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I am happy to say that after my wedding, I had absolutely NO regrets in having my reception at Saybrook Point Inn. When why husband and I first got engaged, we had time to look around CT venue sites, and Saybrook Point was the most professional one that we visited. I loved how the setting was right on the water, and there was only one wedding at a time. To me, that made the most difference. During the big day, the staff was so attentive that I didn’t have to worry about a thing! They made sure we ate, bustled my dress (which my MOH was super happy that she didn't have to do it...) and brought all the gifts up to our room at the end of the night. The room my husband and I stayed in that night was just beautiful, and it was nice that we just had to go upstairs.
After the wedding, I had an outpour of complements from friends and family. People were RAVING about the food, and others were so happy about the attention they received with dietary needs. They went out of their way to make every guest (all 190 of them) happy!
Since my wedding, my husband and I have been back twice to eat at their restaurant Fresh Salt, and we already plan on spending our anniversary there!
I cannot say enough positive things about Saybrook Point Inn! I’m sure this sounds like a repeat of all the other reviews, but this place is truly amazing and a class act. In a world where service barely exists, Saybrook Point Inn goes above and beyond to ensure that your wedding day is the perfect day that you have always dreamed of! We fell in love with Saybrook Point Inn during our initial tour and knew this is where we wanted to get married. The tasting and vendor night only reinforced all of our reasons for choosing Saybrook Point Inn. This is a fun evening where all couples from upcoming weddings get together for a faux wedding with a sit-down dinner to try some of the popular dishes and meet a variety of different vendors. What’s not to love with the beautiful water views and gorgeous ballroom though! On the day of our wedding the service was outstanding, the food was delicious, and the venue was beautiful. We worked with Sara for planning our wedding and she was amazing. I’m not sure how she keeps it all straight, but I never had a worry on my wedding day or throughout the entire planning process. From Sara, Ellen, Donna, Joe and everyone in between, the team here is the best and made the day as memorable as it was.
In addition, we just recently returned for our first wedding anniversary. Everyone at the Inn remembered who we were and treated us just as special as they did on our wedding day! I can completely understand why this venue continues to win The Knot “Best of Weddings” award, they will always deserve it!
We fell in love with Saybrook Point Inn from the minute we arrived for our initial tour and knew this was where we had to have our wedding reception! The staff is extremely attentive and will go above and beyond to make everything perfect... and in fact, our wedding was just that... PERFECT! The setting is picturesque, the food is superb, and the staff is amazing. Family members have already returned to Saybrook Point Inn due the phenomenal time they had at our wedding! We look forward to visiting Saybrook Point Inn for years to come and will always cherish the memories of our time there.
From the moment we stepped onto the Saybrook Point Inn's property we knew this was the wedding venue for us. Beyond it's New England charm and incredible views of the water and marina, the venue had so much to offer. We arranged a tour of the site one morning on a whim. Boy, were we thankful for that "whim"! We were warmly welcomed and accommodated by every staff member on site from the moment we walked through the door even before we made it official. The venue is family-owned so we experienced outstanding, personal service throughout our planning process. We never felt like "just another client".
We specifically worked with Ken, Ellen, and Donna on the sales and banquet teams who were all absolutely marvelous. Ken was incredibly accommodating with our needs and made sure everything in our contract was clear, understood, and to our liking. Ellen took it from there and was with us every step of the way planning our special day. Always prompt to respond, she answered every question no matter how small and constantly offered solutions and enthusiasm for every idea and detail. Donna, our banquet manager, made sure the day-of went along without a hitch. We interacted with her occasionally throughout our 9-months of planning and she always greeted us with a hug and huge smile. I cannot say enough good things about the staff. As a former corporate event planner, I have worked with many planners but this team is top-notch, seasoned, and dedicated! They make you feel like you're planning your wedding with your friends, not hired professionals.
