Finding a wedding venue is no easy feat- but this is the place where you’ll host your wedding day and forever remember as the spot where you committed to spending the rest of your lives together! It’s pretty special. 😍 So this guide is all about the best Finger Lakes wedding venues, to help you narrow down your options!
The Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York is known for its incredible lakeside views, the scenery, and (of course) the wineries. So invite your guests to the region to soak it all in, and you’ll have your choice of venues where you can tie the knot. Here are 12 incredible Finger Lakes wedding venues to consider for your day!
Best Barn Wedding Venues in the Finger Lakes
Barn wedding venues are really popular- and it’s easy to see why! Rustic charm and country elegance make for a great place to host a cozy gathering. Here are a few of the best barn wedding venues in the countryside of the Finger Lakes!
The Kester Homestead – Wedding Venue in Memphis, NY
When it comes to barn and farmhouse wedding venues, The Kester Homestead is one of the best! I even had my own reception here!
The owners have done a wonderful job bringing this property to life. There’s a historic estate home that is adorned with character and style. Rent it for the weekend to hang out with your nearest and dearest leading up to your day-it has everything from a backyard pool, flower garden, bonfire pit and free range chickens. Plus, it makes for the most perfect place to get ready and relax the morning of your wedding. When you’re ready, meander through the trees to the woodlands cathedral for your outdoor ceremony. Later, head into the gambrel barn or wild garden for your reception! Every inch of this Finger Lakes wedding venue is stunning! There are endless photo opportunities, landscapes, and backdrops for your best day!
The Kester Homestead can host up to 170 people. Though with additional table and chair rentals, the capacity can expand all the way up to 250.
Wren’s Roost Barn – Wedding Venue in Naples, NY
Wren’s Roost is a unique, rustic venue in the Finger Lakes! The barn is made of whitewashed wood, with high ceilings, and exposed beams. It’s an elegant and charming design that gives you the perfect canvas to decorate with lights, florals, and greenery. Outside, you’ll find jaw dropping views of the countryside- my personal favorite view of all the venues! You can see rolling hills, grassy meadows, and beautiful panoramic scenery for miles.
Couples can get married outside to take advantage of the scenery, or host everything within the barn. Recommended maximum capacity is 150.
Crispin Hill – Wedding Venue in Penn Yan, NY
One of the best barn venues in the Finger Lakes is Crispin Hill. The wedding venue offers a few different spaces- the barn, a farmhouse, a stone patio, and ceremony site.
The farmhouse is great to get ready on-site and provides a place for you to stay. The ceremony site provides a perfect view overlooking Keuka Lake. The patio comes tented and adorned with greenery for your guests to sit and enjoy dinner. The 100 year old barn has retained its unique, timeless feel and is great for dancing the night away.
Best Inn Wedding Venues in the Finger Lakes
An inn is a convenient, romantic place for a wedding- you get a place to stay and somewhere to spend your honeymoon! The countryside of the Finger Lakes offers tons of cozy inns and B&Bs. Here are a few of the best inn wedding venues.
Mirbeau Inn & Spa – Wedding Venue in Skaneateles, NY
For a relaxing, all-in-one wedding venue in the Finger Lakes, look no further than the Mirbeau Inn & Spa! This gorgeous retreat includes a French manor house, a spa, upscale dining options, and 34 guest rooms. Located just minutes from the quaint Village of Skaneateles and the picturesque shore of Skaneateles Lake.
Having your wedding at Mirbeau means you can say your vows on the gorgeous lawn that overlooks the Monet-inspired gardens. You’ll have a place to stay, a place to say ‘I do’, and a place to celebrate it all. After you’re done dancing the night away with your guests, stay a little longer to enjoy the relaxing spa retreat!
This venue is perfect for couples planning a smaller celebration. They have offerings ranging from elopement packages, to weddings of up to 80 people.
Fontainebleau Inn – Wedding Venue in Alpine, NY
The romantic Fontainebleau Inn feels far away from it all. Tucked into the countryside of the Finger Lakes, the estate provides a private wedding venue overlooking Cayuta Lake. The Inn is charming and stately- wooden beams, big fireplaces, and classic furniture.
There are several rooms for the two of you to get ready in, and a few different options for your ceremony location. You can get married by the lake, on the stone patio, or a short walk away to their chapel. Receptions take place in the banquet room, and sprawl out onto the patio.
John Joseph Inn – Wedding Venue in Groton, NY
An adorable B&B in the heart of the Finger Lakes, the John Joseph Inn is an incredible wedding venue. With luxurious accommodations, manicured gardens, and mouth-watering food, you and your guests will enjoy every moment here.
