Weddings

Your Vision. Your Guests. Your Wedding.

The Ambassador is Erie’s Premier Wedding Venue


At The Ambassador Banquet & Conference Center, we are committed to making your special day a memorable and enjoyable experience for you and all of your guests. We are Erie’s premier choice for your full-service wedding needs. Complete with comfort and style, our conference and banquet center — along with two award-winning attached hotels — makes for the perfect wedding venue for your matrimony. The Ambassador is committed to catering to your every need. Between the Hilton Garden Inn and Courtyard by Marriott, we are able to offer 214 rooms and suites, plus over 21,000 square feet of event space, all at your disposal to create the perfect wedding day.

CONVENIENCE & LUXURY

Located in Northwestern Pennsylvania and conveniently located off of I-90 in Erie, Pa. with breathtaking summer and fall days, not to mention the sandy beaches of Presque Isle State Park – all make for the perfect wedding setting. Simply put, The Ambassador is excited to turn your dream wedding into a reality. Our highly experienced wedding planning staff takes tremendous pride in creating the perfect day for everyone involved in the wedding, personalizing a menu to suit your needs, and making sure the entire process is seamless and painless. We look forward to helping you create the kind of wedding you’ve always dreamed of having.

Contact Sarah DeFranco For More Information

814.868.9208

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


HOW MANY GUESTS CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE? IS THERE A MINIMUM?

The Crystal Ballroom can accommodate 450 for a wedding reception. The Garden Atrium and Hemingway Ballroom can accommodate 180 guests comfortably. There is not a minimum of guests for any of our rooms.

DO YOU OFFER SHUTTLE SERVICE?

Yes, we have complimentary shuttle service to and from the Erie International Airport, our hotels and Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park.

CAN WE HAVE THE CEREMONY ON-SITE?

Absolutely! Please contact our event planners for more information.

WILL THE HOTEL ROOMS BE DISCOUNTED FOR A WEDDING?

Yes. We work closely with our connecting hotels to not only offer the very best in customer service through our banquet department, but to also provide a memorable and affordable experience for your guests.

IS THE VENUE RENTAL PART OF THE CATERING COSTS?

The room rental will be waived with the minimum food and beverage, and will vary depending on the exact meeting room and the amount of time being used. Please contact an event planner for more information.

DO YOU ALLOW US TO BRING IN OUTSIDE FOOD OR BEVERAGE?

No. We have an award-winning chef who will be able to cater the food and beverage needs for your meeting, banquet, convention, wedding, etc.

CAN I BRING IN A CAKE FROM AN OUTSIDE BAKERY?

Yes. You can choose any bakery you would like for the wedding cake and we can coordinate with the bakery to let them know exactly when and where to bring the cake the day of your wedding. 

DO YOU HAVE FLORAL SERVICES AVAILABLE ON-SITE?

We do not have an on-site florist so you are free to choose a florist of your choosing. We can coordinate with the florist to let them know exactly when they can come set-up the day of your wedding. 

CAN YOU RECOMMEND DJ’S OR A BAND FOR OUR SPECIAL DAY?

Yes. We have a full list of preferred entertainers we’ve worked with in the past. Please contact a wedding planner for more information.

ARE ALL VENUES HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE?

Yes, the entire facility is handicap accessible.

IS THERE A DEPOSIT REQUIRED?

Yes. A non-refundable 20% deposit on the food and beverage will be required at the time of booking. 

Event Spaces

With three unique event spaces, the Ambassador Banquet & Conference Center can accommodate your vision and tailor your wedding experience. If you have not settled on a setting for the ceremony, our experienced wedding planners can show you many on-site options. Everything from rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, and more all can be accommodated by The Ambassador to make the wedding planning process as easy and stress-free as possible.

CRYSTAL BALLROOM

Twelve Austrian crystal chandeliers are the centerpiece of this elegant space. The Crystal Ballroom is luxurious and fit for an unforgettable event. This space accommodates up to 550 guests. In addition to over 2,000 square feet of pre-function area is available.

