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Weddings in Connecticut

Tying the Knot in Connecticut

If you are looking for a place to host that special day, Connecticut is home to a wide array of venues for that one-of-a-kind ceremony or destination wedding that you’ve always dreamt of.  Whether you’re into traditional, unique, romantic or relaxing – Connecticut has a variety of destinations that can make your special day memorable.  Here are some ideas!

Simsbury could be the perfect location for newlyweds to begin their lives together. The Riverview is located directly on the Farmington River, and the building is custom designed for elegant and glamorous events. Allowing for both indoor and outdoor weddings, the venue is surrounded by beautiful foliage, and a waterfront setting.  Inside - crystal chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling windows, cathedral ceilings, and a polished granite dance floor set the stage for your perfect ceremony. [The Riverview, 10 Winslow Place, Weatogue, CT 06089]

Imagine yourself, exchanging vows in front of Connecticut’s vast willow trees and dancing away the night with your new life partner on authentic 140 year old Chestnut floors. The Barns at Wesleyan Hills have been featured on the hit television series, “Say Yes to the Dress”, and an editor’s pick on The Knot several times. Surrounded by majestic willow trees, pond, islands and fountain create a perfect ceremony location. [The Barns at Wesleyan Hills, 616 Long Hill Road, Middletown, CT  06457]

The Inn at Mystic is situated on 18 acres overlooking Mystic Harbor, and has views so breathtaking that stars Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall honeymooned here in the summer of 1945.  You and your guests will enjoy being close to Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium, as well as a variety of vineyards and wineries nearby.  And of course, two of North America’s largest casinos, Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun are just a few minutes away. [The Inn at Mystic, 3 Williams Avenue, Mystic, CT  06355]

The Society Room, conveniently located in Downtown Hartford, will provide a dramatic and unforgettable backdrop for your special occasion. The sweeping staircase flows down from the 3,000 square foot balcony, providing a dramatic focal point for grand entrances and photographic opportunities for the bride to be. This unique venue provides a memorable setting for a day you won’t soon forget. [The Society Room of Hartford, 31 Pratt Street, Hartford, CT  06103]

If you are a bride-to-be, and you’ve always dreamt of being a princess for a day, then the Wadsworth Mansion may be the venue for your dream wedding.  This beautiful mansion, which was fully restored in 1999, provides the most magnificent backdrop for a dream wedding and can seat up to 200 guests for a sit-down dinner.  Framed by formal landscaping and 100 acres of wooded parklands, the historic Wadsworth Mansion is the quintessential country estate.  [Wadsworth Mansion, 421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown, CT 06457]

Looking to exchange vows on the shoreline?  Water’s Edge Resort & Spa in Westbrook provides a wonderful view of Long Island Sound, and can provide the perfect backdrop for the most important day of your life.  Named the “number-one wedding destination in Connecticut,” the Water’s Edge Resort & Spa is secluded along the beautiful shoreline, as the 25 acre property is fronted by a stretch of sandy beach.  From ocean to garden views, as well as indoor and outdoor options for your ceremony, its offerings are plentiful and versatile to suite any taste.  [Water’s Edge Resort & Spa, 1525 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, CT  06498]

Another wonderful location by the shoreline is the breathtaking Branford House, a mansion that was built in 1903 to rival similar mansions in nearby Newport, Rhode Island.  The inside of the Branford House is sophisticated, with a long cherry wood staircase, fireplace, and big windows that overlook a breathtaking view.  This location is sure to win over your wedding guests with its abundant charm and history.  [Branford House, UConn Avery Point Campus, 1084 Shennecossett Road, Groton, CT  06340]

The Gwyn Careg Inn, located in quaint Pomfret Center, was named one of “Connecticut’s Most Romantic Wedding and Reception Settings” by Connecticut Magazine.  This 1761 Colonial Revival estate is one of the state’s most desirable and romantic settings – perfect for your wedding day.  The estate is nestled on 14 acres of landscaped lawns, including a majestic enclosed stone wall Spanish Garden and three acre pond.  [The Gwyn Careg Inn, 68 Wolf Den Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259]

If you are seeking a unique lakeside ceremony, then the Interlaken Inn is the right choice for you.  Nestled in the beautiful Litchfield Hills of Northwest Connecticut, the Interlaken Inn has been the preferred setting for memorable wedding receptions for more than a century.  The Inn sits on 30 acres of English cottage-style gardens, shimmering lakes, and manicured lawns.[Interlaken Inn, 74 Interlaken Road, Lakeville, CT  06039] 

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What You Need to Know Before Your Trip down The Aisle:  Obtaining a Connecticut Marriage License

If you are planning to get married, both you and your future spouse must appear in person to apply and obtain a marriage license.  The marriage license is issued to ensure that you and your spouse-to-be are eligible to be married. 

 

 

  • Once the marriage ceremony takes place, the marriage officiator will submit the license to the registrar of vital records of the town where the marriage took place.  The registrar will then register the license and place it on file for permanent record.  Once registered, the marriage license becomes a vital record and is referred to as a marriage certificate.
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