Where does a wedding insider host his wedding reception? At one of the top venues in WNY of course. Steve Guagliardi, Catering Sales & Event Planning Manager, Rich’s Catering & Special Events, has been helping couples plan the most important day of their lives for nearly 18 years. He’s seen it all. So, when it came time to plan his own wedding, his venue of choice was no surprise. Here are his top three choices for ‘most unique venue in WNY’ and the scoop on these memorable reception spots!

No. 1: The Atrium @ Rich’s

“The Atrium @ Rich’s is still unknown by many,” says Steve. “You would be surprised how many times I meet couples for a tour and they comment that they had no idea this was here! It has its own unique feel. From the custom built 50′ fireplace to state of the art light and sound, it’s the best venue in WNY. It has free parking for all guests, air conditioning to keep guests comfortable, and everything from food to decor is handled onsite.”

No. 2: The Rapids Theatre

The Rapids Theatre is a fully renovated historic theatre. It has the biggest bar in WNY and it sits right in the middle of the venue so it’s very accessible. There’s nothing worse than a bar no one can find! Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are served on the balcony overlooking the main room, which is another space with state of the art light and sound systems. This elaborate concert venue gives you the feeling of partying like rock star, especially when you place your head table on the stage and dance under the beautiful dome.

“The Rapids Theatre is so breathtaking I had my own wedding there!” he confesses.

No. 3: Shea’s Performing Arts Center

Shea’s Performing Arts Center is another historic theatre but with a very elegant and rich feel. You and your guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the grand lobby with the sweeping grand staircase as your backdrop. The ceilings and decorative light fixtures are amazing. Then off to dinner and dancing on the stage in the awe inspiring main theatre, which is probably the best backdrop for a wedding anywhere. Besides, who can say they danced on the stage at Shea’s?!

If you’re still out looking at venues for your wedding, Steve shared a caution to keep in mind. He warns against venues that are still under construction. While the end result has the potential to be spectacular and you might be the first to get married there, there are some red flags to an unfinished venue. Construction delays have been known to push wedding dates back at the last minute. That is a circumstance that would be memorable for all the wrong reasons!

All rights reserved Salient.