Wedding Planning Ideas
Have the most special day of your life in one of the world's most beautiful, fun-filled destinations, or make the Finger Lakes part of your pre and post-wedding plans as the setting for bachelor/bachelorette parties, bridal showers and honeymoons.
BACHELOR/ETTE & BRIDAL SHOWERS
Get away with your best girls, or guys, for the weekend or a day to experience some Finger Lakes fun. Gamers can head to Tioga Downs Casino, where you can catch horse racing in the summer months, and take a chance at gaming year round! Maybe a shot at 18 holes is your way of letting loose with friends. Tee up at one of many scenic Finger Lakes courses. If you're looking for a home away from home for just the girls, gather up at Savannah House Wine Country Cottages on Seneca Lake for a cottage where all the girls can enjoy time together and beautiful views of Seneca Lake.
Come together with family and friends for the last supper before you say “I Do!” Finding a place to hold your rehearsal dinner won’t be a problem, but choosing one will! There are hundreds of fantastic places to eat- narrow it down by thinking about location, size, type of food, and price range. Have an intimate gathering of friends and family at the historic Taylor Room of the Finger Lakes Boating Museum, -- the former wine cellar of the Finger Lakes' oldest winery. Dine at The Beachcomber for a delicious meal and stunning view of Conesus Lake. For the perfect meal with the perfect wine, enjoy Knapp Vineyard Restaurant and Winery!
If the Finger Lakes are quite the destination for you and your wedding guests do not fear, transportation is near! Join Finger Lakes Winery Tours for a tour around the wine trails of Seneca, Cayuga, or Keuka Lakes- a fun and savory treat for the whole wedding party! There's a variety of services to choose from with our Transportation Partners.
Of course, flowers are a must, and Finger Lakes local florists are more than happy to assist you in choosing the perfect flowers year round! For the florist next door, let Sinicropi Florist & Gift Shop be there from beginning, middle, and end. With over 35 years of experience, the staff at Sinicropi won’t leave your side, handling everything from pinning the boutonnieres to setting up the reception flowers. Enjoy designing bridal bouquets, flowers for the ceremony, reception, wedding party, and cake decorations with help from experienced and creative staff!
Make the most of your experience by taking away a bit more of the Finger Lakes! Your guests will enjoy ducking in and out of the local shops near their accommodation or point them in the right direction by opening a gift registry locally. Our specialty gifts and unique shops, like your wedding, are one-of-a-kind! Long after the honeymoon, be reminded of your Finger Lakes wedding when turning on a hand decorated lamp or while setting the kitchen table with the timeless courtly checked enamel plates you received from MacKenzie-Childs.
SPAS & SALONS
No one said planning a wedding was easy, but not to worry- one side effect the Finger Lakes has is instant relaxation. Still, it would not hurt to book ahead at one of our breathtaking spas. Allow all the stress to leave your body and enjoy pure ecstasy while having a Finger Lakes Grape massage or enjoying a tranquility hour from August Moon Spa at La Tourelle Resort. To experience true escape, try a hot stone massage at Rasa Spa, or reiki, the Japanese way to reduce stress. Unwind together with a side by side couple’s massage or maybe just a Lambrusco signature facial just for the groom at Mirbeau Spa. And for the bride, let the salon professionals of the Waterfalls Spa at Greek Peak Mountain Resort style your hair and apply your make for that glamorous finish! If you want to sip on a wine tasting before or after your spa treatment for ultimate relaxation, visit Isabella Spa at Belhurst Castle.
