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The Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park

New Haven , CT

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165 Church Street
New Haven, CT 06510 US

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203-946-8200

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Rosa
Wedding:
5/28/2017
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding ceremony on the beach at Lighthouse Point Park, and we had our reception at the Carousel. The day of our wedding, and the weekend before, there was a tropical storm warning in place. Sabrina notified us right away about possible changes that would have to be made in the event of a direct hit to the beach - like running the lighting at the venue but not the Carousel as this would require a lot of amps. Thankfully all of that planning was for nought and the day of our wedding was sunny and windy with a beautiful sunset! Sabrina was there the day of to assist my sister and my bridesmaid in getting the venue ready. Our family has known her since I was a little girl and it was wonderful to have someone we trusted over-seeing everything the day of the wedding - almost like a built in day of coordinator we never got charged for! We used Nick from Fitzgerald's catering for our food and this was one of the best decisions we made. Nick served alcohol we brought in without an "uncorking fee," served our wedding cake from another vendor without a "cake cutting fee" and his staff broke down the entire set up at the end of the night for us- which was great because I had assigned my family members the task of cleaning up as the end of the night. We really appreciated the flexibility of being able to choose every decoration and vendor that we wanted to use, to help make the space and the experience our own. It gave us the freedom to design exactly what we wanted within our budget. The park staff that ran the event were extremely helpful and friendly, and they kept that carousel spinning all night long - playing one last ride with the real carousel music at the end of the night for us! So many guests have complimented us on our choice of venue, and one of my friends who is originally from Ohio is considering having a destination wedding at the Carousel!
We had our wedding ceremony on the beach at Lighthouse Point Park, and we had our reception at the Carousel. The day of Read more...
We had our wedding ceremony on the beach at Lighthouse Point Park, and we had our reception at the Carousel. The day of our wedding, and the weekend before, there was a tropical storm warning in place. Sabrina notified us right away about possible changes that would have to be made in the event of a direct hit to the beach - like running the lighting at the venue but not the Carousel as this would require a lot of amps. Thankfully all of that planning was for nought and the day of our wedding was sunny and windy with a beautiful sunset! Sabrina was there the day of to assist my sister and my bridesmaid in getting the venue ready. Our family has known her since I was a little girl and it was wonderful to have someone we trusted over-seeing everything the day of the wedding - almost like a built in day of coordinator we never got charged for! We used Nick from Fitzgerald's catering for our food and this was one of the best decisions we made. Nick served alcohol we brought in without an "uncorking fee," served our wedding cake from another vendor without a "cake cutting fee" and his staff broke down the entire set up at the end of the night for us- which was great because I had assigned my family members the task of cleaning up as the end of the night. We really appreciated the flexibility of being able to choose every decoration and vendor that we wanted to use, to help make the space and the experience our own. It gave us the freedom to design exactly what we wanted within our budget. The park staff that ran the event were extremely helpful and friendly, and they kept that carousel spinning all night long - playing one last ride with the real carousel music at the end of the night for us! So many guests have complimented us on our choice of venue, and one of my friends who is originally from Ohio is considering having a destination wedding at the Carousel! Read less
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Kaitlynn
Wedding:
9/17/2016
5.0/5.0
The venue is stunning, and Sabrina Bruno is a God-send who made our event come to life when all of our plans crashed and burned. We cannot thank her and her staff enough! She's also extremely responsive via email, so helpful, and one of my favorite people to have the pleasure of working with. I'd have a wedding at The Carousel again in a heartbeat!
The venue is stunning, and Sabrina Bruno is a God-send who made our event come to life when all of our plans crashed and Read more...
The venue is stunning, and Sabrina Bruno is a God-send who made our event come to life when all of our plans crashed and burned. We cannot thank her and her staff enough! She's also extremely responsive via email, so helpful, and one of my favorite people to have the pleasure of working with. I'd have a wedding at The Carousel again in a heartbeat! Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
9/3/2016
4.4/5.0
This venue is really magical! There is no air conditioning so I would strongly suggest avoiding the height of the summer or renting fans. Our wedding was labor day weekend so we were blessed with fantastic weather. The Carousel is really the star of this venue but you also get amazing water views and the lovely beach as well. The staff on the night of was amazing. I would recommend getting vendors that have worked at this venue before as their knowledge of things like where the outlets are, how it's laid out, and what works best in the space is invaluable. We and our guests just had a blast riding the carousel all night!
This venue is really magical! There is no air conditioning so I would strongly suggest avoiding the height of the summer Read more...
