Post # 1
Hello! This is my first proper post..
I’ve literally spent dozens and dozens of hours scouring the internet looking for the best farm venues in Connecticut (with a barn and ideally animals!) so I know just about every venue with a web presence. I have a spreadsheet with about 15 options, but none of them tick very many of our ‘boxes’ and many have some very serious flaws — 10pm curfews, catering restrictions, 4 hour limits, incredibly rental fees..
Although from CT I am living in the UK at the moment so I can’t wander around the state looking for a reception site, and will probably only be able to visit 3 or 4 when I visit home.
Does anyone know of any places that might not advertise, do not specialize in weddings, or are privately owned? I know it is quite cheeky.. but maybe you know of a working farm or have a relative with an old barn? I’m willing to put in the time/creativity for a less polished venue with a lower price tag.
Half of our guests will be coming by train from NYC (via London!) and the other half are around Central Connecticut.. so I think a venue just over the border in NY or MA might work too.
Apologies for the desperation!
Post # 3
I don’t know if this is a working farm but I saw a post on Style Me Pretty a long time ago when I was looking for a photographer and I remembered that it was held at a farm in Stonington that is now open to events. It’s called White Woods Farm.
Here’s the SMP feature on the wedding: http://www.stylemepretty.com/2011/07/29/connecticut-country-wedding-from-meghan-sepe-photography/
I don’t know much else about it! Hope this helps!
Post # 4
That is helpful! Thanks so much – I’ll email them now..
Post # 6
Here’s a CT barn venue that looks to be affordable…Dudley Farms. I have looked high and low at every barn venue in 200 miles and not found anything affordable, then FH found this online in FIVE MINUTES after I have searched for DAYS! Their website says site fee starts at $875
Post # 7
I’m getting married at Tyrone Farm in Pomfret, CT.
Many of my guests are either flying in or driving from central CT. Airport options include Boston, Providence, and Hartford.
The owner, Ian, is really great and able/willing to accomodate almost any request. I know that Tyrone also has an equestrian barn and several chicken that have been known to wonder through the yard.
It is on the higher end of the budget scale, but keep in mind that a lot of other venues charge additional fees for almost everything from chairs to lighting. Beware of a low initial site fee because it can add up real fast to just get the place looking normal.
Post # 8
Candlelight Farms in New Milford, CT is absolutely stunning!
Post # 9
if anyone is interested in a beautiful barn location, the Barns at Wesleyan Hills is amazing. It was our original venue but we decided to have a more intimate wedding in NY….. FYI our date is available, Sat. May 4, 2013
Post # 10
I’m guessing by now you have a venue but maybe this is helpful for others that stumble upon this thread. We are getting married at Dudley Farm in Guilford and the rental fee averages about $1200 –that is much lower than any other barns in this area. It is very pretty albeit still very much a farm — not a barn set in a garden, etc. Lots of animals — we can’t wait.
Post # 11
I’m a little late to reply but I would second Dudley Farms. We didn’t go with it, but it was a very lovely option.. felt more authentic than many of the areas.