The Barns at Wesleyan Hills

The Barns at Wesleyan Hills
616 Long Hill Road
Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 347-7171
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Average Base Cost: $28,000

Average base cost for a wedding at The Barns at Wesleyan Hills is calculated by figuring a 125-person guest list on a Saturday night with an on-site ceremony and a $130/pp food/beverage charge. Transportation to venue, entertainment, decorations, additional rentals, valet, DJ, and photography are not included. Average price includes gratuity and state sales tax. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand.

*Prices subject to change

How it Breaks Down

Facility Rental Fee: $3,000-$5,000+, depending on the date. On-site ceremonies are optional for a $995 fee.

What’s Included:

In ceremony fee (see the venue’s ceremony guidelines here):

  • Outdoor ceremonies:
    • The Wedding Suite available 5 hours before the start of the ceremony (but no earlier than 9:00 a.m.) with complimentary beverages and crudité
    • Pre-Ceremony Fruit Infused Water Station
    • Ceremony Coordination
    • Set-Up and Breakdown of your Ceremony Chairs
    • On-Site Rehearsal (time restrictions apply)
  • Indoor ceremonies:
    • The Wedding Suite available 5 hours before the start of the ceremony (but no earlier than 9:00 a.m.) with complimentary beverages and crudité
    • Pre-Ceremony Fruit Infused Water Station
    • Ceremony Coordination
    • Re-Arrangement of Tables & Chairs Following Ceremony *60-70 chiavari chairs will be set for an indoor ceremony. Additional guests can witness ceremonies from the balcony.
    • On-Site Rehearsal (time restrictions apply)

With reception:

  • Onsite coordination and planning throughout your engagement
  • Top shelf open bar:
    • Available for up to five-and-a-half hours
      • Top Shelf Liquors, Cordials, Seasonally Handcrafted Signature Cocktails, Local Draft Beers, and Select Wines
    • Harvest table
      • Artisan Cheeses, Dry Cured Meats, Raw and Marinated Vegetables, Local Fruits, Our Chef’s Seasonally Created Salads, Hot & Cold Spreads, Crackers and Fresh Baked Crostini
    • 10 hand passed hors d’oeuvres
    • Culinary action station
  • Farm-to-table inspired dining:
    • Round tables
    • Fruitwood chiavari chairs
    • Linens
    • Tableware

*Note: If your ceremony is off-site, extra time may be purchased prior to the start of your reception to allow you and your wedding party to arrive on-site, and utilize the grounds and the wedding suite, while taking pictures. Extra time is available for $250 per hour.

Extras: 22% Administrative Service Charge, CT State Sales Tax

Food/Beverage: The Barns at Wesleyan Hills is the exclusive provider of food and beverages. Catering packages start at $110 per guest.

Three-Course Sit Down or Buffet Dinner includes:

  • Champagne Toast
  • Seasonally Inspired Appetizer, Salad, and Main Entrée Courses
  • Fresh Bread & Tableside Wine Service
  • Service of your Wedding Cake

*Note: You can bring in your own dessert. If you choose to do so, a $2.95+ per guest handling fee will apply to service your dessert. The handling fee will be waived for any dessert purchased through CT Wedding Group.

More Stats

Space Type: The Barns at Wesleyan Hills offers both indoor and outdoor space. Typically, ceremonies are held on the lawn overlooking willow trees. Then, there’s cocktail hour in the Middle Barn and dinner and dancing in the Big Barn.

Size: 225 people

Bridal Suite: Yes, in the Little Barn which is temperature controlled, has restrooms, and a small kitchen equipped with a refrigerator and freezer.

Parking: Lot available

Food Service Type: Your choice

How Will Grandma Get There? The venue is approximately 40 minutes away from Bradley International Airport, and about 20 minutes from Hartford. Middletown can be reached by car from New York City and Boston in two hours, and there’s an Amtrak station (Meriden) that connects to a number of cities. For lodging, most 3 star hotel chains are about a 15-20 minute drive from the venue, but for the nicest/most unique options guests will most likely want to stay in Hartford.

Party On! Events can last until 11:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 9:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Important Note: Outside vendors are allowed, but there are some restrictions with entertainment.

See detailed FAQ here.

The Report

The Barns at Wesleyan Hills is a historic and authentic dairy barn that was built in 1872. Located in Middletown, Connecticut, the numerous barns are surrounded by willow trees, ponds, and other natural elements. The venue is all-inclusive, providing everything from wedding planning to catering.

Woman Getting Married Says

I personally love when a wedding venue knows what their clients want, and setup their packages and venue spaces to accommodate that. That is exactly why brides rave about The Barns at Wesleyan Hills. It’s rare to find a barn venue that knows the importance of flexible indoor/outdoor spaces, and this venue definitely does. The fact that there are two separate spaces for a cocktail hour/reception is a huge plus (not to mention a very robust all-inclusive catering package) which makes this venue a must-see in my book!

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Amenities/What’s Included 9
Convenient for Grandma 8
Layout 10
Location 8
Overall Charm 10
Venue Value 9

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