Why should I get married at Taughannock?
The Inn at Taughannock has a rich and romantic history as a wedding location since it opened to the public in 1935. Located at the gateway to the Cayuga wine trail and just seven miles from Ithaca New York, many Cornell University and Ithaca college alums return here to take their vows. Our twelve-acre campus has five buildings hosting twenty-six guest rooms to accommodate your wedding guests.
Surrounded by the Taughannock Falls State Park, every wedding overlooks beautiful Cayuga Lake, or take your wedding vows a short stroll away next to the lake or at the lovely little waterfall, at no additional charge within the Park.
We put on a spectacular show!
Your wedding is the one day you and your family and friends will remember forever. We can help you turn any dream event into a reality. We believe no two weddings should ever be the same, so let's make it special. Do you like fireworks? Let our pyrotechnic team design a fireworks show just for you.
Stunning Photo Locations
How many people have a 215-foot waterfall in the backdrop of their wedding photos? We’ll make all necessary arrangements with the State Park for your photo shoot at the foot of this breathtaking natural wonder.
We can also hold your wedding ceremony by the little waterfall or next to Cayuga Lake and take care of all those details.
We offer a variety of boats and classic cars, perfect to enhance your photo shoot. We are delighted to take smaller groups out on sunset boat tours while we have a private wine tasting at sunset. Our event planner can set up a golfing expedition for the golfers in your party, or arrange a winetasting tour, or hiking!
The Perfect Setting for Every Stage of the Day
Lakeview is a private house that offers an exclusive bridal retreat with a private master suite, marble bathroom and cozy living room. When the bridesmaids stop by to prepare for the ceremony, the space also has a private make-up and hair salon, massage rooms and on-site fitness center. A perfect refuge, as you're pampered and relax in front of the fireplace, while your bridesmaids enjoy hors d'ouvres and champagne. Enjoy a manicure and pedicure as everyone gets their hair and makeup applied by professionals. Retire in the secluded Bridal Suite overlooking the lake while everyone dresses for your big day.
During the wedding reception, our staff will pack your bags and relocate you to the Honeymoon Suite on the third floor of the Victorian Inn, where you will spend your wedding night in the most romantic setting on campus.
Your day doesn't end when the sun goes down
After the band has played its final number, when others have called it a night and it's just you and your closest friends and family… Adjourn to the fire pit for late night conversation and a few more toasts. We know you don't want this night to end.
We'll keep the flames going late into the evening so you can make s'mores or arrange for a breakfast bar for all your late night partiers.
Can I rent the entire property and take over the entire hotel?
Yes, you can...!
The Inn at Taughannock has five buildings, each one may be rented on an as-needed basis or rent the entire 12-acre campus. This destination wedding location encourages you to rent and control the entire property, which includes every guest room, our private houses, bar, restaurant and all the grounds and fire pits.
Can I taste the food before committing to the venue?
May I have input on the wedding menu?
This is your day and we want you to be exceptionally happy with all the details. We would be delighted to personalize our menu to incorporate your distinctive taste. All food selections must be completed 45 days prior to your event.
We offer a complimentary menu tasting after you have committed to our venue. However we would be delighted to provide a limited tasting of our entrees, free of charge, even if you’re still undecided. Please contact our event planner to set up a time to taste the menu.
What is included with the rentals?
All wedding packages include your very own on-site wedding planner, who will assist your every need until you depart. This personal assistant is how we achieve your every expectations of this landmark event. Once we have received your deposit holding the venue location and date, we will provide you with a complete list of our preferred vendors which we highly recommend. Of course you are free to pick and choose anyone you like, other than the catering and bar service we provide. All receptions include tablecloths, napkins, votive candles, parquet dance floor, champagne toast, complimentary cake cutting and serving.
May I bring an outside caterer?
Our culinary staff will meet or exceed your culinary requests. Quite honestly, that is the reason for getting married at The Inn at Taughannock. With our remodeled kitchen and CIA trained chef, we are sure to exceed your expectations.
What are the bar options?
We offer a variety of bar packages by the hour and can also provide a cash bar, or just wine, champagne and beer service. Any and all combination you can imagine. All guests under 30 should expect to provide proof of age. Please click here to view our bar packages.
Is there a deposit required?
Yes we do require a non-refundable deposit in the amount of the venue fee listed under the desired location you choose. Below is a schedule of payment:
• Due at signing or one year from wedding date: Venue fee deposit is due.
• Six months from wedding date: 50% of total estimated cost due
• 30 days from wedding date: Balance paid in full
• Any remaining balance is due at check-out the following morning.
• All deposits are non-refundable.
This is your day to celebrate, one of the best aspects of being surrounded by a State Park, there is no one to complain, other than another hotel guest that is not with your party. We will ask the band to lower its volume to the music at 11PM and of course State law requires us to stop all alcohol sales by 1AM. Most likely you have rented one of our private homes and can keep the party going.
Menus & Arrangements
Weddings booked a year or more in advance are subject to an increase of 15% on food costs. All prices are subject to change (up to a 3% increase) up to 60 days prior to your event. No outside food or beverages may be brought into Inn at Taughannock events, except for wedding cakes.
We will do our best to provide you with the first choice of any guest rooms you may need for your special day. The requests must be submitted at the time of signing the wedding contract. The Inn at Taughannock cannot guarantee any additional guest room availability at a later date. We do collect a 50% deposit on all hotel rooms and will refund the deposit 10 days prior to your stay, for rooms you no longer need.
The Inn at Taughannock offers a premiere wedding venue and does not require that your wedding package meet any minimums. The Wedding Garden venue does require a minimum of 125 people in order to book and host a wedding on Saturday night between May through the third week in October.
The Inn at Taughannock has five buildings and 26 total guest rooms.
Edgewood is a modern facility with ten guestrooms all facing the lake with balconies. Four rooms have two queen beds, the other six rooms are equipped with king beds and pull out sofas.
Lakeview is a private house with a master on-suite and a spacious living room. The second half of the house is a professional salon, perfect for the bride and her bridesmaids to be pampered with hair styling, make-up and mani pedi on the wedding day. This is our recommendation where the bride should stay the night before her wedding. We will be happy to pack you up and relocate you to our bridal suite while the ceremony is underway.
Hillside home is a fully operational home that may be rented in sections or in its entirety. The 5000 sq. ft. home is newly restored and has six bedrooms, bathrooms, living room and kitchen. There are two rooms with king beds, three rooms with queen beds and a child's room with two twin beds. The living room accommodates a cocktail reception for up to 50 guests.
Parkview is our pet friendly building with three rooms each with king beds and on-suite bathrooms. It can be rented as one house or three separate rooms.
The Victorian Inn is the ultimate in luxury. All six rooms have antiques of the era and top of the line bedding.