything - from centerpieces, cake, placecards, menu cards, to directions and room blocks. Our wedding planning was stress-free with the help of Tara Kaywork who also helped us remember important details for all of our wedding planning! She was always available for questions, no matter how small. Our reception was in the Terrace Ballroom which is such a dynamic room - we were truly able to personalize it and it looked more beautiful than we could have imagined. At the start of our planning, we had envisioned an outdoor wedding but had to stray from that plan because of cost. All of our personal details were more than accounted for at The Grand. Tara and the rest of the staff at The Poughkeepsie Grand stopped at nothing to make our wedding day exactly what we wanted! When we first contacted the Poughkeepsie Grand to visit and explore options, we mentioned that instead of a sit-down formal dinner, we wanted more of a cocktail party feel for our entire reception. Tara helped us plan a Stations package with interactive food options and our guests were blown away. We had a salad station, a continental station, a saute station, and a carving station. The food was delicious, from the many hors d'oevres to the delicious and savory fall dinner food to our luscious cake from The Pastry Garden. Tara even put our flowers on our cake minutes before our reception! We loved working with her and our maitre-de and servers were just as lovely and helpful throughout the night. We will always be impressed with our experience and so grateful that we could have this beautiful wedding and not spend a fortune! The Grand made our wedding planning so easy and enjoyable, and we will definitely work with them in the future. Our guests all had a great experience with their rooms and the breakfast for guests in the morning was phenomenal. We will be raving about The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel for quite some time!
Best Value Around!Reviewed on 10/20/2013 Shelby H
We got married at the Grand and the staff took care of absolutely everything. Our event coordinator was Michelle and she was great. She responded to all of my e-mails within a day of sending them and really helped us to personalize our day. I love that they had us bring everything from the cake topper to the programs in a week before the wedding. It felt like a weight had been lifted! The day of we felt like royalty. The bridal suite was spacious and perfect for our needs. We had both our ceremony and reception there and they were able to transform the hall between the two both efficiently and beautifully. We were attended to all night and at the end we were escorted to our room with food and cake (as we had barely been able to eat, it was much appreciated). The brunch the next day was delicious and a nice way to say good-bye to our guests. Considering the price per person included the cocktail hour, meal, and open bar, you really can't find a better deal around.
Our wedding at the Poughkeepsie Grand was wonderful. We got married there last week and I've been hearing non stop how much fun all of our guests had and how good the food was. Because we had everything on site it was easy for our guests to relax and let loose. After the reception everyone naturally made their way over the the hotel lobby bar/grill and the party continued until the early am. I'm originally from the Hudson Valley and I was proud to have my wedding here. Michelle was our primary contact and we worked closely with her to set-up the wedding. She was wonderful and I can't speak highly enough as she was so accommodating throughout the process. We had the royal package which had so many food options it was hard to choose. I had been nervous about the food since the prices seemed too low compared to other venues, but it was really great. Overall I highly recommend this venue if you are looking for tremendous value and a way for your guest to enjoy themselves in an elegant setting. They really know how to throw a party.
5 stars not even enough As the bride I felt like a Queen I would recommend them to everyone I LOVED EVERYONE from my server to the bartender Thank You Food, drinks and the people were wonderful Thank,you
If I could give more stars I would. To start, Michelle Niesen (our coordinator through the Grand) was beyond amazing and helpful. She always answered all my questions regardless of importance. Then on the wedding day the staff was PHENOMENAL! I cannot stress how amazing they all were, my guests have been raving non stop about the food (both quality and quantity), the friendly staff and the accommodations). I would recommend this facility in a heartbeat.
I can not say enough about the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. They went above and beyond to make our wedding day run so smooth! From the moment I walked in to speak with Breanna Dorn I knew that this place was going to be fantastic. She kept me updated and on top of things! The food was amazing, the staff were so helpful, the rooms were gorgeous, and the alcohol kept flowing! I totally recommend this place to bride-to-be's!!!!!
