November 13, 2023

Unique Upstate NY Wedding Venues

Saratoga NY Has Some Unique Wedding Venues

Every couple I meet that is planning a wedding wants their event to be different and distinctive.  We are so fortunate that we have many unique Upstate NY wedding venues in the Saratoga area.  Whether you want something formal or rustic, this area has you covered!  Below are some of my favorite venues for an event that will wow your guests and show off your special style.

The Rustic Barn trend continues to be strong.

The Wedding Barn at Lakota’s Farm is a great location that also features some great amenities such as a full bridal suite for brides to get ready, a cabin for the guys to get ready in and–horses!

Lakota Barn Winter Wedding Photo
Lakota Barn is a lovely venue in Cambridge with lots of great extras–including horses!

Another great rustic barn is located at The Mansion.  This venue offers a Victorian Mansion, a tented deck and a rustic barn for versatility.  The food by Chef Rick is amazing!


Rustic Barn Venue Saratoga NY Fall Wedding Photo
This couple chose to do their after dinner dancing in the barn at the Mansion.

Rustic Country Churches

An offshoot of the rustic trend can include some of our quaint and rustic churches throughout the region.  One of my personal favorites is A Wedding in the Country in Galway, NY.  The church has been lovingly kept in pretty much it’s original state and photographs beautifully.  It is perfect for elopements and intimate weddings.

A Wedding in the Country Wedding Photos
The outside of the chapel is also very picturesque.

Museums can offer a unique and fun option.

The National Museum of Dance is located in Saratoga and is close to many great hotels and bed and breakfast inns.

National Museum of Dance Wedding Photo
The National Museum of Dance offers both indoor and tented options for your wedding.

The Auto Museum is fun, especially if you love cars!

Auto Museum Saratoga Wedding
Built in the New Deal Era, the front of the Auto Museum lends itself to dramatic night shots.

Boutique Hotels are a great option too.

You can go high Victorian at the Adelphi or super Modern at the Pavilion Grand Hotel.  You might also like the Bed and Breakfast option at Anne’s Washington Inn.

Saratoga Springs NY Adelphi Hotel Weddng Photo
The Adelphi Hotel is an iconic Saratoga Springs landmark that has been recently renovated.

Snowy Winter Evening Elopement

The Pavilion Grand is located just off Broadway and has a more modern look and feel.  Suites with full kitchens and two story Penthouses make this particularly great.

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The Pavilion Grand in Saratoga has some really unique spaces for Wedding Photos.


Best Pavilion Grand Saratoga Wedding Photographers
Also at the Pavilion in their area upstairs–table by Fine Affairs.

Anne’s Washington Inn on Rte. 9 is set on a hilltop at the South end of Saratoga.  You can rent the entire house for your Bridal Party and stay the entire weekend.

Second Shooter Wedding Photos
Anne’s Washington Inn is a great location for a wedding with on site accommodations for bridal party and guests.

Ballroom weddings never go out of style.

The Saratoga Hilton can accommodate up to 2,000 guests with it’s 22 multi-function areas.  It is also a great option if you need to reserve a room block for your guests.

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The Saratoga Hilton in Downtown Saratoga is a great space.

Saratoga National features a great ballroom as well as a golf course with picturesque vistas.

Ballroom Wedding Reception Photo Saratoga National
Pipe and drape, colored lighting, votive candles and varying height centerpieces made this ballroom at Saratoga National look stunning.
Hall of Springs Wedding Photos
The Hall of Springs has very stately architecture in a park setting.

The Gideon Putnam is located in the State Park and features newly renovated hotel rooms next to a golf course and spas.

Saratoga Springs Wedding Photo Gideon Putnam Hotel
Built in the late 1930’s/early 1940;s, the Gideon Putnam is a great venue because it has interesting architecture and is located inside the Sate Park.

The State Room in Albany was formerly a bank that has been converted into a ballroom wedding venue.  It features a very cool bank vault that is great for wedding photo opportunities.

The State Room Albany NY Wedding Photos
Bank Vault for photos? Yes, please!

The Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls has been newly renovated and features an elegant ballroom, as well as hotel rooms for your guests.

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Also at the Queensbury Hotel–the restaurant has wonderful light.

Victorian Mansions are a distinctive Saratoga area option.

Saratoga NY Mansion Wedding Photos
A Victorian side porch at the Mansion of Saratoga is great for formal photos because of the great open shade.
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A great panoramic image is a must for wall art.

Restaurants and Wineries can be fun for smaller events.

Additionally, any of these venues would be great for an Engagement Session.

Wedding at the Shaker and Vine
We recently photographed a Wedding at The Shaker and Vine in Schenectady–so cool!
The 408 Saratoga NY Wedding Photo
The 408 has a cool industrial vibe and is located right in the heart of Saratoga on Broadway.
Saratoga Springs Thirsty Owl Wedding Photo
The Thirsty Owl in Saratoga is a great place for a tasting event with wine pairings for your wedding.
Daley's on Yates Wedding Photo
Daley’s on Yates in Schenectady offers an industrial chic/Midcentury Modern venue for a small event.
Winery Wedding Photos Saratoga NY
The Saratoga Winery is a unique wedding venue located on a large piece of property just outside of Saratoga Springs.
Lake George Destination Wedding
The Lake George Boathouse Bed and Breakfast is also a great option.
Lodges at Cresthaven Wedding Photo
The Lodges at Cresthaven and The Boathouse Restaurant on Lake George present scenic vistas of the Lake that are stunning in Wedding Photos.
Saratoga Lake Surprise Proposal Photo
The Nest on Saratoga Lake is also wonderful.
Saratoga NY Wedding Venue Photos
The Lodge in Saratoga was built in the late 1930’s/1940’s and has a really unique vibe.

I am adding this video from a destination wedding at the Canoe Island Lodge.  Lake George is literally the most beautiful lake in the US and a fabulous place for a destination event.

Now that you have seen some of our wonderful Upstate NY Wedding Venue options, start planning!

Did you enjoy this article on Wedding Planning?  You might also enjoy this post on Planning for Picture Perfect Wedding Photos as well.  Be sure to also check out our post on Saratoga and Lake George Destination Weddings.

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So much charm in these gorgeous venues in upstate NY. This resource is priceless for couples planning their wedding.

Blackburn Portrait Design

I love working in the Saratoga area because the wedding venues are all so picturesque!

There are so many beautiful options for wedding venues in upstate New York! Definitely something for every newly engaged couple to find the perfect locaiton!

Blackburn Portrait Design

Upstate NY is a spectacular place to host a WEdding.

Wow, this list has the perfect wedding venue for every newly engaged couple! I love that you have found something for everyone, from rustic to elegant, and every image is beautiful no matter what location they choose. Beautiful work, Susan!

Blackburn Portrait Design

Thank you Michelle. I am so fortunate to work in such a lovely and diverse location.