Welcome to The Kester Homestead. We are a gathering place for weddings, farm to table suppers, and other fanciful soirees. We open our doors for photoshoots and full house rentals as well.
Please take a tour of the property and all of our offerings — The 1854 House, The Gambrel + Fieldstone Barns, The Wild Garden and The Woodlands Cathedral, all nestled amongst 10 bucolic acres in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate NY. Beyond being a beautiful backdrop - we offer many additional add-on services to help style + curate your event. Please contact us directly if you wish to schedule an appointment to tour the property (it is otherwise a private residence). We would be honored to have you.
VENue PACKAGES (now booking 2020 weddings)
Package 1: Single Day — When you book a wedding at The Kester Homestead you’ll receive access to the Woodland’s Cathedral, Gambrel + Fieldstone Barns and Wild Garden for your wedding day for a ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. The barn is equipped with ADA restrooms and Caterer’s Quarters (coming winter 2019). You’ll receive access for the entire day of your event from 9am-11pm (All events must wrap up by 11pm. Any final decor clean-up may be done the following day before 10am). All weddings include use of farm tables, tolix chairs and full access to our prop closet as a complimentary offering. Please inquire for pricing.
Package 2: Full Weekend + Overnight Stay — Reserve the property for the entire weekend, including everything in Package 1, plus the addition of The 1854 House for a two night stay for 10-12 people. Additional nights are welcomed with a fee. Check-in to The 1854 House is Friday 3pm and check-out is Sunday by noon. Please inquire for pricing.
Our goal is to make your gathering as seamless as possible, which is why we’ve included almost everything you need to pull off the magic! Read on…
What’s Included in the Venue Fee?
> A large Gambrel Barn (120’ x 40’ with 42’ ceilings) to host up to 170 guests, equipped with electricity, caterer’s quarters (coming winter 2019) and ADA restrooms (coming winter 2019) with a balcony/stairwell connecting to the back Wild Garden
> A Woodland’s Cathedral with vintage church pews that seat up to 130, wooden arbor set amongst the trees, and a portable speaker with mic
> A Fieldstone Barn for an optional covered ceremony or to be utilized for Cocktail Hour
> A Wild Garden with romantic string lights to act as a lovely tucked away spot for a Cocktail Hour or Dinner, Dancing + Bonfires Lounges or can be used as an optional Ceremony location
> Access to our Prop Closet (over $10k in rental value and counting) - including (17) Farm Tables, 170 Metal Tolix Chairs, 170 Mix-Matched White China Dinner Plates/Dessert Plates/Appetizer Plates, Copper Water Cups, Vintage Sterling Flatware, White Grainsack Napkins, Sling Top Water Bottles, Vintage Furniture + Two Moveable Bars, Brass Candlesticks, Assorted Vessels, Bar Tubs and much more*.
> A floorplan set to our go-to options, however we allow you to rearrange tables/chairs as you wish. Hire us for Day of Coordination Support + Styling and we can handle all the set-up and customize all floorplans to suit your needs.
> Parking for up to 75 cars with an attendant for 1 hour
> An on-site Venue Representative throughout the duration of your event
> Welcome Packet with recommended vendors and planning tools
*Our Prop Closet is a complimentary offering in lieu of you securing rentals. We do require if you wish to use them, that all prop closet offerings be returned clean and as you found them. We do offer Day of Coordination to handle all set-up, styling and tear down of your event.
ADDITIONAL ADD-ON SERVICeS
Day of Coordination Styling + Support: When you book us as a venue, know that styling your vision is where we truly excel. Are you dreaming of your perfect day with all those pretty touches? Menus tied with twine, fresh sprigs of lavender, everything set with care - yes, we love that all too. A well styled event takes many hands and lots of time. If you imagine yourself soaking in the magic of your special weekend, hire us for your Day of Coordination and let us do the work for you.
> 1.5 Hour Planning Meeting 4-6 weeks before your wedding day to go over floorplan options, layout, vendors, decor needs, schedule and timeline
> 30 minute Hand-Off Meeting at check-in to review last minute questions, finalize schedule and handover any decor/paper goods for set-up
> An Event Coordinator to walk you through the entire day - she checks in your vendors, cues your bridal party + musicians/DJ, ensures your vendors are sticking to timelines, cues first dance/speeches/cake cutting. As your event unfolds she gathers your gifts indoors, packages your special heirlooms, and makes sure everything runs smoothly
> A full team of staff and stylists to set-up tables, chairs and furnishings to your customized floorplan. We have a team with a creative eye to ensure your vision comes to life - think of us as your executing team. We handle everything from building centerpieces, staging your decor, setting tables and adding special touches. We are at your service from approximately 9am to your ceremony start time. After the night has ended, an evening crew comes in to begin the tear down process and will package everything neatly for you to pick up the following morning, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
* Please note, we are not licensed as bartenders and do not act as waitstaff - please ensure your catering team can handle all service needs during your event.
> For this service, we are happy to correspond with occasional e-mail check-ins to bounce off ideas and share opinions about anything from menu choices to color palettes, to decor selections ~ we’re here to help make sure your vision comes to life.
Full Service Wedding Planning: If you’re not just looking for talented executors - and you really need the vision makers - we are also here for you! Planning can be stressful, but it can also be fun — our approach is to delight and surprise, making sure you’re apart of the process when you want to and you trust us to pull it all together for you within your aesthetic and your budget.
> Everything listed above for Day of Coordination
> 1 additional in-person planning meeting (at least 2 hours) to share vision boards and to get to know you both as well as your likes/dislikes and must haves!
> Outline planned with timelines and task lists shared
> Regular check-ins to review plans/timelines as well as to bounce off ideas, share opinions, and help you book vendors
> Full execution on Wedding Day
Lavish flowers with the biggest blooms, rustic wildflowers effortlessly placed, single stems in bottles, dripping arbors with the seasons bounty — we can do it all. We source our blooms from local farmers and we also have wholesale accounts to fill in when needed. We work on the property in our little carriage house the day before your event. We can create anything you dream up - bridal bouquets, bridesmaid/mothers bouquets, bouts, table centerpieces, bars/gift table/dessert table centerpieces, and ceremony arbors or other installations. Our offerings include DIY Flower Parties or Full Service Florals and include set-up and clean up - but are exclusive to our location.
> A one hour consultation about 3 months before your event to understand your vision, color palette and needs (please share a Pinterest Board if possible) — with sourcing locally, we cannot guarantee specific flowers, but we can deliver the vision
> Pick-up and arrangement of all local or wholesale blooms to meet your vision and needs within your budgets
> Placing and styling all centerpieces, arbors, or other floral needs
> Clean up and removal of all flowers and vessels after your event