To Have and to Hold – Dream Wedding Spots in Connecticut Last Updated: October 2021
Once you’ve found “the one,” now it’s time to find the one perfect spot to celebrate. From engagement spots to bachelorette party locations to wedding venues that also welcome overnight guests (and offer local recommendations to keep them entertained), Connecticut has destinations that will make a safe and memorable day for you, your wedding party and even your Instagram followers. Check out a few of our favorites here.
As always be sure to check with each location as hours may change due to COVID-19.
Popping the Question
Whether you’re looking for a picture-perfect spot to pop the question or pose for a special engagement photo shoot, here are a few of our favorite scenic spots. You can find even more great suggestions in this article from a team of Connecticut wedding photographers.
Engagement and Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
Who says you have to hold an engagement party at the golf club? Host your engagement or bachelor/bachelorette party at your favorite craft brew spot, like Two Roads Brewing in Stratford, a cool cocktail bar or even cruising down the Connecticut River. Your guests will enjoy the experience as much as you will. Of course, Connecticut’s world-class casino destinations, Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun, also offer dozens of exciting options! Here are a few other ideas:
I Do, and Guests Too
Looking for a wedding spot that offers plenty of on-property lodging for your guests? Here are a few locations from around Connecticut where you can combine the perfect wedding with a comfortable, welcoming stay.
Inn at Mystic
The town of Mystic offers the quintessentially New England experience, with water views and historic surroundings. On a hill alongside the Pequotsepos River, The Inn at Mystic has a classic seaport feel that appeals in any season. At the top of the hill, the Haley Mansion offers both a dramatic backdrop and formal gardens with a view of the sea. There is a guest house nearby which offers intimate accommodations in addition to the spacious rooms your guests will find at the Inn itself.
Madison Beach Hotel
With great views of Long Island Sound just beyond a stretch of private sandy beach, the Madison Beach Hotel in Madison offers panoramic views, even from indoors. Offering plenty of room for out-of-town guests, the Madison Beach Hotel is within easy reach of wineries, golf, outdoor adventures and shopping as well.
In the Litchfield Hills, follow winding country roads to The Interlaken Inn, overlooking one of Connecticut’s most scenic lakes. Whether you want a rustic lakeside ceremony or an evening tented affair under the stars, you’ll find this versatile location picturesque and endlessly romantic. Your guests can stay at the Inn, in a cottage or even in an 1800s Victorian on the property.
Saybrook Point Inn & Marina
The Connecticut River meets Long Island Sound in picturesque shoreline town Old Saybrook, and that’s where you’ll find The Saybrook Point Inn, home to hotel, fine dining, spa, marina and amazing dockside views. Spend your honeymoon night in the lighthouse suite, an actual lighthouse, and put your guests in a range of cozy accommodations, from classic rooms to Victorian-style guest houses.
Unexpected Ceremony and Reception Spots
All over Connecticut, you will find amazing, creative and inventive places to have your dream wedding. From castles to farms, museums to vineyards, there are properties that will make your day memorable and magical. Check out these museums and nature centers that also offer unique places to host your wedding:
Toast Your Happiness with a Vineyard Wedding
Vineyards are becoming more popular than ever for hosting private events. In Connecticut, you’ll find over two dozen vineyards on our Connecticut Wine Trail, and many of them offer unique and inviting spaces, whether you’re looking for a farm feel, gorgeous views or elegant table settings among the barrels. Check out Chamard Vineyards in Clinton (pictured); Jonathan Edwards Winery or Saltwater Farm Vineyard not far from the shore in Stonington; and Hopkins Vineyard, nestled in the Litchfield Hills. And be sure to visit the Connecticut Wine Trail to find other scenic vineyards around the state.