Unique Wedding Venues in Connecticut

I researched so many locations while wedding planning, and found that there are some pretty unique wedding venues in Connecticut, if you do a little digging. I’ve even photographed weddings at a few of them, and I can say that it is a totally inspiring to shoot at a gorgeous venue with lots of character. Some of these venues require more DIY than others, so it really depends on how involved you want to be in the planning. Restaurants can be awesome because food, tables, and tableware are all included, and the locations that let you bring in all your own vendors can be great if you want to really personalize everything. I’m glad to put some of this research to use-maybe you’ll find your ideal place!

The New England Carousel Museum
Who wouldn’t want to ride on a carousel after a couple of beers? The second floor ballroom holds 230 for a sit down dinner with dance floor and 400 for a cocktail party.

95 Riverside Ave, Bristol, CT 06010

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Image courtesy of the New England Carousel Museum


I photographed a wedding here this past fall and it was super awesome. Located in New Milford, CT, 19Main used to be a bank, so a lot of the original details like the vaults are still around. They also have rooms on site for getting ready in, with gorgeous natural light. You can see Rosie and Sheila’s wedding at 19Main here:

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The Washington Club
The natural light is so pretty that you could easily go simple with just some colorful flowers, or lanterns.

92 Green Hill Rd, Washington, CT 06793

The Twisted Vine
This restaurant is a former bank, built in 1892. It’s also said to be haunted, which I think is a plus.

285 Main Street, Derby Connecticut

The Lace Factory
Constructed in 1875, this industrial building has tons of space, brick construction, and a courtyard. You can also take a steam train there.

161 River St, Deep River, CT 06417

The Hillstead Museum
The Hillstead Museum is one of my favorite places to shoot weddings. Not only is the garden amazing, but the interior and areas for getting-ready are stunning as well. It has a super cozy, historical feel to it. You can see Chris + Amy’s wedding at the museum here: http://www.parenthesisphotography.com/amy-chris-alice-in-wonderland-hill-stead-museum-wedding-farmington-ct/


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This place would be perfect for a smaller, casual summer wedding. Right on the Farmington River, and since it’s a restaurant, the bonus is that all the food is taken care of in-house.

1593 Farmington Ave, Farmington, CT 06032

The Golden Lamb Buttery
This farm is gorgeous if you’re looking for a unique barn location. Comes complete with sheep and hayrides.

499 Wolf Den Rd Pomfret, CT

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Image courtesy of the Golden Lamb Buttery

The Burr Homestead
The Burr Mansion was rebuilt in 1791 and hosted major wig-wearing hotties such as George Washington, John Hancock, Samuel Adams and John Adams.

739 Old Post Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824

Beardsley Zoo
It’s a zoo, it has a carousel, and you can play with the otters. What more needs to be said? They have a few different locations that host weddings and capacity depends on which you choose. The popular carousel house seats 180.

1875 Noble Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06610

The Keeler Tavern Musuem
I’m obviously partial to the Keeler Tavern Museum, because it’s where I got married. It has a beautiful brick-wall garden, lots of flowers and foliage and a bright and cozy garden house where you can have your reception. It’s good for small to medium size weddings of up to 90 or so, although a smaller guest count will leave more room for dancing. Be ready to roll your sleeves up and DIY, or get a planner. The plus with this though is that you can completely customize everything and choose your own vendors.

132 Main St, Ridgefield, CT 06877

Bank Street Events
Another that was on our shortlist, this venue is one of my favorites. We thought it might be a bit too big for our guest count, but if you’re having a wedding with maybe 100+, it could be amazing. Built in 1912, the architecture and detail is gorgeous. Definitely a possibility for an art deco/1920s theme wedding. Seats 200 and has in-house wedding planner, catering, and bar. (read my interview with Bank Street Events here)

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Bank Street Events in Stamford

65 Bank St, Stamford, CT 06901

Dudley Farm
Cozy barn venue with animals!

2351 Durham Rd, Guilford, CT 06437

The Maritime Aquarium
Might be worth having your wedding here just for the jellyfish room. It’s seriously awesome.

10 North Water Street Norwalk, CT


See some more unique weddings and location ideas in Connecticut and New York in some of my galleries below!



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