Celebration Guidelines

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All weddings are required to hire a full-service caterer. The caterers on our exclusive caterers list have worked at the Hill-Stead and have received outstanding reviews from their clients. Hill-Stead requires a certificate of insurance for all caterers 30 days prior to the event.

Event Coordinator

We strongly encourage you to hire an event coordinator. We have found that it is the best way to ensure the smoothest possible event. We can offer a list of recommended professionals to you.


A list of your vendors, including their contact information must be submitted to Hill-Stead at least two weeks prior to the event. Upon arrival that day, all vendors need to check in with Hill-Stead staff.

Wedding Rehearsal

A one-hour rehearsal the day before your wedding is included in your rental package.  The timing of your rehearsal must be agreed upon before signing the event contract.  If you are interested in having your rehearsal dinner at Hill-Stead, this can be arranged for an additional fee.

Bridal Room

There is one bridal room for the party to use beginning at 2 pm on the day of your event.

Wedding Hours

Weddings can begin at 4:30 pm and must conclude by 10:30 pm.

Guest Arrival & Departure

Please bear in mind that our museum is open to the public until 4:00 pm.  Your guests should not arrive any earlier than 4:00 pm and should leave no later than 11:00 pm.

Sunken Garden Ceremony

Vendors are permitted to begin setting up at 2:00 pm.

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