Many couples dream of getting married outside, surrounded by nature. Fortunately, there are lots of outdoor wedding venues in Connecticut to choose from. From golf clubs to historic homes, beaches to vineyards, there are wedding venues in Connecticut to match every couple’s style. Note: While all of these venues include an outdoor ceremony space, most of them have indoor wedding reception areas due to the unpredictable New England weather! Check out some of our favorite outdoor wedding venues in CT.
Saybrook Point Inn and Spa
This Old Saybrook inn is the ultimate venue for a nautical-themed wedding. There are two outdoor wedding venues, both with gorgeous water views. The Compass Rose terrace overlooks the marina on the Long Island Sound—ideal for a sunset ceremony. And the Main Terrace has marina and lighthouse views, plus it’s surrounded by gardens. There’s a lovely indoor ballroom for receptions, and the on-site restaurant, Fresh Salt, is a popular spot for rehearsal dinners.
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Great River Golf Club
Golf and country clubs are among the most popular outdoor wedding venues in CT, and it’s easy to see why! From the beautiful scenery to the top-notch service, golf clubs have lots of amenities that make wedding planning a breeze. At the Great River Golf Club in Milford, there a lovely outdoor ceremony space complete with gazebo and golf course views. You can also host your cocktail hour outdoors, on the patio. The indoor ballroom is one of the most unique we’ve seen—the vaulted ceiling and huge windows give it a light-filled and spacious feel.
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Lord Thompson Manor
This historic mansion in Thompson is quite unique—it has 30 guest rooms that allow your family members and friends to stay on premises for a memorable and beautiful destination wedding weekend. You can have all of your wedding-related activities on site (including the rehearsal dinner and after-party). As for the big day, outdoor ceremonies are held in the lush Side Garden (there’s also an indoor Conservatory Room in case of inclement weather). There’s lots of open green space for an outdoor cocktail hour, and the indoor reception area is lovely as well.
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Wadsworth Mansion at the Long Hill Estate
This Beaux Arts-style country estate is one of the dreamiest outdoor ceremony venues in CT. Not only are there a variety of locations for outdoor ceremonies, but you can host your cocktail hour and dancing outside, too! This Middletown venue has a capacity of 200 guests, and wins raves from couples on the scenery and the staff’s service and flexibility.
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Looking for a romantic garden venue for your special day? This Stonington site offers a lush outdoor garden ceremony space, complete with an aisle made of crushed seashells. There’s also a covered patio which makes a great Plan B ceremony site for inclement weather. Other amenities include on-site catering and a brand-new bridal suite.
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Inn at Mystic
The Haley Mansion at the Inn at Mystic is a historic site ideal for outdoor weddings and celebrations. The serene space features spacious lawns, a waterfall, a pond, and more, plus tented spaces for receptions. Your guests will love being able to stay on site (so convenient!) and your photographer will be delighted by the variety of stunning wedding photo ops.
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Madison Beach Hotel
Connecticut may not be known for beach weddings, but there are several outdoor wedding venues in CT that are beachfront. Yes, it’s entirely possible to host a toes-in-the-sand beach ceremony at the Madison Beach Hotel, and we love the venue’s laid-back, yet elegant feel. A more intimate space with a capacity of 160, this popular venue has won a WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Award for three years in a row, and couples rave about the food and the staff.
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The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station
One of the most popular outdoor wedding venues in CT, this Haddam space is definitely unique. The Ceremonial Patio and Terrace is a pavilion-style outdoor space with a towering semi-open roof. And the indoor reception space offers crystal chandeliers and high ceilings. You’ll love the views of the East Haddam Swing Bridge and the Connecticut River as a backdrop for photos.
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Aqua Turf Club
The gorgeous grounds at this club venue in Plantsville make it one of our favorite outdoor wedding venues in CT. You’ll find fountains, gazebos, and even a windmill on premises (hello, amazing photo ops!). You can host your ceremony in the lush outdoor garden, or indoors in the rustic chapel. The club itself is situated right on the water and features floor-to-ceiling windows for amazing views.
