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Vendor Spotlight On: Connecticut Wedding Group

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?

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Vendor Spotlight On: Connecticut Wedding Group

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 […]

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Vendor Spotlight On: Blithewold Mansion

Who: Blithewold Mansion Gardens and Arboretum

What: A historic property, previously the summer home of the Van Wickle family.  With the passing of the eldest daughter Marjorie in 1976, the estate went into a trust and was opened to the public. We offer weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, and corporate events.

Where: 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI  02809

It is recommended that clients book one year to eighteen months in advance in order to secure the venue for their desired date.

Stay tuned next weeks blog posts featuring  our breathtaking photo shoot at Blithewold Mansion Gardens & Arboretum!

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Vendor Spotlight On: Blithewold Mansion

Who: Blithewold Mansion Gardens and Arboretum What: A historic property, previously the summer home of the Van Wickle family.  With the passing of the eldest daughter Marjorie in 1976, the estate went into a trust and was opened to the public. We offer weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, and corporate events. Where: 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, […]

Vendor Spotlight On: The Nonantum Resort

Vendor Spotlight is on The Nonantum Resort; located in iconic Kennebunkport Maine, The Nonantum Resort is the epitome of coastal elegance and charm.

1.  How did your business come to be?

The Nonantum Resort is a family-owned resort established in 1884. Historical elegance meets modern comforts right on the Kennebunkport River in Maine. We are an easy walk from the shops, art galleries, and restaurants in Dock Square. Enjoy farm fresh food, boat tours, scenic walks, fishing, sailing, kayaking, boating, or just relax by the pool!

2. What are the services you offer?

We have 109 guestrooms and offer meetings, events and destination weddings. We are the only property that offers arrival by sailboat.

3. How far in advance do you recommend clients book?

We recommend a year in advance. If it’s a particular date needed then possibly two years.

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Vendor Spotlight On: The Nonantum Resort

Vendor Spotlight is on The Nonantum Resort; located in iconic Kennebunkport Maine, The Nonantum Resort is the epitome of coastal elegance and charm. 1.  How did your business come to be? The Nonantum Resort is a family-owned resort established in 1884. Historical elegance meets modern comforts right on the Kennebunkport River in Maine. We are […]

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