Set on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, Rochester is an excellent place to live, play, and hold a wedding. Ceremonies can be held in a historic neo-Gothic chapel or in a dramatic ruined church that has been converted into a park, and reception options range from traditionally elegant ballrooms to modern loft-style spaces. Of course, there are plenty of venues that can accommodate both parts of your special day, including elegant country clubs, rustic lodges, and a glass-walled atrium. Rochester has the perfect venue for you no matter what sort of wedding you've been dreaming of, and here are the 25 best.
1.The Penthouse at One East Avenue
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Boasting one of the best views in downtown Rochester, the Penthouse at One East Avenue is a private rooftop event venue with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over Lake Ontario and the city skyline. It can accommodate up to 125 seated guests with a dance floor and 144 without, and the space is reserved exclusively for your guests on the day of the celebration. Everything you need to pull off the perfect wedding can be arranged through the venue, including catering, entertainment, and bar service, and couples are free to decorate the space however they like as long as they respect the venue's guidelines.
1 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14604, Phone: 585-775-2013
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Constructed in 1890 and now used solely for wedding ceremonies, Chapel Hill is a gorgeous neo-Gothic chapel that invites couples to say their vows in a traditional church space without any religious affiliations. The rental fee allows use of the space for three hours on the day of the wedding, and it also includes a convenient one-hour rehearsal time. A wedding coordinator will be present to ensure both events run smoothly. Dressing rooms are available for both the bride and groom, and the chapel offers an organ and keyboard that can be used to play music during the ceremony.
8 Prince Street Rochester, NY 14607, Phone: 585-739-9596
3.Daisy Flour Mill (Gatherings Catering)
The historic Daisy Flour Mill is the only remaining mill on the Irondequiot Creek, and it's now a beautiful event space owned and operated by Gatherings Catering. All wedding packages include an open bar, hand-passed hors d'oeuvres, and your choice of buffet or plated dinner, and optional add-ons include dinner wine and a pastry table with a coffee station. The space can accommodate between 40 and 175 people, but if you're planning a wedding of a different size, you can still take advantage of the company's spectacular catering services by booking your reception at one of their partner locations.
1880 Blossom Rd, Rochester, NY 14625, Phone: 585-381-0180
4.Diplomat Banquet Center
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Boasting an excellent location only ten minutes away from the airport, the Diplomat Banquet Center is a full-service event venue that prides itself on making it as easy as possible for couples to plan their special day. All packages include linens, cake cutting, and food and beverage service, and the most elaborate package also includes floral centerpieces, a champagne fountain, and a four-hour open bar. There are five event spaces to choose from depending on the size of your gathering, but the most popular is the stunning Grand Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 320 people seated banquet-style.
1956 Lyell Ave, Rochester, NY 14606, Phone: 585-647-1566
5.Durand Eastman Clubhouse
Operated by the Monroe County Parks Department, the Durand Eastman Clubhouse can be found on a beautiful golf course approximately seven miles away from Rochester's downtown core. The space can accommodate a maximum of 184 seated guests, and it comes with tables and chairs, a full bar, and a wheeled beer kegerator. Additional amenities include a dressing room for the bride and a full kitchen. Between the beginning of May and the end of October, renters will also have access to the clubhouse's lovely outdoor patio, which comes furnished with tables, chairs, and a white tent. Outside vendors are welcome.
1200 Kings Hwy N, Rochester, NY 14622, Phone: 585-753-7277
6.Edward Harris House Inn & Cottages
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A charming bed and breakfast located inside a beautifully restored home dating back to 1896, the Edward Harris House Inn & Cottages is the perfect venue for couples planning romantic elopements with six or fewer guests. Options range from simple hour-long ceremonies to luxurious three-day getaways in one of the inn's romantic suites, but all packages include an elegant Italian wedding cake, the services of a wedding officiant, and a bouquet of seasonal flowers for the bride. The inn can also provide additional special touches like hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, flowers for the mother of the bride, and in-room massages for the newlyweds.
