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By Mary Heyl

Are wedding bells in your future? Whether you’re planning a small, intimate ceremony or are looking for a large venue for many guests, you and your sweetheart are destined to find the perfect location in Ellicottville. From bridal showers to rehearsal dinners to the ceremony itself, Ellicottville’s unique venues and restaurants will certainly make your big day memorable.

With its scenic views, beautiful accommodations, and delicious menu, Holiday Valley has so much to offer couples who are planning their nuptials in Ellicottville. According to Katelyn Mueller, Certified Wedding & Event Planner and Catering Sales Manager for Centerplate at Holiday Valley, “In 2016, there were 54 weddings at HV. In 2017, we will host 63, the most Holiday Valley has ever had!” So what makes HV such a sought after location? The variety of locations for both the ceremony and the reception allow couples to personalize their big day based on the size, style, and budget they have to work with.

The Champagne Sundeck, located just outside Yodeler Lodge, is a gorgeous outdoor patio offering couples two unique options for an on-site ceremony: in front of the natural flowing waterfall or under the pavilion in front of a stone fireplace. This location is reserved for couples having their reception at the Yodeler Lodge.

The Tamarack Green overlooking the golf course or the Resort Services Deck with the Mardi Gras lift in the background are the on-site ceremony locations reserved for couples having their reception at the Holiday Valley Lodge.

The ceremony space at Tannenbaum Lodge is the smallest venue, seating a maximum of 120 guests for the indoor ceremony. In Mueller’s words, “This location is perfect for an intimate wedding of 50 to 120 guests.”

Finally, a hilltop ceremony is also offered as an option to all couples. Those choosing this option can ride the Mardi Gras or Yodeler chairlift to the top of the hill and be married with a gorgeous view overlooking the valley. The hill-top location can accommodate up to 270 guests for a ceremony.

Following the ceremony, Holiday Valley offers reception space at all three of its beautiful lodges.

The second floor of the Holiday Valley Lodge can accommodate 80-280 guests, Yodeler Lodge can hold 150-230 guests and Tannenbaum Lodge can accommodate 50-150 guests.

Mueller explained, “Outdoor ceremonies can be accommodated May through November, believe it or not!  Many couples that envision a ‘winter wedding’ will opt for a mid-November wedding and choose the Champagne Sundeck as the location for their ceremony.  The sundeck offers a cozy fireplace as the backdrop and we can always bring in umbrella heaters to add some extra warmth for guests.

Outdoor receptions can be accommodate in the summer months, June through early September.”

Whether you’re planning a buffet or traditional plated meal for your guests, HV’s on-site catering service, Centerplate, will not disappoint. Mueller said, “One of our most popular dishes this year is an intermezzo course, perfect served as the second course on a plated meal, following the soup and/or salad.  At Holiday Valley, our Chef pairs a Blood Orange Sorbet with a brie crostini, creating the perfect pallet cleanser before the main course.  Not only is the flavor is amazing, but the presentation makes quite the impression on guests!”

For more information about planning your wedding at HV, contact Katelyn Mueller at (716) 699-3968 or kmueller@holidayvalley.com.

HoliMont members and non-members alike can choose to have their ceremony amidst the tranquil hills of the resort inside the chalet lodge, outside the lodge in front of the slopes or on top of the hill via a chairlift ride.

After the ceremony, the couple can work with HoliMont’s staff to create a dream reception inside and outside the beautiful chalet, which can accommodate weddings with up to 350 guests.

Catering for weddings is also provided by Dina’s, and couples can choose from a diverse menu selection that’s sure to impress.

In addition to a delicious, customized wedding reception menu, Dina’s creates magnificent cakes, menus for rehearsal dinners and post-wedding send-off brunches.

For more information about weddings at HoliMont, contact Catering@dinas.com.

Owners Nick and Kendra Pitillo invite you to plan your special event at Villaggio, Ellicottville’s most popular Italian restaurant located at 7 Monroe Street. With banquet space available to seat up to 100 people, Villaggio is the perfect place to plan a bridal shower or rehearsal dinner.

Villaggio’s brunch and luncheon packages are ideal for bridal showers and include options for plated meals, a la carte menus, or buffet menus. Those interested in hosting the rehearsal dinner at Villaggio have several options, including happy hour packages, appetizers and hors d’oeuvres, catered stations, a la carte dinners, and dinner buffets.

Did you know Villaggio also offers on-site catering? Catering menus are available on their website at www.villaggioevl.com. Those looking to host an outdoor wedding reception will be pleased to know that they can now cater your reception at Griffis Sculpture Park in nearby Ashford Hollow! To make arrangements at Villaggio, call Spencer at (716)699-2199 or email spencer@villaggioevl.com.

Ellicottville Brewing Company regularly hosts a range of special events, including rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions. Why not plan your special meal in this one-of-a-kind venue that has something for everyone? Depending on the time of year your wedding is taking place, the beautiful outdoor Beer Garden is available for private events, such as bridal showers and rehearsal dinners. The private dining room upstairs is a popular choice, as this large room is available to rent year ‘round and is perfect for large gatherings. The Tasting Room and Mezzanine are ideal for smaller, more casual gatherings like bridal showers or even bachelor/bachelorette parties. Both are available on weekdays after 5 p.m. and any time on weekends. The tasting room features a full-service bar and large tasting area that overlooks the Classic German brewhouse—your guests will have an unforgettable experience at EBC!

Visit http://www.ellicottvillebrewing.com/private-events/ to see EBC’s full catering menu and photos of their facilities that are available to rent. Call the EBC at (716)699-2537 for more information. You can also visit their website to fill out a convenient online inquiry form, including your preferred event date and estimated number of guests, and the EBC will contact you to get started planning the big day!

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