CEREMONY AND RECEPTION VENUES
With literally hundreds of places to hold your wedding ceremony and reception in the Finger Lakes including a number of unique locations, the question you must ask yourself is where will I feel the most special? The Inn at Taughannock, and their newly built one-acre Gatsby-esque wedding garden, is conveniently located next to Taughannock Falls State Park enabling the Inn to host ceremonies both on-site at any of the various venues on their 12-acre campus or in front of the state park's small waterfall. Lincoln Hill Farms provides a stunning country landscape in a rustic setting for your perfect day. Wedding and farm may not seem like words that go together, but Lincoln Hill Farms will stun and their ability to accommodate weddings of all sizes ensures a unique backdrop where memories can be made. If culture and innovation are keywords that ring the bell, enjoy the Treman Center’s large classic barn where the first floor is all stone opening out onto the spacious Tuscan courtyards while close by a spectacular 2.5 mile gorge and dramatic waterfalls sit right in their backyard. For a large party on Seneca Lake, the Tuscan inspired Ventosa Vineyards that can accommodate up to 300 people for your perfect day. Within the walls of this inviting and warm Tuscan villa, you will enjoy exceptional food, a stunning sunset, and breathtaking views of the vineyards and Seneca Lake. The Statler Hotel located on the vibrant Cornell University campus in Ithaca, NY offers the perfect backdrop for your one-of-a-kind wedding. The Carrier Ballroom has been transformed into a unique and sophisticated wedding venue featuring natural light and stunning views. Experience the grand tradition of Statler service! Looking for a more intimate setting but still at winery location? Damiani Wine Cellars, one of the area's top red wine producers, offers beautiful outdoor and indoor spaces for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The Cellar at Damiani Wine Cellars is able to comfortably host seated parties up to 50 people. If a traditional chapel is more what you envision, The Norton Chapel at Keuka College, is available year round for wedding ceremonies. The 50-year-old landmark is located lakeside on the eastern branch of Keuka Lake. The ceremony venue offers a stunning view, a magnificent interior with Douglas fir timber trusses from Oregon, a ceiling of cedar decking from the Pacific coast, white marble chancel platform quarried in Vermont, and chandeliers created in Italy. For timeless romance, dance the night away in one of two enchanting ballrooms at Belhurst Castle. After your ceremony stroll the lawns of the century-old castle, follow them till they meet the cool deep waters of Seneca Lake. Being surrounded by fragrant beautiful flowers is the setting any bride and groom dream of. Immerse your wedding party in the natural elegance and beauty of Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion for your ceremony. Keeping with a nature theme, if you've always envisioned your special day among the vines, be sure to consider another Finger Lakes wedding venue. Celebrate under a large white tent while enjoying the exquisite beauty of Keuka Lake! Nestled on a rolling hillside in the heart of the Finger Lakes, The Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars provides panoramic vistas of vineyards & Seneca Lake. 30 well-appointed guest rooms, outstanding cuisine, award-winning wines, and a dedicated and knowledgeable staff makes Glenora a perfect wedding destination that feels like a world away. If Penn Yan is your destination, the Hampton Inn Penn Yan sits right on the shoreline of Keuka Lake with the sound of gently lapping waves and glistening waters as the perfect background for your special day. Hailed by BRIDES as the “perfect place for a weekend wedding,” the lakefront Inns of Aurora offer impeccably manicured lawns, breathtaking sunsets, and a relaxed but refined atmosphere for celebrations of up to 200 guests. Nestled within a charming village of 300 residents, these four historic inns are just steps apart and are complemented by a team of award-winning chefs
CATERING & CAKES
Depending on the size and location of your reception, and the preference of your pallet a catering service may be necessary. Convenient enough, many restaurants within the Finger Lakes are more than happy to cater your special day. All you have to do is ask!
EVENT PLANNING & RENTALS
You have the ring on your finger, the location of your ceremony and reception set, your menu has been chosen, and the rehearsal dinner booked, now what? Yes, there is more! Party supplies, chairs, linen, lighting, tent, and all other rental needs are covered by Crystal City Wedding & Party Center. Their professionals have helped plan, coordinate, set up, and decorate weddings in the Finger Lakes for over twenty years! If you are on a budget or enjoy do-it-yourself projects, The Special Event Network will be your roadmap with markers at every stage of planning. The Special Event website provides online planners and connects you with local professionals within the Finger Lakes from A (accommodations) to W (winery weddings) for planning made easy!
HONEYMOON & SPECIAL PACKAGES
Aruba, Jamaica, how about the Finger Lakes? The honeymoon is the first time as a newlywed couple to truly celebrate your union! So travel or just stay in the Finger Lakes. Fall in love with stunning fall foliage and harvest festivals throughout wine country. In the winter, book an intimate weekend in a cozy B&B, like 10 Fitch luxurious romantic inn. Warm up to their honeymoon package, which begins with a couples massage. Find your perfect getaway on our Packages & Specials Page!