By Mary Heyl

Planning your dream wedding in Ellicottville this year? If so, you’ve probably already made some very important decisions about the date, the venue, the menu, and the honeymoon, but it’s never too soon to think about how you can make this a memorable day (or weekend!) for the beloved friends and family who make up the bridal party. You can think beyond the traditional ideas for wedding showers and bachelor/bachelorette parties when you plan your event in Ellicottville!

There’s nothing like a good meal, a tasty brew, and live music to kick off your bachelor or bachelorette party, and Ellicottville has many great restaurants to plan your evening. Enjoy tasty food and live music at Balloons Restaurant and the Gin Mill, or for a truly unique experience, rent the Brewery or Brewery with Tasting Room at EBC.

For some “old school” fun before the big day, bring the bridal party to Tim and Bonnie’s Pizza & Bowling, where everyone can enjoy a tasty pie, a night in the arcade, and bowling, of course!

Many of Ellicottville’s great restaurants, such as Dina’s, Cadillac Jack’s, The Silver Fox, and Villaggio offer private dining spaces to host your wedding shower.

The Winery of Ellicottville, located at 14 Monroe Street, is a beautiful and memorable venue for your wedding shower. The winery is owned by Dominic Spicola and son-in-law Sam Sheehy, who craft all of the wine on-site and use only local grapes and all natural ingredients to create their 18 varieties.  Guests can sample these wines in the beautiful tasting room on the first floor and enjoy the wedding shower in the private event space that is available to rent on the second story.

Nearby, the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino in Salamanca is a classic choice for your bachelor or bachelorette party. Spin your way to the jackpot on one of 1,800 reel and video slot machines or try your luck at one of 30 table games, including blackjack, poker, and roulette. In addition to overnight accommodations and spa services, the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino has a variety of great restaurants, including the Western Door Steak House, Thunder Mountain Buffet, and Seneca Café.

Consider a day of pampering and relaxation for your bridal party by booking one or more services at one of Ellicottville’s beautiful spas. If your wedding is taking place at Holiday Valley, the Ellicottville Oasis Spa, now located in the Tamarack Club of Holiday Valley, is ideal. The spa offers massage therapy, body treatments, esthetic treatments, and makeup, hand, and foot treatments. Guests can also purchase the Resort Experience to use the indoor/outdoor heated pool, hot tub, sauna, and exercise room at the Tamarack Club.

Located at 9 Monroe Street, Anew Beginning Massage and Spa offers massages, facials, and body treatments including wraps and scrubs to relax you, as well as Reiki healing, reflexology, and Activated Isolated Stretching (AIS) to invigorate and heal the body.

Unique to the area, the Ellicottville Salt Cave at 32 West Washington Street offers a sauna and massage services, and also salt inhalation therapy. A 45-minute salt cave session helps heal respiratory problems, such as asthma, colds, allergies, and more.

If you’re planning a spring or summer wedding, there is no shortage of fun outdoor activities for your bridal party. At Holiday Valley, guests can enjoy an afternoon of mountain biking and road biking or a round of golf on the Double Black Diamond 18 hole golf course. The Sky High Aerial Adventure Park is the largest in NY and consists of a series of platforms and bridges that take guests on a fun obstacle course through the tree tops!

Although the wedding ceremony itself is a one-day event, there’s no reason why your bridal party can’t enjoy a full weekend of fun! Whether your group is looking for an outdoor adventure or a quiet, relaxing day indoors, there’s something for everyone in Ellicottville—or just beyond—that is sure to make it an unforgettable experience.