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The Society Room of Hartford

Hartford , CT
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LOCATION

31 Pratt Street
Hartford, CT US 06103 (map)

PHONE

860-524-0796

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Welcome to a truly classic and elegant setting for your next gala event. Whether it's a wedding, a private party, a business celebration or corporate conference, The Society Room will... Read more
Welcome to a truly classic and elegant setting for your next gala event. Whether it's a wedding, a private party, a business celebration or corporate conference, The Society Room will provide a dramatic and unforgettable backdrop for your special occasion. In the glorious Society Ballroom, you have a room of grand marble columns soaring to an exquisitely muraled ceiling, some thirty five feet above the dance floor.

The sweeping staircase flows down from the 3,000 square floor balcony, providing a dramatic focal point for grand entrances and photographic opportunities. Marble, limestone, brass and bronze accents adorn the opulent Ballroom in a setting right out of the Great Gatsby. Immediately adjacent to the Ballroom are three additional lounge or function spaces, each with their own special historic character, their own seating and full-service bar.

Needless to say, all of this grandeur is complemented by our own incomparable chef and banquet catering staff, ready to custom-tailor a food and beverage presentation which will fulfill the promise of a truly magical event for you and your guests. Please contact the Society Room today for a private tour and consultation, and let the dream begin. The Society Room: Where Elegance Meets Excellence.

The Society Room is conveniently located in downtown Hartford. Call us at 860.524.0796 for more information and to make reservations for your upcoming event. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1834
When was your venue last renovated?
2008
Describe your venue:
Historic Site
Describe the style of your venue
City, Vintage
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
300
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
7425
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
115
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes

REVIEWS

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Geethika
Wedding:
6/7/2014
5.0/5.0
This place will blow you away. My guests cannot stop talking about this place. I booked the Society Room 14 months before my wedding. I had a morning wedding and on top of that, mine was a traditional Sri Lankan wedding. Dana was the sales manager when I contracted but then the staff changed and Michelle Vitti took on Dana's position. I was initially nervous, but I should not have been. They are so professional and so on top of everything. They are so organized and pay extreme attention to detail. I had many requests to cook a traditional Sri Lankan curry and set up my structure the night before etc. they accommodated ALL my requests. The food was really good! Word of caution, the food during the mock wedding is nothing compared to the food they prepare for your wedding day. So if you My day went SO smoothly thanks to Michelle, Cecelia, Warren ( the Jamaican banquet manager), Desmond and all the bartenders. They were so wonderful during the setup of my wedding structure and on the day of. Everything was flawless. They assured my that my day would go beautifully, and believe me you have to trust these people! I strongly recommend this gorgeous venue and its professional crew.
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Kathryn
Wedding:
3/29/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I got married at The Society Room on 3/29/14, and from the moment we signed the contract with them they provided a wonderful experience. I had the pleasure of working with Dana for the majority of my planning, and she was fabulous. She was always there for any question I had, whether it was about the seating chart or napkin colors. When Michelle Vitti took over for Dana as our wedding coordinator, there was no loss of expertise. She knew every little detail of our wedding and completely eased my mind of wedding day stress. As for our wedding, well, lets just say all of our guests have been reaching out to us and our parents to let them know that it was the most glamorous wedding they have ever attended. The food got amazing feedback from our guests, the venue speaks for itself with its beauty, and the staff was extremely attentive. Jonna was there for us the entire wedding and helped us with everything that we needed. I would HIGHLY recommend The Society Room to any bride to be and can assure you that they will definitely give you the wedding of your dreams.
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Danielle
Wedding:
1/17/2014
5.0/5.0
Dana was attentive and caring. She was detail oriented. She listened to make sure our dream wedding was accomplished. On the day of the actual wedding, Johnna, Desmond, and staff were extraordinary.
From helping with bridesmaids dresses that needed tailoring to catoring to guests, they were great.

Hats off to the chef! The food was amazing.

The only problem we had was our cordials were not displayed but we discussed with Dana and were compensated.

