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.
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.
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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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What items and services are included in the starting site fee at The Bushnell?
- Bridal Suite
- Clean Up
- Event Planning
- Set Up
At The Bushnell, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?
- Cake Cutting
What are the most important characteristics of The Bushnell in terms of venue type, style and location?
- Historic Building
What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at The Bushnell for wedding events?
- Uncovered Outdoor
What kind of wedding events does The Bushnell offer?
- Bridal Shower
- Engagement Party
- Rehearsal Dinner
What services does The Bushnell offer for wedding events?
- Bar Services
- Catering Services
- Clean Up
- Event Planner
- Event Rentals
- Get Ready Rooms
- Lighting / Sound
- Set Up
What furniture and decorations does The Bushnell have available for wedding events?
- Audio Equipment
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