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Top 10 Wedding Venues in Western New York - One Photographer's Opinion :)

Your VENUE.... It’s the first major thing you’ll book once you start your wedding planning and will set the scene for the entire look and feel of your wedding day. But where to even begin the search?!


I’ve broken down my top 10 all time favorite western New York wedding venues and have literally covered all of the grounds - from the beach to the barn to a vineyard and downtown Buffalo, I've got you covered for whatever style you're going for!


Western New York is clearly a pretty sweet place to start your forever ♥️ These venues are all different in so many wonderful ways! Check them out below and let me know what you guys think in the comments below. You can also click on each venue's name (in blue) to be taken right to their website - so you can start your planning right away!



1. PEARL @ THE WEBB | BUFFALO NY

Pearl @ The Webb Wedding Reception First Dance Bride Groom Buffalo NY WNY Top 10 Venue

Brick walls lined with arches, exposed ductwork, and high tin ceilings give this downtown Buffalo venue an old industrial feel. Don't let it's tough exterior fool you though, you can pretty this place up easily with some florals and greenery. It's the perfect mix of rust belt Buffalo and elegant wedding venue. Pearl Street Grill & Brewery next door has a very similar style as well.




2. SPRING LAKE WINERY | LOCKPORT NY

Spring Lake Winery Wedding Lockport Bride Groom Photo Portrait Bridal Session WNY Top 10 Venue

Charming vineyards, hidden train tracks, a pond (that you can even fish in!), and a beautiful covered pavilion make this the perfect outdoor location for your wedding! From spring to fall the grounds are an absolutely stunning backdrop to your celebration.


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3. THE ROYCROFT INN | EAST AURORA NY

Roycroft Inn East Aurora Wedding Bridal Party Photo Portrait Bride WNY Top 10 Venue

This historic craftsman style Inn is set in the cutest little town of East Aurora NY (seriously, it's in a Hallmark movie!). This place has it all - picturesque gardens, rooms and chapel, delicious locally sourced and seasonal food menu, and accommodations for you and your guests.







4. HOTEL @ THE LAFAYETTE | BUFFALO NY

Hotel Lafayette Courtyard Ceremony Wedding Bride Buffalo NY Downtown WNY Top 10 Venue

Say "I do" under the open sky in the courtyard of Hotel @ The Lafayette and then celebrate in one of their two reception rooms. Whether you book the Courtyard or Greenhouse Room, you can't go wrong - each has skylights that pour in beautiful natural light, charming rustic accents and that old exposed ductwork I personally always drool over. Set in the heart of downtown Buffalo there's plenty of photo ops around too!




5. HAYLOFT IN THE GROVE | EAST AURORA NY

Hayloft in the Grove East Aurora Wedding Reception Hall WNY Top 10 Venue

Barn weddings - you either love em or you don't! If rustic is your style, you will not be disappointed by HayLoft. In addition to their stunning barn, there are gardens to stroll through and an outdoor patio to take in the fresh air. Plus they have all the amenities of a traditional wedding venue that you may not have even realized you need, such as heat or air conditioning and upscale bathrooms.

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6. CHAUTAUQUA INSTITUTION | CHAUTAUQUA NY

CHQ Chautauqua Institution Wedding Ceremony Bride Hall of Philosophy WNY Top 10 Venue

As long as you're not planning a wedding during CHQ's 9 weeks of summer camp, this is an exquisite setting for a wedding. Options for your ceremony include the Athenaeum Hotel's massive wrap around porch, the grand, greek style Hall of Philosophy or overlooking Chautauqua Lake at the Bell Tower. It's the character throughout this entire campus (it covers over 3 miles!) that make this place so unique.




7. PIONEER CAMP & RETREAT | ANGOLA ON THE LAKE NY

Pioneer Camp Retreat Angola on the Lake Erie Wedding Bride Beach Portrait Photo WNY Top 10 Venue

Soak in the views of Lake Erie while you tie the knot in Pioneer Camp's Chapel in the Woods or opt for one of their many other sites that can host a ceremony or reception, such as the gorgeous Hickman Hall or Wendt Shelter. You can even make a weekend of it! You and your guests can stay at the camp's cottages or private cabins.... there's even dorm style lodging for those rowdy bachelors in attendance 😉