49 total reviews
Dolce in Norwalk CT was the perfect location for our fall wedding.... with the beautiful lake and Fall leaves around us. We were lucky to have the ceremony outdoors and then had the cocktail hour and wedding reception inside. The planning was so easy and enjoyable, we were lucky to work with Hazel Scudder who is a talented, and professional events coordinator and took care of every detail and made the experience pleasurable. The wedding included a wedding cake from my favorite bakery in Greenwich - shuttle transportation and a big bridal suite with a connecting bedroom for our wedding night.
The wedding day went seamless my bridal party looked amazing walking down the aisle to canon D pachelbel. And my father was so proud to walk me down the aisle to my soon to be husband. We shared our vows and declared husband and wife then whisked away to do photos. When we were finished we went to our bridal suite to regroup and found a table filled with appetizers and drinks that Hazel prepared for us. Then joined our bridal party who just came out of the cocktail hour and perfectly lined up outside of the ballroom waiting to be announced. Everyone felt great walking into the ballroom with purple lights and a our song waiting for us to do our first dance. Followed by a champagne toast from our best man and maid of honor and then the starters were served a yummy of cup of New England clam chowder and caesar salad which played into our New England theme wedding. In between Hazel came by to make sure we greeted our guests then came back to the table to make sure we enjoyed our meal which was filet mignon with mushroom risotto - yum!! After a night of dancing we cut into our wedding cake and then indulged into a yummy ice cream sundae bar....at everyones table we had little chocolates, and macrons....it was the perfect wedding.
I highly recommend having your wedding at Dolce and setting up a meeting with Hazel - who is now a friend for life.
One last note my bridal party kept mentioning how beautiful the cocktail hour was walking in to a friendly staff holding wine, champagne and bellinis. The bar service was fantastic.
Perfect venue for a perfect day! Couldn't ask for anything more. Service was great, rooms were great, food was great, and staff was great! We arrived Friday afternoon, did our rehearsal dinner here and didn't leave until Sunday! All of our guests said it wasn't just a great place but a great wedding! The hair and makeup people came to the hotel, breakfast was delivered to my room so I wouldn't risk running into the groom to be, and the bar was the perfect spot for the after party. Secluded location....no one knows it is here...shhh. There is inside locations for the ceremony as well as lots of choices for outside! Picture spots everywhere. A Special shout out to Hazel for keeping everyone where they needed to be. The only bad part....is it is all over! But, we will be back for a visit. Thanks Dolce for being part of our very important day. We miss you already....Lisa and Bill
Everything was wonderful! Couldn't have asked for a better day!
Dolce was the first stop on my wedding venue list and I cancelled every stop after that. From the get go I knew this was the place to have my reception. EVERYONE and EVERYTHING was amazing from the very first second we walked through the doors!!! Hazel works with the bride to make all her dreams come true! I currently reside in Las Vegas, but wanted to get married in my hometown, and even from 3,000 miles away, I knew my wedding was going to be phenomenal. Communication was never an issue, Hazel and her entire team kept my mother and myself in the loop at all times. The venue itself, spectacular! The cocktail hour was amazing and I have heard nothing but positive compliments from my guests, still to this day, about it and the dinner. Desserts, Cake, Drinks, Dancing I could continue forever about my wedding night and how unbelievable it was and honestly still is for my husband and I. We talk about it often, relive it in our memories and could not be more grateful for Hazel and the entire staff at Dolce. Dolce makes your dreams come true. :)
We recently had our wedding reception at Dolce Norwalk. We knew from the minute we walked in the door for our first visit that this was the place for us. It's a sprawling, beautiful location tucked away in a quiet setting. On the big day, everything was perfect (even the weather!!). After cocktail hour out on the patio the guests were moved into the main ballroom for dinner.
The appetizers and main courses were phenomenal, and the STAFF was unbelievable. They made sure each guest had exactly what they needed. Alison, Renee and the entire staff were by far the most amazing group of servers I've ever encountered. They really made sure that every guest had an excellent experience, and no want or need went unmet.
The wedding manager, Hazel, stayed throughout the whole wedding and made sure every detail was taken care of. She's amazing... there is absolutely NO need for a wedding planner because she's on top of everything.
