Wedding Venue Feature: Inn at Mystic

Vibe and FeaturesOutdoor/indoor, historic mansion, beautifully-landscaped grounds
Guest Capacity200 (no minimum)
Location3 Williams Ave.
Mystic, CT 06355

Perched way up on top of a hill, along the Pequotsepos River and near the Mystic River, Inn at Mystic’s Haley Mansion is more than just a wedding venue. It’s got a restaurant, 50-room inn, and an awesome historic mansion all on the same property (and within a few miles of other, larger hotels for your guests). If you’re considering a wedding in Mystic, then the wedding day of your dreams can take place entirely in this one place.

Check out the video summary on YouTube and then read on for the full feature!

Video Summary: Connecticut Wedding Venue Inn at Mystic and Haley Mansion

Disclaimer: My Wife and I Got Married Here

Me and MaryKate on our Mystic, CT wedding night.

As you know from my other wedding tips and venue features, I like to be transparent. So I should tell you something up front…It’s that part of the reason I love Inn at Mystic and Haley Mansion so much is because my wife and I got married there. Simply put, we had a lot of fun and felt like the staff took very good care of us and our guests.

History and Other Info

A blue sign on the side of Inn at Mystic's Haley Mansion, a Connecticut wedding venue in Mystic, CT.

Haley Mansion was built in 1904 by Kate Haley, who was the widow of one of the founders of a huge New York City fish market. Then in 1943, along came Frederick Mosel to buy it from her. After that, longtime owner Jody Dyer (and her sister, Nancy Gray) purchased the mansion, then her father bought the adjacent land and put the Mystic Motor Inn there in 1963.

Time went on, and the sisters acquired the inn in 1970, later acquiring Haley Mansion as well in 1980. They apparently managed to restore the historic building and get Haley Mansion listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Weddings began shortly thereafter.

The modern era of Inn at Mystic and Haley Mansion began in 2014, when two business partners purchased the 15-acre property and began fixing it up. Until this day, the inn continues to be a popular Mystic tourist mainstay while Haley Mansion weddings (and other events) keep the place going, too. Oh, and don’t forget their restaurant, currently called 21 Rocks.

Everyone loves this place, even celebrities. An interesting tidbit: Humphrey Bogart (of Casablanca fame) and Lauren Bacall apparently honeymooned here back in 1945.

Venue Vibe and Features

During a Mystic, CT wedding, bridesmaids standing on a balcony in pastel dresses look at the couple as their portraits are taken.
Photographed by me for Rob Zajac Photography.

Inn at Mystic offers a unique Connecticut wedding experience. On the one hand, this venue is in downtown Mystic. On the other hand, it’s way up on a hill away from the hubbub. A wedding at Inn at Mystic be truly special.

Here are some factors to consider:

  • Year-round weddings with indoor, outdoor open-air, and completely enclosed/covered options
    • Warm-weather ceremonies be outside by the river or up on the rocky bluff hill
    • Cold-weather ceremonies can utilize the lower patio, which is enclosed and heated
  • Suitable for small and big weddings, with a maximum of about 200 people
  • In-house catering with several hors d’oeuvre, bar, and meal options
    • This includes a tasting for the two of you to check things out before you decide on food
    • All of this food is very, very good
  • Strict reception end time
    • The Stonington side of Mystic (which is where Inn at Mystic is located) has a strict noise ordinance, so the DJ’s last call is really their last call

The Rooms

A bride has her wedding dress zipped up by her daughter during her Mystic, CT wedding.

I would be remiss to talk all about Inn at Mystic and Haley Mansion weddings without mentioning the accommodations. There are about 50 rooms at the inn portion, each with its own door which opens to the outside. The rooms I’ve seen have been really nice: spacious, clean, and modernly setup. One of the best things is, the inn is a short walk down the hill from Haley Mansion. This is an obvious convenience for your guests when they depart your Mystic, CT wedding and head home to their hotel for the night. By the way, you can even view room pictures and check availability online.

Regarding Haley Mansion, there are five guest rooms here and two awesome perks available:

  1. The night of your wedding, you two get a complimentary room in Haley Mansion. This is awesome, as you can party your behinds off, head down to 21 Rocks for an afterparty with your guests, and then walk back up to the mansion and go to bed.
  2. Depending on the venue’s schedule, etc. the night before your wedding, you can possibly reserve all five rooms. My wife actually did this, renting the entirety of Haley Mansion the night before our wedding so that she and her bridesmaids could spend the night there. That made the getting ready portion of our wedding day’s timeline easier; her side of the wedding party was already together the morning of the wedding. (Note that the morning of your wedding, Inn at Mystic staff may still conduct business on the first floor of Haley Mansion, such as showing it to other potential couples.)

