(Closed) Best and Worst of CT

posted 9 years ago in Connecticut
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Busy bee

I went to a great wedding at The Inn at Longshore in Westport. 

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Newbee

I went to a beautiful wedding at the Waters Edge in Westbrook. The view and sunset were amazing!

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Being to a ridiculous number of wedding throughout CT.. i would have to say some of the best wedding were down at the shore line… Westbrook, etc have some fabulous wedding spots – BUT they are dam expensive!!  While planning ours I would have loved nothing more than a wedding at the shoreline but ummm.. not for $110 a plate…

We are working on a budget of 10-15k and I was trying to stay around the $50 mark per plate.. with all that said.. our wedding reception is at La Trattoria in Canton.  It had what we wanted to offer at  our price range.  You get the old-school italian hospitality when you walk in and the food is great.

Just to add my 2 cents… Aqua Turf in Southington has always been a huge hit for people to get married at but having lived in CT most of my life and attending proms, etc there.. there was NO WAY I was getting married there..

One place to stay away from (Disclaimer if anyone is having their reception there)… Mill on the River in South Windsor.  I went to 2 wedding there (both in their lower reception room) and they were dark and the food was bad.  they ran out of it, didnt have what ppl ordered, etc.  I know ppl who love the place.. so it may be hit or miss.

Let us know where you decide… I love hearing from my CT Bees

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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Sorry Aqua Turf people- I hated every wedding there. it’s a factory and impersonal. I am getting married at Tumblebrook Country Club in Bloomfield in July and can’t wait. They bend over backwards day after day for me.

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Worker bee

I agree with Perk – the Aqua Turf kind of feels like a wedding factor!  I was married at the Fox Hill Inn in Brookfield.  We were the only wedding taking place that night, which is what I was looking for.  The owner that we originally spoke to was kind of cocky, but after we were sold on the location – that was the last time I spoke to him.  The event coordinator and other people I actually worked with were awesome! 

 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

yay CT bees!

I am getting married at The Burr Homestead in Fairfield CT.  We LOVE the history, the old colonial mansion and four acres of grounds.  We are having the ceremony between two trees (an area that’s not manicured and kind of woodsy), cocktail under a huge tree on the side of the house that we call the Sleepy Hollow tree and reception inside.  It’s walking distance to the train station and right by 1-95; so easy to get to. Also, they don’t have a ton of weddings (no wedding factory), the coordinator is a *lovely* woman who knows the history, the grounds..she’s a doll.  The $ goes to parks and recreation which was important to us.  $1600 for 8 hours. In Fairfield County, you can’t beat that with a stick.

However this is the kind of venue where you have to be willing to do a lot of work and have vision.  There is no furniture in the house.  Ladies: I am sweating the details but I’m also really excited to see it all come together.  The coordinator is the only person in the house so there’s no extra help, hands, or resources.  If you are a DIYer, it is a dream.  You can rent a tent too but the inside is so special, I don’t see why you would 🙂

 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

This is a great topic!  I just got engaged on the 4th of May and I’m trying to figure out the best way to start…

Any thoughts on places to find a wedding gown?  Best and Worst???

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Hi AnamCara!! Congratulation on the engagment and welcome to the hive!

So, you are living in Ireland and getting married in Connecticut?  Which part of CT?

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Well I am getting married at the Four Points by Sheraton in Meriden and Stacey (wedding coordinator) is amazing. She is super cool and has kept hereues peeled for anything that might add a little more pop to the wedding.

Now the worse vendor was my original wedding planner – Jennifer Lynn Events. In the beginning everything was amazing until she stopped responding to my emails and not returning my phone calls. I checked her website and it was taken down. I tracked her down by calling the State Secretary and finding out other contacts for the company. I ended up having to threaten to sue (which I was planning on doing). To cut to the chase …. she moved out of state and left someone else in chage without ever notifing me. I was reimbursed all my money and my contract was voided with no penalties.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@Perk – I hear ya! When I think Aqua Turf I think Prom!!

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Hi Future Puida – thanks for the lovely welcome!

I’m from West Hartford and planning for April 2010 right now (although that could change depending on FI’s work)  I live in Ireland (but I’m home in CT for the next few weeks) and we’re planning to do a blessing and reception there after the wedding here.  I’ve already booked the church (my home parish) but haven’t made any plans for the reception b/c we haven’t figured out the guest list yet.  I’m not panicked but I’m definitely doing research!!!

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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

im getting married on august 15 2009 and we had a really small budget of 8 to 9 thousand. i found a local reception hall about 1 mile down the road that some town churches built a few years ago, and since i had a good friend who was friends with the guy in charge there i was able to rent the entire reception hall for the night before for set up and the entire next day for 750 including an insurance policy for booze. if you are a diy girl this place is for you and i plan on getting a rental company (since it is really plain). in there to drap fabric, hang paper lanterns, rent chairs and linens. my catering is about 1000 for 75 people. it has high ceilings and flourescent lighting but it has a dimmer and i have high hope for transforming this place!

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Hi Bees,

I got engaged on May 02, 2009 and my wedding date is May 8th 2010. It’s been a whirlwind but fun. We looked at the Burr…it is beautiful but a lot of work. Patsy the contact there is just so lovely.

The other place we really loved was the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. Lynn is the contact there and she was WONDERFUL. there is a site fee but you can bring in your own caterer and they will work with you on everything, it’s really great.

We decided on both the ceremony and the reception at the Maritime Aquarium in S. Norwalk. I’m only having 80 guests but it does fit lots more. The thought of having our wedding at an aquarium was so fantastic we couldn’t say no. It’s a bit on the pricier side due to site fees so my fiance an I are DIYing as much as possible.

Living in the New Haven area, I’m unfamiliar with S. Norwalk. If anyone has suggestions for inexpensive florists and hair/makeup…please post.

Thanks

 

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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We had our wedding reception at Bank Street in Stamford.  This is a former bank with beautiful architecture and vaulted ceiling.  The were absolutely amazing to work with.  Claudia is the coordinator and she did an incredible job organizing our day and following up with us all of the time.  The night of the event, Ted, the manager, kept everything running smoothly.  We never worried about a thing!  Our reception was beautiful and we feel so lucky to have found them.  Also, the food was absolutely delicious!

http://www.bankstreetevents.com/

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