How to Use this Connecticut Wedding Venue Guide

The ring is all set. Or, maybe it’s not and you’re just thinking ahead. Regardless of where you are with your wedding planning so far, you’re here for a specific reason: because you’re trying to choose a Connecticut wedding venue. Let’s see if I can help a little.

What follows is a list I’ve put together of Connecticut wedding venue ideas for all types of couples. They’re organized by overarching category, as determined by me. I’ve even shot weddings at some!

If you have any questions, are interested in a wedding photographer’s take, or just want to say “hello,” feel free to reach out to me. And when you’re done here, be sure to head over to my wedding planning guides for more helpful info.

Summary of the Venue Categories

Before we get to the venue list itself, here’s a quick list of the Connecticut wedding venue categories that I’ll cover:

Outdoor Wedding Venues

Whether you love outdoors or not, you’ve got to appreciate the natural beauty of our state. In this category, you’ve got open-air and tent options.

Indoor Wedding Venues

From restaurants to banquet halls to mansions, there’s an indoor venue for everyone here in the Nutmeg State.

Waterfront Wedding Venues

Almost the entire southern edge of the state is along water. Naturally, then, there are plenty of waterfront venue options for your wedding day.

Wine/Beer Wedding Venues

Looking to add some extra spirit to your wedding day? Even if you don’t enjoy a glass or pint here and there, many of these locations are perfect for weddings.

Budget Wedding Venues

Even in Connecticut, there’s a wedding venue for every budget. Getting creative while stretching the value of your dollar can lead to the wedding of your dreams.

State of Connecticut Covid-19 Considerations

A welcome sign on a stand at a New Jersey wedding venue during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Covid-19 pandemic took ahold of our state sometime around March of 2020. It has taken a serious toll on our state’s wedding professionals. As far as venues go, please keep in mind that many of them have had to change things in order to comply with State of Connecticut regulations.

I’m keeping track of the effects of the pandemic on Connecticut weddings over in my wedding planning tips guide. Check back frequently for updates!

Don’t let the pandemic get you down! You still have options, everything from a working farm to any backyard.

Featured Connecticut Wedding Venues

Here are some Connecticut wedding venues that I’ve photographed weddings at and would recommend to any couple. For various reasons, I strongly feel that these venues are worth a look. And, no, I wasn’t paid or offered anything to mention any of them.

Branford House Weddings

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With waterscape views for days, three lighthouses, and an awesome mansion to explore, read about Branford House at Avery Point weddings!

Inn at Mystic Weddings

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Downtown Mystic, beautiful grounds, amazing views, and a historic mansion. Read all about Inn at Mystic and Haley Mansion weddings here.

Barns at Wesleyan Hills Weddings

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Little Barn, Big Barn, Edison lights, and willow trees. Middletown’s premier wedding venue, The Barns at Wesleyan Hills, has all this and more!

Salem Herbfarm Weddings

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Gardens, character, and endless charm. Just a few of the characteristics that a wedding at The Salem Herbfarm has to offer Connecticut couples!

The Overlook at Geer Tree Farm Weddings

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If you’re looking for a simple, rustic outdoor wedding venue with a great view in Connecticut, The Overlook at Geer Tree Farm is right up your alley.

Stone Acres Farm Weddings

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Planning your wedding and looking for an outdoor venue that is rich in perfectly-manicured plant life? Love farms? Then check out Stone Acres Farm in Stonington.

Connecticut Wedding Venue Categories

OK, here is the guide! I’ll continue to update this list over time, so be sure to bookmark/save this page for later reference.

Outdoor Wedding Venues

Our state is beautiful, so being outside for your big day is a great option. (Also, for now, there’s still the Covid-19 pandemic to contend with.) The venues listed here are optimized to be outdoor only, meaning that both your ceremony and reception would be outdoors (for the most part).

Stone Acres Farm (Stonington, CT)

A real working farm that grows vegetables and has animals, Stone Acres Farm is a vast, 60-acre property has room for any guest count. And for plant lovers, it doesn’t get any better than this. There’s also a tented area on this awesome venue as well as a house which has getting ready suites.

