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Wysockis is celebrating 70 years —and you’re invited to the party! ACentral New York landmark for anyone who’s preparing that all-important celebration: anniversaries, birthdays, corporate parties, and in particular —weddings!

While Wysockis has been a go-to location for events for nearly three-quarters of a century, its current owners —Jamie and Kris Jeroloman— have owned the business just since October 21, 2016.

But that doesn’t mean they’re new to crafting and executing large functions, especially weddings. In the DJ business for fourteen years, the couple has expert knowledge and understanding of both the physical and emotional sides of making a special event truly special.

In their many years of catering and hosting events, Jamie and Kris acquired all many moving parts that make a celebration successful —the missing piece to complete the package was a location. And Wysockis is a perfect fit.

The facility has a wide range of options for your event, both in terms of size and style. If you need something large and elegant The Carriage House will stylishly accommodate your group of up to 250 guests. The Crystal Room, serving up to 165 guests, is the perfect setting for that “dream princess” event. Or if you need the atmosphere of rustic charm —“outdoorsy but with all the amenities of indoors”— Hickory Hall will be your ideal choice, with seating for 125. “It’s the feel of burlap and lace,” explained Kris, and I knew immediately what she meant. “Rustic weddings are very popular right now,” the couple told me, and added that when it comes to weddings, there is little in terms of theme that they haven’t been able to provide, from very traditional to a Halloween theme, completed with costumed bride, groom and guests!

“With the many ethnicities and styles,” said Kris, “we have seen it all and understand. It’s their event, and they want it to be perfect. So do we!” You can also book the entire venue and accommodate as many as 750 guests, spanning all three rooms, or enjoy the “real” outdoors in The Secret Garden or Chapel.

In addition to weddings, Wysockis hosts award ceremonies, retreats, 50th anniversaries, baby showers, prom, Sweet 16 parties, social and civic club luncheons and dinners. In any given year, Wysockis will do as many as 120 different parties of varying size, scope, and purpose.

But while each event is treated as the event by the couple and their very talented team, it is weddings that comprise the largest share of the business —and that demand the greatest amount of planning. Weddings are already booked throughout 2017, and people are beginning to make plans for 2018 events. While there are still dates available for 2017, the Jerolomans told me that planning for a wedding can take well over a year of detailed organization. “When a couple wants a ‘backyard’ feel to their wedding,” Kris told me, “it’s easy for them to forget all the things that will need to be taken into account, from napkins to tables, chairs, centerpieces, even a knife to cut the cake! That’s one of the reasons we’re so happy to have found this location: we can provide the homey atmosphere they’re looking for, but everything is right here, down to the smallest detail.”

In addition to typical catering services, Wysockis also offers lighting, DJ services, audio/visual equipment, a photo booth —and a wide range of vendors to choose from, or you can hire any outside vendor preferred for a given service. “We can provide everything,” said Jamie, “or you can choose your DJ and we can work with them. We want to make things as relaxed and easy as possible for you.”

While the average cost of weddings in our area is about $20K, Jamie and Kris will work with each couple, family, or organization to meet their budget limitations, while still providing an event that feels “just right.”

To let you see what Wysockis can provide for your event, and to celebrate its 70th anniversary, Jamie and Kris are planning an Open House on February 18 from 11am – 5pm. Come and meet your hosts, visit the rooms and explore the facilities, and meet many of the outside vendors who supply photography, decorating, music, flowers, and the many other services that go into creating your perfect Wedding (or any other event). The event is free and open to the public.

As we were wrapping up our conversation,  I remarked that it all seemed like a lot of work —seven days a week! But, the Jerolomans told me that “when you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work.”

Nancy Roberts