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
Wedding and receptionReviewed on 9/17/2013 Tracy L
The scenery is breath taking! The staff was extremely helpful. The food for the reception was delicious. I would definitely recommend having your wedding here. It was more then I could have ever hoped for!
GorgeousReviewed on 8/26/2013 Chelsey
We got married here in the beginning of August. We could not have asked for a more beautiful venue. You can not take a bad picture there, it's just not possible. We were very lucky with perfect weather which definitely helped with the ceremony and reception all being outside. I highly recommend the Glen Iris because of it's history and the natural beauty of it all. The woman I worked with in charge of events was also incredibly helpful and she took care of everything for us. What an incredible experience!
The Glen Iris made my wedding PERFECT!Reviewed on 6/04/2013 Joli S
For a reasonable price, they do all the work. Ceremony and reception and one beautiful location. Letchworth State Park is gorgeous and the ceremony was held overlooking the falls. We had our reception outside in the tent with station style dinner. I didn't eat much of dinner, but I heard no complaints. The lawn area was perfect to spend some time playing washers, can jam, etc during cocktails. I highly recommend them!
Awesome venue!Reviewed on 6/20/2012 Corrie W
Gorgeous day, gorgeous view, delicious food, great coordinators. Totally worth every penny.
A Fairy Tale WeddingReviewed on 9/07/2011 Lindsay O
I had dreamed about getting married at this venue since I was a little girl, so it was an absolute dream come true when my fiance and my parents agreed to have our wedding here. The staff took care of everything, which meant a lot less worry for us during the planning process and especially on the wedding day itself. We had the ceremony in front of the inn, overlooking the waterfall, and then the reception in a tent on their side lawn. All of our guests loved the venue, and gushed about what a romantic and beautiful place it was. The inn itself is beautiful too, and we got a lot of nice photos inside, especially in the wooden staircase and library. The Glen Iris is a restaurant too, and they catered the reception. The cocktail hour and dinner foods were great, very tasty and plentiful. There was good variety with the food too. We had chosen from an extensive menus of both hors d'oeuvres and dinner options with sides (vegetables, potatoes, and salad).
Glenn Iris InnReviewed on 1/29/2011 Alexandra A
My husband and I had an amazing and unforgettable wedding at the Glenn Iris Inn. It is located in Letchworth State Park and overlooks a stunning waterfall. It is a truly perfect weekend wedding venue--especially if you love nature! The wedding coordinator there is professional, experienced, and extremely competent. Your wedding will be in good hands. I suggest knowing exactly what you want before you book the date and sign the contract. If you have a weekend wedding, book the wedding date and block the rooms needed for the number of nights you will be needing them. Family members wanted to stay for three nights, couples for two nights....We booked an extra room just in case, for emergencies, etc. ALSO, the Inn no longer allows the photographer to take pictures from the roof/balcony area because it's been deemed too dangerous, so those sweeping waterfall pictures of the wedding won't be happening. However, your photographer can also take the couple, wedding party, and or guests, to a nook further below that captures the waterfall beautifully--- before or after the wedding. Ultimately, the staff is friendly, the rooms charming (the cherry room is exceptional and perfect for the newlywed couple, but could take up to a year and a half to book! And the same goes for some of the other family cabins, so be sure to book your room AND the family cabins/homes that you want at the same time, when you book your wedding, or else you won't get them later. Everything gets booked rather quickly, and if you make a change 2 days after you booked your rooms and wedding, your desired cabin may be gone! The Glenn Iris Inn is certainly a spectacular venue for those of us that love nature. You can go hiking, kayaking, even riding, and then get married by a waterfall. It will be an experience you and your loved ones will never forget.
Best Venue Ever!Reviewed on 9/13/2010 Gayle P
The staff was amazing. Everything ran like clockwork. No stress with Denise and her staff to assist. Would highly recommended.
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!