Upstate New York, no matter what time of year, has plenty to offer to couples seeking an unforgettable wedding ceremony and celebration. In the spring, there are countless flowers blooming and buds on trees, while the summer provides gorgeous weather. Fall weddings in the region are backdropped by vibrant leaves changing colors, while winter weddings offer a pristine landscape often covered in crisp snow. Albany is easy to access by both car and airplane, making it ideal for destination weddings for couples both in New York state and across the nation. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.90 State Events
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Being conveniently located in downtown Albany makes it easy for guests and family members to get to 90 State Events for any sized wedding. There are a variety of packages that couples can choose from, ranging from the simple to the lavish, each with its own perks and guest count limits. No matter what package couples choose, however, they will enjoy an attentive staff whose entire goal is to ensure that the wedding goes smoothly. 90 State Events can host weddings with up to 250 guests, and although the building is steeped in history, the amenities are updated for modern tastes and needs.
90 State St, Albany, NY 12207, Phone: 518-688-2123
2.Albany Country Club
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The Albany Country Club is more than just a place from which to start a day of excellent golf. In addition to their golf course managing expertise they excel in hosting weddings thanks to their professional staff, gorgeous landscaping, and diverse packages for couples to choose from. The Albany Country Club ballroom is nothing short of majestic, which makes it ideal for receptions, after parties, and even rehearsal dinners if the couples desires. There is onsite catering with an extensive menu to choose from, parking is never an issue, and decorations can be specialized to the whim of the couple.
300 Wormer Rd, Voorheesville, NY 12186, Phone: 518-765-2851
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For larger weddings with a high number of guests attending from out of town, the Albany Marriott is a great choice because of its huge event rooms, onsite guest accommodations, and ample parking. In total there is over 28,000 square feet of event space available for wedding rental, this is divided into 19 different rooms, and the largest of these rooms is the Grand Ballroom which can hold 1,400 guests at one time. In addition to plenty of space, the Albany Marriott offers extensive catering options that are prepared onsite by professional chefs, ensuring that the food is fresh and without error.
189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12205, Phone: 518-458-8444
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Originally built in 1894, the Altamont Manor is a Victorian manor that has since been restored to its former glory. There are a collection of locations for couples to choose from for their special ceremony, and the most popular is the private formal gardens that are nicely tucked away from the public. There is an airy dining room with floor to ceiling windows that allows guests to enjoy sweeping panoramic views, a massive wrap around porch, and plenty of space for the wedding party to get ready in peace and quiet. Given that Altamont Manor has been hosting wedding for over two decades they have become experts at ensuring every special day is one of a kind.
221 Main St, Altamont, NY 12009, Phone: 518-861-8176
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Being located near to the Watervliet Reservoir helps ensure that there are ample photo opportunities both on the Appel Inn property, as well as within short driving distance as well. The Appel Inn itself is nestled into 36 acres of surrounding landscape that includes a babbling creek, a small assortment of vintage restored barns, and the historically preserved 250 year old tavern. The tavern, which was originally built by Hendrick Appel, is the highlight of the property and is able to handle weddings with up to 150 guests. Whether couples seek a casual wedding barbeque or a formal black tie event, the Appel Inn staff can shift to fit any needs.
590 NY-146, Altamont, NY 12009, Phone: 518-861-6557
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6.Birch Hill Estate
Couples seeking a venue with a large variety of spaces and diverse features won’t be disappointed when choosing the Birch Hill Estate property for their wedding. There are many different and unique spaces for couples to choose from, both indoors and out. The Columbia Ballroom will mesmerize guests with its champagne tented ceiling while they dance the night away, while the Conservatory Ballroom is filled with warm light and offers panoramic views of the nearby evergreen trees. There are different pavilions to choose from as well, of varying sizes, to suit whatever the marrying couple desires.
One Celebration Waym, Castleton-on-Hudson, NY 12033, Phone: 518-732-4444
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7.Cornerstone at the Plaza
For weddings of up to 150 guests, Cornerstone at the Plaza is a unique choice with its stunning views of downtown Albany and the Empire State Plaza. Being set in downtown Albany makes it easy for guests to navigate their way to a wedding held here, and a parking garage in conjunction with free street parking during weekends and evenings make commuting to the big event a breeze. There is an onsite culinary staff to cater the meals, and an onsite management coordinator to ensure that weddings at Cornerstone at the Plaza go smoothly and with as little stress as is possible.
