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Reception
$500 starting price
Ceremony
$1,200 starting price
Bar service
$22 per person
Reception
$500 starting price
Ceremony
$1,200 starting price
Bar service
$22 per person

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The perfect setting…

Just 20 minutes from Albany, down a country lane in the rolling pastures and woodlands of Rensselaer county, there is a destination where dreams come true… at either Birch Hill Estate or Stablegate Farm, experience a wedding venue unlike any other.

However you envision your wedding, with nine distinctive venue options to offer, we have a dream location for every unique couple - from classic ballroom, to rustic barn, to the willows on the water’s edge surrounded by fountains, and swans. At Birch Hill, we genuinely love what we do.

For over 80 years and four generations, we’ve prided ourselves on the special connections we make with our couples. Call us today, tour our beautiful grounds, and meet with one of our experienced and caring Bridal Consultants to begin planning the wedding you’ve always envisioned.

We are foodies…

First and foremost, we here at Birch Hill are what you call foodies. With trained chefs from the Culinary Institute of America, Johnson & Wales, and the New England Culinary Institute, our passion, style, standards, and creativity in the kitchen are unparalleled. Moreover, as the world changes and the focus on what we eat continues to shift towards local and seasonal selections, Birch Hill’s attitude towards the menus we create shifts as well. We seek to provide fresh, customized menus that support local farms and a sustainable lifestyle. Enclosed in this packet, you will find just some of the various menus and food selections that will go into making your wedding not only a fun, but delicious event that your guests will talk about for years.

We are green…

Beginning in 2016, Birch Hill began taking huge steps to call ourselves the greenest caterer in the Capital Region. From powering our nine venues with 100% solar-energy, to composting over 2,500 gallons of dry food waste a year, and even partnering with local farms to create unique seasonal menus, we're doing our part to make the world of tomorrow not only tasty, but a little more green.

We are here for you…

Whether you celebrate at one of our venues or we come to you, our experienced and caring Bridal Consultants are here to help you incorporate your style and tastes as a couple into a remarkable celebration. Our list of services include, but are not limited to: helping choose the best ceremony and reception location; recommending vendors, lodging, and transportation; assisting in executing your theme; providing floor plans and etiquette advice; creating a timeline for the day of; helping pack up your items at the end of your event; and much much more!

We do it all…

A big part of what makes Birch Hill unlike most venues is our ability to go above and beyond just your wedding day. We understand that planning a wedding can be enough on its own, so let us help you with everything else that comes with it. From engagement shoots in our surrounding woodlands, to bubbly bridal shower brunches, and even fireside rehearsal dinners with your closest friends and family, we’ve been treating couples to the luxuries of a one-stop shop for decades. For further menu ideas, see our “special packages” flyer within this brochure or contact one of our Bridal Consultants today.

We come to you…

If you’ve already selected a venue and are in need of a caterer, then we can come to you! Let us show you what Birch Hill’s experience in full service catering means for your special day. As a full service caterer, we handle every last detail of your experience for you. From planning the menu to clearing the last dish, Birch Hill's friendly and proficient waitstaff are here to do whatever it takes on the day of to make sure your event is simply spectacular!

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Frequently asked questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$500

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$500

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$1,200

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$1,200

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Lighting/Sound
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Dessert
Server(s)
Wedding Cake

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$22

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

7

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Barn
Farm/Ranch
Garden
Historic Building
Winery

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Liability Insurance
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
French Service
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Altar/Arch
Audio Equipment
Centerpieces
Chairs
Dance Floor
Decor
Drapery
Furniture
Lighting
Photo booth
Tables
Tents
Tent Accessories

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Chocolate Fountain
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
November
December
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4.7 out of 5 rating
272 Reviews
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  • Professionalism
    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.7 out of 5 rating
94% Recommended by couples

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272 Reviews
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Birch Hill Catering is highly recommended for weddings by multiple reviewers. The venue is described as beautiful, with stunning grounds and various ceremony and reception options. The staff, particularly Serena, Jennifer, and Jessica, are praised for their exceptional service, attentiveness, and professionalism. The food is consistently praised as delicious and the packages offered are customizable. Overall, Birch Hill Catering provides an excellent experience for couples, with many guests commenting on the quality of the food and the seamless execution of their events.

