Weddings in Elizabeth Park Rose Garden

Elizabeth Park
Mohegan Park

Weddings in Elizabeth Park can take place in the Rose Garden Gazebo, in the pergola, by one of the ponds, or in one of the many gardens.

The Pond House, near the north end of Elizabeth Park, is picture perfect for your reception.

When the roses are in bloom, there is no more picturesque spot! Other gardens in the park also provide a beautiful background. Parking is free and there is no admission charge. Elizabeth Park is open from dawn to dusk every day of the year

Elizabeth Park Rose Garden is on the border of Hartford, Connecticut and West Hartford, Connecticut. The Hartford entrance to Elizabeth Park is at 915 Prospect Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105. The West Hartford entrance is at 1555 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117.

Rose Garden gazebo weddings in Elizabeth Park are favorites because of the surrounding roses. Inside the gazebo is private when the vines are in leaf. For example, the people inside the gazebo are not visible in the photo.

In the Rose Garden there are large arches (ideal for processions), with the rose beds arranged like spokes of a wheel with the wedding gazebo as the hub.

Across from the Rose Garden is the Elizabeth Park Perennial Garden, with its own pergola. This pergola will comfortably hold more than 25 people plus the couple and officiant. When you provide your own chairs, 50 people could witness the wedding ceremony.

If you were to go straight through the pergola, you would go underneath a square arch with hanging greenery and down stone steps into the sunken rock garden. The sunken garden is a convenient place for you to do a last-minute check of hair, ties, flowers, and other wedding details before beginning your procession to the pergola for your ceremony.

In the photo looking from the sunken garden toward the pergola, I'm encouraging people to join the handfasting ceremony that is about to begin under the pergola. The ribbons shown gently blowing in the breeze will be used by the guests to join the joyous couple.

Please see the Unity Ceremony Page or the Handfasting Ceremony Page for a discussion of handfasting with ribbons and cords.

In the fall, Elizabeth Park takes on the colors of autumn. For example, the leaves on the Rose Garden gazebo turn brilliant colors before falling.

"When are the Elizabeth Park roses at their peak?"

Generally, the roses in the rose garden are at their showy best during July. The weekend nearest the fourth of July tends to be the height of the season for people to visit the roses, and, of course, that is peak wedding season in Elizabeth Park.

There's more to Elizabeth Park than roses...

The Perennial Garden has beautiful flowers from spring through fall. You may find that at the time of year you want to have your wedding the Elizabeth Park Perennial Garden has better blossoms available than the Rose Garden.

In September, for example, the dahlias are in glorious display. The volunteers who make the whole park more beautiful through their loving care take pride in all of the flowers and trees in Elizabeth Park.

No matter what time of year you have your wedding, the stone bridge over the ponds is an ideal place for photographs!

The official Elizabeth Park Web Site (WWW.ElizabethParkCT.Org) has different photos and other information, including the schedule of events.

"Where do we get our marriage license to get married in Elizabeth Park?"

To get married in Elizabeth Park you would get your marriage license in West Hartford, Connecticut. You can get more information about getting your Elizabeth Park marriage license at http://WWW.West-Hartford.Com/ (under "Permits and Licenses") or by calling (860) 561-7430.

"Do we need to get a permit to get married in Elizabeth Park?"

Yes, you most likely will need to get a permit to get married in Elizabeth Park. There may be some exceptions. Please visit WWW.Hartford.Gov/parks/permits-and-applications, or you can call (860) 757-9972.

Receptions in the Pond House

The Pond House, located in Elizabeth Park, is an excellent place for your reception after your spring, summer, or fall wedding in Elizabeth Park Rose Garden. The food is very good and the service is outstanding. (I speak from personal experience!) You can visit the Pond House website at WWW.PondHouseCafe.Com.

Weddings in the Pond House

In case the weather turns out to be less than ideal, you could have your wedding ceremony in the Pond House. Couples have their winter weddings inside the Pond House; the pond and trees behind the Pond House also make a great backdrop for photographs with the snowy landscape.

The photos on this Page don't begin to show the beauty of the Pond House decorated for a reception, and they can't show the professionalism of the staff and management. Why not try the Pond House's food and service by having lunch or dinner there?

You can call (860) 231-8823 to ask about your Pond House wedding or your Pond House reception. You can also visit the Pond House Web Site, WWW.PondHouseCafe.Com. There is a Photo Gallery under the Banquets tab that shows not only Pond House weddings, but also great photos of Elizabeth Park.

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Ernest Adams in a robe at the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden gazebo. Looking toward the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden Wedding Gazebo The wedding pergola in Elizabeth Park Perennial Garden. Start your garden wedding processional in Elizabeth Park's Sunken Garden. The Perennial Garden at Elizabeth Park has lots of wedding flowers. Elizabeth Park Perennial Garden Wedding trellis The gazebo in the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden is lovely for an autumn wedding. The wedding bridge in Elizabeth Park is used for wedding photos. The stone bridge in Elizabeth Park provides a backdrop for wedding photos. Ready for the wedding ceremony in Pond House in Elizabeth Park. You can get married in Pond House at Elizabeth Park. Have your wedding reception at the Pond House Restaurant and Banquet Center.
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