As a wedding planner, it’s so important for me to keep up with wedding venues. New venues open, some venues close or change ownership. So last year I spent hours researching the top venues and you all LOVED it. It was by far my most popular and most helpful post of 2019 and I’m back with a new list for 2020 with all-new venues!
Today’s post features some amazing wedding venues – many of which are new – to get married in Upstate NY. From modern barns to industrial warehouses, to the historic estates, there’s something in here for everyone! And now, on to the venues (in no order because they’re all so amazing!).
This venue is absolutely gorgeous. If I were to host a wedding in a barn, this is THE barn I would choose. The dramatic black walls, from which the venue derives its name, are stunning and make it unique amongst all the barns in New York. In fact, owner Lisa Shaul and her family spent three years bringing this wedding venue to life to offer couples what they call the “ballroom of barns.” Their dedication and hard work show through in all the details and amenities the complex offers.
The Maples Estate specializes in unique multi-day celebrations as a three-day rental is standard across packages. Accommodations for up to 20 guests on-site are also included. This allows couples to host their rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, and day-after brunch for a seamless wedding weekend. The property also includes a picturesque pond, tree grove, multi-tiered barn complex, sprawling lawns, in-ground swimming pool, and comfortable gathering spaces.
Photography by Nicole Nero Studio, courtesy of The Maples Estate.
Hasbrouck House is a boutique luxury hotel tucked away on 50 beautiful acres in the hamlet of Stone Ridge. Built in 1757, but fully renovated and restored with modern amenities, the hotel has 17 guest suites, along with a private two-story cottage spread throughout the four buildings on the property. One of the aspects I love about this property is they only host 1-2 weddings per month (like me!) so they’re able to fully focus on your event. The restaurant closes for the day, so the whole property is completely focused on you and your guests. That sounds like a win for everyone!
Hutton Brickyards is an event-ready, industrial-chic, large-format venue that marries historic structures with the natural beauty of the Hudson River. Just under a 2-hour drive from New York City, from 1865 to 1980, the venue was the site of a longtime brick manufacturing facility that crushed the bricks used to build New York City and the region. My favorite parts of this wedding venue are the variety of spaces and *covered* pavilions that will give your guests a truly unique experience that’s also protected from the elements. You can even opt to go glamping!
Foxfire Mountain House describes itself as “bohemian and relaxed, like your globe-trotting uncle’s country estate.” It’s located in the Catskills and sits on ten private acres with a pond, lily pool, bonfire pits, and a rustic outdoor pavilion for nights under the stars. The 100-year-old inn on site includes 11 guest rooms, perfect for your closest friends and family. One of my favorite details about this property is the covered porch. It’s so nice to have a built-in outdoor option that doesn’t require a back-up weather plan!
The Lincoln Loft and Studio can accommodate over 200 seated guests. With 4,362 square feet of newly renovated space, you’ll have a variety of options for your floorplan. What I love most about this space, other than it’s brand new, is that the blank canvas affords you the ability to truly make it your own. Ultimately, the abundance of natural light will score you major points with your photographer, too! Check back for more photos when the space is finished!
Newly opened in 2019, the Jackrabbit Club offers hosts 7,000 square feet of flexible, airy space. Catered by one of Rochester’s top restaurants, Good Luck, Jackrabbit Club provides a neutral color palette of creams and black and 2 custom bars built into the space. Tables, chairs, glassware, and service ware are already included, too. But, my favorite feature? The beautiful open chef’s kitchen that allows guests to watch the food as it’s prepared.
Located in Rochester, this industrial venue sits on the edge of the historic NOTA district. A former shipping warehouse, it’s open and modern, with lots of light. My favorite features are the industrial beams that allow for so many opportunities to hang from above, the gorgeous built-in bar, and blank walls everywhere so we can truly customize the space to your liking.
New York has so many venue options for your upstate destination wedding. From the city, to the countryside, you can find it all in New York. And while this list isn’t all-encompassing (there are so many venues!) this can help you narrow down your search. And to make things even easier, I have created my Upstate New York Wedding Venue Resource Guide. It contains almost 100 venues that call the Empire State their home – complete with capacities! This spreadsheet will show you the best venues, and will make picking your venue so much easier! I’d love to work with you at any one of these venues, so don’t be a stranger and reach out!
In conclusion, my top Catskills and Adirondack wedding venues for 2020 are The Sablewood, The Maples Estate, Hasbrouck House, Hutton Brickyards and, Foxfire Mountain House. And for those getting married in Upstate New York, the newest and most awesome venues are: the Lincoln Loft and Studio, the Jackrabbit Club, and Kin Event Space. And don’t forget to get The 2020 Upstate New York Wedding Venue Resource Guide!