Our wedding took place on a Friday in early October. We were fortunate to have beautiful weather that day so we had the ceremony on their back patio overlooking the marina. Cocktail hour followed also on the patio and the reception in the ballroom. We always had indoor backup locations for the ceremony and cocktail hour because the SPI only hosts one event at a time. We really liked this because we never felt like we were vying for the attention of the staff. The exact opposite actually! The staff checked-in with us even when we weren't reaching out to them to see how everything was going and how they could help.
The day of the wedding could not have run any smoother. Everything from the complimentary shuttle that brought our guests from another local hotel to the SPI for the ceremony and reception, to the banquet team making sure the wedding party got plenty of food and drink during cocktail, and finally to Donna making sure we were able to enjoy our meals at the reception amidst greeting all our guests. As if they hadn't done enough, they even surprised us with champagne in our room and complimentary SPI glasses for us to take home at the end of the evening.
And we must mention the food. Oh the food! We kept hearing about how great the food was from previous reviews. Well, let us just say - it's true! We attended a group tasting (think "attending a pretend wedding with all the venue's preferred vendors") and the food presented was good. We were happy with it but wouldn't give it it's own paragraph in our review. But on the day of the wedding, the food was INCREDIBLE. Our guests raved about each and every course and the service that went along with it.
We truly cannot imagine having had our wedding anywhere else. The entire process was stress-free and fun! We cannot wait to go back to the SPI to celebrate our future anniversaries. It will always have a dear place in our heart.
I knew I wanted to go back to my CT shoreline roots to get married and investigated several of the venues available in the area that offered the elegant, waterfront setting I was looking for. I got the feeling very early on at Saybook Point that we were on the same page in terms of how to throw an elegant and memorable affair - and I was RIGHT. I'm so happy I chose an amazing venue like the SPI that knows what they are doing. They made everything so easy for a busy bride like me! The in-house wedding planning with Sara was perfect, she was responsive to my questions and accommodated the few special touches I wanted to add. Choosing my other vendors was also so easy with SPI's vendor recommendations - it became very obvious that it's a selective list and again made my life so much easier.
The week of your wedding is chaos. Know that in advance. However, the staff at SPI handled it all in stride with me as I showed up with tons of boxes for decorations and specialty items. When the day came, they had everything set up perfectly - not a thing out of place. It was actually set up even better than I had pictures in my head.
The day itself was fabulous. It's been a month now since our wedding, and I am STILL hearing from friends and family who were in attendance how much they loved the venue. People were just blown away by the food and the service provided by the staff. As well as the unmatched ocean front views and accommodations of course.
The staff also helped me just be a bride and enjoy the day as much as possible. Right from when we arrived from the church to do photos, my husband and I were greeted with champagne and passed apps so we didn't miss all the good stuff happening at our cocktail hour. Little did I know it at the time, but that fabulous gentleman would become our "keeper" for the rest of the night (which I say incredibly fondly!). He checked in with us constantly, made sure we ate food, visited tables, danced, etc. Between him, the event manager Donna, and the vendors I had chosen, they orchestrated the most well-run large event I've ever been a part of. I wanted an upscale and classy but fun wedding and SPI was the perfect place to make it happen. I would have my wedding there again in a heartbeat!
Do yourselves good ladies, check out the Saybrook Point Inn!
My husband and I were blown away by the service that Saybrook Point Inn provided. We truly enjoyed our day! During and after our wedding, our guests raved about the experience they had.
Thank you Saybrook Point Inn for the many memories!
Ashley & David
Saybrook Point Inn did a great job of capturing the essence of our wedding day! From day one, they listened to what we wanted as the bride and groom. Following our wedding, our guests talked about the venue, food, accommodations, and overall service of our special day for weeks. Even though we had torrential downpours on our wedding day (on the 4th of July), you never would have known from the photos given the amount of love that was felt by all! It truly was the most amazing day of our lives and we could not have been happier with everything! The service was amazing and we truly felt valued on our day and not "just another couple getting married." Thank you Saybrook Point Inn!
