Frequently Asked Questions

Wedding Day

Which areas of the property will I have access to on the day of?
Couples have access to the room that they have booked, lobby, main outside pergola area and the patio/garden areas directly connected to the booked venue space. If the bride and groom are getting married on site, the bridal room will also be opened for the evening. However, couples whom have booked the Exclusive Wedding Package have access to the entire estate!
Will there be a Banquet Coordinator on site the day of the event?
Yes, absolutely! A banquet coordinator will be on site until dinner and dessert have been served and will check in with the bride and groom prior to leaving for the evening. In addition to the banquet coordinator, each event has a lead server, lead bartender, and head chef to help coordinate the event throughout the evening.

Decorations

What are the limits on decorations?
We love decorations and La Galleria welcomes all different styles and themes of weddings! We do ask that there is no confetti or glitter on the tables and only one real enclosed candle per table. You are more than welcome to add extra ambiance by using LED lights. Any decoration that causes harm to the architecture and décor of La Galleria is not permitted.
When can I set up for my event?
We will coordinate with you about event set up as your day gets closer.
What linens and table settings are included?
White tablecloths and colored linen napkins are included along with the necessary table settings like plates, water glasses, silverware, coffee cups and saucers.

Food

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Are there food tastings?
We offer tastings if you are choosing our Premium Sit Down, Elite Sit Down or Tuscan Dream Package. The tasting is for the Bridal Couple with two items to sample.
Can I bring my own caterer?
No, you cannot bring your own caterer. We make all of the food served here, in house.
If I have guest with Dietary Restrictions what is offered for them?
If you have a guest with a dietary restriction like gluten free, vegan or vegetarian, we can most definitely accommodate them. ‘Restrictions Apply’ may be for certain food issues.

About La Galleria Events

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Why are we a small, locally owned business?

La Galleria Events prides ourselves on being small and locally owned. This allows us to really curate an intimate experience for every wedding and personalize each detail. The owners of La Galleria Events are very hands on, always making sure that our food and service is of a high quality. Our staff loves doing unique and different things. If a couple wants to change up the menu or do something totally unique with the space we are so excited and happy to curate that experience!

What are our specialized unique services or specialty products?

Promoting our boutique services is a pivotal part of our business at La Galleria Events. Cultivating a personal relationship with our couples is our first step in getting to know exactly what type of wedding a couple is looking for on their special day. Food is a priory for every event. We like to develop a menu that is not the typical “banquet hall – mass produced food”. We have a Farm-to-Table menu where we use all locally sourced foods and beverages from local business just like us. We know that when you buy local, a real person smiles and we like that feeling. We also like to be respectful of food allergies and preferences. Recently we did a wedding that was completely vegan, gluten free and soy free. Everything was DELICIOUS Many guests were surprised at how many yummy choices there can be in these specific food categories.

 

Obviously, atmosphere is a huge part of every event. Often times when guest have an AMAZING time at an event they can’t always put into words what made this event more special than all the other events they had attended. We think that events at La Galleria are different because of the welcoming warm atmosphere. Just the right, lighting, decorations and friendly staff are the details that really take our events to a whole new level.

How do we provide our clients a one-of-a-kind experience?

Does your event Coordinator just call to say Hi how’s life? We do! All of our team at

La Galleria want to make sure everything is perfect! We go above and beyond to make sure we answer any questions or concerns about not just our venue, but the whole process in general.

How do we add a fresh perspective in the WNY wedding industry?

La Galleria Events thinks the key to any good wedding is being on the cutting edge of style and atmosphere. We don’t just follow the trends, we make them! As an example, we believe that photos are a super important part of weddings. We are creating a beautiful photo walk way in our woods. There will be a walk-way with about 6 different photo backdrop areas to make your wedding photos unique and natural. Secret Garden vibes anyone?

How does our business offer a higher standard for style, taste and quality?

