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Venues in Groton,
(860) 405-9072
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    Megan

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  • I can’t say enough good things about the Branford House. I went to a wedding there years ago and it absolutely blew my mind. When we got engaged, I knew we needed to get married there! The building itself is gorgeous, and the views are breathtaking! We lucked out with the best weather and were able to have our ceremony outside on the lawn. Katherine was great to work with from start to finish. Our guests were completely wowed. I can’t wait to see our professional pictures! If you’re having your reception inside, there are some challenges as it’s separated into three rooms and is unlike many traditional venues. Hire good vendors (especially a day-of coordinator!) who know the space and you won’t have any issues. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day!!

    Brenna

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  • The Branford House was the perfect wedding venue for us. Katherine was very easy to work with, and we loved that we could work with any vendors we wanted. You can't beat the beautiful stately exterior, stunning dark woodwork inside, and those ocean views - all of our guests loved it and it had the classic romantic ambience that we were looking for.

    Sonja

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  • We had our wedding at the Branford house on Saturday, 4/23. The venue is spectacular - beautiful stone mansion on the water with a gorgeous lawn and stone patio. The inside is also amazing, with ornate wood walls, huge fireplaces, super tall ceilings and chandeliers. Since the venue itself is so beautiful, you really don't need to do much in terms of decoration and you can still have a beautiful wedding! The venue also allows you to bring in all your own vendors - a blessing and a curse. Blessing because you can choose anything you want and find cheaper options. Curse because it's a lot of work! But I think well worth it in the end because the even will truly be "you". Katherine was great to work with and very responsive. Either Katherine or her assistant will be at the venue with you the day of the wedding, which was nice to help organize. There's a great room to get ready in for the bride & her maids off the side of the venue. I really enjoyed getting ready there because you can ke... Read more

    Nicki

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  • We had our wedding at the Branford House in August and it was everything we could have asked for and more! It it an absolutely beautiful setting. It's natural wood, fireplaces and beauty make planning and decorating quite easy. We had our ceremony outside on the lawn, cocktail on the patio and the reception inside. Our wedding was "rustic chic" meets "nautical." Katherine and her team were flexible with us - always let us pop in to take pictures and see the space. We could bring in any vendors that we wanted. She had worked with a lot of our vendors previously, which made coordination seamless. They have a beautiful bridal suite that we used the entire day to get ready, store our things in etc. There are so many nooks that we used for flowers, candles etc. The fireplaces are naturally extravagant and we enhanced them with plants and candles. The grand piano is available for use and we used it for our guest book and favors. People spent most of the evening outside... Read more

    Stephanie

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  • The Branford House was absolutely beautiful and we were able to get ready on site, making it a very smooth day. We had so many comments on how stunning the place was and how representative it was of the beauty that is the New England Shoreline. If you want to feel like royalty, this place will do just that.

    meredith

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  • The Branford House is VERY beautiful and has an amazing location. If you get a good day as far as weather, which we did, it makes for the most gorgeous and relaxing wedding experience you can imagine. Unfortunately everything else about this venue is a problem. Staff were unresponsive and unhelpful. There is very little flexibility or understanding on any front. They have a requirement that you hire UConn Catering for any alcohol, and their service is very overpriced and lacking in selection. Again, it's very picturesque but I don't think I'd recommend it to a friend.

    Joanne

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  • Thank you to The Branford House for the beautiful venue for our dream wedding. The only slight complaint was the lack of mirrors with which to get dressed in the private room.

    Evann

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    3 out of 5
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  • Branford House was the venue of my dreams! You get the Newport look and feel without the insane price. The inside is just as beautiful as the outside and all our guests were so impressed with the location which is right on long island sound. The property around the house was just perfect for our outdoor ceremony and all of our our pictures. In my opinion, the best thing about Branford House is that they let you hire the caterer of your choice - a huge cost savings! I was nervous about the three different rooms but we used the large main room and one smaller room for a sit down dinner. With 115 people, it was just perfect. We used the other smaller room (near the portico) for our dance floor and it all flowed well. It helps that our caterer and DJ had worked there many times before. We optimized use of the space by having our cocktail hour and first dance on the patio. The only reason I give this place four stars instead of 5 is because the bathrooms are hideous (think public ... Read more

    Mandy

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  • Wonderful place! Ask easy to work with!

