The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Set alongside the Genesee River in upstate New York, the Glen Iris Inn is a secluded and historic property just south of Castile. Surrounded by virgin forest and offering a front-row view of the river, the inn features a stunning outdoor ceremony site overlooking Middle Falls. With intimate spaces available for a reception, this rural yet elegant venue is an ideal place for couples to say "I do" while surrounding themselves with natural beauty.
The ceremony site is located by the inn’s manicured front lawn. Surrounded by colorful gardens and a backdrop of lush trees, the couple stands upon a stone-laid veranda to exchange vows. A picturesque waterfall cascades down a rocky gorge behind them, while guests are seated upon folding garden chairs situated on the lawn. A pastoral wedding arch adorned with fresh flowers and greenery is also available, should couples wish it.
The Letchworth Room overlooks the property’s tranquil pond and shooting fountain. Originally serving as the estate’s formal dining room, this intimate setting can accommodate 20 to 30 guests for a seated dinner at round tables. The room also provides a private veranda for a more laid back reception area where guests can mingle outdoors.
The Terrace Dining Room offers walls of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the property’s south lawns and the region’s rolling valleys. With round banquet tables, up to 80 guests can be accommodated in this dining space.
The Library is an elegant room featuring a center chandelier, raised ceilings and built-in bookcases—an intimate spot where 10 to 14 people guests can dine in front of a cozy hearth.
The Stone House is an off-site facility located about a mile north of the Glen Iris Inn. This private venue can be booked for a small group of 12 to 15 people and offers a living room, dining room, sun room and overnight accommodations.
The South Lawn Cathedral Tent is used to accommodate guests who wish to celebrate outdoors. Able to hold up to 120 guests (with the option of adding a second tent to accommodate up to 250 people), couples can dine on the lawn and then enjoy celebrating on the dance floor.
What You Should Know
On-site catering services are available for all of the venues, including the Stone House. There is no dancing allowed in any of the dining rooms and the setup of these indoor spaces is for sit-down dinners only. The round tables can seat up to eight people. Table linens and napkins are provided. Dancing is only allowed on the South Lawn, beneath a tent.
Sit-down dinner service is available for 120 guests or less, while a buffet-style dinner is available for outdoor events and can accommodate up to 250 people. The fare includes traditional American favorites like beef Wellington, chicken Florentine and salmon. For couples who choose to forgo a conventional wedding cake, other dessert options include a milk and cookies table and an ice cream sundae bar.
All outdoor events, except for the ceremony in front of the falls, requires a tent. White garden chairs and outdoor tables are not complimentary and require additional fees.
Events must be finished by 10 p.m. The Terrace Dining Room is not available on Saturdays after 4 p.m., so any events in this space must be completed by this time.
Guests may not bring in any outside alcohol and staff at the inn must serve the alcohol.
In addition to offering a shuttle transportation service (fee required) back to town, guests can also book overnight accommodations in private cottages or at the inn.
From the Vendor
Located in beautiful Letchworth State Park
The Glen Iris Inn overlooks magnificent Middle Falls on the Genesee River and is surrounded by the natural beauty of Letchworth State Park, "the Grand Canyon of the East." The Inn offers full catering services including a ceremony site as well as several options for your reception ranging from garden parties to formal events. Our accommodations vary from charming guest rooms and suites at the Inn to efficiency rooms at Pinewood Lodge and private homes throughout the Park.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Garden, Historic Venue, Hotel, Park, Restaurant
Bar + Drinks, Food + Catering, Tents, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff
Meet The Events Director
I have been planning weddings here at the Glen Iris Inn for over 20 years. Every wedding is a unique celebration with a style all its own. The natural setting of Letchworth State Park is a perfect backdrop for such a momentous day!