There is no better way to ensure quality than to have someone who really cares along the journey. Ardwin, the owner of La Galleria Events is a total food snob. He grows a fresh herb garden outside the back door of his kitchen and won’t settle for anything less than the best products. Many event centers and restaurants used frozen and packaged products, where La Galleria creates everything by scratch. We absolutely are not an “Event Factory” and do everything we can to make sure our food is fresh and local. You will often sea Ardwin and the local meat markets, farmers market or going to four different stores to find the freshest pineapple (seriously this happened).

 

As far as the quality of our service and events we believe that our staff are more than just a resume. We care about our employees and try to move them up through the years. In an industry with a notoriously high turnover, we have a group of about 10 staff that have been with us for more that 14 years and another set of about 15 that have been with us for more than 5 years. This is so important to note when planning an event because an experienced team will always put out the best event. Small changes don’t rattle our staff, they know how to accommodate and roll with the punches.

 

We pride ourselves on our warm and rustic style. We owe that all to a design team that never stops. In the wedding industry especially, things go out of style really fast, so it is critical to be constantly improving. Every year we take on 2 major “off-season” projects so that we never let anything go stale. In April of 2019 we build a second bridal room, renovated our office space and designed hand- crafted wooden tables for our rooms. Looking at the trends around the nation and bringing them to buffalo is what we aim to do for our couples

How is our business contemporary and LGBTQ-friendly?

We are in the business that celebrates love, and we believe that love is love… and that’s final. We are so excited to be signing the 716 love is love pledge and doing everything we can to support the LGBTQ community in Western New York. We strongly believe in the inclusion of all marginalized communities.

What makes our clients the coolest couples in WNY?

Our clients are incredible. They are willing to break out of the norm and select a venue that has character. Our clients are yearning for something different and looking to not have the same wedding all their friends have had. They want to have a party that is intimate and luxurious, where everyone feels comfortable, but is having a deluxe experience and we aim to make that happen. Everyone’s love story is unique and we do everything we can to make glimmers of our couples lives come though during their celebration at La Galleria Events.

Planning

What is the history of La Galleria?
La Galleria opened its doors on March 27, 1976 as a Northern Italian restaurant. Over the years, this family-owned and operated business has evolved from a local fine dining restaurant to a 400 seat venue that can accommodate events of most any size.
Can I use my own vendors?
Yes. We are happy to offer recommendations but it is ultimately your choice.
Is there a bridal room?
Yes, there is a bridal room complete with a couch, closet, large mirror and table.
Are dogs allowed?
Dogs are allowed outdoors and are welcome to be a part of an outdoor ceremony. Unless a dog is a service dog they are not allowed indoors.
What happens if there are two events?
It is a possibility that there are two functions at the same time. However, each room has its own bar, kitchen, chef, staff and outside ceremony areas.
What is the maximum number of guests you can accommodate?
La Galleria can accommodate up to 400 guests at one time. The Loft holds a maximum of 250 guests and the Elmwood Room seats up to 150 guests.
Do you have air conditioning?
Yes, most certainly! 15 tons to be exact!
Is La Galleria wheelchair accessible?
The Loft room is wheelchair accessible and the ladies room is wheelchair is accessible. The Elmwood Room is up two steps from the lobby.
Is there enough parking?
There is plenty of parking for us to be at full capacity with two events.
Is there a chart or a floorplan?
Yes. As you get further along in your planning La Galleria provides you with a floor plan of the room to assist you in finalizing your seating chart.
Who am I working with?
You will be working with our team of Banquet Coordinators: Cherie, Julianne, Gabriella and Jill.
What time will my event end?
Events typical end between 11 p.m. and 12 p.m. but the timing does depend on how you set up your package and when your four hours of bar ends. The music and bar must end at the same time.
What is the timeframe for the day of my wedding?
If your wedding ceremony is at La Galleria, a typical timeframe is listed below.
5:30 p.m. Ceremony
6 – 7 p.m. Cocktail Hour
7 p.m. Introductions, Cake cutting, speeches, and Dinner Begins
8 – 11 p.m. or 8:30 – 11:30 p.m. (Your choice) Bar re-opens and Dancing Begins
(This is approximate and can be adjusted with the approval of one of the Banquet Coordinators).