Weddings at Gillette Castle in East Haddam, Connecticut


Weddings at Gillette Castle in East Haddam, CT usually take place on the terrace that looks out on the Connecticut River.

Actor William Gillette, famed for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, built his home beside the Connecticut River in East Haddam. Now Gillette's Castle is a state park. Some people call it "Sherlock Holmes' Castle".

There is no charge for parking or visiting the grounds; there is a charge for touring the castle.

The Chester - Hadlyme Ferry is nearby. What would be more romantic than taking a ferry to your wedding at a castle?

The terrace on the Southern side of the Castle provides a spacious place for your ceremony and guests. Native flowers bloom and scent the air, while the trees and Castle provide a contrasting background. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome at your Gillette Castle wedding ceremony!

The terrace provides a great vantage point for seeing the river traffic. Gillette Castle is near other Connecticut areas of historical and educational interest, qualifying it as a place for a destination wedding.

A ride aboard the ferry boat Selden III provides a great view of the Castle and the Connecticut River. Your guests would probably enjoy taking the ferry across the Connecticut River to your Castle wedding! There is great variety in Middlesex County weddings.

In one of the photos you see the Becky Thatcher, designed to look like a steamboat, as it heads South toward Essex, CT and the steam train, while the ferry boat Selden III takes on cars and passengers on the West side of the Connecticut River in Chester, CT.

Some couples enjoy having their pictures taken near the lily pond or on one of the stone bridges on the Gillette Castle grounds. Photographers love it too! This part of Gillette Castle State Park is cool and quiet, even in the height of the tourist season.

The State of Connecticut Web Site shows other pictures and details of Gillette Castle. The street address is 67 River Road, East Haddam, CT 06423. You can call (860) 526-2336 for specific information about Gillette Castle.

Gillette Castle State Park is in both Middlesex County and New London County, Connecticut. There are no county governments in Connecticut, and you don't need to have a Middlesex County Justice of the Peace or a New London County Justice of the Peace for a Castle wedding. (Sometimes people mishear Middlesex County as "Essex County" because Essex, Connecticut is nearby. There is no town in Connecticut called "Middlesex".)

Where you get your marriage license will depend on where you get married at Gillette Castle State Park.

The entrance to the Park is in East Haddam. The Castle is in Lyme. The East Haddam - Lyme Town Line runs through the main parking lot.

To get married on the terrace of Gillette Castle or the lawn by the Castle, you will need to get your marriage license at the Lyme Town Clerk's Office. Please visit WWW.TownLyme.Org or call (860) 434-7733. The Lyme Town Clerk's Office is located at 480 Hamburg Road, Lyme, CT 06371. Hamburg Road is Connecticut Route 156.

To get married by the pond or the stone bridge (both pictured on this Page), you will need to get your marriage license at the East Haddam Town Clerk's Office. Please visit the Town of East Haddam Web Site at WWW.EastHaddam.Org or call (860) 873-5027. The East Haddam Town Clerk's Office is located at 7 Main Street, East Haddam, CT 06423.

Directly across the street from the East Haddam Town Clerk's Office is the Gelston House restaurant. Regina and Donald were very happy with their Gelston House reception after their Gillette Castle wedding. Please visit the Gelston House Web Site at WWW.GelstonHouse.Com to see some beautiful pictures and outstanding menus. You could have both your wedding ceremony and wedding reception at Gelston House. Or perhaps you would like to have your rehearsal dinner at Gelston House. Goodspeed Opera House (WWW.Goodspeed.Org) is also nearby. You have many choices for your Middlesex County wedding or New London County wedding, and a lot of places for your guests to visit.

The Web Site for the Chester - Hadlyme Ferry is

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Gillette Castle in East Haddam, CT is an exciting place for your Castle wedding. Looking West across the terrace at Gillette Castle in East Haddam, CT The terrace at Gillette Castle looks over the Connecticut River Even your ferry ride to your Castle wedding is romantic! The Becky Thatcher steams by Gillette Castle as the ferry loads Would you like to have your wedding by the lily pond on Gillette Castle grounds? The stone bridge near the lily pond is a favorite place for pre-wedding pictures or post-wedding photos

"Gillet Castle", "Gilette Castle", "Gilet Castle", "Jillette Castle", and "Juliette Castle" are all misspellings of Gillette Castle State Park.

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