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More couples are traveling to upstate New York for their special day, and this wedding destination is more than just a trend. What outsiders may not know is the state encompasses charming small towns, bustling cities outside of NYC and destinations worth visiting or even saying “I do” in.
Why Plan A Wedding In Saratoga Springs NY
Saratoga Springs, located near the Adirondacks about 4 hours north of New York, is known as a long-standing health and horse racing destination—attracting visitors from the NYC, Montreal, Boston and more. The charming city, filled with stunning Victorian architecture, is home to the nationally recognized and oldest racetrack in America, Saratoga Race Course. Though horse racing runs deep in the city’s roots, Saratoga’s vibrant music scene, historic venues, and fascinating history makes it the upstate NY cultural hub for events, weddings and vacations.
Here’s why couples are trekking from their homes to get hitched in this upstate New York destination.
A Perfect Backdrop For Any Kind Of Couple
If you’re looking to have a wedding out of a fairy tale, Saratoga has you covered. The city boasts historic landmarks turned picturesque venues with vaulted honeycomb ceilings, Tiffany stained glass, crystal chandeliers, and more. Nationally recognized museums transform into one-of-a-kind banquet rooms with access to stunning galleries. So, if you’re a fan of classic cars, the art of dance, or horse racing, a museum backdrop is a must. Plus, who doesn’t love a themed wedding? The Saratoga Spa State Park, Congress Park, and Saratoga Battlefield offer the perfect mix of breathtaking views and impeccable architecture to fulfill your wanderlust. Smaller weddings can enjoy a ceremony at Yaddo’s surreal rose garden.
An Award-Winning Downtown Your Guests Will Love
Boutique shops and eateries open their doors to visitors in Saratoga’s award-winning downtown. Your wedding party and guests can choose from more than 100 restaurants built to intrigue every unique taste. And that’s all within a short walking distance from downtown hotels. Speaking of walkability, you’ll feel at ease in downtown Saratoga Springs. The city has a small-town vibe with big city shopping and amenities with friendly locals around each corner. Not to mention the city is very dog-friendly! I mean, it’s no wonder Broadway in Saratoga was named one of the top 10 main streets in the country.
A Place Where You Can Truly Relax
Not to brag, but Saratoga Springs has truly superior hospitality. The city not only boasts an eclectic list of upscale hotels, inns, and venues with top-notch event professionals, but really, hospitality is in our blood. This is because Saratoga Springs has a rich heritage as a health resort and gambling center for much of the 19th and 20th centuries. The city’s naturally carbonated mineral springs were known to have magical healing powers that aid skin ailments, digestion issues and more. Many traveled to Saratoga just to experience the benefits of the water by drinking from the springs or indulge in a sparkling mineral bath. Fancy, right?!
Today, couples indulge in Saratoga mineral baths and massages at the historic Roosevelt Baths & Spa for a surreal spa experience. Talk about a perfect honeymoon experience, or frankly, just a great excuse to get away from wedding to-dos for a bit
Though planning a destination wedding sounds daunting to say the least, Discover Saratoga’s wedding expert can help with free wedding concierge and planning services. Before the event, an expert can provide venue tours, vendor referrals and exclusive discounts to area businesses. Not to mention, all couples receive a welcoming wedding gift once they arrive at their hotel. Request a private tour today!
Cover photo by Carrow & Colasurdo Photography
Bio: Located minutes from Albany and a short drive from most Northeast locations, Saratoga Springs, NY is a historical and cultural center that has become an increasingly popular wedding venue. Known for the Saratoga Race Course, horses, mineral springs, and great restaurants and shopping, this exciting area offers plenty for the wedding couple and their guests to do. Discover Saratoga, the Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau, can help you plan your wedding in Saratoga Springs, NY.