CFCTB: venues

Happy first day of Spring! We’re launching a new feature on the Lovely Day blog to celebrate, and I’m delighted to announce the CFCTB (Confessions of a Former Connecticut Bride) series – resourceful posts designed to provide valuable insight into the wonderful world of wedding planning in our coastal state!

Planning can be intimidating and one of the hardest things to determine in the beginning is your budget. Whether you’ve had your wedding planned in your mind for years or are just considering your options, it’s difficult to know how much your dream wedding will cost. Everyone has advice, and there are articles online announcing that the average cost for a U.S. wedding is $27,000. What’s confusing about this number is that it’s a national average, including weddings in more rural states as well as pricey parties in major metropolitan cities across the country. This is not to say that you can’t have a Connecticut wedding for $27,000 (or less!), but you’ll need to focus on your budget, prioritize what’s important to you, and plan early to research creative solutions to cut costs (and Lovely Day can help with all of that!).

When my husband and I started planning we had no idea where to start. We dreamed up a number and decided we would stick to it, but in 6 months our “number” doubled with no easy signs of turning back. We didn’t have an extravagant wedding by any means and we were quite savvy with our decisions and purchases, but there were hidden costs that jumped up and surprised us along the way.

I believe that one of the most valuable things Colleen and I share with our Lovely Day brides is insight. Our #1 goal is to help you be as prepared as possible for every aspect of the planning process – from ordering your gown at the right time to allow for alterations, to understanding realistic budgets for those special must-have elements. We designed this series to be a resource, so let us know if you have questions for us to tackle!

CFCTB will follow vendors in the order in which they are usually booked, so our first post is all about venues! We’ve focused on three of the most popular Connecticut wedding locales: barns, mansions, and vineyards. Take a look to see what to expect if you choose one of these beautiful locations for your nuptials. Please note that these 2013 fees include the venue ONLY and are exclusive of rentals, catering, etc., and include the lowest rates we’ve found for the category (photos courtesy of individual venue sites).


Some of our favorite Connecticut venues to say “I Do”:

Beautiful Barns: The Barns at Wesleyan Hills in Middletown, the Webb Barn in Wethersfield, and Tyrone Farm in Pomfret, Winvian in Morris, Wood Acres Farm in Terryville

Magnificent Mansions: Eolia Mansion at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, the Branford House in Groton, Waveny House in New Canaan, Tappan Hill in Tarrytown, NY

Wonderful Wineries: Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington, Saltwater Farm Vineyards in Stonington, Stonington Vineyards in Stonington, Priam Vineyards in Colchester, Chamard Vineyards in Colchester

Stay tuned for the next installment of CFCTB!




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