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The Barns at Wesleyan Hills

Connecticut's most beautiful and unique rustic wedding venue
616 Long Hill Road, Middletown, CT 06457
860-347-7171
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4.9
177 Reviews

The Barns at Wesleyan Hills is a wedding venue offering the perfect blend of elegance and a rustic, country feel in Middletown, Connecticut. The 140-year-old barn is surrounded by romantic willow trees, ponds, islands and a fountain, creating an ideal setting for your special day. The Barns at Wesleyan Hills is an award-winning venue that has been featured on TLC’s “Say Yes To The Dress,” and named Country Dream Wedding Venue in David Tutera’s “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings”. The venue offers a stunning setting, along with award-winning seasonal menus customized for your wedding reception. The Barns at Wesleyan Hills provide expert staff as well as an onsite coordinator for the day-of to ensure your wedding goes smoothly. Facilities and Capacity The Barns at Wesleyan Hills can accommodate up to 225 guests in the historic barn, while the newly constructed Middle Barn offers space for a cocktail hour. The barns provide full heating and air-conditioning for your comfort. Services Offered The Barns at Wesleyan Hills offers a variety of services to make the wedding of your dreams come to life, including:

Bridal suite In-house catering In-house bar Servers Bartenders Event planning Lighting/sound Event rentals Cake Dance floor Setup Cleanup
Megan
7/27/18
Categories: Catering, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Literally amazing. Are the words I have. The staff st the barns was nothing short of amazing. Everyone did everything possible to make the night run smoothly and my day of coordinator Kate was THE BEST. My husband and I had a choreographed dance and I also had a dress change and we waited until the middle of the reception to do it and she made it go off without a hitch! I will forever be grateful for choosing the barns to help celebrate the most important day of our lives!
Kate
7/21/18
Categories: Catering, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
They were amazing- made the whole wedding process a breeze- the day went smoothly without any hiccups and they made sure everyrthing was as we wanted it- it was perfect thanks to the barns!
The Barns at Wesleyan Hills responded with the following comments:
Kate and Jason, Thank you so much for your kind words! The Mac and Cheese bar was definitely a hit! And nothing was more precious than your fur babies being a part of your big day! Congratulations! Lindsay
Tracy
7/7/18
Categories: Catering, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Once I got engaged and it came down to planing my wedding I was worried the enjoyment of the experience would be replaced by anxiety and stress. Both my Husband and I are pretty laid back people and the thought of having to make hundreds of decisions about the day was overwhelming. All we wanted was to have a relaxing day that allowed everyone of our guests to have an amazing time. The staff at the Barnes made that a complete reality. Not only did they help us make decisions quickly and efficiently - without stress but I can't even begin to express how many complements we have gotten on that day. With all the options and extras it was easy to plan and everyone had something that allowed them to have a great time. I would recommend this experience to anyone. I was able to enjoy the entire process with no stress or anxiety and really enjoy the day. I was above my expectations.
The Barns at Wesleyan Hills responded with the following comments:
Tracy & Dan, Thank you so much for your kind words! You absolutely took advantage of all of the fun extras! Your guests were loving your Cigar and Whiskey Bar, and who could forget those pre-ceremony popsicle's! Yum! It was such a pleasure celebrating with you both! Congratulations! -Lindsay
Alyssa
7/6/18
Categories: Catering, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
I'm not really sure where to even begin because every single detail about our wedding day was absolutely perfect. From start to finish, every person from the Barns that was involved in our wedding went above and beyond to make sure that we were happy and taken care of. The fine attention to all of the small details did not go unnoticed. There were several aspects of the day which were very important to both myself and my now husband that we would have easily gotten caught up in the day and forgotten about, but our day of coordinator Cate (LOVE HER!) made sure that everything went off without a hitch! I am not using the word "perfect" lightly - the day truly was PERFECT. There was not a single detail overlooked and we were made to feel like celebrities all day. I can't say thank you enough because all of our dreams came true at the Barns at Wesleyan Hills. Aside from the actual day of our wedding, the planning experience truly could not have been made any easier! My fiancé was absent during the majority of the planning process as he was working in Europe, but all of the planners and coordinators went above and beyond to make the process easy from start to finish (thank you Jenna and Samantha!). From my first visit to the Barns where I toured the venue, to emails, phone calls and random drop-ins at the venue, they could not have made the experience any easier or more enjoyable! All questions were answered promptly (and I had LOTS of them!) and all visits were greeted with hugs and smiles. I never thought I would say this, but now that it's over, I actually MISS the planning process! Once again, I can't say thank you enough for all of the support and help in making our dream wedding come to life!