That being said the staff at Society Room made it their mission to make sure our guests were happy. And Johnna was at our side all night.
Many of our guests said this was one of the best weddings they had attended. They were in awe of the food. DELICIOUS!!
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Angela
Wedding:
1/11/2014
5.0/5.0
This venue provided me with more than any bride or groom could dream of! From the moment I googled Weddings in Hartford Ct I fell in love with the beautiful space that is The Society Room. At my very first visit I was in awe and knew that my guests would be at their first glance. The coordinater and GM were with me every step of the way through the planning process and made it remarkably easy. All email inquiries were responded to within a more than reasonable manor.
The floor manager and personal server the day of my wedding were absolutely outstanding. There was not a moment that we were not catered to, They litterly made me feel like royality!
The food was cooked to perfection - the soup was steaming, The salad was crisp, and the beef melted in your mouth!
If you are looking for a wow factor of a venue with high class service than look no further!!
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Amy
Wedding:
1/4/2014
5.0/5.0
Everyone & everything at The Society Room is AMAZING! The staff are extremely helpful & professional, and answer questions in such a timely fashion. Our wedding was beyond our wildest dreams, from the food to the natural beauty of the Society Room I could not have asked for more! Highly recommend!!!
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Katy
Wedding:
12/22/2013
5.0/5.0
The Society Room is such an amazing venue! My husband and I fell in love with it the moment we walked in. Dana was extremely helpful throughout the whole process and was always quick to respond to any questions or concerns. Wayne and Melissa were wonderful the day of, and our guests could not say enough about everything from the decor to the food. We had the most amazing wedding and The Society Room did a wonderful job making the process stress free.
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A
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
The venue is BEAUTIFUL. The staff is friendly and professional (and not pushy salesmen like a lot of venues). For the venue and for the food, the price is very fair.
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Kristina
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
Everything was perfect, exactly what I dreamed of. Thank you!
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Laura
Wedding:
6/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Our wedding ceremony & reception was here and it was flawless! The staff catered to every need of the guests and the event ran smoothly. Their attention to detail was amazing! We didn't want the typical "white wedding venue" and this place is anything but! So many compliments from guests in the beauty of this place. Amazing venue!
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agata
Wedding:
6/15/2013
5.0/5.0
This venue was amazing, great staff and beautiful throughout interiorly. Us ( bride and groom) felt like royalty and had the time of our lives. The dramatic staircase made for a grand entrance and the space comfortably fit my 200 guest. The staff was wonderful, giving me just enough space to enjoy my night while tending to my every need. The wedding coordinators were on point, ( when I felt like I was so unorganized) and kept me on track while gingerly guiding me through the involved process of wedding planning! I want to do it all over again ( and not change a thing, I had the best experience at the society room!!!
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Private User
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding here last weekend and it is the just perfect. its absolutley beautiful and it really just has that magical feel to it. Dana the wedding coordinator makes everything so easy when planning for the day. She helps in any way she can and goes above and beyond. The day of your wedding you have a private server who is there whenever and for whatever you need. I can't say enough good about the society room, everyone raved about the food and service, everything. Many people came up to me and said it was the best wedding they've been to. :-)
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We had our reception at the Society Room on May 11 th and it was absolutely perfect! The team was easy to work with and everything was done so professionally. The really made the experience very easy and very pleasant.
The food was outstanding and the venue is just gorgeous! I can't say enough about how wonderful this venue is.
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Mary
Wedding:
4/20/2013
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough about how wonderful the Society Room was to us! They really aim to please! My husband and I will never forget our special day thanks to Sean, Dana, Desmond, and their wonderful crew!
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Kiera
Wedding:
1/18/2013
5.0/5.0
Everything looked exactly how I envisioned it. I was very happy and I would Highly recommend them.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
The people at the Society Room were so there for me! Couldn't ask for anything more! They are the best! Loved working with them!
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Kimmie
Wedding:
12/8/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I cannot speak highly enough about The Society Room. We had a simply amazing wedding due to the look and feel of the room but also the staff. Want attentive? Want anything you need to be taken care of, no questions asked? Come here. Our family and friends still frequently talk about how wonderful our wedding was. My husband is still floored with the bridal attendant and how she just always knew exactly what we needed before we needed it!!
We recommend The Society Room to anyone who asks without any hesitation.
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Erica
Wedding:
10/28/2012
5.0/5.0
The Society Room's staff is made up of the most professional, organized, and meticulous professionals. On the night of our wedding the venue provided an attendant who was on top of details and random situations no one would even think of...she made sure we got to eat and got to relax and have a great time. Basically, all we had to do was show up and really enjoy the day:)
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Anonymous
Wedding:
10/27/2012
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough about the Society Room! From the moment we walked in to look at the place, we knew we wouldn't look anywhere else. Working with Dana was such a treat - she took care of every detail and really went above-and-beyond in accommodating each and every one of our needs. She treated me, my mom, and my (now) husband as if we were the only couple with whom she was working. She helped us create the most spectacular and special evening of our lives. Our ceremony, which was also held at the Society Room, was perfect. As my mom said, "The Society Room puts the military to shame with their precision!" The ceremony started on time and went perfectly (thanks, Desmond :). The food was perfect - apps, raw bar, meals (the most delicious filet ever - they even asked every guest how they wanted their filet cook - now that is service!), cake, our cider and donut station as a departing favor, etc. The drinks were delicious - they made a mean bloody mary, which was our signature drink. Everyone told us it was the most wonderful and fun wedding ever. The venue is absolutely beautiful and I cannot thank everyone there enough for making our wedding amazing! Also, thanks to Michelle for being the best "bridal attendant!"
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Carolyn
Wedding:
10/21/2012
5.0/5.0
I cannot possibly say enough good things about The Society Room. Everyone there was incredibly helpful, from the first appointment to look at the venue, to the day of the wedding. The staff saw to every need of ours, and some which we had not even thought of! The room is beautiful and speaks for itself. I could not possibly imagine having a better wedding reception than the one I had at The Society Room. It was beautiful and elegant and I knew I didn't have to worry about any of the details of the reception because they were being handled by the expert staff. I would HIGHLY recommend this venue to future brides and grooms!
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Lauren
Wedding:
10/12/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had our wedding reception at The Society Room in Hartford on Friday October 12, 2012 and could NOT have been more pleased with all the services provided- and not to mention the venue is absolutely GORGEOUS! It's been 5 months since our wedding and our guests are still raving about how beautiful it was. The food was the best I've ever had at a wedding and the service was impeccable- everyone was eating at the same time and literally no one ever went without a drink in hand. Sean Zier and Dana Montarani were unbelievably helpful during every step of the planning process. We just cannot say enough great things about the staff and the venue, everything was phenomenal!! We had our dream wedding all thanks to The Society Room and their utmost professional staff. Best, most beautiful wedding venue in all of CT!!!!!!
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Kristin
Wedding:
8/12/2012
5.0/5.0
Thank you so much to The Society Room Team for making our wedding day so specail!
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Lindsay
Wedding:
6/23/2012
5.0/5.0
Prior to booking with The Society Room, we had heard wonderful things about the staff and the event services and everything we experienced exceeded those reviews. From the initial booking to the night of our wedding, the staff was attentive, responsive and, most importantly, friendly. We originally booked The Society Room because of the beauty of the space and were pleasantly surprised by the amazing services provided. Everything about our wedding was perfect thanks to The Society Room!
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michelle
Wedding:
6/2/2012
5.0/5.0
The staff was incredibly accomodating and professinal!
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Linda
Wedding:
6/1/2012
5.0/5.0
My daughter's wedding reception took place here on June 1, 2012. Our experience was beyond anything I could have imagined. The staff ....fantastic! No need to worry about anything left in the wedding party room: the security was tight, even for an obvious MOB. I like that. The food served was actually better than when I tried it at the tasting in January and was not the typical banquet fare we've all come to expect. Courteous, efficient servers. The staff when out of their way for a last minute slide show set up, and they genuinely seemed to enjoy the evening with us. 200 guests and we weren't crowded for a second. Beautiful atmosphere. And the best thing is it's within walking distance of the hotels where our guests stayed and the church where the ceremony took place. It was all so surprisingly perfect. Thank you Society Room!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We had an amazing wedding because of The Society Room. All of the staff was so helpful putting our wedding together and really thought of absolutely everything for us. Generally the bride feels very stressed during the wedding because you want everything to come together perfectly, I really didn't worry about a thing though. The Society Room took care of everything, including us. Having our own personal attendant made the day so easy and enjoyable - I was beyond happy with the services by the Society Room.
Services Used: Wedding Cake, DJ, Flowers, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue, Videography
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Sarah
Wedding:
3/31/2012
5.0/5.0
The entire staff was more than helpful. They were able to anticipate things I never would have thought of and were attentive.
We had a unique situation with hurricane sandy and they were able to compensate more than we expected.
Along with the professionalism that was expected from such a well established company they were also able to read my husband and my personalities and reciprocate accordingly.
We are not your average bride and groom :)
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Raeann
Wedding:
3/31/2012
5.0/5.0
The society room did an amazing job for our wedding. The venue is gorgeous and the food and service was perfect.
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Jessica
Wedding:
3/9/2012
5.0/5.0
The staff at The Society Room was professional and truly cared about making the day special for us. The food was great; though the tasting (aka "mock wedding" did not do the food justice). Our guests raved about the food, venue and service.
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Lauren
Wedding:
3/2/2012
5.0/5.0
The Society Room was absolutely amazing! The room is beyond beautiful and it's run by some of the best people out there. Dana was so helpful during the planning process and came up with some really great ideas. The staff the day of the wedding was so professional and went out of their way to make sure our special day was perfect. Our limo was 45 minutes late (pushing everything back) and as soon as they found out they were so accommodating without anyone even having to ask. The food was so delicious and the event was better than any wedding I could have dreamed of. I give this venue my highest recommendation!!
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Virginia
Wedding:
2/26/2012
5.0/5.0
Top shelf! Everything was perfect.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Absolutely beautiful venue! Everything was perfect, the service, the food, everything! Our family and friends still talk about our wedding today! We were so very happy and our wedding was just as we pictured it, thanks to The Society Room of Hartford!
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Steven
Wedding:
2/17/2012
5.0/5.0
Our wedding took place at the Society Room in Hartford on the 17th of February 2012.