35 Argyle St, Rochester, NY 14607, Phone: 585-473-9752
7.Harro East Ballroom
Conveniently located right downtown, the Harro East Ballroom is a breathtaking Georgian-style space that dates back to the 1930s. The magnificent 15,000-square-foot ballroom features soaring 30-foot ceilings, a large balcony, exquisite brass chandeliers, and palladian windows, and it also offers a theater-style stage perfect for a DJ or even a live band. Dinner can be served plated, buffet-style, or from stations, and vegan and gluten-free options are available for guests with dietary restrictions. A delicious late-night buffet spread is available for an additional fee, and an open or cash bar can be arranged as well.
155 N Chestnut St, Rochester, NY 14604, Phone: 585-454-0230
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8.Historic German House
A unique venue with a rich history stretching back to the early 1900s, the Historic German House is managed by Agathi & Coo. a boutique company that prides itself on being on the cutting edge of the wedding industry. The company's wedding planners are available to help couples plan and coordinate every single aspect of their special day, and a small selection of event rentals are available through the company, including gold Chiavari chairs and a trendy donut wall. The space itself can be used for both ceremonies and receptions, and it can hold up to 180 guests for a seated reception.
315 Gregory St, Rochester, NY 14620, Phone: 585-270-1240
9.Irondequoit Country Club
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Set on a picturesque 130-acre property with an 18-hole golf course, the Irondequoit Country Club is an elegant venue for both ceremonies and receptions. Outdoor ceremonies can be held by the pool with the rolling green hills of the golf course in the background, and there is also a cozy living room for couples who would rather have their ceremony indoors. Couples can then have their reception in the 250-person ballroom. A dance floor is available at no extra charge, and if needed, the venue can also provide valet parking and a set up and tear down service.
4045 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14618, Phone: 585-586-5880
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10.Max of Eastman Place
An upscale fine dining restaurant specializing in American cuisine, Max of Eastman Place can be found right across the street from the Eastman Theater. The restaurant is decorated with an incredible collection of art from the Elizabeth Gallery, and there are several event spaces to choose from, including an intimate private dining room and an airy five-story atrium. Food and beverage packages must be arranged through the restaurant, but couples are welcome to bring in their wedding cake from a licensed bakery. Enough linens and dishes are provided for up to 200 people, and the venue will help arrange additional rentals if needed.
25 Gibbs St, Rochester, NY 14604, Phone: 585-697-0491
Found in the gorgeous Highland Botanical Park, Olmsted Lodge is a rustic event hall with arched ceilings, a hardwood floor, and a large stone fireplace. The space is best for smaller weddings with fewer than 100 guests, and the staff will set up the tables and chairs in any configuration you like. Ceremonies can be held on the lodge's deck, but couples can also use the lodge for just their reception and rent the park's plant-filled conservatory or beautiful Lilac Arches for their ceremony. Outside vendors are permitted, and there is a convenient full kitchen for caterers to use as needed.
171 Reservoir Ave Rochester, NY 14620, Phone: 585-303-4959
Perfect for couples who want their wedding to have an elegant, historic ambiance, the Perkins Mansion dates back to 1906 when it was constructed as a wedding gift for its original owners. Highlights of the space include a Grand Hall with a mahogany staircase, sparkling crystal chandeliers, and handwoven oriental rugs. In-house event planning services are offered to help couples ensure that every detail is flawless, and when it comes to entertainment, the space is equipped with a modern audio system that can be hooked up to your phone. There is also a magnificent Steinway piano available for rent.
494 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607, Phone: 585-244-8890
13.Ridgemont Country Club
Nestled on a scenic property just outside Rochester, the Ridgemont Country Club boasts an elegant ballroom, a two-tiered patio that can be used for outdoor weddings, and beautifully manicured grounds that provide the perfect photo backdrop. All wedding packages include an open bar, a buffet, plated, or family-style dinner, hand-passed hors d'oeuvres, and a champagne toast for all your guests, and special touches like a late night taco bar, a tableside wine service, and a decadent sweets station are available for an additional fee. Professional event coordination services are offered free of charge, and all linens, tables, chairs, and dishes are provided.
3717 W Ridge Rd, Rochester, NY 14626, Phone: 585-225-7650
14.River's Edge Party House
Ideally suited to wedding receptions, the River's Edge Party House is a traditional banquet hall that offers buffet packages to suit a wide range of budgets. The most basic package includes two mains and three sides, but optional upgrades include cheese and veggie platters, hors d'oeuvres, and a decadent dessert table. Simple linens and chair covers are provided free of charge, as is a cake cutting service. The standard bar package includes house brand liquors, wine, and bottled beers, but couples can also choose to upgrade to premium liquors or to add a champagne or mimosa punch.
