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Wickham Park

Wickham Park Connecticut

Always dreamed of the perfect garden wedding? “Connecticut’s Finest Park” provides the ideal setting in a half-acre size garden and ampitheater showcasing a stunning panoramic view of the Hartford skyline and beyond.

In our 25 acres of themed gardens you will encounter a variety of plant materials, design styles, structures and statuary. Choose from gardens that feature ponds, fountains, unique gazebos, and our famous Moon Bridge.

Wickham Park is a non-profit, private foundation whose property extends into both Manchester and East Hartford, Connecticut. The park contains 250 acres of gardens, open fields, woodlands, ponds, picnic areas, sports facilities, and other attractions.


Check Out Some Real Weddings That Took Place at Wickham Park

Mandi & Josh’s Rustic Wedding 

Chrissy & Maegan’s Rustic Eco-Friendly Wedding 

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Wickham Park was voted the 13th best wedding venue in Connecticut by the experts.


Below is what Connecticut wedding professionals have to say about Wickham Park as a wedding venue:

“I love this location, since it offers you few selections.  There are two gardens to use for your ceremony and at the same time, you have a set tented area with a cabin.  It is a nice mix of rustic and nature with a stunning view. I’m always a fan of locations where you are able to bring in your own set of vendors.” Kia Martinson – EST Occasions

Beautiful park with lots of history. I love the variety of garden styles available . I also love the fact that couples can utilize the cottage and tent for their event. The price is affordable and the staff is also accommodating.  Tamie Myers – Event Connoisseur

Wickham Park in Manchester, Connecticut is a beautiful botanical and zoological park that includes amazing Japanese, Italian and English Gardens. The weddings hosted at lodge at top of hill with sweeping views of Hartford are simply amazing. Gabriele DeFrances – Gabriele’s Hand Designs

The grounds are very pretty and make beautiful back drops for photos.  Kerri Shea – K Shea & Company

Contact Info

1329 Middle Turnpike W, Manchester, CT 06040
(860) 528-0856
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I had a beautiful wedding at Wickham Pavilion, no thanks to the event coordinator. To list the number of issues we had communicating with Pamela over the past year would be absolutely ridiculous. Once the "sale" was made, little by little we found out that we were lied to and the park was misrepresented over and over. It would be one thing if Pamela were busy or spread thin, but she gave me the distinct impression that she just had no ounce of concern for our experience. The park is gorgeous, and even though in the end we had an amazing day, I would never recommend to anyone to get married there. It was a miserable frustration that came close to ruining our wedding day, which was hardly high maintenance. We had a conscious wedding--part of holding it at a non-profit park. If it weren't for the support of our amazing family and friends, we would have had to cancel or relocate last minute. I'm amazed that more reviews don't reflect the terrible service. Nearly every vendor we spoke with also said the park is difficult to deal with. Every other business we hired was a pleasure, so I know it's not us. We requested our guests donate to a charity (one where I work, the caterer we hired, our church, or their choice) as their gift, and half-way through the year I removed Wickham from that list. We were also planning on donating to each charity we worked with, but I can't in good faith support the park again. I can't imagine I'm the only bride that was treated this way, and I expect an apology to my guests more than anything. For anyone who has had this issue and not spoken up--you're doing a beautiful park a disservice by not alerting the director to this issue. I've never in my life had such a negative experience or worked with someone less professional. I wish to be connected with the director (I've requested before and been denied) so that I can recount the entire experience. It's truly a shame the park supports this type of practice, and I'll be telling everyone I know to warn their friends.
Diane Porter
Despite the cold and rainy weather we had, it just didn't matter. I would have loved to see my daughter and son in law get married on the beautiful grounds but it was beautiful none the less. We had the reception in the cabin with the fireplace going and it was just so cozy ! Our photographer took advantage of the misty rain and took many photos outdoors with an umbrella which came out awesome (you don't get photos like that every day !)Pam was so helpful throughout all the planning and when we went there in the morning, the staff setting up were so accommodating and friendly! The night was just perfect :)
I got married in the Cabin Garden in September, and I couldn't have picked a better wedding venue. It was absolutely gorgeous, and everything about the grounds and cabin were impeccable. My husband and I live in Brooklyn, and we were looking for something rustic, yet polished, somewhere outside the city. Wickham Park in Manchester, CT is exactly what we were looking for in our wedding venue. With all of the little details that go into a wedding, looking back, I can say that the venue is the most crucial, and I couldn't have found anything more perfect.
I don't know how to put into words how absolutely perfect this location is for a wedding. I contacted Rhonda at Wickham Park back in January and from the get-go she was fantastic. We booked the Cabin Package which gave us the cabin, the garden, tent, tables & chairs for 150 and the ceremony site for 8 hours. The weather was beautiful. The ranger assigned to us for the day was a total sweetheart and so helpful. The only downside was that the A/C didn't seem to be working too well and it was pretty hot in the cabin BUT we managed to deal just fine and danced the day away. I would recommend this site to anyone and everyone. It was truly magical. I never thought myself to be an outdoor wedding type of girl but this was breathtaking. The Hartford skyline is in front and behind you creating a picturesque backdrop. In the fall it is equally as (if not more!) stunning! We added two white industrial fans in the garden tent outside to circulate the air and it helped tremendously.
Wickham Park has 4 out of 5 stars based on 4 user reviews.