This venue is really magical! There is no air conditioning so I would strongly suggest avoiding the height of the summer or renting fans. Our wedding was labor day weekend so we were blessed with fantastic weather. The Carousel is really the star of this venue but you also get amazing water views and the lovely beach as well. The staff on the night of was amazing. I would recommend getting vendors that have worked at this venue before as their knowledge of things like where the outlets are, how it's laid out, and what works best in the space is invaluable. We and our guests just had a blast riding the carousel all night! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Sabrina Bruno is the best! Seriously, the best!
Sabrina Bruno is the best! Seriously, the best!
Sabrina Bruno is the best! Seriously, the best! Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
10/12/2014
5.0/5.0
This venue is amazing! We had our wedding there last October and couldn't be happier with how everything turned out. Sabrina Bruno is the wedding coordinator for the park, and she is extremely thoughtful, responsive, informative, and helpful. She even answers emails at the wee hours of the morning and on weekends to ease any worries that couples may have. She worked with us to make our vision come true. The venue is somewhat of a blank (but beautiful) space that you can design to be anything you'd like! We went for a whimsical theme with boardwalk-themed food and lots of sunflowers. The carousel ran during the reception and everyone loved it! We were looking for a unique venue on the beach and this is truly it!
This venue is amazing! We had our wedding there last October and couldn't be happier with how everything turned out. Read more...
This venue is amazing! We had our wedding there last October and couldn't be happier with how everything turned out. Sabrina Bruno is the wedding coordinator for the park, and she is extremely thoughtful, responsive, informative, and helpful. She even answers emails at the wee hours of the morning and on weekends to ease any worries that couples may have. She worked with us to make our vision come true. The venue is somewhat of a blank (but beautiful) space that you can design to be anything you'd like! We went for a whimsical theme with boardwalk-themed food and lots of sunflowers. The carousel ran during the reception and everyone loved it! We were looking for a unique venue on the beach and this is truly it! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
9/1/2014
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough about this venue! IT IS BEAUTIFUL!!! There is so much I could say about our amazing wedding day. Sabrina, the event coordinator is incredible to work with. She was wonderful to work with leading up to the wedding. She answered all of my questions within 24 hours and she truly cared about all of them. She even came a day early to test out the options for the ceremony so my grandparents could make it to the ceremony on the beach! Sabrina was so helpful and seriously made the entire process fun and enjoyable and so worth it. The venue itself is a dream. It was the most perfect beach wedding I could have ever imagined. Our guests LOVED the carousel!!! It runs all night with an attendant (and without the loud carousel music) and people young and old were on it and loving it! The blank canvas of a venue was perfect for us to decorate exactly how we wanted it. The lights were so beautiful at night and from inside the carousel all you can see is water which is so so amazing. Our guests spent time walking the beach, riding the carousel, and of course on the dance floor. Lighthouse point is the perfect place for the beach wedding of your dreams. The only thing to be prepared for is that it is a "do it yourself" venue. We brought in our own caterer, florist, baker, dj etc... But we actually preferred having the options! I highly recommend this venue!!! I wouldn't have changed a thing!!! LOVED IT!!
I cannot say enough about this venue! IT IS BEAUTIFUL!!! There is so much I could say about our amazing wedding day. Read more...
I cannot say enough about this venue! IT IS BEAUTIFUL!!! There is so much I could say about our amazing wedding day. Sabrina, the event coordinator is incredible to work with. She was wonderful to work with leading up to the wedding. She answered all of my questions within 24 hours and she truly cared about all of them. She even came a day early to test out the options for the ceremony so my grandparents could make it to the ceremony on the beach! Sabrina was so helpful and seriously made the entire process fun and enjoyable and so worth it. The venue itself is a dream. It was the most perfect beach wedding I could have ever imagined. Our guests LOVED the carousel!!! It runs all night with an attendant (and without the loud carousel music) and people young and old were on it and loving it! The blank canvas of a venue was perfect for us to decorate exactly how we wanted it. The lights were so beautiful at night and from inside the carousel all you can see is water which is so so amazing. Our guests spent time walking the beach, riding the carousel, and of course on the dance floor. Lighthouse point is the perfect place for the beach wedding of your dreams. The only thing to be prepared for is that it is a "do it yourself" venue. We brought in our own caterer, florist, baker, dj etc... But we actually preferred having the options! I highly recommend this venue!!! I wouldn't have changed a thing!!! LOVED IT!! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
8/31/2014
4.6/5.0
We are still receiving feedback about how much our guests enjoyed Lighthouse Point Park. Many found the lighthouse on a beach beautiful for pictures, but most fell in love with the carousel. It made for incredible pictures and an even better experience. We didn't have any children at our wedding, but you would've thought we had 200 with the way LPP brought out the carefree spirit of our guests.

