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Price range: $18,000 - $22,500 Price range: $18,000 - $22,500
Couples usually spend $20,250 Couples usually spend $20,250
Ceremony
$1,500 starting price
Ceremony
$1,200 starting price

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Whitby Castle is a luxurious wedding venue located in Westchester County in Rye, New York. Situated on a serene golf course, this impressive castle features a striking resemblance to the original Whitby Abbey in England. This Lessing’s Hospitality Group venue sits on 126 acres and offers both indoor and outdoor settings for your ceremony and reception. Whitby Castle prides itself on its perfectly manicured lawns, breathtaking views of the Long Island Sound, and elegant event rooms.

Facilities and Capacity

Couples can accommodate up to 250 guests at this mansion-style wedding venue. Initially built in 1852, this breathtaking castle will transport couples and their guests back in time with its eye-catching decors and design. It boasts striking architectural elements and even possesses some of the original stones from its ancestor Whitby Abbey. Soon-to-be newlyweds can exchange vows beneath a simple arch in front of the castle before sipping on cocktails on the outdoor patio where gorgeous views of Milton Harbor are visible. Moving inside the castle, newlyweds can enter the grandiose ballroom for their wedding reception. The space features both traditional and contemporary decoration, adding a timeless chic ambience to the space. For more intimate gatherings, Whitby Castle can host couples in one of their other private reception rooms.

Services Offered

The professional and friendly staff at Whitby Castle will strive to ensure you and your loved ones are treated like royalty. An in-house event coordinator is by your side throughout the planning process, working tirelessly to take care of every detail. The on-site restaurant offers delicious catering packages for weddings and special occasions, along with comprehensive bar services. Tables, Chiavari chairs, dance floors, linens, flatware, and glassware are all included in the main package. Additionally, the venue can provide couples with a detailed list of vendor recommendations for photography, florals, and entertainment. Valet parking and wedding cakes are also managed by the company.

Cuisine

Couples can customize their wedding menus to suit their individual tastes and budgets. Every menu is tailored to your exact specifications, with options available for cocktail hour appetizers, a Champagne reception, and seated reception dinner. The kitchen can arrange and design exotic fruit displays, buffets with cheese and fresh vegetables, butler-passed hors d'oeuvres, and entree stations. Sample entrees include free-range chicken breast with honey-balsamic glaze, miso-glazed mahi-mahi, New York strip steaks, and Syrah-braised short ribs.

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Frequently asked questions

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

No

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?

$1,500

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

$1,200

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

Cake Cutting
Dessert
Server(s)
Wedding Cake

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

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Liquor
House Wine
Open Bar

Describe your venue:

Banquet Hall
Historic Building
Mansion

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception

What event services do you offer?

Event Planner
Event Rentals

What event items are available?

Chairs

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Valet
Wheelchair Access
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Reviews of Whitby Castle

4.8 out of 5 rating
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2024 Winner
4.8 out of 5 rating
134 Reviews
96% recommend it
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Weddingwire
4.8/5 134 reviews
Google
4.6/5 308 reviews
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Wen Z. Sent on 04/22/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Must book if you want a fairytale ending

My husband and I toured a few venues, but it was end-game the moment we drove up to Whitby Castle. As soon as we opened their grand front doors for the first time, we were greeted with genuineness and warmth of the Whitby family. We knew we found a home with them for our wedding.

Some key players who ensured our wedding was a fairytale:

Niki is the catering sales rep, who we communicated with throughout the process and up until our wedding. We loved how responsive she was and always so kind (even if it was just through email). She answered all of our questions promptly and was never pushy.

Ralph is the operations manager who we worked with a few weeks before our wedding. He is detailed and efficient- logistically, he made sure the timeline and ceremony details were perfect.

On the actual day of our wedding, Gabriel was our Maitre’D and Roxy was my bridal attendant. They were both simply godsend. Gabriel has a calm and natural demeanor; and Roxy is a bada** woman (I mean it in a good way)- when they saw how one of my vendors was making me incredibly anxious and flustered with their blatant unprofessionalism, they would step in and provide (and act on) reassurance that we didn’t have to do anything that I didn’t want to do. They consistently made sure to check in and made sure we were okay. I don’t know what I would have done with Gabriel and Roxy.

And finally, the entire staff. My guests still share with me how kind the staff was throughout the wedding and how they were treated like family. Also, the FOOD! My guests consistently raved how the food was just incredible and far exceeded any expectations.

Thank you, Whitby team, for making our wedding magical!
David & Elissa
David E. Sent on 04/21/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Whitby Castle is the absolute best & most perfect place for a wedding & we very highly recommend it as your wedding venue!

My partner and I got married in March 2024 on a Saturday afternoon at Whitby Castle in Rye, NY, and it was better than we ever could have imagined thanks to the breathtaking venue and all of the amazing managers and staff at Whitby.

My partner and I looked at about 10 wedding venues in the Tri-state area before finding Whitby Castle, and the minute we saw it, we knew we had to get married there. It blew all of the other venues out of the water, in so many distinctive facets. The first thing that brought us to Whitby was the gorgeous castle and grounds (flawlessly manicured lawns right on Rye Golf club and striking views of the Long Island Sound), and how the venue provided a plethora of accommodations for whatever season or weather you may have on your wedding day. The next thing that brought us in was the wedding package they offered for dates outside of the wedding season (ours was the end of March). The wedding package included everything we needed, outside of a few upgrades we added on later, and was the best price for all of the options we got. We could not find a better price anywhere for the number of options, vendors or amenities that their wedding package contained.

