Post # 1
I am recently engaged and we ahev begun planning our wedding. We are looking at October 19th 2013. This is a significate day for me and we both love Fall and the outdoors. So we are looking for a rustic and easy going location to have our wedding. We both really wanted a barn venue or a nice lodge at a park but are not finding anywhere that fits. We are looking at 150-200 people and want to have an outside caterer come in. We dont have a huge budget to work with. If anyone can help and gove me some ideas of where to look please do. We are in western ny near Rochester
Post # 3
Check out the following places. They’re both on Lake Seneca and they’re both wineries, so they might not be quite what you’re looking for, but it’s worth a shot. I remember them as being wooden and rustic looking.
Chateau Lafayette Reneau
Glenora Wine Cellars
Post # 4
A friend of mine got married at ‘The Barn’ near Ithaca about 10 years ago: http://www.thebarnparty.com. It’s a great place and I am pretty sure it’s affordable. The one drawback I recall is that its located off of a street that can have trucks driving by occasionally.
I know you can also rent out the pavillions at Watkins Glen State Park. We had a family reunion there a few years ago and it was great. Very rustic and affordable.
Post # 5
Hurd Orchards in Holley NY – gorgeous barn! Also, not a barn but an old mill – rustic and beautiful…the Rabbit Room in Honeoye Falls. Or rent the Cobblestone House in Mendon Ponds. Forman Park in Wayne County – house and park with lawns down to the lake (amazing sunsets). Oh, and Springdale Farm near Victor! They have a nice red barn and do weddings I believe. Good luck.
Post # 6
Forest Lake Camp – forestlakecamp.com is now holding weddings and can accomodate 200. They are a full service camp where you can have guests use the facilities all weekend and can handle either an outdoor or indoor reception. You can see what they offer at http://forestlakecamp.com/rentingflc.aspx and contact them through the website. Absolutely gorgeous location with private lake and wonderful views.
Post # 7
You probably already have your venue nailed down… but if you are still looking, one idea would be Springdale Farm in Ogden, NY (not the B&B in Victor… The one in Ogden is a working farm operated by Christian Heritage Services inside Northhampton Park; we were just married there last weekend and loved it. It is definitely a laid-back and outdoorsy venue!) However, I doubt they could accommodate 150 or 200 in one space without tents, and they have limitations on the amount of alcohol that can be served. However, it’s a very affordable venue and great value for what you get.
You might also want to scour the Monroe County Parks websites for lodges, and don’t forget about the town websites, either. There are some very nice lodges run by Brighton and Penfield, too. (By the time we were looking for our second option, though, they were all booked for our August weekend date.) As someone else mentioned, this is another great budget option.
If you are willing to get married a little bit farther from home, you could also check out Deer Hill B&B in Cazenovia. My friend was married there last October and it was an absolutely beautiful venue. They had an outside caterer and about 150 guests in the barn. The leaves were going crazy at that time, too. It was really picture-perfect, probably a more expensive venue, though.
If you do book a lodge, where there may not be a contact person with wedding planning experience, make sure to see it before you make all your plans around it. We realized a month after booking Olmstead Lodge in Highland Park that the capacity stated online was exaggerated and it was about 1/2 the size we needed!
Hope you have a beautiful wedding day!