Getting Married in a Historic Mansion?

Haley Mansion Wedding Venue, Inn at Mystic, Connecticut Columns of Haley Mansion Wedding Venue, Inn at Mystic, Connecticut Living Room of Haley Mansion Wedding Venue, Inn at Mystic, Connecticut Tent at Haley Mansion, Inn at Mystic, ConnecticutBack of Haley Mansion Wedding Venue, Inn at Mystic, ConnecticutOutside Haley Mansion Wedding Venue, Inn at Mystic, Connecticut Kim and Dan touring the Haley Mansion Wedding Venue, Inn at Mystic, Connecticut Outside of Haley Mansion Wedding Venue, Inn at Mystic, Connecticut

When I say that Dan and I have toured every type of wedding venue imaginable, I wasn’t kidding! Which is why we found ourselves wandering around a colonial revival mansion on a beautiful Sunday in April. As your average vanilla couple, how did we find ourselves in an extravagant, historic estate?

Initially what attracted us to this mansion was its location. The mansion sat at the top of the hill, overlooking a beautiful river in our favorite coastal town, Mystic. For those who don’t know, we lived in Mystic together during our first year out of college, which is why we have such a connection with this nautical town. We had driven past this venue so often that naturally we were curious to see what it looked like inside. Finally, we had our opportunity!

As expected, the venue was elegant and classy with its grand entryway, ornate fireplace, and lavish furniture. Even their tent held chandeliers year-round! So why didn’t we book this place at first sight? Well to put it simply, it just wasn’t our style. We didn’t feel sophisticated enough nor could we picture ourselves exchanging vows here. The mansion reminded us of a watered-down version of Downton Abbey. Is that a fair comparison? We have never actually seen the show, but imagine it’s old-fashioned like this.

Even though it wasn’t our style, we had no regrets touring this place. Sometimes you just need to experience it in-person to know whether it’d be right (or in this case, wrong) for you!

Afterwards, we spent rest of our day hanging out in Mystic.

Would you have your wedding in a historic mansion?

Personally, our favorite type of venue was this gorgeous barn that we toured last time!
And this christmas tree farm venue!

 

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51 Comments

  1. April 25, 2017 / 10:56 am

    I’m really into history so this place is actually super appealing to me. It’s a really nice venue! Did you guys get an estimate on this one cause it seems super expensive xD

    cabin twenty-four

    • April 25, 2017 / 12:13 pm

      Ooh if you like history, you should look into getting married in a museum someday! Weddings are super expensive in general but I remember this one being “affordable” haha.

    • April 25, 2017 / 12:17 pm

      Thanks Jamie! You can’t go wrong with classic white!

  2. April 25, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    Even in today’s time, that mansion still look really nice! It definitely has an elegant and classy feel and that hall looks amazing! Even though the mansion wasn’t your style, it’s still good to check out the place. The surroundings is pretty nice too – you don’t have that “city noise” going on.

    Like you, I feel like the historic mansion is too elegant for me. Though, I wouldn’t mind attending a wedding there :).

    • April 28, 2017 / 11:12 pm

      The mansion was even more beautiful in person! And you’re right, city noise can really ruin a wedding :/

    • April 28, 2017 / 10:44 pm

      I love bright, white space too! Really makes a room look bigger.

  3. April 25, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    This place i stunning! But I agree, it kinda looks a bit outdated for a wedding venue. For other events it would be perfect though. It’s your wedding day so you’d want it to be everything you’ve ever imagined. Hopefully you find the perfect place soon! Good luck!

    TFM BLOG

    • April 28, 2017 / 10:44 pm

      Very true! Thanks Shannon!

  4. AModernMomBlog
    April 25, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    It’s definitely a beautiful place, but you definitely shouldn’t get married some where that feels too sophisticated for you two as a couple. Keep searching. I’m sure the perfect wedding venue will show up eventually

    Carly at A Modern Mom Blog

    • April 28, 2017 / 10:42 pm

      Yes fingers crossed! Thanks Carly!

  5. April 26, 2017 / 12:48 am

    Wow, it is such a beautiful venue! But if it doesn’t feel right keep looking! You will get there eventually =)

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE

    ~

    • April 28, 2017 / 10:16 pm

      Definitely! Thanks for the motivation, Vivian!

    • April 28, 2017 / 10:44 pm

      I think so too! Thanks!

    • April 28, 2017 / 10:16 pm

      Thank you! The mansion was even more beautiful in-person!

  6. April 26, 2017 / 8:42 am

    I would definitely love to get married at a historic mansion 💖Just, wow! 😍 It is so beautiful, classy, and elegant.
    Also, I love how it overlooks the first town you both lived in after college. It adds another history to its already historic past 🙂

    xo, Gillan

    • April 28, 2017 / 10:17 pm

      That is a lovely idea, adding history onto history. We will always have a place in our heart for the first town we lived in together!