31 Paul Rd, Rochester, NY 14624, Phone: 585-766-1435
15.Rochester Airport Marriott
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With its seven luxurious event spaces and its talented team of wedding planners, the Rochester Airport Marriott is an excellent choice for anyone who wants an elegant but hassle-free wedding. All wedding packages include linens, a wooden dance floor, a cake cutting service, and a buffet or plated dinner designed to suit the couple's unique tastes. The newlyweds will receive a complimentary hotel room the night of their celebration, and plenty of hotel rooms are available for out-of-town guests as well. As a bonus, everyone staying at the hotel will be able to take advantage of its free airport shuttle service.
1890 W Ridge Rd, Rochester, NY 14615, Phone: 585-225-6880
One of the more unique wedding venues in the city, the Rochester Brainery is a community event space that was created to host classes on everything from commercial acting to making pasta by hand. When classes aren't in session, it's an excellent venue for small weddings of up to 60 people. Outside caterers are welcome, and the venue offers a small selection of event services, including invitation design and photography. For a truly special touch, couples can also incorporate one of the venue's classes into their event and have their guests bond through learning a fun new skill.
F109, 176 Anderson Ave, Rochester, NY 14607, Phone: 585-730-7034
17.Rochester Main Street Armory
Although it was primarily built to train soldiers bound for war, the Rochester Main Street Armory has also been hosting circuses, concerts, and other special events since it was built in 1905. The venue can host celebrations of almost any size, and there are multiple event spaces to choose from, including several elegant banquet rooms decorated with elaborate woodwork and a vast arena with wooden floors and tiered balcony seating that can accommodate more than 1000 people. State-of-the-art lighting and sound systems are available, and there is also a full kitchen that can be used for catering.
900 E Main St, Rochester, NY 14605, Phone: 585-232-3221
18.Rochester Riverside Hotel
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Sitting right in the heart of downtown next to the Genesee River, the Rochester Riverside Hotel boasts more than 30,000 square feet of event space, including two elegant ballrooms overlooking the water. Wedding parties will have access to the space for a full six hours, and in addition to the reception dinner, all wedding packages include a cocktail hour, a champagne toast, and a three- or four-hour open bar. A dedicated wedding specialist will be available to ensure the reception goes smoothly. Complimentary overnight accommodation is available for the newlyweds, and guests are eligible for a discounted room rate.
120 E Main St, Rochester, NY 14604, Phone: 585-546-6400
19.St. Joseph's Park
Found inside the ruins of the city's oldest Catholic church, which was devastated by a fire in the 1970s, St. Joseph's Park is a unique location for a romantic outdoor wedding ceremony. The space can accommodate up to 125 seated guests, and it features stunning stone arches and striking iron fences that managed to survive the fire. Chairs are available through the venue if needed, and security staff and the services of a wedding coordinator are included in the rental fee. Couples can also book the space for a private photo shoot in two-hour increments.
118 Pleasant St, Rochester, NY 14604, Phone: 585-546-7029
Situated in the historic St. Paul Quarter, Studio 180 is a contemporary loft-style space with polished hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, and elegant vaulted ceilings. The space is perfect for medium-sized weddings of just over 100 seated guests, but it can also accommodate cocktail-style events with up to 160 attendees. As a full-service wedding venue, Studio 180 is partnered with some of the best catering companies in the city, all of whom offer spectacular customized dinner menus. Couples will also be given the option to have a fun mimosa bar with a variety of juices and fresh fruits.
180 St Paul St, Rochester, NY 14604, Phone: 585-259-8945
21.The Arbor Loft
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A chic downtown event space with large windows that look out over the East End, the Arbor Loft is a beautiful, versatile space decorated with chandeliers and rustic exposed beams. The venue can hold up to 300 seated guests, but for smaller events, the room's uncommon L-shape makes it easy to divide the space up and use different areas for the ceremony and reception. Basics like tables, chairs, and linens, are provided free of charge, and extras like a copper arbor and a donut wall can be arranged for an additional fee. A complimentary set up and tear down service is provided.
