My fiancé (now husband) and I both live in Brooklyn, but we met in Maine. When looking at wedding venues, we wanted to find a spot in the NYC area that would reflect the feel of where we first met & fell in love. After a lot of online research, we selected a few places to visit, and Full Moon was love at first sight.
Our primary goal for our wedding was to find a place that would allow all our guests to really spend time together - for old friends to see one another again, and for new friendships to form. Our ideal was a kind of "upscale summer camp" setting - Full Moon provides exactly that, and does it incredibly well. We have heard time and again from our guests that it was the best wedding they've ever been to - what more could we have hoped for?
Melanie was our event coordinator, and she consistently went above and beyond with her availability in planning, answering countless questions and working inexhaustibly to ensure that she & the Full Moon staff would create the weekend we envisioned. I couldn't believe the dedication that she and the entire staff showed to our event - their hours were long, their work never stopped, and they were unfailingly kind, hospitable, and thoughtful. Everything they did went so far towards making our wedding weekend the success that it was, and we could not have been happier with the results! They accommodated several special activities/events on our behalf, including a Saturday morning yoga session, a nature walk, and lawn games. It was even better than the wedding we envisioned/hoped for, and that is such a precious gift.
The food was consistently fabulous, and Tim and I (thanks to Melanie) actually got to *eat* our wedding dinners, which is almost unheard of! ; ) The chef accommodated us beautifully when it came to desserts - rather than wedding cake, the brave & talented Adam willingly recreated 2 family pie recipes, which guests were absolutely ecstatic about.
Since we live in Brooklyn, planning was also a bit of a challenge in terms of finding vendors, etc, in the area, but Full Moon also did a great job of offering solid recommendations. We had amazing service from all our Full-Moon-approved vendors, including Dennis Nutley of Green Cottage (florist), Alex Mazur (DJ), and Karen Neblung (hair).
There are definitely a few challenges about attending a Full Moon wedding - other reviewers have touched on a few of these, and I would say the primary are: 1) the distance of the location from nearby airports, 2) parents needing to travel w/ crib, and 3) lack of cell service. We had a few guests who are used to a certain level of "resort" that I was concerned about, in terms of comfort, but they all had a wonderful time. If you plan an event at Full Moon, I think one of the keys is properly preparing your guests for what they will experience - this is not a luxury resort, but a very well-kept, well-run, clean, welcoming woodland retreat, with family-style cabins. Full Moon does a great job of giving you written language that you can send out with invitations and post to websites, etc, to articulate the kinds of experiences your guests can expect there, and what they need in order to be prepared.
The cost for guests attending a Full Moon Fri/Sat wedding is not insignificant, and that was our primary fear/worry going in to the weekend. However, the amount that you get for your money at Full Moon is an *astonishingly* good deal, particularly in comparison with anywhere closer to or in NYC. (It was actually the most cost-effective venue we found!) On the whole, our guests were very happy to pay their part for this weekend getaway.
Overall, I really can't recommend this venue enough, for those who are looking to make new memories with dear family and friends. Full Moon provides the space, meals, and details for you to have an intimate event that will undoubtedly be cherished for years to come. One of the best "recommendations" I can give is that my mother, who was initially very skeptical about our wedding venue choice, and not usually the "rustic cabin" type, has suggested that we make a habit of annual reunion trips back to Full Moon! We could not have been happier, and we hope that word will spread about this Catskill gem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Full Moon is a year-round mountain resort located in the heart of the "Forever Wild" Catskill Forest Preserve in upstate New York. Dedicated to the celebration of nature, music and the arts, this one hundred-acre wonderland of mountains, fields, and streams is a world of its own.An alternative to more traditional country inns and resorts, Full Moon Resort offers weekend-long destination country weddings, cutting-edge music festivals, exceptional week long music camps, educational, recreational and artistic workshops, and art exhibits all part of its magical landscape. This enchantingly unique facility offers a versatile and accommodating environment, well suited for group gatherings of all types.With over ten years of exceptional service, Full Moon Resort has garnered a reputation as a premier catering facility in the Catskill Mountains region for functions of all types. The menus offer a full range of possibilities – hot buffet breakfasts and lunches in the artistically rustic Cafe… down-home country barbecues by the creek…tantalizing hors d’oeuvres under the maple trees on the lawns…and formal gourmet dinners in the Tent Pavilion. Lovingly prepared, fresh, natural cuisine (often organic) served by a friendly, professional staff is the trademark of Full Moon Catering. The company offers full service catering, planning and management for off-premises events as well. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Full Moon Hotel Oliverea