Post # 1
We want to have a beach wedding in SE Connecticut – Old Saybrook, Mystic, that area. (FI’s family lives in Tolland.) The problem is that I’m finding a lot of places that want you to pay out the you-know-what to rent the area for several hours and have a catered reception and etc.
We are going to have 8 or 9 family members with us. We want to have a short, sweet ceremony and pictures on the beach followed by going out to eat at a nice restaurant. Any ideas for places to do that inexpensively without all the extras?
(I am not from CT. Fiance is but, being a guy, he can’t put a finger on a place that would be good for a wedding. 🙂 )
Post # 3
Try google-ing CT elopements… there are a few places that pop up, like the Angel Watch Inn: http://www.angelswatchinn.com/elopement_wedding.htm and the Westbrook Inn: http://www.westbrookinn.com/elopement.htm. I found a list here:http://www.connecticut-weddings.net/smallwedding.shtml.
Also, check Harkness State Park… I think you can have just your ceremony there for not too much money. (If you have the reception there, site fee is $4500! Ouch! But it’s absolutely gorgeous.) Website is here: http://www.ct.gov/Dep/cwp/view.asp?A=2716&Q=325214
Post # 4
I know I have seen people get married at Rocky Neck State Park in Niantic, not sure on the costs: http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325256.
Do you have any friends/family that are members of a private beach in CT? Something like Cornfield Point or Giant’s Neck could be nice.
Post # 5
You can rent the lawn at the old lighthouse museum in Stonington borough. I believe it’s only $1500. http://www.stoningtonhistory.org/rentals_lh.htm
Post # 6
Waters Edge in Westbrook has a beach and a nice restaurant all onsite. They may even have small private rooms available for dining if you want. Or, if you don’t mind switching from beach to riverside, what about Mystic Seaport in Mystic and then dinner at the Seaman’s Inn? Or in Essex, the CT River Museum has a great grassy area right on the river where they do weddings sometimes and then you could do dinner at the Griswald Inn or Black Seal.
Post # 7
check out the madison surf club in madison, ct – it sounds exactly like what you’re looking for.
Post # 8
I don’t know about CT specific beaches but, I’m from RI and if you want to have a small ceremony as you mentioned, I think you could just do it on the puiblic beach. Our venue is on the town beach and they basically told us that we can’t have any things on the beach (tables, chairs, etc.) but if we wanted to have a standing ceremony that would be okay. I know there are other beaches that have picnic sites which are very cheap to rent and give you some space where you could set up cake and coffee on a table or something if you wanted to socalize a bit before dinner. I would suggest finding the website of towns you are interested in, especially if Fiance has family who are residents, and seeing what areas are able to be reserved. Usually resident discounts are substantial on town property – our venue would have been 50% cheaper if we were residents of the town.