One-Stop Wedding Venues in Erie, PA

As the wedding industry ebbs and flows with trends, one trend, we hope sticks around are multi-functional wedding and reception venues.  One-stop wedding and reception venues are becoming popular with brides and grooms across the country for their functionality and the ease of one venue.  There are many reasons for choosing your wedding and reception venue as one location, and here are some of the reasons we’ve heard from couples over our years of wedding photography:

Saving Time, Maximizing Celebration

One location for both weddings and receptions saves driving time.  Without the need to switch sites from your ceremony venue and reception location, you can maximize your time and energy on what really matters…each other!  Plus it makes it easier on your guests to not shuffle from one location to another.  When all you have to do is trade out your wedding heels for some dancin’ shoes, you’ve made it that much easier for family and friends to celebrate your union.

Venues that Make Travel Friendly

For guests arriving out of town, you’ve also saved them money.  Traveling can be expensive when coming from out of town, and keeping your wedding at a single location can offer some additional savings for your guests. Many venues that can accommodate weddings and receptions also have lodgings for your guests.  Not only do guests eliminate their need for vehicle transportation to get to your wedding and reception because they are already staying on site, but they may even be able to stay at your venue choice at a discounted rate when you book a block of rooms for your big day.  

Erie has many locations that offer options for a timeless wedding ceremony, a reception with views, and lodgings for your guests ALL IN ONE SPOT!  


Our Favorite One-Stop Wedding Venues in Erie, PA:

Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel

This unique venue is connected with a skyview tunnel to the Erie Convention Center making it an amazing location for photos in inclement weather.  And our personal favorite, the best spot for a couple’s first look.  Sandwiched between views of downtown Erie and Presque Isle Bay, the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel can host both intimate and larger events in their seven different venue spaces. Both with the Bicentennial Tower and Maritime Museum within view, these historical and cultural sites offer some stunning views and photographic interest and opportunities. 

Groom reacts to seeing his bride during first look at Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel wedding

Bride and groom kissing with Bicentennial Tower and Lettie G Howard sailing in the background

Courtyard by Marriott Erie Bayfront

Beautiful backdrops, stunning views, and walking distance to Erie landmarks are just a few reasons we love this venue.  Here’s how it’s done.  In a city that embraces bayside views, the Anchor Plaza at Erie’s Courtyard Marriott Bayfront boasts water walkways, anchored boats, and romance in each step you take.  Offering breathtaking views of Presque Isle Bay, this venue is located on the Sassafras Pier and next to historic Erie landmarks, a perfect place for those who value history and tradition.   Planning your custom menu for your guests, in an intimate setting or while hosting up to 1000 guests, the Marriott Erie Bayfront can meet any need while providing scenic guest accommodations

First dance at a Courtyard Erie Bayfront wedding

Bride and groom kissing as they prepare to cut the cake at their Anchor Plaza wedding

Ambassador Center

The Ambassador Center, a Marriott property, has both onsite lodging for guests while also accommodating a personalized reception for up to 500 of your favorite people. We are in love with their Garden Atrium room! With it’s glass roof inviting the outside in (while keeping the ever changing weather out!) this space is pure elegance! Even if you choose to have your ceremony at a different location, separate reception sites with on-site guest accommodations still offer ease of movement to you and your guests.

Bride and groom share first dance in atrium garden room at Ambassador Center, a travel friendly wedding venue in Erie, PA

The Best Day of Your Life

Getting married is one of the most important chapters of your life.  The thought and intention put into planning your special day doesn’t go unnoticed.  Our goal, in addition to providing you with treasured memories, is to help make the process as simple as possible.  And we’re happy to jump in and help!  If we can be of service to you, please reach out to us.  

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