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From the striking views to the little pockets of charm, you can be sure that the beauty surrounding Cornell and the memories you built here are the perfect touch for your special day. Cornell offers a variety of services to make this exciting time for you a truly marvelous, intimate and personal one. Explore your options and start planning your Cornell wedding festivities today!

Planning Your Wedding | Reception Locations | Wedding Tastings | Alcohol Services

Planning Your Wedding

Contributing to one of the most memorable days of your life would be our privilege. We at Cornell Catering know that you want your wedding to be unique and special; we welcome the opportunity to share with you how we can ensure your special day is everything you desired it would be.

Let our friendly and professional team guide you every step of the way; from the initial consultation, through the final planning, to the big day. We have the experience and knowledge to make your day a wonderful success.

Our Wedding Menu is extensive; please don't hesitate to ask us any questions that you may have about our services or our award winning Cuisine. We sincerely look forward to working with you, to help make your wedding a day to remember.




Reception Locations



Our distinctive Ivy League campus hosts an array of memorable venues all with unique qualities compatible with your wedding style-the Willard Straight Memorial Room is full of Cornell tradition and hosts a beautiful terrace overlooking Cayuga lake; the Big Red Barn is charming, rustic and casual; the Johnson Museum of Art is contemporary and elegant with a panoramic view of Ithaca and Cayuga Lake and the A.D. White House is a Victorian treasure, intimate, boasting beautiful blooming gardens.

Cornell hosts traditional and unique wedding ceremony sites such as Sage Chapel and the Cornell Plantations.

Venues are reserved through the University's Use of University Property (UUP)website. In order to have your wedding on campus, you are required to complete a UUP form.

Nestled in the Finger Lakes, Ithaca is a great destination wedding town offering many amenities: from quaint country inns to world class hotels, Finger Lakes Wine Trail, Ithaca Farmers Market, NYS Parks, picturesque falls and dramatic gorges.




Wedding Tastings



Tastings are provided for two people at no charge; additional guests may incur a fee. Please schedule the date and select the menu of your tasting 60 days in advance to ensure availability of services. The menu selection for your tasting may include a choice of two from each of the following: appetizers, salads, and entrées. Your sales manager will guide you through your tasting, assisting with questions and recommendations. People always talk about the food - and Cornell Catering delivers, our award winning executive chef will create a menu designed to fulfill tastes across the board, using organic, locally and regionally sourced ingredients whenever possible.




Alcohol Services



Cornell Catering is pleased to offer a variety of alcohol services. These services include a choice of; full premium or standard bar and beer, wine & soda bar services. We feature Finger Lakes Wines and locally crafted beers, served by our skilled bartenders. We will gladly work with you in determining the numbers and design of your bars in order to have efficient, courteous service with minimal costs. We are required to obtain a New York State Liquor Permit for each bar; alcohol service is limited to five hours.