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Wedding Receptions at The Mill on the River in South Windsor, Connecticut

Updated on September 6, 2017
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She happily lives in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.

The Wedding Gazebo at the Mill on the River, surrounded by a walkway with beautiful flowers.
The Wedding Gazebo at the Mill on the River, surrounded by a walkway with beautiful flowers. | Source


The Mill on the River, housed in the Old Podunk Grist Mill in South Windsor, Connecticut, is a beautiful venue for an outdoor wedding and reception. The Mill was originally built in 1750 by colonists and the Podunk Indians. It's original dam, also built by colonists and Indians, is the oldest in Connecticut. The mill was destroyed by a flood in 1750 and rebuilt in 1775. Eventually, the dam was widened, and a covered bridge was added across the dam to get from one side of the dam to the mill itself. The old mill, now converted into a beautiful restaurant which sits on the pond the dam is built on, is one of the most picturesque wedding venues in Connecticut.

The Wedding Setting

On the lawn, directly behind the Mill on the River Restaurant is a beautiful gazebo, perfect for a wedding ceremony. Chairs can be rented from the restaurant and set up in front of the gazebo for guests. A disc jockey or band can set up a microphone if the minister feels one is necessary for the ceremony. The convenience of having the gazebo right on the grounds of the Mill on the River restaurant can not be emphasized enough, especially for elderly relatives who may have a harder time driving to a church, and getting in and out of cars between a church and the reception at the restaurant.There is an actual small church, Wapping Church, which you can call to book for a wedding ceremony, up the street about one-half mile, for couples interested in getting married in a church setting. It's a quick drive to the restaurant afterward for the reception.

The Grounds

The grounds are absolutely beautiful for picture taking after the ceremony. In the summer months, there are hanging plants around the gazebo which add color. The grounds are set on a wide river with a fountain in the middle which adds a nice backdrop for pictures of the happy couple. There is also a walkway with benches and more hanging plants, any of which add beauty to wedding pictures. In the Fall, the river is edged with beautiful trees with colorful foliage. On the roadside of the restaurant, pictures can be taken in a small courtyard from which can be seen the kissing bridge, which crosses the river from the parking lot to the restaurant.The waterfall can be seen flowing under the bridge which adds beauty to the scene. Also, the mill itself is a beautiful backdrop.

Reception Room Choices

The inside of the restaurant is as beautiful as the outside, with wood paneling and candlelight everywhere. For wedding receptions, the bride and groom have a choice of two rooms, the River Room downstairs, which seats 80 people maximum. The River Room has a beautiful glass atrium which is where the food is served in a banquet style reception. Guests can look out past the atrium glass and see the waterfall flowing under the bridge. There is a small courtyard outside of this room which is perfect for taking outside pictures. And The Rafters, an upstairs L shaped area with rafters on the ceiling, which seats 125 guests. There is one room usually used for seating, and the smaller l shaped room is home to the food tables and the dance floor. This room also has a balcony off the back so guests can step outside and enjoy some fresh air while taking a dance break.

The Wedding Reception Packages

All of the reception packages at the Mill on the River include open bar and the wedding cake. The food here is absolutely delicious, including everything from the hot hors D'Ouevres to the wedding cake. Guests usually can't stop talking about how delicious the food is.The wedding couple also works with a banquet manager, who acts as a wedding planner for the reception, as well as the wedding ceremony if the couple plans to get married on the grounds. There are four banquet packages and two stations packages available that include:

An open bar and three tiered wedding cake from a variety of cakes to choose from. White table linens and the napkin color of your choice from approximately 20 colors.

Sit Down Meals

The sit-down meals include a Spumante champagne toast, 3 or 4 cold hors D'Oeuvres, depending on the package choice you choose, and eight appetizer choices. There is a choice of tossed or Caesar salad, although two extra salad choices are available with the higher priced packages. The higher packages also into 8 - 10 butler passed hot hors D'Ouevres. There is a choice of 3 entrees and a vegetarian option for the main course. And the dessert is the wedding cake and a choice of coffee or herbal teas. With the higher priced packages, there also includes a Viennese Dessert table with petit fours, and with the higher priced choices, after dinner cordials. The reception length varies from 4 - 5 hours depending on which package is chosen.