The Overlook at Geer Tree Farm (Griswold, CT)

A bride dressed in white and her bridal party dressed in teal walk and smile through a Christmas tree farm during her summer The Overlook at Geer Tree Farm wedding.

If you love trees and views, get a load of this open-air ceremony location with a tented reception area. The Overlook at Geer Tree Farm has one-of-a-kind Connecticut views for miles, perfect for a wedding. Consider renting the Heavitree Bed & Breakfast of Griswold next door as a getting ready location.

A Backyard

A tent, tables, and guests outdoors at a Connecticut backyard wedding.

Like the idea of a DIY wedding? Want complete control of your nuptials? Then consider a backyard wedding. A private residence is always a great option.

Salem Herbfarm (Salem, CT)

Rustic, garden-based, and filled with eclectic charm, Salem Herbfarm is a pretty huge venue that has many configuration options for both your ceremony and reception. Best of all, it’s super unique and tucked away in a quiet area to boot.

Lyman Orchards (Middlefield, CT)

Lyman Orchards wedding ceremony by Connecticut wedding photographer Terrence Irving.

Way up on a hill in Middlefield, beautiful Lyman Orchards will have you surrounded by apple trees and a stunning golf course. What’s more, the property is absolutely massive, making for lots of great photo ops.

Any Connecticut Farm

Tips for planning a backyard wedding from a Connecticut wedding photographer.

It might be Chanticleer Acres Farm, it might be a different one. The point is this: if you can use a farm as your Connecticut wedding venue, you’ll have yourself a great, unique time.

The Mill at Tariffville (Tariffville, CT)

Looking for an industrial feel and water? Then consider this, The Mill at Tariffville, a semi-edgy outdoor venue for your wedding, in a courtyard-type setting right along the Farmington River.

Indoor Wedding Venues

Connecticut is for lovers. That means that there are plenty of beautiful indoor venues to choose from, too. The ones listed here offer, at least, the option to have your reception inside. These venues are primarily known for their indoor offerings, though they may have outdoor options as well.

Inn at Mystic / Haley Mansion (Mystic, CT)

A bride and groom stand on the exterior landing of Haley Mansion during their Mystic, CT wedding at Inn at Mystic.

Who doesn’t love Mystic and historic buildings? Full transparency: I love this place because my wife and I got married here. But Inn at Mystic and Haley Mansion are truly special as a Mystic wedding venue.

The Barns at Wesleyan Hills (Middletown, CT)

Maybe the epitome of the elegant barn wedding venue, The Barns at Wesleyan Hills is a trip (that means it’s really, really good). Yes, there’s a sizeable landscape with willow trees and a small pond to take advantage of, but then you’ll party and dance the night away in front of the Big Barn’s Edison light wall.

Aria (Prospect, CT)

Experts at the banquet hall wedding, Aria is one of Connecticut’s most popular ballroom venues. I have my first wedding here in the fall of 2021 and can’t wait!

Bill Miller’s Castle (Branford, CT)

“Why rent a hall when you can have a castle?” That’s actually a very good question that Bill Miller’s asks right on their website. And, frankly, this place looks really cool.

Pond House Café (West Hartford, CT)

A view of the inside of Connecticut wedding venue Pond House Cafe in West Hartford.

A staple of the Hartford region, Pond House Café is on the same property as the city’s famous Elizabeth Park. Remember: the City of Hartford requires a permit for professional photography in the park, so you’ll want to factor that into your wedding planning for sure.

Waterfront Wedding Venues

For such a small state, Connecticut sure does have plenty of water bodies which add a special element to its wedding venue options.

Branford House / Avery Point (Groton, CT)

Owned and operated by the University of Connecticut, Branford House is a big, stone mansion located at Avery Point (yes, UConn has a campus here). The building is beautiful as is the huge, sprawling waterfront landscape behind it. Long Island Sound creates the backdrop here.

St. Clements Castle (Portland, CT)

Photographed by me for Jessra Photography.

