Picking the perfect CT wedding venue for your wedding day can be a challenge, especially if you are planning a small wedding in CT. With so many small wedding venues in CT to choose from, it can almost make your wedding day planning feel like a chore instead of a joyful and fulfilling experience.

That is just one of the reasons I created this resource outlining the best small wedding venues in CT for your intimate celebration. Each of these wedding venues in Connecticut comes with some of the best ambiance, elegance, and beauty that one can find in the state.

As a wedding photographer in CT, even I had a hard time narrowing down this list. Beyond just the normal wedding day that your venue provides, each of these venues provides a warm and personal setting that will maximize that feeling of closeness and intimacy you’re looking for when it comes to your wedding day.

Although not an extensive list of small CT wedding venues, this list hopefully will serve as a launching point for you to tell your love story in the most authentic and unforgettable way possible.

LUDINGTON HOUSE

Ludington House is an historic inn in Old Lyme, CT that is perfect for small weddings

Venue Type: Historic Inn

Address: 2 Lyme St. Old Lyme, CT

Website: Ludington House

The Venue:

Ludington House is a new wedding venue located in Old Lyme, CT. Well, new to weddings that is. The house has been a Bed and Breakfast for years and has earned quite the reputation as a sought after New England destination for weekenders wanting to enjoy everything that the Connecticut shoreline has to offer. If Ludington House looks familiar that’s because the home served as the manor home in the 2018 Hallmark Christmas film, “Christmas at Pemberly Manor.”

Ludington House is everything you’d expect a historic New England home to be – charming, warm, and oozing with turn of the century design and decor. Inside, the house features 9 guest rooms (3 of which are large suites), sitting room, large dining room, a cozy library, and beautiful foyer complete with a grand staircase (great for those iconic bridal portraits!). Outside, the house has a gorgeous wrap-around porch (perfect for a small wedding ceremony), garden area, an expansive lawn, and meticulously maintained grounds that offer plenty of options for outdoor bridal portraits.

Logistics are a breeze with a wedding at Ludington House. Convenient to I-95, the house is less than 2 hours from New York City and Boston. It is also situated just steps from two of Old Lyme’s Historic District churches (should couples want a more traditional wedding ceremony). But, hands down, the most appealing aspect of Ludington House is its ability to host you and your guests for the weekend making it a true destination for your wedding day.

My Take:

Personally, I believe Ludington House is a breath of fresh air for the CT wedding venue market. Small weddings are here to stay and Ludington House is simply the perfect choice for couples looking for the best of all worlds – destination location, historic setting, intimate atmosphere, and weekend accommodations. If you are planning a small, intimate wedding with less than 60 guests, visit the Ludington House website and inquire about hosting your wedding there. You’ll be glad you did!

Brooklawn CC

Photograph of a wedding reception at the Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, CT by Jeff Lundstrom Photography

Venue Type: Country Club

Address: 500 Algonquin Rd, Fairfield, CT 06825

Website: Brooklawn Country Club

The Venue:

Founded in 1895 and one of the earliest members of the United States Golf Association (USGA), Brooklawn has a rich history in the Fairfield County Community. The main dining room offers an elegant and intimate setting for your guests and cocktail hour on the patio features grand and sweeping views of Brooklawn’s pristine golf course. Brooklawn is an ideal choice for those couples looking for a warm and elegant setting for their wedding day. Accommodation for up to 120 guests.

My Take:

Country Clubs offer something no other wedding venue can – a sense of family. The couples who choose to marry at country clubs are often members themselves as are their family. So, for me, photographing a wedding at a country club is like photographing one big family session. And Brooklawn, being the institution that it is in Fairfield, knows how to take care of its family.

Roger Sherman Inn

Photograph of the Roger Sherman Inn in New Canaan, CT by Jeff Lundstrom

Venue Type: Historic Inn

Address: 195 Oenoke Ridge New Canaan, CT 06840

Website: Roger Sherman Inn

The Venue:

Roger Sherman Inn is everything you envision when you think of a New England Inn. Historic, charming, quaint and the ideal setting for an intimate wedding. It’s one of the top CT small wedding venues for sure! Located in the town of New Canaan, CT, Roger Sherman Inn can accommodate up to 100 guests in it’s garden room. If you have a larger guest list, you can rent out the Inn’s additional dining rooms. The Inn also features 15 upstairs guests rooms as well as a separate guest house with additional rooms – perfect for onsite getting ready preparations. You can also have your ceremony onsite in the Inn’s garden.

My Take:

Roger Sherman Inn has a long list of amenities and conveniences like onsite getting ready, onsite outdoor ceremony, beautiful grounds, and an intimate ambiance. You won’t regret saying “I Do” at the Roger Sherman Inn.

Keeler Tavern

Photograph of the Keeler Tavern in Ridgefield, CT by Jeff Lundstrom Photography

Venue Type: Historic Estate

Address: 152 Main St, Ridgefield, CT 06877

Website: Keeler Tavern

The Venue:

Keeler Tavern is the quintessential wedding venue for intimate weddings. Built around 1915 by renowned architect Cass Gilbert, the Garden House at the Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center in Ridgefield, Connecticut, is unparalleled in it’s charm. The Garden House space offers the ideal setting for an intimate reception and the English styled garden is hands down the most romantic spot in Connecticut to say “I Do”.

