The McKinley Experience

(Read What Guests are Saying About Us…)

BG with guests

McKinley was an amazing place to have our wedding! My husband is in the airforce and once we found out we were being stationed in Germany, we wanted to have our wedding before we left but that meant planning a wedding in 2 months…. Alisha was a life saver!!!! She made my dream wedding come true all within 2 months. She provided contacts to vendors and support, helped take all the stress off of me, and made my dream day come true. Was understanding with payments and kept in contact with me every few days! She was amazing, I couldn’t of asked for anything else from her! The venue was gorgeous and the food was amazing!!! Definitely consider McKinley for your big day ladies 🙂 -Justine Clarke

Bride 5/30/14

I just had my wedding at The McKinley in June. I cannot say enough about them! From the food to the staff everything was amazing. We did the buffet and everyone has their food in a timely manner and the food was amazing! The staff was so helpful and accommodating. Working with Alisha during the whole planning process made things so much easier for me. She was very helpful, and made things run so smooth for my husband and I. I would definitely recommend having your wedding here! -Desiree Lee

Bride 6/20/15

Everything came out better than I ever could have hoped for, the staff was wonderful, food was fantastic, and the room was beautiful. I was getting compliments from not only all of the guests but also from a couple of my vendors that have never been to the McKinley. They told me that it was one of the nicest places they have ever been to and hoped they could return for another wedding. The planning process was basically a breeze, Alisha was beyond helpful and willing to jump through any hoop I threw her way. She helped me coordinate everything from 3 hours away; as I live out of town, which would be difficult for any bride but she was able to pull it all together so effortlessly. Once everything came together the entire venue just looked spectacular and everything went off without a hitch. I could not be happier with how the day turned out. -Chelsea Charles

Bride 6/27/15

We had our wedding at the McKinley and it was absolutely amazing!! The staff was so attentive during the entire day. From the moment I got there to the last dance song everything was perfect! We have been told multiple times by many of our guests how beautiful the venue was and what a great job their staff did! The planning stages themselves were some of my favorites working with their team. Everyone went above and beyond of what I expected. They were very helpful and accommodating throughout the process. We had some special requests and they all worked very hard to make them happen for us! We really can’t thank everyone at the McKinley enough for making our day so special and perfect! I highly recommend the McKinley they were truly amazing! -Kelliann Lamond

Bride 6/6/15

My husband and I recently had our reception at the McKinley. Hands down, the best choice we could have ever made! The venue itself is absolutely amazing. Plenty of space so you do not feel crowded, but instead you can enjoy the space while still visiting with other guests. The staff was incredible. They went above and beyond to help us with every detail. They are very friendly to work with! Alisha (coordinator) was the absolute best! She made the whole process worry free! The food- wow! Literally the best food I’ve ever had at a wedding! Every single guest of ours commented about how great the food was.
Every decoration that we had was set up beautifully and I couldn’t have asked for a better place to have our reception. It was a magical feeling walking in after the wedding to see such an elegant reception set up! Well done to all of the McKinley staff!! – Lorisa Thomas

Bride 7/11/15

Selecting the McKinley for our wedding reception was one of the easiest and best choices we made for our special day. From beginning to end, the staff exceeded our expectations.

The venue is enormous with lofty ceilings and extravagant light fixtures. There is even a balcony and private room upstairs for the bridal party. In addition, we loved the sunken-in dance floor. It was so spacious and easy for guests to watch couples dance the night away. Also, it provided a separate setting for them to mingle and hear one another.

Alisha Fisher, the Director of Catering and Sales, was so incredibly sweet and such a huge help. Mrs. Fisher helped us plan out our whole wedding reception from start to finish and we received a free delicious tasting to boot! She also provided us with wonderful advice throughout the process and was there whenever we needed her!

On our wedding day, the staff did such a fabulous job. They had security quickly open up a private room for our bridal party, because we showed up unexpectedly early! Mrs. Fisher even surprised us by showing up at the reception unexpectedly! She checked in on us and brought up drinks and hors d’oeuvres to the private room! She also took additional pictures of us on our wedding day and posted them on our Facebook wall the very next day!

The food and service on our wedding day was out of this world! The buffet was perfect and the staff was on point, they checked in with every table constantly. For our bridal party, they got us anything that we needed or wanted!

Our guests couldn’t stop complimenting the McKinley for it’s extravagant space, excellent food, and friendly staff. Our wedding day was perfect because of the McKinley and their hardworking staff, we cannot thank them enough. I highly recommend The McKinley to anyone looking for a wedding venue in the Binghamton, Endicott, or Vestal area, I can guarantee you will not find anywhere else that matches their expertise! -Carly Schrader

Bride 7/18/15

My husband and I just recently had our wedding reception at The McKinley. It was beyond wonderful! We worked closely with Alisha and her staff for over a year and from the small to big questions everything was answered. They were all extremely helpful and our wedding reception was beautiful! We didn’t have to worry about a thing. Alisha made wedding planning easy and fun! There is no better venue out there! Thank you to Alisha and the McKinley staff for everything! -Megan Werner

Bride 7/25/15

Where do I even begin? Working with Alisha and the staff at the McKinley was amazing! Our whole planning process was stress free and fun and we couldn’t have asked for anything more! The venue was decorated just as we imagined it, the food was DELICIOUS and our guests were totally blown away! Our wedding was a dream come true! From our signature Bride and Groom Drinks, to our Smore bar, the food and how helpful the staff was throughout the process, I can’t thank you guys enough for everything you did for us throughout the process! Our wedding is still being talked about and how it was the best wedding people have ever been to! -Melissa Vaglica

Bride 8/1/15

I recently held my reception at the McKinley (approx.190 guests), and couldn’t have been happier with the entire experience. From the beginning of the planning process, Alisha (Director of Catering & Sales) and Jesse (General Manager) worked to make sure that my husband and I were happy with every small detail – from the room setup and food choices to the addition of an ice cream bar to our package! They really made the process less stressful and more enjoyable.

The staff, food, service, and ambiance was also exceptional. Dinner was served to all 190 of my guests in what seemed like record time. The staff was friendly, professional, and responsive to any requests. The food was delicious – especially the chicken cordon bleu and the maple soy salmon. The setup of the room was perfect for both the cocktail hour and the reception, without feeling cramped. The dance floor is huge and accommodates a large crowd.

I’m sad that the big day is over, but I love to hear my guests still raving about the event and how wonderful everything was at the McKinley! I would recommend this venue to anyone looking for an upscale location in the Binghamton area. -Jessica Mirabito

Bride 8/16/14

The McKinley was the placed I always wanted for my reception, even before I was engaged. I used to work at the McKinley and I know all of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes of a wedding reception. It was such a nice feeling the be the bride and be on the other end of things. Alisha was absolutely fantastic as she guided me through the planning process, and was so flexible with my busy work schedule. The tasting they had was perfect, and let me have another look at things set up before I had my big day. The whole space is completely stunning, from the entrance, to the sunk in dance floor. Plenty of room for dancing, eating, mingling and for a photobooth! This facility really has it all, and does everything to not only make this all about you but make it perfect for you. The food was amazing, and it was awesome to hear all my guests still talking about it weeks after the wedding. Everyone serving did a great job keeping the dinner flow going while keeping the place clean. The layout is perfect and the music could be heard from every corner of the room, and the decorations across the high ceiling were beautiful. My wedding day was perfect and I have Alisha and the McKinley to thank for it, I’m so grateful for all of their hardwork while making my reception perfect. -Melissa Binkewicz

Bride 8/8/15