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Birch Hill Catering is highly recommended for weddings by multiple reviewers. The venue is described as beautiful, with stunning grounds and various ceremony and reception options. The staff, particularly Serena, Jennifer, and Jessica, are praised for their exceptional service, attentiveness, and professionalism. The food is consistently praised as delicious and the packages offered are customizable. Overall, Birch Hill Catering provides an excellent experience for couples, with many guests commenting on the quality of the food and the seamless execution of their events.

Maria
Maria S. Sent on 07/19/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Fabulous Food & Service

Serena was a delight to work with from initial planning to her hands on attention to details throughout our wedding. She and her staff were attentive, pleasant and accommodating to our needs. The food was plentiful and delicious with a beautiful presentation. We had an outdoor tent wedding that had the feel and look of a grand ballroom mainly due to the Birch Hill team who went above and beyond. We highly recommend them for your catering needs. You won't be disappointed - we surely weren't.
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Kristin S. Sent on 02/29/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing experience

We had our wedding here this past weekend! All of our guest (and us) can’t stop talking about how amazing it was. Jisung was amazing to work with every step of the way. Our day went off without a hitch. The food was absolutely delicious. The venue was so beautiful and perfect. We can’t say enough good things about it. Thank you Birch Hill for making our wedding day perfect.
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Lenore E. Sent on 11/22/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Book here - and invite me!!

Not only was the venue beautiful and food off the charts, but the service was as well. Initially we were passed around to different sales managers - but it all happened for a reason cause we ended up with Serena and I cannot say enough good things about her. The service she provided was extraordinary. Not only did she make the planning a breeze - but was beyond helpful the day of!! Originally we were going to have it "streamside" with the gothic-like arch, but after the rehearsal and the chill in the air we moved it inside. The ceremony was lovely and everything went as planned. I was expecting some MAJOR issue as many weddings have - and there wasn't one! Serena not only helped with the buttoning, floofing and the bustle of my gown, but during the cocktail hour prepared a dish for us so we were able to have one of each Butlered Hors d'oeuvres; made another plate of our favorite items for our sweetheart table; and when someone needed Advil - she was able to get them within minutes!! Like I said before - I cannot say enough good things about her (and we're not easy to please).
As for the food - people are still talking about it...I said to my husband I want to divorce him just so we can have another wedding at Birch Hill!! :D
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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
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Professional Network & Endorsements

9 Endorsements
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Excellent and friendly staff, creative arrangement of all decorations and appearance of all food. Excellent choice for catering!

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Birch Hill Catering has been a delight to work with. They have been very responsive to our wedding clients and are an excellent match with our rustic, chic theme at The Historic Barns of Nipmoose.

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Birch Hill is one of our favorite wedding locations in the Capital District. It has a lovely country setting, expansive views and a beautiful setting for an outdoor ceremony. They are one of the only locations where a bride can comfortably ride in on a horse and carriage with no concern for traffic or complications. Each of the ballrooms have a unique appeal to them allowing a couple to choose between the two. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful...... a must see when considering available venues.

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Birch Hill Catering frequently asked questions

Birch Hill Catering includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Lighting/Sound
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables
Birch Hill Catering includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Server(s)
  • Wedding Cake
The bar service starting price at Birch Hill Catering includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Champagne Toast
  • House Beer
  • House Liquor
  • House Wine
  • Limited Bar
  • Open Bar
  • Premium Liquor
  • Signature Drink
  • Specialty Beer
  • Specialty Wine
The space offered by Birch Hill Catering for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Barn
  • Farm/Ranch
  • Garden
  • Historic Building
  • Winery
Birch Hill Catering offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
Birch Hill Catering offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner
Birch Hill Catering offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Liability Insurance
  • Outside Vendors
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wifi
Birch Hill Catering offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Altar/Arch
  • Audio Equipment
  • Centerpieces
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Decor
  • Drapery
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Photo booth
  • Tables
  • Tents
  • Tent Accessories
Birch Hill Catering is recommended by 94% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.7 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.7 in quality of service, 4.7 in average response time, 4.7 in flexibility, 4.7 in professionalism and 4.7 in value.
Birch Hill Catering currently offers 2 offer promotions for wedding services.

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