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Where to Elope Near Buffalo, New York

Where to Elope Near Buffalo New York - Shaw Photo Co. New York Elopement Photographers
We often get e-mails from couples looking to elope near Buffalo, New York and they ask us our opinion on where to elope near Buffalo, New York? We received an inquiry a couple months ago from a couple looking to elope somewhere in or near Buffalo, New York. They were new to the area so they needed some help deciding! So we sent them an e-mail full of good information with recommendations. We realized this information could be helpful to future couples looking to elope as well! We decided to put together an informative blog post of where to elope in New York. Specifically, places that are within a 7-hour drive of Buffalo, New York.
We offer elopement and intimate wedding packages for weddings in Buffalo, New York as well as destinations nationwide.


Where to Elope Near Buffalo, New York:

  • If you’re looking to elope somewhere closer to Buffalo, Ellicottville is one place to go about a 50-minute drive. You’d want to avoid the first weekend in October because it’s fall fest there and an absolute zoo of people. But most other weekends and weekdays are a little lighter with crowds.  A hilltop ceremony is also offered as an option to all couples at Holiday Valley and you’d just have to call in advance to discuss the elopement option.
  • There’s also Evangola State Park (40 minutes away) which you could do a camping/elopement style wedding right on Lake Erie with photos down by the water, and it does have a pretty coast-like rocks for photos (nothing like the east or west coast oceans, but it’s something!).  There’s a great, hip restaurant called The Grange Community Kitchen that is close enough to Evangola where you could get an after ceremony meal in style
  • Tift Nature Preserve now hosts weddings and there is a beautiful dock you can get married on, (OR, if you’re more adventurous in the fields somewhere would be beautiful). Be sure to contact them before to discuss dates. But for smaller elopements is should not be a problem to wed there!
  • Don’t forget City Hall as a valid option with an afternoon ceremony you can go to various locations throughout Buffalo to take portraits afterward!
  • The Mansion on Delaware is perfect for an elopement or more intimate wedding. They have a beautiful outside side space that can hold an outdoor ceremony and there are plenty of locations to photograph nearby.
  • The Japanese Gardens is another outdoor location
  • The Buffalo and Erie Botanical Gardens is a great indoor/outdoor elopement location. If you’re thinking of eloping in Buffalo in the winter, or after November 1st, this could be a great location because the greenhouse has plenty of light and can keep you warm. Just remember, if you’re planning a winter elopement to have your ceremony early!

Where to Elope within a 4-6 hour drive from Buffalo, New York:

There are some beautiful places in the Adirondacks that are perfect for an elopement. And the Adirondacks are an easy drive from Buffalo, New York! One of our favorite locations in the Adirondacks is called Inlet. It’s about 4-4.5 hour drive from Buffalo. There is also the Lake Placid and Lake George Area that are a bit further away but also beautiful: Where to Elope in the Adirondacks?

Where to Elope within a 6 hour drive from Buffalo, New York:

There is one other place you should consider to elope that is a little further of a drive, but still in New York. The Catskills/ Hudson Valley. The Catskills are further than the ADK and the views aren’t as intense. But, because it is closer to NYC, there is much more modern lodging and higher-end food options! Where to Elope in the Catskills and Hudson Valley?


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Wedding Vendors for your Elopement

Local Buffalo florists that love catering to elopements and smaller weddings are:
One of our favorite officiant vendors for elopements is Yellow Bird Weddings.  She personalizes every ceremony and we absolutely love working with her!
Local hair and makeup studios that have catered to our elopements in the past are:
We even had a bride recently get her hair done at Groom Service at 8am, pick up her flowers at Fern Croft after, and then drive 4 hours to the Adirondacks for her elopement on the top of Rocky Mountain!
Elope near Buffalo
We hope you find this blog post informative! Did you elope somewhere else that we should know about? Leave a comment below or send us an e-mail at info@shawphotoco.com and we’ll add your location to our list of recommendations 🙂