Post # 1
I’m trying to find a venue in the CT/NY area for my “non-wedding”. I’m hoping for some ideas or suggestions on where to look. There are so many places and it’s overwhelming..especially because we are looking for somewhere small and simple.
We are looking for SUPER simple. I’m trying to avoid the whole wedding planning chaos/thing. For us, we wanted to elope but ultimately want my family there – so we are just trying to do simple. Wedding and dinner after. If we have a wedding with just aunt/uncles/grandparents we are up to 45 people. So we are not going to have more than 50 people there. That’s too big for me already (I hate the spotlight).
We need an indoor location. We currently rent/live in a re-done barn, so we like the rustic “thing”. We love old historic houses, pubs. That kind of vibe. We found a great old inn near the barn that used to be a gin mill and then later a school house – so it has old, big wide-plank floors, wooden beams, etc. — great price and food (no site fee). Problem is the rooms don’t really flow well. It’s good enough if we can’t find anything else, but I was wondering if anyone in the CT/NY area (we live on the NY/CT border) know of any random places to try out. We thought about Tarywhile Mansion (i think that is how you spell it) but the fee is almost $2300. We are trying to avoid that. Just find a cool inn/restaurant/location for us to celebrate the marriage.
Sorry this is so long – just wanted to give you an idea of what we were looking for.
Can anyone think of anything off the top of their heads? Maybe a hidden little place that I dont’ know about? The kind of place we are looking for doesn’t seem to show up on the venue list 🙂
Post # 3
I saw a wedding on a photographer’s website once that looks a lot like what you are talking about. It was a small wedding held at Apricots in Farmington, CT.
Ah, here it is on Style Me Pretty: https://www.stylemepretty.com/2011/09/09/intimate-farmington-country-wedding-from-iris-photography/
Some other suggestions for the rustic inn/historic house angle:
Bee & Thistle Inn- Mystic, CT
Gelston House- East Haddam, CT
Hopkins Inn- Warren, CT
Stonecroft Inn- Mystic CT
Post # 4
I know someone who just celebrated their wedding at the Schoolhouse at Cannondale, in Wilton, CT. They had a great experience.
Also the Cobb’s Mill Inn in Weston has a rustic vibe and a pretty setting.
Post # 5
Thanks everyone. I’m looking for something in Western CT or Eastern NY (we live on the NY/CT border with most relatives coming up from LI, NYC, NJ, PA).
I’ve heard great things about the Schoolhouse at Cannondale – never thought of it for a wedding. Wish we could find a cool old restaurant/pub with a history. Found a place like that in South Salem but don’t think it’s big enough. I’ll check out Cobb’s Mill Inn too!
@astoriaK – the places you sent look wonderful. I wish I could go out that far – I dont want my family to have to drive for hours just to get to the wedding. Might have a little escape out that way over the summer and I will check them out as a mini-honeymoon 🙂
Post # 6
I would strongly suggest checking out the Silvermine Tavern in Norwalk. We really liked it, but we live in Central CT and the drive out to Norwalk was a bit much. It’s gorgeous – quaint, simple and beautiful (there’s a waterfall on-site!).
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2014 - White Point Garden, Charleston, SC
I love this thread as I’m in Fairfield County and am looking for something along the same lines. We’re also on a budget, so a smaller fee would be great, too!
Post # 8
When I was looking I came across Crabtree’s Kittle House in Chappaqua. I never did a site visit but the pics on their website look great. Not sure if Dobb’s Ferry is too far for you, but another one to check is Half Moon.