Venue & Catering
OLD WESTBURY GARDENS
What spaces are available for receptions and what are the capacities?
*2020/2021 Update: New York State has imposed a social gathering limit of 50 Guests; Thyme Events and Old Westbury Gardens are strictly adhering to these guidelines. Therefore, at this time we will not be considering receptions greater than 50 guests. We will update social gathering limits as they are made available to us.
The Orchard Hill House is a historic 19th century farmhouse with a variety of charming rooms. Orchard Hill House can accommodate up to 60 guests indoors (utilizing multiple rooms) for seated events and up to 80 for indoor cocktail-style receptions. The house can accommodate weddings/private events of up to 140 guests outdoors with addition of a tent. (Orchard Hill House Photo Gallery)
The Barn is available for private events/weddings and can accommodate up to 80 indoors
(one large space) for buffet dinners and more for cocktail-style receptions.
Larger indoor/outdoor events are possible with the addition of a tent. (Barn Photo Gallery)
NOTE: The Westbury House (The Mansion) is not available for wedding receptions
or non-corporate events. If booking a ceremony & reception with us, you will be able to
purchase a photography permit, to allow you to take photos at the Westbury House/Mansion
and on the grounds.
Is there a site fee to rent the space?
To view site fees for the Orchard Hill House, please visit: thymeevents.com/owg-orchardpricing
To view site fees for The Barn space, please visit: thymeevents.com/owg-barnpricing
Additional fees for placing a tent on property.
How much does it cost to host a reception?
Food & Beverage: $125-$250 per person ... this may vary, depending on menu style/options, bar options, cocktail hour, timing, etc. Please inquire for daytime events, ending before 5pm.
Rentals: Thyme Events will handle all the arrangements for essentials/rentals, such as tables/chairs, linens, utensils, glassware, china, etc. Formal rentals typically range from approx. $18-$38pp and varies depending on options chosen.
Staff: Servers/bartenders/etc typically start at $38 per hour, and there is a 5 hour minimum.
Tents: There are various tent options available, from casual pole tents designed simply to provide cover from sun/rain, to formal tents with siding, dance floors, lighting, a/c and/or heaters ... pricing will vary depending on tent size & style.
Taxes & Gratuity are additional
Where can I view sample menus?
Please visit thymeevents.com/weddings. Menus are examples, designed to show styles of menu
we may offer, including cocktail hour options. Thyme Events will work closely with you to customize
a menu fit your personal vision!
Can I bring my own food/liquor/caterer?
Old Westbury Gardens does not permit outside caterers or BYOB.
Where can I have my ceremony before my reception?
The Garden of Appreciation is available for ceremonies, as well as Orchard Hill House or The Barn.
If you are interested in only a ceremony or photography (without a reception), please reach out to Old Westbury Gardens directly here.
Does Thyme Events provide decorations, music, photography, flowers, etc?
While we do not offer these services we are happy to recommend reputable local vendors.
How far in advance can I book?
Old Westbury Gardens does not typically book more than 12 months in advance.
How is Old Westbury Gardens and Thyme Events handling COVID-19 concerns?
Old Westbury Gardens and Thyme Events are complying with all state and local mandates,
including limiting gatherings for 2020 to no more than 50 guests. As we do not know what
2021 will bring, we will update the information as it becomes available.
Should you choose to book an event with us, please be aware that we require non-refundable deposits. Your deposit enables us to start planning your event, securing vendors, and block out
the date to other interested parties. Although deposits are non-refundable, should state/local mandates change, we will work closely with clients to accommodate new dates and/or changes
in guest counts as deemed necessary.
Can I schedule a site visit / tour?
As Orchard Hill House and the The Barn are not open to the public, private tours of one or
both spaces must be arranged through Thyme Events. Please contact us and provide
your requested date/time (month/day/date(s), start time; daytime/evening), the estimated number
of guests you are expecting, as well as which space(s) you are interested in, and we will reach out
to discuss your event in detail.
Thanks so much and we look forward to working with you to create a memorable event!