Where to begin. Our experience with Dana and Shawn started when we were originally picking a venue. While the elegance and beauty of the room speak for itself, the professionalism and flexibility of the staff became quickly apparent during both our initial meetings prior to us booking the venue all the way through the planning process.

Being a chronic procrastinator, they helped keep us on target, and gave us feedback and suggestions along the way that helped turn our day from a potential nightmare to the most incredible day of our lives.

We participated in the Mock wedding, where the food was delicious, however, it paled in comparison to the food prepared at the night of our wedding. I heard nothing but praise during cocktail hour (vegetarian Nori rolls with Wasabi Aioli was AMAZING) and after entrees. My meal was phenomenal. It was prepared perfectly with a very visually appealing delivery. Even my vegan friends raved about their dishes. The kitchen staff obviously took incredible pride in what they were serving, and it showed.

Our Wedding coordinator did an amazing job setting up the room, and using the items we provided, accented with their own stock of ornamental items to make the dining room look like we were hosting a presidential dinner event. The wait staff was courteous, and quick to serve as well as remove clutter, keeping the dining room looking excellent all throughout the night. Our Bridal Suite attendant was amazing, and continuously helped us whenever we needed even the smallest things. Everyone was available and made the night run incredibly smoothly.

Our wedding couldn’t have gone better, and a lot of that credit belongs to the Society Room and their incredible staff.
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Jennifer
Wedding:
2/4/2012
5.0/5.0
This was the perfect place in every aspect. We could not have been happier with everything. It was the wedding of my dreams.
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Erin
Wedding:
1/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Everything was absolutely amazing. They took care of every little detail for us and catered to our every need. My personal bridal assistant, Michele, was at my side for anything I needed assistance with. She helped bustle my dress, when one of the ties broke because my husband stepped on it, she made sure I had everything I needed at all times throughout the night and she is just the sweetest person. The FOOD was amazing!!! Our guests were raving about how wonderful the food was from cocktail hour, dinner, and the chocolate fountain. This was the perfect venue for us and the customer service was unbeatable!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
The Society Room provided the perfect venue for our New Year's Eve wedding! We received only extremely positive feedback from our guests about the beauty of the banquet hall, the delicious food, the courteous wait staff, etc. The entire process was so easy for us and the Society Room was very accomodating to help us experience our dream wedding.
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erinaldi
Wedding:
11/19/2011
5.0/5.0
Everyone keeps commenting on how beautiful the society room was and how great the food tasted! Everyone there was a pleasure to work with and we had a fabulous wedding there! I would recommend it to everyone! You wont be dissapointed!
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sharon
Wedding:
10/14/2011
5.0/5.0
Excellent wedding planning. The coordinator on the day of the reception provided excellent service with immense attention to detail. Also the personal attendant provided to the Bride & Groom was so helpful. Great service and professionalism through and through. The venue itself is spectacular. The architecture and ambiance is out of this world. We can not say enough positive things about The Society Room and all its amenities.
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Kgervais
Wedding:
10/8/2011
5.0/5.0
Our daughter's wedding reception took place at The Society Room. The day could not have been more perfect, thanks to the extraordinary planning of Dana and the execution by Desmond. Honestly, I was expecting a beautiful day - but it was beyond. They made sure each and every guest was was happy and went above and beyond to make sure their dinner was accurate, hot and delicious. They did not fail. Everyone raved about the venue. Jonna looked after the bridal party like a pro and they wanted for nothing! Dana, thank you for the recommendation on photos, music; both were spectacular. The lighting the d.j. provided made us feel like we were very, very special. Thank you again for a day no one will forget! Again, Desmond, thanks for hanging with us till the wee hours of the morning.
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wedinoctober2011
Wedding:
10/7/2011
5.0/5.0
Sean was great helping us initially book our wedding reception, and Dana was our main contact until the wedding day-she was exceptional-professional and a master at what she does. Thank you for an amazing experience.You made our day so special!
With Gratitude,
Alicia and Steve Soares
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Meg
Wedding:
10/1/2011
5.0/5.0
I had the pleasure of working with Dana to plan my wedding--I could not have asked for a more elegant affair! The space itself is just breathtaking, the staff is professional, attentive, and unobtrusive, and the food is out of this world--every guest I spoke to raved about how it was "restaurant quality."
I personally loved having the whole space to ourselves for our event--we were really able to design the wedding reception that we wanted to since we weren't worried about competing with another reception for shared space!
Desmond was my day of coordinator, and he did a fantastic job of seeing to all our needs, mine especially. Everything was executed beyond my expectations. Would strongly recommend the Society Room of Hartford as a reception location!
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svassiliou
Wedding:
7/23/2011
5.0/5.0
The Society Room was a great venue for our recent wedding. Everyone commented on how great the atmosphere was. The staff is on top of everything the night of the wedding and they are super attentive the weeks leading up to the wedding. They can handle last minute changes with ease and they are more than willing to help with anything. The "mock wedding" was so nice and it helped us pick our menu so we knew what we were expecting the day of our wedding. I loved the Society Room and would recommend it to anyone.
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Megan
Wedding:
7/16/2011
5.0/5.0
We had a fabulous wedding reception at the Society Room. Everyone was very helpful and eager to make our day exactly what we wanted it to be. On the day, amongst all the chaos, the staff was so incredibly accommodating to myself and my husband, our wedding party, and guests. Our guests are still raving about the food and service 3 months later. We couldn't imagine our wedding any different.
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hcook12
Wedding:
7/10/2011
5.0/5.0
Working with the staff at the Society Room was like having your own personal wedding planner. They were very flexible with all of our requests including bringing in our own cake and adding custom food to the menu at no additional cost. They contacted all of our vendors and coordinated all the arrival/departure/drop-off/pick-up times which took a lot of stress off of us as the wedding approached. They had great suggestions for vendors who have worked there before and really know how to get the most out of the room. I don't think we have a single complaint about our experience.
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Katherine
Wedding:
7/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Awesome place and so worth the money. You really don't need a wedding planner because this organization has everything all together! They are all true professionals and so sweet and so flexible. They accommodated ALL of our needs. We wasted money on a wedding planner, wish we had just trusted that Society Room would take care of everything because by the end of the night we almost fired our own wedding planner for not knowing what they were doing. A wonderful venue!
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Sophie123
Wedding:
6/24/2011
5.0/5.0
I couldn't be more pleased with the professionalism and care that was taken to make our wedding so personal and the best night! The bridal party was well taken care of the entire night, and we were updated of everything that was going on during the night. A totally stress free night. I'd love to do it all over again!

