The Most Unique Location in Albany for Weddings
A Venue As Unique As You Are.
Fall in Love all over again … at The Desmond.
The Desmond has been creating dream weddings for 45 years, and we know that you want your day to be as unique as your love for each other. Our planners will help you with every aspect to create your perfect wedding day – including the rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, cocktail reception, dinner reception, brunch the next morning and overnight rooms for you and your guests.
Memories are created at The Desmond every day, but none are as meaningful as a parent walking their child down the aisle, or watching a couple exchange their vows. The first dance as a married couple. Cutting the wedding cake together. Our couples travel from all over the country to experience The Desmond’s unique décor, world class attention to service, and award-winning gourmet cuisine. Let our wedding experts create the perfect day for you, all at a venue that is as unique as you are.
– The Ceremony –
Are you dreaming of romantic elegance? Or a setting that is outdoor-like, yet you never have to worry about the weather? Whether your wedding is religious, non-religious, or a renewal of vows, The Desmond features several unique spaces for your ceremony including our beautiful indoor courtyards with year-round landscaping, fountains, a large koi pond, brick pathways, balconies and 30′ and 36′ high ceilings with large atrium skylights.
You may choose from six different locations for your ceremony: Fort Orange Courtyard under the pergola, Fort Orange Koi Pond, King Street Courtyard Fountain, Fort Orange Ballroom, King Street Ballroom and High Street Ballroom. Let us bring your dreams to life, and create an unforgettable background for you to share your vows.
– Cocktail Hour & Reception –
Our beautiful indoor courtyards with their 30′ and 36′ tall ceilings and expansive skylights provide gorgeous outdoor-like settings – where you never have to worry about the weather. During cocktail hour our professional staff will welcome your guests with champagne, delicious hors d’oeuvres displays and butler-passed service before your reception dinner begins. Whether you desire a garden-party at sunset, a custom theme or a simple affair – our experts will work with you to design your unique details.
For your dinner reception our three graceful ballrooms vary in size and feature classic, elegant décor with beautiful chandeliers and detailed woodwork – the perfect backdrop for a gorgeous dinner ranging from 30 to 300 guests. All weddings at The Desmond include floor length ivory damask linens and matching ivory damask chair covers, along with bistro lamp centerpieces and votive candles. Upgraded linens, chairs, floral arrangements, lighting and other décor choices are also available from our creative partners; please ask our planners to see a list of recommended vendors that we work with on a regular basis. Whether you are dreaming of a classic, timeless reception with gorgeous floral designs or if you want a glamorous reception dinner that sparkles and shines – our planners will help you create a custom event that perfectly reflects you, and will have your guests talking for years to come.
Our weddings also include a private Hospitality Suite for you and your wedding party to enjoy after the ceremony before being ushered in to your reception. The suite includes a selection of hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, soda and champagne.
-Rehearsal Dinner & Next Day Brunch –
The Desmond offers many options for your rehearsal dinner in a relaxed or formal setting. From the Shaker Room with its intimate table settings, to the Lodge with its rustic Adirondack atmosphere, to the formal sophistication of Scrimshaw – we provide many unique spaces for you to enjoy your rehearsal dinner and share the excitement of your upcoming wedding celebration with family and friends.
Continue the celebration the next morning with a custom brunch in one of our beautiful indoor courtyards or the Scrimshaw room. Our professional staff will greet your guests with a mimosa or bloody mary station, and a lavish display of delicious breakfast and brunch items. Or invite your guests to join you in Simpson’s for a more casual breakfast; our planners can help you to customize the perfect relaxed morning after your wedding day.
– Hotel Room Blocks –
Make hotel arrangements for your guests with the convenience of a dedicated wedding room block. Whether your ceremony and reception are with us, or being held elsewhere, we offer guidance and assistance that is easy for your guests to make their travel plans. The Desmond features 323 guest room and suite options, many with balconies that overlook our indoor courtyards. Our four different suite options offer many unique floor plans, including two-level Duplex Suites with patios and private entrances. Please ask your planner for more information regarding our guest rooms.
– Wedding Photos –
The Desmond features many beautiful spaces for wedding photographs of your “first look” as well as your entire bridal party before or after your ceremony. Our King Street balconies are a popular backdrop for photos, as well as our Billiards Room, fountain areas, and guest room balconies. Outdoors the classic architecture and brick features of the hotel make for beautiful photos, and our side garden area is a gorgeous setting during any season. Creative photo opportunities abound at The Desmond; please ask your planner for a list of recommended photographers whom we work with on a regular basis.
Please take your time and enjoy viewing our Photo Gallery and reading our event blog The Desmond, Unveiled to see more photos of these special occasions and what our team of professionals can create for you.
Our 2019 Wedding Packages are located here, and you can schedule a site tour to speak with one of our Wedding Planners here. Weddings are all about you, and your unique desires for your special day. Our dedicated planners will work with you from start to finish to create your dream wedding – covering everything from the most extravagant, to the smallest, of details.
Unique, enchanting and always memorable…we invite you to experience The Desmond.