The McKinley

Endicott, NY

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The First Look

The McKinley, located in upstate New York in Endicott, is what every glamorous, elegant couple is looking for in the ideal wedding venue. With more than 10,000-square-feet of space, a sunken wood dance floor, 20-foot high ceilings with sky lights and vintage chandeliers, The McKinley creates an ambience of romance and class.

The McKinley staff is willing to cater to the couple’s needs and help them design the event of their dreams, from cozy and intimate to extravagant princess ball and everything in between. The decor is neutral elegant, with a balcony that offers fantastic photo opportunities. The day of the event is exclusive to the couple, offering privacy and freedom for up to 700 guests. There will be no cutting from the guest list for this location.

Wedding ceremonies for parties under 170 can be performed in the reception room as well for an additional site usage fee, making average sized weddings a breeze.

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What You Should Know

The McKinley offers a large variety of catering styles, with a wide variety of price points to accommodate many different budgets. Some of the selections include plated dinner service, buffet, family style, luncheon and stations. Events are granted five hours of time and the start time is extremely flexible, with the only restriction being that events must conclude by midnight.

The wedding coordinator assigned to the event will help the couple find and secure vendors for services other than catering and alcohol, which are provided by The McKinley, taking stress from the bride and groom. This location has a guest minimum of 100 to 135 for pricing and also adds on a gratuity and sales tax to all packages. When holding an event at the McKinley, couples have access to all of the following:

  • Tables, chairs, china, glassware and 15 colors of linens to choose from are included in all packages
  • Private bridal suite
  • Private picture taking area for bridal party and couple
  • Classic centerpieces and table numbers are provided
  • Four hours of open bar with signature drink
  • Champagne toast, cake cutting and service are priced with the catering package
  • Chairs for the ceremony are subject to a rental fee
  • Bride and groom will receive a complimentary menu tasting; final selections must be chosen with 14 days of the event
  • Special dietary requests, vendor meals and children's meals are available as upgrades in the catering packages
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Extra Perks

The staff at the McKinley strives to make each wedding as special as possible, while also trying to take much of the headache and stress out of planning. As part of their dedication, couples can also expect all of the following additional services:

  • The venue partners with several local hotels to provide discount guest rooms and free shuttle service to and from the McKinley
  • Vendors are allowed at the site three hours prior to the event start time to set up, cook or decorate
  • Munchie and dessert stations, as well as a sundae bar, create your own s'mores bar and fruit parfait station to add a unique and memorable element to the event
  • Free self-parking available for guests not utilizing shuttle service from a local hotel
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From the Vendor

Stunning Setting. Exceptional Cuisine.

As a premier wedding venue located in Upstate New York, The McKinley will cater to every wedding style from simple to extravagant and to only one wedding per day. With our distinct space and professional staff providing personal attention, your special day will be uniquely yours!

Amenities + Details

Amenities
  • Handicap Accessible

  • Indoor

  • Reception Area

For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.

Price Range

$$ – Affordable

Venue Capacity

300+

Settings

Ballroom

Wedding Categories

Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Planning, Service Staff

Awards
Bow2017
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Contact Info

Address
29 McKinley Avenue, Endicott, NY (607) 349-5699
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Reviewed on 1/15/2017 Sara S

We had our reception at the McKinley on 1.7.17. It was perfect! Alisha who is the Director of Sales, is amazing to work with! She made great suggestions for outside vendors to add to the evening, her decorating was on point, and customer service was exactly what you would want... Read More for your wedding day! Our wedding was unique because the man that I married is the Executive Chef at the McKinley, which put additional pressure for the food to be fantastic! All of our guests raved about the food and how the flavors were perfect! The kitchen staff are very skilled and want your menu to be exactly what you ordered! The waitstaff are kind and helpful! They do an amazing job of taking care of your guests! The dance floor is a big highlight of the McKinley! It is large enough to hold your guests so everyone has space to shake it! We had over 200 guests, with 2 bars, a gift table, dessert table, and a photo booth and there was plenty of space to move around! For decorations we had uplighting and lighting over the dance floor- the space is magical! Everyone loved the venue, the food was delicious, and by far the best service in town! I highly recommend the McKinley for your wedding or any event!


Reviewed on 10/24/2016 Kylie H

I cannot say enough wonderful things about The McKinley and its fabulous staff. Alisha and Jill guided us through every step of planning to make sure we were absolutely comfortable and ready to go with all of the details. They helped us work through logistics and totally put out... Read More minds at ease. I was the first in my family to get married so being first time wedding planners, this was HUGE for us!! Not only did they make planning so much easier, the McKinley has some of the best food I have ever eaten. Our guests were blown away with the delicious food and the absolutely beautiful atmosphere The McKinley created for us. We had an unforgettable and perfect day!! Highly Recommend!!


