Happy Monday Everyone! I know this past weekend was a popular one for wedding expos in Connecticut – which shows did everyone attend?! I was exhibiting at the Heritage Hotel in Southbury for their bridal expo. If you haven’t been to this show before, I highly recommend it! The venue itself is beautiful and there were plenty of amazing vendors in attendance. It’s also one of the best shows I’ve been to in terms of food for the guests. The hotel wanted all the couples in attendance to get a chance to sample their food so they had some very impressive spreads ranging from charcuterie boards, pasta stations to a filet mignon carving station! As if that wasn’t enough - Ben and Jerry’s was also one of the exhibitors greeting guests at registration with scoops of Strawberry Cheesecake or Coffee Buzz Buzz ice cream. Ugh, now I’m hungry.
Before I get too off topic thinking about all of the things I want to eat for dinner, let’s get to this week’s blog post. Wedding season is approaching quickly which also means bridal showers are coming up! I’m sure there are many MOH’s out there searching for the perfect venue for their bestie’s shower. Well, I’ve done the work for you and created a list of my top 5 shower venues in the Hartford area! Bridal showers are another service I offer so if you really want the work done for you, reach out to me today and I’ll take care of every detail for you!
1. Town & County Club – Hartford, CT
I just absolutely love this venue for showers, engagement parties and weddings! It’s conveniently located in Hartford’s Asylum Hill neighborhood – about 5 minutes from the downtown area with plenty of on-site, complimentary parking. It is a hidden gem in the city and offers old-world charm and sophistication with modern amenities. They have a very reasonably priced catering menu but are also open to customizing menus based on your needs and budget.
2. The North House – Avon, CT
The North House is another historic property, formerly the Avon Old Farms Inn, but is now a restaurant open to the public. They have the main dining area and tavern but also have several different private dining spaces as well as a ballroom for weddings. My favorite rooms here are The Private Dining Room which is great for groups of 22 or less or The Forge for groups between 20-44. The venue has plenty of exposed brick, working wood-burning fireplaces and original wood floors. Their menu prices are also very reasonable and offer everything from brunch to dinner.
3. Connecticut River Valley Inn – Glastonbury, CT
This venue is just the epitome of quaint New England! If you want a venue with indoor/outdoor space, this is the space for you! The inn is surrounded by beautiful gardens and tables set under a pergola. The inn can accommodate groups up to 65 inside and larger groups can set up a tent on the perfectly manicured lawn. It is the perfect spot for a bridal shower!
4. The Delamar Hotel – West Hartford, CT
This hotel is brand new and offers luxury accommodations and event space conveniently located in Blue Back Square. There is also a spa right on-site if you want to take the bride-to-be for a mani/pedi combo before the shower! The hotel offers a variety of event spaces that can accommodate between 30 – 200 guests. The hotel restaurant, Artisan, also has a small private dining room for groups up to 16 guests. This venue is more high-end and catering prices are more costly than some of the other venues, however, there are also more amenities that come included with the cost.
5. Tiffany Juliet House – Glastonbury, CT
We’re wrapping things up back in Glastonbury at another historic property, the Tiffany Juliet House. This venue also boasts beautiful gardens and old-world charm. The house can accommodate groups as small as 20 up to 100 inside the house. There is also the option to add a tent for groups up to 150. All of their menus are on the website and they have a great offering for showers! Make sure to reach out and book your date early as they book up fast!
Thanks for checking out this week’s blog post! Stay tuned for next week’s topic … best gifts for your bridesmaids!
As always, Happy Planning!