One comment that I will make is that I would ask the dj (or band) to cut the music and announce the cutting of the cake (we missed it, in fact I didn't even see the cake so I'm anxious for the pictures) This was our mistake. Also we should have had the Society Room place the bride & groom's picture in a more "traveled" area so that more guests would have seen it to write well wishes.

But in any case, I would recommend this venue to any bride without hesitation. We didn't get one negative comment and are still dreaming about our special night. Thank you all for such a wonderful experience.
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Meglet
Wedding:
6/3/2011
5.0/5.0
Our wedding reception for 250 guests at The Society Room of Hartford on June 3, 2011 was unbelievable. We seated family in the ballroom and friends in the mezzanine, which worked out perfectly. The staff was efficient, courteous, and nothing was ever a problem. I was extremely impressed with the flawless execution by The Society Room staff of the entire wedding. I would highly recommend The Society Room to any couple looking for a sophisticated and elegant venue with amazing food!
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LCozzi
Wedding:
5/7/2011
5.0/5.0
The Society Room is the perfect 5 Star wedding venue. You literally do not worry about one thing the day of your wedding. With so many moving parts to a wedding, we had complete peace of mind that the Society Room would have seamless service, quality food, and professionalism. The little things were handled very well (ie when we arrived at the bridal suite, I did not prefer any of the cheese that was served and they went and brought me my favorite, parmigiano). Our guests truly had an evening to remember. Thank you for making my blessed day so special!
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elorg
Wedding:
3/26/2011
5.0/5.0
We couldn't be happier with our wedding day! The location was perfect and gorgeous, the staff was incredibly friendly & helpful, the food and drinks were fantastic, and our personal attendant for the day made sure that we had everything and anything that we needed for the entire day. We cherish every moment of the day, and if we had to do it all over again, we wouldn't change a thing.
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LizzeMarie
Wedding:
3/25/2011
5.0/5.0
The Society Room of Hartford was the perfect venue for our March 2011 Wedding! It was classy and timeless and the staff went above and beyiond to make everything perfect and to exceed our expectations! The food and service were amazing, and we still hear from all of our guests that it was the best wedding they have ever been to! The staff was professional and everything was so streamlined. At the end of the night our wedding coordinator pulled us over to the side(very discreetly) to let us know that our toasting flutes had accidentally been dropped and were broken, but that they would replace them right away. They were very apologetic, and while my husband and I were a little upset (not at them, since accidents do happen), we had confidence that our replacements would arrive to us in a timely manner. My husband and I returned from our one week honeymoon and had a message that our new flutes were available for pickup! Not only was it faster than we had expected, they had actually saved our salvageable (original )toasting flutes and gave us both sets! The whole process in dealing with the Society Room from our first tour to final meeting and payment was a pleasant one. There was someone always available to answer our questions and to provide us with insight and feedback, as well as to work with our requests. We would like to thank alll of the staff, and especially Sean, Dana, Sabrina, Ceceliia and Desmond, from the bottom of our hearts for making our wedding more than we ever had imagined!
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ckieslich
Wedding:
3/18/2011
5.0/5.0
Look no further!!!!!!!!!1 This is your Venue
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Cary
Wedding:
3/18/2011
5.0/5.0
This is the venue. Service, Food - EVERYTHING. They will cater to ALL your needs - not too mention the beauty sorrounded. Look no further.
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bonniemel
Wedding:
2/25/2011
5.0/5.0
Society Room was wonderful. My Husband and I went above and beyond our budget so that we could have our wedding there. The decideing factor was the professionalism. From our first meeting w/ the GM we knew these guys had there stuff together. It was just icingon the cake that they also had a GREAT venue, STELLER service and AMAZING food. They are true professionals.
They were very flexible, even creating a dish from a local restaurant we love. My only regret is the day went so fast I don't remember anything about the place. Why have your wedding at a Marriot or a cookiecutter banquet when you can have it at a place like this for a few $$'s more.
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Amy
Wedding:
2/18/2011
5.0/5.0
The events team at the Society Room of Hartford goes above and beyond anything I could have asked for!! Their staff is super helpful and the room speaks for itself!
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allieteed
Wedding:
1/15/2011
5.0/5.0
The staff at The Society Room is awesome and will help you to have a perfect day, free of worries about details and small snafus.
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KatieCT
Wedding:
10/24/2010
5.0/5.0
Wonderful venue! We really had a great time and highly recommend it!! The coordinator and the entire staff were very accommodating and made the planning fun, easy and seamless. The day of we were not even that nervous as everything fell into place and we were all set to get married. Make sure to use the beautiful spiral stairs as it makes for a real dramatic grand entrance and produces incredible pictures. Only thing… wish we rented it longer!! Get it Sundays because you have it all to yourself. Food was good and the servers were awesome!! All my guests gushed over the ambiance and really loved the grandness of it but at the same time it was very intimate. We had some additional ideas and they were welcomed!! They work with you to make you happy and that is above all something you want on your wedding day!
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FallCTBride
Wedding:
10/8/2010
5.0/5.0
We loved working with The Society Room for our event. Dana is an amazing event planner who was always on top of all contacts and had great suggestions to make our day even more special. The place is gorgeous and we couldn't imagine our event happening anywhere else--no other venue compared to the experience we got at the SR. The food was great and the staff did a great job making our event memorable for all of the right reasons. It was a place that was a little above our initial budget, but we are so glad we paid more because it was worth every penny!
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Bessconn
Wedding:
10/3/2010
5.0/5.0
In every aspect, the Society Room exceeded my expectations. From my first meeting with the Dana Montanari through to the reception where Cecilia was in charge, I was impressed with the staff's level of professionalism. They were very flexible with the menu choices and attention to detail was evident everywhere. We were treated like royalty the day of the wedding. Guests are still commenting on how superb the food was and how excellent the wait staff was. Our wedding reception was picture perfect. One of the most frequently heard comments is, "wherever did you find this place?"
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tyram9510
Wedding:
9/5/2010
5.0/5.0
We couldn't had wished for a more perfect venue! The food, the service, the decor, just absolutely extraordinary!
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caitrs12
Wedding:
8/20/2010
5.0/5.0
We had our reception at the Society Room, but we had our ceremony elsewhere. I cannot say enough good things about the Society Room!!!! They provided nothing but exceptional service throughout the 9 months of planning and the day of the wedding. The food is outstanding, the venue is like nothing you have ever seen before, and the service is 2nd to none. Our guests were all in awe of how beautiful the Society Room was and so complimentary of everyone that works there.
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Tracy
Wedding:
7/31/2010
5.0/5.0
Everything was wonderful. All the guests love the food and venue. Also, everyone said the staff was so attentive to everyones needs! All and all it was great! We didn't have to worry about a thing :-)
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Mrs. DeLucia
Wedding:
7/30/2010
5.0/5.0
We can't say enough about The Society Room of Hartford. This was the perfect setting for us on our wedding day & couldn't imagine it anywhere else. The food & service were fabulous...we highly recommend the mashed potato bar (yummy!).
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jcgooding1
Wedding:
7/10/2010
5.0/5.0
The staff at The Society Room was always quick to respond to any question I had. They were very willing to accomodate our needs. I could not have asked for a more perfect wedding. The entire evening went flawless and all of our guests gave fanatastic reviews of the room, service and food.
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Laura
Wedding:
6/25/2010
5.0/5.0
LOVED the Society Room, the best decision we made for the entire wedding was to have our reception here. Dana was incredibly professional and responsive, an absolute pleasure to work with. She made every single request happen and never made me feel like I was asking too much. The service the day of was phenomenal, the staff was so friendly and courteous and just really great to be around. They made sure that the day was special and everything went just as you wanted. Absolutely worth every penny.
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Paula J.
Wedding:
5/16/2010
5.0/5.0
The venue is unique and elegant. The guests were pampered and to this day we get comments like "your wedding was incredible, the best we've ever attended"...
The value for the cost is well worth it!
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Katie
Wedding:
2/13/2010
5.0/5.0
The first time we walked into The Society Room of Hartford I fell in love with it! Every inch of the space is decorated so beautifully. Dana Montanari was wonderful to work with throughout the entire wedding process. I was able to contact her with any question or concern that I had; she gives you very personalized attention. The staff was extremely polite and attentive and the food was absolutely delicious! I may have been one of the few brides who actually ate at her own wedding! Our guests could not believe how unique and stunning the space was. We couldn’t be happier with the way things turned out; the day was entirely perfect. I’m seriously obsessed with this place and would HIGHLY recommend it to EVERYONE I know!!!!
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chicago2
Wedding:
1/1/2010
5.0/5.0
Five stars! The SR was the perfect setting for our recent wedding reception. We had a full big band and dancefloor, close to 200 people for a sit-down dinner, and there was still ample space for mingling. Their service was impeccable. Our guests raved about the food. The dramatic space, dimly-lit (per our specifications), was exactly what we had in mind. The SR is a perfect mix of retro elegance and fresh, new updates... so it feels both new and old at the same time. This is the space if you are looking for character without the dust! We could not have been happier and would do it there all over again in a heartbeat!
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GStrouth
Wedding:
12/31/2009
5.0/5.0
I was amazed the second that we stepped into the Society Room for our wedding reception. I thought every detail was taken care of (sandals, napkins, matches and the pictures) perfectly. The gentleman that was in charge of making sure Annie and I was taken care of all night did a fantastic job. I don’t think I ever was without anything I wanted. His attention to detail and caring for us all night was awesome. He made sure everything was perfect from the bridal suite, to the dinner, throughout the night. I am so bad with names, the lady that was in charge of the floor was great to. She made sure everything was right on time and it all flowed throughout the night. I could go on and on about how perfect everything was all night. I am speechless about the professionalism of the Society Room. But I will not bore you with everything. With a place like the Society Room, I am sure you get this all the time.

