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Marquis De Lafayette Ballrooms @ the Lafayette Hotel

391 Washington Street
Buffalo, NY, NY
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(716) 427-5540
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  • 23 Reviews


    Elizabeth

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  • The Marquis de Lafayette was the perfect venue for our April 2019 wedding. The antique hotel architecture of the Marquis ballroom was a beautiful location for our ceremony. The guests could easily see and hear us. After the ceremony guests enjoyed a cocktail hour in the Crystal Ballroom while the staff turned the ceremony space into our lovely reception. Prior to the wedding, I asked both the recommended DJ and Rachel Catalano, the Catering Sales Manager for Marquis de Lafayette for sound recommendations for the ceremony. Both recommended using a wireless mic, so I paid extra for the wireless mic. After I walked down the aisle and arrived at the stage for the ceremony, I realized our officiant did not have the wireless mic. I was actually glad she did not have it because everyone was able to hear us well, even in the back row. Unfortunately, during the reception the echo from the stage paired with the wireless mic made it difficult for some guests to hear the speeches. For any ... Read more

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    Hi Elizabeth! Many thanks for your post. We love all of our weddings at the Hotel Lafayette and are always excited to create fabulous memories for our couples. I apo;ogize re the valet and will speak to the Hotel Management team in regard to their staff so we can correct it for future parties. Re the cake, we weren't sure if one of the cakes were 1/2 and 1/2 and unfortunately didn't discover it until it was time to cut and serve. I am happy that you enjoyed and we wish you a lifetime of happiness, love and laughter. The best to you both! Molly Koessler Classic Events

    User4711231

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  • We had our rehearsal dinner in the Crystal Ballroom at the Lafayette Hotel. We had a sit down dinner for approximately 20 guests. Everything was wonderful and they still had it decorated for Christmas on the night before NYE. It was beautiful even without the decorations. Steaks cooked to a perfect medium rare as requested. Drinks were only ok. Service was great and they even let me bring in our own dessert to save a little $$!

    Katie Feiner

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  • My wedding was held in the Crystal Ballroom (the smaller of the two ballrooms run by Marquis De Lafayatte). Ali and her team did an amazing job making my wedding a perfect experience! The food was delicious, the staff was great, and I can't think of one thing to complain about. Ali was responsive to every email I sent prior to the wedding and was always helpful. Everyone had a great time and I felt supported every step of the way.

    Andrea

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  • I couldn't be happier with our choice in venue!!! Working with the team at Hotel Lafayette (through Acqua) was great. They were extremely responsive, professional and fun to be around. I'm so glad they were part of our big day!

    Ashley

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  • I was thrilled with my experience of having our reception in the Crystal Ballroom at the Hotel Lafayette! WE started working with Carrie in October 2014. Carrie was accommodating for any time that my fiancé and I were in town for planning and she was willing to do things and make changes for us to customize our day to be exactly how we wanted it. Unfortunately, we weren't able to finish our experience with her as she left her position and we finished planning with Ally via email and phone calls. We only actually met her 3 days before the wedding. Carrie did such a great job keeping track of all of our communications that the transition was seamless. There was only 1 slip-up that occurred the day of the wedding. There was miscommunication about our bar staying open for an extended amount of time. We quickly discussed it with the manager that was on duty and it was rectified within minutes. Only 2 guests were aware there was even an issue! Amazing! On top of all of this.... I... Read more

    User3965245

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  • The staff was amazing they went above and beyond and if you are looking for a place to wow people this is it worth every dollar ! We were able to take our pictures right at the hotel because of how gorgeous ans different every space is the food was delicious and they werw very flexible amazing!

    Brittany Smykowski

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  • My October wedding is featured in this virtual tour! Big, beautiful space with a warm environment. Looks magical when all the candles are lit and the lights are dimmed. Great space for music and dancing and the team really made sure my husband and I were taken care of all night (and always had our drink of choice in hand!) I miss it every day

    Jayani

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  • We had our wedding at Crystal Ballroom few months ago and I was very happy with how things turned out. There were some issues before the wedding that we had to iron out with the event coordinator. The event coordinator was not good about getting back to us in a timely manner but as we got close to the date she was more responsive. That being said, she did come through for us in the end. We had the most perfect wedding day. The venue is gorgeous! Staff was friendly and service was great. I would recommend the venue crystal ballroom at the Lafayette hotel and aqua for catering to anyone. Make sure you work out the details before the wedding and double check things aren't changed last minute. It is always good to have things in writing. One thing that caught us off guard was 20% percent service fee that we thought covered gratuity. But we found out when we signed the contract that it did not cover any tips for the event staff. Most other venues did not have such a high service fee that d... Read more

