Weddings at Essex Station is a wedding venue located in Essex, Connecticut offering steam trains, a riverboat, and a railway station for your wedding day celebrations. You can bask in the romance and charm of transportation history for a truly memorable and distinct setting for your special day.
Facilities and Capacity
Weddings at Essex Station offers many options for hosting your wedding celebrations, whether train, riverboat, or in the station. The Essex Clipper Dinner Train has 1920's Pullman dining cars, in which you can dine while looking out at the Connecticut River coast. Private and semi-private charters are available for up to 97 guests. The Becky Thatcher, a 70-foot long Mississippi-style riverboat, can host 150 guests and allows you to enjoy a golden sunset on the water. You can avail of a dining car lunch, followed by a cruise on the riverboat and a steam train ride. Essex Station itself offers the nearly 3,000-square-foot River Valley Junction Hall with for up to 200 guests and the airy 1,000-square-foot Oliver Jensen Gallery for up to 110 guests.
Weddings at Essex Station can host your rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception. In addition to wedding services, this venue is available to host other special events and celebrations. These include anniversaries, birthday parties, corporate events, and school trips.
You can enjoy a sitdown meal on the river and rail or in the station. You can relax on a 2.5-hour outing in a dining car through the scenic Connecticut River Valley while enjoying a four-course meal. Guests must select their entrees before the trip. On board, a cash bar, tab bar, or open bar are all available. The Becky Thatcher can host a waterborne cocktail reception or sit-down dinner on its three decks.
Essex Station is an ADA-compliant site with their public buildings, grounds, and campus all wheelchair-accessible. However, their restored historic train cars and riverboat date from a time where accessibility was not a design priority, and thus can present mobility challenges.
In the summer of 1871, the first ceremonial train run of the Valley Railroad company took place. Until 1968, a succession of railroad companies ran trains along this stretch of rail. Local volunteers decided to take action to preserve the rail tracks for future generations. The new Valley Railroad ran their first train on July 29th, 1971, one hundred years to the day after the first run.
This wedding venue is centrally located in Essex, and the proprietors offer an extensive list of local restaurants, cafes, and accommodation. It is a 37-minute drive from New Haven and one hour and 12 minute-drive from Providence, Rhode Island.
5 Reviews for Weddings at Essex Station
Recommended by 100% of couples
Jenn · Married on 09/18/2020
We used the Essex Steam Train as transportation to our reception at The Lace Factory. Throughout the process they were very helpful, and on the way back from the venue, they very sweetly let my husband and I sit in the first class car on our own! It was the first time we got to have a moment to ourselves the entire day, and it was so appreciated. Our guests loved to be able to do something so different as part of our wedding. We'd highly recommend to anyone getting married at TLF!Sent on 09/29/2017
Ella Froggatt · Married on 08/31/2019
We loves our EST reception which was held in their large function hall. The staff were responsive leading up to the event (thank you Malana!) and on site that day were friendly as well. We held our cocktail hour in the space right outside the "ticket booth" and loved being surrounded by the trains and our guests had a field day exploring and enjoying the scenic trains. There was space for dancing, food, bar, and the venue was very accommodating with what we envisioned and also helped prompt us through things we had not yet thought of which we were grateful for. It is very affordable and I would recommend to anyone. Thank you!Sent on 09/10/2019
pamela · Married on 09/22/2018
My daughter and her Fiancé will be married here in September of this year. This venue was our last appointment on a VERY long weekend looking at venue options across Connecticut. Most of the venues we looked at were overpriced for the space available or had advertised themselves as being able to accommodate a lot more guests than they could comfortably fit. We looked at one option who said (prior to our visit) that they could seat 125 guests. When we arrived, the wedding coordinator explained that they based that on the fact that most of your guests would be "hanging outside". The Essex Steam Train River Valley Junction Hall and Oliver Jensen Gallery is the only venue that we visited that could COMFORTABLY accommodate my daughter's 125+ guest and still have room for a dance floor andSent on 01/23/2018
bar/hors d' oeuvres area. What really sold us on the Essex Steam Train facility was the Coordinator Pam Amodio. She is kind, welcoming and very professional. Her first question to my beautiful daughter wasn't "How much are you looking to spend?" but "What does your dream day look like?". That made all the difference to us and brought us to tears. She is the only one who asked that. Most of the venues we visited prior to meeting Pam, had told us that our clean up of the venue would begin immediately after the reception and we would have to have the venue returned to original condition before an early time the next morning. When I asked Pam the question "What do you expect from us as far as clean up?", she responded "Have a wonderful time, then take your personal belongings and go rest.". I hugged her after that answer. We are really excited to have a magical day with our 1st born daughter with the help of Pam Amodio!