Gone are the days when weddings were a one-size-fits-all affair, with the ceremony taking place in a church and the reception at a hotel or restaurant afterward. Today, it’s much more commonplace for weddings to be really personalized and tailored to the bride and groom, reflecting the uniqueness of the couple.
If you’re planning for your big day and would like to get married somewhere special, that isn’t just your run of the mill wedding venue, we’ve rounded up five quirky – but elegant! – wedding venues that are in or near Saratoga.
The Mansion Inn
Located in Rock City Falls, just 15 minutes from Saratoga, is The Mansion Inn. This historic building dates back to 1866 and includes decorated public parlors that will take you and your guests back to a different time. You’ll have access to the entire mansion and the surrounding grounds for your special day.
You’ll also get top notch service with your unique venue. The Mansion Inn recognizes that every wedding is as individual as the people who are getting married, and they’ll go out of their way to ensure your wedding is as unique as you are. In fact, they don’t even have a set menu – you and your fiance will work directly with the Executive Chef to create a custom menu that reflects your personal taste (and your budget). Finally, they also have a barn on the property that is another great option for a ceremony space.
It isn’t just an upscale place to dine or stay – Longfellows a prime wedding venue. Their unique space for weddings makes you feel like you’re outside when you’re inside, with a lighted tree in the center, a bridge, and you’re surrounded by what looks like houses with windows.
Longfellows believes that every couple on every budget deserves an exceptional experience for the most important hours of your life. Not only are you guaranteed a special venue with Longfellows, but can also count on enjoying the complete wedding of your dreams from start to finish.
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
If you’re looking for a Saratoga-themed wedding that’s right in the Spa City the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame might be for you! Located right across from the historic Saratoga Race Course, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame has views of the courtyard, natural lighting (a must for great photos!), and can accommodate up to 150 guests for a sit-down dinner.
Opt to rent out the entire museum for your wedding and you’ll have the galleries at your disposal for guests to tour. Your family and friends will be able to enjoy paintings, sculptures, photographs, and more memorabilia, all relating to thoroughbred racing. How’s that for a unique Saratoga wedding?
Liberty Ridge Farm
Choose to have your wedding at Liberty Ridge Farm in nearby Schaghticoke and you’ll be looking at 100 acres of rolling farmland for your wedding setting. Liberty Ridge Farm has both indoor and outdoor venues that each have their own unique charm.
The Gifford Barn is available year round and features high ceilings, a large stone fireplace, and a wrap-around deck. The Event Tent, typically available June through October, is situated by the cornfield. A dance floor, banquet tables and chairs, and optimal lighting are all available for this outdoor venue.
Universal Preservation Hall
The brick and sandstone Universal Preservation Hall right in Saratoga has a commanding presence with its Victorian Gothic architecture, bell tower, and stained glass windows. Your guests will be wowed before they even walk in the door!
This venue has a chapel right inside for an on-site ceremony that can accommodate up to 90 guests. The Community Room is right off the chapel and can accommodate 250 guests. There is also a Great Hall on the second floor that is meant to make you and your guests feel like royalty with the striking architecture, cathedral ceilings, and a wrap around balcony.