Wedding Venue in Darien, CT – Historic Mansion & Garden
Welcome news! The State of Connecticut plans to increase gathering sizes at commercial venues effective March 19 (assuming continued low COVID infection rates). Indoor capacity will be increased to 50% (capped at 100 people) and outdoor gatherings will be capped at 200 people.
So, amidst this crazy time, you have decided to move forward and get married – without the big guest list and huge expense. But it doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the reception, because with a smaller wedding you can truly spoil yourselves and your guests!
The Meadowlands, known for its spectacular formal garden and charming, period rooms is the perfect venue for your tiny wedding! You can customize your wedding down to every detail. Your intimate ceremony can be in the formal garden with guests socially distanced around our fountain. Then guests can enjoy cocktail hour while you spend quality time with family and friends mingling on the terrace, around the perennial border gardens and even inside!
The DCA currently has a special tiny wedding package with Palmer’s, one of its preferred caterers. We can offer you the quintessential wedding guidance and experience while following all of the social-distancing regulations. However, you can feel free to bring in a caterer of your own that suits your vision.
Have Your Tiny Wedding at the DCA Meadowlands
“We originally planned our wedding outside in a park, only to learn three days ahead of our day that it would snow. (Yes, snow in October!) In a panic, I did my research and found the DCA. They immediately got back to me and helped me get everything up and running within less than three days. They were incredibly professional, absolutely uncomplicated, and very welcoming. Plus made sure everybody was safe. All of this during a global pandemic.
We were able to take such wonderful pictures in the rose garden! If I’d done my research sooner I would have planned to go with the DCA right from the beginning. Thank you DCA team for making our day special!!!”
-Gabi & Andrew
Fall in love with our beautiful mansion and create the wedding of your dreams. Whatever season, whatever style, this historic home opens its doors and becomes yours for the day. Dress in our romantic bridal suite. Get married in our formal garden – it makes a magnificent stage for your outdoor ceremony. Commemorate your special day with photos taken in our manicured gardens or on the sweeping front lawn. And finally, celebrate with a reception in our spacious Garden Wing and other unique, historic rooms.
Whether you envision an intimate gathering or a formal banquet, our preferred caterers offer wedding packages to meet your every need. Your dream wedding awaits, with possibilities limited only by your imagination.
Please scroll down to see Kayla and Dave’s wedding photos as our DCA Featured Wedding below.
Clients have the ability to choose a caterer who best fits their style. We also have a list of preferred caterers available. Catered events include the use of DCA-owned tables, chairs, china, flatware, and coffee urns (inventory details are available). Only one event is held each day when the entire house is rented.
For further information or a tour of the estate, please contact Laura Boulton, our Catered Events Coordinator, at email@example.com or 203-655-9050 extension 12.
PLAN YOUR EVENT
“We would highly recommend the DCA Meadowlands for any of your event needs. We got married there this past July and couldn't have asked for a more beautiful location. From the ceremony in the Formal Garden, to taking photos in the Secret Garden, to dancing the night away in the Garden Wing, the DCA Meadowlands was everything we were looking for. ”
— Kayla and Dave
“We want to take this opportunity to thank you for all you’ve done to make our wedding very special. The guests fell in love with the venue and with just a few sprinkles at the beginning of the ceremony - the courtyard was spectacular!”
“We knew from the moment we first saw this absolutely gorgeous venue that it would be the perfect place for our wedding. We were glad, but not surprised, that our feelings were confirmed by our guests, as nearly all of them commented on how beautiful the DCA is and how gorgeous of a setting it provided for our wedding. Everyone at the DCA was an absolute pleasure to work with and helped to make our day that much better. Thank you for a wonderful experience!”
— Cindy and John
“I can't say enough about the DCA and how perfectly our wedding night went. When we first visited the mansion, it was love at first sight! The mansion is so cozy and charming. It has a lovely garden which is beautifully designed from top to toe. Everything about the venue was so positive and appealing. The DCA was the first place that we visited, and we directly booked the mansion without hesitation, which was one of the best decisions we have ever made.”
— Ozden and Erdem
“Laura was a pleasure to work with and make planning a wedding from out of state much less stressful. We loved the flexibility of bringing in our own vendors and our own decorations. Having access to the whole mansion gave everyone the opportunity to explore the grounds and mingle.”
— Kayla and Dave
“The DCA is beautiful…the garden is the absolute selling point, every bride’s dream! The dressing room was beautiful and spacious. Thank you so much to the DCA.”
— Shavon and Derek
“The bridal suite upstairs was one of my favorite rooms overlooking the garden… There are photo opportunities all over the property — you’re spoiled for choice!”
“We just had our wedding at the DCA and I can't say enough good things about it. The grounds are gorgeous, the rooms are spacious and charming, and the staff is incredible.”
— Emily and Jared
“Our wedding was delightful, thanks in no small part to the venue itself. A memorable time was had by all!”
“On our wedding night, our guests fell in love with the DCA. We are still hearing great comments from families and friends about how everything was so perfect about our wedding. We had our ceremony and cocktail hour in the garden, and everyone enjoyed the surroundings while they were sipping their drinks on a beautiful summer night.”
— Ozden and Erdem
“It was the hottest day of the summer on the day of the wedding and the DCA Meadowlands staff were extremely cooperative and helpful with our last minute adjustments, including taking photos of the garden to send to us so we could prepare where to put seats in the shade. The Garden Wing and upstairs air conditioning were real life savers and worked really well despite 105 degree heat! We loved the uniqueness and beauty of the DCA Meadowlands and can't wait to visit again.”
— Kayla and Dave
"It was the wedding of our dreams! The DCA Meadowlands is beautiful, tastefully furnished, and private. The many rooms mean that the bridal suite, groom suite, ballroom, dining room, and separate sitting rooms are all in one place but also let your guests spread out. The formal garden is a showstopper and doesn't need any extra decoration to make a stunning ceremony backdrop. Finally, the DCA is so easy for guests to get to. It's a 5 min drive from the Darien train station, has tons of parking, and is near a number of large hotels in Norwalk."
— Sarah and Shawn
Best in Gourmet
Known as one of the premier caterers in Fairfield County, Best in Gourmet brings passion and over 40 years of experience in the hospitality industry to all of the events it presents.
bestingourmet.com / 203-978-0360 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Diane Browne Catering
From intimate dinners to corporate lunches to large fundraisers, Diane Browne and her professional staff have provided elegant catering in Fairfield County for over 25 years.
dianebrowne.com | 203-656-1920 | email@example.com
Known for the finest in catered foods, creative presentations, and detailed event planning, what sets Festivities apart is the individual attention Roe and Bill give to each client.
festivitiesevents.com | 203-847-7774 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Joseph’s Catering
Michael Joseph’s Catering, a full-service caterer that has served the Darien community for 30 years, prides itself on making the host feel like a guest at his/her own party.
michael-josephs.com | 203-656-9616 | email@example.com
A full-service catering company based in Stamford, CT serving the tristate area and beyond. OTM creates memorable, well-executed events using deliberate and mindful event planning, warm and caring service, and consistent menu delivery and execution. The events range from intimate, high-touch parties to large corporate and social functions.
onthemarcevents.com | 203-274-6808 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Palmer’s Catering & Events
Exceptional food, spectacular wedding cakes and dessert bars, custom floral designs, professional staffing, and full-service design and event planning are all under one roof.
palmerscatering.com | 203-655-2077 | email@example.com
Featured Wedding – Kayla and Dave
(photo credits: Rachel Girouard Photography )
Read all of our wedding reviews on our DCA Meadowlands page at the knot.