We had a Sunday evening wedding at Full Moon in July and people are still talking about what a fabulous time they had. At first we thought they were just being polite, but after attending other weddings in the past few months we've realized they are not just being nice!
We live in Los Angeles but decided to get married in New York as that's where I'm from. Even though I grew up in the Woodstock area I was not familiar with Full Moon. I sent my parents there to scope it out a year in advance and Michael and his team gave them the tour and even fed them. We visited a few months later and Melanie was able to arrange a tasting for us which was key since it would be the only time we were back in NY before our actual wedding. Chef Adam and his team really understood what we were going for and we left feeling even more convinced that we made the right choice in Full Moon. Michael and his team exceeded our expectations and were nothing but professional. It's obvious they do this for a living; the place runs like a well-oiled machine. This is a huge reassurance to a couple planning a wedding from 3,000 miles away.
If you want to get away from it all and get married in the 'magical forest' without having to stress about every little detail then Full Moon is for you. Yes, there is no A/C, some shared hallway bathrooms and little to no cell phone service (divas beware). The no cell phone thing was a plus for my husband and I since we really wanted to get away from all the every-day distractions of modern life and make our wedding a day where everyone was focused on what they were there for...having the best time ever!
The only criticism/suggestion I would make would be that they consider investing in some type of online reservation booking system.
Ashley handles the reservations and was always very nice. Because we had to guarantee to book a certain number of rooms, we were on top of our guests to follow-up and book their rooms. We heard back from a number of guests that they were not able to get through to the right person when they called or that they were playing phone tag. Having an online system would have made this process a lot smoother.
All in all it was a wonderful experience that we will remember forever. Our photos tell the story of how beautiful this place is, and how much fun our guests had at the reception. For me, one of the most special moments came right before the ceremony as I was about to walk down the path that led to the ceremony with my dad. We saw a momma deer and her 2 babies right on the edge of the woods. It was a reminder of the true beauty of nature and it will stay with me forever. Thank you Full Moon!!!
- 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