Venue Ideas for bluebutterfly

bluebutterfly of Weddingbee is looking for some budget friendly ideas for her $5000 (bride after my own heart) October 2010 wedding including venues. She dreams of a vineyard wedding in the Finger Lakes region of NY. So I decided to do some research to help her out… (I have time to kill until the 11:15 party I’m going to tonight). has an amazing listing of all the local wineries and that’s where I’ve started my search.

Arbor Hill Winery & Grapery doesn’t have info on hosting weddings on their website but their property includes a bistro so I’m sure they could orchestrate a beautiful catered event. And they are famous for their grape pie. You can get info on what they could work out by calling 1-800-554-7553 or 585-374-2870.

Heron Hill offers a tent wedding option for 200 guests. Their package includes the carpeted tent, tables and white chairs, tent lighting (4-globe Floor Lamps; We also provide lighting around the center poles and sides of tent), tent heaters (propane) – a must for an october wedding in NY,  dance floor, handcrafted Oak bar, stage (Optional), and conference room use. The package runs at $5,000 for a Saturday night but they do offer discounts for Friday and Sunday weddings. Contact Danielle at 800-441-4241, ext. 20 or e-mail for further information.

Hunt Country Vineyards offers  their grounds for $1620 (including tax) for a 4 hour block. This includes ample parking for up to 300 guests. Now they do not provide any of the rental equpment but as ya’ll know, I rather prefered this option, b/c you can often get better deals yourself.

Lamoreaux Landing offers an indoor receptionf for 100 at $750 and an outdoor reception for 175 at $1500. Bothe packages include full use of rented grounds, set up/clean up, full kitchen, professional wine staff, and handicap accessible restrooms. You will be responsible for your own rental equipment (i.e. tables, chairs, etc…) The events coordinator is Kathy and she can be reached at 607-582-6011 or

There are so many other gorgeous wineries (my personal fave is Pompous Ass Winery simply because it would be so fun to put that on invitations *evil smirk*) that don’t post wedding info but those can be the best options. If they aren’t geared to the wedding markert they often won’t charge the wedding market prices. That’s how we found the Old Pumphouse (it’s a museum). So never fear to just give places a call and ask if they’d be willing to host a wedding for x number of people. The worst they can say is no 🙂


2 Responses

  1. I found your article and I think that I may be able to assit. I was planning my own wedding in the Finger Lakes for two years. One thing that I found living in the area is there are not a lot of venues, especially wineries that would allow you to have a ceremony and reception for under $5000!

    However after much research I did find a place for our wedding and a winery that would have accommated our reception.

    Norton Chapel is located on the edge of Keuka Lake in Penn Yan. It is a beautiful church and in the Fall the view is unreal. Plus it is minutes away from a number of wineries. One in particular that seemed to be inexpensive

    Hunt Country Vineyards.

    I looked at Heron Hill but to rent their space alone without food was over $5000, and that was way over our budget.

    Many people I talked to from this area often have their weddings at Norton Chapel and then go either to

    Hunt Country Vineyards for a tented weddings or Sarrasins on the Lake.

    That is a restaurant that is right on the water.

    Another idea maybe to arrange to have photo’s taken at places like

    Bully Hill Winery, Hunt Country, Heron Hill, Ravines, McGregors any of the wineries on Keuka Lake that would give you the lake and vineyards in the background but then have your ceremony and reception somewhere else.

    I hope that helps.

    Best of luck with your plans

  2. Thanks! I will be passing this along to bluebutterfly. This was so informative and helpful! Thanks a ton 🙂

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