I cannot say enough good about Franklin Plaza. Everything was taken care of and I did not have to worry about a single thing throughout the day. Once we arrived at Franklin Plaza, the head waiter took such care of us, staying out of the way, but always there to attend to our every need, even as we were taking photos in the alley out back. We didn't even have to check into the hotel across the street, and when we arrived, there were pizzas behind the desk for a late night snack and EVERYTHING from the wedding was transported and placed in our room. I wish I could go through it all again, and I would not change a THING about my experience with Franklin Plaza, not to mention how beautiful the space was. They also offered tremendous advice and suggestions throughout the entire process - we took full advantage of their expertise. I am still amazed, 4 months later, at how much more perfect the day was than I could have ever anticipated.
Just fabulous!! The staff leading up to the wedding was fabulous and made you feel so confident about having your wedding there, then the day comes and the staff that evening blew your mind!! They are soooo amazing! I couldnt believe that the service got even better than all the consultations we had prior to the big day! Dom was our head waiter, and his service couldn't improve, he has it down and makes you feel so wonderful! Love the Franklin and their staff!
Everything about our wedding was perfect. Joe and his staff (especially Dominique) were amazing!!! The wedding went even better than we could have imagined. The food was fantastic and the service was amazing. They did everything we asked them to do and more. Dominique (our waiter) took care of my husband and I all night - he is the best! So many of our friends and family said it was the best wedding that they've ever been too and they can't stop talking about it.
We had our wedding here this past Saturday 10/19/13, and we had over 160 guests from all over the northeast and every guest commented on how gorgeous the venue is! From the minute my husband and I walked in- Dom took care of us all night, we never had an empty plate or drink and he got us anything we wanted, including dessert in our hotel room at the end of the night. Greg, Joe and Deanna are some
of the nicest and most accomodating people we have ever met! We cannot say enough good things about this venue!
Michelle and Vinnie Gavares
In addition to the quality of ALL aspects of the reception what really impressed me was how they still individualized my daughters wedding to make it reflect her and her husbands style.
Make an appointment to go , see , talk to Joe . Very well worth it ! Instead of pre wedding stress we had pre wedding fun while planning such an important day for us and our guests.
Best of luck to all future couples...have it start at FP!
The Franklin Plaza Ballroom was not where I imagined getting married, however now, I couldn't imagine being married elsewhere. Our ceremony and reception of 210 guests took place here and it was absolutely positively gorgeous. The entire place was perfect, so was each staff member that worked our wedding. So kind and attentive to all of the guests needs, especially our personal waiter, who never let us out of his sight or even let our drinks get low . We met with Joey each and every meeting we had, he was very accommodating and informative. He never tried to swindle us or cut corners, he was very attentive and understanding regarding our budget. I thanked him for that every time.
The cocktail hour & half took place upstairs in a beautiful bar area and the food was plentiful. Not only was there an overwhelming (yet AMAZING) amount of food but the cocktail hour area was visually appetizing. Dinner was amazing and nothing short of being perfect. The turn around time was unbelievable 210 guests all eating at the same time! The up-lighting set the tone/mood for dancing and fun! The Franklin Plaza Ballroom was wonderful place to get married and an even better place to party! We would suggest this venue to any bride or groom looking for a great deal and place!
The Franklin Plaza ballroom first off is beautiful! Secondly they make wedding planning a breeze, they do everything! So many of my guests either the night of or since have told me it was the best wedding they have ever been to, the food is absolutely amazing and abundant if you leave a wedding at the Franklin plaza hungry it's your own fault. From 1 1/2 cocktails with so much food to dinner dessert and then a finale in the last hour they feed you all over again-we did a slider station with root beer. I can not say enough great things about the plaza! The quality is very high end and the price is very reasonable and they give you such great tips on where to place your money given the budget you want to stay in.
Thank you Joe, Dom, Greg and everyone else at Franklin Plaza Ballroom for a spectacular night! The night was absolutely perfect. The staff was very gracious and accomodating. The food was outstanding! We couldn't have picked a better or more beautfiul venue to have our wedding. We will never forget this special day. Our friends and family all say it was the best wedding they've ever been to - Franklin knows how to put on a show!
