With its great mountain ranges, waterfront property and natural setting, Connecticut is a great place to have a wedding. However, many of its beautiful locations come at an expensive premium. Fortunately for you, there are many wedding venues in Connecticut that are unique and affordable with some sites renting for only hundreds of dollars.
This national historic landmark located in Wethersfield is a series of properties that date back to the 18th century. As of 2010, the cost for a wedding ceremony is $500 and includes use of the grounds lush with roses, daisies and lilies. After the ceremony usher your guests over to the barn for your wedding reception. The rustic barn features high wood ceiling beams, large, dramatic doors and space for up to 135 guests. Saturday receptions cost $2000 and Friday and Sunday receptions are priced at $1500. These prices include four hours of rental time, chairs, tables, parking and access to the kitchen.
211 Main St.
Wethersfield, CT 06109
The New England Carousel Museum
If you've always dreamed of having a beach wedding, head over to Bristol, home of the Carousel Museum. Have your ceremony on the beach and then bustle your guests over to the museum. Featuring Victorian carousel carriages and ponies, the Carousel Museum will make a unique backdrop for your wedding. Facilities cost $150 per hour and include space for up to 250 guests. You will need to provide your own catering and rent tables and chairs.
The New England Carousel Museum
95 Riverside Ave.
Bristol CT, 06010
Located in Litchfield, Haight-Brown Vineyard is the oldest winery in Connecticut. It is a great location for an upscale wedding on a low budget. Enjoy the Tudor building with its hardwood floors, warm fireplaces and expansive veranda that overlooks the vineyard. As of 2010, hourly prices for wine room rentals range from $50-$150, depending on the size of the room. Full capacity is at 120 guests. You can add extras such as a wine tasting for $10 per person or fruit and cheese platters for $5 per guest.
29 Chestnut Hill Rd.
Litchfield, CT 06759
For a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony head to Wickham Park. This location offers a choice of several different gardens including the English gardens with a maze, knot garden and lawn, the Oriental Gardens which include eight acres of land, an arched bridge and tearoom and the Italian Shrine that showcases a beautiful pergola. As of 2010, rental fees are $350-$400 for two hours of time. Additional time may be arranged for an extra charge. The charge is for the facility rental only and you will need to provide your own food and seating. Wickham Park does offer chair rentals for $2.50 per chair.
1329 W. Middle Turnpike
Manchester, CT 06040
Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park
Niantic's state park rents its pavilion for $2650 for events that include up to 250 guests. As of 2010, this rental price includes exclusive use of the second floor of the pavilion and 7 1/2 hours of time which includes 2 1/2 hours for set-up and breakdown. This option will allow you to maximize your budget so that you can provide your own food or have a barbecue for a casual wedding.
Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
79 Elm St.
Hartford, CT 06106
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