New Haven, CT, is situated along Long Island Sound. It’s home to iconic Yale University, a prestigious Ivy League school, as well as the gorgeous Beinecke Library, a beautiful harbor, local wineries, and the Atlantic Ocean. New Haven has a number of waterfront wedding venues like Anthony’s Ocean View Fine Catering and The Boathouse at Canal Dock. The city has a plethora of award-winning country clubs as well, like Great River Golf Club and Race Brook Country Club. There are trendy restaurants, stunning hotels, and gorgeous outdoor spaces where couples can happily tie the knot. These are the 25 best wedding venues in New Haven.
1.Amarante's Sea Cliff
Amarante’s Sea Cliff in East Haven, a three-time WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner and a WeddingWire Bride’s choice award-winner, has been a premier wedding venue for six decades, making this venue ideal for couples wanting an oceanfront wedding. This family-owned venue in picturesque East Haven offers waterfront views of the Atlantic shoreline and accommodates 150 guests. The venue features hardwood floors, vaulted ceiling, and exposed HVACs. It opens to a spacious deck allowing additional guests and offers panoramic views. Outside ceremonies are held on the expansive, manicured lawn featuring a large gazebo and a backdrop of the bay and trees.
62 Cove Street, East Haven, CT, Phone: 203-286-4542
2.Anthony's Ocean View Fine Catering
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Anthony’s Ocean View Fine Catering in New Haven, a five-time WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner, has been providing couples with romantic beach ceremonies for over 30 years. The venue offers an outdoor oasis event space that features exotic beaches, live palm trees, views of the Atlantic, and a tropical garden. The upper level houses Paradise Ballroom featuring the best views on the property. It accommodates up to 150 guests, and provides access to the beach and waterfall. The regal Grand Ballroom features ornate white columns, glittering chandeliers, and a polished wood dance floor. This venue also offers tables, chairs, linens, set up and clean up.
450 Lighthouse Road, New Haven, CT, Phone: 203-469-9010
3.Birchwoods At Oak Lane
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Birchwoods At Oak Lane in Woodbridge, a three-time the knot best of weddings award-winner, has recently renovated their banquet facility. This is an ideal location for brides and grooms planning a classic wedding. The Glass Room features floor-to-ceiling windows allowing views of the golf course, and hardwood floors. It accommodates up to 90 guests. The Oak Room comfortably accommodates 100 guests and features large windows, fine wood furniture, and wood floors. The elegant Grand Ballroom features polished hardwood floors and large, arched windows; it accommodates 200 guests. Birchwoods At Oak Lane also offers changing rooms for brides and grooms.
1027 Racebrook Road, Woodbridge, CT, Phone: 203-389-5555
4.Cascade Fine Catering
Cascade Fine Catering in Hamden, a two-time WeddingWire Bride’s Choice award-winner and also a four-time WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner. A full-service event facility, it offers couples an environment suitable for fairytale weddings. Weddings held outdoors feature a colorful garden, manicured grounds, and a stone wall with a working waterfall. The outdoor space also features a brick path leading to a vine draped wood altar. The interior décor of this regal venue features a foyer with a piano, Austrian crystal chandeliers, and 20-foot-high cathedral ceilings. The venue also has a large, polished hardwood dance floor, wood columns, heavy drapes, and large windows.
480 Sherman Avenue, Hamden, CT, Phone: 203-907-0595
5.Fantasia Banquet Facility
Fantasia Banquet Facility in North Haven, a three-time WeddingWire Bride’s Choice award-winner and a two-time WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner, is a dedicated reception and wedding venue that is ideal for couples planning their dream wedding. The venue offers outdoor space that is world class featuring manicured grounds and gardens, picturesque gazebos, stone bridges, and sculpted fountains. The indoor space is expansive with a large parquet dance floor, glittering chandeliers, and a full-service bar. The banquet hall can also accommodate up to 500 guests. Fantasia Banquet Facility provides a bridal suite, tables, chairs, linens, and set up and clean up.
404 Washington Avenue, North Haven, CT, Phone: 203-239-6652
6.Great River Golf Club
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Great River Golf Club in Milford, a five-time WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner and a recipient of the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice award, provides picturesque space for couples wanting a classic, contemporary, or outdoor wedding. Outdoor weddings are held in a breathtaking green space that features a romantic gazebo overlooking the golf course. A large cascading waterfall is the backdrop for many wedding photos, as is the course’s signature clock tower. The ballroom in the clubhouse can accommodate up to 180 guests and features polished hardwood floors, large windows allowing views of the expansive golf course, arched entryways, French doors, and wall sconce lighting.
