(Closed) SE Connecticut venue suggestions

posted 12 years ago in Connecticut
Post # 17
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Lake of Isles is the golf resort across the street from Foxwoods Casino.  It is a really nice place.  The ceremony can be held outside on the deck overlooking the lake or inside for inclement weather.  As I mentioned before, thusfar the staff has been great to work with.  Their packages are all inclusive.  Some see this as a benefit, others do not.

Let me know if you have any other questions.  I’d be happy to answer them.  There is also a website.

 

Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Re: Catering…

We’re using Cloud Nine Catering, from Old Saybrook and would have used them had we gone with Branford House, as well… we wound up picking the Mystic Arts Center, which is lovely, but would be a little too small for 150, I think.  Branford House is really gorgeous, though.

They are the nicest people, and very easy to work with.  The food is really good, too.  Here’s the website: http://www.cloudninecatering.net/  (we’re doing ‘wedding stations with raw bar’… just without the raw bar.) And they make fantastic cakes! We actually won a drawing they had so we’re getting our cake free… woot!

Post # 20
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494 posts
Helper bee

Thanks for the suggestion of Cloud Nine Catering!  We’ve been going back and forth with them for our wedding at Saltwater Farm and I was wondering if anyone else was going with them too. 

Post # 22
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Helper bee

@ Plantains- Thanks!  We had to make some cuts to get that venue (I also had to beg a little).  Congrats on booking Branford House!!  It’s a gorgeous venue, so romantic!

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

No offense to anyone who likes this place but in my experience, I did NOT like The Inn at Mystic. The paint on the shutters was all kinds of flaking, it isn’t on the water like the brochures/website makes it seem, and the garden/yard area is really uneven and when I went there there was broken glass and beer bottle caps and all kinds of garbagey stuff all over the place. We went there and walked around before our appointment and my dad just kept saying that it reminded him of the Bates Motel so we didn’t even stay to meet with them (we told them we were leaving, though).

I can’t speak for the Saybrook one because I didn’t look there. Stick with Branford House! Future Mother-In-Law clearly has no clue what she’s talking about.

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Well Branford House will let you use any caterer. They have “suggested” ones but you don’t HAVE to go with them. I’m using Coastal Gourmet, btw. They are pricey, but we are also having open bar and a LOT of food (Italian family – if people aren’t constantly fed and boozed for hours on end it’s like the apocalypse). I guess it depends what kind of food and drink situation you are looking for.

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

You will LOVE Branford House! It was one of our top two choices! We ended up going with Saltwater Farm, which I am over the moon about, but I secretly wish we could have a wedding at each location! It was hard to decide, but for us, a lot of the choice was made by the fact that Saltwater still had a Saturday date and Branford House didn’t. But you cannot go wrong at Branford House. It is the most gorgeous house and on the BEST spot on Long Island Sound. A family friend was married there a few years back and her photos are out of this world amazing! (@Kittyachi, I can’t believe I didn’t realize this was your venue til now, you lucky duck!)

We are looking at Coastal Gourmet, A Thyme to Cook, and Gourmet Galley so far for caterers. If you want to get a feel for Coastal Gourmet’s food, check out Aspen in Old Saybrook or the new restaurant at Mystic Seaport–they run both of them. We ate dinner at Aspen and the food was delicious!

We also looked at Saybrook Inn & Spa. I liked it a lot, but Fiance wasn’t sold. The really nice thing there is that their packages are all inclusive so you’ll have less coordination to worry about. They also provide you with a free suite (their rooms are gorgeous), a complementary couples massage, and a room to use either for the groom/groomsmen to get ready or as a hospitality suite for the guests. Oh, and they’ll let you reserve a private room in the restaurant (right off the bar) for an after-party should you want one. This is free (but guests would pay for their own drinks). We ate dinner at their restaurant and it was outstanding. If I remember, their total fee for our size wedding was comparable to renting Branford House + caterer, but they do have those nice extras.

Basically, I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the options you’ve tossed around.

@mak418, I’m so glad you mentioned the CT River Museum as an option. I used to work at a nearby marina and always loved watching the weddings there. I thought of it, but I think my group is too big and Fiance wanted an indoor space, so we sadly had to pass. But that part of the CT river is so wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I actually have a ton of pics of Branford House on my home computer, so I could post them here if you’d like me to share pics of your venue ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s funny what you remember about places–we also loved Saltwater’s bathrooms ๐Ÿ™‚ haha. And Fiance is “jealous” of the bridal room.

I remember multiplying out the per person rates at Old Saybrook and it was very close to either Branford or Saltwater plus catering…I don’t have the notes in front of me, so I can’t say for sure how close. But not a big difference at all.

Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Sure thing…I’ll upload them when I get home ๐Ÿ™‚

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