The Garden House can accommodate up to 80 guests. There is also a seasonal tented area located off to the side and above the main Garden House which can serve as an open air cocktail space or a ceremony location in case it rains.

My Take:

For me, Keeler Taverns ranks as one of the best small wedding venues in CT. You can’t find a more romantic outdoor ceremony location in the entire state! And you simply can’t beat the reception space for it’s historic charm. It’s my personal favorite amongst CT small wedding venues.

Update:

Since Keeler Tavern’s on-site bridal suite is, shall we say, a little on the cozy side, I would recommend booking the newly opened Fountain Inn right next door to Keeler Tavern. The Fountain Inn is an old historic bed-and-breakfast and would be a perfect choice for your accommodations.

Rock Ridge Country Club

A firepit keeps guests warm during cocktail hour at Newtown, CT's Rockridge Country Club

Venue Type: Country Club

Address: 214 Sugar St, Newtown, CT 06470

Website: Rock Ridge Country Club

The Venue:

There are not a lot of wedding venues in Newtown, CT, but it is home to one of my favorite wedding venues in CT. Rock Ridge Country Club.

Rock Ridge is unique in that it doesn’t feel like your typical country club. It reminds me more of a summer beach home on the Cape. Not surprisingly, weddings at Rock Ridge have that same feeling – comfortable, relaxing, ‘go at your own pace’.

In keeping with the relaxed ambiance, the club’s main ballroom is an elegant space that can accommodate up to 150 guests. Just off the main ballroom, the open-air outdoor patio offers expansive views of the golf course as well as a large firepit for those chilly New England evenings.

When it comes to photos, Rock Ridge does not disappoint. The club’s tree-lined fairways, cart paths, and comfortable outdoor nooks offer plenty of options for outdoor photographs. If you are looking for a venue that has a relaxed vibe and can accommodate a small to midsize guest list, Rock Ridge is a great choice.

My Take:

I’ve lived in Newtown for over 10 years so I may be a little biased, but I love Rock Ridge and I love photographing weddings here. I just love its relaxed and elegant atmosphere. A wedding at Rock Ridge doesn’t feel like a day at the office for me. It’s an easy, go-with-the-flow kind a day that feels like a vacation. If that’s the type of wedding you are looking to have, then Rock Ridge is a great choice for your wedding venue.

The Townhouse

Wedding ceremony at the Townhouse in Greenwich, CT

Venue Type: Restaurant

Address: 35 Church St, Greenwich, CT 06830

Website: The Townhouse

The Venue:

First of all, can we talk about the atrium! A two-story foyer with vaulted ceiling that features a sculpted marble double staircase, a limestone fireplace, and an entire wall of windows that floods the room with natural light. What couple wouldn’t want to say “I Do” in this room!? It’s simply stunning – and the only room of it’s kind … that I’ve seen anyway … in Connecticut.

Upstairs from the foyer, the architectural grandeur continues with The Penthouse, The Townhouse’s main ballroom. With marble floors throughout, a marble fireplace, exquisite chandeliers, and one of the biggest bars I’ve even seen, The Penthouse will wrap you and your guests in an intimate and elegant ambiance you’ll never forget.

The Townhouse can accommodate up to 100 guests.

My Take:

The Townhouse is the epitome of what great design can do for a space. On it’s own, The Townhouse serves a nice little niche as a small wedding venue. But the design makes it transcend its function into what can only be described as an architectural work of art. Think I’m being a little extra? Go see for yourself – The Townhouse is open for dinner until 10pm Tuesday – Thursday and 11pm Friday and Saturday. Check out the menu.

Small Wedding Venues in Connecticut FAQ

How many guests is considered a small wedding?

The numbers may vary a little depending on what part of the country you’re in, but, in general, a small wedding typically includes 50 people or less, a medium wedding has a guest list of anywhere from 50-150 guests, and a large wedding has over 150 guests.

What is a low key wedding?

Generally, a ‘low key’ wedding refers to a more casual wedding celebration. People may dress a little more informally, the ceremony may be a little shorter, there probably aren’t any bridal party attendants – or at least not a full wedding party, and the guest list tends to be on the smaller side.

What is a realistic budget for a small wedding?

Your guest list size will determine how much you’ll need to save for your venue, food, beverages, invitations, favors and anything else you plan to give guests. As a general rule, plan to budget at least $100 per guest.

What is the average cost of a wedding in Connecticut?

If you live in Connecticut or any of the surrounding states (NY, MA, RI), then it’s not surprise that Connecticut is fairly high on the cost scale. The average wedding in Connecticut comes in around $38,500

What is a very small wedding called?

While they are sometimes used interchangeably, “microweddings,” “elopements” and “intimate weddings” are all used to describe weddings with less than 50 guests. 

Is it OK to have a smaller, intimate wedding?

It’s not just ‘OK’, I love intimate weddings! Smaller weddings tend to have a more concentrated focus on your friend and family and less on all the details of the day. An intimate wedding really allows for more quality time spent with your guests than a larger wedding. 

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