    Lauren

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    5 out of 5
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  • This is such a stunning site for a wedding. Katherine was very easy to work with--she was responsive and helpful and very accommodating. The house has everything you could hope for, from a great kitchen for the catering staff to a beautiful room for the bridal party to get dressed in, and the fireplaces are stunning. Plus, you can bring your own vendors/caterer in, which very few other sites in the area allow. This flexibility allowed us to have exactly the wedding we wanted. We had a wonderful winter wedding here and walking down the staircase to get married in front of the main fireplace was like something out of a fairytale. The views out to the ocean are stunning and you really feel as though you have stepped back in time. The woodwork is incredibly intricate too, which makes for exceptional photo opportunities. I could not be happier with the venue!

    User6055164

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    5 out of 5
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  • My wedding is 1/1/2016 and I have been working with the Branford House, and Katherine since last March. They have been nothing short of wonderful, flexible, nice and open. I cannot wait until my wedding and I will definitely write a review after ward. My friends and family said this was hands-down the best wedding - most elegant, most fun, gorgeous venue they had ever seen! I highly recommend it. The staff is amazing, friendly, low-key and flexible.

    Amanda

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  • Overall, it was a beautiful location. The view is spectacular and there is air conditioning inside! The guests loved being able to walk outside and talk on the patio after dinner, get drinks at the outside bar, or dance with the dj. There were many options for every guest at the wedding to be satisfied. The outdoor area is perfect for appetizers and cocktail hour, too. Guests could spread out without feeling confined to small spaces. The only negative is that there are 3 separate rooms inside which kind of separates people from each other. We had a little over 100 people so we spread people out between the main room and the room to the left of the main room. The room to the right was designated for dancing and the bar was just outside that room. We didn't have to break down tables and it worked out perfectly! You can make it work depending on your needs.

    Jennifer

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  • A great option for us and our wedding! We had about 75 people, and the tables were tight in the main room, so 75 was a good number. It was also a little difficult to get dancing going in the side room because the rooms are split and the dancing room got hot fast with only twenty people, but that being said, everyone said it was one of the most beautiful weddings they'd been to. The grounds were beautiful, it was open, people came and went, and it had a great, elegant but laid-back feel that we wanted. We had a pizza truck out front (Branford was great about flexibility and letting us use our own caterers to create our vision and feel for the night) and Cloud Nine salad bar and bar. So many people loved the outside parts of the venue that many people milled about outside, enjoyed the view and the ocean breeze. The photos were exceptional; there were so many photo opportunities that it was hard to narrow down our options to favorites. The on-site coordinator was helpful and incredibly k... Read more

    Jerrica

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    3.4 out of 5
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  • This place went with our Fairy-tale, Ocean-Side theme wedding perfectly! This venue is absolutely beautiful, and the ocean-side views are amazing is you are so lucky to have the weather cooperate for you to have your wedding outdoors on the lawn. We were lucky and the weather was absolutely perfect! This venue does have it's challenges, as it's a broken up space and not an open ballroom type setting. With keeping our guest list to right around 100 people we were able to work with the space, having the guests eat in the center ballroom, dancing in the West Room and Food Service Stations in the East Room. Realistically, this venue can really only comfortably accommodate weddings up to 100 people, any more than this and it's tight and challenging. If you have a wedding larger than 100, I would recommend renting the tent out on the lawn. I also discovered when interviewing caterers for this venue, that most DO NOT WANT to do a seated, plated dinner at this location. Because they ki... Read more

    User6042209

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  • Stunning venue. Wish the staff was more helpful though. I had to design the floor layout myself.
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