The Definitive List of Connecticut Wedding Venues

A bride and groom cheer with their guests after their first dance at their Connecticut wedding venue Webb Barn.

Places to Get Married in Connecticut

The proposal is in the books, you’re engaged, and now you need a Connecticut wedding venue. Let’s see if I, a wedding photographer, can help a little as you look into places to get married in CT.

Here on this page, I’ve created the most complete list of wedding venues in CT that you’ll ever find. The venues are in categories based on my assessment of each venue’s primary feature or vibe.

Having photographed weddings at many of the venues on this list, I’d love to hear from you! Please contact me to talk about your wedding.

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How many wedding venues are in Connecticut?

There are at least 125 wedding venues in Connecticut. In addition to dedicated event venues, this amount takes into account historic mansions, museums, hotels, parks, farms, and other types of spaces.

Venues in CT by Region

If you’re looking for Mystic wedding venues, Hartford wedding venues, or Rhode Island wedding venues, I have a pages for those, too.

CT Wedding Venue Summary Lists

I also have a list of the top 10 wedding venues in Connecticut.

Mansion/Estate Wedding Venues in Connecticut

1. Lord Thompson Manor (Thompson)

Without reservation, Lord Thompson Manor is a distinguished CT wedding venue within the mansion or estate category. This one accommodates parties up to 140 in size with a dedicated experience. A wedding in Lord Thompson’s house is reminiscent of an elegant house party.

A bride and groom walk at night as their wedding party surrounds them with sparkers at their Connecticut wedding venue.
Lord Thompson Manor

2. Pinecroft Estate (Thompson)

Also in Thompson is Pinecroft Estate. Featuring a post and beam barn built in the early 1800s, this property is a newer, intimate barn venue. Ceremonies can take place in the barn itself or outside in the property’s French River View Lawn. This red barn has huge doors that open up, welcoming your wedding of up to 125. What’s more, Pinecroft also has two getting ready suites for both partners in its Carriage House.

3. Eolia Mansion at Harkness (Waterford)

The sister venue to Branford House, Eolia Mansion at Harkness Memorial State Park is located in nearby Waterford. This gorgeous historic mansion is located on 200+ acres and the portrait opportunities are literally limitless. Don’t forget to get down to the beach once you let loose during your reception.

4. Waveny House (New Canaan)

Located in Waveny Park, New Canaan’s Waveny House is an early 20th century Tudor mansion under town ownership. The venue provides about 3000-plus square feet of beautiful rooms to enjoy, complete with handmade decorations and beautiful wood floors. Correspondingly, the grounds are awesome.

5. Tarrywile Mansion (Danbury)

Fairfield County is a goldmine for beautiful sights, meaning that Tarrywile Mansion is right at home there. Opened as a Danbury community center in 1990, the mansion is located in a beautiful park which shares the same name. There are multiple ceremony sites on the property, accommodating up to 150 people.

6. GrayBarns on the Silvermine River (Norwalk)

An excellent choice for intimate weddings, the farm feel of GrayBarns on the Silvermine River began making people happy since the early 1800s. With this in mind, the venue has several smaller spaces to choose from, including a covered outdoor porch and a beautiful courtyard. Where things really shine, however, is the iconic Barn (yes, it’s gray). The property’s Inn contains several rentable rooms for reservation, too.

7. Smith Farm Gardens (East Haddam)

Originally a working farm in the 18th century, Smith Farm Gardens is now a beautiful wedding venue in the Route 2 and 9 corridor. This property features a main house with 12-foot ceilings and plenty of wooden features. This venue definitely has a classic feel to it, with getting ready locations for both partners, antiques, and white paint (everywhere). Smith Farm Gardens continues the popular trend of historic properties reborn as an awesome place to get married in Connecticut.

8. Lounsbury House (Ridgefield)

Interestingly enough, Ridgefield’s beautiful Lounsbury House is actually the town’s community center. The local government owns this 19th century National Historic Site and a nonprofit operates it. The mansion is stunning and it’s grounds match. It can fit something like 150 people inside, where you’ll enjoy immaculately preserved historic beauty.

9. Lion Rock Farm (Sharon)

Tucked away in Litchfield County is Lion Rock Farm, a splendid farm-estate CT wedding venue. Markedly, you’ll enjoy the use of multiple buildings and houses on this gigantic property, which is actually a working farm.

A groom lifts his bride as they kiss in front of a barn at one of the best estate wedding venues in Connecticut.
Lion Rock Farm

10. Interlaken Inn (Lakeville)

A country-style resort in Lithcfield Country, Interlaken Inn is sits beautifully between two small lakes right on the border with New York. This is truly a special place to get married in Connecticut, lending itself well to destination weddings due to the on-site overnight accommodations.

In addition to the 40 rooms in the main building, there are a few other lodging structures on site. You and your guests can easily make a weekend out of it, doing everything from basketball to kayaking at this awesome venue.

Interlaken’s expertise with wedding weekends is high. Says one reviewer who attend one, “Bonfire by the lake Friday night, wedding by the lake on Saturday and Sunday brunch. Service was lovely. Food was great! A wonderful place to be.”

11. Inn at Mystic (Mystic)

Easily one of the best wedding venues in Connecticut, Inn at Mystic is lovely. Perched up on a hill at the top of the property is the famous Haley Mansion. Indeed, this place may also fit the bill as a wedding venue in Connecticut that’s on the water. Larger outdoor ceremonies take place right by the the Pequotsepos River and you also have a clear view of Mystic Harbor from the bluff behind the mansion.

12. The Mansion at Bald Hill (Woodstock)

The Mansion at Bald Hill is a beautiful and historic venue located in Woodstock, Connecticut that would be the perfect setting for a grand and elegant wedding. The mansion, born in 1871, is a stunning example of Second Empire-style architecture. Beautiful gardens and rolling hills surround it. What’s more, the venue can accommodate ceremonies and receptions of all sizes, and has a capacity of up to 300 guests.

13. Stone Acres Farm (Stonington)

A working farm owned by the same company that operates some of Mystic’s finest restaurants, Stone Acres Farm is a versatile estate wedding venue in Connecticut. Because the main house is so cool (and two partners can get ready in it), it follows that property itself is just perfect. Top that off with their delicious, farm-to-table fare and you have the makings of a stylish wedding.

A married couple enjoys a kiss at Stone Acres Farm, one of many Mystic-area places to get married in CT.
Stone Acres Farm

14. Wadsworth Mansion (Middletown)

Wadsworth Mansion originated in 1901 as a private summer home. In the 1980s, renovations turned into a wedding and events venue. The National Register of Historic Places includes this mansion, which is also Connecticut State Landmark. As you can see, it’s a beautiful property with plenty of trees and privacy.

Wadsworth Mansion

15. Branford House (Groton)

Owned by the State of Connecticut, Branford House is a breathtaking venue that can host small and huge weddings. In addition to the historic mansion, you and your guests will enjoy the sprawling backyard. Owing to its location at Avery Point, this venue gives you views of three lighthouses and awesome sunsets.

A bride and groom walk hand in hand with a lighthouse in the background at their Connecticut wedding venue, Branford House at Avery Point.
Branford House at Avery Point

Additional Mansion/Estate Wedding Venues in CT

Hill-Stead Museum, The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, Stamford Museum & Nature Center, The Litchfield Inn

Museum, Art, and Stage Connecticut Wedding Venues

1. Connecticut River Museum (Essex)

Also beautifully situated right on the water, Connecticut River Museum in Essex masters the art of simple, elegant weddings. Although it’s most popular for its outdoor weddings of up to about 150 people, this venue is also capable of serving you and your guests inside the museum itself.

A bride and groom hold hands with serious looks at Connecticut River Museum, one of the best places to get married in CT.
Connecticut River Museum

2. Kehler Liddel Gallery (New Haven)

The contemporary Kehler Liddel Gallery in New Haven’s Westville area doubles as a 2000 square-foot wedding venue. Since this place is actually a privately-owned gallery, beautiful artwork will surround your wedding celebration.

3. The Bushnell (Hartford)

Naturally, The Bushnell is a CT wedding venue for performing arts and stage lovers. With its several halls and rooms, you can have a very impressive affair here. The stage lighting is a photographer’s dream.

4. New Britain Museum of American Art (New Britain)

New Britain Museum of American Art is another museum-type place to get married in Connecticut. This organization’s origins are in the early 20th century and many artistic works fill the museum. This venue offers its Sylvia Bonney Halcyon Lounge for intimate events of up to 50 people and its Stanley Works Center for seated receptions of up to 100.

5. Hill-Stead Museum (Farmington)

A beautiful mansion turned museum located in Farmington, Hill-Stead Museum now hosts weddings for up to 100 guests inside and 400 people outside. The grounds are exquisite, providing panoramic views of the 150-acre estate-style property.

6. Mattatuck Museum (Waterbury)

“The cultural destination in the center of Waterbury,” Mattatuck Musuem contains tons of artistic beauty for weddings up to 180 people in size. Featuring exciting architecture, there are multiple spaces and configurations possible. This includes a cool rooftop terrace.

7. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (Norwalk)

One of the more interesting artistic places to get married in Connecticut, The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is also a National Historic Landmark. It’s a museum in a mansion, the beautiful building and grounds can handle up to 150 for a seated reception, with multiple spaces and configurations possible.

8. Lyman Allyn Art Museum (New London)

Another Connecticut wedding venue specifically for art lovers, Lyman Allyn Art Museum is conveniently located in New London. The Four rental spaces on the museum’s property allow you to customize your wedding day experience. In addition to the indoor art collection, the outdoor grounds make this an ideal place to get married in Connecticut.

9. Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford)

Combining art with downtown Hartford, Wadsworth Atheneum is among the more unique places to get married in CT. Art lovers will rejoice in the beautiful Avery Court and various other halls and areas. Conveniently, this urban venue can accommodate intimate and large weddings alike, up to 350 people.

10. Broad Brook Opera House (Broad Brook)

An actual live stage operation since 1892, Broad Brook Opera House hosts everything from comedy shows to 90s music cover bands. But this location also doubles as a wedding venue. This setting is great for intimate weddings for lovers of the performing arts.

11. Palace Theater (Waterbury)

Probably the quintessential stage or theater Connecticut wedding venue, Palace Theater is like getting married on Broadway. To illustrate: this venue has three lobbies and even welcomes receptions on the actual theater stage itself. Of course, it also has all of the usual theater trimmings like gold leaf ceilings and velvet curtains. Accommodating up to 225 people, this venue is the stage lovers’ dream venue.

12. Stamford Museum & Nature Center (Stamford)

Stamford Museum & Nature Center offers a versatility. Its European-themed Bendel Mansion is a former private residence from the 19th century, complete with multiple statues, a fountain, and ornate trimmings inside. On the other hand, the laid-back Knobloch Family Farmhouse is a new structure with a modern New England farm feel. Both locations on the property can accommodate 150 people.

Additional Museum Places to Get Married in CT

Essex Station, Mystic Seaport, Webb Barn

Ballroom Venues in Connecticut

1. Saint Clements Castle & Marina (Portland)

Saint Clements Castle is a tried and true wedding venue in Portland, Connecticut with great roots. While it doesn’t have on-site accommodations for overnight stays, this venue functions like an estate in the sense that it’s a big sprawling venue with multiple areas to spread out into. It has two ballrooms, a big ceremony lawn, and a new marina portion right along the Connecticut River. Accordingly, everything from large to small is fine here, with a capacity of over 600 people if you desire.

A bride and groom pose outside of St. Clements Castle during their Portland CT wedding.
Saint Clements Castle & Marina

2. Anthony’s Ocean View (New Haven)

Face it: even though it’s on the coast, Connecticut isn’t popular for its beaches. Anthony’s Ocean View seeks to fix that with its human-made beach (complete with palm trees). This venue boasts four tasteful ballrooms from which to choose, as well as a pretty extensive menu.

3. The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station (Haddam)

The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station is an elegant, 300-seat ballroom on the western side of the Connecticut River. This venue has wedding amenities figured out, with optional extras like food served to your wedding party, sushi during cocktail hour, and plenty of late night snack options.

Where Goodpseed really shines, however, is outside. Correspondingly, you’ll enjoy awesome views of the river, including Goodspeed Opera House and the Haddam Swing Bridge.

4. Candlewood Inn (Brookfield)

One of the best waterfront places to get married in CT, Candlewood Inn has a lot going on. It borrows its name from Candlewood Lake, the state’s only human-made lake. From intimate gatherings to 300-person bangers, this venue has you covered in ballroom style. Getting outside is the best; Instagram-worthy sunsets are popular here.

A bride and groom pose in front of the lake at Candlewood Inn, one of the more popular places to get married in Connecticut.
Candlewood Inn

5. WoodWinds (Branford)

Another ballroom venue, WoodWinds is remarkable because of its really nice outdoor spaces. Out back is a patio with a waterfall and plenty of greenery, perfect for smaller to medium ceremonies. Out front, larger ceremonies can take place on the front lawn. Around the side is a nice garden and patio area. This venue has some flair for sure.

A bride and groom stand at the altar during their ceremony at one of the best places to get married in Connecticut, WoodWinds.
WoodWinds

6. Birchwoods at Oak Lane (Woodbridge)

Birchwoods at Oak Lane is yet another great ballroom-style place to get married in Connecticut. The indoor portions of the venue give you two levels to enjoy with your guests, with three space options. Step outside for a ceremony by the pergola and portraits on the rolling hills.

7. The Lake House (Walcott)

The Lake House is a beautiful ballroom CT wedding venue in Wolcott. Its two spaces, the Parlor Room and Grand Ballroom, can hold up to 150 and 300 guests, respectively. Better yet, as long as your wedding guest count reaches a specified minimum, then the entire property becomes yours for the day. Although the name may be a cute misnomer (this venue is technically next to a pond), The Lake House is an excellent ballroom choice.

8. Silver City Ballroom (Meriden)

Another former bank turned wedding venue, Meriden’s Silver City Ballroom is one of only a few places to get married in CT in this particular city setting. Huge windows, brass fixtures, and marble flooring adorn the indoor space. This venue really shines, literally, if a up-lighting and spotlights are your jam. And don’t forget to have couples portraits in the vault.

9. Aria (Prospect)

If you could look up “Connecticut ballroom venue” in the dictionary, there would be a picture of Aria there as the definition.

A bride and groom dance inside a ballroom during their Aria wedding night.
Aria

10. The Waterview (Monroe)

The Waterview is a modern ballroom venue in Monroe. It sits on a beautiful stretch of waterfront property and offers stunning views of Long Island Sound. This venue is quite big, offering wedding couples multiple options. Rumor has it that it can handle weddings of up to 700 guests (yes, 700).

11. La Bella Vista (Waterbury)

One of the state’s top ballrooms, La Bella Vista is an indoor and outdoor Connecticut wedding venue in Waterbury. One of the great things about this one is its versatility: it can comfortably host weddings from 75 up to about 300 people (depending on the day of the week and season).

12. Cascade Fine Catering (Hamden)

Hamden’s Cascade Fine Catering is another excellent ballroom option. Featuring an outdoor garden ceremony location and two ballroom options, the venue also has a single getting ready suite upstairs. Therefore, the venue can handle all-inclusive weddings as well as reception-only bookings. Food options shine here, with plenty of dining package options prepared by the in-house executive chef.

A bride and groom enter their reception at Connecticut wedding venue Cascade in Hamden.
Cascade

City/Urban Wedding Venues in CT

1. Inn at Middletown (Middletown)

A small boutique hotel in down Middletown, Inn at Middletown is perfect for intimate city weddings.

One of the best city places to get married in Connecticut, the front of Inn at Middletown is pictured.
Inn at Middletown

2. Goodwin Hotel (Hartford)

A historic boutique hotel in downtown Hartford, Goodwin Hotel can handle anything from micro weddings up to 250-person gatherings. It’s on-site dining and bar services make things ultra convenient. Of course, be sure to get outside for some cityscape portraits during your wedding.

3. Delamar West Hartford (West Hartford)

Home of the highly-rated Artisan restaurant (which is delicious), Delamar West Hartford is a posh hotel that hosts Connecticut city weddings in a hotel setting. You can enjoy the beautiful lawn, modern hotel interior, and then get out into downtown West Hartford if you so choose.

4. The Blake Hotel (New Haven)

Another chic New Haven hotel, The Blake Hotel has about five event spaces available for Connecticut city weddings. This place prices itself on its reception capabilities as well as the nearby city views outside.

5. Graduate New Haven (New Haven)

Graduate New Haven is another city hotel located in downtown New Haven, near Yale. This venue is perfect for a wedding on the more intimate side, with plenty of nooks and crannies for portrait opportunities. Outside, the surrounding parts of the city are walkable and awesome for portraits as well.

6. Union League Cafe (New Haven)

Union League Cafe is a popular New Haven restaurant with great night life. However, it also doubles as a wonderful place to get married in Connecticut. It has a few indoor spaces for wedding activities, with guest count maximums ranging from about 25 to 80 for receptions. The beauty of a city wedding here, of course, is amplified by the fact that you can get outside for awesome portraits.

7. 19Main (New Milford)

Located in Milford, 19Main is another former Connecticut bank wedding venue. This little city venue is versatile, able to handle smaller weddings of around 50 all the way up to paries with 150 people. Unique and beautiful, 19Main is definitely one of the more memorable places to get married in Connecticut.

8. Hartford City Hall (Hartford)

Hartford City Hall is the seat of government for the city of Hartford, Connecticut. The building is a historic and architecturally significant structure that was built in the early 20th century and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has a number of indoor spaces available for weddings of up to 200, including a grand rotunda and stairway. Overall, this makes Hartford City Hall a wonderful place to get married here in the state.

9. The Society Room of Hartford (Hartford)

Probably one of the top five or so most classically beautiful Connecticut wedding venues, The Society Room of Hartford can easily handle over 100 guests. This former bank has everlasting charm.

A bride and groom dance their way into their reception at CT wedding venue The Society Room of Hartford.
The Society Room of Hartford

Additional City/Urban Venues in CT

Kehler Liddel Gallery, Wadsworth Atheneum, Lyman Allyn Art Museum

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Golf/Country Club Wedding Venues in Connecticut

1. Wee Burn Country Club (Darien)

Wee Burn Country Club in Darien offers great views of “one of the premier golf courses in the northeast.” This Connecticut wedding venue is high end, offering wedding couples full use of its clubhouse facilities for weddings. Their tented patio ceremony setup is beautiful and the getting ready accommodations are proper.

CT wedding venue Wee Burn Country club hosts a wedding ceremony under a tent.
Wee Burn Country Club

2. Farmington Polo Club (Farmington)

Farmington Polo Club has a full-on country club aesthetic to it, complete with a sweeping views of surrounding Farmington Valley. There are two ceremony site choices, the gazebo (240 guests) or pergola (170 guests). Then for your ceremony, this Connecticut wedding venue offers two indoor rooms (the larger of which accommodates up to 320 guests with a dance floor) or outdoor tents.

3. Rolling Hills Country Club (Wilton)

Sitting on 300 acres of wooded land in Fairfield County, Rolling Hills fits squarely into the country club category of places to get married in CT. Ceremonies on the front lawn are quaint and then things really turn up in the big ballroom. Of note is the exceptional service of the venue’s staff.

4. Lyman Orchards (Middlefield)

Lyman Orchards is a beautiful and picturesque venue located in Middlefield. Although this place is known for its fruit orchards, it also hosts outdoor tented weddings for up to about 300 people, depending on which portions of the venue you book.

Lyman Orchards

6. Shenecossett Yacht Club (Groton)

Shenecossett Yacht Club is a private, member-owned yacht club located in Groton, Connecticut. The club sits on the west side of the Thames River in Groton and offers a clubhouse with a bar, a dining room, and a ballroom for about 100 people.

7. Madison Beach Club (Madison)

Madison Beach Club is a private beach club located in Madison. It’s situated on a beautiful stretch of beach on the Long Island Sound and is a popular destination for swimming, sunbathing, and other beach activities. Additionally, there are multiple getting ready suites on site and the sizable reception hall stage in the clubhouse lends itself very well to booking a live band for your wedding night.

One of the best waterfront places to get married in Connecticut, Madison Beach Club hosts a wedding ceremony on its lawn.
Madison Beach Club

8. The Inn at Longshore (Westport)

The Inn at Longshore is a popular venue for weddings and other special events due to its charming and historic setting. Out back, there’s a beautiful stretch of waterfront views of Long Island Sound.

Inn at Longshore

9. Glastonbury Hills Country Club (Glastonbury)

A private club offering weddings to all, Glastonbury Hills Country Club offers multiple rooms to couples. The Skyline is the biggest, offering views of the fairway for up to 350 people. The North and Maple Rooms offer more intimate settings.

10. New Haven Lawn Club (New Haven)

Taking Connecticut country club weddings to the next level, New Haven Lawn Club is luxurious. The club itself originated in the 19th century and is broken up into several sizeable rooms. The biggest, aptly named The Ballroom, can seat up to 250 for a reception. For more intimate weddings, The Lounge holds 70 for a reception. This places oozes character, which is fitting given its home city of New Haven.

11. Lake of Isles (North Stonington)

Part of North America’s largest casino and owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation’s, Lake of Isles is yet another spectacular southeastern Connecticut wedding venue. Consider getting ready at one of the Foxwoods hotels right down the road and then enjoy your ceremony on the patio overlooking the lake. But the centerpiece is the awesome Pequot Village Ballroom, a really nice space that can hose up to 250 people.

One of the most exciting places to get married in Connecticut, Lake of Isles hosts a wedding ceremony on its patio.
Lake of Isles

Additional Golf/Country Club Venues in CT

Birchwoods at Oak Lane

Connecticut Park and Garden Venues

1. Pond House Café (West Hartford)

Without doubt, West Hartford’s Elizabeth Park is is one of the state’s most popular. Therefore, Pond House Café‘s location there makes it an attractive option amongst places to get married in Connecticut in a park setting. Your wedding of up to 150 is welcome here, where ceremonies on the patio and indoor receptions are common.

2. Lighthouse Point Park (New Haven)

Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven is home to New Haven Light House and is a wedding venue in its own right. It’s owned and operated by the City of New Haven and gets you access to the famous carousel on site.

3. The Cabin at Hilltop Garden at Wickham Park (Manchester)

Sitting at the summit of the “big hill” at Wickham Park is The Cabin at Hilltop Garden. With room for 150, this cabin is located in the beautiful expanse that is Wickham Park. You’ll also get an awesome view of the downtown Hartford skyline.

4. Eolia Mansion at Harkness / Harkness Memorial State Park (Waterford)

Yes, this one again! For people having a more “regular” wedding with a booked venue, go the Eolia Mansion route. But if you’re eloping or otherwise having a small, DIY wedding, consider getting married within the park itself.

Additional Park and Garden Venues in CT

Harkness Memorial State Park, Haley Farm State Park, Waveny House, Tarrywile Mansion, The Whittemore at Vyne, Salem Herbfarm, Wooster Square Park

Inn/Hotel Wedding Venues in Connecticut

1. Gwyn Careg Inn (Pomfret)

A winner of Yankee Magazine’s Beat of New England award years ago, Gwyn Careg Inn is a historic mansion turned bed and breakfast surrounded by beautiful greenery. Located up in Connecticut’s Quiet Corner, the venue really caters to its wedding guests. They work with you on fully customizing your start and end timing and also dedicate the entire property to your booking. The grounds are beautifully manicured; the contrast between greenery and stone walls is stunning.

2. The Inn at Woodstock Hill (Woodstock)

The Quiet Corner’s The Inn at Woodstock Hill offers country weddings. Yet another 19th century property, this CT wedding venue offers great views, stone walls, and plenty of outdoor greenery. Depending on the time of year and whether you’re inside our outside, this venue can accommodate up to 150 people.

3. The Simsbury Inn (Simsbury)

The Simsbury Inn is another Connecticut hotel venue built in the late 19th century. With a classic charm, this venue can accommodate up to about 250 guests for your wedding day.

Wedding guests dance at the Simsbury Inn, one of the more classic places to get married in Connecticut.
The Simsbury Inn

4. Tiffany Juliet House (Glastonbury)

Tiffany Juliet House is a beautiful, 19th century Victorian mansion in Glastonbury is a great Connecticut wedding venue option for intimate gatherings near Hartford. Among the smaller or more intimate places to get married in Connecticut, it can accommodate celebrations of up to about 50 people.

5. Madison Beach Hotel (Madison)

Located right on the water in Madison, Madison Beach Hotel can host wedding receptions of up to 160 people. Ceremonies here are held outside right on the water, looking into Long Island sound.

6. Saybrook Point Resort & Marina

This venue likes to say, “where old-world glamour meets modern luxury,” which could not be any more accurate. Therefore, Saybrook Point Resort & Marina (formerly Saybrook Point Inn) Saybrook Point of Old Saybrook is pretty exclusive indeed, offering great food and excellent water views (boats dock at the marina surrounding the property). This venue help you out for weddings of up to about 200 guests.

7. The Litchfield Inn (Litchfield)

Intended to be a replica of an old colonial New England estate, The Litchfield Inn is a small, but full-blown, chic hotel. It sits on 10 beautiful acres of land, making this a secluded and private CT wedding venue. This place is luxurious, from the ballroom to the outdoor grounds. It can accommodate up to about 200 people. The catering is exclusively handled by David Alan Hospitality Group, who is well known for their wonderful eats.

8. Heritage Hotel (Southbury)

Great for all-weekend and/or destination weddings, Heritage Hotel in Southbury is an inclusive Connecticut wedding venue that can entertain you and your guests for days on end. the Stone Garden, Vineyard, and Timbers can handle 200 people. One of the more versatile places to get married in CT, this hotel also has small spaces for more intimate weddings. The spa, health center, and pool help you relax throughout.

Additional Inn/Hotel Venues in CT

Inn at Mystic, Inn at Middletown, Goodwin Hotel, Delamar West Hartford, The Blake Hotel, Graduate New Haven, Candlelight Farms Inn

Barn Venues

1. The Barns at Wesleyan Hills (Middletown)

Probably this photographer’s favorite barn venue ever, The Barns at Wesleyan Hills is splendid. It has a chic feel, awesome string lights, and nice grounds. It can hold 225 and offers indoor and outdoor ceremonies. One thing to note: this venue only looks like a barn on the inside.

The aesthetics, the service, and the location of The Barns are all awesome. I am being completely honest when I say that I wholeheartedly believe that this is one of the best Connecticut wedding venues for most couples. Reviews of this venue show that plenty of people agree that is one of the more worthwhile places to get married in Connecticut.

A bride surprises her bridesmaids at one of the best places to get married in CT, The Barns at Wesleyan Hills.
The Barns at Wesleyan Hills

2. Tyrone Farm (Pomfret)

Located on 170 acres in the Quiet Corner, Tyrone Farm is an 18th century property offering a stunning wedding setup. Ceremonies take place outside under a granite pergola in the formal garden. For your reception, you’ll enjoy either the barn or stone terrace. For weddings up to 135 guests, Tyrone Farm serves wedding guests from May through October.

This Connecticut wedding venue is popular for its summer weddings. One guest notes in their review, “The most beautiful place to be married in CT in July. The grounds are impeccable and the flowers are all blooming beautifully!”

3. My Little Ladies Farm and Design (Quaker Hill)

Ready to get “Earthy Wild and Free”? My Little Ladies Farm and Design is a 5000 square-foot barn with Bohemian feels. Running weddings between April and November, this space can fit 150 people inside the barn and has multiple outdoor areas for ceremonies and portraits. What’s more, they also offer some nice interior design services (evidently for your wedding and beyond).

4. Woods Acres Farm (Terryville)

“A country wedding at Woods Acres Farm is truly a one-of-a-kind event.” That statement says a lot about this Connecticut wedding venue located in Terryville. Its barn can accommodate parties up to 140 people and the venue has multiple, customizable packages to help you get your day right.

5. Stonehurst at Hampton Valley (Hampton)

“Unique and versatile, rustic, yet chic,” Stonehurst at Hampton Valley is among the more versatile places to get married in CT. That is to say, it’s actually comprised of two venues on one property.

The Mansion at Stonehurst and The Barns at Stonehurst each has its own accommodations and spaces. The former holds 120 people in a Swiss chalet-styled while the latter can accommodate about 300 people, but also affords you priority access to a couple of outdoor sites (a ceremony forest and the Little River).

Stonehurst is beloved by seemingly everyone who gets married here. One reviewer says, “Without a doubt the BEST wedding venue we could have ever dreamed of getting married at!”

6. Allen Hill Farm (Brooklyn)

Tucked away in the rural beauty of the Quiet Corner, Allen Hill Farm in Brooklyn is a sprawling, awesome wedding venue. This working Christmas tree farm features all of the details you’d expect: tractors, rolling hills, scenic views, and charm which marinating since 1891.

The centerpiece of your wedding here will be the red barn that holds up to 150 people. This place is great at night: you and your guests can literally run around outside and hang out by the fire pit.

Connecticut wedding venue Allen Hill Farm hosts a bride and groom under a chandelier made of mason jars.
Allen Hill Farm

7. Wrights Mill Farm (Canterbury)

Evidently the Quiet Corner is full of places to get married in CT. Wright’s Mill Farm is yet another, featuring 200 acres of chic New England aesthetic. This venue stands apart given that the barn is new, built in 2020. It can accommodate up to about 200 people. Get bored? Then just head outside to the waterfall. This place is a wedding photographer’s dream given its size and portrait location options.

Guests love it here. One reviewer says, “Absolutely a stunning venue with a feeling of exclusivity and escape…We celebrated the union of our closest friends and agreed that this was the most memorable wedding reception we’ve ever attended. Highly recommended.”

8. Webb Barn (Wethersfield)

Webb Barn in Old Wethersfield is a great barn venue. Private, beautiful, and accessible, it’s perfect for being outside and relaxing with your guests. The nearby downtown area is walkable if you want to get away for portraits, too.

This is a great wedding venue if an indoor-outdoor spring, summer, or fall wedding is your goal. Your wedding ceremony would typically be outside under a large tree. Cocktail hour takes place on the patio right outside the barn. Then, you and your guests (for a capacity of around 135) will party the night away inside the barn itself.

9. South Farms (Morris)

Litchfield County strikes again, this time with The White Barn at South Farms in Morris. With great in-house catering, South Farms can host your 150-guest wedding with ease. A quick look at their social media shows that this CT wedding venue prides itself on its upscale take on farm weddings. One reviewer sums it up greatly, saying about South Farms: “Absolutely gorgeous venue, helpful staff and amazing food.”

10. The Inn at Mount Pleasant (Torrington)

With the ability to hold 200 guests, a big red barn, and a bed & breakfast, The Inn at Mount Pleasant is a another great option in Litchfield County. One of the great things about this country venue is the high-altitude views. A fall wedding here would be spectacular.

As one reviewer points out, the service at Mount Pleasant is evidently very good: “We traveled from the West coast to be with our East coast friends in they’re wedding day and we were blown away at their hospitality.”

Other Barn Venues

Kingdom of the Hawk

Rural/Country Venues

1. The Overlook at Geer Tree Farm (Griswold)

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 views for miles, perfect for a wedding. Because of what it offers and how it’s situated, The Overlook is one of the most unique wedding venues in Connecticut.

Couples and guests love it here, probably because the view takes your breath away. One reviewer notes, “The most beautiful and scenic venue I have ever come across and perfect for weddings…”

The Overlook at Geer Tree Farm

2. The Whittemore at Vyne (Middlebury)

Known primarily for its restaurant, The Whittemore at Vyne has great eats for weddings as well. Their Whittemore Room will hold 200 people while the Garden Room is very well suited to intimate weddings. There’s a single getting ready space here on the premises as well. Lastly, the outdoor grounds are awesome, with some unique fountain features and plenty of greenery.

3. Millpond Gatherings (Northford)

Sort of resembling a Colorado ski lodge, Millpond Gatherings is actually a wedding venue, steakhouse restaurant, and tavern all in one. Among the more unique places to get married in CT, the property is big. It’s a must that you take advantage of the chic, industrial feel of the indoor spaces.

4. Deans Mill Farm (Stonington)

A former livestock farm, Deans Mill Farm is now a dedicated Connecticut wedding venue as well as a bed and breakfast. It’s on the same property as an equestrian farm, which could make for some interesting portraits for sure. Intimate weddings are welcome indoors for gatherings of up to 50. Outdoors, the venue can accommodate a maximum of 250 people.

5. Green Haven (Pomfret)

Exclusively for micro weddings, Green Haven in Pomfret is a picturesque venue known for its greenery. The property is like one big, dreamy forest. It has multiple highlights, including a wooden arbor path and an orchard.

6. The Lodge at Maneeley’s (South Windsor)

Providing simple yet awesome weddings in South Windsor, The Lodge at Maneeley’s is well known for its great catering and indoor receptions for up to 250 people. This venue gets right to the point, which is making your Connecticut wedding great. The staff are on top of things and the location is easily accessible, yet tucked away for privacy.

A groom whose wedding I photographed here had this to say about Maneeley’s: “Our perfect wedding night came to life with the help of the entire Maneeley’s family. We would highly recommend and encourage anyone looking to have a wedding (or really any event) to check them out!”

Bride and groom dance with guests during their South Windsor wedding.
The Lodge at Maneeley’s

7. Sweet Hill Farm (Gales Ferry)

Another southeastern Connecticut wedding venue is Sweet Hill Farm. This property is probably most well known for sharing space with Pop’s Ice Cream (and a few cows). But in the last few years, the owners starting offering weddings outdoors and within the greenhouses. It’s a simple, beautiful area for a country-style wedding.

8. The Pavilion on Crystal Lake (Middletown)

Located on Crystal Lake in Middletown, The Pavilion on Crystal Lake is a nice waterfront venue that can accommodate 200-person events. What’s more, the venue is part of a great family of places to get married in Connecticut known for its awesome, farm-to-table food (same ownership as The Barns at Wesleyan Hills).

One guest puts it simply in their review, saying, “Attended this venue for a friends wedding and was very impressed. The outdoor ceremony area is great, tucked away up a short wide winding pathway through an arbor.”

9. Farmington Gardens (Farmington)

Farmington Gardens is a regal CT wedding venue with European accents. This family-owned venue strives for great service, promising a great experience for you and your guests. This is a bigger venue, with minimum guest counts depending on the day of the week. It’s one of few wedding venues in Connecticut that can accommodate weddings of over 300 people.

10. Candlelight Farms Inn (New Milford)

A beautiful and unique venue in the state, New Milford’s Candlelight Farms Inn offers a few configuration options for your wedding day. with a Hangar wedding, up to 170 people will enjoy your party. On the Farm, you can have up to 250 people. Also a functioning inn, this venue also offers a full weekend package for a destination-style affair.

Candlelight Farms Inn is among the wedding venues in Connecticut which cater to more than just weddings. One reviewer mentions, “My boyfriend and I went to the Candlelight Farms for a gateway weekend, and we couldn’t have picked a better place. The farm is stunning and peaceful.”

11. Salem Herbfarm (Salem)

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. On the newer side, the Herbfarm is a promising up-and-coming Connecticut wedding venue.

It’s great how succinctly this review sums this venue up: “As good as it gets for a wedding. An absolute perfect place with the most perfect staff.”

Salem Herbfarm

12. Wood Acres Farm (Terryville)

Off the beaten path in Terryville, Wood Acres Farm is strong CT wedding venue deserving a look.

Apparently, Wood Acres Farm hosts a great event. One reviewer notes, “Every detail was considered with perfection. From the bridal cottage where she and her bridesmaids dressed, to the pond side gazebo, to the very last dance of the night, was just that. Perfect!”

Additional Rural/Country Venues

GrayBarns on the Silvermine River, Interlaken Inn, Broad Brook Opera House, Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Industrial and Nautical Wedding Venues in CT

1. Bill Miller’s Castle (Branford)

“Why rent a hall when you can have a castle?” That’s actually a very good question which Bill Miller’s Castle asks. It’s one of the more interesting places to get married in Connecticut. A former horse barn, the owners converted it into an event hall. It can handle a maximum of 250 people for weddings.

2. The Glastonbury Boathouse (Glastonbury)

The Glastonbury Boathouse is a nautical-themed wedding venue sitting on the Connecticut River. Like Newport Vineyards, it has sort of a chic industrial feel to it, with white and green walls adorned by purposely visible mechanicals overhead. The outdoors are large, capped off by the awesome patio that leads down to the riverside.

The Glastonbury Boathouse

3. Mystic Seaport (Mystic)

A versatile wedding venue in CT, Mystic Seaport is a versatile downtown spot. These days, the museum’s wedding offerings include The Boatshed and Lighthouse Point (Latitude 41 has closed its doors to weddings). The venue can handle 200 people for weddings. Options for rehearsal dinners and goodbye brunches (Spouter Tavern and Greenmans’ Landing, respectively) are available, too. Perhaps best of all is the centralized location near downtown Mystic, where there are plenty of Airbnb rentals and hotel options nearby.

4. Mystic Yachting Club (Mystic)

Edged upon the western side of Mystic Harbor is Willow Point, home to Mystic Yachting Club. This venue provides some great nautical vibes; a yacht charter club, small shipyard, and tons of docked boats are all tastefully situated at this location. Exclusive catering by Lancer Hospitality for up to 150 guests earns this venue rave reviews.

5. Essex Station (Essex)

Essex Station is the wedding venue located at the historic Essex Steam Train & Riverboat site. Train and boat lovers would be in heaven here; it’s the only Connecticut wedding venue to feature both for its couples (this is evidently unique in the entire country). You’re granted access to Pullman coach trains and the Becky Thatcher riverboat. Ceremonies can take place on land in the train yard or even on the Becky herself. In total, this venue can handle up to 150 guests, depending on the configuration.

6. Mystic Aquarium (Mystic)

Needing no introduction, visiting Mystic Aquarium is a as popular activity. Equally important, however, it’s also one of the most unique places to get married in Connecticut among animal lovers.

7. Canal Dock Boathouse (New Haven)

A newer venue, Canal Dock Boathouse began offering weddings in the summer of 2022. This space is owned by the city of New Haven and is similar in function to The Glastonbury Boathouse.

8. The Lace Factory (Deep River)

The Essex area is home to The Lace Factory, a former factory turned wedding venue with an industrial charm. An attractive quality of this space is the window light: it spills into the main reception area from all angles thanks to the huge panes of glass. Their on-site Riverview Room is perfect for your rehearsal dinner (catering is exclusively provided by their sister company, Cloud Nine Catering). What’s more, this venue is partnered with the nearby Essex Steam Train to give you the option to book some Pullman coach transportation. You can enjoy your wedding here of up to 225 people.

9. Silver Oak (Mystic)

Self-identifying as “the Napa Valley of Connecticut,” Silver Oak that attempts teleports you to wine country. One of the newer places to get married in Connecticut, this venue’s history is touching. It’s a tribute to its late cofounder, who profoundly loved Napa Valley. This indoor space is adorned with hand-crafted furniture, original wood beams from an 18th-century farmhouse, and even contains an actual cabernet vine from California.

10. The Pavilions at Penfield Beach (Fairfield)

Located right on a public beach by the same name, The Pavilions at Penfield Beach is owned by the city of Fairfield. It has a pair of industrial-style venues on the property, Penfield Pavilion (closed for renovations) and Jacky Durrell Pavilion. They can hold 300 and 125 people, respectively. Best of all, you can step outside right onto the sand.

Beer and Wine Venues in CT

1. Stony Creek Brewery (Branford)

Maker of really great craft beer, Stony Creek Brewery is also a wedding venue which can host up to 150 people.

2. Preston Ridge Vineyard (Preston)

Located in southeastern Connecticut, Preston Ridge Vineyard is another popular winery venue in the state. This venue specializes in outdoor tented weddings in its beautiful vineyard, which affords you some great views of the horizon.

3. Jonathan Edwards (North Stonington)

Perhaps the best winery in Connecticut, Jonathan Edwards’ sprawling property makes for a beautiful wedding venue in the Greater Mystic area.

Jonathan Edwards, one of the more elegant places to get married in Connecticut.
Jonathan Edwards

4. The Hops Company / THC (Derby)

Beer lovers, look no further. The Garden at The Hops is basically the hidden backyard of The Hops Company / THC. This place is a beer garden with a private, laid back, and super tasteful wedding venue tucked away. Perhaps best of all, they fully support the food truck caterers of your choice.

The Hops Company / THC

5. Saltwater Farm Vineyard (Stonington)

Voted one of the “50 most romantic wedding venues in the U.S.” by Brides Magazine, Saltwater Farm Vineyard. This property is a former World War II era private airport which converted into a CT Wine Trail shining star. It’s one of the more popular Mystic wedding venues, attracting wine lovers in droves.

Saltwater Farm Vineyard

6. Stonington Vineyards (Stonington)

A founding member of the CT Wine Trail, Stonington Vineyards is known known for its white wines and scenic weddings.

7. Hops on the Hill (Glastonbury)

For true craft beer fans, Hops on the Hill is brewery wedding venue option. Pick a food truck or two and you’ll be golden.

8. Kingdom of the Hawk (North Stonington)

Another one of the new places to get married in Connecticut, slated to open in the spring of 2023, is North Stonington’s Kingdom of the Hawk. The owners of Saltwater Farm Vineyard will be opening this venue. This is probably the most modern version of a barn wedding venue that anyone has ever seen here in the state: the building seems to be mostly metal and glass. Sitting high up, it appears that the space is going to give couples great views and plenty of outdoor areas for gatherings and photos.

As far as wedding venues in Connecticut go, this is another example of new meets old. Co-owner Michael Connery says, “I had a clear notion of what I wanted, in terms of a barn sensibility. That’s what drove it. But the key was to make it very contemporary.”

DIY Wedding Venues in Connecticut

1. Your Backyard

A backyard wedding is such a good idea for your wedding day, especially if you’re on a tighter budget and/or you want total control.

2. Stonington Point (Stonington)

Perfect for elopements, Stonington Point is located at the literal tip of this southeastern Connecticut borough.

Stonington Point

3. 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.

Additional DIY Venues in CT

Harkness Memorial State Park, Wooster Square Park

Other CT Wedding Venue Categories

Venues on the Water in CT

Connecticut has a multitude of wedding venues on the water: Inn at Mystic, Branford House, Connecticut River Museum, Saint Clements Castle & Marina, Anthony’s Ocean View, The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station, Candlewood Inn, The Lake House, The Waterview, Madison Beach Club, Madison Beach Hotel, Inn at Longshore, Lake of Isles, Saybrook Point Resort & Marina, The Glastonbury Boathouse, Mystic Seaport, Mystic Yachting Club, The Pavilion on Crystal Lake, The Pavilions at Penfield Beach

CT Wedding Venues with Interesting Architecture

The following places to get married in Connecticut are noteworthy for their architecture: Branford House, Lord Thompson Manor, Saint Clements Castle & Marina, Wadsworth Mansion, Silver City Ballroom, 19Main, Hartford City Hall, The Society Room of Hartford, Bill Miller’s Castle.

Dark Places to Get Married in CT

These are good options if you’re looking for a darker, moodier venue: The Society Room of Hartford, Bill Miller’s Castle, The Barns at Wesleyan Hills, and Saltwater Farm Vineyard.

Small CT Wedding venues

You should consider the following venues for elopements and intimate weddings: Inn at Mystic, Inn at Middletown, Stonington Point, Haley Farm State Park, Harkness Memorial State Park, Green Haven, Wooster Square Park, Silver Oak.

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