Desired Weddings & Special Events

Putnam , CT


191 Providence Street
Putnam, CT US 06260 (map)




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Desired Weddings & Special Events will help make your special event truly special by offering a large selection of unique, but affordable bridal wear from some of the top designers. We... Read more
Desired Weddings & Special Events will help make your special event truly special by offering a large selection of unique, but affordable bridal wear from some of the top designers. We are authorizied retailers of Maggie Sottero, Impressions Bridal and Forever Yours. In addition to looking great, you will also find beautiful dresses, both long and short, for all the girls in the party. But wait, I'm not done. Your guys will look so handsome in any of the tuxedo rentals we offer, with a large selection of vest colors, matching any color your girls wear.
Understanding how busy you are, at Desired Weddings & Special Events, you will find a Connecticut Justice of Peace, Ordained Minister, and Certified Wedding Planner with over 20 years of experience. The service you receive from us is unmatched from any big box store you may have gone to.
Desired Weddings & Special Events is locally owned, with a staff that knows their trade. Donald Trump once said, "You have to love what you do in order to be successful," and that's exactly what you find with us. We love what we do, and our friendly staff is eager to meet you. Read less




Who do you provide services for?
Bride, Bridesmaids, Father of the Bride, Father of the Groom, Flower Girls, Groom, Groomsmen, Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom, Ring Bearers
What accessories do you provide?
Garters, Hair Accessories, Jewelry, Shoes, Undergarments, Veils
Does a client need to schedule an appointment? How do the client appointments work?
There is no need to schedule an appointment if you are planning on arriving during store hours. The only time we would need an appointment is if you need mornings, Sundays or Mondays.
What is the typical turn-around time for a dress?
Dresses take anywhere from 3 months to 6 months to arrive. Remember, these are not the big box store quality, the bead work is all hand done, this takes time.
Do you carry new or once worn gowns?
We only carry new gowns. If you are looking for gently worn gowns, I can recommend the perfect place.
How often do you receive new dresses?
We order every Spring and Fall and receive throughtout the winter and summer months.
Do you have a seamstress onsite?
We do have a seamstress who will meet you at our store, but she is not an employee of ours. She has many years of experience working as a seamstress in the wedding industry. If you are not from our area, we recommend highly qualified seamstresses in many areas throughout CT, MA and RI. The only thing I cannot do in this industry is sew.
In addition to wedding dresses, what other products do you sell?
In addition to the beautiful gowns we sell veils, tiaras, shoes, favors, under garments and jewelry. In addition to the bridal salon, I have been planning weddings for over 20 years and I am also a CT Justice of the Peace and Ordained Minister. We are truly your one stop shopping.


What types of weddings do you accommodate?
Civil, Destination, Double Weddings, Eco-Friendly / Green, Military
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Day-of Coordinator, Full Planning, Partial Planning
How many planners do you work with?
We have 3 fully trained and certified planners to ensure your wedding is your dream come true. I attend all the weddings and provide staff according to your needs.
What style of wedding do you specialize in planning?
We plan every type of wedding from church to the beach. We work within your budget and many times coming in below budget.
Do you support or cater to any specific religions?
We support all religions and culture groups. If we are unsure of anything, we will conduct extensive research to ensure all traditions are present for your special day.
What sizes of weddings have you coordinated in the past?
We have coordinated weddings of less then 50 and up to 250. Our largest wedding was in Boston with over 400 guest.
Which venues have you worked at or are familiar with?
I work throughout Northeast Connecticut to Boston, MA and throughtout Rhode Island. We have worked with museums, banquet halls to park officials. With over 20 years of experience, there is not much I haven't done.


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Sandy married us in Putnam in March of 2011 in a very quaint service. We are not from there, and therefore needed a lot of help. She put everything together for us and had it so organized that all we needed to do was arrive. It was PERFECT. Sandy had us fill out a questionaire prior to the ceremony and had personally written an amazing, individualized, and touching ceremony based on the information that we provided. It felt so personal and warm, that in December of 2011, we flew Sandy to Texas to be the officiant in our formal wedding! She was so open to take time out during the holiday season and come to Texas for multiple days to celebrate with us again. It meant the world to us and could not have been more perfect!! She has an incredible soul that radiates in all that she does!
Services Used: Flowers, Officiant, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue, Unique Services
Title: Your One-Stop Shop for all Things Wedding!

