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June
2015
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Have Your Cake, and Eat It Too!

Planning a wedding can come with a lot of stress. Here at the River Stone Manor we want to take some of that stress away from you by eliminating one of the many vendors you will need to research. Wedding cakes are included in all of the River Stone Manors Wedding Packages. But how does it work? The River Stone Manor works with two of the areas best bakeries for all of our cakes and desserts: Villa Italia and Gourmet Confections. If you booked your wedding at the River Stone Manor, we would refer you to a contact at one of these bakeries. At your convenience, you would set up a meeting at the bakery to discuss the flavor and decor of your cake. The River Stone allows a budget of $3.25 per person. Based on the design of the cake and the flavor you and your fiancé choose. You pay us, we pay the bakery. Piece of Cake! Our vendors also work with couples who prefer an non-traditional approach to dessert. Instead of a cake , think about offering Cupcakes, pies or pastries. Take a look at our Pinterest page to see what some of our former brides have done!

19
May
2015
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So you want to plan an event at the River Stone Manor? Great!

We would love to have you. If you never have planned an event before , organizing the details could be overwhelming. Where do you start? What questions do you need to ask? We are here to help you every step of the way so we have put together a list of questions to ask yourself before you give us a call. .

Five details to organize before calling your event planner

1. How many guests are you anticipating inviting for your event?
It is estimated that about 10% of the guests invited will decline your invitation for one reason or another. If you are planning on inviting 200 guests to your event, you can plan on 20 of them not showing up. Of course there are exceptions to every event. We would love it if all of your guests attended but realistically it might not happen. The set up, price and food may all be affected from giving your event planner an incorrect count.


2. What is your preferred date?
There are a lot of things you have to think about when selecting a date. The weather can be a large deciding factor in New York if you are planning to use our outdoor facility. Also the day of the week can affect your price. A better price can be negotiated for an event held on a week day rather than a week night or weekend. If you have a lot of guests traveling from out of town you may want to select a weekend date. Whatever date you choose, chose wisely because it can largely affect the success of your event.


3. What type of food would you like to be served?
Are you considering a buffet meal or a plated dinner? We have all types of options. We often customize packages to design your menu around your favorite foods. Let us know what you options you were considering.


4. What time of day do you wish to hold your event?
Receptions at the Manor are usually 4 hours long. Your event can be scheduled any time of the day as long as a conflicting party is not already booked. We need at least two hours in between events to reset our ballroom/tent. We can host multiple parties on property at the same time. Breakfast menus, lunch and dinner options are available. We also have hosted brunches and after hours events. If the time you wish to book is not available we also cater off premise!


5. How would you like the room set up?
The room can be set up a number of different ways. Typically we set the room with round banquet tables with 6 or 8 adults. We also have a few oval tables which can seat 10 people. For corporate events we can seat conference style (square shape) , U shape with seating all around, theater style (no tables), and classroom style (long tables and chairs in rows). Tablecloths and napkins are included for all of our events. Chair covers and upgraded linen colors/ lengths are at the expense of the client. Some packages you will see do include upgraded décor.

The next step is to give us a call. We will send you all of our menu options and send you a contract/ proposal!

Happy Planning!

  • About Us

    Experience the majestic grounds of the River Stone Manor...

    Sitting atop 15 pristine acres of river front property rest the historic River Stone Manor. The Manor home was discovered in the early 2000's. The secluded beauty of the property inspired the construction of the banquet hall which officially opened in 2003. Since then, the River Stone Manor has been one of the finest venues in the capital district for weddings, corporate events and social gatherings.
  • Contact info

    Our Location:
    1437 Amsterdam Road,
    Schenectady, NY 12302
    Phone: 518.382.8322
    Fax: 518.382.8298
    Email: info@riverstonemanor.com
  • Testimonials

    • " River Stone Manor far exceeded my expectations in every respect. Our phone was ringing off the hook the following day. I highly, recommend the River Stone Manor. We could not have been happier. We only wish we could rewind the entire day!. "
      Susan S.
    • "Wow! Couldn’t imagine having been any place other than River Stone! Every single thing was just perfect! Food-Excellent! Surroundings – Incredible! You guys are the best!"
      Cindy R.