Planning your wedding venue in beautiful and historic Spa City? While there are several incredible venues in Saratoga to host your reception, you may notice that as your guest list starts to grow, the number of venues that can accommodate your friends and family may shrink. No need to worry about leaving guests out, we’ve rounded up venues in Saratoga and surrounding areas that can accommodate 500 guests and more! Check it out:
Saratoga is home to the regal Hall of Springs. This glamorous, historic and renowned venue sits in right in the Saratoga Spa State Park, next door to SPAC. The Hall of Springs’ ballroom boasts 38 foot ceilings, three crystal chandeliers and a quaint outdoor patio that offers full views of the grounds. The ballroom can host 500 guests for a cocktail reception and seat 450 guests comfortably for a sit-down dinner. Also, wedding ceremonies can be performed on the grounds if the weather permits. What could be better than walking only a few feet to your reception after you tie the knot?
Nearby in Albany
The Empire State Plaza Convention Center, located in the heart of downtown Albany, serves as a great venue for very large weddings. When the room is set up theatre style, it can hold up to 2,500 guests and with classroom style seating, it can hold up to 950. Tables can be placed in a variety of ways on each tier of the convention center, all looking down on the large dance floor in the center of the room.
Want to enjoy a great view of Albany from the Hudson River at your reception? Captain JP Cruises is a wonderful option for a large reception in the Capital Region area. The four deck cruise ship can accommodate and seat 500 people comfortably. There are also three enclosed decks with air conditioning and heat, several bars and a dance floor on each deck. Talk about a party boat!
Further North in Lake George
Located only two miles from the center Lake George, The Roaring Brook Ranch Resort & Conference Center provides an exquisite Adirondack backdrop for your reception. The Dining Room can accommodate up to 700 people at banquet capacity and its Conference Hall can hold up to 500 people in a school room setup. To help you visualize, banquet style seating is most common at weddings and has guests seated at circular tables seating inwards. In a school room setting, long, rectangular tables set up in rows would work best (Think farm tables… Hello rustic chic wedding!)
What better way to truly immerse your guests in the beauty of Lake George than by celebrating your nuptials cruising around the Lake itself? The Lac du Saint Sacrament serves as a great option for a truly standout cocktail reception. The steamboat can hold up to 1,000 people for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres! There are two fully-enclosed climate controlled decks, two open air decks (Think of the wonderful sunset photo ops!) and a handicap elevator so everyone can reach each level of the boat.
We hope this list helps you choose a venue in or near the Saratoga area! Happy planning!