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Woodlawn Beach is the perfect wedding destination, rain or shine

Just 20 minutes from downtown Buffalo, Woodlawn Beach State Park’s mile-long natural sand beach along Lake Erie is one of the most beautiful wedding locations in Western New York, offering spectacular views and incomparable sunsets.

“To look at pictures, you’d think people were married in Jamaica,” said Dennis DiPaolo, owner of Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant & Banquet Facility.

Sandy terrain brings dreams of the exotic to a local setting (Photo courtesy of Dave & Liz Jarosz Photography)

As Woodlawn Beach’s preferred caterer for the past ten years, Ilio DiPaolo’s will continue to provide catering services when New York State takes over running the beach from the Town of Hamburg in 2020.

“We’re very excited about the new momentum and the $2 million the State plans to put into this vital asset to our community with respect to the beach itself, parking and more,” said DiPaolo, who added that the restaurant will separately be making several interior and exterior upgrades to The Lodge dining room at Woodlawn over the upcoming winter months.

Beyond The Lodge that accommodates 150 guests (complete with air conditioning), couples can also choose the courtyard with a tent that holds up to 200, or a combination. Holding only one wedding at a time, the site can be easily changed in the event of inclement weather. “We can handle whatever Mother Nature throws at us,” added DiPaolo.

New for the 2020 season, couples will be able to book their wedding at Woodlawn directly through Ilio DiPaolo’s instead of going through the Town, making for seamless operation according to DiPaolo, whose team has been known to turn around weddings in as short as a week in the case of military men and women being deployed.

“Our wedding coordinators have over 50 years of combined experience and they’re familiar with Woodlawn, what the bride and groom need, and how to make sure it all comes together,” said DiPaolo. “From florists, bands, photographers and DJ's, our staff will execute any event to your desire.”

Easily accessible from the Thruway and Route 5, Woodlawn Beach is also a great spot for graduation parties, showers, reunions, anniversary celebrations and more. Call Ilio DiPaolo’s Banquet Team at 716-825-3675 today to book your 2020 date.