Connecticut River Museum

67 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Connecticut River Museum

The Connecticut River Museum offers a beautiful waterfront venue for your wedding in the heart of Essex, Connecticut. The museum's historic buildings and waterfront campus offer charming, rustic spaces for your wedding ceremony and reception. The museum staff are available to provide assistance in planning your wedding day, and can also provide tours of the historic site.

Facilities and Capacity
The Connecticut River Museum offers spaces for indoor and outdoor weddings. Overlooking the Essex Harbor, the 18th century Samuel Lay House lawn can accommodate up to 150 guests for an outdoor tented wedding. More intimate, indoor weddings can be held in the Samuel Lay House or the Boathouse. The Boathouse can be combined with the private outdoor North Deck, which offers a picturesque area right on the water. This space can accommodate up to 80 guests.

Services Offered
The Connecticut River Museum offers the following services for your wedding day:

  • Event planning
  • Bar services
  • Bartenders
  • Outside cake
  • Parking
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Champagne drinks
Champagne drinks
The Connecticut River Museum exterior view
The Connecticut River Museum exterior view
Plan your wedding on water at the Connecticut River Museum, on the banks of the River and...
Plan your wedding on water at the Connecticut River Museum, on the banks of the River and...
The view of Essex harbor from the historic Samuel Lay House lawn.
The view of Essex harbor from the historic Samuel Lay House lawn.
Create your own beautiful event under the tent.
Create your own beautiful event under the tent.
The lawn of the historic Samuel Lay House overlooks Essex Harbor and the Connecticut River.
The lawn of the historic Samuel Lay House overlooks Essex Harbor and the Connecticut River.
The historic Samuel Lay House, on the Connecticut River Museum campus is a beautiful backdrop for a...
The historic Samuel Lay House, on the Connecticut River Museum campus is a beautiful backdrop for a...
Couple portrait
Couple portrait
River
River
Flower arrangement
Flower arrangement
Wedding celebration
Wedding celebration
The Connecticut River Museum's Steamboat Dock and schooner Mary E.
The Connecticut River Museum's Steamboat Dock and schooner Mary E.
Couple photo at the wharf
Couple photo at the wharf
The historic Schooner Mary E is available to charter for cruises as a part of your event or for a...
The historic Schooner Mary E is available to charter for cruises as a part of your event or for a...
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Connecticut River Museum
Tent wedding
Tent wedding
The Connecticut River Museum's Steamboat Dock and schooner Mary E.
The Connecticut River Museum's Steamboat Dock and schooner Mary E.
Couple photo at the wharf
Couple photo at the wharf
Lantern
Lantern
Floral decoration
Floral decoration
Tent wedding
Tent wedding
Champagne drinks
Champagne drinks
The Connecticut River Museum exterior view
The Connecticut River Museum exterior view
Plan your wedding on water at the Connecticut River Museum, on the banks of the River and...
Plan your wedding on water at the Connecticut River Museum, on the banks of the River and...

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5 Reviews for Connecticut River Museum

Recommended by 98% of couples


4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 4.9
  • Value 4.6
  • Average response time 4.9
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    Diana · Married on 07/26/2014

    5.0
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      5.0
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    To All Brides,
    Kara Beth made our wedding a marvelous success! I hadn't even realized how much I needed her expert guidance and super meticulous attention to detail. She generously offered her talents in so many different realms that just made the reception seem to flow effortlessly. Behind the scenes she did things like: decorate the lavender potted plants that were our favors and seating assignments; arrive early to ensure that the air conditioner was full blast to keep the wedding cake pristine; personally take the artsy canvas to each table for the guests to sign; replace the sound speakers with her own because there was a connectivity glitch; gently herd the guests to the dock as we prepared to leave in our canoe; and manage a willful caterer with graceful authority.
    I give Kara Beth the absolute highest praise and gratitude for truly making our wedding the beautiful day that it was!

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    Kate · Married on 06/13/2015

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      5.0
    • Value:
      4.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    I got married here in June of 2015. It is such a beautiful location and Kara Beth did a fantastic job coordinating the ceremony and reception for us. She carefully went through a detailed timeline with us and the caterer and made the day go so smoothly. The venue worked with us on our details and requests. Kara Beth proactively reached out to the other vendors and ensured that everything was on target for day-of.

    For future couples: Be advised that this venue is fully outdoors and a tent is a necessity (trailer bathrooms also required). Had it rained the backup plan was to have the ceremony and cocktail hour under the tent on the upper lawn as there are limited backup options. It was a risk but it was worth it! Additionally, there is a row of available parking to the back of front lawn that may show up in some "walking down the aisle" pictures.

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Connecticut River Museum FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season? $ 5,000.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season? $ 5,000.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? No
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Parking
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service? $ 25.00
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service? House Liquor, House Wine
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue? 150
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue? 20
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 3
  • Describe your venue: Boat/Yacht, Historic Building, Museum
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party
  • What event services do you offer? Event Planner
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking

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  • 67 Main Street Essex, CT 06426 See on map
    860-468-4106 (Phone number)
    8607677028 (Fax Number)
    October - May: Tuesdays - Sundays 10 - 5 May - October: 7 days/week 10-5

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