Vendor Spotlight is on the Connecticut Wedding Group; an epicenter for all things events from venues to planning to farm-to-table catering.
1. How did your business come to be?
CT Wedding Group was founded by Tom McDowell in 1984. The Pavilion on Crystal Lake was the company’s first exclusive venue, offering catering services in a non-traditional lake front setting for weddings and events. Over time, Tom and the CT Wedding Group team continued making wedding day dreams come true, while becoming the exclusive caterer and planning team at Lyman Orchards Golf Club (in 1993) and then The Barns at Wesleyan Hills (in 2006). CT Wedding Group provides it’s couples with the best planning services, unmatched culinary journey, and some of CT’s most amazing venues to provide a full service experience like none other for couples and guests alike.
2. What are the services you offer?
We are first and foremost a farm-to- table style catering company that just so happens to have some of the most beautiful venues in CT! Our non-traditional venues offer a unique experience for guests. Each wedding is different, as our venues are used as blank canvases, painted with cutting edge décor and design. Our team of wedding planners works to ensure each couple is less stressed and well prepared during the planning process so that it’s an easy, relaxing, and enjoyable experience. The award-winning culinary team showcases the very best of each season, using farm-to- table ingredients in their menus to provide a
restaurant style experience. Between our beautiful venues, innovative décor and
design, award winning cuisine, our planners will help ensure that your wedding looks, tastes, and feels the very best.
3. Where are you located and how far will you travel to provide your service?
Our venues are located in Middletown, CT. We are only on-premise and exclusive to our venues; The Barns at Wesleyan Hills, The Pavilion on Crystal Lake, and Lyman Orchards Golf Club.
4. How far in advance do you recommend clients to book?
We recommend the sooner the better, especially if you’re date specific, although most of our couples plan for a 12-18 month engagement. Booking your date and venue can be the most stressful part of the entire planning process, but it’s the most crucial. Once you have your date and venue, the rest of the planning can continue!
5. What is one piece of advice you always give to brides?
… and grooms! We don’t ever want to forget about our grooms! The best piece of advice we have is to plan your wedding for YOU. There are so many opinions out there; experts, family, friends. Sometimes it’s really easy to forget to plan your wedding for you. Instead couples tend to let the opinions take over. It’s your wedding day, and one you’ll remember for the rest of your life. How do YOU want to celebrate?