One of the very first decisions to make when planning a wedding is where to host the celebration. No matter your vision or budget, there’s a perfect-for-you option out there—and if it’s a blend of rich history, modern features and a can’t-beat location you’re after, downtown’s newest venue may just be it.
Buffalo’s latest historic revival, 500 Pearl is an old-meets-new creation that boasts the best of both. It’s historic 1914 building features stunning architectural elements expertly restored to their former glory. And the brand-new modern development that stands tall behind it brings the real-world conveniences you don’t want to have to comprise on, especially in the heart of the city, like covered on-site parking.
It’s all about details when you’re on the venue hunt, so here’s the dish on weddings at 500 Pearl:
Event spaces with drama and charm
It’s home to seven rooms that provide eight event spaces spanning the size spectrum, including two showstoppers fit for couples looking to make a style statement. The beautifully restored Forbes Theater is a sprawling blank canvas complete with stage, second-floor balcony and adjacent outdoor patio—plus a marquee that can be personalized for the newlyweds. Think classic Buffalo charm with a breath of fresh air.
There’s also the Grand Aeries, situated on the second floor of the historic rehab. The space is defined by expansive ceilings, striking floor-to-ceiling arched windows and a small balcony set over the bar.
For couples looking to have their ceremony on-site too, but not keen on hosting it in the same spot as the reception, 500 Pearl has The Fuhrmann Room, which is a perfect ceremony space.
The modern-day details you want
Opting for historic charm shouldn’t have to be at the expense of conveniences that are expected nowadays, and 500 Pearl made sure of that. You name it, they thought of it: from elevator access and adjacent bathrooms for each space to hardwood floors and wifi. Plus, their on-site caterer takes care of all food and bar needs, so that’s one less thing on your list.
Part of wedding planning is ensuring your guests will enjoy the day (or weekend) as much as you do, and 500 Pearl was designed so that you only have to leave if you want to. You and your guests can stay in the Aloft Hotel that occupies floors 10 to 12, affording breathtaking panoramic views in each of its 110 rooms. Some even include a private balcony—a unique feature to this downtown hotel. Plus, their generous corner suites are perfect for getting ready with your wedding party.
There’s also plenty to entertain, both inside and out. There’s a bowling alley, pool and sauna plus rooftop bar and patio. Its central downtown location also puts you and your guests minutes from Buffalo mainstays like the Theatre District, Chippewa, Allentown and Elmwood.
For more information about 500 Pearl, visit their website or call 716-849-7280.