Oh my! How can we ever thank all of the wonderful folks at Saybrook Point Inn for the most wonderful fairy tale wedding reception? The beautiful waterfront setting is fantastic and the staff is incredible and will go above and beyond to make everything perfect... and in fact, our wedding was just that... A+++! It began last fall with a chance visit looking for our wedding reception site. We fell in love with SPI from the minute we arrived and knew this was where we had to have our wedding reception! While walking around, we were greeted by superstar Dean. He gave us a memorable tour and assured us that it would be the reception of a lifetime! Later we met up with wedding planner extraordinaire Sara who took charge of all of our arrangements. She was professional, knowledgeable and could not have been nicer…..even when we sent hundreds of emails!! Wedding planner Ellen did a terrific job when Sara was on maternity leave and they worked together seamlessly. They also helped with numerous other things like referring hair stylist April Murallo who went right to the bridal suite and did an amazing job! They set us up for quite a day! The day started with the perfect wedding at St. John’s church along with Father Greg and the music of renowned musical director Tim Stella. As we came out of church to head over to the Saybrook Point Inn, we were greeted by the first of two rainbows of the day (sent from heaven!) and the Westbrook Junior Colonials Fife and Drum Corp. We stepped off the Jolly Red Trolley to a glass of champagne and the beginning of our dream evening. Cocktail hour on the patio above the docks was unbelievable. The hor d’oeuvre displays, including specially requested watermelon carvings were out of this world. We also had the Caribbean Vibe steel drum band playing and that along with the second rainbow made that an enchanting experience. Then it was into the main event….Our reception was excellent beyond words thanks that night to Donna and Joe and all the staff. Donna, Donna...we can’t thank you enough for all of the countless things you did (most that we would have never thought of) including sitting on the floor getting a stain out of my dress and bustling it 3 times! Joe anticipated our every need and all of the staff was top notch. The food and ambiance was exceptional and our guests are still raving about the entire experience. We had several special requests and Sara, Donna, the Chef and entire staff, made them all happen. The chocolate devastation cake from one of their recommended bakeries, Pastry Fusion, was to die for. Many recommended The Cartel’s for our band and that was the perfect choice for us. Karen and the whole orchestra had the whole evening choreographed flawlessly and they worked seamlessly with SPI. The dance floor was always full and an awesome time was had my all! We also loved the history and beauty of the entire Inn and especially the guest rooms which were elegant, spacious and luxurious (fireplaces). We know some of our guests have already returned! We stayed on for a few days and were treated like royalty. All staff were special, every restaurant visit was great, the Spa was absolutely wonderful...the experience was magnificent!
We highly recommend Saybrook Point Inn to anyone looking for the perfect place for a wedding venue. Thanks to all involved for being a part of our wedding. Dean was so right…it was a fairy tale time of our lives.
Saybrook Point Inn was a dream venue. The facility is beautiful and the staff is out of this world. I felt like I was a princess. The attention to detail and personal attention we received was exceptional. The day was more than I could have imagined. They are experts at what they do!
My husband and I were so happy that we chose Saybrook Point Inn to have our wedding ceremony and reception. From our very first meeting there, we knew it was the place for us. The outside ceremony/cocktail hour space was beautiful and breathtaking, as was the reception ballroom.
We cannot say enough about the staff at The Inn. Donna and Sara went above and beyond what we could have imagined and made our wedding day and the planning process perfect and easy. The two of them were an absolute delight to work with. The day of our wedding we also had Joe and Dean working with us and they were so helpful as well.
We received many compliments about the venue, food and staff and we are still getting compliments over a month later.
Saybrook Point Inn truly made our dream wedding possible. I highly recommend them.