While largely situated on land, St. Clements Castle actually has the Connecticut River right next to it (and they own a marina on the water). During an outdoor ceremony, the river is right behind the altar.

Inn at Mystic (Mystic, CT)

Photographed by me for RC Zajac Photography.

Yup, my beloved Inn at Mystic fits this category, too (reminder: my wife and I got married here)! At the rear of the property, where you would be for an outdoor ceremony, sits the Pequotsepos River. And way up on the bluff, where your wedding photographer would inevitably take you for photos, you have a clear view of Mystic Harbor.

Shennecossett Yacht Club (Groton, CT)

A cozy reception location right on the water in the Town of Groton, Shennecossett Yacht Club is a solid venue for intimate affairs. Though info on the web is scarce, yes, they do offer weddings. Best to inquire via their website if you’re interested.

The Waterview (Monroe, CT)

You may have never heard of Connecticut’s Lake Zoar (I know I hadn’t). But, located right off of I-84 in the southwestern part of our state, The Waterview sits right next to it and affords you some great water views (the pun was unintentional).

The Inn at Longshore (Westport, CT)

Situated at the mouth of the Saugatuck River, The Inn at Longshore is like it’s own little world. Complete with a golf course next door, fine dining on site, and a hotel, it would make a for nice one-stop wedding venue shop.

Anthony’s Ocean View (New Haven, CT)

Located right on Morris Beach, which is down the street from the famous Lighthouse Point Park (pictured above), is Anthony’s Ocean View. This venue is the answer to the question, “Where can I get married on a beach in Connecticut?”

Madison Beach Hotel (Madison, CT)

Another Connecticut beach wedding venue option, Madison Beach Hotel is really well suited to more intimate waterfront weddings. Conveniently, this venue is a Hilton hotel, so you could even consider reserving blocks of rooms for your guests right there on the property.

Wine/Beer Wedding Venues

Perhaps little known to outsiders, Connecticut actually has tons of great wine and beer makers. Conveniently, many of these establishments would be happy to host your wedding.

The Hops Company / THC (Derby, CT)

A beer garden with a beautiful backyard, The Hops Company / THC is pristine and ready for your wedding day ceremony and party. Note that when you have a wedding here, you’re separate from the main facility where the general public is having beer. The venue portion is set back on the property, offering some nice privacy.

Jonathan Edwards Winery (North Stonington, CT)

This winery is a staple of the southeastern Connecticut portion of the wine trail. It makes a great venue for a wedding.

Stony Creek Brewery (Branford, CT)

Good beer, indoor and outdoor options, and…good beer. Stony Creek Brewery is a popular wedding spot in southwestern Connecticut.

Stonington Vineyards (Stonington, CT)

As if the wine isn’t good enough, Stonington Vineyards offers tons of outdoor space and beautiful views.

Saltwater Farm Vineyard (Stonington, CT)

Possibly the epitome of the southeastern Connecticut winery wedding venue, Saltwater Farm Vineyard is just stunning.

Budget Wedding Venues

Large or small, every couple has a budget. Thankfully, if you’re willing to look, you can pretty easily find a Connecticut wedding venue to fit yours.

Stonington Point (Stonington, CT)

A small yet stunning piece of public access land, this spot offers a 270-degree view of the water. After your elopement, you can explore the rest of the borough and are just minutes from Mystic, New London, Groton, and the casinos.

The Village at Boulder Ridge Day Camp (Barkhamstead, CT)

A bride and groom raise their champagne glasses at budget Connecticut wedding venue Boulder Ridge Day Camp.

Tucked away in the woods of Litchfield County, The Village at Boulder Ridge Day Camp is perfect for the slightly adventurous types. Oh, and Saville Dam isn’t too far away and makes a great portrait location.

Any Local Ethnic Club or Nonprofit

Have a Polish Falcons of America or Lions Club outpost nearby? Reach out to them and see if you can rent their hall for your wedding.

Your Backyard

Yes, this one again. A backyard wedding is such a good idea for your wedding day that I’m mentioning it a second time. Especially if you’re on a tighter budget and/or you want total control!

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