Our Favorite Bridal Shower Venues in Connecticut for Every Budget and Style
If you're part of a lucky crew looking for bridal shower venues, that means it's time to pull out all the celebratory stops for one of your nearest and dearest. And we get it, you want to take some of the event planning off her shoulders and give her the special day she deserves.
After the engagement party but before her wedding ceremony and reception comes a special day that you're responsible for. First things first, you need the perfect venue to host the ideal bridal shower for your bride-to-be. New England, and Connecticut, specifically, offers so many charming places to host a shower. Whether you're looking for a country club setting, a waterfront backdrop or something entirely creative and unique, we've got you covered. Check out our favorite bridal shower venues in CT here.
Boca Oyster Bar in Bridgeport, Connecticut
With tons of natural sunlight, water views and your pick of indoor and outdoor dining locations, Boca Oyster Bar is a prime spot for a gorgeous special event. The waterfront restaurant boasts a gourmet seafood menu which you can customize yourself and a full drinks service you can opt into. The decor is modern and inviting with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows that include views of the harbor. Exclusive venue rental is available for up to 250 guests, and of course, you can choose a smaller, more intimate reservation.
Foundry Kitchen and Tavern in Sandy Hook, Connecticut
If quaint and cozy vibes sound dreamy to you, you'll want to check out Foundry Kitchen and Tavern. With hanging plants, cottage style and a huge skylight, Foundry Kitchen and Tavern is an idyllic spot to gather with the special women in your life for brunch, cocktails and celebratory toasts to the bride-to-be. If modern-rustic is more your vibe, all you need to do is head upstairs to the restaurant's Warner Loft. The loft features an open floor plan, weathered wood floors, exposed brick and industrial lighting. You can't go wrong with either spot, and the tavern can accommodate up to 75 guests.
Metro Kitchen + Bar in Fairfield, Connecticut
If you have guests coming in from NYC or other towns across Connecticut, Metro Kitchen + Bar is conveniently located adjacent to the train station in downtown Fairfield. The restaurant offers delicious comfort food and the option to customize the menu for your event. Depending on the size of your event (capacity is 60 seated or 100 standing), you may want to rent the whole space or post up in the private dining room with a private bar. For a fun add-on, let the team create a specialty cocktail just for your event.
Butchers & Bakers in Farmington, Connecticut
With space for up to 110 guests, Butchers & Bakers in Farmington is an ideal and popular bridal shower venue in CT. You'll love the farmhouse vibe, as well as the delicious food (don't miss the house-made ricotta!) and flexible menu (choose between buffet-style, plated or cocktail style events). Butchers & Bakers wins raves from party planners, who praise the atmosphere and the accommodating staff.
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Market Place Kitchen & Bar in Woodbury, Connecticut
For a more intimate bridal shower venue in Connecticut, Market Place Kitchen & Bar has a private event space that can seat up to 30 guests. You and your guests will love the local and organic food, and the cozy ambiance. Not only does this restaurant receive praise for the vibe and cuisine, but it's also one of the more affordable shower venues in the area.
Elm Restaurant in New Canaan, Connecticut
If your bridal party considers themselves foodies, Elm Restaurant may be the perfect place to celebrate the bride-to-be. Elm serves progressive American cuisine focused on excellent ingredients and delicious wine pairings. The restaurant's seasonal cuisine is inspired by Elm's farmers and fishmongers and, occasionally, a bit of wanderlust. Elm's semi-private chef's table can accommodate an intimate guest list of up to 12, or you can rent the entire restaurant, which can accommodate 75 people seated or standing cocktail receptions of up to 120.
Il Palio in Shelton, Connecticut
When you drive up to the lush garden surrounding the limestone building that houses Il Palio, your guests will feel instantly ready to celebrate. The beautiful restaurant can accommodate anywhere from 15 to 120 guests. Il Palio's executive chef was born and raised in Northwestern Italy, and she and her culinary staff will work with you to customize a perfect menu. Those who have held events at Il Palio rave about the service, food and beauty of the venue for any celebratory occasion.
