My husband and I visited several wedding locations in the Bristol area along with my parents and in the end decided on Linden Place for its beauty, elegance, history, and proximity to downtown Bristol (it IS downtown Bristol), as well as for th...
e professionalism of its management team.
We got a really good vibe from the start and everything lived up to our expectations. Susan in particular was wonderful, acting more like a wedding planner with excellent recommendations for caterers, florists, bands, decorations, etc, which made the planning process on our end a lot easier. She even let us return to do a second photo shoot a few months later to capture some images that we hadn't had time to do the day of the actual wedding.
The Linden Place mansion is absolutely gorgeous and the history intriguing. Our guests, particularly those from France who had never been to the US before, enjoyed guided visits of the house led by Linden Place tour guides before the start of the cocktail hour in the garden.
Our ceremony took place at St. Mary's Church, just around the corner, and most of our guests stayed at the Bristol Harbor Inn. We had our hair done at Hair, Heart and Soul. The close proximity of all these locations made the wedding day logistics a breeze, especially for our guests who had two hours of free time between the ceremony and the start of cocktail hour. There was no shortage of activities within walking distance - plenty of outdoors bars, waterside walks, parks and boutique stores.
All our guests commented on how beautiful the space was. The carriage house with its golden brick walls created a great environment for dinner and dancing. The overall ambiance was warm and inviting - not at all imposing or overwhelming like some venues can be, in my opinion.
It did get a little warm inside the carriage house, being August, but the air conditioning system cooled things down nicely. We had around 120 guests. We chose to seat all of them inside the carriage house, rather than seating some in the adjacent tented patio. Not a lot of space was left for dancing, but we solved this (our plan in advance) by moving the wedding party's table under the tent after dinner. This worked just fine, but in retrospect I might have put some tables underneath the tent from the start instead (and as advised by the Linden Place team).
One last point is that there is now a new art gallery beside the carriage house that can serve as a backup cocktail location in the event of rain (which fortunately wasn't the case the day of our wedding!)
I highly recommend Linden Place for both the venue itself and the quality of service and management.