S Mall Arterial, Albany, NY 12210, Phone: 518-688-2134
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What originally started as an amusement park and resort in the early 1900s has since transformed into a family owned wedding venue on the lake. Crystal Cove has been family owned for over 90 years, and during this time they have become very experienced at ensuring big events and weddings go off without a hitch. There is an onsite chef who will help plan and prepare whatever menu selections the couple desires, and the banquet manager is always standing nearby to smooth out any kinks. Crystal Cove weddings offer a gorgeous backdrop of Crystal Lake for photos, ceremonies, and celebration.
38 Old Route 66, Averill Park, NY 12018, Phone: 518-674-0703
9.Events at the Loft
Events at the Loft is a smaller venue that caters to smaller weddings by offering an intimate space for couples and their guests to celebrate their special day together. The standard decor at Events at the Loft is a fluid combination of vintage and modern, interspersed with flair that is special to this venue. Events at the Loft is happy to assist with photographers by providing recommendations and inhouse staff, event designers by providing planning assistance, catering options, and even in house DJs are available. Because so much is offered onsite it makes planning a wedding here easy and stress free.
248 Sherman St, Albany NY 12206, Phone: 518-506-2674
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Weddings at this historic mansion are limited to 50 guests, which makes it perfect for small and elegant weddings seeking class and sophistication. There is a beautiful grand staircase that the bride can descend to enter the ceremony, and conformation of the nuptials can happen either at the bottom of the staircase or on a nearby outside patio. Appetizers can be served either indoor or outdoors, depending on guest desires, and there are plenty of opportune locations for photos in the many decorated rooms and gardens. What the Holroyd Mansion lacks in size it makes up for in charm.
182 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210, Phone: 518-496-0444
11.Levels Banquet Hall
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Planning the perfect wedding at Levels Banquet Hall is easy thanks to their standard package system and selection of add ons available if couples desire. There are three distinct event spaces to choose from, each of which can be custom tailored to meet the needs and whims of the betrothed couple. The standard package includes catering, photography, a DJ, tables and chairs, as well as basic linens. If couples are seeking something more special, they can add on a custom ice sculpture, professional valet parking, limousine service, and even a chocolate fountain and custom table centerpieces.
69 N Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12207, Phone: 518-779-1204
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12.Normanside Country Club
The Normanside Country Club is capable of hosting weddings for both golf lovers and non golf lovers alike. Whether couples seek to host their wedding at this stunning venue because they are fans of the sport or are simply seeking a picturesque location to celebrate their big day, Normanside Country Club can customize their experience accordingly. Everything from complimentary golf sessions to use of the golf course for wedding photos is possible. This venue offers wedding cake and cupcake options through their partner vendor, and their professional staff is perfect for ensuring the big day runs smoothly.
150 Salisbury Rd, Delmar, NY 12054, Phone: 518-439-4505
13.Old Daley on Crooked Lake
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Old Daley was founded as a catering company, which ensures that any wedding hosted at their Crooked Lake venue is sure to have delicious food. They have been in the business for over 40 years and have a great reputation with the local community. The Crooked Lake wedding venue by Old Daley comes with a wide assortment of services included. To start off they offer wedding consultation and wedding planning to get the big day in motion. They help design the menu and timeline for the event, offer linens to be used, and are happy to weigh in on decorating ideas. Also, their wedding day coordinator will ensure everything runs smoothly at the beautiful lakeside Crooked Lake.
2339 NY-43, Averill Park, NY 12018, Phone: 518-674-3132
14.Polonaise Ballroom at PCC
The Albany Polish Community Center, or PCC, has been serving the Albany and surround areas for over 80 years with both indoor and outdoor events. The Polonaise Ballroom at PCC is a special event venue space that is used for weddings as well as other large events, and can hold up to 500 guests at one time. The unique floor plan of this space allows for design customization, and their specially crafted cuisine can be catered to fit the needs of specific guests. There are an assortment of packages for couples to choose from based on their budget, specific desires, and wedding size needs.