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Amarante’s Sea Cliff
A gazebo with views of the Long Island Sound? Sounds like a dream wedding venue to us! At this New Haven all-inclusive venue you’ll find gorgeous water views and two reception spaces to choose from. The Grand Ballroom with its open deck and large dance floor, can host weddings of up to 280 guests. The smaller Inn offers a wall of windows featuring water views.
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Vineyards are among the most popular outdoor wedding venues in CT, and for good reason. Located in Colchester, Priam Vineyards offers the perfect setting for weddings of up to 500 guests. Wedding ceremonies are held overlooking the vines, and receptions are tented for an indoor/outdoor feel.
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If you’re hoping to be completely surrounded by nature for your wedding, here’s an ideal spot for you. This spacious Manchester park offers six (yes, six!) options for outdoor ceremonies, including the English Garden, Oriental Garden, and the Italian Shrine. The rustic Cabin at Hilltop Garden with its views of the Hartford Skyline, and the Emerald Room of the Irish Garden is the more intimate space, offering cathedral ceilings and wrought iron décor.
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For many couples, hosting a single wedding day isn’t enough. At Interlaken Inn in Lakeville, you can host an entire “wedding weekend,” where your guests stay on premises. We love this venue’s upscale summer camp-like feel, with lots of rustic charm. From a bonfire to lawn games, you and your guests will have a blast at this unique outdoor Connecticut wedding venue.
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Avon Old Farms Hotel
There are many advantages to getting married at a hotel, including the fact that your guests can stay on site (no need to worry about transportation!). This Avon hotel is a more intimate wedding setting, with a capacity of 150. You can host your wedding ceremony in the garden gazebo, surrounded by trees and blossoms. Wedding receptions are held in the Towpath Ballroom, which has its own terrace.
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Jonathan Edwards Winery
We love how this outdoor wedding venue in CT combines the luxury of a Tuscan vineyard with New England charm. Located in North Stonington, Jonathan Edwards Winery can accommodate up to 200 guests for a (Sperry) tented wedding. This hilltop venue works with three exclusive caterers and offers in-house event coordination for a seamless wedding planning experience.
Guilford Yacht Club
This all-inclusive venue in Guilford, offers stunning views of the Long Island Sound, as well as a variety of incredible photo backdrops for your big day. You can tie the knot outdoors overlooking the water, followed by a reception either inside the 160-person ballroom, with its vaulted ceilings and large windows, or in a tent on the Great Lawn, which can host larger events of up to 300 guests.
The Glastonbury Boathouse
Dreaming of a wedding with nautical-chic vibes? The Glastonbury Boathouse is located along the Connecticut River and features beautiful outdoor and indoor spaces for weddings and events. Host your ceremony on the water, cocktail hour on the patio, and a reception inside the airy banquet hall, which can host events of up to 150 guests for a seated reception. In-house catering and other services are available onsite.
The Barns at Wesleyan Hills
The Barns at Wesleyan Hills in Middletown combines the rustic charm of a barn wedding venue with the convenience of a banquet hall. The outdoor space is absolutely breathtaking, with the ponds, willow trees, and more. And while the 140-year-old barn is an ideal reception spot, you can exchange "I do"s while enjoying the natural surroundings outdoors. This venue can host weddings and events of up to 225 guests, and a variety of wedding packages are available.
The Inn at Longshore by OnTheMarc
About 90 minutes outside of New York City in Norwalk, The Inn at Longshore by OnTheMarc feels a world away from the city and is ideal for a destination wedding. The beach venue features both covered and uncovered outdoor spaces, including private beachfront, a pier, lawn, and sailcloth tent with wood floor. While this venue is best suited to host weddings of 250 guests, it can host larger events of up to 1,500. You can host other wedding-related events here, from the engagement party to the rehearsal dinner to the post-wedding brunch.