    • April 28, 2017 / 10:15 pm

      Thanks, Samantha!

    • April 28, 2017 / 10:15 pm

      Definitely! Thanks for the comment, Ann!

    • April 28, 2017 / 10:14 pm

      Totally! I could imagine beautiful portraits in front by the pillars!

  7. April 26, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    I totally agree with your assessment haha. The mansion is beautiful, but definitely not my style either. I say that A LOT when looking at homes. So many homes are indeed objectively gorgeous, but at the end of the day, they’re just not my style. It’s definitely important to be in a place where you can picture exchanging vows. Sounds like both of you are on the same page! Which is a great start.

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    • April 28, 2017 / 10:13 pm

      Thanks for the thought, Emily! We haven’t even considered looking at our first home yet! One life decision at a time haha. Hopefully our lessons learned from touring wedding venues will translate to finding our first home!

  8. April 26, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    We toured a plantation similar to this home for our wedding, but ultimately ended up going with a waterside venue! They are so beautiful, but I’m with you, it just wasn’t my style. Wherever you choose, I know it’s going to be beautiful!

    Brooke
    Pumps and Push-Ups

    • April 28, 2017 / 10:10 pm

      Thanks, Brooke! I bet your waterside venue was beautiful!

  9. April 26, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    I definitely agree that touring a wedding venue in-person is the best way to know if it is the perfect fit! My husband and I definitely did when we were planning our wedding which led us to getting married at Lake Louise in Canada. I do love this beautiful mansion though…the view of the river looks so peaceful! 🙂

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    • April 28, 2017 / 10:09 pm

      Whaaaat, Lake Louise?! That sounds GORGEOUS.

  10. April 27, 2017 / 2:37 am

    I think that wedding in a historic mansion is a wonderful idea. Especially if it looks like this one. That would be a gorgeous wedding. Full of elegance and grace.
    X
    Miri

    http://currentlywearing.com

    • April 28, 2017 / 10:07 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Miri. I love beautiful venues like this too!

  11. April 27, 2017 / 9:59 am

    If I had the budget and the groom, I would certainly consider it! Your comment “a watered down version of Downton Abbey” made me laugh. You should totally watch Downton Abbey, but only the first few seasons 🙂

    COLLEENWELSCH.COM

    • April 28, 2017 / 10:06 pm

      Very true, you will need a groom first hahaha! And thanks, I noticed Downton Abbey on my Netflix recommendations, so I’ll totally check out the first few seasons!

  12. April 27, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    Wow, this is such a beautiful venue! When I get married, I think i’ll consider this 🙂

    • April 28, 2017 / 10:04 pm

      Definitely go for it! Historic homes are so beautiful!

  13. April 30, 2017 / 2:49 am

    Looks gorgeous from the outside, but a bit too old on the inside. Cool to see all the options out there though!

    • May 2, 2017 / 10:19 am

      We thought the same thing. There are so many different venues out there that are beautiful in their own unique ways!

  14. May 1, 2017 / 11:44 pm

    Wow! That is really pretty but as you said I think it’s old-fashioned. You seem like such a fun girl, this is way too classic 🙂

    Jade
    tinybigmoments.squarespace.com

    • May 2, 2017 / 11:57 am

      Haha, thanks Jade! You too!

  15. May 4, 2017 / 9:32 am

    I personally wouldn’t get married at a mansion because it feels too formal for me, and when I get married I would probably opt to either elope or have a chill intimate wedding. Possibly by the beach. 🙂 This venue looks so nice though! Can you imagine a great gatsby themed wedding happening here? That would look awesome!

    Teesh ♥ || Adventures of Cupcake Girl

    • May 5, 2017 / 2:26 pm

      You have wonderful taste so I bet your wedding or elopement will be fantastic! Gatsby-themed would be so fun!

    • May 12, 2017 / 1:51 pm

      Seems like anywhere can be considered a wedding venue now! As long as you have some beautiful flowers to decorate it 🙂

  16. Lauren Lindmark
    May 12, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    Wow it looks beautiful! Can’t wait to see where y’all officially choose 🙂

    Lauren Lindmark | dailydoseofcharm.com

    • May 12, 2017 / 3:26 pm

      Thanks, Lauren! I promise you that it’ll be a good one 🙂

    • June 1, 2017 / 2:17 pm

      Thanks for reading, Chloe!

  17. Micaela
    June 13, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    Such a beautiful location! I completely understand how you would feel a bit out of place in such an ornate location, but I could truly picture you getting ready and taking photos there! Something about the classic wood room and that great view… I can’t wait to see what you two do pick! I know it’ll be beautiful 🙂

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