Joe was extremely easy to work with and very professional throughout the whole process - He responded timely to my phone calls. He assured me that there were no hidden charges anywhere! And he was 100% correct - Franklin not only does not overcharge you for your reception but also acts as a wedding consultant. He gae me a lot of advice and useful tips for the other vendors. He's been in the wedding industry for over 20 years and he definitely knows what he's doing.
My husband and I can't even begin to start on how perfect the night went and that's all due to Franklin's staff. Dom made several trips to my hotel room to grab some items I may or may have not forgotten :) Throughout the night, Dom or Greg made sure my husband and I always had a drink in our hands. The plaza that night also allowed us to sample the 3rd entree we had chosen for our menus. They staged everything beautifully. The venue does not need much at all and the staff know exactly how to make the ballroom look its best.
I promise you will not be disappointed at all choosing Franklin - the package III is the best value you will get anywhere in the capital region - you get so much with this package it blows all the other top venues out of the water.
We are extremely pleased with our decision to have our wedding at Franklin Plaza and I hope our review helps other brides-to-be because when I was looking around, reviews are the only thing to rely on other than people who've attended weddings at venues.
OMG I cannot say enough good things about Franklin Plaza. The amount of food served is overwhelming, you wont ever have to wonder if you got to try all of the passed appetizers. There were so many people serving and making things run so perfectly. Joe really did a great job with the planning. We had Dom as our head minion, he was awesome. If i wanted a drink or food, he was gone and back in seconds with it!... They even went and got someone in the wedding party tampons! The night could not have gone any better. It was amazing, and i would recommend Franklin Plaza Ballroom to anyone. It may look like its a very expensive place, but compared with the surrounding venues, its really on the lower end of price, and it isnt compromised in the service, food, or venue itself. They put on a great showing. We had many guests say it was the best wedding EVER!
Absolutely beautiful venue and the entire staff was so great to us and all of our guests. A HUGE thank you to our head waiter Dom who took unbelievable care of us all night, as the bride and groom we truly had nothing to worry about and were able to have the most amazing time. Joe was also a tremendous help organizing our event and was there to provide advice and support while respecting out decisions along the way. Our guests continue to rave to us about how this was the best wedding they have ever been to!
My husband and I are so happy with our decision to choose Franklin Plaza for our ceremony and reception. We had looked at most of the popular venues in the area before visiting Franklin Plaza. From the minute we both walked in we knew this was the place for us. It has such a unique set-up and is definitely not the typical ballroom reception hall. The price is also much better than many of the other venues in the area, especially given the amount that is included in the price.
During the planning process Joe was great to work with. He was consistently suggesting ways to help us save money and was always willing to offer his opinion on what has and hasn't worked for brides in the past. He also helped us select a great menu given his experience.
Before our wedding day we had heard a lot of positive things from others about the venue and based on our experience leading up to the wedding we knew it was going to be great. However, even given our expectations we were absolutely blown away by the service and quality of everything that day. From the minute we walked in the door before our ceremony all the staff at Franklin Plaza made sure we were taken care of. The GM for the night, Dom and our head waiter Ben treated us like royalty all night. Constantly checking in with us to make sure everything was going well and checking to see if we needed anything.
Our guests are still saying how great the food was and commenting on the quantity of food. We also had many guests comment on how well run the whole event saying not one detail was missed.
We would definitely recommend Franklin Plaza to anyone looking for a wedding venue!!
Thank you so much to Joe, Greg, Dominic and the entire Franklin Team! Our day was Simply AMAZING! There is not a thing that I would change! Everyone at the Franklin Plaza was wonderful! We have had nothing but compliments on the food, venue and service. We couldn't be more thankful for making our day so special! I highly recommend having your reception with the Franklin Team!
