Cool, Calm & Coastal: 6 Wedding venues on the Connecticut Coastline

Connecticut’s coastline makes an irresistible backdrop for events. Each of these waterfront wedding venues has its own style, but all of them possess the unique quality that being on the water bestows.

Madison Beach Hotel
  • Location: 94 West Wharf Road, Madison CT
  • Style: Comfortable elegance
  • Fab Feature: Their Sounds of the Sea Spa has you covered, with a range of treatments, wellness and fitness classes, salon services, and seasonal specials.
  • Event Space Highlights: You can exchange vows on the beach or lawn, with the Long Island Sound in the background. French doors in the Grand Ballroom open onto balconies that afford spectacular views. 
  • Wedding Package Perks: Among the many amenities that come with a wedding at this hotel are a waterfront room for the newlyweds, complimentary valet parking for guests, and a custom-designed buttercream wedding cake.
  • Accommodations: 32 guest rooms, all with water views

Madison Beach Hotel

Madison Beach Hotel

Madison Beach Hotel



Inn at Longshore
  • Location: 260 South Compo Road, Westport CT
  • Style: Picturesque, charming
  • Interesting Tidbit: In its previous incarnations, the Inn was an elegant private estate, and then an exclusive country club for luminaries like Rockefeller, Roosevelt, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  • Event Space Highlights: The expansive Great Lawn, with its water views, lends itself to al fresco ceremonies and cocktail receptions. Indoors, the Grand Ballroom overlooks the Long Island Sound through floor-to-ceiling windows. 
  • Wedding Package Perks: Menus focus on seasonal, fresh food and provide a wide range of options, including your choice of 4 passed desserts! For even more culinary excitement, add a Vietnamese Summer Roll or Ceviche Station, a Mac & Cheese or Asian Noodle Bar, or a dessert station featuring a crêpe, donut or fried dessert bar!
  • Accommodations: 12 guest rooms

Inn at Longshore

Inn at Longshore

Inn at Longshore



Branford House Mansion
  • Location: 1084 Shennecossett Road, Groton CT
  • Style: Turn-of-the-century castle and grounds
  • Interesting Tidbit: Built in 1903 to rival the mansions of Newport, RI (and at a cost of $3 million), the 31-room “summer cottage” features a winding staircase of imported Italian marble, paneled walls carved by Italian and German craftsmen, and a two-story fireplace.
  • Event Space Highlights: You can celebrate in the East and West Wing rooms or in the Grand Ballroom, which opens onto a sprawling veranda (fabulous for cocktails). Outdoor festivities often take place beneath a tent on the lawn, where you’ll enjoy spectacular water views—a scene that’s especially beautiful at sunset. 
  • Notable Services: An on-site coordinator will help you and your coordinator make all the arrangements for your wedding, including referrals to other event professionals you may need, like caterers, florists, bands, tent rentals, etc.
  • Accommodations: Nearby hotels

Branford House Mansion

Branford House Mansion

Branford House Mansion



Water’s Edge Resort and Spa
  • Location: 1525 Boston Post Road, Westbrook CT
  • Style: Classic, waterfront
  • Fab Feature: The resort sits literally at the water’s edge and overlooks its own private beach.
  • Event Space Highlights: The Water’s Edge Lawn is perfect for a waterview outdoor ceremony. For an indoor event, the Grand Ballroom boasts a roaring fireplace and fantastic views of the grounds and the sound, while the Royal Ballroom has has a balcony overlooking the water. The scenery is even more enticing from the Lower and Royal Terraces, both ideal for a cocktail reception.
  • Notable Services: They’re known for their expertise in hosting authentic Indian weddings.
  • Accommodations: 165 guest rooms, villas and suites, many with water views

Waters Edge Resort and Spa

Waters Edge Resort and Spa

Waters Edge Resort and Spa



l’escale
  • Location: 500 Steamboat Road, Greenwich CT
  • Style: South of France charm meets Connecticut waterfront restaurant
  • Interesting Tidbit and Fab Feature: 200-year-old stone terracotta tiles from Provence adorn the floors, and a working, wood-burning fireplace was imported from a castle in the south of France.
  • Event Space Highlights: Exchange vows on the terrace against a backdrop of the Greenwich Harbor and Long Island Sound. Then dine and dance in their inviting Antibes Ballroom, which opens onto the terrace, fragrant with the scent of herbs and citrus trees from southern France.
  • Notable Services: They specialize in contemporary Provençal cuisine with a Mediterranean touch, and menus can be customized.
  • Accommodations: 83 guest rooms and suites in the adjoining Delamar Hotel

L'escale

L'escale

L'escale



Guilford Yacht Club
  • Location: 379 Whitfield Street, Guilford CT
  • Style: Breezy mix of traditional and contemporary
  • Fab Feature: Nestled among the verdant salt marshes on the bank of the West River, the club is surrounded by natural beauty, including stunning views of Long Island Sound and Faulkner’s Island.
  • Event Space Highlights: Their spacious tentable lawn facing the water and large reception area with hardwood floors let you celebrate indoors or out.
  • Notable Services: Cuisine is provided by Gourmet Galley Catering, a company with over 20 years of experience coordinating and catering custom events.
  • Accommodations: Nearby hotels

Guilford Yacht Club

Guilford Yacht Club

Guilford Yacht Club



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