Add some local flair to your #AlbanyEverAfter! Beyond selecting a caterer that utilizes local ingredients, Albany small businesses offer fun ways to serve up the flavors of the area at your wedding. From craft beverages to doughnuts, scroll on for a few unique ways to serve up the flavors of Albany at your wedding. 

Special thank you to Joe Vogel Photography for providing the header photo.


Spirit of Albany cocktail

Albany-Themed Cocktails

Put an Albany spin on your signature cocktail at your wedding! Albany Distilling Company, the city's first licensed distillery since Prohibition, handcrafts small-batch spirits. Plan for your signature cocktail to use Albany Distilling's Ironweed Whiskey, Quackenbush Rum or Fort Orange Vodka for an Albany touch. Or, give your signature cocktail a fun Albany-inspired name. Need some inspiration? Check out our Spirit of Albany page for Albany-inspired drink recipes such as an Ironweed Old Fashioned. 


Cider Belly Doughnuts

Cider Belly Doughnuts Tower

Cider Belly Doughnuts is an Albany staple. The popular doughnut shop specializes in fresh and delicious apple cider-based doughnuts with unique toppings, glazes, drizzles and fillings. Instead of a classic wedding cake, go with a Cider Belly Doughnuts tower or display for your dessert table! Guests will rave about the delicious doughnuts long after your special day is over. 


Nine Pin Cider

Toast with Nine Pin Cider 

Swap out the champagne for Nine Pin Cider! New York's first farm cidery's Signature hard cider is described as "an off dry sparkling cider with a crisp, bold, and refreshing taste." It is Nine Pin's flagship product that is created using a blend of apples from Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook. Nine Pin Cider is the perfect local craft beverage for toasting during your wedding reception.

Bonus: Book the Nine Pin Cider Mobile Bar for your wedding! The charming mobile bar serves up New York cider and related beverages for wedding guests.


Emack & Bolio's at Carey Institute
Photo provided by Joe Vogel Photography

Emack & Bolio's Food Truck

Sweeten up your celebration with the vintage Emack & Boilo's ice cream truck! Available to travel within 30 minutes of Albany, the cute rainbow-colored truck scoops up 8 ice cream flavors. Cap off your #AlbanyEverAfter on a sweet note with the ice cream truck rolling up for dessert! Your guests will love it, plus it is the perfect photo opportunity for the newly-married couple. 


What's Poppin

What's Poppin Popcorn Bar

Thinking about a popcorn bar for a unique snacking option at your wedding? Located in Colonie, What's Poppin specializes in "Chicago Style" gourmet popcorn and has popcorn bars covered for your special day. Choose from three of What's Poppin's every day flavors, with custom add-ons to make it your own. For even more local flair, pick the Albany Mix (cheddar and caramel) or Upstate Mix (cheddar hot and caramel)!