The Barns at Wesleyan Hills responded with the following comments:
Alyssa and Jonathan! Thank you so much for these kind words! It was truly so much fun to help bring your wedding day to life, and to celebrate with you, and your families! From your live party painter, to the confetti cannon sendoff, it was a night to remember! Congratulations again to both of you! Love, Cate, and the CT Wedding Group Family
Erica
6/29/18
Categories: Catering, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Our wedding was just this June of 2018 at The Barns, and it was incredible. I would recommend this venue to anyone and everyone! The assistance that I received throughout the planning process was amazing. The wedding coordinators were able to guide me through the process, and made it as stress free and easy as possible. The actual wedding was gorgeous. My guests raved about the food, and were so impressed by the service that they received from cocktail hour until the late night snack. The décor was beautiful, and my pictures are fantastic. The staff really makes sure as the bride and groom you get to enjoy your day, greeting guests and having photos taken, but also they made sure we got an opportunity to eat and even have drinks waiting for us whenever we needed them. We were really taken care of throughout the process, and I just wish I could relive the day over again. I have had plenty of guests tell me it was one of the best (if not the best) wedding that they have been to. Huge thank you to The Barns at Wesleyan Hills, you are amazing!
The Barns at Wesleyan Hills responded with the following comments:
Erica & Peter~ Thank you so much for taking the time to write this awesome review! I love your photos and how your photographer captured how gorgeous you and your wedding looked! We are so happy to hear that it was an amazing day for you, as we loved helping you to achieve your vision that day- It was my pleasure to be part of it! Congrats again!! -Cathy & The Barns Crew
Elisa
6/24/18
Categories: Catering, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
I cannot recommend this venue enough. When we decided on the Barns we decided to go a little beyond our originally planned budget, but every penny was well-worth it. By choosing the Barns, you're not only picking the most gorgeous setting, but you have a built-in staff of wedding planners at no extra cost. These people WILL NOT let you miss a thing. They are so knowledgeable, incredibly friendly, and talented. If you have a vision, they will make it happen. I wasn't entirely sure what I wanted and they created an aesthetic that was beyond my wildest dreams. AND THE FOOD. My fiancé and I are foodies. I come from a family of restaurant owners and chefs. This food is the real deal. We received phone calls and thank you cards from our guests raving about what an amazing experience they had. It was true perfection.
The Barns at Wesleyan Hills responded with the following comments:
Hi Elisa and Ben!! I cannot thank you enough for your kind words! I am forever grateful to have been apart of your wedding! Decorating The Barns and bringing your organic vision to life was such a blast! I cannot wait to see photos!! Cheers!!! -Jenna
Katie
6/17/18
Categories: Catering, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Our wedding day at the Barns At Wesleyan Hills was absolutely perfect. The willow trees and bright blue skies were the perfect backdrop for our outdoor ceremony. The Barns themselves have so much character and were the exact type of elegant rustic setting we wanted. All of the Barns staff were also wonderful - we could not have asked for a better group of people supporting us. The CT Wedding Group runs a wonderfully smooth operation and I would highly recommend them to anyone. Samantha and Mary-Beth were so helpful with all of my questions throughout the planning process. I felt very well supported and heard the whole time. We were beyond fortunate to have Samantha as our day-of coordinator as well. Even though I'm sure any of CWG's day-of coordinators would have done a great job, Samantha was incredible. She had absolutely everything under control, from helping my uncle with a surprise element in his toast to quickly and quietly managing a family emergency. Our families were so grateful to Samantha for her incredible efforts. Cate, our Banquet Captain, was also wonderful the whole day, keeping things calm and light-hearted. Thank you so much to everyone at the Barns for helping to make our day so special- I can't say it enough!