Here is a good recap of the top 4 things we heard from every guest that we had at the wedding:

1) It is the most beautiful reception hall that they have ever been to for a wedding.
2) They were the best appetizers that they have ever had at an event before.
3) The dinner was the best dinner that they have ever had at a wedding before.
4) It was the best wedding reception that they have ever been to.

I know that I sound a little repetitive with my comments above, but till today, I am still hearing about how great and beautiful the Society Room was and how Annie’s girlfriends that are getting married will never be able to top this. Those 4 comments above mean a lot to Annie and I and the Society Room was really a stand above any reception that I have ever attended and I was in 12 weddings the last 2 years.

Once again thanks to you Dana that made this all happen for Annie and I and being there at our every need and explaining things along the way to both of us. You were great and you really made us feel comfortable the entire time. I think it all starts with a great planner and you did a great job. I wish you were there, I know you would have had a great time as well. Thank you again and the staff at the Society Room again for everything and making our fairytale wedding come true.
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emily
Wedding:
12/19/2009
5.0/5.0
My husband and I are so happy with how everything went the day of our wedding. Dana and Cecelia couldn't have done a better job helping us plan everything. The food was amazing and the waitstaff went above and beyond to make sure everyone's needs were met. Not only that but the venue itself is absolutely gorgeous! People are still telling my husband and I how much fun they had at our wedding, how good the food was and how perfect everything went. You will not be disappointed if you have your wedding here!!!
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kasia
Wedding:
11/7/2009
5.0/5.0
The Society Room will exceed all your expectations. Not only is the space beautiful (a fact that delighted our photographer!), and the food amazing, but the service is beyond exceptional. Our guests were complimenting us on our choice of venue and how professional the staff was, even weeks after our wedding. Cecilia was a pleasure to work with on the big day and Dana was excellent to work with leading us up to it.
They have a seamless operation going and are very flexible to accomodate everything (food allergies, help assembling centerpieces, they do it all!). My husband and I have nothing but praise for the entire staff and are very thankful that they were there to make our wedding reception perfect.
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nabp
Wedding:
11/1/2009
5.0/5.0
We were SO incredibly happy with this place...they were FANTASTIC!
They were extremely organized and thought of things we would have never even realized were important. They really made you feel that they had everything under control on the day of the wedding and it made the wedding so stress free!

They were also extremely professional. All the servers throughout the evening were very friendly and pleasant to the guests. The food was absolutely delicious!! Everyone's plates were empty. They have a great tasting evening that you can go to beforehand, and see what the food is like. In reality, though, the food on the day of the event was much, much better! We had tons of compliments about the food from our friends and family.

The beauty of the room speaks for itself, but it really made for a very unique and special place.