Sabrina was really easy to work with and highly responsive. She made the process easy and set expectations from the beginning. She'll probably tell you, but I'll confirm that you MUST BOOK EARLY. It may seem a bit bold, but we actually booked the venue before we were engaged and glad we did because it booked up quickly.

Our wedding was at the end of August when the weather can be highly unpredictable. If you're going to have your wedding around the same time, we definitely recommend spending the money for fans. The ventilation is pretty good, but it's a humid time of year and we would say it was the only thing we'd change about our wedding. That said, we didn't have an empty dance floor the entire night so that contributed to the heat as well.

Also keep in mind that you're only booking the venue. You still have to supply the music, linens, flowers, food, etc. We knew this going in and preferred it because we could really tailor our wedding to what we wanted, but just something to keep in mind. Sabrina can provide you with the costs for the venue depending on how long you'll be there.

We could go on and on about how wonderful the venue is, but you should really see it for yourself!
We are still receiving feedback about how much our guests enjoyed Lighthouse Point Park. Many found the lighthouse on a Read more...
We are still receiving feedback about how much our guests enjoyed Lighthouse Point Park. Many found the lighthouse on a beach beautiful for pictures, but most fell in love with the carousel. It made for incredible pictures and an even better experience. We didn't have any children at our wedding, but you would've thought we had 200 with the way LPP brought out the carefree spirit of our guests.

Sabrina was really easy to work with and highly responsive. She made the process easy and set expectations from the beginning. She'll probably tell you, but I'll confirm that you MUST BOOK EARLY. It may seem a bit bold, but we actually booked the venue before we were engaged and glad we did because it booked up quickly.

Our wedding was at the end of August when the weather can be highly unpredictable. If you're going to have your wedding around the same time, we definitely recommend spending the money for fans. The ventilation is pretty good, but it's a humid time of year and we would say it was the only thing we'd change about our wedding. That said, we didn't have an empty dance floor the entire night so that contributed to the heat as well.

Also keep in mind that you're only booking the venue. You still have to supply the music, linens, flowers, food, etc. We knew this going in and preferred it because we could really tailor our wedding to what we wanted, but just something to keep in mind. Sabrina can provide you with the costs for the venue depending on how long you'll be there.

We could go on and on about how wonderful the venue is, but you should really see it for yourself! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
5/24/2014
3.6/5.0
Before my wedding I read every review about LPP. I was ready for rain, or be freezing or hot as hell, but here are a few things i though id share that i was not ready for.
I'm a Pinterest-ing, hands on bride and wanted to do most things myself. I was ready for anything, or so I though. My plan was to get to lighthouse by 12:30 for my 5:30 with pictures at 4. I had 10 family members and realistically this should have worked. All we had to do was set the tables and decorate then throw my dress on and I would be good to go.
When I got to Lighthouse, to my surprise, the chairs were not out and no one was telling us where they were. My family and I spent and 1 1/2 hours rolling tables and dragging chairs from a storage closet (that no one could find the key to) over to the beach. By the time they were done with that, my family left me to go re-shower. This set me back a ton of time, and made things incredible rushed. This part bothered me a lot. The tables should have been set up as we had been told they would be.

