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Reception
$5,501 starting price
Ceremony
$500 starting price
Bar service
$23 per person
Reception
$2,500 starting price
Ceremony
$500 starting price
Bar service
$23 per person
These prices are available for the months of May through October. These prices are available for the months of November through April.

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The Wadsworth Homestead, a historic and family-owned estate in Geneseo, New York overlooking the Genesee Valley, is home to casually elegant weddings for couples looking for rustic charm. Sitting on 300 acres of land, the interior is furnished with decor collected over six generations, while the grounds allow couples to basque in the the dramatic landscape of awe-inspiring oak trees, lush fields and forests that surround the property.

Facilities and Capacity
Couples can host up to 300 guests in warm weather (125 in the winter). For reception options, couples can choose between the large dining room on the first floor or, for larger parties, a tent on the grounds is provided. Cocktail hour can be hosted in one of two drawing rooms or the elaborately decorated library.

Services Offered
The Wadsworth Homestead offers all-inclusive wedding packages, including planning and catering, to ensure that couples can make the most of the experienced staff. The venue also offers the following services:

  • Aisle markers
  • Altar/arches
  • Audio equipment
  • Centerpieces
  • Chairs
  • Dance floor
  • Decor
  • Furniture
  • Tables
  • Tents


Cuisine
Food at the Wadsworth Homestead is prepared by Jeff and Lisa Bleier of the Caledonia Village Inn. Their 40 years of experience drives the excellent food and presentation of Homestead events, and their expertise includes uniquely designed menus and artfully designed ice sculptures.

History
The Wadsworth Homestead was built as the original property of brothers General William Wadsworth and James Wadsworth in 1804 and is one of the few properties in the United States that has never changed hands from family to family. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. In 2011, the family decided to open the property to public weddings and large events.

Location
Situated on the south end of Geneseo’s Main Street, within walking distance to shops and restaurants, the property is 30 minutes from Rochester, New York.

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Frequently asked questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$5,501

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$2,500

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

No

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$500

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Lighting/Sound
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$23

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
House Liquor
House Wine
Open Bar

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

2

Describe your venue:

Garden
Historic Building
Inn/B&B
Mansion

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Liability Insurance
Outside Vendors

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Outside Alcohol
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Aisle Markers
Altar/Arch
Audio Equipment
Centerpieces
Chairs
Dance Floor
Decor
Furniture
Lighting
Tables
Tents

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
November
December
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Kelsey S. Sent on 06/25/2023
5 out of 5 rating

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I fell in love with the Wadsworth homestead at first sight of walking into the venue. It was a dream of mine to be married at the Wadsworth Homestead. My dream came true last year on August 13th. The Wadsworth Homestead is like its own hidden gem excluded from the world. The day felt like we were in our own world celebrating with close friends and family. We arrived Friday and didn’t leave until Saturday night. The ambiance was enveloping. Will and the staff were amazing, catering to our needs and making sure the day flowed. I love that everything is done in one place: the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. The grounds were enchanting, and the perfect summer day allowed for some incredible scenes for wedding photos. It was an amazing feeling not worrying how to get everyone from place to place. I just sat back, and relaxed knowing Will and the staff had it all taken care of. Will answered my millions of questions, with unbelievable patience and care. I felt like I was being heard. Some of the questions I had were about what would happen if it rained. There was a backup plan for this if it happened; the wedding could be held in the house with a carefully, well thought out plan of how everyone could view the ceremony. Another question I asked involved what would happen during the day. The pre-wedding zoom meetings (there were 3 of these with options to have more if I felt it was needed) detailed all the different things that would take place. These allowed me to feel at ease. My overwhelming sense of having to plan a big celebration was quickly replaced with peace and calmness knowing I could be focused on my part of the day – being the bride. As I look back at my wedding day, it was truly one of the best days of my life. I am so grateful to everyone that was a part of the preparation, delivery of the ceremony and the smoothness of the reception. Getting married at the Wadsworth Homestead was one of the best decisions I made. Thank you, Will and staff for making my dream come true!
- Kelsey Ames Shanahan
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Erin K. Sent on 07/07/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Book it now!

