Elope in Connecticut - 7 Romantic Wedding Packages
Connecticut might just be the perfect place for you to elope in New England. There's picturesque small towns, the stunning Connecticut River, and the fact that you can travel from one point to just about any other major point in less than two hours that make the State a great choice.
Each season has its own particular beauty in Connecticut, and the scenery continually varies as you drive from one area to another.And since there is no residency requirement, and witnesses are not necessary for a marriage ceremony, Connecticut is a popular destination for eloping.
Eloping in Connecticut - Inns & Wedding Packages
1. Westbrook Inn
The Westbrook Inn is a beautifully restored Victorian B and B built back in 1876. It's perfectly situated on Boston Post Road in Westbrook, which is a quaint little town close to Mystic, Essex and New Haven. It’s also near the Connecticut shoreline, and the inn is within walking distance to the beach and several other attractions. Use one of their complimentary bicycles to explore the area, and try to catch a glimpse of the inn’s mascot, a rare albino squirrel!
There are nine rooms decorated with antiques, gas fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs and even some kitchenettes. There is also a cottage at the back of the property, with two bedrooms, 1 ½ baths and a full kitchen, making it perfect for longer stays.
Inside the bed and breakfast, you will find a cozy library with window seat, reading nook, and dining room with huge stone fireplace. (Have you ever tried a candle-lit breakfast? Even mornings can be romantic at the Westbrook!)
The grounds outside are beautiful through all four seasons. There is a wrap-around front porch, gazebo, patio, and hammock for two.
Children under 12 do not stay at this B&B, so you are sure to enjoy a quiet and serene getaway.
There are many attractions in the Westbrook area, including a vineyard, marina, antique shops, steam train and river boat, museums, Camelot cruises, boat charters, a castle, an opera house, several state parks, an aquarium and Yale University.
Westbrook Inn Connecticut Elopement Package: You get two night’s accommodation in the cottage, a wedding ceremony performed by a Justice of the Peace on the grounds or indoors, (sorry, they do not provide beach ceremonies) 24 photos developed onto a CD, a bottle of champagne and toast after the ceremony, a wedding cake for two, and fresh flowers. In the off-season, (November through April) and from Monday to Thursday, the rate is $999 to $1099 (depending on the day of the week) plus tax, and a $30 service charge.
Peak season is from May through October, and rates increase to $1199 plus tax and $30 service charge. There is also a three-night minimum stay for weekends during this time, so the package price goes up to $1499 if it involves the weekend.
You may want to check out their “Gold Elopement Package” that includes a few upgrades and costs $1895 plus tax and $30 service charge. See the website or phone for more details.
2. Angels Watch Inn
Also on Boston Post Rd in Westbury, CT is the Angels Watch Inn. It’s a beautifully-restored house built in about 1880, and offers sleigh or canopy beds, two-person pedestal soaker tubs and fireplaces. Perfect for a romantic elopement.
Each room also has a small refrigerator, which is a nice added touch, and coffee, tea or fresh fruit are also available.
There are five suites, but I like the Drawing Room Suite located on the first floor. It’s very private and has its own entrance to the back garden. There is a two-night minimum stay if your vacation involves a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Angels Watch Inn Eloping in Connecticut Packages: You have a choice of wedding/elopement packages, which vary in price from $250 to $1195 plus applicable taxes and fees.
If you don’t plan on getting married on a Friday, Saturday, or statutory holiday, and are willing to check in on a Sunday, the Basic Wedding Package is a great idea. The cost is $375 and is for just the two of you. Up to 10 guests can be included for an additional fee, however. It includes:
- A Justice of the Peace to officiate
- 25 to 35 photos put onto a CD
- Champagne toast in flutes you can keep as souvenirs
- Wedding toast and cheese/fruit plate
- One night’s accommodation
There are a lot of extras you can add to this package if you wish. Arrangements can also be made for a video, bouquet and boutonniere, or wedding cake.
Note: some of the above add-ons are provided in the Deluxe Wedding package, so you may want enquire about that before making your final decision. Deluxe ceremonies are also done any day of the week and involve a three night stay.
Outdoor ceremonies are provided mid-May through Mid-November, weather permitting and are performed on the grounds.
This inn has a special room for the bride to use so that she can prepare for the ceremony without being seen by her groom until it’s time for the wedding to begin. Additionally, arrangements can be made for a bridal assistant to come to the inn and help with hair, makeup, wedding gown and train, manicure/pedicure, among other things. Enquire in advance about individual costs.
Westbrook Town Hall where you obtain your license is next door to the Angels Watch Inn!
