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Vendor Spotlight On: Wadsworth Mansion

Breathtaking architecture, perfectly manicured grounds, and great history, The Wadsworth Mansion is a property like no other. Stay tuned for real wedding Wednesday to see this property featured!

1. How did your business come to be?

Shortly after  Col. Clarence Wadsworth and his wife Katharine married in 1897, they began creating their country estate, Long Hill, in Middletown, CT. The Olmsted Brothers, famous for designing Central Park in New York City, designed the original site plan that included access roads, carriage lanes, and a house. The Beaux Arts style house was completed around 1911 and was utilized by the Wadsworth family until the early 1940s,  including hosting their son’s wedding for 1,000 guests.  After the Colonel’s death the property was bequeathed to the Colonel’s foundation. They sold it to an order of nuns (Our Lady of the Cenacle of Sorrow) who converted it into a  convent and operated a retreat center until the mid-1980s. The sisters, having parceled off acreage during their time, sold the building and remaining grounds to developers; ownership fluctuated, finally resting in the possession of a bank.  After seven  years with no dedicated caretakers,  which resulted in extensive damage to the house, the City of Middletown purchased the estate. With a 5 million dollar commitment from the taxpayers,  the estate was revived and re-established as the gem of the city, opening just in time for a millennium wedding celebration. The mansion is recognized for its unique, customized events and weddings for discerning hosts in New England and across the nation.

2. What are the services you offer? 

As a historic, one-of-a-kind house, the Wadsworth Mansion is not your typical event space.  Weddings are completely tailored to each couple and span a nine hour period that includes setup and breakdown.  In addition to the private use of the mansion, the extensive grounds offer many lovely possibilities for ceremonies, photographs, cocktails, and dancing.   Also included in the standard rental are white chairs for outdoor use, gold chiavari chairs for indoor use, tables in many shapes and sizes, the use of the dance floor, and as much or as little planning guidance as is requested.

3. Where are you located?

Find us up a long, dramatic, tree-lined driveway in the center of Connecticut in historic Middletown, equidistant from New York and Boston.

4. How far in advance do you recommend clients to book?   

If your heart is set on a Saturday during wedding season, it’s best to book a year to a year and a half in advance.  If you need a particular date it may behoove you to secure it even earlier since we only schedule one event per day.  Some couples do book with much less lead time, but flexibility is necessary as we generally sell all of our available weekend dates.

5. What is one piece of advice you always give to brides? 

This is the one day when everyone you love comes together to celebrate your marriage and your commitment to your spouse.  Don’t sweat the small details of the event, focus on the enjoyment of your guests, and take the time to enjoy this once in lifetime experience.