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29 2023

Engagement Season

The holidays are here - and that means engagement season

It's time to pop the question - but the question is, where to get engaged in CNY?

The most wonderful time of the year is here, and with the holiday comes another reason to celebrate: engagement season. Sleighbells and wedding bells go hand and hand over the holidays when love is in the air and gifts of silver and gold - and platinum, of course - are waiting to be unwrapped.

The Holiday season - December in particular - has long been one of the most popular times to pop the question. In fact, our friends at WeddingWire surveyed couples last year and found that 40% of couples got engaged between Christmas and Valentine's Day 2021 - of those, almost half were in December.

Whether you're looking for a romantic place to propose to your sweetheart, throwing an engagement party to celebrate or are one of the lucky brides- or grooms-to-be and are starting to look at wedding venues and packages, our expert wedding specialists have some ideas to help.

Looking for a romantic place to propose to in CNY?

Known for some of the best wedding venues in upstate NY, Turning Stone is also the perfect place to pop the question

If you're looking for romantic places to propose in CNY, turn to New York's most awarded resort, Turning Stone Resort Casino.

Create a complete engagement getaway by booking a luxurious day at the spa, including a couple's massage. The AAA Four-Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Ska:ná has also been named the #1 Spa in New York by Spas of America for the third consecutive year. Or plan a pampering afternoon at Ahsi Day Spa and Salon.

To really wow your bride- or groom-to-be, book one of our luxury suites. Or call our wedding team and let our talented pastry chefs or in-house florists help put together a special treat for your room to make your stay unforgettable.


Just got engaged? Now there's a cause for celebration.

Reserve a table at one of our award-winning restaurants

Whether you're planning to propose tableside or looking for a special place to celebrate afterward, toast the journey you're about to begin together with an exceptional dinner, a lovely bottle of wine and extraordinary service at one of our award-winning restaurants.

Book a table at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Wildflowers at The Lodge, an Intimate fine-dining restaurant with inspired menu items from classically inspired French dishes to a fresh take on continental cuisine. You'll also find sweeping views overlooking the Great Lawn - a favorite venue for ceremonies once the conversation turns to planning your wedding.

For a big view to go with your big day, head up to the penthouse floor of the Tower to TS Steakhouse. This award-winning New York steakhouse with its beautiful balcony overlooking the Central NY countryside is an extraordinary place to say, "I do." Advance reservations are highly recommended at both restaurants.


Looking to take the celebration's energy up a notch?

We're all about entertainment

Turn the proposal into a party with some live shows and concerts happening all month long. Catch Central NY's own Steve Laurenti on piano at the Motif Bar or rock the night away at The Rocket Man Show, a Tribute to Sir Elton John at The Showroom, both performing on December 11. Or all some Christmas cheer with the Million Dollar Quartet: Christmas on December 19.

For a lively place to meet up with friends who are in on the surprise, raise a toast at Upstate Tavern, where local brews, NY specialty items and reimagined pub favorites are always on tap.

This holiday season also marks the reopening of three of Turning Stone's famous Exit 33 restaurants and lounges, reigniting some of the hottest nightlife in Central NY on December 10.

For couples who've entertained the idea of a barn wedding, Tin Rooster Dancehall & BBQ is a must-see. This lively country Western bar and restaurant is known for its slow-smoked ribs, tender pulled pork and mouth-watering brisket, but with its barn facade and decor, it also transforms into a beautiful wedding venue you could scout while you're here.

If you'd rather rock the night away after your big day, The Gig is also reopening, as is the Atrium lounge. (Please be sure to check our COVID protocols.)


You've said yes - wondering where to start with a wedding timeline?

Our wedding specialists have created a free wedding timeline you can download now

One of the most exciting things about getting engaged is starting to plan the big day. It's also one of the most daunting things for many couples.

Our wedding specialists have worked with thousands of couples to make their days everything they so much more. Reach out and let us help you get underway, with a free Wedding Timeline, with six pages organized by months-out so you'll never run short on time. Things like:

  • Setting a budget - and what sort of things do couples often forget?
  • When to reserve rentals and decorations
  • Brainstorm your wedding style, and choose a theme with our free book
  • Arranging transportation
  • Choosing who will give a toast
  • When to mail invitations
  • Creating a shot list for your photographer and getting on their schedule
  • What are the only things couples should save for the week of the wedding?

You'll also find sample wedding invitations, reception notes, RSVP cards and hotel information cards to help guide you as to what to include.


Ready to talk about your wedding? So are we!

Our expert wedding team is here to help make your day everything you dreamed - plus so much more

Turning Stone Resort Casino is an all-encompassing wedding destination, with more than a dozen venues of all styles for guests from 40 to 400. You'll also find 20 restaurants and world-class spas, all at New York's most awarded resort.

One phone call to your personal wedding specialist is all you need to put our expert team of wedding specialists into motion, including limo drivers, florists, award-winning chefs, pastry chefs, a master ice sculptor, spa practitioners and seasoned hospitality experts.

Call 888.361.7958, and let's talk about your wedding. We can't wait to be a part of it.

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