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Missme Oct 21, 2009 07:06 AM

Hello,
My fiance and I have decided to have a wedding in CT. We are considering a Christmas wedding in 2010 or a summer wedding. If in the summer would like to find someplace on the water. Any creative suggestions or ideas? We will have a lot of guest from out of town, so would love to show them the best that CT has to offer. Any ideas would be appreciated.
Thanks,

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    triggs73 RE: Missme Oct 21, 2009 07:59 AM

    Congrats! I have found that price, food quality, location had been great at Anthony's Ocean View in New Haven. They are known for the over abundance of food that they put out. You are literally right on the water looking over Long Island Sound. Makes for nice pictures. I've attended several wine tastings held there and the food is the same as they were doing a wedding for 400 people.

    1. shaogo RE: Missme Oct 21, 2009 08:05 AM

      The Water's Edge Resort in Westbrook, on the L.I. Sound, is upscale, classy, and very, very experienced at turning out weddings. It's not the very best that Connecticut has to offer, but it's close. The accommodations are outstanding. Downside is that some of the buzz on Chow is negative re: their banquet food, so menu would have to be tasted and selected carefully.

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        triggs73 RE: shaogo Oct 21, 2009 08:20 AM

        I went there a couple of years ago and it was just ok. Not enough food.

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          shaogo RE: triggs73 Oct 21, 2009 08:28 AM

          "Not enough food."

          This problem is often the fault of the bride or other person who orders the food. Of course, there are a few unscrupulous operators who'll actually skimp to the extent it becomes obvious to the guests. However, I cringe when I'm at *any* function and people go hungry. Invariably, when asked about the empty chafing dishes, etc., the staff will inform you that "that's all the food the client ordered."

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            triggs73 RE: shaogo Oct 21, 2009 11:20 AM

            CORRECT...I'm used to going to Anthony's and the never ending abundance of food that comes out of that kitchen. I've never seen an empty chafing dish at an Anthony's function no matter what the size of the group.

      2. jquest619 RE: Missme Oct 21, 2009 10:20 AM

        I am recently married and had my reception at the Hartford Boathouse right on the CT river--we had a great time and it was relatively inexpensive in comparasion to other places by a body of water. We attended a reception at Water's Edge in August and it was beautiful but can be very expensive.

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          triggs73 RE: jquest619 Oct 26, 2009 03:11 PM

          I just attended an event yesterday at the Water's Edge and although the place is beautiful the food that they passed around was not good at all. Of course, it all depends on the people paying and obviously in this case, who ever paid the bill was looking for the cheap way out.

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          plien69 RE: Missme Oct 21, 2009 01:41 PM

          We had our reception at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk. Hors d'Oeuvres and cocktails are held in the winding, aquarium exhibits section, which include the large shark tank and a staffed touch tank. When dinner is served, the hostess directs everyone across an overhead walkway and down the staircase to the main hall where the dining tables and dance floor are arranged. The bride and groom make the same entrance, walking down the stairs into the middle of the dining area.

          The Aquarium contracts with a caterer, and has an event coordinator that handles that relationship. My wife and her family are heavily into boating, fishing, maritime, etc. so this was a location which reflected that.

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            triggs73 RE: plien69 Oct 21, 2009 02:41 PM

            Now that sounds different and fun.

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            justme123 RE: Missme Oct 21, 2009 01:43 PM

            A few years ago my niece had a lovely wedding at the Carousel at Lighthouse point park, http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/Parks/P... which necessitates hiring a caterer. She hired Cusanos from Hamden http://www.merchantcircle.com/busines... , and it was a really, really nice reception. The only issues are that there is no actual kitchen there, so all has to be trucked in cooked, and the bathrooms are in a separate building. but, it is a unique location, right on the water and the 'reception room' is much larger than you would think.

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              triggs73 RE: justme123 Oct 21, 2009 02:41 PM

              The carousel is a beautiful location.

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                Tinkerbelldee RE: triggs73 Oct 21, 2009 06:54 PM

                Lighthouse park is a great choice. You will need to get a caterer, but that will give you plenty of options for food that is your taste and not part of a cookie cutter menu.
                If you are looking for Christmas time, consider the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown. Fabulous location that will require your own caterer as well.

                I have a million more ideas, but I am a wedding planner so I don't want to give away too much for free :)

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              Niffy RE: Missme Oct 22, 2009 11:27 AM

              I had my wedding reception at the Owenego Inn in Branford 2 years ago. We had a late September wedding--they can handle weddings from April-Nov, I think, so if you go the summer route, you're fine. Not a place for Christmas weddings though! It's right on the LI Sound, with a private beach, jetty, etc. Absolutely beautiful. The staff is super--polite, welcoming, organized. They think of things you hadn't! And the food! My husband wants to have another event there just so we can eat, lol. They give you SO much--the appetizers are amazing. And, if you do the buffet option, you can take the extra food to go.

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                Uncledave RE: Missme Oct 26, 2009 01:00 PM

                I had my wedding at the Boulder's Inn -- it's on Lake Wauramaug. Also had the rehearsal dinner there. Absolutely gorgeous place, and everything was first rate. If you're up for the beautiful Litchfield hills it's a great way to go. Hopkins Vineyards is down the road, also on the lake, which is a nice place for guests to visit.

                We were about 25 guests. I think they can accommodate up to 100.

                http://www.bouldersinn.com/

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                  ganache123 RE: Missme Oct 26, 2009 03:19 PM

                  How about the mansion at Harkness Memorial State park in Waterford or the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown or the pavillion at Rocky Neck State park in East Lyme or the Mystic Art Center in Mystic. I work with Cloudnine Catering in Old Saybrook and these are some of my favorite places to deliver wedding cakes to. Even on a rainy cloudy day Harkness is beautiful.

                  1. shaogo RE: Missme Oct 26, 2009 04:31 PM

                    Wow. I'm loving the fact that the Harkness Memorial came up. The last time I saw that place was over ten years ago and it was pretty run-down. Thank goodness they're still using it for functions (I'm assuming that some of the awful conditions I saw have been remedied).

                    That being said, the Boulders is ultra-romantic. Hopkins Vineyards makes a very, very good sparkling wine (I believe methode champenoise) and would be a great Chow-ish tie-in for a wedding weekend.

                    Two superb suggestions!

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