The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel was THE BEST venue for my wedding. From our very first meeting with Wedding Planner Michele, we knew this place would be able to make our day special. Michele was there to walk us through the entire venue planning process. She was very responsive to all of our questions and was a joy to work with. The ballrooms are beautiful, up lighting and chandeliers looked spectacular in my wedding photos! My guests could not stop raving about the food, both the cocktail hour and dinner plates were beautifully put together and tasted amazing. The venue is a hotel so my guests did not have to travel after the wedding, everything you need is right onsite which was so convenient. The bridal suite on the first floor was PERFECT for hair and makeup with the bridal party. We had 15 or more people in there at one time, getting ready comfortably. We also were able to put the groom and his guys in another suite upstairs for them to get ready, which was newly renovated and had a gorgeous view overlooking the water and bridge! Overall the staff at The Poughkeepsie Grand were accommodating, friendly and professional. All of my interactions with the staff were pleasant, from the front desk to my head waitress at the wedding. Thank you to all of the staff members for helping my husband and I celebrate....you made our night!
The Poughkeepsie Grand was amazing from start to finish. We had the pleasure of dealing with Gina. She was always so quick to answer any and all of my questions!! She truly made sure our day was perfect! We will be forever grateful!! Everyone treated us and our guests like royalty!! Thank you so much 😊 We highly recommend The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel for your special day! You will not be disappointed!!!
Cant say enough good things about this venue!! Me and my husband got married on September 18, 2015. This place literally blew our minds and exceeded every expectations. The venue was beautiful, the staff was extremely courteous and waited on me and my groom hand and foot. We didnt even have to make our own plate they took us first to every station and made us our plates while we danced and spoke with family and friends, My younger nephews who have sever allergies and couldnt eat most of the food they were kind enough to go in the kicthen and make them completely separate meals to accommodate. They were just genuinely nice people. Michelle was our go to and she was jsut awesome, very organized helped with everything even last minuet changes i had that day!! The bridal suite was gorgeous! Me and my girls got ready in there and the guys got ready at the bridal party suite. Everyone has not stopped raving about our wedding, but especially because of how awesome this venue was! The price is great you get sooo much for what your paying and the food was delicious. (though I barely got to eat :( I was told by everyone how yummy it was!!) Their packages offer you so much! We went with a stations package which was buffet and let me tell you the amount of food we had was crazy! the desert was delicious they offer free breakfast in the am for the guests that stay at the hotel which was fun the next morning waking up and seeing everyone. They just really made my wedding amazing me and my husband keep saying that we wish we could go back and do it all over again! Our families have suggested us just going back up there and having a party and staying the night that is how much we loved this venue!
Perfect LocationReviewed on 10/13/2015 Kristen B
Our bridal suite was included for free with our venue booking at The Grandview down the road. The suite was GORGEOUS and so big! For the hotel block, they start you out with 10 rooms, then you can add more once those are used up. In our package, we also received 5 free guest rooms which was perfect for people traveling from out of state that spent so much just to be there already. It was so easy to book and to check on who else had booked into your block throughout the entire process.
Great food. Very helpful. resonable pricing! Super good custumer service. i would do it all over again.
Great for the Bridal Party and honeymoon SuiteReviewed on 8/17/2015 Annette M
It was great to have the bridal party all in one place. A little disappointed that their hotel bar wasn't open late every night, but instead we all just celebrated more in our rooms. The hotel staff was very accommodating and everyone liked their rooms. Pros: Free parking, wifi, hot breakfast, passed out Welcome bags (they don't allow personalized per guest, but they do allow for wedding bags they can hand out to anyone who used our Wedding code), convenient to the reception venue, at The Grandview (free trolley service to and from The Grandview to The Grand hotel, throughout the night of the wedding). Only Con: The room rate code only worked half the time, so keep an eye on that! (If that happens, guests can call in and they always were great about updating the price for our guests so they didn't have to pay more). Overall, I would recommend!!
rom day 1 i was excited to have my wedding at the Poughkeepsie Grand. Michelle was great to work with and she was so accommodating to any request I made and responded to every question or concern I had in a timely manner. On the day of my wedding they decorated the ceremony space, the cocktail hour space and the reception area perfectly to what I had envisioned! My wedding day ran so smoothly thanks to the great staff at the Grand! Who could forget to mention the food???? OMG there was so much and every thing I ate was delicious, and every guest I asked said the food was marvelous! Would I recommend this place to a friend YES I would.... The package we chose was perfect for our budget and included so many extras that you would have to pay extra for at other locations! Great place oh and if you do stay the night the room is grand, and breakfast the next morning was abundant and very tasty! 5 star service!!!!
