The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts is a historic theater hall that doubles as a special event and wedding venue in the center of Hartford, Connecticut. For over 84 years, the performing arts center has provided a unique space for weddings and events of all sizes. The venue has professional staff who will assist in event planning to help you create the wedding of your dreams. Catering is provided by Hartford’s premier restaurant and catering group, Max Catering. Catering managers will work with you to create a wedding menu that is just right for your occasion. With various elegant and extravagant spaces, The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts provides the perfect setting for your wedding in an ideal location.
The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts offers a range of services:
Facilities and Capacity
The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts has multiple spaces for your wedding event and can accommodate up to 250 guests. The William H. Mortensen Hall is a state-of-the-art theater that has 2,799 seats and is perfect for onstage weddings. Maxwell M. & Ruth R. Belding Theater has 908 seats and is ideal for private receptions and events. Autorino Great Hall is a unique space overlooking the courtyard, and Seaverns Room offers traditional elegance with hand-carved wooden walls and an outdoor terrace. The Horace Bushnell Suite overlooks the great hall and the Hillyer Suite is an ideal space for a bridal suite. Mortenson Lobbies and the Belding Theater Lobby both offer perfect spaces for cocktail receptions and more.
Recommended by 97% of couples
Ryan · Married on 05/23/2015
I cannot say enough about how perfect the Bushnell was as a venue for our wedding. If you can imagine it, Cathy and the staff can make it happen. Our ceremony was in the Seaverns Room, the cocktail hour in the Autorino Great Hall, and the reception was on the Belding Stage. Everything flowed perfectly and every detail was attended to. As the curtain opened for the big reveal of the stage with the tables, lights and effects, and custom backdrop, all of our guests were in awe. We happened to book a weekend when no other shows were going on in any of the other rooms or theaters, so we pretty much took over the entire theater. Cathy was great to work with and very flexible and accommodating to all of our needs. Our day started early as we got ready in the dressing rooms, and ended late as we partied into the night. Note you will have to pay stagehands if you decide to use the stage, but it is well worth it, and they will make anything you'd like happen. Catering is provided by the Max Restaurant Group exclusively, and the food was amazing. Its been almost 3 weeks since, and everyone is still talking about how much fun they had and how the space was perfect. Going into it, most of our guests and people in general were not able to imagine what a wedding on a stage could be like. But we could see the endless possibilities, and after the wedding all of our guests were astounded by how perfect of an evening it was. I'm just sad its over.... :(Sent on 06/11/2015
Thank you so much to Cathy and everyone at the Bushnell!
Ryan & Jamison :)
Margaret · Married on 10/10/2009
This is a great and unique venue. My husband and I didn't want a banquet hall or the typical spot. The Bushnell has a great space with a beautiful Chahuly glass chandelier that looks gorgeous at night. It also gives you a great opportunity to take some pictures in the Park and by the Capital building.Sent on 10/28/2009
Cathy Stephens at the Bushnell is the best! The day of your event, you don't have to think of anything - she takes care of making sure everything and everyone is in the right place at the right time. We forgot the garter and Cathy and her colleague Angela fashioned a (very stylish!) one out of ribbon and decorations - that was frankly better than the one I bought! They are also very flexible in terms of seating arrangements, will let you stop by to check out the room, and are happy to answer your questions at a moment's notice, even if she is on vacation. She made sure our party was well-cared for and that the guests had everything they needed - several guests commented that there was always a staff member asking if they needed anything over the course of the evening. Please note that the Bushnell works exclusively with Max's Catering for all its events, which was great - you can bring in an independent vendor for your wedding cake.
Jordanna · Married on 10/22/2016
Our original venue for our wedding ceremony closed last minute and we were without a place to get married. We looked into the Bushnell and the Seaverns Room there. Kristin was awesome to work with and was so helpful in assisting us in booking the room and solving our problem. We both say that getting married here was the best thing that could have happened. the room itself was gorgeous but they also allowed us to take pictures around the building due to the fact that it rained. Everything came out beautifully and they were so helpful before and after the ceremony to make sure that everything went perfectly. I highly recommend looking into the Bushnell for your wedding!Sent on 12/18/2016
For an exceptional event planned with creativity and executed with the utmost efficiency, say "I do" at The Bushnell. Having worked there myself for thirteen years, I can say with confidence that you'll be in good hands.