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6 landmark venues for your Buffalo wedding

6 landmark venues for your Buffalo wedding

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When the curtains closed for shows at Shea’s, Thembi and Sharron jumped on the opportunity to put their love center stage. See more from their elopement here.

All about the Buffalove? What better way to show your love for the City of Good Neighbors than tying the knot at one of these iconic, local spots.

Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens

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JoAnn and Jeanne celebrated their love with a pop-up wedding at the Buffalo Erie County Botanical Gardens after 50 years together. See more from their special day here.

From the Peace Garden outside to the plant life inside, you don’t have to have a green thumb to love this oasis. Buffalo icon Frederick Law Olmstead helped design the gardens, which have become a landmark South Buffalo attraction.

Size: 120 guests for indoor ceremonies; 200 seated guests outdoors. The Peace Garden and gazebo are only available during the warmer months.

Special features: Receptions get private access to the entire gardens!

Price point: $1,500 for wedding ceremonies, $2,500 with reception. They also offer two pop-up weddings options: $1,500 for a Pop Up; $3,000 for Pop Up Plus. Find more information on the pop up packages here

Availability: Weddings can be booked through 2023. Pop-up weddings are available through spring 2021. More dates will be added in November. 

For more: buffalogardens.com

Shea’s Performing Arts Center

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Thembi and Sharron took a series of portraits backdropped by iconic Shea’s scenery. See more from their elopement here.

From Cats to Hamilton, Shea’s has been a Buffalo icon for generations. Originally a movie theater opened in 1926 by Michael Shea, the theater and its marquee are a focal point of Buffalo’s Theatre District.

Size: 180 for table seating or 600 for cocktail party in the Grand and Petite Lobby (5,300 square feet); for the Main Stage, the 6,000 square-foot space accommodates 400 for table or theater-style seating on stage, 800 for a cocktail party on stage or 3,019 for auditorium seating.

Special features: All packages include a message on the Main Street Marquee on wedding day, setting the stage for a memorable photo op, as well as full use of the monitors in the lobby to display photos and messages.

Price point: $1,500 for ceremony and reception in Grand & Petite Lobby; $1,000 for the ceremony only. $3,500 for the Main Stage.

Availability: Booking through this June, but nothing further until rescheduled Broadway show dates are finalized. Once those are confirmed, the calendar will open up.

For more: sheas.org

Buffalo History Museum

Getting married is an historic moment in your life, so why not have it at the place that chronicles our local history? Since 1862, the Buffalo History Museum has been collecting and showcasing everything that makes our community special.

Size: 172 seated guests; 87 guests for Covid-restricted weddings.

Special features: All weddings are managed and catered by Oliver’s Catering, a classic Buffalo restaurant.

Price point: Rental fees vary based on the day of the week you are interested in. Plan to spend at least $100 per person for food, beverage and service.

Availability: Currently booking through 2022.

For more: buffalohistory.org

Kleinhans Music Hall

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Home to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall is a dream venue for both music and architecture aficionados. It was designed by renowned mid-century architects Eliel and Eero Saarinen for Edward and Mary Seaton Kleinhans, who made their fortune from their eponymous clothing store.

Size: Between 250-300 seated guests; Vovid-restricted weddings can accommodate 150 guests.

Special features: The reflecting pool out front makes a great photo spot, plus your guests will love the free parking lot.

Price point: Rental fees vary based on the day of the week you are interested in. Plan to spend at least $100 per person for food, beverage and service.

Availability: Currently booking through 2022.

For more: kleinhansbuffalo.org

Burchfield Penney Art Center

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Charles E. Burchfield, a painter known for his watercolor works of nature and townscapes, lived in Buffalo for a good portion of his life. The Burchfield Penney Art Center, located in the heart of the Museum District on Elmwood Avenue, showcases both his pieces along with the works of new artists.

Size: 125 seated guests; Covid-restricted weddings are not available at this time.

Special features: The building was designed to reflect Burchfield’s love of nature and even has ceiling lights arranged in the shape of the constellation Orion.

Price point: Rental fees vary based on the day of the week you are interested in. Plan to spend at least $100 per person for food, beverage and service.

Availability: Currently booking through 2022.

For more: burchfieldpenney.org

The Martin House

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Architecture as we know it wouldn’t be the same without Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House, one of the great achievements of his career. In addition to being a historic landmark, it also has multiple event spaces: the Greatbatch Pavilion, Barton House, Gardener’s Cottage and the Junior League Buffalo News Education Center.

Size: Greatbatch Pavilion can hold 100 for sit-down dinner, 150 for a cocktail party; Barton House can hold 22 for sit-down dinner, between 35-50 people for a cocktail party; Garderner’s Cottage can hold 22 for sit-down dinner and 35 for a cocktail party; the Junior League Buffalo News Education Center can hold 30 for a sit-down dinner and 40 for a cocktail party.

Special features: Tours of the Martin House are available at a discounted rate and the gift shop is perfect for a thank you gift.

Price point: Ranging from $750 to $3,500, depending on the space and event details.

Availability: Currently booking 2021 events, with a few dates for next year.

For more: martinhouse.org

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