Letchworth State Park , called the Grand Canyon of the East, is a beautiful location for couples looking to hold a romantic outdoor wedding in a gorgeous natural setting.

For those who have never been there, Letchworth State Park is a magnificent 14,350 acre state park located along the banks of the Genesee River.  Visitors delight in 3 major and 20 additional smaller waterfalls, as well as many other exciting things to do.

Imagine this stunning backdrop for your wedding!

Imagine this stunning backdrop for your wedding!

Within the park, there are numerous locations ideal for an outdoor wedding.  For a map of the Park with a guide to amenities offered in each location, see Pages 20 and 22 of the Letchworth State Park Vacation Guide.

To offer your guests a place to dine, sit and take cover from the sun or  unexpected weather (not that it would dare rain on your wedding day!), consider reserving one of the Parks’ picnic shelters that are available in varying sizes.  Rental fee depends on pricing and amenities offered.

Shelters offer cover and convenience

Shelters offer cover and convenience

If you wish to hold your wedding in the Park, here are a few things you should know:

  • Catering The Glen Iris Inn is the official Park Caterer.  For catering by other companies, contact Park Authorities at (585) 493-3600 for a $25 Catering Permit.
  • Alcoholic Beverages – A no-fee permit is required for all alcoholic beverages brought into the park. Guests under 21 may not be served or consume alcohol.
  • Music – A no-fee Musical Performance Permit is required for all amplified music, and musical groups may perform only between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Tent – A $25 Tent Permit is required to set up tents in the park and may be done only in conjunction with shelter reservations. Tent permits and locations must be approved no less than two weeks prior to the event.

All of the above permits may be obtained by contacting Park Authorities at (585) 493-3600 and these permits will guide you on additional regulations.

  • Signs – Signs are not allowed in the Park, but you may arrange through the Visitors Center to have guests alerted by Gate Attendants of the location of your wedding.
  • Vehicle Entrance Fees – There is a $6 per car and $75 per limo (if seating  over 16 people) fee to enter the park.  You may pre-purchase complimentary entrance tickets to send in advance to your guests, wedding attendants and wedding service providers by calling (585) 493-3600.  The tickets may be picked up at the Visitors Center Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Remaining tickets are not refundable.
  • Cary-in, Carry-out – Part of what keeps Letchworth State Park so beautiful is its carry-in, carry-out policy, so plan for trash removal.

An outdoor wedding at Letchworth State Park is one you will cherish forever and your guests will remember long after the event is over.

P.S. Be sure to remind your guests they may want to add additional days to their stay because there is so much to do at Letchworth State Park!  For more on the Park or weddings at the Glen Iris Inn within the Park, visit:

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