Event Coordination and Services
At Amber Grove, all activities are coordinated by John McBride. He provides professional assistance in menu design, event planning and execution. He also functions as an accessible resource for information and questions. On event days, John and the Amber Grove staff ensure that you will not have to worry about anything except what you came here to celebrate.
Amber Grove’s preferred caterers offer a full range of culinary options which can suit any taste. Outside catering is not permitted. The standard wedding buffet includes fruit & cheese crudité, two passed hors d’oeuvres, four buffet items and two food stations. Acrylic ware is provided. China, silverware and cloth napkins are available at $2.50 per guest.
If alcohol is desired, client must purchase a one-day banquet license from ABC Board. Client will provide own alcohol. Amber Grove will furnish bar staff and equipment. Kegs are not allowed. There will be a beverage charge of $7-$9 per guest which will cover ice, sodas, bottled water and mixers/fruits if full bar. Non-alcoholic weddings will be charged the base rate of $7 per guest. Acrylic barware will be provided. Glassware is available at $2 per guest. Bar will open after ceremony and close fifteen minutes before scheduled end of event.
For weddings, space charge ranges from $3,500 to $5,000 depending on day of week and time of year. Brides are granted full and exclusive use of Amber Grove on the day of the wedding. Amber Grove believes that a girl’s wedding day should be hers and hers alone. Actual event time is limited to five hours. If desired, additional time can be negotiated.
For other events, space charges run from $100 -$1000 depending on their nature and size. Time allowed is 2-3 hours.
One third of the estimated total is due at time of contract to reserve a date. Final invoice is based upon guest count to be provided ten days prior to event. Payment is due at least 24 hours before event.
Rental, setup, breakdown and cleanup are handled by Amber Grove.
Vendor services such as photography, music, wedding cakes and floral are client responsibilities. Amber Grove will provide you with a list of trusted vendors and assist you in coordinating their activities. Decoration beyond what is already provided is also client responsibility but John and the Amber Grove staff will be happy to generate ideas for you and help with setup.
Spacious changing areas are provided for both bridal and grooms parties.
Amber Grove can also be used as a backdrop for wedding portrait photography. This service is offered free of charge for any client.
The Grounds at Amber Grove
When one arrives at Amber Grove, the white, columned manor house rises in the distance secluded by ancient trees. The 1920s era dairy barn is to the left and rolling, unspoiled acres to the right. The modern world is nearby, but one feels like it is far away.
The front porch is welcoming with its white rockers and greenery. Open space framed by the big sky is all round. The gracious front entrance opens into the front foyer where a bridal gift is set up. A coat room is to the left.
The spacious front parlor opens to the right. It is tastefully appointed in dark red and cream. This dramatic space is where wedding cakes, bridal portraits and certain food presentations are displayed. It is connected with the muted richness of the living room where fruit, vegetable and cheese crudites are offered. Together, these two rooms provide a comfortably elegant space for indoor dining, parties and wedding receptions.
The two room suite opens off the living room and serves as a bridal changing area as well as an indoor seating area.
The dining room opens to the left and is filled with period antiques. It is where the main buffet part of the food service is presented. This room flows into the kitchen where a large island serves as the carving station area. All indoor areas are designed for easy traffic flow and guest convenience.
From the front parlor, guests pass through French doors to a large covered deck. The deck/portico opens onto a 40′ x 80′ patio which is used for guest seating, beverage service, dining and dancing. This area is covered by a tent, with retractable cathedral window sides and is connected to main house by a covered walkway. The comfortable capacity is 150-160 up to 200.
The gazebo is the focal point of the picturesque back grounds. It is an elegant structure always framed in a riot of seasonal colors. It is an idyllic setting for an outdoor wedding ceremony.
The fire pit is a focal point for conversation, cigars and smores. Large grassy areas around tent are ideal for lawn games of any kind.
Spring, fall and winter wedding ceremonies can be held in the top of the barn which is a rustic backdrop for pictures any season. Ceremonies can also be held under the tent.
The gardens of Amber Grove are alive with dazzling arrays flowers attended by flocks of butterflies and hummingbirds. Wide vistas of stately trees and open fields are all around you. It is the way things used to be- only better.
As clients and their guests drive away from Amber Grove, many will wish they could have stayed longer. If history is any guide, many more will feel the same way.