130 Coram Lane, Milford, CT, Phone: 203-876-8051
7.Il Palio Ristorante
A restaurant named after a race in Siena, Italy, Il Palio Ristorante in Shelton provides exquisite Italian cuisine and beautiful event space. This is a good choice for couples wanting a romantic wedding. The venue is all-inclusive servicing guests and the bride and groom with succulent dishes and event rooms that will leave all who attend in awe. Il Palio Ristorante offers several indoor rooms to host a variety of ceremonies. One room features walls covered with bright frescoes, wood ceiling beams, and hardwood floors. Another room features vaulted ceilings with exposed wood beams, wrought iron chandeliers, and ornate wood designs.
5 Corporate Drive, Shelton, CT, Phone: 203-944-0770
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8.New Haven Lawn Club
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Located in New Haven’s downtown area, the New Haven Lawn Club was established over 100 years ago. It has been a leading wedding venue in the city and is an ideal location for couples wanting a lavish wedding. Weddings hosted outdoors on the lawn take advantage of the manicured grounds, lush shrubbery, and colorful gardens. The interior décor features a large, arched entryway leading into a foyer of polished wood floors, a sweeping staircase, and large windows. The ballroom features checkered terrazzo floors, barrel-vaulted ceilings, spectacular glittering chandeliers, several working fireplaces, access to the balcony, and a bridal party suite for pre-ceremony preparations. New Haven Lawn Club accommodates up to 200 guests.
193 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT, Phone: 203-777-3494
9.Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale
Offering modern luxury with New England charm, Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale is the perfect location for the bride and groom who are planning a contemporary wedding. Located just mere steps from historical Yale University, this stately venue offers over 9,000 square feet of elegant event space, and accommodates up to 300 guests. The Grand Ballroom features glittering, crystal chandeliers, 12-foot-high ceilings, large windows overlooking the city scape, and a dance floor surrounded by carpet. Omni New Haven offers set up, clean up, chairs, tables, linens, and get ready rooms. The venue also offers several wedding menus.
155 Temple Street, New Haven, CT, Phone: 203-772-6664
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10.Owenego Beach and Tennis Club
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Guests have been coming to this scenic space since 1847. Now one of Connecticut’s most awe-inspiring wedding venues, Owenego Beach and Tennis Club in Brandon is an ideal destination for couples wanting an oceanfront wedding. The venue offers outdoor event space on a lawn overlooking Long Island Sound; it features a wood altar draped with ivy, a romantic gazebo, and an enchanting waterfront garden. The Upper Dining room accommodates 200 seated guests and features views of Thimble Island and the coastal shoreline. This room is adjacent to a wood deck that provides guests the opportunity to see breathtaking vistas.
40 Linden Avenue, Branford, CT, Phone: 203-488-3805
11.Race Brook Country Club
Race Brook Country Club in Orange, an award-wining golf course, provides amazing photo opportunities for the wedding party on its spacious grounds. It is an ideal location for couples wanting a contemporary wedding. The venue offers outdoor space on its expansive grounds that features a beautiful ivy-covered wood altar, a romantic gazebo, views of the manicured golf course, and numerous trees that turn colors in the fall. The Ballroom is handsome with hardwood floors, white columns, and large pane windows. The Ballroom also opens onto a wraparound deck that provides stunning vistas.
246 Derby Avenue, Orange, CT, Phone: 203-389-9521
12.ROÌA Restaurant and Cafe
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ROIA (pronounced ROY-uh) Restaurant in New Haven, a three-time WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner, is located downtown adjacent to historic Yale University. This is an ideal place for couples hosting a traditional or vintage wedding. This iconic venue was formerly the Taft Hotel, a historic venue originally built in 1921. This regal venue offers an indoor space that is second to none. The two-story venue offers features like hardwood floors, arched, large windows, and white columns. Other highlights includes bright chandeliers, and wood walls on the main floor. For couples who plan to host a smaller wedding, The Balcony level can be rented on its own.
261 College Street, New Haven CT, Phone: 203-200-7045
Near the Connecticut shore and downtown New Haven, Seasons offers all-inclusive wedding packages that are ideal for the couple planning a romantic celebration of love. The venue provides an outdoor courtyard that features a stone ceremony site, romantic gazebo, adjacent upper deck, and manicured grounds. The indoor Country House accommodates up to 250 guests and features two fireplaces, large arched windows, and shimmering chandeliers. It also features arched ceilings, hardwood floors, and French doors. Seasons provides an event planner to help make the big day run as smoothly as possible, plus a bridal suite for pre-ceremony preparations, set up and clean up, tables, chairs, linens, glassware, and flatware.
