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Best Wedding Reception Location(s) is NEPA?

My fiancee and I just got engaged on Christmas. We are prospecting Wedding Reception locations in Northeast PA and having not eaten at all the places we're looking at, does anybody have tips or ideas on different reception locations and how good the food is? The facility must accomodate approximately 300 people. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Suggest you go on the "Knot" in terms of getting information on Weddings. I am not even sure where Northeast Pa. is. I originally thought you were talking about Northeast Philadelphia. You are going to be limited to places that can hold such a large group. As a mother of a bride married 1.5 years ago, I have to ask are you really sure you want that big of a wedding?

    1. Faye- NEPA is a large area of Pennsylvania. The NE section of the state. It encompasses a vast number of towns, and, despite what many of my fellow Philadelphians think, actually DOES have places that can fit 300. It includes cities you have heard of- Wilkes-Barre/Scranton/Hazleton.

      Shangys- First, congratulations! Second, What budget do you have in mind? I had my wedding in NEPA, so I have some ideas on places, vendors, etc. Third, closer to Hazelton, WB or Scranton? Or somewhere else? I would be happy to help in any way.

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      1. re: JABDDD

        Thank you for the information. I agree the budget is critical. One of the points I was also trying to make - which maybe isn't really an issue for this board - is that 300 is a lot of people and obviously means more money. Having recently experienced this as a mother-of-the-bride (admittedly with only half the number of people at my daughter's wedding) the day goes by very quickly, a lot of money is spent, and more people means spending less time with each guest. Just a lesson I learned.

      2. Faye- I couldn't agree more! We had a smaller wedding- about 150- for this and many other reasons.

        Back to the chow- what kind of wedding food do you have in mind? Is food your priority? Or is it say, flowers? Types of food may also help me whittle down places.

        1. Thanks for your interest in helping. Food IS a priority but it's about on par with other things. However, I'm willing to splurge a little for a good menu. Specific types of food are not required as our tastes vary widely. ... We've cut it down to about 240-250 since my initial posting, but it's still large. Any advice/ideas you may have about vendors (caterers, florists, DJ's, etc.) would be GREATLY appreciated.

          1. Well, since you know that NEPA is big... where have you looked? Scranton, Tunkhannock, Hazleton, Tamaqua, and Port Jarvis are all NEPA. but no one would want to drive from Tunhannock to Hazleton. Where is the ceremony going to take place?


            1. The reception will likely take place in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area. Although locations within a reasonable radius (10-15 miles) are also being considered.

              1. I would suggest The Woodlands Resort in Wilkes-Barre. It is probably the best place in Wilkes-Barre to have a wedding especially if you are going to have a lot of out of town guests. They have stream-side rooms and a spa there, plus a couple of restaurants.

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                1. re: sarahbeth

                  I'll second that on the Woodlands. They can do some nice setups for an outside on-site wedding, too, if you decide to not go the church route. Excellent for after-wedding festivities, too.

                2. That is where I had my wedding reception. The food was fantastic. We didn't use any of their regular package stuff, creating our own menu instead. Couldn't say enough about working with them either.

                  A few years ago when we were looking, there was a higher end caterer/reception place, not the Woodlands, who said, and I quote, "no one will like rare tuna" when I asked about tuna tartare and had to explain to the chef what it was (!), as if they knew my guests better than me. Needless to say, when the tuna tartare went like crazy at our cocktail hour, I knew the Woodlands was the right pick all the way.

                  Best of luck to you.

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                  1. re: JABDDD

                    Was the pricing different as you created your own menu? I like the woodlands but I just think the money is a bit too high for what I was looking to spend.

                  2. Here is another suggestion as well, The East Mountain Inn in Wilkes-Barre. And I have also heard good things about Radisson Lackawanna Train Station Hotel in Scranton.

                    1. My favorite place for a wedding is the Highlands at Newberry Estates, in the back mountain. They also have a more casual facility on-site, The Appletree Terrace. Pricing is on par with the Woodlands, but the ambiance is 10 times better. I would also recommend The Radisson at Lackawanna Station. The food at both of these locations is top notch. Also, when you go for your appointment to check out the place, mention that you have never eaten there before. Several years ago, when I was planning a wedding, they invited up to have dinner on the house so we could sample the food.

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                      1. re: swf36d

                        I would definitelty agree Appletree has a better view, but food, etc. not on par with Woodlands. And, you can make Woodland's ambiance to be what you want if you have it outside or give them a vision that you are willing to pay for. (They made my vision into reality, even when I changed my mind on lighting 1 week before my wedding.) Anyway, Appletree/Newberry- very traditional menu that they will not work with you on. Also, it is a prom local for some of the local high schools, if that tells you anything. We were also told it would be hard to fit in 150 people, so I would think 300 would be near impossible.

                        Cannot speak to Radisson, but the few dinners I have had there have been wonderful.

                      2. I have been married for just about two years and I know how hard it is to make all of these decisions. I chose a place where I had my ceremony, reception, and overnight rooms for guests all on one property. It was so convenient for us and all of our guests. You should look into Genetti's in Hazleton. They have 3 ballrooms with beautiful chandeliers that can accomodate up to 900 guests. They also have gardens and a gazebo outside where you can have your ceremony. But back to your main concern: they have catering onsite and the food is excellent and well worth every penny. Check them out at www.genettisuites.com

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                        1. re: Jessica Hearne

                          I have been back and forth with deciding where to have my Wedding reception at.. I have been thinking about East Mountain Inn, But I am not absolutely sure. I have to admit I loved the ballrooms at Geneties here in Wilkes Barre, but I heard very bad reports from people about weddings at Genettis.. How did everything go at your wedding. I have alot of out of town guests from the New York Metroopolitan Area and I want everything to go smoothly.

                        2. Sorry it's been so long since my last posting! Thank you to everyone who posted all of your ideas were a great help. Ultimately, incase anybody is wondering, we've decided to have our wedding at the newly established Mt. Carmel Parish Center in Pittston. They do not provide food services, but do have a large commercial kitchen, so we've contracted Lafratte's "A Little Taste of New York" Restaurant in Pittston to cater the wedding. His food is phenomenal and he has been nothing but superb in accommodating our every request. I would highly recommend Lafratte's in Pittston for it's food and service to anybody looking for a great caterer! To everybody who responded, thanks again!