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Pond House Cafe

West Hartford, CT View map Visit website
2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
Rating 4.6 out of 5
46 reviews
$10k - $14k For 100 Guests
Up to 150 guests

About

2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
$10k - $14k For 100 Guests
Up to 150 guests

The Pond House Cafe is a wedding venue located in West Hartford, Connecticut. Hidden away in the heart of scenic Elizabeth Park, it is an idyllic retreat for couples and their guests to celebrate. Offering refined comfort and peaceful seclusion, this venue combines impeccable surroundings, exceptional cuisine, and outstanding service to create unforgettable wedding experiences.

Facilities and Capacity

The Pond House Cafe is a picturesque setting for both indoor and open-air weddings. Ornately decorated for celebrations year-round, the indoor Garden Room has a capacity of up to 175 attendees. Complete with high ceilings and a refined stone fireplace, it features cathedral windows that offer panoramic views of the lush surroundings. Overlooking the park and pond and lined with beautiful floral arrangements, the Terrace is a vibrant setting for outdoor ceremonies and cocktail receptions.

Services Offered

The Pond House Cafe has an extensive selection of wedding packages, all of which can be customized to meet couples’ needs and requirements. Each client is provided with an experienced wedding coordinator to make every stage run as smoothly and hassle-free as possible. From arranging the seats to clean up, they will be on hand to help from start to finish. Event rentals such as furniture, linens, china, and glassware are also available.

Cuisine

The catering team is passionate about crafting menus that will give couples and their guests a culinary experience they will never forget. Using only the freshest local ingredients, they specialize in preparing an extensive array of diverse and delectable American-style dishes. Knowing that presentation matters as much as flavor, each menu option is expertly presented to ensure that its appearance rivals its taste. From delicious butlered hors d’oeuvres to sweet desserts, each choice can be customized to accommodate any dietary requirement or taste palate. Professional waitstaff are on hand to deliver each course in a timely manner and to secure guests’ complete satisfaction. Beverage options include top-shelf open bars and craft beer packages with an extensive array of beer, wine, and spirits available. Further culinary options include:

  • Buffets
  • Stations
  • Desserts
  • Champagne Toasts
  • Signature drinks
  • LGBTQ+-owned
  • Woman-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

No

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$700

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$700

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)
Wedding Cake

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

150

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

1

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Garden
Park
Restaurant

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Cake
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Outside Vendors
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Dessert
Hors d'oeuvres
Plated
Server(s)
Stations

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Chairs
Dance Floor
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
November
December

46 Reviews

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Recommended by 93% of couples
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    Hh Getting married on 07/30/2022
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    Contract For Sale

    Unfortunately, our plans have changed and the wedding planned for SATURDAY JULY 30TH 2022 has been cancelled. We are working with the venue to help them rebook the date (they have been amazing, the food is so delicious, summer blooms in the park!).

    If you are interested at all, this venue/date would be an absolute steal.
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    Megan K. Married on 04/09/2022
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    Incredible Venue: Service, Kindness, Value

    I cannot recommend Pond House Café enough for your venue of choice. They are transparent, communicative, helpful, thoughtful, and immersive. Our wedding planner Stephanie is clearly a seasoned industry professional with a passion for her job. Pond House is one of the few venues that offers a minimum spend instead of a per guest cost and this gave us a lot of flexibility as the final guest count came in. Pond House decorates seasonally in an extremely tasteful manor that transforms any wedding into an event even if you do nothing.

    The food options are vast and the delivery on that food was top notch. Our cocktail hour had a Peking Duck option that I still think about 3 weeks later (do you think the chef will share?). The appetizers were plentiful and Pond House clearly believes in staffing their events well because no guest missed any of the options. The dinner was a very smoothly executed buffet (which if you've been to a couple of weddings you know is a feat on it's own) and the the staff was kind, courteous, and efficient. The salads are well above what you expect for a wedding if you've attended a few. The chef and their team clearly takes great pride in their work.

    Pond House is well located in Elizabeth park which offers many great photo locations. Our Golden Hour photos in front of the greenhouses remain some of my favorite photos. If you went a bit later in spring you might catch the beautiful rose garden in bloom. In case of bad weather I recommend renting an hour or two at Hartford City Hall ($50/hour) where you will find an incredible marble palace.

    I highly recommend Pond House Café for quality of service, location, and staff.
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    Nicole G. Married on 10/17/2021
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    Beautiful venue for a fall wedding!

    The Pond House team truly helped us have an absolutely perfect day! Their event space is decorated beautifully for the season, which really enhanced all of our fall themed decor and flowers. Their outdoor terrace was a gorgeous backdrop for our ceremony and cocktail hour. Even more importantly, the food was delicious! I have received nothing but positive feedback from my guests, everyone had a fantastic time. The staff is friendly and professional. We worked with Stephanie as our wedding coordinator, and she was incredibly helpful and responsive throughout the whole process! If you get the opportunity to work with her, rest assured you’re in great hands! Long story short, we highly recommend the Pond House Cafe for your big day!

Awards

  • 46
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2014 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2010 Winner

Real Weddings

  • Nicole & Mike
    19 photos · 10/17/2021
  • Janelle & Josh
    76 photos · 08/17/2019
  • Kasandra & Madison
    34 photos · 09/22/2018

Deals

Pond House Cafe 1
Offer

Ask about our amazing promotions for booking any remaining 2019 date! Our packages include an on-site wedding coordinator who will help you plan. Pulling off a 2019 wedding is completely do-able!

Professional Network & Endorsements

3 Endorsements
Joan Dylan Joan Dylan Wedding DJs

I have been a preferred vendor at The Pond House Cafe for years and the staff, service and food is top notch!

Moscarillo's Garden Shoppe Moscarillo's Garden Shoppe Wedding Florists

The Pond House Cafe is always a pleasure to work with as a venue. Their staff is courteous, polite, and on point at all times. It's always great to see people working hard behind the scenes to make sure someone's special day goes off without a hitch!

PartyProDJ llc PartyProDJ llc Wedding DJs

We've worked at The Pond House many times. Our couples love the park setting and the ballrooms wall of windows. The Pond House has a high level of attention to detail. And the food is a home run! Beth Angel PartyProDJ llc

Map

1555 Asylum Ave Elizabeth Park West Hartford, CT, 06117
8602318823
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