Stamford Museum & Nature Center is a historic wedding venue located in Stamford, Connecticut. Less than an hour outside of New York City, this picturesque mansion was once the estate of businessman, fashion designer and philanthropist Henri Bendel. Now, the 118-acre estate offers two distinct event venues where you can host the wedding of your dreams – the Bendel Mansion and the newly constructed space, The Farmhouse.
Facilities and Capacity
Stamford Museum & Nature Center can accommodate up to 150 wedding guests in its superb indoor and outdoor event spaces. The Bendel Mansion was Bendel’s former weekend retreat and was designed in the style of a European estate. It features grand-scale rooms like The Great Hall, the Bendel Gallery, the Sunroom and the Solarium, oversized lead glass windows and outdoor terraces, and is surrounded by classical statues, sculptures and paintings. Intimate and grand ceremonies and receptions can be held inside the Bendel Mansion. Meanwhile, The Farmhouse is a rustically chic event space that features natural finishes, a high exposed-beam ceiling, and a large outdoor terrace with sweeping views of the charming, 118-acre estate. It sits on the estate’s working New England Farm with its pastures, barns, maple sugaring house and organic gardens.
The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is a gorgeous property that is available for hosting several types of wedding celebrations, such as bridal showers, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, ceremonies and receptions. The museum and nature center offer a variety of event services to couples planning their nuptials in the heart of the historic city of Stamford. Those services include event planning, event rentals and wireless Internet. The talented event specialists at the museum can also refer you to preferred vendors in the area in an effort to make your special day a memorable event for all. Stamford Museum & Nature Center is a wheelchair-accessible property that offers ample parking to couples and their guests on their wedding day.
Recommended by 86% of couples
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Meighan · Married on 06/23/2018
We chose the Stamford Museum and Nature Center because it was beautiful and unique. The grounds and mansion are gorgeous and it was something that all of our guests gushed about throughout the night and in the days and weeks following our wedding in June 2018.
The space inside of the mansion is a bit tight. We were originally told 150 guests for a buffet-style reception, but we were pretty comfortable at 90 with a small dance floor. I can't imagine more than 120 in the provided space, if you're looking to include a dance floor.
Jeanette was truly the best part of booking with SMNC. She was incredibly professional, responsive, and accommodating. I felt that things were in good hands with her and she went out of her way to ensure that our wedding ran smoothly.
Look into which exhibits will be in the museum during your event, if you'll be hosting guests in the mansion.
Sherry · Married on 06/09/2018
My name is Sherry Le Fay and I was the wedding coordinator working on a wedding earlier this summer and I wanted to let everyone know the phenomenal experience I had with them. To put this in context for you, I’ve never felt so compelled to praise a team, to the extent that i’ve found out who their boss is and took the time to right them a note during busy wedding season-- this is a first. That’s how awesome this team is.
Jeanette throughout the entire planning process was an absolute dream. Jason and Ann were very detailed and thorough, and Jeanette answered every single one of their many, many emails and requests. Then while onsite, Jeanette went above and beyond. She always made herself present and continuously asked how she could be of help. Dom was an extension of Jeanette. Being just as incredibly helpful, and taking over when Jeanette departed, Dom was the epitome of cheerful and hospitable. He was kind, friendly and a joy to work with. Even though we had some major setbacks with our caterer being over two hours late in the beginning, these guys didn’t miss a beat. Don’t get me wrong, it was a mad dash to get everything finished on time, however Jeanette and Dom were the reason the bride and groom never knew that catering was so late. Jeanette and Dom without asking or hesitation threw themselves into the mix, setting up all 150 ceremony chairs, popping-up tables, working with the caterers, they even printing floor-plans when the catering company had arrived with none - just to make sure they were set, and they took care of all their questions (when they did finally arrive). You have an absolute dream team on your hands and I just couldn’t go without saying anything. I hope to be back with you all soon to work with this awesome crew again!
User5312960 · 2+ years ago
We had an awesome time at our wedding at the Nature Center! We had our cocktail hour on the Otter Bridge, our friends and family enjoyed all of the nature and animals. The reception was in the museum and was a beautiful and unique setting. Highly recommend for someone looking for something a little bit different.
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LOVE This venue - elegant, charming and beautiful - plus the team is amazing to work with . Cate is the best!