I truly don’t even know where to begin with this review - my husband and I just had the perfect wedding/one year vow renewal celebration (hello, COVID postponements) at the Wadsworth - best decision we made when wedding planning was booking this venue! Not only can every part of your day be handled right on the property (we did our rehearsal dinner in the house/porch area, an outdoor ceremony, cocktail hour inside the house, and a tented reception on the grounds) but you and your wedding party can also stay in the house for the weekend! There are no hidden fees or up charges that you see with most venues these days and the place is absolutely gorgeous (just look at the many beautiful photos). However, I do think the most invaluable asset you get when booking this venue is having Will Wadsworth as your unofficial wedding planner! Will was truly incredible - he thought of every detail and lent his expertise to our planning while still making the day feel extremely personal and our own - basically, if we asked he made it happen! He also had back up plans ready to go and was ready to jump in personally if he needed to (e.g., he fixed my dads boutonnière before we walked down the aisle, helped my brother sew on his tuxedo button that popped off right before he walked, and even drove my cousin home when he missed the last shuttle!). I also have to rave about the food. When you book the Wadsworth you must use the accompanying caterer but this is really just another convenience for you because the food was incredible and our main contact, Lisa, was incredibly helpful and professional. My husband and I actually ate almost our entire plates (at our own wedding!) because it was just so good we made the time to enjoy!! We also heard excellent things from our guests who were not only impressed by the quality but the quantity as well! The servers were all professional and everything came out hot and plated beautifully. Truly, not a single complaint comes to mind for the entire weekend. I could go on and on but the point is, you found your venue (and caterer) so book it now!
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Gregory O. Sent on 09/25/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Weddings by the Wadsworth Family: A Covid Miracle

As New York City residents, my wife Ioanna and I planned our wedding to be in late August on the Brooklyn waterfront, with a guest list exceeding 400, and a myriad of extravagances, each ticking the box of what one would consider a "dream wedding" checklist. Never in our dreams would we have imagined that our special day would be no longer; moreover, it would need to be postponed to next year, or the year following! Little did we know that the impact of COVID-19 on our plans, and their ultimate dissolution, would be a profound blessing, shaped in the form of a picturesque, heartwarming wedding ceremony and dinner, organized and hosted by the Wadsworth family, some of the loveliest people you will ever encounter, at their historic Homestead in Geneseo, New York. In just two weeks, Louise, Will, Piper, Lauren, and Krista, collectively the Wadsworths, put together an event more special than we could have ever hoped for. Louise Wadsworth, the matriarch, was a logistics aficionado, making sure that all arrangements were in place, including flowers, makeup, hair, decor, etc. She even organized a live streaming platform. Almost 150 of our friends and family, including relatives from Greece, Albania, France, and Germany, were able to watch us and comment in real-time! Take that pandemic! Will Wadsworth, patriarch, historian, officiant, and savior (when I realized I could not tie my bow-tie), made us feel comfortable, well cared for, and eventually learned, after he graced us with stories of his family's past, much of which was tied to the charming Wadsworth Homestead, rich with artifacts, the smell of books, mahogany, and the fresh Genesee Valley breeze. Lauren and Krista, daughter and daughter-in-law to the Louise and Will, were highly professional and engaged photographers, providing us with memories that will last a lifetime. They even organized a horse to be brought to the property at my wife's request, so we could have a bride and groom with a horse portrait session! Piper (the youngest daughter) is a trained chef. She put together the most well crafted, pleasing to the eye (and tummy), cheese, and charcuterie boards with actual honeycombs. She made us a superb high-end restaurant-grade dinner, snacks, and breakfast of our choosing after we stayed the night. Words cannot express our gratitude to this family for all they did for us, especially considering the difficult timing. Each moment of that special day on June 11, 2020, is frozen in time as a lasting memory for me and Ioanna, her mother, and my father. We went from 400 to 4 wedding attendees, and it turns out bigger isn't necessarily better when it comes to weddings, and the Wadsworth Homestead made that possible. Thank you to the Wadsworth Family for working a miracle; we will be eternally grateful for what you gave us. Love, Greg & Ioanna O'Connell.
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Parkside Drive Parkside Drive Wedding Bands

Wadsworth Homestead is a beautiful wedding and event space in Geneseo NY. We have had the pleasure of performing for some incredible weddings there and everything was perfect. The grounds are historically preserved with the elegance of yesteryear. Beautiful views on all sides. Check out Wadsworth Homestead for your wedding!

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The Wadsworth Homestead offers a beautiful venue of historic proportions! Their service and quality is exceptional.

Sue Egan Photography Sue Egan Photography Wedding Photographers

When I first met Will, I was immediately drawn to his calming nature, friendly personality, and professionalism. He coordinated my Wedding, and I will never forget how incredible our celebration was because of him, and the pride and care he took for the property. I also have had the honor of photographing Weddings with him as a professional photographer and I can't wait to celebrate with them and with him every time. The attention to detail, the beautiful surroundings, and the helpful staff are always amazing. We keep in touch in social networks, and I am continuously impressed by everything he exceeds in doing. I feel very lucky to know him and I highly recommend him and celebrations at the Wadsworth Homestead...one of the very nicest and caring people I know, in an incredibly beautiful and historic setting.

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