We were really happy with the place. It exceeded our expectations. HIGHLY recommended!!
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Mitch
Wedding:
10/9/2009
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had our ceremony and reception at The Society Room. The venue was amazing between the beautiful atmosphere, the wonderful staff and tasty food. We definitely recommend them.
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Meaghan
Wedding:
10/2/2009
5.0/5.0
The Society Room and its staff are one of a kind. The venue is gorgeous, timeless and elegant and provides an amazing backdrop to any wedding reception. The staff is responsive and truly helpful as they have such fantastic experience in the business that it makes the planning process so easy. Stefan's culinary creations are exquisite and utterly delicious, and guest will rave about it all for years to come. Dana and Cecilia are a delight to work with and they both really help to capture your style and ensure that the everything is set to perfection and that it all goes off without a hitch. Our ceremony and reception were one of a kind and I can't thank the Society Room enough for such an amazing experience.
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LarLinLak@aol.com
Wedding:
9/5/2009
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough kind and honest words to describe our experience with The Society Room and its staff. Every aspect of our reception was simply perfect. Dana, the "fairy godmother", granted every wedding wish and truly made our time at The Society Room an unforgettable one. The food was delectable, the atmosphere was grand, and the service was impeccable. Months have past since our wedding and people are still talking about it! Enough said.

We are looking forward to our 10 year anniversary so we can do this all over again!!!
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marcsoka
Wedding:
8/9/2009
5.0/5.0
Unbelieveable location and setting for a cocktail hour and reception. The food was tremendous, our contact Dana was responsive and professional, and the value for what we received was excellent. We were kept in the loop on all aspects of our wedding, met several times with Dana to go over options, and felt that everything was always in good hands. On the wedding day, all of the servers were quick and professional, the event coordinator did a grea job with keeping the events on time, and everyone had an awesome time due to the atmosphere of the location.
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Amykinz19
Wedding:
6/27/2009
5.0/5.0
The Society Room exceeded my expectations. Everyone was friendly from the start of planning all the way to the end of the reception. The bride and groom were given the option of doing things when they wanted and the Society Room kept us on track. All the wait staff were friendly and accommodating to guests. One guest was lactose intolerant and the kitchen brought out a salad not on our menu to meet her dietary restrictions. The food was fabulous and there was plenty for everyone, no one went hungry. I would not have had my wedding anyplace else, it was perfect. The Society Room is also in downtown Hartford so our guests could walk to the bars to continue the party if they wished.
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jennadistasio
Wedding:
5/18/2009
5.0/5.0
My husband and I won a Dream Wedding which was aired live on FOX61. Both the ceremony & the reception took place at the Society Room.
We can not say enough good things about this place. Not only is it drop dead gorgeous. Seriously every square inch of that place is exquisite but the people that work there became like family to us. Dana Montanari takes her job seriously and is very good at it. She handles every detail with patience. She was there for me every step, answered any question I had. Becuase our wedding was for TV she had to make sure not only my husband and I were happy but the TV crew as well.

Our ceremony was gorgeous. The grand stair case my bridesmaids and I walked down was the perfect setting. It was also in the morning for the TV show so after the ceremony, we left to relax before the ceremony. When we came back and walked into the room that we had just had our ceremony in, it looked like an entirely different room! IT was beautiful.

I really can't tell you enough about this place. You need to see it in person to really truly get the feel for this place. From the upper level where you have cocktail hour, to the 5 bars, bridal suite, fire places, this place is fit for royalty.

Dana will make sure your day is perfect.... oh and the food!!!!!!! MELT IN YOUR MOUTH AMAZING!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
Amazing people, service, food- I couldn't have had a more perfect wedding. Our guests still rave about it!!!
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Allison
Wedding:
2/11/2011
4.9/5.0
The Society Room of Hartford was the most beautiful backdrop to our special day! Dana and Sean were always a pleasure to work with, and the professionalism and quality of service leading up to the wedding day was great. We felt completely confident in having them execute all the special details. The day of the wedding, the entire staff made us feel completely comfortable. The special winter and Friday prices helped make it much more affordable for us. So many of our guests told us it was the most beautiful wedding they had ever seen, and we couldn't have agreed more!
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Marta
Wedding:
5/15/2010
4.9/5.0
The Society Room of Hartford was a gorgeous place and my husband and I are so happy we chose this venue for our wedding. The staff was attentive and made sure we were always ok. I worked with Dana before the wedding day and she made sure I didn't forget about anything. The Staff was very professional, but still made me feel comfortable. I totally recommend this venue to any bride.
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D1n0fg
Wedding:
2/14/2010
4.9/5.0
This place has the wow factor! The minute you walk in you are amazed by its beauty. Classic, elegant and warm. You get lost in the little details & designs. It's a photographers dream! Dana & the staff are fabulous to work with in both preparing for & executing during your special day. The food was great and more importantly, consistent. We had some pretty fickle guests and they all were impressed with the food. I can go on and on...but I won't. Just go and see it for yourself!
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kathleen
Wedding:
3/21/2014
4.8/5.0
The Society Room is an excellent choice for any couple that wants to have an elegant and impressive wedding. We did a 1940's nostalgia/Old Hollywood theme, which worked perfectly within the historic venue. The whole team is top notch! My husband was deployed when we booked and couldn't make the tasting so they set up a private one for us when he returned. They really go to any length to make you feel taken care of. We had our wedding on a Friday night at the tail end of winter and the value of the off season price was exceptional. Everything ran very smoothly the whole night and all of our guests raved about the food, service, and surroundings. Its also extremely convenient to have your ceremony onsite with hotels in walking distance and city steam brewery right next door. If you decide this is the right venue for you, be sure to book early. I would also recommend booking the rehearsal when you book the venue bc our only difficulty was having to have our rehearsal offsite since the Society Room was booked for a corporate event the night before our wedding. Thank you again Society Room for an unforgettable night!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
Beautiful venue with quality food and service. They allowed us to customize our menu and it was perfect.
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erika612
Wedding:
3/11/2011
4.8/5.0
The Society Room was absolutely beautiful! Our guests had a wonderful time, and couldn't say enough about the incredible food and overall atmosphere. I wouldn't change a thing!
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Lee
Wedding:
9/12/2010
4.8/5.0
From the minute I saw the venue, to the night of my wedding- WOW. Dana is by far amazing and is the perfect wedding coordinator at your fingertips. The staff is so professional and somehow makes planning seem so easy! The food was excellent and the chef was more than accomodating to suggestions/additions we wanted. Everything about the place was superb.
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KND
Wedding:
5/21/2010
4.8/5.0
The Society Room is a beautiful, unique venue- we had both our ceremony and reception there. It was wonderful! They were very accommodating of our budget and my dietary restrictions (I am gluten free). They crafted an entire menu suited to our tastes and our guest's various food allergies! People are still raving about the food- I even had a mother of the groom at a different wedding come up to me at her sons wedding and tell me she liked the society rooms food better!! Service was excellent- they were organized and attentive. I would recommend this venue highly. A great value, and doesn't need a lot of extra embellishment in the way of flowers and decorations, which also is budget friendly.
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Kimberly
Wedding:
11/29/2013
4.7/5.0
From the moment I stepped into the Society Room, I knew I’d found a jewel!
Sean took my mother and I on an impromptu tour and was very informal, gracious and resourceful. Dana (the coordinator) was extremely responsive, cheery and threw in tons of ideas based on her experience. Closer to my wedding date, I’d had some interaction with Michelle, who wasn’t as helpful as Dana, but was able to provide me with the information I needed for some vendors. The day was smooth, our event manager Warren was on top of everything. I still have guests that are commenting on the food, transition to dinner and the layout. My husband wasn’t as pleased with the price tag, but I am 100% satisfied.
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Linda
Wedding:
5/11/2012
4.7/5.0
The Society Room is an incredible and unexpected gem in the middle of Downtown Hartford. If you are looking for elegance and intimacy for your event, this is the venue for it. The staff was knowledgeable, professional and worked with my husband and I to create a custom event for our wedding that fit our personalities. Our guests were very impressed by the grandeur of the venue and everyone loved the food, especially the dinner course.
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Wedding:
3/20/2010
4.7/5.0
Dana @ The Society Room is a excellent resource for everything you need to plan your wedding. The SR was great, the food was perfect, everything was top notch. One place for everything, no hassle of renting chairs, renting fans/heaters, napkins, etc. It's perfect, beautiful.

