From a European inspired manor to a river view castle to a luxurious New England inn complete with Shakespearean gardens and a five-star spa, no matter what wedding venue you envision for your destination wedding, Connecticut has it. Only a two-hour flight from downtown New York, guests of the bride and groom can escape the business of the city and relax in style. Couples who decide to wed in Connecticut will find that elegance isn't an aspiration, it's an absolute.
Best Wedding Venues in Connecticut
Woodwinds by Chef Silvio, New Haven CT – This country manor is known for being a bride's top pick. With a gourmet menu to die for by famous Chef Silvio, the pristine ballroom, grand staircase, and magnificent gardens are all added elements of wonder perfect for photo opportunities.
But perhaps the biggest draw, aside from the gorgeous stonework and immaculate attention to detail, is the full-service treatment they have in place for out-of-town brides. Covering everything from light jazz music during cocktail hour to a private bridal suite and unlimited red and white wine for the tables, the packages here are exceptionally easy to plan.
Mayflower Inn & Spa, Washington, CT – An hour outside of Hartford, the Mayflower Inn has strong ties to the business and social elite in New York City, and its interior, wedding space, spa, and rooms have an air to match. Voted as the best spa by Conde Nast and Travel + Leisure as well as "heaven on earth" by Vanity Fair, brides with high expectations should definitely consider this venue.
With an exclusive wedding weekend option (they close down the entire place just for you) and six other gorgeous rooms and gardens to choose between, there is no place in the entirety of this sprawling gatehouse that isn't spectacular.
Saint Clements Castle, Portland, CT – Less than 25 minutes from Hartford, if you really want to feel like a queen, then a castle is key. Arriving in a horse-drawn carriage before an ivy-covered Tudor-style English castle is only one of the dreamy things at Saint Clements. This venue is situated on 82 manicured acres fronting a mile of the Connecticut River. If you want water, land, and whimsy, well this is as close as a girl can get.
Best Time to Get Married
If you know anything of New England's fall foliage, you know that Connecticut has some of the most beautiful landscapes. If you want to be sure to stage some amazing photos around peak time, then keep in mind that the colors begin to change mid-September and will stay ablaze through October.
Connecticut DW Need-to-Know-Info
Marriage Requirements – Bring valid U.S. IDs and have your social security numbers on hand. Be sure you know your mother's maiden name and both of your parent's birthplaces. After that, you must provide the date and location of your wedding and the name and contact information of your wedding officiant. If, for some reason, both of you cannot show up in person together when applying, you can apply separately.
Fees –It should cost somewhere between $30-35 approximately. However, the fees may vary from county to county. Since most locales won't accept credit cards or out-of-state checks, cash is best. Tip? Don't bring bills larger than $20.
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