The Connecticut River Museum offers a beautiful waterfront venue for your wedding in the heart of Essex Village, Connecticut. The museum’s historic buildings and waterfront campus offer charming, rustic spaces for your wedding ceremony and reception. The Museum's Event Coordinator is more than happy to arrange a time for you to visit and assist in the event planning process.
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 on the hill can accommodate roughly 150 guests for an outdoor tented wedding and offers wonderful vista views of the river. It is set-back a bit from the river which offers a little more privacy without missing a waterfront experience. This beautiful antique home has a parlor room for the bride to retreat to before/after the ceremony.
The Museum's River Front lawn, outlined with a boardwalk, is often used for larger tented events of roughly 150 guests. Directly on the Connecticut River, guests will enjoy river breezes, watch colorful sailboats and remember the fun they had at a very special place.
More intimate, indoor celebrations can be held in the Samuel Lay House or the Museum's Boathouse Room. The Lay House with wood wide plank flooring and fireplaces - lends itself to a "step back in time experience" and can manage 40 seated guests. The Boathouse Room located at the rear of the Museum building has a guest capacity of 55 in a cocktail party format. It adjoins the North Deck, which offers a stunning waterfront space right on the Connecticut River. The North Deck manages roughly 150 guests in a cocktail party format.
The Connecticut River Museum offers the following services for your wedding day:
Recommended by 98% of couples
Cristina · Married on 09/27/2014
From start to finish, everyone at the CT River Museum was tremendous! Kara Beth was very responsive, professional and by far the easiest of all vendors I worked with during wedding planning. She immediately put me at ease and was flawless at coordinating and executing day of events. In addition, this venue is just the most gorgeous and charming! I had the best wedding and could not have asked for anything better from the staff at CT River!Sent on 10/16/2014
Diana · Married on 07/26/2014
To All Brides,Sent on 10/05/2014
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!
Kate · Married on 06/13/2015
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.Sent on 07/13/2015
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.