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We had our wedding at the Branford House in August and it was everything we could have asked for and more! It it an absolutely beautiful setting. It's natural wood, fireplaces and beauty make planning and decorating quite easy.
We had our ceremony outside on the lawn, cocktail on the patio and the reception inside. Our wedding was "rustic chic" meets "nautical."
Katherine and her team were flexible with us - always let us pop in to take pictures and see the space. We could bring in any vendors that we wanted. She had worked with a lot of our vendors previously, which made coordination seamless.
They have a beautiful bridal suite that we used the entire day to get ready, store our things in etc.
There are so many nooks that we used for flowers, candles etc. The fireplaces are naturally extravagant and we enhanced them with plants and candles.
The grand piano is available for use and we used it for our guest book and favors.
People spent most of the evening outside on the water enjoying the weather and the view :)
I would highly recommend this venue based on its location, beauty and flexibility! Book in advance though, as they fill up quickly!
There was nothing like the views that the Branford House provided! The backdrop of the house and the water view made our wedding breath taking. What we enjoyed most about the Branford House was their flexibility. We could use any vendor we liked, and as the bride, we were able to get ready right at the house. Katherine was responsive, and helped us to find a spot for the huge tent we put out on the back lawn. We know it was a difficult task because there was construction going on, but she got it done!
Thank you Katherine!
We had our wedding at the Branford House Mansion on 7/17/15 and it was absolutely perfect. Everyone loved the venue and kept saying how beautiful it was. The best thing is that the place looks so good on its own that expensive/elaborate decorations are not needed :) Katherine and the day of coordinator were wonderful to work with and kept everything running smoothly. Katherine always got back to us quickly with answers to any questions we had and was very helpful when we decided last minute to put a tent up on the patio. Overall, I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for an indoor/outdoor venue with a beautiful view of the ocean!!
The Branford House is a magical setting for your wedding or celebration. Katherine, the manager, is amazingly helpful and wonderful too.
The space was a bit tough to manage but we made it work and our wedding went very, very well. There was an incident with one of guests and they were very professional in their dealings with them and made sure not to make a scene. The grounds were beautiful and we were able to have our wedding on the lawn. There was a smooth transition when moving from the wedding to the reception and everyone was in awe of the beauty that was to found around every corner.
The Branford House is an absolutely stunning location! We were married in April 2015 inside the mansion in front of their grand fireplace. It was ideal. The location provides for a unique experience and is not your typical wedding venue. We loved the option that people could go outside and down to the water if they wanted to. The terrace and lawn were recently renovated and look gorgeous.
Katherine is prompt and helpful with getting everything set-up before the wedding, but I would highly recommend hiring a day of coordinator to oversee your day. Also, be sure to check in with her to clarify what vendors you can bring in. We had to change our liquor vendor at the last minute (3 weeks away) because their insurance was not accepted by the Branford House.
The value of the Branford House is also incredible. We got married in the off-season (end of April) and had a beautiful 55 degree day. You get the home for 10 hours but Katherine is very flexible and may allow some vendors to arrive earlier for set-up.
With the Branford House, you truly get to create a venue that is all your own. It is worth the extra work of brining in the vendors because it ends up being so personal. This place is magical!
The Branford House was the perfect back drop to out wedding. It is a magnificent stone mansion right on the water. The staff there is ehh. Katherine was OK but the woman who was there the night of our wedding (possibly Katherine's assistant) was awful. She told our transportation to not come back to pick people up and they were left stranded. She tried to kick us out of the mansion before our time was up. She made the wedding end on a sour note for sure.
Kathleen was very helpful, easy to get ahold of, and very accommodating for the many times I went with a vendor to look at the space to help map out where we're setting everything up. Beautiful place and outside area.
This is such beautiful venue. All our guests were absolutely blown away by the interior and Katherine is so professional and helpful. If you are thinking of getting married in a mansion in New England, this is the best choice for you. The A/C is an added (and wonderful) modern addition to this gorgeous setting.
This venue is stunning. You're guaranteed to get beautiful photos on this site. I worked with Katherine who is responsive and kind and easy to work with. Our wedding was one of kind with the space and decor. Everyone loved the Branford house and all it's grandness. Definitely fit for royalty. We booked a little over a year early and was able to get the 2nd Saturday in August. So I would suggest booking early because this venue will not be available its too breath taking. Our guests were impressed by the venue and the great detail in the woodwork inside is it's own artwork. You can dress this venue to the max or you can leave it as is and it will stand on it's own. Love love love this venue!
