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Ask The Expert: Most Stylish Places To Get Married In Connecticut

March 12, 2013 8:00 AM

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Candice Coppola is the owner/creative director of A Jubilee Event. She has an eye for detail in designing and planning and the right team of people to make it happen. This professional in all things nuptials has seen couples through the wedding process many many times. See what she has to say about the best places to get married in Connecticut.

Candice Coppola
A Jubilee Event
120 Elm St.
Cheshire, CT 06410
(203) 632-5654
www.eventjubilee.com

Meet with the consultants at the studio. They are young and creative and will inject enthusiasm into your party. You will be inspired by the showroom of beautiful rentals for your event, including furniture, lighting, linens and china. Services such as destination event planning, venue selection, invitation and paper design and even etiquette advisement services are offered. Jubilee can help in designing your ceremony, as well as advising on bride and bridal party attire and accessory selection. Jubilee hs been chosen as The Knot’s “Best of” and as the only event designers to receive Brides Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award for 2011 in Connecticut.

Maritime Aquarium
10 N. Water St.
Norwalk, CT 06854
(203) 852-0700
www.maritimeaquarium.org

Philip Stone Caterers will cater your wedding at the Maritime Aquarium in So No (South Norwalk). You can experience water views of both the Long Island Sound and floor-to-ceiling aquarium exhibits. The aquarium can accomodate up to 225 guest for a sit-down dinner. The cuisine is continental as well as contemporary and kosher meals are available. A ceremony can take place on the premises. Maritime has both valet parking and a bridal suite, and an in-house party planner is available. A sample menu is available on the website. You will receive excellent service and presentation in a unique setting.

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Branford House
1084 Shennecossett Road
Groton, CT 06340
(860) 405-9072
www.branford.uconn.edu

Branford House is located at the University of Connecticut, Avery Point campus. This 31-room mansion was built in 1903. Views from the house include Fishers Island and the Long Island Sound. There is a winding imported marble staircase and you can have an outdoor tent wedding or use the Mansion for your special day. You will have the venue for a full 10 hours, from set-up to break down. A baby grand piano is part of the rental fee. The Mansion can hold 200 guests for a sit-down meal or buffet and 350 guests for cocktails. As the facility does not have an exclusive caterer, you can hire one of your choice. If there is going to be alcohol served, it is to be an open bar (no cash bar) with a bartender. A number of round, rectangular and cocktail tables and 200 white folding chairs are included in the fee.

Wadsworth Mansion
421 Wadsworth St.
Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 347-1064
www.wadsworthmansion.com

The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill was built in 1900 on 500 acres. The landscape has formal and classical gardens as well as forests and pastures. There is no exclusive caterer at this venue, so feel free to choose one that suits your taste. Seating is available for 200 guests indoors and a tent can be put up on the lawn for a larger number of guests. Only one event is hosted daily. You will have the Mansion for nine hours, broken down as three hours for set-up and the ceremony (if on site), five hours for the event and one hour for breakdown. The wedding can also be held at the tennis pavillion and patio. The facility is fully air conditioned and handicap accessible. Call during weekday business hours to schedule a tour. 

Stonehenge Restaurant & Inn
35 Stonehenge Road
Ridgefield, CT 06877
(203) 438-6511
www.stonehengeinn-ct.com

Stonehenge opened in the 1940s and has been serving contemporary American dining an hour north of NYC in historic Ridgefield. This is a perfect wedding venue for a small and intimate affair. There are 16 guest rooms to accomodate your out-of-town guests along with a complimentary breakfast. The Inn has receive the AAA Four Diamond Award for the last 20 years. It has also won the award for the Best Continental Restaurant in Connecticut. Up to 120 guests can be accomodated. Five hours is alloted for your wedding. An open bar is included during the start of the wedding to the serving of the cake. Table wine is served with the meal. There are sample menus on the site.

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Paula Moliver is a noted designer with a specialty in all things related to fiber. She spins and dyes her own yarn and is skilled in weaving and needle arts. She has been widely published in noted magazines including Arts & Crafts, Better Homes & Gardens and the Decorative Painter. Paula is a regular educator at New Pond Farm. She resides in Connecticut. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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