Our wedding was AMAZING in every single way!!! The service is incredible!!! The food was simply AMAZING!!! The venue was breathtakingly BEAUTIFUL!!!! We were just floored!!! I couldn't be happier!!! Joe is a dream to work with- the mastermind wedding coordinator!!! Our head waiter Dom catered to just us all night and anticipated what we needed before we even knew!!! They took such great care of us and our guests!!!! This venue is truly AMAZING!!! I can't begin to list all of the ways that this place is the PERFECT wedding venue but if you get nothing else from this review, just know that EVERY SINGLE wedding guest told us it was the greatest wedding they'd ever been too!!!!
Staff is great to work with and the food is out of this world
Joe, Deanna, Dominic and the whole staff of the Franklin were amazing! We got married on a Wednesday with a party of only about 60. Deanna was able to answer all of our small non critical questions and set up all of our meetings with Joe. On the day of the wedding everything looked amazing! Joe was so great in helping me keep my surprise veil a secret from my mom. the whole ceremony was beautiful in the board room and went off without a hitch:). I couldn't believe how intimate the reception rooms looked downstairs considering how large they are. Dominic and the entire staff were very attentive to us and the guests. The food was amazing, our friends and family couldn't stop talking about it. I cant imagine getting married anywhere else, because of everyone at the franklin it was a stress free day we will remember forever.
Thank you Joe, Dom, Greg and the entire Franklin Plaza wait staff.
Words can not express our appreciation and gratitude for making our daughter's (and now son-in-law's) wedding something so spectacular. She fell in love with the Franklin Plaza at our first visit and was not disappointed, describing how she felt like a "Princess" the moment she stepped foot in the front door.
What a way to experience our first visit to the Franklin. Everything lived "up to and beyond" the numerous testimonials we began hearing as the time approached. The attention paid to the smallest details was exceptional.
Family and friends raved about what a great time they had. One family member boasted that this was "by far the best wedding they had ever attended, having been to some from Sanibel Island to the "City". The food, service and venue were outstanding.
We were impressed that the staff are not "scheduled" rather choose to be scheduled. Each and everyone who chose to be part of our evening were personable, presenting themselves with poise, confidence, politeness and with a smile. They added to the ambiance and helped to make memories we will enjoy for a lifetime.
When asked what was our favorite part, we can honestly say that since it was all so remarkable, no one thing took centerstage, although the sparklers were a nice touch!
Package III was exceptional and a great value.
Let me close with---WOW
W: Wonderful venue
O: Outstanding food, service, and attention to detail
W: Would do it all over again, given the opportunity as it was worth every cent.
Michael and Deborah
They provided the most amazing service throughout the entire night. The food was amazing as well!!!!!!
Amazing place for both the ceremony and reception. They all go above and beyond!!!
We loved having our wedding at Franklin Plaza! They accommodated everything we wanted for our wedding and worked with us to stay within out budget. The food and service the night of the wedding was excellent. We received many compliments from guests telling us how great the wedding was and how classy they thought Franklin Plaza was. I would highly recommend to others who are looking for a wedding venue in the Albany area.
I cannot say enough good things about Franklin Plaza Ballroom. First of all I picked this venue because the I REFUSED to get married in a stuffy, cliche, old fashioned 'wedding reception hall' like most places out there.
This place is unique, has history, and has so much charm. It used to be a bank back in the 1800's and I love that there are still elements of the bank visible inside today (the vault, the bar area, etc).
They have packages for many different budget levels. One thing that may turn some people off is that you have to pay for a minimum of 180 people. If you don't meet the 180 person minimum the remaining money that you paid goes towards extras (yay!). But regardless, some people may KNOW they are only going to have 100 people so that may not work in their favor.
The coordinators and managers there (Joe, Greg) are very supportive and helpful, especially when you're a frazzled bride. They were easy for me to get in touch with throughout my planning and very helpful. They also seemed genuinely concerned and kept reassuring me that they really wanted me to be happy with everything and give us the BEST value for our money. And they truly did.
The day of my wedding was a DREAM. It was magical. The venue looked amazing, the food was amazing, and we had a head waiter dedicated to the bridal party only who was there at our beckon call for ANYTHING we needed. I have received ENDLESS compliments, and everyone who sees my pictures says 'WHERE did you get married!!" DEFINITELY check this...