Book far in advance, don't hesitate to email them to talk and get a dialogue going.

Be sure to discuss their alcohol policy beforehand -- your guests have to stay in line or they will be cut off, which pissed people off at my wedding, but out of EVERYTHING to have a snafu, this was the only thing. Cecilia the enforcer makes sure that no one drinks too much, no one leaves the building to "Get a shot down the street" and return to your party, etc. Make sure everyone has their ID on them, because they'll get ID'd if they appear young.

It's honestly something I hate to bring up but I have to -- everything else was perfect, but be aware before going into it and make sure the appropriate family members know the set up. Sometimes cultural differences may come into play regarding this policy -- celebratory shots, etc.
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The Society Room of Hartford responded with the following comments:

We thank you for choosing the Society Room to host your wedding reception and appreciate the kind words about our venue. We are certainly sorry for upsetting any of your guests in regards to our alcohol policies. I wanted to explain that all of our bartenders are TIPS certified and, in following those guidelines, take the service and consumption of alcohol seriously. We discuss our policies with the bride and groom prior to every event and find the “go-to” person in case of any issues. Our goal is to provide our guests with a safe and enjoyable environment. After hosting hundreds of weddings, we have seen some of the ill effects of overconsumption and we continually try to balance a pleasurable time with a protective atmosphere. In offering a five hour open bar we understand the liability that can be associated with this. Our main concern is making sure that all of your guests enjoy themselves and also get home safely. If the answer is “yes, everyone got home safe and sound”, then we are quite content with how everything was handled. I again appreciate your concerns and comments, and we are constantly finding ways in which we can improve and offer seamless service.

Sincerely,
Sean Zier
General Manager
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Ryan
Wedding:
10/6/2012
4.6/5.0
The venue was awesome - easy to work with and absolutely gorgeous inside! The food was fantastic, the staff friendly and professional and the day went off without a hitch! We're still having people tell us how beautiful the venue was. The only thing I would mention is that they do not allow final payment to be made with a credit card - cash or bank check only. While this is in the contract, they don't mention it until the final payment is due, either... just something to be aware of and make sure you've planned for, as this caused some last minute scrambling on our part.
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SJOLIN
Wedding:
7/24/2010
4.6/5.0
A bit on the pricey side, but well worth it. In fact, if you're flexible about the day you get married (like a friday night instead of saturday) you should just go ahead and book with the Society Room right now. Their rates vary depending on how much demand there is.

Over all, we had a great experience there. The was not nearly as quick as we had been led to expect and as a result we had to cut some of our activities out to leave more time for dancing. But, for the size of the crowd, it was still relatively well-timed.
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Kaitlin
Wedding:
9/29/2012
4.5/5.0
The society room is a gem in the city of Hartford, CT. It is an absolutely stunning venue and they were so helpful and prepared. They made sure that I was not overwhelemed and tried to help as much as they could with anything we asked. They own a lot of properties adn we had my bridal shower at their sister property in Hamden and it was just amazing as well! We had a little issue the night of our wedding, but they were quick to respond...they had put the mother of the bride's table in the back and I had them on the dance floor so they needed to shift people while we were lined up ready to be announced. They quickly recovered and everythign else went really smoothly they should have known where my mother was sitting. It is pretty expensive for a venue in CT, but you really don't need to decorate because the building is so ornate!
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TMarshall
Wedding:
10/16/2010
4.5/5.0
Romantic, grand space and wonderful staff!
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Brie Wollman
Wedding:
7/11/2010
4.4/5.0
We were a bit disappointed with the meal portion sizes. When we attended a mock wedding for or tasting, the portions on display were much larger than what we received. Thought the food was expertly prepared, we wished the portions met our expectations, especially since we were given a sample to compare.

The staff was very responsive and flexible when we asked for any need, but I wished that there was more attention paid to the Bride and Groom. Had there been an attendant specifically assigned to us to ensure that both received any food or drink items we'd like at at any time, we would have had a more enjoyable time. I often had to request any of our needs, and though the staff was more than happy to help, even if it meant revising a plan, I wish that there were someone who'd offered to provide us with a plate of hors d'oerves, drinks, etc. to be sure our experience was full.

Also, there seemed to be a fair amount of disorganization. Guests arrived early and were wandering the entire space as I was still checking the room. Guests entered from the wrong entrance and were not greeted properly, which caused them to have to pay for their own parking. It would be wise to think more carefully about this.

Also, security was an issue as we had a wedding crasher infiltrate our event. Though it is wonderful that guests may freely leave the event to smoke, get fresh air, etc. there should e security staff monitoring the guests as they arrive and depart, especially in a major city setting.

Overall, our guests and families were very pleased. We loved the venue and had an outstanding and memorable time. I would highly recommend the Society Room to any couple looking for a unique setting that meets high expectations for you r wedding day!
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ZekesWife
Wedding:
9/18/2010
4.3/5.0
This place is a total gem in the City of Hartford. The room itself was awesome with its big stair case, lightings and ceiling designs. They made me look at the dining area while the guests were having their cocktail upstairs to make sure that its up to my standards. They were spot on with instructions and designs. This is surely a good place to have a wedding.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.2/5.0
The only problem I had was all last minute changes to my seating chart & dinner choices were not up to date. They worked well with my guests to accommodate, but I was not happy that it happened in the first place. Other than that everything was great.
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kmartino
Wedding:
4/22/2011
4.1/5.0
The Society Room is GORGEOUS venue yet it is VERY expensive. They were very attentive to us (bride & groom) and made our day special!
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Lindsay
Wedding:
12/30/2012
4.0/5.0
An overall beautiful wedding that I enjoyed immensely, but ---be warned--- that they are pretty set in their ways. They do a ton of events (we were reminded quite frequently), and they don't really enjoy thinking outside the box. I would recommend making sure to have your own wedding planner ahead of time to take care of details that the Society Room would rather not do. We got a lot of push back, even though we had offered to pay for what we wanted. My husband and I both felt at times like we were really insignificant.