The Barns at Wesleyan Hills responded with the following comments:
Katie & Steve! It is so wonderful to hear from you! Thank you both so very much for those kind words! We all had the most wonderful time helping you and your loved ones celebrate! I loved being able to help you both plan and bring your wedding vision to life. From your adorable pie topper – still can’t get over those little birds!, to the ceremonial rocks for everyone to hold during your ceremony to your wonderful signature drink name & photo, everything was truly amazing! I am so happy for you both and I wish you both a lifetime of happiness! Congratulations again!! Best Wishes, Samantha & the CT Wedding Group Family!
Tiffany
6/9/18
Categories: Catering, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We fell in love with the Barns on our first tour because it was a beautiful venue. The barn itself is very spacious and pretty on the inside and we loved that the ceremony location outside was so beautiful and if it had rained, the ceremonies inside looked awesome as well. We didn't look anywhere after we saw the Barns and booked our date that day. During the wedding process, the Barns are GREAT and so responsiveness. The best way to describe them would be to say they are whatever you need them to be. If you have everything under control and don't want a lot of help, they will respect that. If you need them to be more hands on and assist in your planning, they will do an amazing job. We needed their expertise and when we communicated that to them, they were so helpful and it all paid on off the wedding day as it went PERFECTLY. They were thoughtful (groom is lactose intolerant, they completely redid his entrees on the day of and even got dairy free ice cream for dessert), took detailed notes, and always remembers small nuances or preferences we had previously communicated. The day of coordinator was great throughout the entire wedding day and night, worked with the vendors which really allowed us to sit back and enjoy the night. Another favorite part of our night was the food! Wow was it even better than we expected after the food tasting. We have heard rave reviews from friends and family after the fact and the day of we were so impressed by everything from the appetizers to the dessert. We would recommend the Barns to anyone looking for a beautiful venue and amazing service!
The Barns at Wesleyan Hills responded with the following comments:
Tiffany & Robert, Thank you so much for your kind words! I had such a fun time celebrating with you both! Congratulations and Best Wishes in your future together! Best, Lindsay
Robert
6/9/18
Categories: Catering, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We fell in love with the Barns on our first tour because it was a beautiful venue. The barn itself is very spacious and pretty on the inside and we loved that the ceremony location outside was so beautiful and if it had rained, the ceremonies inside looked awesome as well. We didn't look anywhere after we saw the Barns and booked our date that day. During the wedding process, the Barns are GREAT and so responsiveness. The best way to describe them would be to say they are whatever you need them to be. If you have everything under control and don't want a lot of help, they will respect that. If you need them to be more hands on and assist in your planning, they will do an amazing job. We needed their expertise and when we communicated that to them, they were so helpful and it all paid on off the wedding day as it went PERFECTLY. They were thoughtful (groom is lactose intolerant, they completely redid his entrees on the day of and even got dairy free ice cream for dessert), took details notes, and always remembers small nuances or preferences we had previously communicated. The day of coordinator was great throughout the entire wedding day and night, worked with the vendors which really allowed us to sit back and enjoy the night. Another favorite part of our night was the food! Wow was it even better than we expected after the food tasting. We have heard rave reviews from friends and family after the fact and the day of we were so impressed by everything from the appetizers to the dessert. We would recommend the Barns to anyone looking for a beautiful venue and amazing service!
