Tying the Knot in Connecticut Last Updated: December 2022

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:

Take Me to the River

The Riverview is located on the Farmington River in Simsbury, 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. 

A European-style wedding in Connecticut? Absolutely! Voted “Best Reception Site” by The Knot magazine, Saint Clements Castle & Marina in Portland offers charm and elegance in an historic castle of European design overlooking the Connecticut River.

A Rustic Feel

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 has been featured on the hit television series “Say Yes to the Dress.”  

Those seeking a rustic feel in a historic setting ought to take a look at the Webb Barn, located within the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in Wethersfield. The thoroughly updated barn offers richly hued timbers and high ceilings as well as surrounding historic houses, trees and gardens.

By the Sea

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. 

Looking to exchange vows on the shoreline? Water’s Edge Resort & Spa in Westbrook provides a wonderful view of Long Island Sound and your own sandy beach. From ocean to garden views, as well as indoor and outdoor options for your ceremony, its plentiful and versatile offerings are likely to suit any taste. 

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

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.

Saybrook Point Resort & Marina is a family owned, AAA Four Diamond rated Inn and spa located where the Connecticut River meets the Long Island Sound. It features private rentable guest houses and stunning marina views that make for the perfect backdrop to any wedding photo.

Downtown Setting

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.

Acres and Acres

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. Framed by formal landscaping and 100 acres of wooded parklands, this is the quintessential country estate. 

The Gwyn Careg Inn, located in quaint Pomfret Center, is gracefully situated on 14 acres of landscaped lawns that include a majestic enclosed stonewall Spanish Garden and a three-acre pond. 

If you’re seeking a unique country ceremony, the Interlaken Inn could be the right choice for you. Nestled in the beautiful Litchfield Hills of Northwest Connecticut, the inn sits on 30 acres, surrounded by English cottage-style gardens, shimmering lakes and manicured lawns.

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