Your Quick Guide To Rochester Wedding Venues: (updated with new venues: May 2020)
Wondering where to get married here in Rochester?
This guide is for you.
Our city here in Monroe County, home to many great people such as Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, and George Eastman, is known as the Flower City. True to form, Rochester offers many unique and beautiful wedding venues. From modern aesthetics to urban minimalist tastes, scenic atriums, rustic barns, views of Lake Ontario and lush sceneries to enjoy. Reception venues to toast in with city views? Check. Spacious ballrooms in which to dance with your love? Check. Manicured parks and gardens to celebrate your nuptials in? Check. Want to be along the Genesee River? You got it. Erie Canal? Of course. There are so many different places to get married here in our corner of Western New York.
Read on below for a comprehensive list of places to say “I do” on your wedding day. It begins with outdoor wedding venues and indoor wedding venues sections and is then organized further based on the type of wedding venue. Within each section is a link to the wedding venue’s website along with pricing and capacity information. Please note: Pricing is a starting point. Price will vary depending on number of guests, hours, and services needed. Each venue includes different amenities and services with the price.
There are a large variety of venues for you to choose from that can accommodate anything from big receptions and intimate weddings with any budget and price point. So whether you are looking for an affordable wedding venue in Rochester, or a spacious reception location, you will find it here.
Lastly, at bottom, might find some helpful information like, a list of the Top 15 Wedding Venues based on Google search volume, map of the venues, and questions to think about as you search for the perfect place to get married around Rochester. I’ve come up with 5 questions to help you choose a venue and 15 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Venue. So check out the guide and let me know if you have any ideas on how I could improve it, or if I have missed a venue!
- Your Quick Guide To Rochester Wedding Venues: (updated with new venues: May 2020)
- Wondering where to get married here in Rochester?
- This guide is for you.
- I’d love to hear about your wedding!
- Indoor Wedding Venues
- Outdoor Wedding Venues
- Top 15 Wedding Venues in Rochester, NY by Search Volume
- Map of Wedding Venues in Rochester, NY
- How To Choose A Venue:
- 15 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Venue
I’d love to hear about your wedding!
If you’ve had to postpone or change your wedding due to COVID-19, check out my tutorial on how live stream your wedding for any family and friends who can’t make the new date!
Indoor Wedding Venues
Downtown Wedding Venues
|Downtown Wedding Venues||Price||Seating Capacity|
|The Arbor Loft||$45 – $85 per guest||220|
|Winter Garden By Monroe’s||$105 – $205 per guest||300|
|Jack Rabbit Club||N/A||350|
|Studio 180||$75 – $125 per guest||100|
|La Luna Roc||N/A||N/A|
|Artisan Works||$10 – $64 per guest||400|
|The Penthouse at One East Ave||$8 – $18 per guest||150|
|The Cracker Factory||N/A||376|
Intimate Wedding Venues
|Intimate Wedding Venues||Price||Seated Capacity|
|Rochester Brainery||$45 per hour||60|
|Lamberton Conservatory||$100 per hour||40|
|The Port of Rochester||$125 first hour / $75 per hour after||128|
|The Ellwanger Estate||$300 – $1100||N/A|
|The Inn on Church||N/A||45|
Ballroom and Banquet Wedding Venues
|Ballroom and Banquet Hall Wedding Venues||Price||Seated Capacity|
|Arbor At The Port||$45 – $85 per guest||400|
|The Inn On Broadway||$90 – $145 per guest||170|
|The Historic German House||$45 – $85 per guest||180|
|Harro East Ballroom||$35 – $46 per guest||100|
|Diplomat Banquet Center||$31 – $56 per guest||320|
|Century Club of Rochester||N/A||N/A|
|The Wilder Room||N/A||150|
Outdoor Wedding Venues
Farm, Rustic, and Barn Wedding Venues
|Farm, Rustic, and Barn Wedding Venues||Price||Seated Capacity|
|Wadsworth Homestead||$5200 – $8600||300|
|Charlton Farm||$4300 – $8000||125|
|The Hillcrest Estate||$2000 starting||230|
|Cobblestone Wedding Barn||$3500 – $4500||230|
|The Lodge at Shadow Hill||N/A||N/A|
|Burgundy Basin||$46 – $73 per guest||800|
|Casa Larga Vineyards||N/A||250|
Park Wedding Venues
|Park Wedding Venues||Price||Seated Capacity|
|St Josephs Park||$800||125|
|Olmsted Lodge||$500 – $750||99|
|Lamberton Conservatory||$100 per hour||40|
|Lilac Arches||$50 per hour||200|
|Sunken Garden||$100 per hour||20|
Country Club Wedding Venues
|Farm | Rustic | Barn Wedding Venues||Price||Seated Capacity|
|Bristol Harbour||$170 – $245 per guest||260|
|Locust Hill Country Club||N/A||400|
|Cobblestone Creek Country Club||$65 – $90 per guest||170|
|Ravenwood Golf Club||$2000 – $3300||N/A|
Top 15 Wedding Venues in Rochester, NY by Search Volume
|Venue||Searches Per Month|
|The Inn On Broadway||1850|
|The Arbor Loft||1040|
|Harro East Ballroom||720|
|La Luna Roc||620|
|The Historic German House||450|
|The Cracker Factory||300|
|Arbor at the Port||260|
|Jack Rabbit Club||230|
|Wintergarden By Monroe||220|
|Diplomat Banquet Center||200|
|The Ellwanger Estate||180|
|The Wilder Room||120|
Map of Wedding Venues in Rochester, NY
A map of all the wedding venues listed is below, the indoor venues are the blue points, outdoor venues the green.
