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Owenego Inn – Branford, CT

The Owenego Inn is located in the spectacular corner of Branford, Connecticut. This fascinating
location has welcomed guests since 1847. Everyone refers to it as the “hidden gem” because it
sits on a picturesque nook in Connecticut.

It is nestled on a rustic dune that presents extensive sceneries of the Long Island Sound and
the mythical Thimble Islands. The Owenego Inn or commonly known as The O offers a majestic
backdrop for wedding events.

The O has an expansive lawn in front of a captivating waterfront garden; this is where most
brides and grooms hold their ceremonies to exchange their romantic vows. The beachfront
entice brides and grooms to complete their nostalgia by witnessing the magical and whimsical
islands overseeing The O.

This incredible wedding venue in Connecticut offers a variety of facilities that caters to
every style of wedding, including:

● Beautiful gardens
● Quintessential New England charm
● Gently rolling expansive lawn
● Five-hundred feet of direct waterfront
● Spectacular views of Long Island Sound and Thimble Islands
● A sound-point of view with dedicated professionals to ensure event success
● A hidden gem in Connecticut that gives alluring and perfect wedding photographs
● Majestic and elegant wedding spot

If you are still searching for your perfect venue be sure to bookmark our List of Wedding Venues in CT!

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Owenego Inn


40 Linden Avenue Branford, CT 06405

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Beach, Waterfront, Garden, Historic Venue

Brief History Of Owenego Inn

It was once one of the most popular summer resort havens on the Atlantic Coast. Visitors who traveled by train, trolley, steamer, horse, and carriage stayed for the entire summer in Branford.

The Owenego was the only antiquated left from the 30 resorts of Brandford.
The tradition in Owenego began in 1847 when David Lounsbury remodeled the Pond Family Farm into a covered wagon stop. The stagecoach accommodated exhausted travelers traveling between New York and Boston. He named the boarding house “Owenego” from the name of the son of the Montowese Chief.

He built the Owenego House in 1867 due to the increasing demand for overnight lodging. It is the very same Owenego House that serves as the Hub of Owenego to the travelers today.  Jane W. Rosenthal, the matriarch of the Owenego, managed The O since the 1650s. Jane succumbed to demise in 2012. Then, her nephews and niece continue her tradition of welcoming guests on the coast of Connecticut. The O’s dedication to its members, guests, and community still stands charmingly.

Noteworthy Features

The O specializes in beachfront and exquisite weddings. Brides fall in love with the rustic and enchanting wedding scenery at The O. Brides revel in the captivating beachfront backdrop for their wedding photographs and dances

Accommodations for Ceremonies

The Owenego Inn can accommodate up to 200 guests, but a minimum number of 100 guests is required. The Owenego has a seating requirement policy of choosing a round head table if the attendance in the main dining room is between 140 to 150. Additional seating will also be provided in the upper dining room if the guest list exceeds 150.

The Dinner Buffet at the Owenego Inn should not exceed 150, while the Cocktail Buffet can only accommodate a maximum of 140.

Wedding Receptions at the Owenego Inn includes the following:
• Rental of dining facility and use of grounds
• Four-hour open bar; cordials and imported beers are not included
• Changing room for bride and groom
• Regal floral arrangements
• Hostess to greet guests and oversee the reception
• Extensive hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour
• Table wine for a toast
• Freshly brewed gourmet coffee and a fine selection of teas
• Tax and gratuity

The Owenego’s interior design has a neutral palette to let you exhibit your style. The fabulous setting at the Owenego will let you play with your wedding themes such as chic, rustic, elegant, magical, mythical, and a lot more.

As for the menu packages, the staff at the Owenego pays careful attention to details to give you and your guests the eminence and glee of the special day. They can also customize your menu packages to mirror your particular food preference.

Pricing, Packages, and Potential Fees

A wedding ceremony at the Owenego costs $600 and $500 for set-up and restoration. Owenego also requires a non-refundable deposit of $4000. 


A wedding at the Owenego Inn includes an extensive cocktail hour, a four-hour open bar, tax, and gratuity. The Owenego does not accept credit cards and personal checks.  Menus in the Owenego Inn are divided into three packages: Plated Entree, Dinner Buffet, and
Cocktail Buffet. The cost for Plated Entree varies from $158.50 to $172.50 per person. Both Dinner Buffet and Cocktail Buffet range from $162 to $166 per person. Please refer here for the menu categories and here for the costs.

The Open Bar is available for four hours, and each additional hour costs $12 per person. An outdoor bar during Cocktail Hour costs $600. Imported bottled beer and champagne toast both costs $5 per person. Pre-ceremony drinks such as lemonade, iced tea, and fruited water amount to $250.

Check out their bridal book and their wedding package for 2021.

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