Marry in a Mansion
With a number of grand Connecticut estates now hosting weddings, why not marry in a mansion? Choose one that becomes you from the 12 listed here, and let the celebration begin.
Branford House, on Avery Point
1084 Shennecosset Rd., Groton, (860) 405-9072 (branford.uconn.edu).
Victorian manse overlooking Long Island Sound, situated to take advantage of spectacular sunsets. Accommodates up to 200 inside (600-plus outside with optional tent). $2,500-$4,000, includes seating for 200. Fri. events must start after 5, midnight curfew for all events. Provide your own caterer.
739 Old Post Rd., Fairfield, (203) 522-4629 (fairfieldhs.org).
Historic 15-room Georgian-style 1790s home on lovely landscaped grounds with pond. Accommodates 80 seated guests, 100 for buffets (up to 225 with optional tent). $1,200 for residents, $1,440 for nonresidents. Midnight curfew Fri. and Sat., 11 p.m. Sun. Provide your own caterer.
Gwyn Careg Inn
68 Wolf Den Rd., Pomfret Center, (860) 928-5018 (gwyncareginn.com).
Storied property dating from 1760, with centerpiece Colonial Revival mansion developed in 1899. Romantic 14-acre setting includes stone wall-enclosed Spanish garden and lovely three-acre pond. Accommodates 75 indoors, 225 outdoors. $55-$95 per person. Five guest rooms available.
The Inn at Mystic
jct. rtes. 1 & 27, P.O. Box 216, Mystic, (860) 536-9604 (innatmystic.com).
Gracious Colonial Revival hilltop mansion ringed by gardens, on 14 acres overlooking the harbor. Minimum for Fri. is 75 guests, for Sat. 150, for Sun. 100. $115 per person includes hors d’oeuvres, champagne, dinner, dessert buffet, wedding cake and $16 for bar. Total of 67 guest rooms available in mansion and inn, 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 immortalized 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
286 Thompson Hill Rd. (Rte. 200), Thompson, (860) 923-3886 (lordthompsonmanor.com).
Gracious 30-room manor house, ca. 1917, with parquet floors, wrought-iron balconies and Olmsted-designed grounds. Specializes in wedding weekends with James Beard Foundation-celebrated chefs. Accommodates up to 220. From $150 per person. Twelve guest rooms available.
316 Main St., Ridgefield, (203) 438-6962 (lounsburyhouse.com).
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 150. Call for pricing and rates. Provide own caterer.
Mansion at Bald Hill
29 Plaine Hill Rd., Woodstock, (860) 974-3456 (mansionatbaldhill.com).
Stately three-story, 13,000-square-foot hilltop mansion, ca. 1896, set back from the road on 60-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. $45-$85 per person. Eight guest rooms available.
St. Clement’s Castle
1931 Portland-Cobalt Rd., Portland, (860) 342-0593 (saintclementscastle.com).
Picturebook 82-acre estate with lovely landscaped gardens and courtyards, views of the Connecticut River and a variety of ceremony settings. Menus prepared by award-winning executive chef Michael Everett. Accommodates up to 300. From $84 per person.
70 Southern Blvd., Danbury, (203) 744-3130 (danbury.org/tarry).
Shingle-style Victorian mansion, ca. 1897, 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 second-floor bride’s and groom’s rooms. Midnight curfew Fri. and Sun., 1 a.m. curfew Sat. Provide your own caterer.
The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate
421 Wadsworth St., Middletown, (860) 347-1064 (longhillestate.com/wadsworthmansion.com).
Beaux Arts estate, ca. 1897, on 103 Olmsted-designed acres. Accommodates 200 for sit-down dinner. $4,100 to $4,500, includes use of manse for eight hours, tables, chairs and dance floor, patio, use of entire first floor (two ballrooms, loggia, gallery and bar), and second-floor bride’s room. Provide your own caterer.
Waveny Park, New Canaan, (203) 594-3600 (newcanaan.info/town services/recreationdept.).
Grand 1912 home on 300 Olmsted-designed acres. Accommodates 160. $1,500 for residents, $2,650 nonresidents, includes tables, chairs, china, flatware and use of kitchen for 10 hours. Provide your own caterer.