Host your wedding in a private space surrounded by breathtaking views of the awe-inspiring
Connecticut shoreline. Its award-winning location has consistently been voted as one of the
most beautiful wedding venues in the state, and we can definitely see why. You can’t go wrong
in getting married with the gorgeous sunset as your backdrop, enveloped in a fresh and upscale
ambiance. So, if you’re looking for the most ideal location to host your nautical-chic wedding in
Connecticut, this may be your best bet.
The Guilford Yacht Club can accommodate anywhere from 160 to 300 guests in its function
room, grand stone patio, and manicured lawn. This allows you the flexibility of having an
outdoor ceremony at the sprawling lawn and an indoor reception at the function hall decked with
hardwood floors. When you book this venue, you will get to enjoy:
● Free use of the Great Lawn for your ceremony
● Stunning views of the Long Island Sound, creating a picture-perfect wedding
● A Reception Room that is good for up to 160 guests
● High-ceiling, indoor reception venue with hardwood flooring and large windows
with picturesque views of the Connecticut shoreline
● An outdoor venue which can be tented for headcounts of up to 300 guests
● Use of the event/wedding venues without having to be a member of the GYC
● A bridal suite complete with a private bathroom for pre-wedding preps
● Staff’s full attention as they only accommodate one event per day
Guilford Yacht Club
379 Whitfield Street Guilford, CT 06437
Yacht Club, Function Hall
Brief History Of Guilford Yacht Club
Nestled in the secluded coast of the West River in Guilford, Connecticut, the Guilford Yacht Club is the premier yachting facility in Long Island Sound. The club was founded in 1954 as a member-owned entity that offers premium sailing and exclusive social events for its members, family, and friends. Through the years, it has built its heritage and pristine reputation as an exclusive facility that offers world-class sailing experiences. At present, they are partnered with Gourmet Galley Catering which has been managing and catering events for over 20 years.
The views and the untouched nature that surrounds the Guilford Yacht Club are one of its most priceless features that you won’t find in any other venue in Connecticut. Whether you choose to have an indoor or an outdoor ceremony, you can be sure that every corner is picturesque! It offers a fresh yet refined ambiance that creates the perfect atmosphere to celebrate.
Accommodations for Ceremonies
The Guilford Yacht Club has two options wherein you can hold your ceremony and reception. Couples commonly opt for the Great Lawn as the venue for their marriage ceremony because of its gorgeous views and the refreshing surroundings. After which, you may either bring your guests to the indoor venue called the Reception Room. The expansive function hall can host up to 160 guests comfortably. Upon entering, the first few things you will notice are the high-ceiling, the hardwood floors, the large windows, and the minimalist interiors that makes it the perfect space for any theme.
If your guest list exceeds the maximum capacity of the Function Room, you may have your reception at the manicured lawn. To ensure that you are prepared for whatever the weather brings, the venue recommends placing tents that can accommodate up to 300 guests. This will give you an equally beautiful ambiance in a more spacious area where you and your guests can enjoy the day.
GYC and Gourmet Galley Catering only accept one event per day, giving you the full service you will need. Brides will also have their own suite for hair and make-up, touch-ups, or outfit changes.
Pricing, Packages, and Potential Fees
The site fees are charged by Gourmet Galley Catering– Guilford Yacht Club’s official partner for wedding coordination and catering. Rates and packages vary depending on the season and whether your event falls on a weekday or a weekend. According to their webpage, rental rates for the ballroom starts at $400. However, they recommend checking in with the event manager of Gourmet Galley for more specific wedding packages.
Generally, the venue rent covers up to five hours with free use of the Great Lawn if you book the Function Room. This includes the use of 40 white garden chairs for the ceremony, your choice of dining tables for the reception, light wood chivari chairs, and cocktail tables that will instantly spruce up the venue’s styling.