225 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12205, Phone: 518-456-3995
15.Renaissance Albany Hotel
The Renaissance Albany Hotel is located in downtown Albany, near to East Capitol Park and the Hudson River. Given this wedding venues central location, and the fact that guests can stay overnight in the adjoining hotel, makes this an easy choice for couples planning a wedding with a lot of guests coming from out of town. The largest room for rent, the Grand Ballroom, can hold up to 300 guests at once. There are six rooms in total to choose from, totalling over 8,500 square feet, and onsite skilled planners are available to help customize the spaces to fit the desires of the couple to be married.
144 State Street, Albany, NY 12207, Phone: 518-992-2500
16.Sixty State Place
In 1902, when Sixty State Place was originally built, it was designed and created to be the headquarters of National Commercial Bank and Trust. Since that time, however, it is been converted into an event venue that features luxurious architecture and breathtaking design work. One of the key features that makes Sixty State Place special is the 45 foot ceilings above the main ballroom, a perfect room for dancing and celebrations. In some of the other floors that are plenty of intimate nooks for guests to spent time together, and onsite decorators and planners are more than happy to help design the perfect wedding.
60 State St, Albany, NY 12207, Phone: 518-937-5597
17.Stablegate Barn & Vineyard
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Stablegate Barn & Vineyard is considered to be one of Upstate New York’s most prestigious farm and vineyard venues, and its seamless combination of both historic charm and modern rustic features help define this venue. There are many different locations at which couples can plan their ceremony, it just depends on what level of intimacy and what type of setting they desire. The Stablegate Barn is ideal for rustic events, while the Stablegate Lodge, with its fossil based stone fireplace, is more ideal for chic ceremonies. Tents can be placed on the grounds to host outdoor events, and it is even possible for couples to be married among the grape vines while lit by Edison bulbs.
One Celebration Way, Castleton-on-Hudson, NY 12033, Phone: 518-732-4444
18.The Desmond Hotel Albany
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Located an easy quarter of a mile from the Albany International Airport, close to both premier shopping locations and restaurants alike, The Desmond Hotel in Albany makes combining convenience with elegance easy. Their onsite planners are more than happy to help plan every aspect of the wedding, starting with the rehearsal dinner, stretching through the wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, and even dinner and brunch the following morning. There are overnight rooms available for guests to stay in, and the professional staff will ensure everything runs smoothly. Both indoor and outdoor ceremonies are available at The Desmond Hotel, depending on the preference of the couple.
660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany, NY 12211, Phone: 800-448-3500
19.The State Room
From the moment guests first arrive at a wedding at The State Room they will be greeted by white-gloved servers offering a glass of champagne or other drink. The elegance only continues from here, with beautiful handcrafted centerpieces designed by The State Room florist, a cake designed and made by The State Room affiliate bakers, and even transportation for the special couple in an antique car provided by The State Room. There are many packages available for couples to choose from, depending on if they want to celebrate their big day in the summer or winter, how many guests they would like to attend, and what budget they prefer to abide by.
100 State St, Albany, NY 12207, Phone: 518-432-7773
20.West Albany Italian Benevolent
At the West Albany Italian Benevolent they only host one wedding at a time, meaning that each special day will receive the full attention of the all staff involved. Their expert staff is happy to guide couples through the entire process, including helping with working out the intricacies of coordination to creating a personalized reception that reflects the special couple. There are diverse plans to choose from in planning, but no matter what couples choose, they will receive top notch service provided by the professional staff at West Albany Italian Benevolent.
