Reid Castle is found amongst Manhattanville College in the rolling hills of Purchase, NY.

The castle is not gaudy by any means, exuding a more classic atmosphere for those with timeless taste. The ceremony today was held on a large outdoor patio adjacent the castle’s climbing walls. Cocktail hour was held inside an expanded ‘Living Room’ of sorts, complete with antique furniture and an accompanying pianist to set the tone.

Shortly after the Cocktail hour concluded, guests moved inside and we introduced the couple from the balcony up above. With everyone’s attention, we had their first dance to a classic Beauty & The Beast waltz.

Toasts were given towards the end of dinner – Typically the wedding party is served first, this way they can give toasts as the rest of the reception is quietly finishing their meal. Dancing was sprinkled throughout the night for this low-key affair. After feeling out the energy of the room with a few songs, it was clear that guests were there to catch up and mingle as opposed to dance the night away. We’ve learned that it is better to go with your guests, as opposed to fight them with louder music that they don’t want!

Venue: Reid Castle

Guests: 90

Age Groups: Mixed, 60% 30s, 30% 50s

Wedding Party: Yes

Wedding Party Introduced: Only the Bride & Groom from balcony

Dinner: Tables assigned, buffet

Music Likes: Pink, Ke$ha, The Killers, Barenaked Ladies, Nouvelle Vague, Wu Tang, The Gin Blossoms, The Monkees, The Smashing Pumpkins, Cake, Toots and the Maytals


3:30 PM – Ceremony w/ Pianist

4:00 PM – Cocktail Hour

5:30 PM – Reception

5:45 PM – Introduction

First Dance

6:30 PM – Dinner served

~30 mins    Toasts

8:30 PM – Cake Cutting

Bouquet Toss

10:00 PM – Conclusion

Song Selections

Grand Introduction:

  • Voices of Spring, Op. 410
First Dance:
  • Sleeping Beauty Waltz
Cake Cutting:
  • The Distance by Cake
Father/Daughter Dance:
  • Rainbow Connection by The Muppets

Bouquet Toss:

  • Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper

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