This is just some other stuff I don't want to bit*h about, but though i'd inform others about because it all happened to me,
* while we were setting up, people kept coming in and looking around at all of my decorations and touching things on the tables. I know the carousel is open to the public, but come on, someone needed to be monitoring this kind of stuff.
next...
* People will definitely be walking all around you during pictures. I had one man who was trying to talk to my photographer about what she cost, While we were in the middle of my family photos. People were fishing in the background, walking through pictures and oh yes someone told me later that people were coming from the park and taking and eating food from my vendors..fantastic!
Although I'm not giving a great review, I still did enjoy myself and Lighthouse Point Park was beautiful, and the carousel was lots of fun. I hope other just plan accordingly.
Before my wedding I read every review about LPP. I was ready for rain, or be freezing or hot as hell, but here are a few Read more...
Before my wedding I read every review about LPP. I was ready for rain, or be freezing or hot as hell, but here are a few things i though id share that i was not ready for.
I'm a Pinterest-ing, hands on bride and wanted to do most things myself. I was ready for anything, or so I though. My plan was to get to lighthouse by 12:30 for my 5:30 with pictures at 4. I had 10 family members and realistically this should have worked. All we had to do was set the tables and decorate then throw my dress on and I would be good to go.
When I got to Lighthouse, to my surprise, the chairs were not out and no one was telling us where they were. My family and I spent and 1 1/2 hours rolling tables and dragging chairs from a storage closet (that no one could find the key to) over to the beach. By the time they were done with that, my family left me to go re-shower. This set me back a ton of time, and made things incredible rushed. This part bothered me a lot. The tables should have been set up as we had been told they would be.

This is just some other stuff I don't want to bit*h about, but though i'd inform others about because it all happened to me,
* while we were setting up, people kept coming in and looking around at all of my decorations and touching things on the tables. I know the carousel is open to the public, but come on, someone needed to be monitoring this kind of stuff.
next...
* People will definitely be walking all around you during pictures. I had one man who was trying to talk to my photographer about what she cost, While we were in the middle of my family photos. People were fishing in the background, walking through pictures and oh yes someone told me later that people were coming from the park and taking and eating food from my vendors..fantastic!
Although I'm not giving a great review, I still did enjoy myself and Lighthouse Point Park was beautiful, and the carousel was lots of fun. I hope other just plan accordingly. Read less
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Carenna
Wedding:
5/16/2014
5.0/5.0
I absolutely loved the carousel atmosphere, the venue kept all our guests, adults & children entertained and was so elegant at night all lit up! I would recommend this venue to anyone!
I absolutely loved the carousel atmosphere, the venue kept all our guests, adults & children entertained and was so Read more...
I absolutely loved the carousel atmosphere, the venue kept all our guests, adults & children entertained and was so elegant at night all lit up! I would recommend this venue to anyone! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.9/5.0
We booked our date five weeks before the wedding and from that until the day of the wedding we were in touch with Sabrina and felt so supported and helped by her and the crew at the carousel.

Once in a while it was difficult to get in touch with Sabrina but it didn't affect anything in the end. She also lent us random things that people left behind from other weddings for no extra cost (cute signs, a chuppah etc)

The venue itself was magnificent. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful and magical wedding. The lighting in there was amazing without any additional lighting (saving us money!) and the carousel itself was amazing for us and our guests and our photographers. We loved that we could have our ceremony on the beach (we had a spectacular sunset) and that we had such an interesting place to eat dinner and dancing. We also loved that at the end of the wedding when the dj was closed and they were sweeping up the place, Walter, the manager, let us ride the carousel one last time with the original carousel music. It was a moment that me and my family will never forget.

Thank you to this amazing place!
We booked our date five weeks before the wedding and from that until the day of the wedding we were in touch with Sabrina Read more...
We booked our date five weeks before the wedding and from that until the day of the wedding we were in touch with Sabrina and felt so supported and helped by her and the crew at the carousel.

Once in a while it was difficult to get in touch with Sabrina but it didn't affect anything in the end. She also lent us random things that people left behind from other weddings for no extra cost (cute signs, a chuppah etc)

The venue itself was magnificent. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful and magical wedding. The lighting in there was amazing without any additional lighting (saving us money!) and the carousel itself was amazing for us and our guests and our photographers. We loved that we could have our ceremony on the beach (we had a spectacular sunset) and that we had such an interesting place to eat dinner and dancing. We also loved that at the end of the wedding when the dj was closed and they were sweeping up the place, Walter, the manager, let us ride the carousel one last time with the original carousel music. It was a moment that me and my family will never forget.

Thank you to this amazing place! Read less
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