How To Choose A Venue:
In a sense, choosing a venue may seem straight forward: google “wedding venues rochester ny”, find a few you like, see them in person, and book them. But you’ll find there is more to it than that. Because, of course. I would recommend asking yourself these questions as you look about:
Does the venue align with my vision?
As you know, every venue is uniquely styled and categorized. There is no one size fits all, and there are permanent elements of a venue that you cannot change or cover up. More so, if you are wanting an intimate wedding, will the venue help you accomplish that goal? Maybe a huge ballroom isn’t for you, but a well-designed restaurant space or warehouse.
How many guests do I want to have?
This may seem like a no-brainer, but you want to make sure the size of the venue will comfortably accommodate the number of guests you want to have. More so, will it accommodate your guest list if you get an unexpected number of Yes’ on the RSVP card? This will also help you budget for other things like catering and rentals, which can be size dependent.
Will this venue fit my florals, decor, rentals budget?
This might be the least obvious of questions, but it is important to consider not just what you have budgeted for a venue, but also what you have budgeted for flowers, decorations, rentals, etc. Some venues require more dressing up than others, which would consequently eat in to other parts of your budget. So as you choose a venue, consider what you would need to do and what it would cost to make the space what you want it to be.
What is included?
As you will find, no venue is simply four walls and a pretty space. They all offer different services along with the venue. Is full service or will you need to bring in your own catering and decor? Will you need to rent tables and chairs? Do you LIKE the tables and chairs they offer? (And don’t forget linens and flatware, as well.)
Lastly, what is the light like throughout the venue?
I’ve found this is often the least considered question when choosing a venue, but very important to how you will remember your day! Why? Because lighting is the most important aspect to photography (and consequently what I care most about, of course.) – So as you choose a venue, pay attention to how it is lit. If it is outdoors, where will the sun be around at the time of your ceremony? Will you be blasted with sunlight mid summer? If indoors, how is it lit? Are there lots of windows? Bistro lights? Is the room filled with different colored lights? What you want in a room is brightness and consistency in color. Lastly, what is the light like where you will be getting ready? Most hair and make up artists like bright spaces to work in, and natural light to help gauge color. What you want to avoid are dark getting ready rooms or spaces with no windows.
Bonus: Do I like the venue and surrounding area for photos?
Around your venue is the most likely space you will be photographed in throughout your wedding day. Of course, ceremony, toasts, and dances will all be photographed in the space. But do you like it for portraits? Are there spaces and backdrops that you feel inspired by? If not, are there places close by that you can drive to?Also, will there be a lot of people about in the space you are trying to take photos within? Ultimately, don’t fret too much about this, as your photographer will guide you in to finding the best pockets in a space for photographs. And they might often not be what you are thinking. In the end, collaboration is best on these things!
15 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Venue
- What is the price and what is included?
- How much is the deposit?
- What restrictions are there?
- What services can be added on?
- How early can you set up?
- How late can you tear down?
- Is any overnight storage allowed
- What assistance do they provide in the planning and organizing of the day?
- What assistance do they provide on the wedding day?
- If you’re having an outside caterer, what kind of (if any) kitchen facilities are there?
- Do they allow an open flame?
- Is there a cork if fee? Are outside beverages allowed?
- Do they have a preferred vendor list?
- Do they offer a rain plan?
- When can you hold your rehearsal?
I will be continuing to build out this guide, so feel free to check back in for updates and additions. And if I have missed any venues in the area, please let me know! – Matt