The JJI gives you a relaxing, charming place to stay before and after you host your big day. Featuring rolling hills and beautiful views all around you. It’s perfect for small, intimate weddings, or big events- with a capacity of up to 300!
The Lake House on Canandaigua – Wedding Venue in Canandaigua, NY
The best Finger Lakes wedding venue for couples who want guest accommodations is the Lake House on Canandaigua! The resort has received many accolades so you and your guests will have an experience like no other. Accommodations, amenities, and incredible lakefront views make this venue a standout.
Ceremonies take place on the lawn in front of the lake. For the reception, the Event Barn is a modern space decorated with wood (but more contemporary than a classic rustic barn venue.) This venue can host up to 250 people.
Hobbit Hollow House – Wedding Venue in Skaneateles, NY
This gorgeous old farmhouse offers stunning views of the rolling meadows, vineyards, and the scenic waterfront of Skaneateles Lake! It’s one of the best wedding venues in the Finger Lakes for outdoor scenery, and it perfectly combines charm with the elegance of the estate.
Booking your wedding at the Hobbit Hollow House comes with many great features. You’ll have a place to stay and get ready in the farmhouse. You also get a beautiful outdoor location for your ceremony in front of the garden. And lastly, a great lawn where you can set up a tent for your reception!
Best Banquet Hall Wedding Venues in the Finger Lakes
A banquet hall is a space designed to host celebrations- so they definitely make a great place to have a wedding! Here are a few of the best banquet hall wedding venues in the Finger Lakes.
Sinclair of Skaneateles – Wedding Venue in Skaneateles, NY
The Sinclair is an elegant, upscale Finger Lakes wedding venue, and a stunning place to host your day! The building used to be a historic chair factory. Since then, they have renovated it into a venue that honors both the history and beauty of the original building.
The Sinclair of Skaneateles has a third story loft, convenient and perfect for the wedding party to get ready. The ceremony can either be outdoors by Skaneateles Creek, or inside in front of a large stone fireplace. The venue is decorated with chandeliers, vintage stone walls, white washed flooring, and oversized windows to let in plenty of natural light. Outdoors, you’ll find a patio by the creek, complete with a fireplace to cozy up and end the evening. The space is so versatile- perfect for any wedding day! And if you like good food- look no further. Sinclair has partnered with the local favorite Rosalie’s Cucina so you and your guests will be served nothing but the best food!
With a capacity of up to 200 guests, the Sinclair is great for medium-to-big wedding celebrations.
The Lodge Skaneateles – Wedding Venue in Skaneateles, NY
The Lodge is one of the best Finger Lakes wedding venues for couples looking for a modern, all-inclusive venue. With a planner and a chef who will work with you to create a custom menu for your day, and fun add-ons like a cheese wheel, donut bar, and liquid nitro ice cream… it’s truly a one of a kind experience!
Indoors, you’ll find floor to ceiling windows, cozy fireplaces, and elegant touches. Head outside to a lush forest and picturesque pond where you can take photos. The venue can accommodate up to 350 guests, so it’s perfect for any wedding!
Best Country Club Wedding Venues in the Finger Lakes
Country clubs offer spacious venues and scenic views- and in the countryside of the Finger Lakes, you’ll find plenty of these venues! Here are a few ideas for country club venues.
Skaneateles Country Club – Wedding Venue in Skaneateles, NY
The Skaneateles Country Club sits right on the shore of Skaneateles Lake, in the heart of the Finger Lakes. It’s a beautiful wedding venue, with waterfront views and a scenic golf course! You can tie the knot outdoors before moving the reception into one of the banquet rooms, many of which feature large windows with views of the lake.
Canandaigua Country Club – Wedding Venue in Canandaigua, NY
This private golf course is located on Canandaigua Lake, and is another incredible Finger Lakes wedding venue for waterfront views! Have your ceremony on the patio by the lake, and your reception in their newly renovated pavillion, for all-day waterfront views and some of the most breathtaking sunsets. The Canandaigua Country Club is the perfect place to start your forever!
This venue can accommodate up to 200 guests.
Finding the Best Finger Lakes Wedding Venues
Remember- this is your day, and your story is unlike any other couple’s! So your wedding venue should be a reflection of the two of you! 🙂 After you’ve found the perfect venue, the next step is to find the right photographer to document it all.
You don’t have to look far! If you’re planning a wedding in the Finger Lakes, contact me – let’s get to know each other, and see how we can make your dream wedding day come to life!
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