Aria in Prospect, CT

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
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Hi. I’m getting married there so let me give you some general information since when I was in your shoes I didn’t find any info online.    There are two ball rooms – big and small one.   I believe the small one has a range of 75-200 people. Any more people and you need to use the bigger ballroom.  Both have outdoor terraces. The big ballroom has the better view, althought the small ballroom does indeed have nice landscaping.   For a Saturday night summer wedding, you are looking around $135 pp including tax and service. This does include everything (open bar, cocktail hour, cake, etc.).  Doesn’t include centerpieces, chair covers.  They have doezens of additional items such as Ventian Table, different stations, and that is anywhere from $6-$12 pp.  The price is lower for Friday nights and Sunday days – I want to say around $110 or so.  Thursday nights are like $90 pp?   I did the whole Connecticut wedding venue tour when I was looking to book and I would say prices at Aria were generally in-line with places like Candlewood Inn, etc, even though I think Aria is much much nicer inside than Candlewood. Really wasn’t a comparsion.  The main problem with Aria is everyone wants their wedding there.  It is THE PLACE to have your wedding the next couple of years because it’s so new and it really is pretty amazing inside and the food is probably the best in CT (everyone knows the food – just say it’s the old Ponte Club food).  I booked my wedding at Aria a few months ago and 2015 summer Saturday nights were almost to the point of full (there are only 15 or so weeks in the summer – so not much to choose from). 2014 summer (day and night, fri/sat) was booked 100% by November 2013.  I believe they said they are doing 2016 dates and even a few 2017 dates now, so if you have any desire to get married in 2015, you really need to get over there soon.    I have heard from a few people that one thing Aria is doing is giving you tours and then when you sit down and look at dates, they push Day options, Friday and Thursday options (since they have very few Saturday nights open).  Some brides were kind of put off by this, but really it’s just a result of them being so popular.  Once you tour it, you probably will want to have your wedding there.       

 

P.S. If you want to see how much interest in this place, should have gone to their wedding expo this past February. Place was insane.  Had to park across the street and take the shuttle because there were so many people. 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by  LittleBird33.
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If you are okay with $135 a person, Aria is definately an option then.  I tried to be as conservavtive as possible and estimate high, so if you budget $135 a head including tax and service, you are good to go. 

I believe they have 8 hors d’oeuvres (althoguth if I remember correctlly, Aria isn’t big into passing them…they are belivers in the stations….where you can go and get what you want at a partilcular location (basically like a cocktail hour buffett – which is more normal these days) – they figure people will eat more that way and enjoy it better than simply food passed around by waiters). You could do it whatever way you want though. 

 

At the end of the day, it’s new and better (more marble, more extravegent) than many of the routine wedding venus that everyone goes to (Candlewood, Acqa Turf, etc).  All of our guests have been to those places numerous times now so we wanted to give them something different to experience. That alone is worth going with aria. 

 

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I’m a little late to the game, I just signed up, but I’m not sure if you’re still planning on going with Aria, I recommend you do now!

I’m having my wedding there and I took the very last Saturday of the 2015 wedding season. I know they’re definitely booking into 2016, and Joe, the owner, already said that Aria WILL be raising their pricing for the next wedding season (probably 2016 and beyond). To be honest, what you get for that place, the current price (135$ per person on a peak season Saturday, taxes and gratutity included, open bar) is an absolute STEAL.

The problem my fiance and I were running into was that we wanted a relatively small wedding (75-100), but not lack in elegance and quality. Most higher end places in CT will have a 150 person minimum for the peak season (May-October), but Aria is a 75 person minimum, which I’m sure will change in the coming years.

 

Take advantage of this place while it’s still relatively new (just turned a year old this month!) It is absolutely THE up-and-coming wedding venue of CT and for many many reasons, and the pricing won’t stay this way.

 

Edit: I would also like to mention that Cascade is (correct me if I’m wrong) owned by the same people as Aria, so pricing, as of right now, is now reflective of each other. To me, Cascade is very… blah. It says “banquet hall” to me, not “wow, beautiful” like Aria did when I first walked in. Comparing the two staircases ALONE is reason enough to go with Aria. To some people, they love having the “grand entrance” of a staircase and Aria’s are amazingly better, HANDS DOWN. Also, if you look up at the ceilings, instead of having those ugly “basement ceiling” tiles that most places have, Aria has the most stunning tray ceilings with built in uplighting. It is absolutely breath-taking. So for the same price… why would anyone go with “blah”?

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 6 months ago by  amwedding15.
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  • Wedding: September 2013 - Aria Wedding & Banquet Facility

You are going to love it! We booked Aria back when it was just metal beams and a vision. I got married there last September we were the 3rd wedding in the smaller ballroom and it was even better than I expected. We decided to get married on a Thursday to ensure that if the room was not finished we could always use the large ballroom since no one else was in the room. We actually got to use the ceremony space of the large room with the amazing view and the large rooms cocktail room which was awesome! You and your guests are going to love it! The food is sooo good! Everyone is still talking about how good the food was. We got an awesome deal because we got married on a Thursday and we booked before the walls were even up!

We own a photo booth rental company so we have been to plenty of weddings at Aria there are only two complaints. One is the fact that each room doesn;t get their own bathroom you have to share if there is another wedding going on and it does get messy in the bathroom with so many people. Also as a bride I didn;t like how much you had to pay for the uplighting. I feel it should be included in the price, its just a switch that they have to turn on! We paid $750 for the uplighting I am not sure if that pricing has gone up though. 

FutureMrsP2016 you are going to love it! 

 

 

Post # 10
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  • Wedding: September 2013 - Aria Wedding & Banquet Facility

Honestly, it may it all depends on how far away the tables are from the dance floor. The dance floor is round but I feel like it’s a bit small so if you have the tables near the dance floor people at those tables who want to sit down may feel crowded. Also I would not recommend putting 10 people to a table, it’s just not enough room for people to eat comfortably at any venue unless the tables are really big or not round. I would say 8 would be the max I would put at one table, 9 if I had to keep people who know each other together. I have been to hundreds of weddings and that is one mistake people make all the time. They squeeze as many people as they can into a table and the guests are not able to move around.

One other suggestion I would make about Aria is that you really don’t need to add any additional food. We did a chocolate fountain which wasn’t opened up until around 10pm and most people didn’t even try it because they were so full from all the delicious food. We did a wedding in the large room and the bride and groom has a gelato station, a waffle station, and the tons of deserts and barely anyone came out to eat them! I know how much they paid for all of those extras and I felt really bad that no one was really interested because they were so full.

Ok one more note, the dome in the room echoes so if someone is giving a speech or something you want to them to do it outside of the dome so that everyone can hear them clearly. I am so excited for you! You are going to have a blast! It goes by wayyy too fast I wish I could relive my wedding day over and over like groundhog’s day LMAO!!

Here is a picture of the end of the night I only had 11 tables and 75 guests so that you can get an idea of the space:

Post # 11
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  • Wedding: July 2016

hbqueenie22:  Hi there – What uplighting did you use at Aria, pink or purple lighting?

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