Jenna
5/18/18
Categories: Catering, Planner, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We cannot say enough good things about the Connecticut Wedding Group and our customized, personal experience with them. Mary Beth, the Director of Wedding Planning, is an absolute dream to work with. She understands exactly what couples are going through and will walk you through each step of the process. She was prompt in every response and went above and beyond to answer all of our questions (and there were a lot of them!). Our day of coordinators were Cate and Jenna and what can we say? They are magic makers. They are both so personable and friendly that it made the wedding day a breeze. We were in lock step when it came to decisions on centerpieces, decorations, timelines, etc. They understood us and we, without any question or hesitation, trusted them! I was comfortable handing over the creative reigns (after all they are the professionals!). They made EVERYTHING fun. When we say EVERYTHING we mean it. Cate and Jenna both ensured that we had what we needed/requested. Right after the ceremony, we met in the bridal suite where signature drinks & all of our apps were waiting. I happened to spill a little on my dress (oops) and Cate was there, in a split second, to help me remove the stain! There was no stress... Cate & Jenna pulled us for introductions, for cake cutting, pictures, etc. Everything we said we wanted to do happened because of them. We ate our dinner together, we danced the night away, we ate blazing donuts from our dessert station and soft pretzels from the late night snack. We got to sneak away to the balcony and watch our guests enjoying the night... it was just so special. Even our guests made specific mention of both Cate and Jenna as well as the entire wait and bar staff. The service was out of this world, on point and super genuine. We can't thank the CT Wedding Group enough! We wish we could do it all over again! <3
The Barns at Wesleyan Hills responded with the following comments:
Hi Jenna and Tyler! Thank you so much for your kind words! We had such an amazing time being a part of your wedding day, and we can't wait to see more photos!! Best of luck, Cheers! Cate, Jenna, and The Barns Crew
Sarah
4/29/18
Categories: Catering, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Choosing the Barns was the best decision my husband and I made in the planning process. From day 1, they were super responsive and willing to suggest ideas and suggestions to help us create our version of a perfect day. If you're somebody that has a busy life and works 60-80 hour weeks, this is the place! I gave them a general idea of what I wanted and everything turned out beyond perfect. They have many additions that make planning easy, but I never felt pressured to spend more money when I didn't want to. And when we wanted to create our own dessert bar, Samantha was right on board! And fast forward to the day of the wedding, everything was above and beyond. The staff was amazing, the food was amazing, my husband and I always had a drink in our hands, and I did not have to worry about a THING. Worth every penny to not have the stress of doing all the little things. My friends and family could not stop raving about the cheese plate, dinner, drinks, and DJ (which is an exclusive partner for the Barns but also worth it)! Do it!
The Barns at Wesleyan Hills responded with the following comments:
Sarah & Brady! Those were such kind words - I can not thank you both enough! It has truly been our pleasure to help you both plan your big day and to bring your vision to life on the day of. These photos are stunning, and just made my day reliving your wedding day! I am instantly taken back to Avett Brothers playing, warm cider donuts and chocolate chip cookies, and of course all the love & laughter that surrounded you both the entire day. I wish you both all the absolute best at Mr. & Mrs! Congratulations again to you both!! Love, Samantha and the CT Wedding Group Family
Lisa
4/28/18
Categories: Catering, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
The Barns at the Wesleyan Hills is a couples dream! As soon as we walked onto the grounds we knew this was the place for us! My husband and I got married on April 28, 2018. Throughout the entire process, the staff were accommodating and organized. They checked in every step of the way and were always responsive and helpful with any troubleshooting. The final appointment meeting was so well planned, they had all our details and information. We brought all our wedding decorations and they were excited and helpful to display them! Everything looked beautiful! Ally and Cate are AMAZING!!!! From the day we met them, we knew that our wedding was going to be the best! They made sure everything went smoothly on our day and if it didn't we had no idea! They are wedding experts!! (Special shout out for packing all the leftovers especially the pretzels, there were a hit at the after party!!) The venue, food and service were impressive. Our family and friends are still talking about how awesome the night was! The food has some serious competition at other wedding! We want to go back for another event to enjoy everything again! We can not thank you enough for making our special day even more special than we could have imagined!!!!
The Barns at Wesleyan Hills responded with the following comments:
Hi Lisa & Rocco!! Thank you so much for your kind words and feedback! We could not be happier to hear you had such a perfect wedding day! Cate, myself, and our entire team truly enjoyed working with you both from the very beginning up until the very end of your momentous day, and we cannot wait to see some pictures when they come in! Sending you both so much love and well wishes! - Allie
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Catering
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cake, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Plated, Server(s), Stations
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American, French, Italian, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Southern, Southwestern
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
Venues
What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
125
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
3
Describe your venue:
Historic
Describe the style of your venue
Country, Glamorous, Vintage
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
225
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite, Cake, Clean Up, Event Planning, Event Rentals, Lighting / Sound, Set Up
What event items are available?
Chairs, Dance Floor, Decor, Furniture, Lighting, Tables
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Wheelchair Access
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