3. Connecticut River Valley Inn
As the name suggests, the Connecticut River Valley Inn is close to the beautiful Connecticut River in Glastonbury, Central Connecticut. It’s conveniently near several metropolitan centers; only seven miles southeast of Hartford, and 40 miles from New Haven.
From the inn, you can easily walk to good restaurants or the Connecticut River.
This is an intimate little place. There are only four luxury suites, all with lovely views, outdoor seating, body spray showers, gas fireplaces, Apple TV (!), and inspired decor.
My favorite is the Summer Wind Room on the second floor, but they’re all beautiful.
No kids under 12 will be staying at the inn, as it's an adult-oriented retreat.
There is no minimum stay required, however if you stay at least two nights, you will receive a $50 gift voucher for one of the local restaurants within walking distance.
Elope Packages: the Connecticut River Valley Inn's A Private Affair is a package just for the two of you. For $789, you get one night in one of the four luxury suites, breakfast for two the next morning, non-denominational wedding officiate, use of the inside and outside of the inn for your photos, recorded music for the ceremony (or you may bring your own)wedding cake for two, and sparkling juice served in champagne flutes. Hold your ceremony in front of the fireplace, on the verandah, or in the gardens. Total time involved is an hour and a half.
Several upgrades are available, including the addition of a few guests to the ceremony.
2195 Main Street in Glastonbury, CT.
4. Cardinal House
Just down the street on Main Street in Glastonbury is A Cardinal House.
This little bed and breakfast specializes in small weddings and elopements for two to 25 people. The restored Georgian-style home has only three guest rooms, making it truly intimate. Once again, it is conveniently located within walking distance of restaurants, antique shops and boutiques, and within driving distance of many interesting attractions (examples include Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod.)
The owners of A Cardinal House have the ability to act as Justice of the Peace, florist and chef, so you are really in good hands.
Elopement packages range in price from $320 to $690 but I think the Deluxe package is really good value.
Cardinal House Deluxe Elopement Package: 2012 Price for their Connecticut wedding elope package is $690 plus tax and gratuities.
You arrive in the early afternoon and your host will walk you to the Town Hall to get your marriage license. In the later afternoon, you will have the ceremony in either the formal gardens, gazebo or Great Room, followed by a champagne toast. Photos or video can be taken using your camera equipment. Afterwards, you will be treated to a candlelight dinner with wine in the formal dining room, a wedding cake for two and one night in the Ashley guest suite.
(Note: the Ashley suite alone rents for $225 to $245 per night, so as part of the elopement package, this is good value. It's a very romantic room on the first floor with all kinds of antiques and reproductions, gas log fireplace and full movie library. It's also the only room on the first floor, so you are sure to have plenty of privacy)
Enjoy a two-person Jacuzzi before turning in, and the next morning, indulge in a candlelight breakfast as newly-weds. Congratulations!
2205 Main Street, 06033 phone
5. The Cornwall Inn
Sometimes you just have to get away to the countryside to relax. With its winding stream and rural setting, the Cornwall Inn is the perfect place for that. You will find this romantic 13-room country inn at 270 Kent Road, South, in Cornwall Bridge, CT.
The property consists of two buildings. The Main Inn has one two-bedroom suite and four bed and breakfast rooms. It also contains the breakfast room, a screened patio and a "gathering room" where guests can sit by the fire and read or watch TV.
The country lodge is right across from the main building and has eight guest rooms. All rooms in both locations have private entrances, but many find the Lodge rooms a little more private.
The restaurant and tavern are for private celebrations only, and not open to the public.
Cornwall Elope in CT Package: The Getaway Wedding Weekend package is $795 including all taxes and gratuities. You get a two night stay, champagne or wine and treats in your room, information on obtaining your marriage license, ceremony and officiate. (You may choose one of three locations: Kent Falls, Bull Bridge, or inside the Inn.) You also get breakfast the next morning.
The Midweek Elopement Package is only $595 including all taxes and gratuities. It is the same package as above, but involves only one night accommodation and it must take place during the week.
Note: ask about the possibility of early check-in on the day of your wedding. (800-786-6884)
6. The Spa at Norwich Inn
If a day at the spa is more your idea of relaxation and romance, The Spa at Norwich Inn is for you! Located at the end of a winding road on a private drive, the Norwich Inn is the quintessential New England building in Georgian Colonial-style. It's surrounded by perfectly maintained gardens and ponds that make the ideal backdrop for your elopement in Connecticut.