990 Foxon Road, East Haven, CT, Phone: 203-467-3088
14.Stony Creek Brewery
Stony Creek Brewery, a small, local craft brewery nestled along the shores of the Branford River, is relatively new on the scene. However, it has already established itself as a wedding venue for couples planning a relaxed, low-key wedding. Stony Creek Brewery offers upper and lower outdoor decks for weddings that offer views of the river, cityscape, and passing sail boats. This venue provides indoor space as well in the upper deck Celebration room. The space accommodates up to 150 guests, and features a vaulted ceiling, exposed piping and beams, a working fireplace, hardwood floors, large windows, and a full-service bar.
5 Indian Neck Avenue, Branford, CT, Phone: 203-433-4545
15.The BallRoom at LoRicco Tower
Located in New Haven’s downtown area near the Theater district and Yale University, The BallRoom at LoRicco Tower is an architectural beauty and an ideal venue for a traditional wedding. This palatial building has three floors with lobbies on the first and third floors. The Ballroom itself features six 18-foot palladium windows overlooking the entertainment district and Midtown Theater, hardwood dance floor, and a rotunda ceiling that is 32-feet high. The venue also features two full-service bars, a grand sweeping staircase, block widows, a bridal suite with a private bathroom, and a commercial kitchen.
216 Crown Street, New Haven, CT, Phone: 203-562-2255
16.Union League Cafe
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Housed in a 19th-century building on Chapel Street, Union League Café offers elegant event space that is both grand and relaxing, making this location ideal for the bride and groom wanting a romantic wedding. This French-inspired venue can accommodate up to 160 guests in The Ballroom and features an interior design of glittering chandeliers, a romantic fireplace, and an ornate ceiling. The Ballroom also features hardwood floors, large pane windows, and a full-service bar. The Club Room is more intimate, but just as alluring, accommodating 75 guests and featuring wrought iron chandeliers, large, wood arched windows, and wood columns.
1032 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT, Phone: 203-562-4299
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Villa Bianca in Seymour, a two-time WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner and a recipient of the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice award. It offers an unforgettable space, making this venue ideal for couples wanting a lavish wedding that makes a statement. The outdoor Pavilion accommodates up to 350 guests and features luscious green lawns and colorful gardens, a wood dance floor, and an outdoor fireplace. The Regency Ballroom accommodates 175 guests and features a grand staircase, an ornate wood dance floor, and sparkling chandeliers. Villa Bianca’s original ballroom is the Crystal Ballroom accommodating 2,256 seated guests and featuring a Victorian staircase and a dance floor surrounded by Roman columns.
312 Roosevelt Drive, Seymour, CT, Phone: 203-735-4883
Woodwinds in Branford is a six-time WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner and four-time WeddingWire Bride’s Choice award-winner. It offers exquisite event spaces making this an ideal location for a fairytale wedding. This prestigious venue offers incomparable event space indoors and outdoors. Weddings hosted outdoors feature large, luscious grounds, a large stone altar, and trees and shrubbery with twinkle lights. Woodwinds has two adjoining ballrooms – The Firelight room and Garden room. Ballrooms can be separate or combined for a total space accommodating 600 guests. The Firelight room has marble floors, a stone patio, and French doors. The Garden room features panoramic garden views.
29 School Ground Road, Branford, CT, Phone: 203-481-6577
19.New Haven Country Club
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New Haven Country Club in Hamden, a 2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner, was built in 1898. It offers couples an incomparable event space ideal for vintage and traditional weddings. New Haven Country Club provides indoor and outdoor venues. Outdoor weddings offer uncovered and covered space that features views of the New England countryside, and the well-manicured golf course. The rustic clubhouse accommodates up to 240 guests and boasts gleaming, hardwood floors, stylish overhead lighting, and French doors opening to a covered patio. The venue also has a stone wall and working fireplace.
160 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden, CT, Phone: 203-248-4488
20.The Boathouse at Canal Dock
Located on Long Wharf Drive in New Haven, The Boathouse at Canal Dock is a not for profit organization that operates a waterfront and community-oriented boating center, while providing couples with a romantic wedding venue. Ceremonies held outside on the back deck feature views of the shoreline and luxury boats. Indoors, there are two rooms to host ceremonies – the Main Ballroom and the Adee Room. The Main Room is over 3,000 square feet and features tall widows with views of the water, overhead lighting, a dance floor, and vaulted ceilings. The Adee Room is more intimate at just over 1,000 square feet accommodating 60 guests.