HEMINGWAY BALLROOM

Mahogany wood, hand-painted murals and a unique bar in the pre-function area make this ballroom one-of-a-kind. This space accommodates up to 350 guests and has 1,500 pre-function area.

GARDEN ATRIUM

Bring the outdoors in with this garden-like setting that accommodates up to 300 guests. In addition to the Garden Atrium, there is up to 1,600 square feet of pre-function area. Just off the Garden Atrium is the Garden Terrace, a beautiful outdoor space with movable trees, a koi pond and a gazebo making this a perfect setting for outdoor events which accommodates up to 600 guests.

WEDDING EXPERIENCE

ON-SITE WEDDING PLANNING SPECIALISTS

Our wedding planners are hands on and with you every step of the way. They are dedicated to making your dream wedding the perfect day and are fully understanding of all the the anxiety, stress, and time it takes to plan a large wedding. Our highly experienced wedding planners add fun to planning and executing all the details for your perfect wedding day. 

VENDOR RELATIONSHIPS

We have a complete vendor directory of photographers, DJs, florists, etc. to help you find the perfect enhancements for your event.

ALL-INCLUSIVE EVENT/VENUE SERVICES

With connected hotels that offer many different room options all under one roof, and our on-site catering, there is no reason to leave our warm and elegant banquet and conference center from the beginning to the end of your event.

GUIDED TOURS / WALKTHROUGHS

Whenever you’re ready, we will give you a complete tour of the event spaces and help you match the space to the size of your event.

AWARD-WINNING CATERING

Our own Chef Manny and Ambassador Catering has pre-set menus, custom menus, a variety of catering styles and services available to match the expectations for your event. Chef Manny is also able to create a custom menu special just for your event.

OTHER DETAILS OF NOTE

Custom room setup, floor length linens, china and glassware, children and vegetarian entree options, complimentary cake cutting service, discounted hotel rooms for your guests, valet parking services available (100 guest minimum), coat check (seasonal), security measures include strategic card/gift table and security cameras.

WEDDING PROCESS

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12 Months
10 Months
6 Months
1 Month
Day Of

FULL-SERVICE WEDDING PLANNING

Our wedding planners let you focus on the fun, not the food (or any of the other stress sometimes associated with planning a wedding). Our wedding planning process is full-service and incorporates everything from the basics such as the menu and entertainment, to helping you know when to apply for a marriage license and create a registry. Normally, this process starts about 12-18 months before the decided wedding date where a dedicated wedding planner will sit down with you and decide on a venue for your special day and figure out certain details such as where and when the ceremony will take place, an estimate on how many people will be attending, and the type of entertainment you would like for the reception.

WEDDING PACKAGES

Plated

Offer your guests a traditional and more formal experience with a sit-down dinner with a salad, 2 entrees, vegetable, and accompaniment. 

Family Style

A fun, family-focused dining option where large bowls and platters of food are placed on the tables for guests to pass and self-serve. Includes appetizers, salad, 2 entrees, vegetable, accompaniment, and pasta.

Buffet

A buffet-style wedding reception typically stimulates mingling and socializing by having food choices on long table displays and includes salad, 3 entrees, vegetable, and accompaniment.

Custom menu options and non-Saturday event details available.

All Packages Include

Whichever menu option you choose, all of our packages include these incredible amenities.

5-Hour Reception

Complementary Room for Couple

Discounted Hotel Room Rates for guests

Cocktail Hour: 4-hour premium open bar

Champagne head table toast

Complimentary Cake Cutting Service

White Glove Service

White/Ivory Linens & Mirrors on tables

Color Linens/napkins

White drapes with uplighting for head table

Complimentary Parking

Discount on Rehearsal Dinners, Bridal Showers, Brunches

Enhancements

Ask your Sales Manager about customizing your event to fit your needs

Champagne Toast

Upgrade to Deluxe Bar Package: (additional bar selection, wine bottle service with dinner for additional fees)

White icicle lights, head or cake table

Cup of Wedding Soup, Dinner Course

Votive centerpieces

Additional risers, two included with package

Additional butler passing out hor d'oeuvres

Cookie trays

Childrens meals ages 3-12

Vendor Meals

Shuttle Services

Testimonials

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