Working with Dolce, the entire planning process was extremely easy which made for a VERY enjoyable day. We'll definitely have fond memories to look back on.
They really do a phenomenal job and I highly recommend Dolce to anyone who wants to have a great, stress free event!!
Dolce Norwalk is the total package and more! The grounds at Dolce speak for it's self making for amazing pictures that helped captured all of our memories from that special day. The food was all cooked to perfection and displayed beautifully. The staff at the hotel as well as the service during our reception were friendly, patient and very accommodating.
Hazel the event coordinator at Dolce is the real treasure there, she made planning a wedding in 4 months easy and stress free. She payed attention to every detail making our day absolutely flawless and she did it all with a smile on her face. Her calmness made me worry free and able to enjoy every minute of my day. From the beginning to the very end of the planning of our wedding Hazel was always sure to make herself available and be in contestant communication with us to answer any of our questions.
Many of our guest still can't stop talking about how Dolce is the "hidden gem" of Norwalk. They all raved about the food, service and accommodation. The children that attended our wedding thought the pool and the basketball courts were the best part of the whole wedding!
If my husband and I could do it all over again...
It truly was the best day of our lives and Dolce is what helped make it the most amazing day. We couldn't be happier!
Dolce Norwalk gave us the opportunity to have an almost destination wedding, conveniently located 10 minutes from our house. Dolce's grounds are beautiful and they have so much to offer.
We were able to create the wedding weekend of our dreams. The day before our wedding we had informal "lawn games," utilizing the badminton, bocce, tennis and horseshoes. It was a great way to informally visit with all of our guests before the big day.
The day of the wedding everything was so easy. We got ready in the bridal suite and had pictures down by the pond, fountain and barn before the ceremony. Our pictures came out beautiful.
The ceremony was under the wedding tree which was just beautiful.
Cocktail hour was outside on the patio followed by a reception in the ballroom. We opted for the "stations" package and our guests raved about the food.
Hazel, Dolce's events manager is amazing. She is the perfect combination of your favorite aunt and a drill instructor. Hazel ensures everything runs smoothly and on time, and she does it with love and compassion. Nothing will fall through the cracks! Hazel worked with us on all the details of our wedding and helped ensure that our vision of a cocktail party like wedding (but with lots of food) came to life.
After the reception we moved the party upstairs to "The Bar" and continued the celebration. It's a great atmosphere up there with pool tables and table shuffleboard.
Our out of town guests (and even some of the local ones)stayed on property which was so easy and we didn't have to worry about anyone driving.
Dolce was not the cheapest place we looked at, but it wasn't the most expensive either. It offers a great value with several packages to choose from. There are no hidden extras or surprises either - and even the cake is included.
Everything about the weekend at Dolce exceeded our expectations. We love Hazel, we love Dolce, and we would recommend them to anyone. If you're even toying with having your wedding here (or any function), set up an appointment with Hazel for a no pressure tour. You won't be sorry!
My husband and I were married at the Dolce Norwalk on August 2, 2014 and had a truly wonderful and memorable experience. The venue was the perfect place for an intimate affair with lots of out of town guests; everyone was able to stay on the premises and spend time with each other and enjoy the grounds, with no worries about getting people from place to place. The planning process was incredibly simple thanks to the amazing Ms. Hazel Scudder. Hazel was a big reason that we picked the Dolce for our event, and she did not disappoint, providing amazing support and guidance throughout the planning process and helping us make sure we had everything we needed. Hazel was there every step of the way, including on the actual wedding day, making sure that after all the time we put into planning we were able to really enjoy our wedding from the food to the drinks to the dancing. Our wedding was everything we hoped it would be and more thanks to Hazel and the Dolce!
I grew up 15min away in Stamford, CT and had absolutely no idea about this amazing venue.Not only is it tranquil- peaceful - picturesque- but the staff, starting with Hazel and right now to the front desk is absolutely amazing and there to make sure you have a great experience.
It rained on our wedding day and the venue lend itself well to amazing pictures.
I can't rave about this place enough.
All of our guests also had an amazing experiences and there were plenty of rooms to accommodate out of town guests.
The food- amazing
overalll just amazing
I wish I could get married there every day!
