Why Get Married in Erie, PA

It’s no secret that we truly believe Erie, PA is one of the most beautiful places to say I Do! Not only did we choose it for our own wedding, and call it home, but we really think it is unparalleled in its charm, beauty, and convenience. So, let’s dive in! Here are our top 7 reasons to get married in Erie, PA.


1. Stunning Scenery

Erie, PA is a hidden gem when it comes to natural beauty. With the shores of Lake Erie and Presque Isle State Park, it is a picturesque location that offers breathtaking views of sunsets, beaches, and lighthouses. Additionally, the Watson-Curtze Mansion, a historic 19th-century home, offers an elegant and refined setting that is perfect for weddings. The Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier  is another stunning location that features gorgeous gardens and walking paths for you and your guests to enjoy.

Couple kissing outside the Watson Curtze mansion on their wedding day in Erie PA


2. Affordable Costs

One of the biggest advantages of having a wedding in Erie is the affordable cost compared to larger cities. Erie offers many budget-friendly options without compromising the beauty of the location or the quality of the vendors. There are many options for incredible vendors, including florists, caterers, and (ahem) photographers, that can work within your budget and help you create an unforgettable day. You can have a stunning wedding without breaking the bank. This leaves you with more money to spend on your honeymoon or your new life together.

Recessional photo of bride and groom at Majestic Woods wedding

3. Unique Venues

Erie, PA offers a variety of unique wedding venues that you won’t find anywhere else. Imagine saying your vows in a brewery or winery, surrounded by the warmth of good beer or wine. We love Quincy Cellars (in nearby Ripley, NY) as a stunning winery venue option. The Erie Art Museum offers a contemporary and chic venue with a stunning glass atrium and art galleries. Or there is the Warner Theatre, a stunning music hall with breathtaking architecture, offering a dramatic and unique setting for your ceremony and reception. Click on the link to check out some of the best wedding venues in Erie, PA. These unique venues will give your wedding a special touch and create memories that you and your guests will never forget.

Couple laughing as groom dips bride during first dance at wedding in Erie PA

4. Convenient Location

Erie, PA is located near several major cities, including Cleveland, Buffalo, and Pittsburgh, making it a perfect location for guests traveling from out of town. Erie also has its own international airport, which makes travel to and from the city incredibly convenient. With easy access to highways and public transportation, you and your guests can arrive and depart with ease.

Couple shares glass of champagne outside the hotel at their Courtyard Erie Bayfront wedding

5. Local Vendors

Erie has a lot of amazing, experienced local vendors, including florists, caterers, photographers, DJ’s, and more, who are passionate about creating beautiful weddings. This means that you’ll easily be able to find the perfect vendors to create your dream wedding, even if you’re coming in from out of town. Some of our favorite vendors are highlighted on our blog.

Aerial view of wedding reception at Quincy Cellars

6. Four-Season Weather

One of the best things about Erie is that it experiences all four seasons, which makes it an ideal location for weddings all year round. This means that couples can choose the season that suits their wedding theme best. Spring and summer weddings can take advantage of warm weather, green scenery, and outdoor venues. Fall and winter weddings can embrace the snow, cozy fireplaces, and seasonal decor. 

Bride and groom hugging in Perry Square on their wedding day in winter

7. We’re Here!

That’s right, reason #7 is a little biased, we admit. BUT, we think it’s a pretty legit reason to get married in Erie! While we LOVE to travel to other destinations, Erie will always be home and we love capturing weddings in our own backyard. As wedding photographers in Erie, we have firsthand experience with the beauty of the area and the local vendors. We love capturing weddings in our hometown and are always eager to share our knowledge and expertise with you. Our passion is to create beautiful and meaningful images that you will cherish for a lifetime. We’re excited to be a part of your special day and help make it unforgettable. If all of these reasons for choosing Erie sound like a great plan for you, we’d absolutely love to chat about your wedding day with you!

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