Weddings: Beyond the hall and more

WNY’s most unique locations for weddings and photographs


Don’t get us wrong; we’ve been to some unforgettable weddings held in fire halls, event centers, banquet facilities, and similar made-to-order locales. But before you decide, you may want to think about taking advantage of WNY’s most unique settings for a wedding. Any wedding planner would love to choose among Buffalo’s unique and beautiful locations—for both tying the knot and hosting the reception.


We’re listing some interesting venues here, but a good place to do your own research would be the Buffalo Architecture and History website at The word “rental” will appear after those sites that allow events to be held on premises. Some of the more intriguing properties that allow parties and receptions (you need to visit their websites to get the specifics) are the Greatbatch Pavilion at the Darwin Martin House, the U.S.S. Little Rock, and Old Fort Niagara.

And here are more. 


Unique wedding and reception locations

Buffalo and Erie County
Botanical Gardens
2655 South Park Ave.

Central Terminal
495 Paderewski Dr.

Ellicott Square Building
295 Main St.

Erie Basin Marina

Frank Lloyd Wright Fontana
Boat House
One Rotary Row

Hamburg Palace Theatre
31 Buffalo St., Hamburg

Hurd Orchards
17260 Ridge Rd., Holley

The Karpeles Manuscript Library
Porter Hall
453 Porter Ave.

3 Symphony Circle
885-9311, ext. 302,

Lockport Locks
210 Market St., Lockport

The Mansion on Delaware
414 Delaware Ave.

Market Arcade
617 Main St.

Pierce Arrow Museum
263 Michigan Ave.

Rapids Theatre
1711 Main St., Niagara Falls

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site
641 Delaware Ave.

Tonawanda Castle
69 Delaware St., Toanwanda

Woodlawn Beach State Park
3580 Lake Shore Rd., Hamburg


Cool wedding photo locations

Buffalo’s Inner Harbor/Canalside
(U.S.S. Little Rock, U.S.S. Sullivans)

Delaware Park’s Ivy Bridge

Delaware Park’s Japanese Tea Garden

Iroquois National Wildlife Preserve
1101 Casey Rd., Basom

M&T Plaza
1 Fountain Plaza

Old Fort Niagara
2 Scott Ave., Youngstown

Parkside Candy
3208 Main St.

Reinstein Preserve
93 Honorine Dr., Depew

Test Gardens, Erie Basin Marina

Tifft Nature Preserve
1200 Furhmann Blvd.


For more ideas, here's a guide to some of the rich, cultural traditions contemporary brides and grooms are using to personalize their ceremonies and honor their heritage.



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