Overview: The Hotel Thayer offers brides and grooms an incredible and grand setting, delicious food, well-appointed rooms, professional staff who make the entire process stress-free, and wow factor views, for an unforgettable wedding experience! Only an hour from NYC and most northern and central NJ locations, and nestled in the beautiful Hudson Valley region, the Thayer offers you all of the perks of a destination wedding but close to home!
The Hotel: The Thayer is a castle-like structure set on a hill at the entrance of West Point. From the moment they step foot into the lobby, your guests will be awestruck by its grandeur and historical significance. The rooms are wonderful, ranging from cozy traditional rooms, to more modern suites.
The Ballrooms are each more beautiful than the next. The Grant Ballroom is enchanting with its cathedral-like feel, high ceilings, stained glass windows and beautiful chandeliers. While the three ballrooms on the lobby level are all spectacular, we wanted to have our ceremony outside and wanted to have use of the hotel’s back lawn and patio, so we hosted our reception in the Washington Ballroom. The Ballroom is magnificent – beautiful brass light fixtures, lovely linens, a dance floor with a beautiful wood inlay design, no kitchen noise, no interaction with the other hotel guests, very private, and what is most spectacular are the walls of windows overlooking the spectacular view.
If you want wow factor, the Thayer is the place! The view will take your breath away! We were married outside against the backdrop of the Hudson, the mountains, and trees. We first saw the venue in late fall, had our tasting during winter after a snow, and married in late spring when everything was in bloom. The Thayer was beautiful during every season!!!
The Food: I am Italian and my husband is a Foodie, so the pressure was on when it came to feeding our guests. The Thayer’s food ROCKED!!! The cocktail hour offered a wide array of passed appetizers, as well as a few stations. The dinner was also delicious! The portions were generous, but the food was so good that everyone cleared their plates! The cake was included in the contract price, but was made at one of the local bakeries – so we were able to go for a tasting, choose from awesome flavor options, and come up with a design that went with our esthetic.
The True Gem of the Thayer: Everything about the Thayer is perfect! But what truly sets the Thayer apart is Stacey J. She is an incredible professional so I have no doubt that she made every bride feel special, but I felt as though I was the only person she thought about for months leading up to that day! But so did my husband and so did my mom and so did my in-laws! She gave each of us her full attention! She was not only prompt in responding to our inquiries, but she also anticipated most of our needs and questions before we even thought of them!
She was invaluable in the planning process. She handled the emotions and tensions attendant to planning a special (and expensive) event meant to combine two families into one, with grace, sensitivity, sincerity, and always with a smile!! While I am sure all of her colleagues are also extraordinary, we were lucky enough to have Stacey Jones as our wedding point person. She is a delightful, charming, kind, and lovely person – you could not ask for someone more special to be a part of your wedding day!
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