Weddings

Saint Clements Castle

Portland, CT View map Visit website

About

Up to 260 guests

Saint Clements Castle is a wedding venue located in Portland, Connecticut. This estate boasts 16th-century architectural elements that boost the ambiance of the stately manor. Couples and their guests will enjoy sprawling gardens, manicured lawns, and gorgeous ballrooms. Ceremonies can take place in the stunning Sunken Garden or overlooking the scenic Connecticut River.

Facilities and Capacity

Saint Clements Castle is home to many elegant event spaces. The Prince Edward Ballroom offers coffered ceilings, stunning Firenze crystal chandeliers, wainscoted walls, a large dance floor, and Chivari chairs. This combination of beautiful accouterments creates a warm reception space. The intimate courtyard, original stables, and hand-crafted tavern bar add unique features to the space, allowing 260 guests to enjoy the atmosphere. The Waterford Ballroom has natural wood tones as well as a light and airy essence. The charming courtyard and Art Gallery compliment the Waterford Ballroom with a 210 guest maximum capacity. The expansive back lawn may be tented for a continuous flow between an indoor and outdoor event space. Saint Clements Castle is a multi-function venue, with each ballroom having separate entries, courtyards, and ceremony locations. There are also restrooms and cocktail hour spaces.


Services Offered
Saint Clements Castle offers a range of services to make your wedding day go smoothly. Some of these include:

  • Four and one-half hour premium brand open bar
  • Champagne toast
  • Wine service with dinner
  • Butler-passed hors d'oeuvres and bountiful harvest display
  • Plated dinner service, gourmet stations, or buffet
  • Buttercream wedding cake
  • Dedicated wedding sales manager
  • Day-of banquet manager
  • Bridal attendant
  • Table settings

History

Saint Clements Castle was completed in 1902. Howard Taylor was the brains behind the build, crafting it section by section with his wife Gertrude. At the time, oxen transported granite blocks to be used as walls. The wood found throughout the estate is chestnut and oak, and many hands played a part in erecting the house. Local Italian and Irish immigrants came to work on St Clements Castle each day, slowly transforming it into its modern glory. It was in the year 1993 that the castle was gifted to St Clements Foundation, Inc. This organization proceeded to restore the property with great care for future generations.

Frequently Asked Questions

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?

$550

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

$550

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 starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

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

Cake Cutting
Server(s)
Wedding Cake

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Wine
Open Bar

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

260

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

75

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

2

Describe your venue:

Art Gallery
Ballroom
Banquet Hall
Garden
Historic Building
Mansion
Waterfront

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party

What event services do you offer?

All Inclusive Packages
Bar Services
Cake
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Get Ready Rooms
Lighting / Sound
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Dessert
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Wine
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink

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
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
December

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    Natalie S. Married on 10/09/2021
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    St. Clements is the best wedding venue

    St. Clements Castle is such an amazing and gorgeous venue. The team went above and beyond to make sure our fay went as smoothly and beautifully as possible. Lauren, Rebecca, Lindsey and Julie were absolutely amazing to work with. They were all very organized, attentive and always replied quickly. Lindsey and Julie were the best wedding attendants I could have ever asked for! I would rate them all 100/10!

    Saint Clements Castle's reply:

    Natalie~We will be sure to share your comments with the team! They will be ecstatic to hear that your wedding day went as perfect as you always imagined! We appreciate you taking the time to write this review~The Saint Clements Team~
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    Danyelle M. Married on 09/05/2021
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    Best wedding venue!!

    I cannot say enough about Saint Clements both the location and the staff. We visited Saint Clements right before Covid and my husband and I immediately fell in love. The ground are beautiful. We chose to have our wedding in the Prince Edward side because we got the best of both world. We took our first look pictures by the dock, got married in the garden, and then had the amazing tavern for cocktail hour. The bridal suite for the prince Edward side is huge, and for our giant bridal party we really needed that!

    Fast forward to actual wedding, it was misting all day, and the moment our ceremony was suppose to start it poured, we went with it and all the staff was so helpful in still making sure it happened. It was still beautiful rain and all. Lindsey, our coordinator, bless her heart was out there in the rain with us, helped me get my now soaking 1000 pound dress all bustled up, and just made it so relaxed I didn’t even care about the rain.

    The food. Oh My Goodness!!!! 10000 stars. It was incredible. Myself, my husband and family are Italians from NY - food wise they are hard to please and literally everyone is still raving about the food. The steak literally cut like butter and all the cocktail food blew us away. The stations, The Hors d’oeuvres, the bar tending staff made cocktail hour perfect. The staff both leading up to and the day of went above and beyond. Any questions I had they answered within 72 hours, they truly have a real day of coordinator that made our vision come to life, and we’re so attentive. I have celiacs and they made sure to make my life easy by not having to worry about any contamination issue. Honestly I cannot say enough good things.

    If you’re considering here it’s worth every Penny and you’re not going to regret that decision!