In the end, we had a lovely day of attendant and coordinator through the venue, who helped to make up for some of the uncomfortableness. The two of them should be running the event management instead.

The food--Incredible. The space--beautiful. The tasting event ahead of time--great! Overall, a beautiful day. Just make sure to get a go-between for you and the venue.
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The Society Room of Hartford responded with the following comments:

Lindsay-

Congratulations on your marriage and thank you for choosing The Society Room of Hartford to host your reception. We also thank you for your feedback on everything.
I must admit that I was a bit surprised to read the comments about the planning portion of everything. We pride ourselves on the attention to detail, suggestions from clients, and taking the vision that a bride and groom have and turning that into reality. We certainly do not aim to make anyone feel insignificant throughout any portion of the process and I am sorry you feel this way.
While I agree that have hosted many events, what I feel I must disagree with is the suggestion that we are set in our ways or that we do not think outside the box. We have some of the most creative minds in our industry, from our Wedding Coordinator to our Executive Chef. I think that one of the greatest assets we offer is that you do not need to hire an outside planner, as our Wedding Coordinator has been with us from day one and works tirelessly with each of our brides and grooms to offer the best personalized experience. We offer a blank template at the beginning of the planning process and look to our brides and grooms to fill in the blanks, while offering advice and feedback along the way. I think some of the details you wanted to adjust was pertaining to our holiday decor. This was explained in the initial meetings and throughout the process that during our holiday season, this will be visible in the venue.
Again, we thank you for taking the time to submit your review and thank you for allowing The Society Room to host your wedding reception.

Regards,

Sean Zier- General Manager, The Society Room of Hartford
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Jacklyn
Wedding:
5/28/2011
4.0/5.0
The Society Room was great. They had excellent food, which many of our guests enjoyed. I spent a lot of time as a bride-to-be getting them the information they needed for the reception as they required it. Be ready to put a lot of work into seating charts, especially if you have a lot of guests. Everything went off very well! I wish we had more time to enjoy, since it flew by of course, but it was great. An amazing venue we won't forget!
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LiyaEscalera
Wedding:
10/23/2010
3.5/5.0
Overall, I was pleased with the service at the society room. I realize that the summer and fall months are very busy duyring wedding season, but we did not get timely responses to email until we were 2 weeks away from the wedding. this made the planning slightly stressful.Also, the night of the wedding there were a few small issues that detracted from the experience. Our (bride and groom) meals were delivered first, and were excellent, but we only received drinks at our sweet heart table once, we actually ended up going to the bar a few times when we were unable to find our assigned waiter. Two of my guests asked the staff for tea instead of coffee, and after they asked twice, and I(the bride) asked a third time on their behalf, tea never arrived. Also, the tables were quite disheveled once dinner ended, I assumed the wait staff would remove extraneous glasses and other tableware, but they just piled up. Also, my husband and I provided the SR with two photos of our grandparents with a letter addressed to our guests about a donation made in their name. The photos and letter were supposed to be posted next to the guest book, but some how ended up at the sweetheart table, where none of our guests were able to see them.
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The Society Room of Hartford responded with the following comments:

We thank you for choosing The Society Room of Hartford to host your wedding day. I am certainly glad that overall you were pleased with the service. Regardless of the season, the volume of business we provide should never dictate a lapse in responding in a timely manner. We offer a bride and groom attendant to each of our couples throughout the evening, and by the sound of it, your attendant did not supply you with the level of service we promise through the duration of the event. We are constantly trying to improve and will discuss with our management team the best ways to remedy this issue immediately. Obviously it is unacceptable that your guests request for tea went unanswered and will use this as a training exercise for our staff. Attention to detail is a large priority for our business and reviewing the details with our clients, as well as the staff is a major part of not overlooking important aspects. I am sure the opportunity for your guests to view the photos of your grandparents was a very important detail for your day. This was such a significant part of your event that was overlooked. As I said, we are always working on ways to improve our quality of service and constructive criticism is important in moving forward. Our goal is to exceed your expectations. We not only did not accomplish this, but did not meet your expectations either. Thank you for your insight into ways we can move forward and continually improve for our guests. We truly apologize for overlooking many of the details for your wedding day.
Sincerely,
Sean Zier
General Manager
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
3.1/5.0
the place is nice and people try to make it very pleasant experience. what was very unfortunate was that they lost some of our cards that included monetary presents. so we never found them and the people who work there just dismissed the issue.
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Novene
Wedding:
3/4/2011
2.0/5.0
As a busy working professional and mom I was wowed by the sale pitch only to learn two months before our wedding that we were flying solo. The only time that the Society Room reached out to us was to collect on invoices. We ended having to hire a wedding planner to handle everything. They booked an event the day before our wedding and we were shoved off to the side with our parents, photographer, and minister, we weren't even being allowed to us room actual ceremony would be taking place. We were not given paperwork need to complete vendor or reception list until week before wedding. Beautiful site- awful customer service. Being handed off to atleast 4 different people who have no idea what's going on should never be a bride's experience on what should be a priced and memorable occasion. One positive thing was that our coordinator for the evening Desmond made up for all the non-sense we went through.
If you are a non-bridzilla this is not the venue foryou.
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The Society Room of Hartford responded with the following comments:

We thank you for choosing The Society Room to host your wedding reception. Based on many of our other reviews, you can see that we try to make the planning process as easy as possible for our clients, and while we do a good deal of the work, there certainly has to be some effort on the part of our client or their representative. Our wedding coordinator goes out of her way to give our brides and grooms ample time with their wedding timelines, as well as making it very clear as to her availability by phone, email or in person. All paperwork for this event was offered in a timely fashion, with email and phone correspondence to verify this. In any instance where there has been an issue on our end I have personally responded to it and let our clients know that we are not merely excusing what has happened, but rather, using it as a learning tool to implement immediate changes to our procedures and policy. We understand that perfection is not always attainable and that issues do arise and we take full accountability and responsibility when we do find ourselves at fault for something. At the same time, we pride ourselves upon being a great venue, and in this instance followed our normal practice and timeliness. I apologize that the wedding day and time leading up to it did not meet your expectations, however, as the general manager of our venue, I have a great deal of admiration and pride in the customer service that we provide.
Sean Zier
General Manager
The Society Room of Hartford

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