Planning an engagement party for this fall? There are plenty of venues to choose from in Buffalo, ranging from your neighborhood bar to a downtown event space. Most engagement parties will be a more casual affair than your wedding, giving you a wider range of venue options.

These engagement party venue ideas will help you find the space that fits the feeling you and your fiancé want to share with your guests.

Head Outdoors

Take advantage of the last bits of warm weather for an outdoor engagement party. This will likely only be feasible in the early months of fall. An outdoor space should always have a covered area, and in fall, you will probably want sides on the shelter as well.

Buffalo offers almost 1,000 acres of park space, with dozens of pavilions available to rent. A plethora of state parks, from Artpark to Knox Farms, also offer outdoor space perfect for an autumn afternoon engagement party. Many state parks offer beautiful waterfront views, short hikes and activities like horseshoes.

For a more structured event space, consider a family-favorite country club. Animal lovers who can’t picture a wedding surrounded by giraffes and sea lions might enjoy an engagement party held at the Buffalo Zoo.

Host a Night at the Museum

An event at a museum may be subject to stricter rules than an outdoor or restaurant space. However, the grandeur and general ambiance of a museum are irreplaceable. The Buffalo Museum of Science offers distinct spaces, such as the stately Hamlin Hall and whimsical exhibit galleries. Art galleries also make for nice fall engagement party venues.

Party at your Favorite Restaurant

Depending on the restaurant you choose, your engagement party could range from laid back to formal. Choosing a restaurant you, your fiancé and your families enjoy means you already have a good idea of what your menu could look like.

Western New York also has a variety of breweries, wineries and distilleries that offer unique event venues, often with beautiful grounds. Many of these businesses don’t offer full menus, so choosing your favorite caterer to drop off a meal can be arranged. Think of it as a trial run for your wedding!

Opt for a Traditional Event Space

For larger engagement parties, you may need a larger venue designed specifically for events. This is especially true in late fall, when cooling temperatures mean everyone will need to be inside. Hotels, the Atrium@Rich’s and your place of worship are all options.

Many bridal shower venues make for lovely engagement party venues as well.