We attended a wedding at Saybrook Point a few years ago and fell in love, and rightfully so. So, when we started looking into venues, it was a no-brainer. We met with Sara and she was so incredibly knowledgeable, professional, invested, and engaging. She was our primary consultant throughout the entire planning process and always had a very quick response time. When I hit my "Bridal Wall," she was reassuring. Sara gave her all and you could see that she genuinely enjoyed it! Donna was her right-hand woman! She radioed for seltzer when my dress got a stain on it. She and Sara were diligent and undeniably dedicated the entire process, all of the way through the wedding. I was a DIY bride and I went all-out with mason jars! They served as favors, containers, vases, and candle holders so there were probably 19 cases (give or take!). The staff was so accommodating and made me feel like I wasn't the "Crazy Mason Jar Bride." Ed, Bernard, and Francois helped us unload and load (and unload and load!) everything and were just so friendly and helpful. Scott and Brandon at the front-desk were always polite and great with all of our guests. Dean was just amazing to me and my husband, as well as our bridal party. The food was superb. We received so many compliments on everything, from hors d'oeuvres to the appetizer (the ravioli is to die for!) to the entrees. We did buffet-style, and the food was anything but! Nothing was dry or chewy or drenched in sauce. It was all perfectly cooked, presented, and served. I know this is a very long review, and awesome if you have decided to read the whole thing! We loved it there so much that we made a long weekend of it! We were married on a Friday and stayed the Thursday night before until the Monday after! This is the place to have your dream wedding! There just are not enough words to express how dynamic everything truly was! We plan on returning for our anniversary every year and look forward to doing so!
My husband and I chose this venue based on the location in Connecticut and proximity to the water and I am thrilled that we did. From beginning to end everything was perfect. Sara, my bridal consultant, was phenomenal. She was so nice and accomodating. She worked with me on every detail to make sure that it suited my needs. Donna, the banquet manager, was fabulous for the night of the wedding. She made sure that every detail Sara and I discussed was executed perfectly. Joe, my attendant, was by my side the entire night making sure that I was taken care of and everywhere I needed to be. Rubson, a waiter, was also attentive and responsive to the needs of my guests. The food was fantastic. All of my guests commented about how beautiful the venue was and how delicious the food was as well. The one negative was that we upgraded to a pasta bar during the cocktail hour, but it was set up in a corner and after the wedding a number of guest said they didn't even know/see a pasta bar, including my mother who knew that we had got one. Other than that, it was perfect and I would highly recommend this venue. It is a beautiful and tranquil setting and the people that work there are kind, accomdating and attentive to the bride, the groom and their guests.
This place is amazing. It is elegant, upscale, comfortable and beautiful. Amazing food and top notch service.
I just had my wedding last night at Saybrook Point, and I could not have been more pleased! My husband and I can't get over how perfect our day was. The staff was amazing, a few to name; Sarah, Donna, and Dean, an absolute pleasure to deal with! Dean pulled me aside to make sure I ate and my dress was bustled. Donna carried my shoes and purse and accommodated me all night long. I am truly grateful for the staff. The service and food were excellent, the honeymoon suite was gorgeous! I would gladly recommend this place to anyone and I would love to visit every year on our anniversary! The scenery is breathtaking also. An absolutely perfect wedding! Well worth every penny.
This was the perfect venue for my wedding. We had 50 guests and the ceremony and reception were all done outside. The food was excellent and my guests raved about it. The location could not have been any more beautiful. Sara was very responsive to my special requests and needs and made my planning all the easier.
Great place! everyone super helpful!
My husband and I got married 4 months ago at the SPI. We had the time of our lives on our wedding weekend--everything was absolutely perfect--and we owe it all to Sara Sheiffele and her amazing staff at the SPI!
First of all, the inn and its quaint waterfront location is an absolute dream come true! Everything about the inn exudes elegance from the beautiful grounds, the gorgeous foyer, fresh seafood menus, top-knotch spa treatments and old-world-feeling of the oversized, luxurious rooms. It is unlike any hotel or inn out there. You have to go and see it to understand!
