Marry in a Mansion
Catherine Fiehn Photography
739 Old Post Rd., Fairfield, (203) 522-4629 (fairfieldhs.org).
A historic late-18th-century, Georgian-style home on lovely landscaped grounds with pond. Accommodates 80 seated guests, 100 for buffets (up to 225 with optional tent). $1,400 for residents, $1,600 for nonresidents. Curfew 11 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 10 p.m. Sun. Provide your own caterer.
Eolia—The Mansion at Harkness State Park
Waterford, (860) 443-5725 (ct.gov/dep).
Set on 230 seaside acres of rolling gardens with panoramic views of the Sound, this 42-room Italianate villa is a unique wedding venue. Rental includes exclusive use of the first floor of the mansion. For receptions of up to 150 guests, a tent with a limestone terrace is in the courtyard off the living area.
Gwyn Careg Inn
68 Wolf Den Rd., Pomfret Center, (860) 928-5018 (gwyncareginn.com).
A storied property dating from 1760, with a centerpiece Colonial Revival mansion. Romantic 14-acre setting includes Spanish garden and lovely three-acre pond. Accommodates 75 indoors, 225 outdoors. $55-$95 per person. Five guest rooms.
The Inn at Mystic
jct. rtes. 1 & 27, P.O. Box 216, Mystic, (860) 536-9604 (innatmystic.com).
Colonial Revival hilltop mansion ringed by gardens, on 14 harborview acres. Fri. minimum is 75 guests, Sat. 150, Sun. 100. $115 per person includes hors d’oeuvres, champagne, dinner, dessert buffet, wedding cake and $16 for bar. Total of 67 guest rooms, with complimentary room in mansion for bridal couple.
Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum
295 West Ave., Norwalk, (203) 838-9799 (lockwoodmathewsmansion.org).
America’s first mansion, ca. 1869, with a rotunda seen in The Stepford Wives and a grand staircase. Accommodates 200 in two rooms (more with tent). From $2,500 for four hours. Provide your own caterer.
Lord Thompson Manor
Rte. 200, Thompson, (860) 923-3886 (lordthompsonmanor.com).
A gracious 30-room manor house, ca. 1917, with parquet floors, wrought-iron patios and Olmsted-designed grounds. Specializes in wedding weekends with James Beard Foundation-celebrated chefs. Accommodates up to 220. From $150 per person. Thirteen guest rooms available.
316 Main St., Ridgefield, (203) 438-6962 (lounsburyhouse.com).
A historic 1896 residence, once home to Gov. Phineas Lounsbury. Brides make a dramatic entrance from a back-lit staircase to the grand foyer. Accommodates up to 160 seated. Call for pricing and rates. Provide own caterer.
Mansion at Bald Hill
29 Plaine Hill Rd., Woodstock, (860) 974-3456 (mansionatbaldhill.com).
A stately three-story, 13,000-square-foot hilltop mansion, ca. 1892, set back on 92-acre property. General manager and chefs previously affiliated with The Harvest in Pomfret. Accommodates 40 to 50 inside, up to 300 in optional outdoor tent. $50-$80 per person. Six guest rooms available.
Saint Clements Castle
1931 Portland-Cobalt Rd., Portland, (860) 342-0593 (saintclementscastle.com).
A picturebook 82-acre estate with lovely landscaped gardens and courtyards, Connecticut River views and various ceremony settings. Accommodates up to 580. From $84 per person.
70 Southern Blvd., Danbury, (203) 744-3130 (danbury.org/tarry).
Victorian mansion with grand hallway perfect for dancing. Accommodates 100 seated guests, 150 for cocktails (200 with optional tent). $1,500 for residents, $2,000 for nonresidents, includes use of house for nine hours, tables and chairs for indoor use and bride’s and groom’s rooms. Midnight curfew. Provide your own caterer.
The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate
421 Wadsworth St., Middletown, (860) 347-1064 (wadsworthmansion.com).
A Beaux Arts estate on 103 Olmsted-designed acres. Accommodates 200 seated guests. Rental fee of $4,500 includes use of manse for eight hours—tables, chairs, dance floor, patio, ballrooms, loggia, gallery, bar and bride’s room. Provide your own caterer.