Reviewed on 9/01/2016 Stephen A

Starting from the day one consultation meeting and everyday until our wedding day the entire McKinley team made us feel special. They catered to our every need. Alisha was awesome and instrumental in helping us plan our special day. She always has a smile on her face and is... Read More available for anything and everything that you need. The day of the wedding, the venue was beautiful, the food was great, and Jillian completely surpassed our expectations of a banquet manager. She was there for whatever we asked and consistently checked in with us to make sure that everything went the way that we wanted it to. We could not have asked for a better place to have our wedding reception. If you are looking for a venue, you will not find a more beautiful place, or better people than the McKinley.


Reviewed on 12/29/2016

If you want a traditional cookie cutter wedding just like your friends and parents and their parents had, do not go to the McKinely. However, if you want a wedding that will be talked about for years to come, if you want your guests to have an amazing time, if you want your... Read More food to be top notch, and you want a COMPLETELY WORRY FREE EXPERIENCE, then you can stop looking for venues. Two words: Jillian, Alisha. Boom. Your weddings done. Any crazy idea or request that I had, and believe me I had a lot, they accommodated. In this area it's hard to make a wedding stand out when there's only so many venues and so many vendors. The McKinely delivers. Jillian and Alisha put you in touch with vendors that are familiar with the venue, making life that much easier. Lighting, decorating, everything is taken care of. Not to mention the ease of being so close to the highway and the parkway, it makes it so easy for out of town guests! And they partner with local hotels! We used the Hampton Inn on the parkway. Honestly, I implore you, for the sake of your wedding book the McKinley. All cards on the table, we had booked with another venue originally, and after being treated poorly, switched to the McKinley and were so thankful. It was the best thing that ever happened to our wedding day, and no joke, probably saved it. We were at odds about everything wedding related and when we booked with the McKinley, all that went away. If you have ANY questions, feel free to email me, [email protected], I literally cannot say enough great things about this venue and their staff. Food, Service, Attention to Detail, Courteous, Friendly, all of it, 10/10.


Reviewed on 10/25/2016 Nicole S

Absolutely wonderful experience. Everything was perfect and we could not have asked for anything better. The McKinley blew our expectations away and gave us the perfect Wedding experience. Could not be more pleased.


Reviewed on 10/24/2016 Dayle B

Booking the McKinley (American Food and Vending) as our wedding caterer was one of the best things that could have happened. 8 weeks later, guests are still raving about how good the food was, of course. But what I really want to describe to you is how truly wonderful Alisha... Read More and her team were to us. She jumped through so many unusual hoops in order to make this offsite event happen- and took it all in stride. She helped us plan a wedding day schedule accounting for things we never even thought of and was as flexible as could be. The day of the wedding, she was there to see it through. I can't recommend the McKinley/AFV enough. When booking, I thought the price was perfectly reasonable, but I never could have dreamed how personalized and thoughtful the service would be.


Reviewed on 9/01/2016 Stephen A

Starting from the day one consultation meeting and everyday until our wedding day the entire McKinley team made us feel special. They catered to our every need. Alisha was awesome and instrumental in helping us plan our special day. She always has a smile on her face and is... Read More available for anything and everything that you need. The day of the wedding, the venue was beautiful, the food was great, and Jillian completely surpassed our expectations of a banquet manager. She was there for whatever we asked and consistently checked in with us to make sure that everything went the way that we wanted it to. We could not have asked for a better place to have our wedding reception. If you are looking for a venue, you will not find a more beautiful place, or better people than the McKinley.


Reviewed on 7/31/2016 Erica T

We got married on June 18, 2016 and had our reception at the McKinley! Alisha and her team are amazing! She went above and beyond to make our day exactly what we wanted - even found us a love seat for our sweetheart table the week of the wedding! The food was amazing as... Read More well! The staff took care of me and my husband from the moment we arrived at our reception until we walked out the door at the end of the night! First class service!


Reviewed on 7/28/2016

The McKinley was fantastic for my wedding. They helped me every step of the way and the venue is absolutely stunning. My guests also can't stop raving about the food. The night of the reception they catered to every one of my needs. Great place for a reception and five stars.