475 Long Wharf Drive, New Haven, CT, Phone: 203-891-7644
21.Milford Yacht Club
Located in Milford, Connecticut, the Milford Yacht Club is an iconic club with old-fashioned charm making it an location for couples planning vintage, traditional, or nautical themed weddings. The venue features an expansive lawn that sits adjacent to Gulf Beach. The space features a tented area, manicured lawn, spacious dance floor, and views of the Connecticut coastline. It can accommodate up to 160 guests. The elegant indoor event space has large windows with waterfront views, a beamed ceiling, and pristine, white walls. The indoor space connects to an upper deck, providing a breathtaking backdrop for wedding party photo opportunities.
131 Trumbull Avenue, Milford, CT, Phone: 203-783-0060
22.Blackstone Memorial Library
Blackstone Memorial Library in Branford provides wedding space that is awe-inspiring, making this location ideal for brides and grooms wanting a luxurious wedding. This iconic building has features of a capital building, library, and church all in one. Upon entering the foyer, the venue boasts polished marble floors, polished wood bookshelves, and a dark wood staircase leading to the second floor. The interior décor of this gorgeous building features a rotunda reminiscent of the Sistine Chapel with polished hardwood floors, Roman columns, and a magnificent fresco ceiling. The venue also features a second-floor balcony, working fireplace, and ornate woodwork.
758 Main Street, Branford, CT, Phone: 203-488-1441
23.Jones Family Farm
Located in Shelton, in the White Hills area, Jones Family Farm has over 150 years of agriculture excellence and experience. More recently, it provides breathtaking wedding event space that is ideal for couples wanting a country-chic or vintage wedding. The venue features a dairy barn from the 19th century on this 400-acre family-owned working farm. Jones Family Farm has outdoor wedding spaces featuring views of the farmland and New England countryside. With 10 acres of grapevines, the winery is one of the most popular places to host weddings. It offers panoramic views of the vineyard and seating to accommodate almost any size wedding.
606 Walnut Tree Hill Road, Shelton, CT, Phone: 203-929-8425
Dwight Hall and Dwight Chapel, located on the fabled Yale University campus in New Haven, is a nonsectarian, independent organization that was originally founded by undergraduates in 1886. It provides couples with event space that is ideal for a traditional or contemporary wedding. Dwight Hall offers seven rooms of event space and features hardwood floors, two-stories, and large windows. Iconic Dwight Chapel seats 110 people and features marble floors, a vaulted ceiling, and pendant lighting. It also has large, arched marble entryways, the Chapel’s sexton, large, stain glass windows, and an antique wood organ. The venue provides candles, tables, and chairs.
67 High Street, New Haven, CT, Phone: 203-432-2420
24 Best Wedding Venues in New Haven, CT
- Amarante's Sea Cliff, Photo: Chris/stock.adobe.com
- Anthony's Ocean View Fine Catering, Photo: Anthony's Ocean View Fine Catering
- Birchwoods At Oak Lane, Photo: Eric Limon/stock.adobe.com
- Cascade Fine Catering, Photo: lucrezia88/stock.adobe.com
- Fantasia Banquet Facility, Photo: moshbidon/stock.adobe.com
- Great River Golf Club, Photo: Great River Golf Club
- Il Palio Ristorante, Photo: myronovychoksana/stock.adobe.com
- New Haven Lawn Club, Photo: New Haven Lawn Club
- Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, Photo: IVASHstudio/stock.adobe.com
- Owenego Beach and Tennis Club, Photo: Christian Schwier/stock.adobe.com
- Race Brook Country Club, Photo: myronovychoksana/stock.adobe.com
- ROÌA Restaurant and Cafe, Photo: Christian Schwier/stock.adobe.com
- Seasons, Photo: Seasons
- Stony Creek Brewery, Photo: Imagenatural/stock.adobe.com
- The BallRoom at LoRicco Tower, Photo: Calibrys/stock.adobe.com
- Union League Cafe, Photo: Union League Café
- Villa Bianca, Photo: Villa Bianca
- Woodwinds, Photo: Woodwinds
- New Haven Country Club, Photo: ViDi Studio/stock.adobe.com
- The Boathouse at Canal Dock, Photo: fesenko/stock.adobe.com
- Milford Yacht Club, Photo: askolds/stock.adobe.com
- Blackstone Memorial Library, Photo: Monica/stock.adobe.com
- Jones Family Farm, Photo: marinamelnikova/stock.adobe.com
- Yale University, Photo: jonbilous
- Cover Photo: Olga Ionina/stock.adobe.com