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Weddings in Connecticut

Tying the Knot in Connecticut

Planning your special day is exciting! Especially in Connecticut, with its many unique and memorable destinations for your dream wedding. Whether you’re interested in a rustic setting, city venue, charming inn, glamorous estate or seaside escape, the possibilities abound for tying the knot in Connecticut. So before saying “I do,” explore all that Connecticut has to offer.

Take Simsbury. It’s a great location for newlyweds to begin their lives together. The Riverview is located on the Farmington River, and the building is custom designed for elegant and glamorous events. Surrounded by beautiful foliage and a waterfront setting, the venue allows for both indoor and outdoor weddings. 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 exchanging vows in front of majestic willow trees and then dancing the night away 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 several times by the knot magazine. Willow trees, a pond and a fountain create the perfect location for your ceremony. 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 and Mystic Aquarium, as well as a variety of nearby vineyards and wineries.  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 cascades down from the 3,000 square-foot balcony, providing a spectacular focal point for grand entrances and photographic opportunities for the bride-to-be. This unique venue, recognized by “Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Awards 2012,” 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 dreamed of being a princess for a day, then the Wadsworth Mansion may be the venue for your special day.  This beautiful mansion, fully restored in 1999, provides a most magnificent setting 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 a secluded 25-acre property fronted by a stretch of sandy beach. From ocean to garden views, as well as indoor and outdoor options for your ceremony, its plentiful and versatile offerings are more than likely to suite any taste. Water’s Edge Resort & Spa, 1525 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, CT  06498

Another wonderful location by the Connecticut 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 magnificent view.  With history and charm in abundance, the location is sure to win over even the most discerning wedding guest. 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 inn is gracefully situated on 14 acres of landscaped lawns that include a majestic enclosed stonewall Spanish Garden and a three-acre pond. The Gwyn Careg Inn, 68 Wolf Den Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259

If you’re seeking a unique lakeside ceremony, then the Interlaken Inn, a “2015 pick by the knot best of weddings,” 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

For a gracious nuptial ceremony and celebration, The Inn at Longshore in Westport features a magnificent Great Lawn and elegant Grand Ballroom overlooking Long Island Sound. Inside or out, you and your guests can take in the lovely surroundings and stunning water views. Celebrate in style any season of the year at an inn that’s been honored as “2011, 2012 and 2013 picks by the knot, best of weddings” and “the knot best of weddings Hall of Fame.” The Inn at Longshore, 260 South Compo Road, Westport, CT 06880

A European-style wedding in Connecticut? Absolutely! Voted “Best reception site” by the knot magazine and “2013 pick by the knot, best of weddings,” Saint Clements Castle & Marina in Portland offers charm and elegance in an historic castle of European-design. Several intriguing features add to the architectural interest of the manor house including a long balcony inspired by the Inn of William the Conqueror at Divers, France; the Art Gallery, modeled after the Great Hall of the Chateau of Langeais; and two Norman towers marking the French Tudor entrance. On your special day, you and your guests can explore the beautifully manicured grounds, sunken gardens and courtyards on the property overlooking the scenic Connecticut River. Experience award-winning cuisine and first-class service as part of your grand event. St. Clements Castle, 1931 Portland-Cobalt Road, Portland, CT, 06480

If your heart is set on a charming inn for your dream day, consider Avon Old Farms Hotel in Avon, a “2014 pick, the knot best of weddings.” Imagine yourself at this luxury country hotel with Georgian style décor complete with chandeliers, a marble foyer and gracious furnishings, nestled in the suburbs of Greater Hartford. Make a grand entrance from the inn’s three-story staircase! Indoor and outdoor receptions are available. Avon Old Farms Hotel, 279 Avon Mountain Road, Avon, CT 06001

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