Sugar & Olives in Norwalk, Connecticut
Sugar & Olives is a chic, modern neighborhood gem devoted to supporting local farms by serving seasonal, thoughtfully sourced ingredients. The restaurant, which sits in a converted factory that once housed an aircraft manufacturing company, has two private dining rooms as well as an outdoor garden and terrace. The entire space can host up to 200 guests, or opt for something more intimate in the library, which can seat 38 people. While Sugar & Olives is sure to serve up a memorable meal for you and your guests, if you're looking to add a bit of fun to your celebration, the library can also double as a dance floor.
Garden House At Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut
Connecticut is known for its charm, which is on full display at the Garden House at Keeler Tavern Museum. Designed and built in the early 20th century by famed architect Cass Gilbert, the Garden House at the Keeler Tavern Museum features a fireplace, crown moldings, chandeliers and hardwood floors. Outside, marble steps from the terrace lead guests to a charming garden with a reflecting pool and fountain. The Keeler Tavern Museum is located on Ridgefield's historic Main Street and is easily reached from major highways in the Tri-State Area. This picture-perfect venue can accommodate up to 100 guests.
Anthony's Lake Club in Danbury, Connecticut
One of the more budget-friendly venues on the list, Anthony's Lake Club doesn't sacrifice a quality atmosphere and top-notch service for affordable pricing. The venue sits right on the shores of Connecticut's Lake Kenosia, and in the summer months, you can choose to host your event on the twin gazebo deck overlooking the lake. Inside, the banquet room can accommodate up to 200 guests. The banquet facility is full-service, and guests rave about the delicious food and the professionalism and friendliness of the staff.
The Waters Edge at Giovanni's in Darien, Connecticut
Whether your shower guest list is 10 or 600(!), family-owned and operated The Waters Edge at Giovanni's can accommodate you. The venue has six separate rooms, including the VIP wine room which can host up to 14 guests and then several larger banquet halls. Come hungry, because Giovanni's is known for its Certified Angus beef, premium seafood and Italian specialties. (And if you're scouting wedding vendors, they cater, too!) True to its namesake, the event space sits on the water and boasts river views. And if you fall in love with it, note that The Waters Edge at Giovanni's is also a wedding venue and the perfect setting for many of life's other special occasions.
Woodwinds in Branford, Connecticut
Family-owned and operated Woodwinds blends family-style service with the best of old-world Italian flavors for an award-winning dining experience. The venue is reminiscent of a European country manor and sits on manicured gardens with a lush forest backdrop. If you're hoping for an outdoor shower, Woodwinds has a cobblestone deck enveloped by greenery and a banquet room with a cozy fireplace inside for the colder months. Woodwinds can create custom menus so your shower is perfectly tailored to your tastes and vision.
The Claypen in West Hartford, Connecticut
If a banquet hall luncheon isn't quite the vibe you're going for, it's time to get creative. The Claypen allows you to do just that, literally and figuratively. The Claypen is an art studio where your group can choose to do pottery painting, glass fusing, canvas and more. If you're hosting the bridal shower, you can even consider having everyone paint something the couple can use. The studio is BYOB and parties can bring food as well, so you can customize it to your personal budget and tastes. For a more risqué social event, ask The Claypen about their naughty pottery options.
Hartford Flavor Company in Hartford, Connecticut
Hartford Flavor Company is an industrial-chic distillery space with options for more casual cocktail parties or events with a sit-down meal. A fun fact: the tasting room, known as Diana's Lair, is located in a historic manufacturing building where the first pay phones were made. But onto your celebration! Host up to 125 people for a cocktail party, or 55 for a seated meal. Known for its signature cocktails, Hartford Flavor Company prides itself on coming up with the perfect drinks menu for your private event. Bring in food from your favorite local caterer to make your bridal shower at Hartford Flavor Company truly unique and your own.