    Christine

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    2 out of 5
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  • NOTE: This negative review is for the HOTEL, not the wedding reception venue. This review outlines what to expect for a wedding event: 1) Our event was catered and organized by "Acqua". They have their own event manager and staff. You are forced to use Acqua if your event is held in the large beautiful Marquis ballroom on the ground floor. Our wedding reception, food, bar, and waitstaff were excellent. 2) Here is where the problem begins. I read many reviews prior to booking our wedding here about how TERRIBLE the hotel front desk is. I was assured that there would be no issues, so we set up a wedding room block for our guests...big mistake. Again, the hotel and the event itself are run separately. We walk into the lobby area before reception and immediately notice the family names are misspelled on a large tv. The reception start time was also incorrect. My mother and I quickly informed the front desk of the mistakes and they proceeded to BLAME ACQUA. I then took it upon my... Read more

    Cassandra

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  • Rachel is a pro! She was our consultant through our walk through and booking process and really helped us chose our room, and help us envision what our space could look like. She also helped us look at all our options. Can't wait for the wedding! I will update after.

    Kara

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  • My husband and I had our wedding reception here on June 10 2017, in the Grand Ball Room. The hotel itself is absolutely stunning and was the perfect setting for our wedding. We had about 220 guests and they fit very comfortably in the room. We also had an additional smaller room that was connected to the side of the ballroom that was used for our cocktail hour and housed the bars for the duration of the reception. We had plenty of room for all of our guests to fit on the dance floor, and the service the entire wedding was top-notch. While the room is ran by the restaurant and banquet facility Aqua, so I am not sure who would take credit for the food, the food was incredible and we still have guests raving about it. As for the rooms, I stayed in one of the suites for the night before the wedding and the night of the reception. My room had a kitchen, a small living room area, a decent sized bathroom, and a small bedroom. It was perfect. We used this room to get ready in the da... Read more

    Colleen

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  • We recently had our wedding in the Marquis Ballroom. Rachel was very responsive and helpful throughout the entire planning process. She worked with us to create a reception that really represented who we were as a couple and met all of our needs. The day of, Jodi ensured that all of our guests were kept happy, as well. The food was amazing and our guests have had nothing but positive reviews for the venue, especially the amazing appetizers! I HIGHLY recommend this venue!

    Heather

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  • Working with Marquis De Lafayette was a stressful experience. We originally worked with one coordinator who was terrible at communicating. We requested another, who turned out to be better than the first, but still took her time to respond to phone calls and emails. I know a few other people who got married in the exact same room as I did and the contracts were not the same between the 4 weddings I compared mine to. We signed a contract stating that we had to spend a minimum of $15,000.00 to book that room. The other couples that I know signed contracts ranging anywhere from $12,000.00-$15,000.00. This seems rather unusual as one room should be the same price regardless of who is getting married there, when they are getting married, or how many people will be there. That minimum amount is solely based on the room, nothing else. We had a few mishaps that day with things being set up differently than originally planned, and decorations being "misplaced" after the wedding (that ... Read more

    User4243210

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  • The Marquis de Lafayette ballroom is a stunning location for a wedding. I had my ceremony and reception there and I loved the way it looked and my guests raved about the venue. Unfortunately a few things happened that would make me not recommend this venue for everyone. Communication with Molly was extremely poor. It would take 4 or 5 emails before she would respond to a question. I had no idea what the venue provided and what I needed to provide myself. I was very uninformed throughout the whole planning process. I went to a group tasting which was a big waste of time because nobody was there to talk to individual couples and I had no idea what I was tasting so that had to be redone. Another issue we had was that since we had our ceremony and reception in the same room, it had to flipped after ceremony and set up for the reception. I was told this would not be an issue at all since my guests would be in the automobile club for cocktail hour and they could do it in time. That was not t... Read more

    Kevin

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  • Food was the best wedding food any of my guests have ever had! The wait staff was excellent and very helpful. However, we did have some communication issues involving lack of response via email and full voice mail boxes. This was very frustrating. In the end, everything ended up working out, but added some additional stress. Beautifully stunning venue!

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