My husband and I got married on August 8,2014 and we had our ceremony and reception take place at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. We decided to pick this venue because most of our guests were coming from out of town. We can not say enough great things about them. Tara helped us plan our day and she was always available to answer any of our questions throughout the whole planning process. From the moment our big day began, all of the staff at the hotel made us feel like royalty. We picked the biggest package and our guests truly enjoyed every bit of it. The food was great and seemed never ending. To this day people talk about how amazing our wedding day was.
AMAZING!Reviewed on 5/29/2015 Danielle S
On May 23, my husband & I had our wedding reception at The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. From the second we got off the party bus, we were greeted at the door and waited on from start to finish. Our head waitress went out of her way to make sure our glasses were always filled and we were comfortable; she even went as far as to get my husband a tide to go pen because he got food on his tux! (THANK YOU SARAH) Our food was absolute amazing, our set up was just what we asked for and Michelle was such a great help! Aside from the reception, the hotel was a great convenience and was very appreciated by all of our guests. Our reception ended at midnight and we were at the bar until 2! Such WONDERFUL night with many thanks to the catering and events team!
PerfectReviewed on 1/31/2015 Lisa Z
The Poughkeepsie Grand did an amazing job!! All of our guests loved the food and drink no one went hungry or thirsty (we had the diamond package). The staff was attentive to our needs all day long, Laura who was our server was simply amazing we never had an empty glass or a dirty dish in our hands. We had decided on this venue because all of our guests were from out of town and they had the best value. The bridal suite was perfect and was just redecorated.
BEST Day Ever!!Reviewed on 11/03/2014 Kaitlyn R
We got married at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel on Saturday, July 19, 2014. We could not have picked a better venue!! Our great experience began with our wedding coordinator, Tara, who was fabulous. She walked us through the details without any headaches or stress. We easily planned all of the details together and she was available to answer any questions we had. One of the best parts was being able to give our final head count before midnight the night before - we e-mailed her at 11:30pm and she took care of it! The day of was absolutely fabulous. When our limo pulled up we were greeted outside and brought to the bridal suite. From there, we were taken care of the entire night. Not only were my husband and I were treated like royalty, but so were our parents and our entire bridal party. The servers were fantastic and made sure we had everything we needed at all times. The food was delicious, as were the drinks. Every staff member was beyond accommodating and they made our day flawless, from the time we arrived, to cocktail hour, all the way to the end of the reception. The room was set up beautifully, and the green uplighting added a perfect glow to our packed dance floor. At the end of the night, our attendants brought us and our gifts up to our beautiful honeymoon suite and made sure we had everything we needed. We ended our night at the Market Street Grill where our guests were able to continue the party. All of our family and friends could not stop talking about the great service, food, and comfort of the rooms the next day at the hot brunch. We could not have asked for a more perfect day. I highly recommend the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel as a wedding venue! They did an amazing job of hosting our gorgeous wedding!! -Kaitlyn
Dream WeddingReviewed on 10/30/2014 Heather H
At the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel they made all my dreams come true! From the morning of till the end I didn't have to worry about a single thing! The food was amazing and the presentation was to die for! The maidrede was at your service and checking on you so often I felt like royalty! Never once was my drink empty, nor did I have to ask for a thing! From the minute I lined up to walk to the alter they were right by my side with step by step direction. Never once was i nervous! Plus the bar in location was a great after party!
Fantastic and AffordableReviewed on 10/23/2014 Veronica S
My husband and I truly had a wonderful experience with our wedding. They were affordable and worked well to meet our needs and expectations. We highly recommend them for future weddings.