    Saint Clements Castle's reply:

    Danyelle, we appreciate you taking the time to share your experience at Saint Clements Castle & Marina! We could not be happier that your day was everything you dreamed of. We will share your comments with our team as it is truly rewarding to hear the compliments you have given. Congratulations! ~The Saint Clements Castle Team~
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    Paul L. Married on 08/14/2021
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    Best day of our lives!

    Me and my wife got married last month at St. Clements Castle and we can not thank them enough for going above and beyond for truly making our wedding the best day of our lives! If you are looking for a venue that is absolutely beautiful look no farther. The grounds are absolutely breathtaking and the people that work there just seal the deal. Our sales manager Lauren was amazing to work with throughout the entire process. She was always available and quickly responded to any questions we had. On the day of our wedding Danielle our event manager made sure the day went flawlessly... we did not have to worry about a thing! The waitstaff, servers, and bartenders were all amazing! Our guests were all raving about the venue and the service! If you book St. Clements for your wedding they will ensure it will be a day you will never forget!

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
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Real Weddings

  • Alexa & Andrew
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  • Heather & Matthew
    30 photos · 06/01/2019
  • Luisa & Matt
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  • Devon & James
    127 photos · 08/31/2018
  • Sarah & Austin
    20 photos · 06/02/2018

Team

Pam Marshall
Pam Marshall
Director of Sales

Pam recently celebrated 23 years with Saint Clements Castle. Pam is your gal for booking any corporate or social events. Her proven dependability plays a pivotal role in the trustworthy reputation she has built with many clients. She leads the sales team by designing action steps focused on maximizing revenues, establishing corporate accounts and strategizing with the marketing and operations departments. Pam loves forming new client relationships while fostering valued long-term clients. Fun fact: Pam was married at Saint Clements Castle Fall of 1996, shortly after became the first wedding sales manager for the venue. Her family and faith hold a very important place in her heart. Put Pam on a mountain skiing or on a beach lounging and she is one happy camper.

"Pam was my point of contact throughout our 22 months of planning and she is AMAZING! No question was too hard to answer and no request too big. She made sure that things went smoothly each step of the way and I attribute every success of my big day to her, and the SC Team's hard work." Tenisha- Past Bride

Lauren Barone
Lauren Barone
Wedding Sales Managers

Lauren has over 9 years of event experience, including 3 years with a local wedding planner. And being a newly married gal herself, she is intimately familiar with the wedding planning process and attention to detail required to make a lasting impression for your special day. She has a natural artistic ability, which shines through her calligraphy. She is extremely personable and we already see her amazing connection with our couples. Lauren loves the arts and outside of the castle you’ll find her working on custom calligraphy pieces for the home and weddings.

"I corresponded with Lauren the most, and she was extremely professional, timely, and patient with this anxious bride. She put my mind at ease, and made things SO much easier and more relaxed for me both before my wedding day and on my wedding day." Heather Radawich~Past Bride

Rebecca  Sola
Rebecca Sola
Wedding Sales Manager

Rebecca recently joined our Saint Clements Castle Sales team. She graduated from the University of New Haven with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management with a concentration in Event Management. She joins our team with 5 years of event and hospitality experience. Rebecca has had a passion for weddings since she was a little girl playing dress up in her grandmother’s ball gowns pretending to be the bride. She believes that your wedding day is a very special day, which is why she loves helping couples turn their wedding dreams into a reality! Rebecca has an eye for design and detail which is extremely important when helping to coordinate the most exceptional wedding day for you and your guests. Outside of her career, you will find this entrepreneur designing bridal wear for her small business and going on various outdoor adventures with her boyfriend, Andrew.

Professional Network & Endorsements

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I'm always happy to hear when a Bride and Groom says their venue is St. Clementss Castle! I know my photos will be beautiful! Every time I shoot there my creative juices start flowing!!! Makes me job easy- Suzy Bronson Avon MotoPhoto Avon CT www.avonmotophoto.com 860-470-7939

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1931 Portland-Cobalt Road P.O. Box 427, P.O. Box 427 Portland, CT, 06480
8603420593

Business Office Hours Sunday - Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm or by appointment.
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Saint Clements Castle frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Saint Clements Castle?

Saint Clements Castle includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At Saint Clements Castle, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Saint Clements Castle includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)
  • Wedding Cake

At Saint Clements Castle, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Saint Clements Castle includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Champagne Toast
  • House Wine
  • Open Bar

What are the most important characteristics of Saint Clements Castle in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Saint Clements Castle for wedding events is known for:
  • Art Gallery
  • Ballroom
  • Banquet Hall
  • Garden
  • Historic Building
  • Mansion
  • Waterfront

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Saint Clements Castle for wedding events?

Saint Clements Castle offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does Saint Clements Castle offer?

Saint Clements Castle offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party

What services does Saint Clements Castle offer for wedding events?

Saint Clements Castle offers the following services for wedding events:
  • All Inclusive Packages
  • Bar Services
  • Cake
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Saint Clements Castle have available for wedding events?

Saint Clements Castle offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Saint Clements Castle and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Saint Clements Castle is recommended by 96% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in professionalism, 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in average response time, 4.9 in flexibility and 4.9 in value.

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