Pond House Cafe is a rustic and elegant wedding venue located in West Hartford, Connecticut.
It is also situated in a beautiful and renowned Elizabeth Park, America’s oldest public rose
It has gorgeous grounds swathe with blooming flowers. Tulips and cherry blossoms bloom in
spring. There are roses and a plethora of other flowers in summer and dahlias in fall. There is
always something that blooms in the venue, no matter what the season is.
Pond House Cafe’s reception room has massive windows that let the natural light flow. The
scenery of foliage outside the reception room makes an elegant backdrop for your wedding
photos. It is indeed a perfect venue for couples who love nature and elegance.
This incredible wedding venue in Connecticut offers a variety of facilities that caters to
every style of wedding, including:
● Pond House Cafe’s fieldstone fireplace makes a superb wedding backdrop for late
fall and winter weddings.
● It offers a spectacular view, with floor-to-ceiling cathedral windows overseeing
● Seasonally inspired menus that focus on fresh and local ingredients
● A nature lover’s dream reception
● Ceremony and reception can take place in one place – the grounds
● A wedding coordinator to assist you throughout your special day
● Rustic and chic wedding scenery
● An oasis in a cozy and elegant environment
Brief History Of Pond House Cafe
Wood Acres Farm started as a fruit and poultry farm in the mid-1800s. It was later used as a ‘training camp’ for horses used with carriages on the island of Bermuda. In 1972, Ken Wood inherited the farm and thanks to his vast experience working with horses, he began a booming horse and carriage service. In 1986, Ken and his wife, Joyce, began transforming the farm into a Connecticut wedding venue, which hosts country weddings.
Every bride wants a private moment with her bridesmaids on her wedding day, right? That shouldn’t be a problem here. Wood Acres Farm features a Bridal Cottage only for the ladies, which is highlighted by skylight windows and soft accent lighting. You’ll have that relaxing atmosphere and natural ambiance you always wanted for your big day! How does having a personal dressing room, full-length mirrors, hair and makeup stations, and a private powder room sound to you? On your wedding day, you deserve all the pampering and special attention from those who care about you, and no better place to share those moments than the Bridal Cottage.
If you’re looking for elegance and warm country appeal for your rustic wedding, the Banquet Barn will sure work like a charm! This section is highlighted by an old-fashioned, wrap-around porch — perfect for absorbing all the sights and sounds of the countryside. Be mesmerized by the gorgeous wide-planked wood floors and authentic, barn-style lighting. The Barn features ‘couple’s nook’, a small porch-like stage designed to give you some intimacy during dinner, and the ‘loft’, which offers a birds-eye view of the event, including the dance floor.
Accommodations for Ceremonies
Pond House Cafe has a guest capacity of 150 with a minimum based on how much the couple
has to spend on food and beverage, not a per person minimum. Minimums change depending
on the month, day, and time of the event.
There are five wedding packages in the Pond House Cafe: Daytime Weddings, Evening
Weddings, Brunch Weddings, Winter Weddings, and New Year’s Eve Weddings.
Daytime Weddings give an exquisite and elegant atmosphere with the Pond House Cafe’s
ceiling cathedral windows gleaming with natural lights from the sun. The Elizabeth Park outside
the reception room makes a perfect setting for your big day! The terrace outside the garden
room provides a magnificent space for your cocktail hour, ceremony, lounge area, and
photoshoots. Daytime Wedding Package has its Daytime Wedding Menu where you can choose
from and customize with the Pond House Cafe.
Evening Weddings are blessed with simple grandeur by the glowing and twinkling lights and
candles. You and your guests can revel in the adjacent terrace that oversees the park at night.
The reception hour for the Evening Package starts at 6:30 pm and ends at 11:30 pm. Check out
their Evening Wedding Menu to choose mouthwatering menus on your wedding day.
Brunch Weddings are ideal for brunch lovers. It is a three-hour package with hours available
from 10 am to 1 pm, 11 am to 2 pm, 12 pm to 3 pm, or 1 pm to 4 pm. The brunch Wedding
package is an excellent choice for couples aiming for a simple yet luxurious wedding reception.
Check out their Brunch Wedding Menu to choose your ideal table d’hôte.
Winter Weddings are available from January through March. The Pond House cafe boasts a
winter wonderland with its premier banquet room decorated gracefully for the holiday. The
banquet room is adorned with winter decor from February to March. The reception hours for this
package are 12 pm to 5 pm and 6:30 pm to 11:30 pm. Its Winter Wedding Menu will help you
finalize your entrees on your wedding day!
New Year’s Eve Weddings take place from 6:30 pm to 12: 30 am, a perfect time to welcome
the new year! The Pond House Cafe aspires to provide party favors to make your wedding day
more special! Check out their New Year’s Eve Menu, and who knows? It might be the best day
for your wedding in 2022!
Brides and grooms must prepare in their respective hotels or houses because the Pond House
Cafe does not offer waiting rooms and suites at the moment. But according to the Pond House
Cafe, they are currently in the process of creating a space to wait for the wedding ceremony.
Pond House Cafe has seasonally inspired menus that focus on fresh and local ingredients.
Their chefs are also proficient in handling dietary needs. The Executive Chef of the Pond House
Cafe will be there on the day you would review their menus to assist you with your concerns.
Pricing, Packages, and Potential Fees
The ceremony fee on Saturday evenings is $1200 and $700 on all other days. The ceremony
fee for a fall or winter fireplace wedding is $350. The cost includes a half-hour earlier start time
for the ceremony, set-up, and breakdown of the ceremony, and another half an hour for
rehearsal 1-2 days before the wedding day.
Pond House Cafe will also let you customize your big day with their Bar Packages. All of the bar
options at the Pond House Cafe are open for five hours. These bar options include mixers,
sodas and juice, beer: Miller Lite, Stella Artois, and a local seasonal beer — Magnolia Grove
Wines: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rosé, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay; Coastal Estates
Wines: Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.
The costs for each bar options are as follows:
● Top Shelf Open Bar – $44.27
● Classic Open Bar – $33.86
● Beer and Wine Open Bar – $27.20
● Craft Beer Package – $5.26
● Brunch Bar – $21.52 (3-hour package)
Sodas and juice are also available for guests 20 years old and below for $8.50.
Check out their Wedding FAQs if you have more questions about their wedding packages and