Stations Packages

The Stations Packages are buffet style with stations for different types of food. There are two types of stations packages. Both also include a three tiered wedding cake, Spumante Champagne toast, coffee and herbal tea and an open bar.

They include three cold hors D'Oeuvres, eight butler passed hot hors D'Ouevres, tossed salad and Caesar salad, three custom carved meat stations, roasted red bliss potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and a pasta station with two choices of pasta. Depending on which choice the couple picks, a raw bar and house made sushi can also be included along with a dessert table of Petit Fours and after dinner cordials.

Costs

The cost for the reception meals, depending on the choice of a sit-down meal, or stations, runs anywhere from $59.99 per person to $84.99 per person. The peace of knowing that a wedding coordinator has everything under control, and that the bride and groom don't have to set anything up or break anything down, the bar is an open bar, and the wedding cake is included in the price, is well worth the cost of having a wedding reception at the Mill on the River Restaurant in South Windsor, Connecticut.



The wedding ceremony at the gazebo.
The wedding ceremony at the gazebo. | Source
Benches line the walkway near the river, a perfect spot for photos.
Benches line the walkway near the river, a perfect spot for photos. | Source
The fountain in the river provides a beautiful backdrop for pictures.
The fountain in the river provides a beautiful backdrop for pictures. | Source
Hanging flowers in bloom in early August add beauty to wedding photos.
Hanging flowers in bloom in early August add beauty to wedding photos. | Source
A table set for the reception in the River Room.
A table set for the reception in the River Room. | Source
Guests choosing hors D'oeuvres during the cocktail hour.
Guests choosing hors D'oeuvres during the cocktail hour. | Source
A view of the waterfall from the atrium in the River Room.
A view of the waterfall from the atrium in the River Room. | Source
The "free" wedding cake, included in the price of the reception.
The "free" wedding cake, included in the price of the reception. | Source
Out in the courtyard with the Kissing Bridge in the background. This bridge crosses over from the parking lot to the restaurant and extends across the waterfall.
Out in the courtyard with the Kissing Bridge in the background. This bridge crosses over from the parking lot to the restaurant and extends across the waterfall. | Source
The Podunk Mill, which houses the Mill on the River Restaurant today.
The Podunk Mill, which houses the Mill on the River Restaurant today. | Source

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      If anyone is interested in having wedding reception at The Mill on the River, they are having a Bridal Showcase there this coming Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. You can see the facility, try the food, talk with vendors. It's a great way to see what having a wedding reception there is all about.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      teaches12345,

      I searched all over Connecticut and this was the most beautiful place with the best price, plus it had so much included, and they did all the work in terms of the set up, break down, etc. It was wonderful. I highly recommend it if you know anyone getting married in Connecticut!!!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Oh that's cool Karen! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      What a perfect setting for a wedding! I love the photo tour of the wedding. Beautiful couple! This place does offer a good deal on food and space for such an event.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Esther,

      Thank you for reading the hub and commenting. Yes, it was a very special day, and I think the setting was a big part of it...oh yes, and the food too. That's why I had to write a hub about it!!!

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      josh3418,

      Not only do we have Connecticut in common, but I am the mother of twins and you ARE one! I am hoping to move out of CT. someday. I have been here since the age of 3...time to move on.

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      Esther 5 years ago

      Beautifully written, Karen, and the David's photos are absolutely gorgeous. Brought back special memories from yours and Charles' wedding. Loved being there to experience it.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      You are welcome, anytime! I graduated last year from Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit Pa. I am now living with my twin brother here in Pa. I like Ct and pa, both have their pros and cons.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading Josh, and commenting. Are you in school in PA.? Are you happy to be out of CT?

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great hub Karen! My family has ben there for weddings several times! I gre up in Ellington, CT, and my family still resides there. Great pictures and review of the restaurant! Voted up and several more! :) Thanks for sharing!