A local wedding spot for 1-1-11?

champagne flutesWithout a lot of time, Amanda emails:

We are looking to get married on January 1, 2011 somewhere in the Capital District - the closer to Saratoga, the better. We are trying to find somewhere interesting but not obscenely expensive for about 100 or so people. Does anyone have any ideas of somewhere cool and interesting we could have our wedding and/or reception?

Admittedly, this could be tough. The short timeline probably means Amanda and her husband-to-be will have to find someplace non-traditional. Of course, that could it make that much more fun.

So, suggestions for Amanda? Please share!

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Not sure about pricing, but what about 11 North Pearl? Couldn't be more perfect with the date.


We were married at the Ten Broeck Mansion in Albany. It's a lovely space, interesting and memorable -- and so very local! And the price was reasonable -- of course, this was 10 years ago.

A Wedding In the Country is 11 miles from Saratoga, and is not only NOT expensive, it's a straight up bargain. $500 gets you the officiant, rehearsal, ceremony and time for pictures afterward. I don't know if you can have the reception there, but it's worth looking into.

Two suggestions: FUUSA - Emerson Hall - on Washington Avenue in Albany. Beautiful sanctuary too. Very reasonable prices. Take at virtual tour at http://www.albanyuu.org/

And, how about one of the beautiful new libraries in Albany. The Bach location makes for a lovely party and the Howe branch is oh-so-historic with such a great fireplace. http://www.albanypubliclibrary.org/locations/howe/index.php

Good luck!

with the right photographer, your wedding could look amazing anywhere!

I went to a reception at the Saratoga Dance Museum. Not sure what the cost would be to rent the space, but it was very nice!

I'm not sure if the Adelphi is open in January but my sister had her reception there and it was absolutely beautiful.

I had my reception at the Saratoga Automobile Museum in the state park. It's a really unique space, was affordable, allowed any caterer, and we got to cut the cake next to a Ferrari Enzo.

Masonic Lodges are GREAT for weddings; they're usually cheap (a few hundred per evening,) and a lot of them are housed in gorgeous buildings. There's one at 39 Brunswick Rd. in Troy that's a gorgeous Greek Revival building, and another at 67 Corning Place in Albany that's a great Art Deco place. Get one of your favorite restaurants to cater, and as long as the place is cleaned up afterwards, you can hardly get a better bang for the buck! (Drive by the places or use Google Street View to see what they look like.)

My husband & i were married at the Cambridge Hotel & it was fantastic. www.cambridgehotel.com

@patrick: haha, nicely done.

I got married in the woods near Brattleboro, at a place called Chapel of the Pines, with only 10 people there. It's far, but you can pretty much bet it will be empty that day.

The reception was at the Altamont Manor, but I doubt that's still available.

It may not be the cheapest in town if that's what you're looking for, but you can get a really good value through Mazzone Management. They have Glen Sanders, Saratoga National, Hall of Springs, etc. They have these Dream Date Wedding packages that are a great value. I believe receptions start at $69/person and that includes a lot of stuff. I'm not sure if they have anything on a Tuesday (1/11/11) but it may be worth a call. Check it out: www.dreamdateweddings.com. They're really easy to work with. My fiancee and I were lucky enough to win a wedding at Glen Sanders through a radio contest and they've been wonderful in helping with our planning. I know, I sound like a commercial or something, but they're really great!

Thanks for all the creative suggestions!!

Amanda- Saratoga National Golf Club is available this date- call Sarah Chilson at 583-4653 to discuss if you are still looking!

I'd second the Cambridge Hotel. I've been there on many occasions; the servers are good, the atmosphere is great, and the food has been impeccable.

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