I've never Seen Perfection before Our Wedding Until that day!!!!Reviewed on 10/23/2014 Sherise F
From the first view online to my final good bye was an excellent experience. Three months later and we are still hearing that this was the best wedding that people have been too. The service from the first feasible deposit to the final payment was very manageable and we were very pleased with the outcome. The staff was very hospitable to us, my family, and our guest. We stayed the night before the ceremony, and the sleeping accommodations, breakfast the wedding day, changing room, conference room for make-up, was AMAZING!!!!! My wedding day was perfect. The maître D and the hostess were on point with EVERYTHING. The ceremony, the cocktail hour, the reception, and the suite for the honeymoon were perfect. I could not have asked for a more suitable location, a perfect wedding, and a gracious staff. This was a very special moment for us. The wedding party and family really enjoyed how beautiful things turned out for the amount of money that was requested. Everyone went above and beyond to make sure that our day was really our day. The vendors were accommodated fully, the bar was stocked, and the food was the best food at a wedding that I ever tasted. We had a few couples that were/are getting married this year and wish they knew about this place prior to booking their location. I will recommend this location, not only for a wedding but for golden anniversaries, birthday parties, and even family reunions. I could not have found a better location for the price and all that came with it. Our wedding was by far a blessed and special day. We truly appreciate what the Poughkeepsie Grand staff, hostess and managers have done for us.
Brennan Rosati Wedding 10/20/13Reviewed on 10/22/2014
From the minute we were greeted by Tara Kaywork to tour the Poughkeepsie Grand for our upcoming wedding, we knew that we had found the right place. We found a package within our budget and were amazed at the luxury of the wedding reception hall and our bridal suite. Tara was always available whether by phone or email to answer any and every question. She made us feel very comfortable that everything for a big day was going to go perfectly. On our wedding day we had 2 valet servers that were committed just to us as a couple and we were treated like royalty, never wanting for anything. Every minute of the wedding went exactly as planned with Tara making sure that everyone was where they were supposed to be. The reception itself was even better decorated than i could have imagined, and I made all the decorations myself! I would certainly recommend The Poughkeepsie Grand and their incredible staff to any and all. In fact our close friends, Nicole and Sean are getting married there next October 2015 and have had the same wonderful service from Tara Kaywork as well. Kudos and tremendous thank yous to The Poughkeepsie Grand!
The Perfect DayReviewed on 10/17/2014 Heather V
We had our wedding at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel in June 2014. The moment we booked the date, I knew it was going to be the most perfect day. From the very beginning, the staff at the hotel were so accommodating. Any questions we had were answered quickly and efficiently. We worked with Tara, who was great. She helped us along the entire time, from questions about the venue itself, to personal wedding questions she was always there. The big day itself was perfect, and we couldn't ask for more. The staff was so pleasant the entire day, and kept the day moving smoothly. Our guest still compliment us on our wedding day. They loved everything about it. The food, service, and accommodations were perfect. I would recommend the PGH to anyone. It is a beautiful venue, it is affordable, and it is very convenient with the hotel rooms right there for your guests. The hotel also has a lot to offer with each package, which makes planning your special day that much easier! The PGH is definitely the way to go, and we look forward to going back for future events (including our close friend's wedding next fall)!!!
excellent venueReviewed on 10/16/2014
My husband is a DJ and has DJed all over the Hudson Valley for all occasions. When we wanted to have an "elegant" wedding reception the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel was the first thing that came to his mind. The first time I stepped foot in the Regency Ballroom I was absolutely floored by its beauty. Tara Kaywork was our sales rep and she was also phenomenal. She worked with us every step of the way to make sure our day was exactly what we wanted. On our wedding day everyone from Tara to our personal maitradees were just so nice and accommodating. I was on crutches and they paid extra attention to that and got me what I needed. We both were extremely happy with the services provided....and the food and wedding cake was delicious!
Great serviceReviewed on 10/16/2014
My husband and I got married in September 2014 at the Poughkeepsie Grand hotel and I don’t have enough words to say how great everything was. Tara was our wedding coordinator and she made sure everything in our wedding was perfect even to the last detail. Tara was very helpful in giving us suggestions of how everything will look that day and gave us guidance of what to do step by step in order to have the perfect day. All the staff was courteous and attentive to all of our needs. The ball room was beautiful it was way more than I expected it to be, everything was beyond my expectations and all of my guest were blown away! We went to a lot of different venues and none of them compared to the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and no other place can’t beat the price for everything the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel offers. I highly recommend having your wedding at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel.