The Best Connecticut Wedding Venues

Where to Get Married in Connecticut

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 among all of the Connecticut wedding venues out there. Let’s see if I can help a little.

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Connecticut Regions

If you’re looking for venues in and near Mystic or Hartford venues, they’re located on their own pages. And since Rhode Island is right next door, I have a page for that, too.

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).

Lion Rock Farm (Sharon, CT)

An upscale, chic join, Lion Rock Farm is as versatile as it is beautiful. It’s secluded, but very close to the New York and Massachusetts borders. It’s a working farm, but also quite fancy. And the views are just awesome. This one definitely belongs on a list of upscale Connecticut wedding venues.

The Overlook at Geer Tree Farm (Griswold, CT)

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. Consider renting the Heavitree Bed & Breakfast of Griswold next door as a getting ready location. This is definitely one of the best rustic wedding venues in Connecticut.

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

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.

Your Backyard

Like the idea of a DIY wedding? Want complete control of your nuptials? Then consider a backyard wedding. While there aren’t many free wedding venues in Connecticut, a private residence is always a great option to potentially keep costs down.

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.

Webb Barn (Wethersfield, CT)

Southern New England has a lot of barn wedding venues, and for good reason. The Webb Barn in Old Wethersfield is definitely a stand-out because of its location and charm.

Connecticut Mansion Wedding Venues

If having an elegant wedding in a private setting is your bag, then one of these Connecticut mansion wedding venues may be for you.

Inn at Mystic (Mystic, CT)

Connecticut mansion wedding venue Inn at Mystic.
Photographed by me for RC Zajac Photography.

Easily one of the best wedding venues in Connecticut, Inn at Mystic actually sits between two rivers. At the rear of the property (where you would be for a larger outdoor ceremony) is the Pequotsepos River. Way up on the bluff, sort of at the middle of the property, you have a clear view of Mystic Harbor. This venue doubles as both a medium-sized and a small wedding venue in Connecticut, perfect for both.

Branford House (Groton, CT)

Located on state property on Avery Point, Branford House is just stunning. It’s great for small to medium Connection mansion weddings year round, or even large outdoor ones during warmer months.

More Connecticut Mansion Wedding Venues

If I were looking for a mansion wedding, I’d also consider Wadsworth Mansion (Middletown, CT), The Mansion at Bald Hill (Woodstock, CT), and Lord Thompson Manor (Thompson, CT).

Indoor Connecticut 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).

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.

The Simsbury Inn (Simsbury, CT)

The Simsbury Inn provides elegant, small-hotel feels and great service. Perhaps most convenient of all is the convenience of great overnight accommodations right there; no need for transportation.

More Indoor Connecticut Wedding Venues

The Society Room of Hartford (Hartford, CT), The Lodge at Maneeley’s (South Windsor, CT), Pond House CafĂ© (West Hartford, CT), and The Barns at Wesleyan Hills (Middletown, CT) are excellent choices.

Wedding Venues Along the Water in Connecticut

Even though we have a small state, there are plenty of wedding venues in Connecticut on the water.

Connecticut River Museum (Essex, CT)

In downtown Essex, CT is the Connecticut River Museum. On top of the interesting historical value, this venue offers some epic water views of the Connecticut River. They’ll even help you dock your boat if you want to make a really grand entrance on your wedding day.

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.

Shennecossett Yacht Club (Groton, CT)

A cozy reception location right on the water in the Town of Groton, Shennecossett Yacht Club is a solid small wedding venue perfect for intimate affairs by the water. 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). This one is highly regarded among Connecticut wedding venues on the water.

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.

Other Wedding Venues in CT on the Water

Inn at Mystic (Mystic, CT) and Branford House (Groton, CT) are two great options with water proximity and views.

Connecticut Wine/Beer Wedding Venues

Perhaps little known to outsiders, Connecticut winery venues and beer venues are somewhat plentiful in our state. Conveniently, they’re pretty spread out and offer different vibes as well.

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.

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.

Other Beer/Wine Venues

The Mystic area has several more Connecticut winery wedding venues to consider.

Budget Wedding Venues in Connecticut

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)

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

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

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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