Interesting wedding spot in downtown Albany?

champagne flutesLooking for an interesting wedding spot in Albany, Annie emails:

We aren't getting married until December of 2012, but we wanted to start browsing around for a ceremony site. We aren't religious, but if we could get married in a beautiful, old church by a Justice or something like that, that would also be ok. We are shooting for the reception to be at Jack's, so I'd ideally like to be in down town Albany.

Any suggestions for Annie? Please share! As we understand it, she's looking for something a little different, so she'd probably love creative or unusual ideas.

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The State Room! We had our wedding there in Oct. 2009 and it was beautiful. Our guests were able to walk from St. Mary's to The State Room and then to their hotels at the Crowne Plaza (savings everyone on transportation costs, especially us). Plus, we got awesome pictures in front of downtown's landmarks. The service and food was amazing (our guests are still talking about it). This place is a gem and it seems like very few people know about it.

You might try using the Masonic Temple over on Corning Place behind City Hall. It has some beautiful rooms and is within walking distance of Jack's Restaurant. There's a hotel parking garage nearby for guests.

67 Corning Place
Albany, NY 12207
(518) 434-4768

My husband and I got married in the sanctuary at the Universalist-Unitarian Church on Washington Avenue. It is beautiful in the New Englandy white pew way and you can bring in your own officiant. Most of the churches in downtown Albany require that you be a long-standing member, but the Universalists don't have that requirement.

I've been to a reception at "Sign of the Tree" restaurant right on the plaza. Great views but was during summer so you could enjoy the patio overlooking the river and lovely 787 (HA!). Not sure they do ceremonies there, but couldn't hurt to ask.

The first spot that comes to mind is the "red room" at Albany Institute of History & Art. I know they are open to outside events and that room is fairly large and very open. They also have an amazing staircase that would make for beautiful wedding picture.

I am getting married in the Masonic Hall in October and I can not recommend it enough. They are so nice and helpful plus you get all the beauty of an old church without the religion. It also has a fantastic history and is across the street from the Crowne Plaza hotel

two ideas the wahington park lakehouse.the alfred e smith lobby ,it is so awesome, and beautiful.

I think the Albany City Hall rotunda is very pretty--especially around the holidays when it's decorated. Not sure if "events" are allowed there. But they could provide a bit of extra revenue for a struggling city (Jerry Jennings reads this blog, right??).

I think the Capitol is pretty gorgeous. The million dollar staircase, or, well the unfortunately named "War Room" is pretty neat. Maybe you can incorporate the French and Indian war into your vows?

Or the State Museum. With stuffed bears or the Longhouse or Sesame Street over your shoulder. Just can't be a Sunday.

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