(Closed) C’mon CT brides! Let’s liven up our local board!!

posted 11 years ago in Connecticut
Post # 32
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have seen pictures of weddings from there and they’re STUNNING!!!! I have heard really great things, happy planning and congrats!

Post # 33
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

The staff is great, but it’s sort of like a wedding factory. The food is very basic and the suggested decorator is way over priced.

If you are having your wedding outside I would caution you about the bugs, if it’s buggy season.  There’s tons of standing water and all of the outdoor events I’ve been to you could tell that all the guests were distracted by all the bug swatting. Another bride had bug spray out, but I thought it was kind of strange to think everyone would be smelling like off the entire night.  Good luck with your hunt!

Post # 34
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Thanks for your comments everyone!!

@allisonc – I would love to hear about your wedding day experience when you return Smile

Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

will do ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 36
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Blushing bee

How are all the CT brides doing????? any updates or recommendations on vendors? pics from real weddings? advice or opinions! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 37
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

OK, this is long and pic-heavy. Feel free to skip, skim, or PM me with any questions!

I can’t recommend the Barns at Wesleyan Hills ENOUGH!! Someone mentioned it was wedding factory-ish and the food wasn’t great, etc, but I couldn’t disagree more, and we got married during a weekend when there were three events planned at the barns. My event coordinator made me feel like I was the only bride she had to look after all weekend – we never felt rushed, and we received tons of personal attention. I’ve been to weddings where the staff kicks the guests out in order to set up for the next wedding – that’s “wedding factory” to me, and that’s pretty much the opposite of what I experienced at The Barns!

The guests LOVED the decor and the food – well, and I loved the food too, I sat down and ate it while my groom wandered, lol. The staff at the Barns took my pile of “stuff” (card box, framed bird pics that matched the theme, centerpieces, guest “book” picture, etc etc) and made it look pulled together, thoughtful and beautiful – all I had to do was bring everything down to Connecticut and sit for about 30 minutes going over how I wanted things to look. She also had the room rearranged how I wanted it. At the end of the night, the staff made sure that my parents and bridal party had everything they needed as well, i.e. the ceremony shoes I had taken off and ditched in the back room and left without, card box with TONS of cards in it, all the pictures, decorations. They were fantastic. Highly recommended.

I think someone may have mentioned price too. Being from the Boston area and husband being from New York city, we know how much it costs to have a wedding in either of those cities, so The Barns was perfect in terms of our price range. We also went all out with the sit-own dinner, premium open bar, added a cake to our wedding package, added decorating, etc. There are ways to bring down the per person cost if it is more than you want to spend. For some, it may not be a reasonable option, but to us, the per person cost was worth it!

As for decorating – to me, it was worth the money because the Barns looked how I wanted it and I didn’t have to do any work. It did cost us $1600 and when I first worked it into our wedding package, I was kind of horrified we were willing to spend that much on what seemed like basic decorating, however, when it came to the wedding weekend, I was dealing with about a million different things, and knowing that the Barns would be lit up beautifully and not having to worry about it was AMAZING. Plus I was at The Barns while the guys were stringing up the lights and it seemed time-consuming and pretty unfun, not something I’d want to burden our guests or family with the morning of the wedding (never mind worrying about my dad/uncle/groomsman on a tall ladder!) Here’s how it looked:

 

From the balcony:

We were lucky on our wedding day because the weather was fantastic. The grounds of the barns are beautiful. The lawn was a bit damp, but other than sinking into the grass a bit, we didn’t encounter any problems, no bugs, nothing like that. The pro pics will have a much nicer angle and better lighting, but here’s an idea of the outdoor space:

Also recommended: The Inn at Middletown – we had a rehearsal reception here as well as our room block. Not only was the staff amazing to us and our guests (e.g. recommending restaurants, making a copy of the bridal suite key when DH and I arrived after the wedding locked out of the room) but the property was also perfect for taking pics:

Other recommendations:

First Church of Christ, Congregational: I’m from Massachusetts and wanted my pastor to marry us. We chatted with the pastor at First Church, put my pastor in touch with him as well, and worked it all out. They were really lovely about everything.

Esca Restaurant and Wine Bar: one of the top ten best martinis I’ve ever had (lavender martini) and a fantastic meal. Wish we had known about this place when we planned our “meet the families” dinner – we had it at Amici, which was excellent as well, but Esca? Yummmm.

Serenity Salon and Day Spa, Wallingford CT: I found them by googling. I booked two spa packages only to find out my mom wanted in as well, and they totally accommodated us. The women there bent over backwards to make us feel comfortable and the service was top-notch. I wish I lived closer, because I’d make this my “home” spa. Plus they use a lot of earth-friendly products (bamboo brushes, vegan nail polish) – LOVED IT. They even gave us coupons as “first-timers,” which we couldn’t really use not being from the area – we gave these to the women at the front desk at the hotel! 

Our DJ was also amazing – we went with Peter H. from Club T productions. We had seen him DJ before and loved his style, reassured that he would play the type of music that would keep the party going ’til the end of the night without leaving us with ringing ears (even my grandparents danced almost all night). He was FANTASTIC!

So that’s that. Thanks for reading, hope this helps some of you Connecticut brides!

Post # 38
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Hi!

I’m a CT bride too!

 

A little about my wedding and the planning thus far…  My vendors seem to be all over the state!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Date: July 16, 2011

Ceremony: Church of Resurrection, Wallingford

Reception: Seasons at the Tradition

Rehearsal Dinner: Gaetanos Tavern

Photographer: David Frost

DJ: Local Motion

Dress: Harold’s Bridal New Haven

Florist: Woodbury Floral Designs  Woodbury, CT

Bridesmaid dresses: Alfred Angelo

Cake: Sugar Bakery  West Haven, CT

Invitation: EDONA (wonderful woman in Stamford.) PM me if you want her personal info

Rings: Faultom Jewelers, Danbury, CT

Post # 39
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

any stamford bees out there???

Post # 40
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - The Fox Hill Inn

I’m in Stamford! But got married in Danbury and had my reception in Brookfield, CT. It was perfect for what we wanted and the costs were much more reasonable than any venues we found along the fairfield county shoreline! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 41
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I feel like I’m over planning since I won’t be getting married until 2015.  Gotta have time to save up $$$.  So all of this can change, but currently this is what I’m thinking

 

Date: Oct 31, 2015

Ceremony:  Devil’s Hopyard, with bench seating rental and cupcake truck catering

Reception: Inn at Middletown OR CT Science Museum

Dress:  Designers at Debenhams (London England)

Since I’m planning a Halloween wedding, I was thinking for letting there be some hours between the ceremony and reception to allow people to either change clothes or take their kids out for an hour of tricks or treats before dragging them to our wedding reception. Nothing is set in stone but the dress at this moment.

Here’s hoping that the Farmer’s Almanac gives a good forcast for an outdoor wedding for Halloween 2015!

 

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