Overall, Dolce is a great all-encompassing wedding experience. We worked with Hazel, who did an excellent job helping us with all of the details well before the day. The food was fantastic, exactly as we had experienced at our tasting. The grounds provided a beautiful backdrop for our photos, too! All in all, A+.
I do not even know where to begin in writing this review. If you are looking for a beautiful venue in Fairfield County, look no further than Dolce Norwalk. The grounds are gorgeous, and the venue can serve as a one-stop-shop if you wish with ceremony, reception and hotel all in one place. My husband and I knew we did not want to have a religious ceremony and were married under the picturesque wedding tree on site. Dolce does a wonderful job setting up an intimate outdoor ceremony space. If weather were to not cooperate they also have indoor options.
Hazel Scudder, the wedding coordinator is fantastic. Hazel knows her stuff. She keeps things in order, is quick at returning emails (and I sent a million), and works with her couples at planning and budgeting the wedding of their dreams. I can't quite put into words how thankful I am for having Hazel, but really she is a dream to work with. I loved her and miss her now that the wedding is over now!
We had 160 people at our wedding and all fit very comfortably in the ballroom. I do see that this says capacity could go to 200 in the ballroom, and while I believe it, I think that would be tight, so be cautious if you think you may have more than 180 guests.
The food was exceptional, the staff was wonderful to work with. Another bonus, once your reception is over, there is a bar upstairs if you would like to continue the party until 1am, then guests can just walk down the hall to their hotel rooms.
Comparing prices to other venues in Connecticut, I find Dolce very comparable. I think if you want more bang for your buck, you would want to look into the more "wedding factory" type venues where more than 1 wedding a day or at the same time could be going on. My husband and I were looking for a more intimate venue where we were the focus of the staff and we got that service at Dolce.
We hosted the Rehearsal Dinner for our son's wedding at Dolce Center in August. We were delighted with the service, the food and the beautiful location. We continue to get great comments from the family & wedding party members who were in attendance.
And they worked with us to adjust the menu so that it would meet our budget.
Whether a wedding, shower or rehearsal dinner, I'd recommend Dolce to anyone.
Dolce was a wonderful place to get married! The grounds were beautiful with many spots for pictures. The food was fresh and delicious with many choices. We only had our reception at Dolce, but they are capable of doing both ceremony and reception together. Our favorite part of Dolce was the fact that you could have ceremony, reception, after party, and breakfast the next day all in one spot. Your guests did not need to travel once they arrived. Dolce only does one wedding a weekend making your day more special. You had the big hotel feel in a venue that was all brick buildings with hiking trails and beautiful grounds. We loved that our guests were well taken care of! Dolce is definitely a hidden gem!
The Dolce is a beautiful venue. From the drive up the to the hotel passing the red barn, the lake and the bridge you are captivated by the beauty of this special place. The food was delicious, the rooms are lovely and the staff is friendly and very accommodating.
Best of all is Hazel Scudder. Hazel helped us plan every aspect of our wedding Nothing was too much for her. A true professional in every way.
I would highly recommend having your affair at the Dolce, my friends are still talking about what a great wedding it was.
I only have the best things to say about my wedding reception at Dolce Norwalk. My husband and I happened to see Dolce Norwalk on a search of venues in Fairfield County and decided to go there first on our list. We immediately fell in love with the property upon driving in. I could see multiple places that would be absolutely beautiful for the backdrop in our pictures, from the red barn, lake, water fountain, and tree lined road. The brick exterior of the buildings was impressive and the lobby was gorgeous. We felt almost immediately that this was the place we wanted to have our reception. The ballroom and area surrounding were perfect for us and we loved the fact that the rest of the property was the most incredible place to host our wedding guests for the weekend. Our October wedding was picture perfect and we could not be happier with our choice, even almost a year later!
The best part of having your wedding at Dolce Norwalk is Hazel Scudder, the catering sales manager extraordinaire. She is the most delightful, caring, passionate, and kind person. She not only helped us create the perfect vision of our reception, she was there as a wealth of knowledge about all parts of the wedding planning process. She was there to calm nerves, help with decisions, and offer advice. I do not think we could have had such a perfect wedding without her! THANK YOU HAZEL!
