Thanks for all this CT info Bees! I also was falling in love w/ Salt water farms and received a prompt thorough email but they have a 10PM curfew!! this has been an issue with many venues ive been interested in. our friends and family are big partiers and drinkers so ending the party at 10pm is unheard of and yes it’s a pricey site fee! they are BOOKed until the end of nov already for 2013 fall! here is the nice email from merrilly
Our facility comfortably accommodates 180 guests (we have no minimum) depending upon the nature of event. While my first fall open Saturday
is the 22nd of November
, I do have scattered Fridays & Sundays, ; while I am booking 2015, there are many spring options. I offer the following for your consideration.
Our fully renovated hangar’s main level houses the winery & our event space opening onto a large stone terrace; the mezzanine overlooks the main level & opens onto a spacious deck with both spaces looking out over the vines & Long Island Sound. We’ve a sophisticated HVAC system to maintain the perfect climate as well as modern, stylish bathrooms. There is no need at all for a tent (though a tent is permissible on the terrace in the event of rain) as even if the weather should be inclement, the interior space can accommodate both the ceremony & reception. We are very much a year round venue & even have a gas fireplace to add to the ambience in the winter months.
Our 2013/2014/2015 site fees in-season (May thru October) are $8000/Friday
except on a holiday weekend, Sunday
, (ex. Memorial Day) where the Saturday
rate applies; off-season, (November thru April), $7000/Friday
. There is a $500.00 surcharge if the guest list exceeds 150 person. The fee includes a staff member (s) to insure that all runs smoothly as well as oversee the parking; included, too, are 15 60” round tables and 15 8’ rectangular tables for your use, as well as 150 chairs.
Most weddings to date have taken place on the grounds, often between the vines, with the reception following…cocktails on the terrace, weather permitting, with dinner inside the restored hangar. We have both a trellis & a chuppah for use; there is an additional fee of $500.00 for an on-site ceremony. A winter wedding is most doable (we’ve had a number of ceremonies take place within when the weather has been inclement or too chilly); that said we do have a custom-designed tent for the terrace which one can lease for $1500.00 should one choose to do so & heaters & lights are also available for a nominal fee. The site fee entitles the wedding party & celebrants to total use of both the interior & exterior spaces. There is, too, a loft/dressing room for the use of the bridal party (available as of 11AM
on the morning of) &, also, a stage for a band or DJ. We pride ourselves on offering very personalized service to make each wedding celebration as memorable as it should be.
We work exclusively with several area caterers whose contact information I will forward to you separately should you have further interest & they would be the ones with whom you would discuss menus & food/bar costs. The caterers all have extensive relationships with party rental vendor to handle additional tables as well as tableware, etc. (though many of them have their own cache of linens, tableware, etc.). Frequently, bridal couples have simply had heavy hors d’oeuvres & food stations as opposed to a formal sit-down dinner. I also have hotel & inn contacts in both Mystic & Stonington as well as contacts for house rentals. As our wine tastings for the public have now begun, we close such at 3PM
with our space leased in a 6 hour block from 4PM to 10PM
to comply with the 10PM
sound ordinance in Stonington. We absolutely do only one wedding celebration a day. Ours is a very straight-forward contract: $2000.00 to hold the date, ½ of balance 9 months prior with balance due the month before.
We do not have an “our wine or no wine” policy, but we do offer our wines at an event or bridal couple discount of 15% off of retail; we require the purchase of one case of our wines, mixed or a favorite varietal, to be served at the event as guests always say when none is offered ‘why not, this is a winery after all’!