17 Pitkin St, Rochester, NY 14607, Phone: 585-454-9917
22.The Ellwanger Estate
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Only two miles away from downtown Rochester, the Ellwanger Estate is a luxurious bed and breakfast that specializes in romantic elopements with up to 8 guests. Couples have the option of simply renting the space and bringing all their food, flowers, and decor, but they can also book the venue's convenient elopement package, which includes a bridal bouquet, a custom cake, and a wedding officiant. Outdoor celebrations can be held on the beautiful veranda overlooking the estate's manicured front lawn, but there is also a cozy indoor space inside the inn. Couples are also welcome to use the grounds for their wedding photos.
625 Mt Hope Ave, Rochester, NY 14620, Phone: 585-314-1793
23.Barnard Restaurant & Party House
Offering three distinct venues to choose from, Barnard Restaurant & Party House is conveniently located on Maiden Lane. The outdoor pavilion can seat up to 300 people, but the most popular wedding venue is the indoor East Room, which features a large dance floor and can accommodate up to 200 seated guests. There is also a smaller 60-person room for more intimate events. All wedding packages include tables, chairs, linens, a three-hour open bar, and buffet-style catering done by the venue. There is also a chocolate fountain available to rent for couples who want an extra-special touch.
360 Maiden Ln, Rochester, NY 14616, Phone: 585-663-1250
24.The Wintergarden by Monroe's
The Wintergarden by Monroe's is housed inside the Legacy Tower, and its glass walls offer unparalleled views of the sunset and the city lights. The venue prides itself on its lavish wedding packages, which include a sparkling wine toast and a specialty coffee bar as well as delectable dinner options like lobster mac and cheese and walnut-crusted chicken. All packages also include an open bar, one of Monroe's signature cocktails, and dinner wine. The space has room for up to 450 guests, and the space can also be booked for engagement parties and other wedding-related events.
1 Bausch and Lomb Pl, Rochester, NY 14604, Phone: 585-481-8205
Named after the city's former mayor, the Wilder Room has been an exclusive gathering spot for the Rochester elite since it was constructed in 1911. The glamorous grand ballroom still features the chandeliers that were hung there at the turn of the century, and it's because of its age, it has recently been renovated and restored to its original charming state. Food is provided exclusively through a local catering company known for its incredible quality and attention to detail, and tables, chairs, linens, and dishes are included in the rental fee. The venue will also provide table and chair set up and decor assistance.
120 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14604, Phone: 585-250-0785
25 Best Wedding Venues in Rochester, NY
- The Penthouse at One East Avenue, Photo: Africa Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Chapel Hill, Photo: Yevhenii Kukulka/stock.adobe.com
- Daisy Flour Mill (Gatherings Catering), Photo: Kateryna/stock.adobe.com
- Diplomat Banquet Center, Photo: Diplomat Banquet Center
- Durand Eastman Clubhouse, Photo: IVASHstudio/stock.adobe.com
- Edward Harris House Inn & Cottages, Photo: Edward Harris House Inn & Cottages
- Harro East Ballroom, Photo: Stanislav/stock.adobe.com
- Historic German House, Photo: suwanphoto/stock.adobe.com
- Irondequoit Country Club, Photo: Irondequoit Country Club
- Max of Eastman Place, Photo: trofalena/stock.adobe.com
- Olmsted Lodge, Photo: monoliza/stock.adobe.com
- Perkins Mansion, Photo: chen/stock.adobe.com
- Ridgemont Country Club, Photo: trofalena/stock.adobe.com
- River's Edge Party House, Photo: nagaets/stock.adobe.com
- Rochester Airport Marriott, Photo: Rochester Airport Marriott
- Rochester Brainery, Photo: melnikofd/stock.adobe.com
- Rochester Main Street Armory, Photo: Ekaterina/stock.adobe.com
- Rochester Riverside Hotel, Photo: Rochester Riverside Hotel
- St. Joseph's Park, Photo: belyjmishka/stock.adobe.com
- Studio 180, Photo: Ivan/stock.adobe.com
- The Arbor Loft, Photo: The Arbor Loft
- The Ellwanger Estate, Photo: The Ellwanger Estate
- Barnard Restaurant & Party House, Photo: janifest/stock.adobe.com
- The Wintergarden by Monroe's, Photo: Halfpoint/stock.adobe.com
- Wilder Room, Photo: Mihailo/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Ann/stock.adobe.com