When it came time to find a venue, my husband and I knew we wanted to get married on a place on the water. We found the Branford house and loved how we could bring in our own vendors, rather than have them pre-determined for us. It really gave us the flexibility and creativity to make our wedding our own. The venue is well kept, and the view is just breathtaking. We couldn't imagine our wedding anywhere else. During the planning process Katherine answered all of our questions and was accommodating when it came to organizing our various vendors for the day of. She was sure to contact us after our wedding regarding some items we forgot to bring back with us to ensure we got them back. We booked the venue two years in advance and found responsiveness to emails/phone calls to not always be immediate. However, as the date became closer responsiveness greatly increased and was never a real issue!
Beautiful setting, gorgeous building, wonderful House Manager & staff. Even better, proceeds go to the mansion upkeep & to local campus programs, which we loved. Very little decoration needed to make the interior & exterior presentable & "wedding ready". Outside patio stones are a bit uneven, but it is a very old house so that is not unlikely. Our guests enjoyed admiring the amazing architecture & strolling around to take in the serene ocean view. Despite being on grounds opened to the public, our event at The Branford House Mansion felt very private. Our event had a really nice, flexible timeframe to mold to our wedding day's needs & Katherine was lovely to work with. A little tricky for some guests to get to, but an overall convenient location for those craving pics of oceanside nuptuals (like we were). Unique, Philanthropic & Unforgettable. Our wedding there was all I had imagined & more. Guests are stillreeling over the place! I would certainly recommend this venue for those looking to have a unique wedding experience some place other than a banquet hall.
Beautiful location. They let us bring in our own caterer and worked with us to find the right rental company and bartenders. The set up is a little awkward of you're indoors the whole time but guests appreciate the beauty of the location.
We had our wedding at the Branford House 9/21/13 and it was terrific! The venue is absolutely beautiful and we ended up with a late-summer afternoon wedding on the lawn as the sun set and sail boats quietly coasted in the water. My wife went to school in Newport, RI and wanted the Newport feel without making our guests stay in hotels for Newport prices. The Branford House has all of the beauty and elegance that you would see in Newport at a much more reasonable price.
The price of the venue has gone up slightly but is still pretty reasonable relative to other options. You have to pay to use their wooden chairs if you decide that you'd rather use those instead of the free plastic ones. Given how expensive the venue was and that they already owned the chairs, this extra charge was a little surprising. Also, if you decide that you wish to use the lawn (say you want to do a big tent on the grounds) there is another charge for that.
We did the ceremony outside with the dancing under a tent on the patio and the meals inside which was terrific. The venue is so beautiful it is nice to be able to use as much of the space as possible which we felt like we were able to do. The only complaint we have about the facility is the bathrooms - they are okay and certainly functional but not terribly nice. The staff actually did some decorating for us ahead of time which was very nice of them.
Overall would absolutely recommend the Branford House - you and your guests will without question have a day that you will never forget.
One last item of note, if you are going to have your wedding at the Branford House, make sure you get a good photographer. There is such beautiful architectural detail that having a great photographer is really worth the cost (we hired Joshua Behan and the pictures are terrific).
Kathryn Pollard, Director of The Branford House at Avery Point, UCONN, Groton, CT - the most helpful persons I have ever dealt with while planning an event. She was easy to get along with, flexible, accommodating and just plain nice. In fact, Kathryn went out of her way to connect me with the bride and groom who were renting the location for the next day to see if we could share the tent - once up and once down rather than the tent company having to come in and out twice - saved both us and the wedding party for the next day a lot of money! Compared to another similar location also owned by the State of Connecticut, and also located right on Long Island Sound - we absolutely hit the jackpot with The Branford House.
Beautiful location, beautiful bride, great day! Thank you, Kathryn!
We knew this was the place for us the moment we walked into the main room! The Branford House is a beautiful venue, and perfect for our unique day! Like most of the mansions, there were some restrictions on decorations and expectations on the time that we would be in and the time we'd be out, but they were more than reasonable and we never ran into any issues. It was a huge help having a caterer that had worked the venue, as the kitchen is in the basement so when making our seating arrangement, I knew in advance where there would be extra traffic coming in and out. The layout was also perfect for us - we had 125 guests, and the house is divided into three rooms. We were able to fit everyone in the main room and one of the wings, giving us another room empty for the dancing, which was perfect! With a few flowers and a couple of candles, our event was in the most beautiful of settings!