Our guests were so impressed by the property, hotel, professional staff. The vendors recommended by Hazel were phenomenal! We used Tom from Sound Solutions and Stew Leonard's for our flowers. They were fantastic!
My advice? Go take a tour of Dolce Norwalk and see why it is one of the best (or in my opinion, THE BEST) place to have a wedding!
The thought process of planing a wedding was very difficult, but as soon as I found Dolce, Norwalk and Hazel, the catering sales manager , all my worries and fears disappeared. She helped me plan a lot of details that I wouldn't have thought otherwise. The overall experience was amazing, the service impeccable, my guests were constantly attended to and I did not see a line for a drinks. The food was delicious (one less thing to worry about) and my day turned out to be perfect. All my guests thoroughly enjoyed the scenic views of Dolce,Norwalk and wonder accomodations. I also used one of the entertainment recommendations from Hazel and until this day I continue to get compliments on how memorable was my wedding day was. I also held an after party at the launge/bar upstairs in which my guests continued to soak up the Dolce treatment and enjoyed pool tables games, more dancing (per my request) and refreshing beverages served by the wonderful staff at Dolce. I wish I can do it all over again, and I can't wait to go back to Dolce even if it is just for dinner to re-live the wonderful memory of my wedding. Best of luck!!
Other than marrying my new husband, choosing to have our wedding at Dolce Norwalk was the absolute best decision I have ever made. Hazel Scudder, the wedding organizer, was simply amazing to work with. She guided us from start to finish- from helping choose our menu months before to drying my tears right before I walked down the aisle- Hazel make us feel confident and content through the entire process.
Simply put- Dolce Norwalk is a beautiful venue with fantastic food and amazing service.
Our entire wedding weekend was flawless magical and I would not have changed a thing!
The most amazing experience. Every detail, every service was as though I was the only person in the world. We couldn't have dreamed a better wedding.
A huge thank you to Hazel, the event coordinator at Dolce in Norwalk, CT. She made our daughter's wedding extra special. We were already amazed when we first met her and how she represented the venue. She was always available to answer questions or meet with us. She guided us professionally through all the details. During the wedding she was just phenomenal. We cannot thank her enough. The venue itself is a gem, made us feel like we had a destination wedding. The hotel rooms were beautifully decorated. The beds were super comfortable and the pillows just the best. The front desk was always very helpful and friendly and made our stay extra special. The food was extraordinary to say the least, everything was exquisite. Portions were good. Courses were nicely spaced to give guests time to digest. Overall we have to thank Dolce and all their employees for making this an unforgettable event and making us feel so welcome. We can only recommend Dolce for future events. You cannot go wrong.
We looked at a few places in Fairfield County before we saw Dolce. The moment we drove up the beautiful driveway we were in love! Not only is the building itself (an old monastery) completely breathtaking, but the grounds are amazing! There's a pond, trails, rolling hills and the list goes on!
Hazel, the event coordinator, was the icing on the cake! Everyone at Dolce is so friendly and helpful and they all make sure your day runs perfectly without a hitch! Hazel has great ideas and works with you to perfect your special day.
The food is delicious and the servings are huge! I think everyone was stuffed for days! The hotel rooms were amazing and the beds were super comfortable!
Too bad Dolce isn't open for the public because I could make a habit out of vacationing there. You really feel like you're at a resort in the mountains. It's quiet, peaceful and serene and is the perfect place for a wedding! We couldn't have been happier and we are so glad that we were able to celebrate at Dolce!
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Create a lifetime of memories at Dolce Norwalk
A unique and timeless venue of style and class is your new Fairfield County Wedding & Event Destination. Set on 66 acres of rolling hills, meadows and woods, our hidden treasure captures the beauty and serenity of Connecticut with each and every season.
- Price Range: $$$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Kosher Available, Liquor License, Onsite Catering, Onsite Overnight Accommodations, Onsite Parking, Onsite Wedding Consultant, Outdoor Ceremony Area, Outdoor Reception Area, Outside Caterers Allowed, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: Up to 200
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Hotel/Resort, Mansion/Historic Site, Restaurant, Unusual/Alternative
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2014
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2012