Sandy Ouellette and her husband run this amazing little shop. It might be small in size but the results are mighty! Sandy is an amazing woman who immediately welcomes all committed couples with open arms. We were at a family wedding the first time we saw Sandy, she was officiating their wedding ceremony. After we got engaged and picked the location for our ceremony, we decided to contact Sandy to see if she would be willing to officiate our wedding as well. Her answer: "Of course, I'd be delighted to". She has a way of making everyone feel at ease in her presence. She listened to the way we wanted our ceremony to be and offered creative alternatives to the typical unity candle/sand ceremony. We did away with this process and instead chose to do a tree planting ceremony. This was great because the idea behind the tree and the constant love and nurturing required for the tree to thrive really made sense in terms of a wedding ceremony. In addition to her officiating services, Sandy also sells wedding wear out of her shop in Putnam. My partner bought her wedding gown there and absolutely loved it! Sandy also got us in touch with local vendors: florists, accommodations, cake caterer, transportation, etc. You name the category you are looking for and she will get you in touch with her fellow amazing friends who will make it happen. I need not mention that our wedding was a huge success, a day to be remembered not just by us, but by our guests who cried throughout our ceremony and reception. We couldn't have made this event so successful without the help of Sandy. She comes with my highest recommendations and provides services for both same-sex as well as heterosexual couples.
Services Used: Dress & Attire, Wedding Planning
They were very helpful to me.. I didn't know where to find a cake person and they directed me to one. I wasn't sure about a hairdresser that would travel and they found me one. They were very helpful in pointing me in the right direction. They made my experience a little bit less stressful :)
Services Used: Dress & Attire
Desired Weddings is a ONE STOP SHOP! Sandy was more than helpful and gave us the BEST SERVICE we've had in the dress shopping adventure. My maid of honor is also engaged and we went together to try on dresses. Sandy sat us down to get to know us and the style of wedding we were looking into having, to help find that PERFECT dress for the PERFECT day! She was quick to help out BOTH bride to be's and neither one of us felt short changed. She offered to order a dress for us if there was one we liked that wasn't in the store.. but I ended up BUYING a dress I tried on from her three days later.. The best part was I got a GREAT DEAL! So elegant & perfect.. yet INEXPENSIVE!!! Not to mention, she gave me the veil valued at $55.00 for FREE :) I also purchased my head piece from her for more than HALF of what I would have paid anywhere else!! She also referred me to an inexpensive harpist to walk down the sandy beach aisle to.. As well as a dance coordinator for that special first dance. I could go on and on but I don't want to spoil all the good deals & details - GO SEE FOR YOURSELF!!!!

This is a MUST VISIT place - it would have been a 5.0 - however, since Sandy is very busy and into her craft, it makes getting in contact slightly challenging - but the girls that she has working with her when she's not there are extremely HELPFUL as well!! THANK YOU DESIRED WEDDINGS FOR CONTRIBUTING TO MY "SPECIAL DAY" :)
Services Used: Dress & Attire
Very professional and great sales !They have beautiful dresses there... After going to several places, I found my dress there, and it was not hard to fall in love with it... Really nice place to pick your dress and very friendly people...
Services Used: Dress & Attire
Forever Happy
I recently purchased my wedding dress from Desired Weddings & Special Events here in Putnam, CT. What a wonderful experience. I work 2nd shift and was not able to get into the store during store hours. Sandy opened at 9:00am just for me. I found the perfect dress and a great price.
When I walked into the store, I saw this smiling lady behind the counter. I had heard so many horor stories about pushy or rude bridal store people, I was scared. This was my first stop and after receiving such friendly service, was the only place I went to.
I recommend Desired Weddings & Special Events to everyone. I even stop in just to visit Sandy. If you do, bring her a cup of Pumkin Spice Coffee from Cumberland Farms, she loves that stuff.
Services Used: Dress & Attire
After becoming engaged, I quickly discovered how stressful planning a wedding can be. I decided that we needed help and I contacted Desired Weddings. My fianc? and I had no idea what we were doing and she guided us through the planning process. Sandy took away all our stress and worries and that it what we loved the most.

She helped us to develop a timeline, contacted all my vendors, came to meetings with the vendors, ran the rehearsal, set up everything, and even helped me with finding another vendor. These things that she did were only a small fraction of everything she did for us. Sandy is very on top of things and we loved that about her. Anytime we needed anything, we knew that we could call her and it would be taken care of.

The wedding day was so smooth and was more than I could have ever expected! Desired Weddings is top notch and is highly recommended by this bride.
Services Used: Wedding Planning


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