While this venue has the potential to be amazing, think twice before going this route.
Got married at WOA a couple months ago. When we first met the owners and saw the venue we were in love. We were hoping to save a bit of money and wanted to...
make it our own, and Katrina made it sound like it was really easy / we would save a lot of money / she would be there to help. While we did end up having a beautiful wedding and Russel (husband - super nice and helpful) was very helpful on the day of, in reality, the whole experience was a lot different than I expected (which is something I have also heard from others I know who have gotten married there).
Things you should know:
The price of the venue includes a roof over your head, tables and chairs - not much else. DIY means do it yourself. This includes setting up and taking down chairs for your own ceremony (they only have 100 even though the venue holds 270) to stocking the bar (if you choose BYOB option) to setting up decorations. Katrina will give you vendor names and light guidance, but beyond that, not much additional help. You are in charge of coordinating all your vendors and coordinating with Wolf Oak. The plethora of things you need to think about gets even bigger than you could imagine. You can't get in until the morning of to set up and then you must take down everything that night. It is hard on your vendors and your catering costs will be an extra $2 - $3,ooo because of rentals (flatware, plates, cooking supplies,tent, linens - the kitchen is not commercial). Factor in extra charges for delivery of all items. Do not be fooled by the BYOB alcohol route - because of a NYS licensing issue, their bar packages are now on par with any caterer. Save yourself the headache and go through your caterer. Rehearsal can only be during the week - hard on your wedding party, esp. those traveling in from out of town. The cornfield was originally supposed to have wildflowers - but they rented it out and have no control of when they cut / what gets planted. You probably want to get a shuttle so people aren't drinking/driving to the hotels so factor in another $400 - $1000. Contrary to the website, factor 25 - 30 mins each way if staying at / near Turning Stone. The cabins on property are rented on first come basis, so in theory, you may not be able to get any for your wedding.
With all of that said, we did have a wonderful day and everyone said our wedding was beautiful. Russell was great and drove the wedding party around in the bus so people wouldn't get cold while we were taking pictures. We had tons of help and our vendors were amazing. The weather held and we were able to have our ceremony outside like we always wanted.
After all was said and done, the cumulative price ended up being about the same as some of the other 'all-inclusive' big sticker price venues we had looked at before booking WOA (and our flowers and linens were almost free thanks to my husband's Uncle).
This venue has tons of potential. What I would suggest is they hire a true wedding coordinator to help couples and include that in the price. Stock the venue with the basics (wine/bottle openers, shakers, etc. for the bar, enough chairs so everyone can sit at an outside ceremony, a fireproof tent so one doesn't have to be rented) and invest in some basic decorations such as string lights that stay up for all weddings and an arbor people can decorate. Use your experience / couple's feedback to improve going forward.