Wedding Venue Feature: Inn at Middletown
|Vibe and Features||Intimate indoor space, walkable downtown city vibe, ideal getting ready location|
|Location||70 Main St.|
Middletown, CT 06457
|Similar Venues||Inn at Mystic, OceanCliff, Newport Marriott, Barns at Wesleyan Hills, The Society Room of Hartford|
For Connecticut lovers, the options for getting married in a downtown city setting are somewhat limited. Main Street of Middletown, not too far from Hartford, is one of our state’s best areas for city nightlife. While there are several wedding venues in town, not too many offer a city feel. But there’s a solution: an Inn at Middletown wedding.
History of Inn at Middletown
The origin of Inn at Middletown is in the 19th century. It was originally built in 1810 as a private residence. Then it became the home of Middletown National Bank president John H. Watkinson in 1836. Next, the State of Connecticut took ownership in 1919 and turned the property into an armory.
In more recent times, the Weitzman family purchased the property in 1996. Five years later in 2001, the city announced that the building would be transformed into a 100-room hotel. In addition to the Weitzmans, the inn’s beginnings include some higher education interests as well. Wesleyan University invested in the project. Also, the same developer of some UConn buildings (e.g., Nathan Hale Inn) led construction.
When it opened in 2002 or so, the hotel was the first in Middletown since about 1950. Today, it’s known for hosting great intimate weddings as well as being a prime getting ready spot for nearby wedding venues in Greater Hartford.
Venue Vibe and Features
Inn at Middletown weddings take place in one of three rooms:
- The Weitzman Room, on the second floor, usually hosts ceremonies. It can hold 120 people.
- The Wesleyan Room, also on the second floor, can also accommodate 120 people and is typically used for receptions.
- The Patriot Room on the first floor can hold up to 40 people.
Certainly, Inn at Middletown is a great choice for micro wedding packages in Connecticut, microweddings, and elopements. The area provides a bunch of other great options, such as Lyman Orchards and The Barns at Wesleyan Hills.
Mezzanine and Restaurant
In between the Weitzman and Wesleyan Rooms, surrounding the spiral staircase just above the main lobby, is a mezzanine area commonly used for cocktail hour. Speaking of food, the property also has Tavern at the Armory on the premises, which handles all catering for Inn at Middletown weddings.
Without a doubt, I must mention downtown Middletown, which is right outside. Walking up and down Main Street makes for great portraits.
If you’re getting married within reach of the Middletown area, Inn at Middletown is a great choice as a getting ready location. The inn prides itself on this fact, too. I’ve photographed multiple weddings in the area where both partners and their wedding attendants chose to get ready at Inn at Middletown.
Inn at Middletown Wedding Costs
The following are standard for weddings at Inn at Middletown:
- Linens, centerpieces, and candles
- A 30-minute ceremony and four total hours of event time
- Two entre selections, cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres, and two dinner entre selections
- Dozens of choices for food
- Room blocks can be reserved (making things convenient for a destination wedding)
Per-person charges start at about $65 for elopements (which Inn at Middletown defines as between eight and 20 people).
By the same token, each of the three event rooms has a rental fee (roughly $150 for the Patriot and $300 for each of the Weitzman and Wesleyan Rooms). A 20%+ facility fee, sales tax, and prepared food tax are assessed for each Inn at Middletown wedding.
Here’s how to reach Inn at Middletown and inquire about your wedding date:
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I used the following references at different points in this post:
- “Inn at Middletown History,” Inn at Middletown
- “History and intrigue surround Middletown Inn,” The Middletown Press
- “Hotel Propose for Armory Site,” Bill Daley, Hartford Courant