HELP! Alternative to Saltwater Farm Vineyard???

posted 6 years ago in Connecticut
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Nothing in the vineyard type that can hold 150 people, what are you looking for exactly? Have you looked in RI? And maybe Mass, CT is extrememly limited, and sort of expensive. 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I believe there are two vineyards just north of Newport, RI that might have waterviews: Greenvale and Sakonnet.  Other than looking at their websites when looking for a venue, I don’t know anything about them.  I don’t remember the name of it, but there is a venue (something farm – not a working farm) in eastern CT that I saw a handful of times when looking at photographer websites that looked beautiful.

Good Luck with your search.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve heard good things about Jonathan Edwards Winery but haven’t been to event there myself. What exactly did you like most about SFV? I can give more recommendations if I know exactly what you’re looking for!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I agree with AstoriaKatie.  JE Winery is GORGEOUS!!!  

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Greenvale Vineywards in Middletown (newport) RI is more in the 5k range. Their barn is small but you can rent a tent in the field next to it. 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m not sure if it is similar, but we were torn between Saltwater and the Branford House @ UConn Avery Point. Priam Vineyard in Colchester and Cassidy Hill in Coventry also do weddings I believe…and of course Jonathan Edwards 🙂

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I feel for you….fell in love with Jonathan Edwards myself but waaaay out of my price range! Check out the list of vineyards on the CT wine trail website, I think a lot of them host weddings. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Have you tried the Westport Winery in Massachusetts? I went to a wedding there and it was really pretty. I couldn’t find online how much it cost and our friends needed a tent (they were outdoors) but I believe there is another room inside. They do require you to serve their wine but it was good so no complaints there!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I know this thread has kicked around a couple of months, but in case anyone else is curious. Jonathan Edwards and Saltwater are extremely similar in cost. Rental fees are nearly the same so if you’re looking for a less expensive option, JE is not it in comparison to Saltwater. However, if you really want a vineyard and you’re willing to travel, Sakonnet Vineyards in Little Compton, RI is MUCH more budget friendly, I was shocked!! While I haven’t attended a wedding there or explored the vineyard, I have been for a tasting and I had lunch there and it’s beautiful. It’s set far back away from the road so it’s nicely secluded. They have a huge selection of wines, too. One of the largest selections along the Coastal Wine Trail. If you want more info about it, please feel free to message me! I have all of the most recent info for all three vineyards.

Post # 12
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Wannabee

Sakonnet is a lovely place and we liked it too. But it wasn’t less expensive than Saltwater when you added in the required grounds fee, the tent rental, portable toilets and renting a golf cart to transport some guests to your venue from the parking. Some of their 3 venues are far from their parking area. The pretty winery building and its real bathrooms are closed to you. They have 3 wedding fields and all 3 can be active on some popular days. You have to use their florist and their caterer, too, I think. And if it rains, then you have a somewhat soggy wedding. With Saltwater, you can be dry inside with nice bathrooms and you get the use of an attractive upstairs appt for the bride and her bridesmaids from 11 am on. It’s quite a package although adding a tent if you want one does bump it up. But it’s quite an insurance policy if you want tohide their patio even if it rains.  On top of its other drawbacks, Sakonnet is up for sale so it felt a little scary to book way ahead for a property that might change hands, although they assured us it would have no effect on already-planned events. Sakonnet’s biggest advantage is their beautful water view.

Post # 14
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2013

You can always try the Priam Vineyards in Colchester…I was exploring the vineyard option for a while, and it seemed to be the most reasonable.  I never went there to look, but I’ll bet it’s beautiful. 

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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, $11,000/Saturday,  $7500/Sunday except on a holiday weekend, Sunday or Monday, (ex. Memorial Day) where the Saturday rate applies; off-season, (November thru April), $7000/Friday, $8500/Saturday & $6500/Sunday. 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’!

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We just had our wedding at Great Neck Country Club in Waterford CT (formerly the New London Country Club). It was so beautiful, they were incredibly accomodating and it was unbelievably affordable. I have been to Saltwater for events before and I agree it’s gorgeous but it was way out of our budget. I really can’t say enough positive things about GNCC, definitely worth checking out. http://www.greatneckgolf.com/golf-course-weddings-ct/

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