Reviewed on 7/21/2016 Racheal H

From the minute we walked into the McKinley to see if the first time we knew this was the place. Alisha greeted us with open arms and a smile. We could not have had the wedding we did with out her. She helped with everything from table linens to food, to even being a shoulder... Read More to lean on in the few days before the wedding when stress sort of took over. The wedding day was just perfect too! she meet us at the door with our signature drinks and water and Jillian (the banquet manager) was just amazing as well. They packed up food for us to eat later because we had to time to eat that night. The McKinley is just the perfect place. Thank you!


Reviewed on 4/14/2016

Just got married here 4/9/2016 and what an amazing wedding it was. When all said and done the McKinley is absolutely breathtaking all decorated and put together. There is something so grand about the McKinley, especially when you first walk into the room. Alisha is so lovely to... Read More work with and really works hard to make your day feel special! Many compliments from our guests on how awesome the food was and also from people who have claimed to hate weddings saying they really enjoyed ours. You really can't go wrong with a place like the McKinley!


Reviewed on 3/05/2016 Vanessa K

I am so happy that we chose the McKinley for our wedding. I cannot say enough good things about my experience with Alisha and the rest of her staff at the McKinley. Everything was perfect, and in all honesty, I think that my husband and I got even more than we expected for our... Read More wedding day. You have in your head that things are going to happen or go wrong, everything was better than perfect. The guests could not stop complimenting the food and the atmosphere. We had both our Ceremony and our Reception there and everything turned our wonderfully.


Reviewed on 2/26/2016

To keep it simple, our wedding came out better than i expected, Alisha helped my wife from start, over all everybody that attended the wedding loved it. Would recommend this venue to friends and family


Reviewed on 2/10/2016 Jessika B

My husband and I looked at 4 other places and chose the McKinley. The minute we walked in there, I knew instantly this was the place I wanted our wedding to be. From beginning to end, Alisha (Coordinator) and her staff exceeded our expectations. Alisha went above and beyond to... Read More help us with every detail. We had both our Ceremony and Reception there. It was a magical feeling walking in to see all the decorations and everything put together. It was absolutely breath taking. We couldn't be happier with the decision that we made. The venue was amazing. Everyone of our guests had nothing but positive commented on how DELICIOUS the food was. I would definitely recommend anyone to have their event there.


Reviewed on 12/30/2015

Could not have asked for a better overall experience. Alisha was so helpful, and courteous throughout the planning. We received several "this was the best food we've ever had at a wedding" type compliments after the event. So glad we went with The Mc Kinley.


Reviewed on 11/29/2015 Andrea P

IF YOU WANT A FLAWLESS RECPETION- CHOOSE THE MCKINLEY! My husband and I recently had our reception at the McKinley and it was better than we could have ever imagined!! We had a little over 200 guests- and the space here was PERFECT! We initially chose the McKinley because of... Read More the dance floor (the biggest I've ever seen!) and the fact it was in the middle allowed out guests to capture the important moments! We also had two bars on opposite sides (both with our signature cocktail- pumpkin pie martini; that was to die for!). Alisha was absolutely AMAZING to work with. She was so patient and truly went above and beyond to make our day exactly how we envisioned it! We want to Hank Alisha and the McKinley from the bottom of our hearts for making our reception so PERFECT! Even after a month- so many people comment how wonderful our reception was! People also ask what went wrong that day, I often find myself smiling and can honestly say "nothing, it was perfect!"


Reviewed on 10/31/2015

We looked at many places and chose the McKinley for three main reasons : 1) they hands down have the best food. My vegan dish is excellent and the steak was delicious according to most of our guests :) 2) the professionalism of the staff. Alisha and the staff were really great.... Read More I felt that we were really taken care of. 3) the sunken dance floor. It was really great to have everyone be able to see the festivities. We really had a great time working with Alisha to plan our reception. She was great to work with and she made sure that reception was what we pictured. Our reception was really awesome!}


Reviewed on 10/16/2015 Test Steve T

We loved them!