50 Exchange Street, Albany, NY 12205, Phone: 518-482-4731
20 Best Albany, NY Wedding Venues
- 90 State Events, Photo: 90 State Events
- Albany Country Club, Photo: Albany Country Club
- Albany Marriott, Photo: Albany Marriott
- Altamont Manor, Photo: Melanie/stock.adobe.com
- Appel Inn, Photo: Appel Inn
- Birch Hill Estate, Photo: digidreamgrafix/stock.adobe.com
- Cornerstone at the Plaza, Photo: Viktoria/stock.adobe.com
- Crystal Cove, Photo: Joaquin Corbalan/stock.adobe.com
- Events at the Loft, Photo: Parilov/stock.adobe.com
- Holroyd Mansion, Photo: Halfpoint/stock.adobe.com
- Levels Banquet Hall, Photo: Levels Banquet Hall
- Normanside Country Club, Photo: Lvnel/stock.adobe.com
- Old Daley on Crooked Lake, Photo: Nicky Jacobs/stock.adobe.com
- Polonaise Ballroom at PCC, Photo: Parilov/stock.adobe.com
- Renaissance Albany Hotel, Photo: andriychuk/stock.adobe.com
- Sixty State Place, Photo: ver0nicka/stock.adobe.com
- Stablegate Barn & Vineyard, Photo: Stablegate Barn & Vineyard
- The Desmond Hotel Albany, Photo: Gina Smith/stock.adobe.com
- The State Room, Photo: dron285/stock.adobe.com
- West Albany Italian Benevolent, Photo: Brian/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Andrey Ivanov/stock.adobe.com
Attraction Spotlight: New York State Museum
The New York State Museum is a research-backed institution and center of art, history, and science that is dedicated to exploring the natural history of the state. Located at the southern end of the architecturally striking Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza in Albany, the Museum boasts 100,000 square feet of exhibition space and features a wealth of both long-term and rotating exhibitions throughout the year. The Museum is also home to several of the nation’s leading scientists, including the founders of American botany, ethnology, paleontology, and mycology and its collections include more than 16 million scientific specimens and over one million cultural objects. The Museum also offers a variety of educational and community-based programs for all ages.
The mission of the New York State Museum is to meet the educational needs of the community by exploring New York State’s significant natural and cultural diversity through an array of collections, exhibitions, educational programs, scholarship, and publications in anthropology, art, history and science.
Established in 1836 as the New York State Geological and Natural History Survey by Governor William Marcy, the New York State Museum is the oldest and largest state museum in the country. It was renamed the New York State Museum of Natural History in 1870 and was located in the State Education Building from 1912 until 1976 when it moved to the Cultural Education Center on the completion of the Empire State Plaza. The Museum was opened in July 1976 to a crowd of 15,000 people at an opening ceremony where Don McLean performed. The Museum underwent a major renovation in 2015 and currently boasts ten floors with more than 35,000 square feet of modern exhibition space. The New York State Museum also houses the New York State Library and the New York State Archives.
Permanent exhibits at the New York State Museum include ‘The Adirondack Wilderness’ – an exhibit that explores the geology, and prehistoric vegetation and wildlife of the Adirondacks and the impact environmental activities such as mining and logging had in the area.
‘Ancient Life of New York’ features a paleontological collection of fossils that takes the viewer through a billion years of the Earth’s history and includes fossilized tree stumps, spiders, and blue-green bacteria.
‘Birds of New York’ showcases over 170 native bird species from New York in their natural settings and the ‘Black Capital: Harlem in the 20s’ highlights the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s through an exhibit of the art and culture.
Located on the museum’s fourth floor, ‘Carousel’ features a full-sized carousel made in the early 1900s and which remained in use until 1970. The carousel is now fully operational with free rides offered to visitors throughout the day.
‘Cohoes Mastodon’ presents the skeletal remains of a mastodon that was found and excavated in Cohoes, New York in 1866, along with a display stand and hands-on learning tools, and the ‘Fire Engine Hall’ shows a range of traditional fire-fighting vehicles dating back to the 19th century.
‘Metropolis Hall’ showcases the history of New York City and includes replicas of a Little Italy barbershop, a Chinatown herbalist, and a complete New York City Subway, and ‘Minerals of New York’ is made up of geological displays from the Museum's mineral collection.
‘Native Peoples of New York’ focuses on the prehistoric and historic cultural development of New York State dating back to the Paleoindian period (c. 10,000 BCE) and includes a variety of ancient artifacts and objects, such as stone tools, pottery, and Iroquoian longhouse.
Located on the fourth floor, ‘Windows on New York’ highlights the history and characteristics of many of New York State's different regions, and ‘The World Trade Center: Rescue, Recovery, Response’ tells the story of life-changing September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center with numerous artifacts from the site.
The New York State Museum features an anthropological collection of art and historical materials, paleontology specimens, geological samples, as well as the collections of several well-known anthropologists such as Arthur C. Parker and Lewis H. Morgan.
The New York State Museum offers a range of educational opportunities for visitors of all ages and learning abilities. Museum programming includes group visits, teach workshops, afterschool programs, volunteering and intern programs, and family programs.
The New York State Museum is located at 222 Madison Avenue in New York and is open to the public on Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Discovery Place is a hands-on learning center for young visitors where children are encouraged to explore and learn through interactive play.
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222 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12230, Phone: 518-474-5877
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