There are 100 rooms here on 42 acres of wooded countryside. Some of the guest rooms even date back to the inn's original days in 1939. Suites and villas are also available, all designed to pamper you and your loved one.
Enjoy a customized and discreet elopement in the romantic gardens near the reflecting pool or fountain, or hold your ceremony inside the classic building itself.
Eloping in Connecticut at the Spa at Norwich Inn: the Standard Elopement Package is $1270 per couple for one night, or $1764 per couple for two nights. Tax and service charges are extra.
It consists of one or two night's accommodation in one of the four signature suites, an 80-minutes Swedish massage for the two of you, embroidered white velour robes, body scrub and cream from the private label products at the Norwich spa, gourmet four-course dinner, amenity package with rose petals chocolate-covered strawberries and sparkling wine, small wedding cake and breakfast for two each morning.
For more information, contact the wedding manager at 860-425-3686.
A Spa Package is also available for those of you who prefer more pampering prior to the ceremony. (This one includes a facial, manicure and pedicure, as well as massage. Ahhhh!) Check the website for details.
7. Deacon Timothy Pratt B&B
The Deacon Timothy Pratt B&B is in Old Saybrook, one of the oldest towns in Connecticut. It's listed on the National Historic Register and is part of a historical walking tour and bike loop.
The home was built in 1746 by Deacon Timothy Pratt and was once a private school. Now, however, the building has been made into charming guestrooms with whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, 4-poster or canopy beds, and all the high-tech amenities.
Outside, the grounds have been cultivated into beautiful gardens with a fountain, sitting areas, hammock and tree swing. You'll love the tree
You get a full breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and lovely home-baking during the week. (Ask to see the beehive oven too!)
Try the formal candle-lit breakfast served on fine china, linens and silver as you enjoy the atmosphere in the elegant dining room.
There are several suites to choose from for your elopement stay and they all have their own charm, but I love character and decorating in the English Cottage Room. It's all done in red and white toile with queen-sized canopy bed, fireplace, whirlpool tub and lots more. Note: This room is actually located on the second floor of the James Gallery and Soda Fountain Building, which is just a few steps from the main building.
Prices vary by season. In the winter months, rooms occupied by two people are between $130 and $150, plus tax. In the warmer months, they are between $170 and $200 plus tax.
Their Elopement Package: just add $160 to the cost of your stay, and you will receive a Justice of the Peace to perform the ceremony beside the fireplace in the parlor, or whether permitting in the gardens. You also get champagne and chocolate truffles in your room. Afterwards, enjoy the gas-lit main street with brick sidewalks, the historic shopping district, great restaurants, spas, galleries and many other romantic activities this lovely New England town has to offer you.
Right next door is an old fashioned soda fountain and ice cream shop (which also has suites belonging to the Deacon Timothy Pratt--see above) as well as a Moroccan Market Place and across the street you'll find the General Hart House museum, archives building & heritage gardens. Half a mile away, you can enjoy the scenery at a beautiful cove with boat launch. Canoe or Kayak here, or go a little farther for beaches, lighthouses, golf, and tennis.
For Your Connecticut Honeymoon:
Steamboat Inn - extremely popular with couples, this luxury waterfront Mystic CT romantic inn has whirlpool tubs and wood-burning fireplaces, and is within walking distance to many local shops and restaurants.
How to Elope in Connecticut
Note: Requirements may vary as each county can have their own. Be sure to check with local authorities first.
In general, all you have to do is present photo id such as a driver's license or passport as well as your social security number, mother's maiden name, birthplace of parents, date and location of your wedding and name/contact information for your officiate.
You do not have to be a resident of Connecticut but you must apply in either the town where one of you live (if in Connecticut) or the town where the ceremony will be held. You may appear together or individually at the Clerk's office to apply for the license. The cost is $30 - $50 (cash is usually preferred) and there is no waiting period, although some towns may require you to pick up the license the next day. You don't need blood tests, witnesses, or birth certificates, and the license is valid for 65 days. It can only be used in the State of Connecticut.
Common-law and proxy marriages are not permitted, but cousin and same-sex marriages are legal here.
Written parental consent is needed if you are under the age of 18.
Any ordained or licensed clergyman belonging to any US state may perform the marriage as long as they are working in the ministry. The license must be filled out by the minister and returned to the town clerk's office.
Judges, Justices of the Peace, or Connecticut State Referees may also perform weddings.
(Please Note: This page on Connecticut elopements is a guide only. Prices for these Connecticut wedding packages as well as requirements for marriages in Connecticut can change. Please consult with suppliers and official agencies before making any purchases or set arrangements.)