Reviewed on 10/05/2015

The McKinley did a fantastic job on making our wedding day perfect. The food was great my personal favorite was the stuffed chicken. Also something that I really enjoyed was the fact the bartenders remembered most of the guest drinks. I would recommend the McKinley for anyone's... Read More wedding the staff is great. Bryan W


Reviewed on 10/02/2015 Melissa B

The McKinley was the placed I always wanted for my reception, even before I was engaged. I used to work at the McKinley and I know all of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes of a wedding reception. It was such a nice feeling the be the bride and be on the other end of... Read More things. Alisha was absolutely fantastic as she guided me through the planning process, and was so flexible with my busy work schedule. The tasting they had was perfect, and let me have another look at things set up before I had my big day. The whole space is completely stunning, from the entrance, to the sunk in dance floor. Plenty of room for dancing, eating, mingling and for a photobooth! This facility really has it all, and does everything to not only make this all about you but make it perfect for you. The food was amazing, and it was awesome to hear all my guests still talking about it weeks after the wedding. Everyone serving did a great job keeping the dinner flow going while keeping the place clean. The layout is perfect and the music could be heard from every corner of the room, and the decorations across the high ceiling were beautiful. My wedding day was perfect and I have Alisha and the McKinley to thank for it, I'm so grateful for all of their hardwork while making my reception perfect.


Review( Wedding 07/18/2015)

Reviewed on 9/19/2015

McKinley was by far one of the best decisions we have ever made together. All of our guests had nothing but positive comments on our wedding between the venue and the food. They all had such a wonderful time and were just amazed by the service. My wife (Carly) and I could not... Read More have asked for a better place to have our reception. Alisha Fisher was by far such a pleasure to work with and we truly appreciated her services. She truly showed that she cared about making our day special and that we were satisfied throughout the whole process. Thank you so much Alisha!!


The McKinley Exceeds Expectations

Reviewed on 9/19/2015 Carly B

Selecting the McKinley for our wedding reception was one of the easiest and best choices we made for our special day. From beginning to end, the staff exceeded our expectations. The venue is enormous with lofty ceilings and extravagant light fixtures. There is even a balcony... Read More and private room upstairs for the bridal party. In addition, we loved the sunken-in dance floor. It was so spacious and easy for guests to watch couples dance the night away. Also, it provided a separate setting for them to mingle and hear one another. Alisha Fisher, the Director of Catering and Sales, was so incredibly sweet and such a huge help. Mrs. Fisher helped us plan out our whole wedding reception from start to finish and we received a free delicious tasting to boot! She also provided us with wonderful advice throughout the process and was there whenever we needed her! On our wedding day, the staff did such a fabulous job. They had security quickly open up a private room for our bridal party, because we showed up unexpectedly early! Mrs. Fisher even surprised us by showing up at the reception unexpectedly! She checked in on us and brought up drinks and hors d'oeuvres to the private room! She also took additional pictures of us on our wedding day and posted them on our Facebook wall the very next day! The food and service on our wedding day was out of this world! The buffet was perfect and the staff was on point, they checked in with every table constantly. For our bridal party, they got us anything that we needed or wanted! Our guests couldn't stop complimenting the McKinley for it's extravagant space, excellent food, and friendly staff. Our wedding day was perfect because of the McKinley and their hardworking staff, we cannot thank them enough. I highly recommend The McKinley to anyone looking for a wedding venue in the Binghamton, Endicott, or Vestal area, I can guarantee you will not find anywhere else that matches their expertise!


Reviewed on 9/14/2015 JONATHAN T

I must say that by far the McKinley is the most perfect and huge venue I have ever seen! I was a little hesitant of the place when we first met with Alisha, but once the big day finally came, everything she promised it could be, became reality! Our friends and family CAN NOT... Read More stop talking about how it was the best reception they have ever been to, and they have been to A LOT of weddings. Plus, the food was superb! I would definitely recommend either the Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken or the Potato Encrusted Cod. It makes us feel good knowing that we made a good decision in placing our reception in the hands of Alicia and the staff at the McKinley. COULD NOT have gone any more perfect! Thank you so, so much!!


Reviewed on 9/14/2015 melissa v

Where do I even begin? Working with Alisha and the staff at the Mckinley was amazing! Our whole planning process was stress free and fun and we couldn't have asked for anything more! The venue was decorated just as we imagined it, the food was DELICIOUS and our guests were... Read More totally blown away! Our wedding was a dream come true! From our signature Bride and Groom Drinks, to our Smore bar, the food and how helpful the staff was throughout the process, I can't thank you guys enough for everything you did for us throughout the process! Our wedding is still being talked about and how it was the best wedding people have ever been to!


Reviewed on 9/06/2015 Megan W

My husband and I just recently had our wedding reception at The McKinley. It was beyond wonderful! We worked closely with Alisha and her staff for over a year and from the small to big questions everything was answered. They were all extremely helpful and our wedding reception... Read More was beautiful! We didn't have to worry about a thing. Alisha made wedding planning easy and fun! There is no better venue out there! Thank you to Alisha and the McKinley staff for everything!


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