Sara S. worked and partnered with us from day one, catering to our every need and request with lots of phone calls and email communication. She is extremely knowledgeable and responsive, so it made each step of planning that much easier. She saw too it that the menu was done exactly the way we envisioned, and even secured a private tasting for us. (The inn usually does group tastings). On the day of the wedding she surprised us both by putting us up in most gorgeous Chester Suite - it's like an apartment! This was an upgrade to the inn's standard free night stay for the bride and groom. It was an extremely thoughtful measure!
Just in case you’re wondering though - there is honestly no bad room in this place! They are a little pricey in terms of rates, but you are getting luxury, comfort and views that are truly unparalleled! We encouraged our guests to stay at the inn to get the full experience! The rooms have the feeling of a mansion - think marble floors, fireplaces and light blue damask bedding!
The day of our wedding went off without a hitch. Sara's dream team was there to pull off each segment seamlessly. Everything was smoothly coordinated and setup just the way we had wanted, from the guest sign-in table, to the candy bar and special menu requests we had made. I remember feeling scattered after my hair got completely windblown during our "first look" photos, but the event banquet girls were up in my rooms with walky-talkies communicating to the team downstairs to delay the ceremony and inform my groom I was running late. Then after the ceremony they put together the ridiculously intricate French bustle on the train of my gown and brought us our own tray of food and champagne, so we wouldn't miss a single aspect of our night.
I can keep going, but you get the idea! This place has all the right stuff and more importantly, people to help you create a 5 star wedding from start to finish. Highly recommend the Saybrook Point Inn for an unforgettable experience! PS...they are currently building more suites just down the road. The place is really expanding and growing for all of the future brides looking for the latest and greatest!
The Saybrook team were not amazing but were totally professional! Sara and her team of superstars made our wedding more than perfect. The staff I barely remember seeing the day of and the food was so perfect that my family tells me everytime I talk to them. I cannot thank them enough for all their hard work and dedication.
Saybrook Point Inn was such an amazing experience for our wedding day! It was more than we could have ever imagined! The whole day was beautiful and elegant!
My husband and I got engaged on the water in Newport, but wanted to have a more local wedding here in CT. We came across Saybrook Point Inn and after just a brief tour, we knew this was our spot! The property is absolutely gorgeous. Prior to our wedding, we attended their tasting. We assumed we would be there with our coordinator to sample a few things on the menu. To our surprise, we were in attendance with a number of other couples. It was like a mock wedding. They had many cake vendors to choose from, wait staff serving appetizers and entrees and the girls from the spa doing a makeup trial for the brides. We were so impressed and knew our day would be perfect!
Our wedding coordinator was Sara Sheiffele, who was truly the best! She returned our calls and emails extremely fast and did a fabulous job handling all the requests we had. Donna Michaud was also a part of our big day and coordinated our entire night along with Sara. There wasn’t a detail that was missed and not a single thing that went wrong that day. The wait staff was exceptional and we can’t say enough about the food! Our guests couldn’t get over how delicious everything was.
Saybrook Point Inn also has a spa on-site, which makes it very easy for brides to have both their hair and makeup done without worrying about appointment times or travel. Tara Raschello did my makeup for my wedding day and I couldn’t believe how beautiful it turned out. I normally don’t wear face makeup and was so pleased with how natural and flawless it looked. April Murallo was my stylist in my bridal suite and did an amazing job with my hair.
We highly recommend Saybrook Point Inn to anyone looking for the perfect place for a wedding venue. Thank you to all for being a part of our wedding day! It was a dream come true!
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Elegant Waterfront Weddings
For the most important day of your life, experience the luxury of the Saybrook Point Inn and Spa. Spectacular waterfront views creating memories that last a lifetime. Our wedding specialists are dedicated to seamlessly delivering every detail of your most important event.
- Price Range: $$$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Kosher Available, Liquor License, On the Water, Onsite Overnight Accommodations, Onsite Parking, Outdoor Ceremony Area, Outdoor Reception Area, Tented Area, Valet Parking
- Capacity: Up to 250
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Boat/Yacht, Hotel/Resort, Inn/B&B, Unusual/Alternative
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings Hall Of Fame
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2014
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2008
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2007