First Look/Touch Locations

With 15 acres of land on this property, there are plenty of locations at Inn at Mystic and Haley Mansion for your perfect First Look or First Touch. Remember, there’s two of you enjoying a moment together, but then there’s also the potential for doing something with a parent or other loved one. Here are some spots at Haley Mansion to consider for your First Look or First Touch:

  • Mansion bedroom
  • Mansion main foyer/landing
  • Rocky bluff
  • Mansion living room
  • Garden

In the First Touch photos that you see here, the couple can’t actually see each other. There’s a pocket door that I partially pulled out of the wall to block their views. My wife actually did a First Look with her dad at the very spot!

Ceremony Setups

A ceremony during an Inn at Mystic wedding. The bride and groom stand in the center at the altar while their attendants and guests surround them.

An Inn at Mystic wedding does grant you some options for your ceremony setup. In the spring, summer, or maybe even the fall, you’ll probably want to utilize the Haley Mansion grounds. I’ve seen two options:

  1. The green behind Haley Mansion. The venue would set up an altar and chairs for your there, overlooking the Pequotsepos River.
  2. The rocky bluff to the side of Haley Mansion. This area is smaller and ideal for guests standing during a short ceremony. Here, you’d have a view over Inn at Mystic’s regular guest room buildings, out towards Mystic Harbor.

For a larger winter wedding at Inn at Mystic, what the venue would do is hold your ceremony in the lower patio. Again, both patios (lower and upper) are enclosed by a permanent tent with walls. They run industrial heaters when it’s cold (which is standard for any winter wedding in Mystic).

Group Portrait Spots

Again, big property means plenty of room for group formal portraits outside. For our winter wedding, we actually did everything inside of the mansion’s living room, which was no problem (our wedding party consisted of 18 people).

Cocktail Hour and Reception Setups

I love food, so believe me when I say that Inn at Mystic cocktail hours and receptions are wonderful. For medium to larger weddings in the warmer months, cocktail hour will typically be in the upper patio while the reception will be in the lower area. For smaller weddings, they’ll likely handle everything in the Haley Mansion living room and the upper patio.

For our winter Mystic, CT wedding in Haley Mansion, cocktail hour was held after the ceremony in the upper patio area. In the meantime, the venue staff set up the lower patio for the reception and dinner. The inside of the mansion and the patio areas are naturally darker, giving off slight Society Room of Hartford vibes. The staff, however, tend to light the areas very well.

Oh, and don’t forget to consider having an afterparty with your guests at 21 Rocks. You’ll have to set this up in advance.

Couple’s Portraits

My favorite part of any wedding day is taking couple’s portraits. This is the time to let loose with the creativity! Inn at Mystic weddings make it pretty easy; the grounds and Haley Mansion’s interior are just stunning.

Inn at Mystic Haley Mansion Wedding Costs

If you’re planning your Mystic, CT wedding and considering this venue, here are some generalized/estimated Inn at Mystic Haley Mansion wedding costs to keep in mind:

  1. The base fee ranges from about $130/person on up, based on the type of catering service you choose
  2. Next, add a 20%+ service charge
  3. Lastly, factor in a site fee of at least $2000, which will vary based on whether you have just a reception or also a ceremony on site

When my wife and I got married there, Inn at Mystic broke our fee up into five payments. The first was a deposit, then there were four more spaced out over time between our booking and wedding date. Note that they’ll have you deal with certain facility vendors directly, depending on some of your choices (such as Chiavari chair rentals).

For detailed info on Inn at Mystic wedding costs, be sure to contact their staff and inquire!

Cheryl and Andrew’s Spring Inn at Mystic Wedding Day

A bride and groom enjoy their first kiss during a Mystic, CT wedding at Inn at Mystic. Trees are in the background as well as a blue sky on a sunny afternoon.

Cheryl and Andrew reached out to me last year in hopes of talking about my being their wedding photographer. They told me what they were planning: an elegant minimony affair with one attendant each and about 12 guests. Next, we had an awesome (partially masked because of the pandemic) engagement session in Old Wethersfield. I was truly excited for their eventual wedding day.

Photo from an Old Wethersfield engagement session.

This Spring Mystic, CT Wedding’s Vendor Team

Real Inn at Mystic Wedding Photos

In addition to many of images you’ve already seen throughout this post, here are some more of my favorite photos from Cheryl and Andrew’s beautiful Inn at Mystic wedding day.

Learn More

Ready to start the conversation about your own Haley Mansion wedding at Inn at Mystic? Then reach out to their staff today!

sales@innatmystic.com
860-536-3400

Citations

I used the following references at different points in this post:

  1. Inn at Mystic
  2. “Bogey and Bacall’s honeymoon and a spite suicide are part of Mystic inn’s history,” David Collins, The Day
  3. Humphrey Bogart, IMDB
  4. “Inn at Mystic: historic hostelry in fabulous setting,” Marcia Abramson, Long Island Herald
  5. “Partners purchase Inn at Mystic; plan major renovations,” Brian Hallenbeck, The Day
  6. “Nuisances,” Town of Stonington

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