Before ultimately deciding on Whitby Castle as our wedding venue, we attended their quarterly wedding showcase that provided samplings of all of the cocktail hour foods the venue provides, as well as the ability to meet a ton of potential vendors for all of the other factors of the wedding weekend. The showcase event was excellent and not something we saw any other venue provide. It gave us a one-stop shop to help find our vendors, and even better that it was vendors that work at Whitby on a regular basis. Additionally, the cocktail hour food was delicious, and we knew the entrées and other course options were going to be even better. After we saw all of this, we knew for certain that Whitby was our venue, and it only got better from here.

We booked Whitby Castle as our venue over a year before the wedding date and from our first meeting with Niki, the Catering Sales Manager at Whitby, we knew we had without a doubt made the right choice. Niki handled just about everything with the venue throughout the process including catering, vendors, amenities and all of the options available to us through Whitby. Niki took the time to get to know us and offered a wide variety of options for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception, as well as anything else we were thinking of. Niki thoroughly explained the numerous elements to consider when planning our wedding, what we did or did not need, or what we may have missed or forgot, and she helped us get to where we needed to be in the planning process. Since our first meeting with Niki, she made us feel as if she genuinely cared about us and our wedding (because she did), as well as the different ideas we had.

We worked with Niki for over a year and half, and she made everything so easy for us during that time. Niki managed all of these points with us until it was time to meet with the operations manager and maître d', which happens around a month before the wedding day. We would later meet with the Operations Manager, Ralph, about three weeks before the wedding day and he was just as awesome. Ralph had all of the particulars laid out for every aspect of our wedding and provided a comprehensive timeline and wedding plan to us. Niki and Ralph were not only incredibly professional and knowledgeable, but also exceedingly responsive and accommodating to what we needed and wanted for our wedding. Niki and Ralph were both always accessible throughout the entire process when helping us manage, coordinate and deliver our ideal wedding. They also made the process of meeting and maintaining communication with them easy and convenient.

Since we booked our wedding 18 months in advance for the end of March, we had no idea what weather we were going to have, but it was honestly not even the slightest of our concerns because of how Whitby operates for their weddings. They have complete, and actually functional, outdoor heating throughout the lovely and immense wraparound patio that hosted much of our cocktail hour, despite the weather being in high 50s, low 60 degrees. We had wonderful sun on the morning of our wedding, but it was a little windy and our ceremony would be on the colder side in the afternoon. We did not want to make our guests sit in the cold, so we had an indoor wedding, and it was beyond stunning. The magnificent arch windows through the reception hall gave us astonishing light and scenic views for the ceremony. This also allowed us to get pictures outside, in front of the impressive castle, but also inside the venue in some of their many charming and pristine event rooms, such as the piano room.

Another terrific part about Whitby’s wedding operations was that regardless of whatever weather was expected, they set up for both options, to have our wedding inside or outside. Additionally, Ralph and our maître d', Gabriel, said we had up to an hour before the ceremony start time to decide what we wanted. We thought this was greatly advantageous and valuable, especially considering how unpredictable the weather can be. Some venues tend to have multiple weddings to maximize their space, but we certainly appreciated that the Whitby Castle team treated us as the main event. In addition to the astounding views and spectacular customer service, the entrées and various food courses on our wedding day were outstanding. I am not sure which our guests raved about more, the delectable food or marvelous views. There was nothing not to love on our special day.

My partner also had nothing but phenomenal things to say about Rosa, the bridal attendant at Whitby. Rosa was exceptionally attentive and enormously helpful throughout the entire day, and made my partner even more relaxed. Whether it was during the planning process or the wedding day, Niki, Ralph, Gabriel and Rosa were all so extremely organized and prepared for every possible scenario or situation. Their initiative and attention to detail throughout the process was particularly reassuring and allowed my partner and I to focus on other parts of the wedding, and be excited for our big day rather than being stressed or worried. When it came to coordinating the drop-off and pick-up of all of the decor for the wedding, as well for planning how our guests would arrive to the venue, via shuttles or valet, the Whitby team made everything simple and practical, permitting us to worry about a few less items throughout the weekend.

There were so many moving parts and minute details involved in our wedding day, but our maître d' Gabriel was so on top of everything. My partner and I had a lot of specifics for what we wanted for our wedding in regards to the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception, but Ralph, Gabriel and the Whitby staff covered it all. They included everything we asked for and more, and made it a day to remember. Throughout the entire day the service was impeccable, not only for my partner and I, but for all of our wedding guests. All of the Whitby staff were tremendously kind and helpful.

So many of our guests told us how not only was it the most beautiful and fun wedding they have ever been to, but maybe even the best party. Whitby Castle, as a venue and their team, gave us the perfect wedding, far better than we ever could have dreamed. We really cannot say enough great things about Whitby Castle, the management team or their staff. They were all remarkable and the venue is extraordinary. It is truthfully the best wedding venue we have ever seen. We absolutely could not have been happier with our wedding, and we know it was all because of the venue and their fantastic team. We very highly recommend Whitby Castle in Rye, NY as your wedding venue!

Sincerely,
Mr. & Mrs. David & Elissa Figueroa
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Guadalupe M. Sent on 11/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Easy to work with and MAGICAL!

Niki and Ralph were super easy to work with! The venue was beautiful and all our guests were raving about the food!
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Professional Network & Endorsements

3 Endorsements
Deborah K. O'Brien Photographer Deborah K. O'Brien Photographer Wedding Photographers

The Whitby Castle is a beautiful location for a wedding. As a photographer, I find many lovely backdrops for stunning photographs of the bride and groom, bridal party and family shots.

H&H Photographers H&H Photographers Wedding Photographers

We're honored to have worked successfully over the years with Lessings Hospitality at Whitby Castle, and we recommend you contact them for your event.

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gorgeous, recently redone...just lovely

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