The most important decision after who to marry is where to get married. Buffalo’s brides and grooms have a dizzying array of venue choices — from rustic barns to vast banquet halls, from refurbished historic buildings to hotel ballrooms. Today, established banquet facilities and event spaces in the suburbs are investing in upgrades to win over couples in the face of competition from newer wedding venues in Buffalo. Call it the wedding wars. “There’s an absolute glut of facilities,” said Mark Fromholt, the veteran general manager at Samuel’s Grande Manor, which is investing $250,000 in its Clarence facility. Hotel Henry, the Curtiss Hotel and 500 Pearl are just three of the venues that opened in Buffalo in the past two years, following Statler City and the Hotel @ The Lafayette. With the region’s population holding steady in recent years, the newest venues join a crowded matrimonial marketplace battling over the same number of engaged couples. New dance floors at Samuels Grande Manor in Clarence. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News) In response, 40-year-old Samuel’s in Clarence is updating its look in an overhaul meant to appeal to modern brides and grooms. Also, the business is taking two of its six banquet rooms offline… Read full this story
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