Weddings

The Bushnell

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About

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 provides the perfect setting for your wedding in an ideal location.

Services Offered
The Bushnell Center offers a range of services:

  • Private suites
  • Expert event planning
  • Broadway-level lighting/sound
  • The best catering in Central Connecticut (Max Catering)

Facilities and Capacity
The Bushnell has multiple spaces for your wedding event and can accommodate up to 700 guests. Many of our guests combine multiple sites to create a unique and flowing experience. 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.

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?

$2,000

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

$2,000

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?

$2,000

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

$2,000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

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

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

Cake Cutting
Server(s)

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

300

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

10

Describe your venue:

Historic Building
Museum

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
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Lighting / Sound
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
French Service
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

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

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Chairs
Drapery
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Valet
Wheelchair Access
Rated
4.9
out of 5.0
Recommended by 97% of couples
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    Ryan Married on 05/23/2015
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    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.... :(

    Thank you so much to Cathy and everyone at the Bushnell!

    Ryan & Jamison :)
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    Margaret Married on 10/10/2009
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    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.
    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.

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    Jordanna Married on 10/22/2016
    Rating 4.7 out of 5
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    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!

Awards

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Professional Network & Endorsements

1 Endorsement
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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.

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166 Capitol Avenue Hartford, CT, 06106
8609876024
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The Bushnell frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at The Bushnell?

The Bushnell includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Lighting/Sound
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At The Bushnell, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

The Bushnell includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)

What are the most important characteristics of The Bushnell in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by The Bushnell for wedding events is known for:
  • Historic Building
  • Museum

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at The Bushnell for wedding events?

The Bushnell offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does The Bushnell offer?

The Bushnell offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does The Bushnell offer for wedding events?

The Bushnell offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does The Bushnell have available for wedding events?

The Bushnell offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Drapery
  • Lighting
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend The Bushnell and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

The Bushnell is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in professionalism, 5 in value, 4.8 in quality of service, 4.8 in flexibility and 4.7 in average response time.

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