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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 buffaloah.com. 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.
827-1584, buffalogardens.com

Central Terminal
495 Paderewski Dr.
810-3210, buffalocentralterminal.org

Ellicott Square Building
295 Main St.

Erie Basin Marina

Frank Lloyd Wright Fontana
Boat House
One Rotary Row
362-3140, wrightsboathouse.org

Hamburg Palace Theatre
31 Buffalo St., Hamburg
649-2295, hamburgpalace.com

Hurd Orchards
17260 Ridge Rd., Holley

The Karpeles Manuscript Library
Porter Hall
453 Porter Ave.

3 Symphony Circle
885-9311, ext. 302, bpo.org

Lockport Locks
210 Market St., Lockport
443-6155, lockportlocks.com

The Mansion on Delaware
414 Delaware Ave.
886-3300, mansionondelaware.com

Market Arcade
617 Main St.

Pierce Arrow Museum
263 Michigan Ave.
853-0084, www.pierce-arrow.com

Rapids Theatre
1711 Main St., Niagara Falls
205-8925, rapidstheatre.com

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site
641 Delaware Ave.
884-0095, trsite.org

Tonawanda Castle
69 Delaware St., Toanwanda
743-8544, tonawandacastle.com

Woodlawn Beach State Park
3580 Lake Shore Rd., Hamburg
609-2163, townofhamburg.com


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
585-948-5445, www.fws.gov/refuge/iroquois/

M&T Plaza
1 Fountain Plaza

Old Fort Niagara
2 Scott Ave., Youngstown
745-7611, oldfortniagara.org

Parkside Candy
3208 Main St.
833-7540, parksidecandy.com

Reinstein Preserve
93 Honorine Dr., Depew
683-5959, reinsteinwoods.org

Test Gardens, Erie Basin Marina

Tifft Nature Preserve
1200 Furhmann Blvd.
825-6397, www.tifft.org


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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