New Haven Lawn Club weddings in New Haven, CT, are in a stately, Georgian-style mansion with a rich history. Originally founded in 1891 by a group of prominent New Haven families, the club has evolved from its early days as a ‘lawn tennis’ club into what is now a full service country club and event facility catering to its members and the public for events and functions. 

Designed by the local New Haven Architectural Firm, Douglas Orr and Associates, New Haven Lawn Club’s aesthetics are reminiscent of the gilded age styling of its time and offer a tranquil setting for your big day. Not only is it stunning with its exterior brick facade, manicured gardens and its interior art deco decor throughout, but it’s also convenient for guests due to its close proximity to New Haven’s hotels, museums, and, of course, Yale University. 

Everything in this article is written based on information from the venue itself, and my 15 years of experience as a Connecticut wedding photographer.

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What I Love About New Haven Lawn Club Weddings as a Photographer

New Haven Lawn Club in New Haven, CT really stands out as a venue that’s both super convenient and impressively beautiful with an understated elegance. Located on Whitney Avenue, and just a short walk from Yale’s Peabody Museum, I like to think of the Lawn Club as a hidden gem right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of downtown New Haven. 

From a photography standpoint, it’s a dream. The front lawn and the entryway portico offer a stunning backdrop for portraits. Inside, the club has a rich interior with marble floors throughout and floor to ceiling windows that make for some very dramatic lighting. The main ballroom features a gorgeous vaulted ceiling and period chandeliers that really put a unique stamp on the space. Despite its grandeur, New Haven Lawn Club offers a warm and intimate setting for anyone wanting a wedding that feels both grand and relaxed.

Why You’ll Love This Venue

According to guest reviews, The New Haven Lawn Club is a hit. Couples, guests, and industry vendors (myself included), not only rave about the space, but the Lawn Club Fine Catering team as well. Christine, The Director of Weddings at the Club, is hands-down one of the top wedding coordinators in the state, Adam, the Executive Chef is as talented as they come, and the management and staff treat your event like you’re sitting down to a gourmet meal at a 5-star restaurant.

New Haven Lawn Club Wedding Ceremony and Reception Locations

The Ballroom

With a capacity of 200 guests (with a dancefloor), The Ballroom is the Club’s original social gathering room. It’s a magnificent space with hardwood floors, a 25-foot barrel-vaulted ceiling decorated with star accents, floor-to-ceiling windows, a large wood-burning fireplace with a period-style mantle to ceiling mirror, four Austrian Art Deco crystal chandeliers, crystal wall sconces, a built-in stage, and a terrace overlooking the tennis courts. I’ve been photographing weddings in Connecticut for over 15 years and I can tell you from experience, The Ballroom is an absolutely gorgeous space for your ceremony and reception.

The Main Dining Room

The Club’s original member’s dining room, a bright room with two wood-burning fireplaces, three spectacular Waterford crystal chandeliers, regency columns with benches framing the dining area, a black and ochre checkered terrazzo floor, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the tennis courts, and doors that open out onto a terrace overlooking the tennis courts. Perfect for pre-dinner cocktail receptions and smaller wedding ceremonies. Capacity – standing 250; Seated 110. 

Included Amenities for Weddings at New Haven Lawn Club

At New Haven Lawn Club, you’ll have the chosen ceremony and reception spaces all to yourself in the evening. They’ve got you covered with on-site tables, chairs, and furnishings, so you won’t have to sweat the small stuff. There are on-site dressing rooms for your hair and makeup. The bride and her bridesmaids are typically in The Lounge and the groom and his groomsmen are usually in the Lower Card Room. 

Estimated Wedding Costs at New Haven Lawn Club

According to Wedding Spot, the site fee is $3,000 for a reception and includes 5 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. The ceremony fee is $2,000. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $950/hr. For more information, contact the New Haven Lawn Club on their catering website.

New Haven Lawn Club Wedding FAQ’s

New Haven Lawn Club Reviews

There are over 80 5-Star Reviews on The Knot for New Haven Lawn ClubAnd over 100 5-Star Reviews on Wedding Wire for New Haven Lawn Club.

New Haven Lawn Club Wedding Packages

According to Wedding Spot, wedding receptions with 50 guests at New Haven Lawn Club start at STARTING AT $17,975

Is There Parking On Site? 

Yes. There is ample parking at New Haven Lawn Club for guests. Buses are permitted.

What Is the Backup Plan for Rain?

Ceremonies are held inside the main ballroom so there is no need for a backup plan should it rain on your wedding day. 

Can You Do a Sparkler Exit at New Haven Lawn Club?

Yes, you can! See the photos below.  

New Haven Lawn Club Wedding Photos

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