Celebrate love

Nestled in a scenic nook of Branford, The Owenego has welcomed guests to Connecticut’s spectacular shoreline since 1847.  Often referred to as a “hidden gem,” the inn is steeped in history, while offering the amenities of today.  Beautifully situated on a grassy knoll that overlooks expansive views of Long Island Sound, The Owenego is a uniquely beautiful location in which to say, “I Do!” to a lifetime of tomorrows.

At The Owenego, you will enjoy incomparable water views, outstanding cuisine, and impeccable service.  Family-owned and operated, our wedding couples and guests are welcomed as an extension of the family.  Menu packages are presented as a springboard for ideas, but we thrive on working with you to create highly customized menus that reflect your personal tastes.  In terms of décor, we keep our palette neutral to best showcase your individual style, and to allow the exterior seascape to mingle with the interior design.  Our staff pays meticulous attention to the details, so that you can delight in each other, your guests, and the specialness of the day.

Many couples choose to exchange their vows on the lawn, with our enchanting waterfront garden and Long Island Sound providing a magical backdrop.  After the ceremony, many of our bridal parties kick off their heels and slide on their sparkly flipflops for beach photos and dancing.   While we can be as formal and fancy as you would like, we specialize in casually elegant, beachfront weddings.

Join the tradition… Celebrate your love at The Owenego.


The Owenego Inn has been the home to many beautiful weddings throughout the years. We can accommodate up to two hundred guests for a sit-down dinner. For a dinner buffet, seating is limited to one hundred fifty guests. With a cocktail buffet, the Inn can accommodate a maximum of 130 guests. In all instances, we require a minimum guarantee of one hundred persons.

Wedding Receptions at the Owenego Inn include:

• Rental of dining facility and use of grounds

• Four-hour open bar, excluding cordials and imported beer

• Changing room for bride and groom

• Choice of linens

• Stately floral arrangements, placed throughout the dining room

• Hostess to greet guests and oversee reception

• Extensive hors d’ouevres during cocktail hour

• Table wine for toast

• Freshly brewed gourmet coffee and a fine selection of teas

• Consultations as necessary

• Tax and gratuity

• Quintessential New England charm

Private & Community Events

In addition to being a place where love is celebrated, The Owenego is a spot where community gathers. Throughout the summer, we host a variety of large-scale, community fundraisers and events, such as Camp Rising Sun’s Annual Night Out, The Branford Community Foundation’s Hometown Harmonies, Make a Wish Fundraisers, and The Hammerfest Triathlon for Brian’s Hope.

While these events see hundreds of attendees, we also love to cater all sorts of private, more intimate gatherings, such as baptisms, bar and bat mitzvahs, birthdays, family reunions, retirements, and corporate outings. If you are planning a special celebration, call us and we will help you to realize the party of your dreams.


Sarah Wedding Wire

“Everything was perfect and amazing from the initial meeting down to the day. Everyine we dealt with was nice, accommodating and extremely professional. It was clear that they cared to make sure our day was perfect. We felt like part of the family. We received multiple compliments from our guests regarding how perfect everything was from the atmosphere to the service. We couldn't have asked for anything more perfect.”

Sarah-Wedding Wire

Joanne & Steve

"I don’t even know where to begin to thank you for making Kristen and Mike’s wedding day a spectacular day for all of us!!  The gardens looked gorgeous, the room looked beautiful, and the food was absolutely delicious. Lynne was so attentive and wonderful to us all, and Brenda, what can I say about her? She was so patient and loving. She is the best.

The day far exceeded our expectations and we could not be happier with our choice of having the wedding at the O. The day was simply perfection and Steve and I are so thankful to you and everyone who had a hand in making our daughters dream wedding a reality."

Joanne and Steve

Robyn The Knot

“The moment we stepped onto this property to check it out for our wedding day, my fiance and I both immediately felt relaxed. We'd been there before, but this was for such a special event that we had to be sure. The staff is amazing, the facility is romantic and gorgeous, and we even rented out the 6 rooms for us and our party that night so we could stay put! We returned from our honeymoon and are still getting comments about how incredible the food was, and how it was the best wedding our guests had ever been to (we agree!). We ended up moving the ceremony inside due to a little rain that cleared in time for photos, but the guests said having it inside made them feel even more of a part of it. They raved at the quality and amount of appetizers, the dinners, the staff, and the views. We couldn't have been happier. Thank you to the "O!"

Robyn-The Knot


“Love Owenego – it’s an old-fashioned beach and tennis club, where the staff is friendly and welcoming. I have so many incredible memories at “The O” including my daughter’s wedding. I plan on making more memories with the beautiful views, relaxed atmosphere, and fabulous food.”



"Working with John and the rest of the staff at Owenego was so, so relaxed and easy. The space was breathtakingly beautiful, and the breeze from the ocean provided the perfectly cool summer evening. The lights in the space helped to set the mood, and the food was absolutely delicious. We haven’t stopped getting feedback about how perfect the evening was. I would recommend 100%! We were well taken care of through the entire process."

Annie - The Knot

Gina Facebook

"We cannot say enough good things about the Owenego! My husband and I got married there – it was the most perfect wedding from the location, to the food, and to the staff. We did the ‘Treasure Island,’ and it was worth every penny. So many people have said it was one of the best weddings they have been to. The staff exceeded our expectations. We are so happy we chose the Owenego for our special day!"



“We had our son’s wedding at the Inn. From advance planning to the day of the event, the staff could not have been nicer. Everyone wants to feel that their children’s wedding day is unique, and the people at the Owenego do everything to make it work that way. Add in spectacular views, beautifully maintained grounds, and phenomenal serving staff, and this place cannot be beat.”



“My husband and I got married here, and it will always be a wonderful place in my heart! Loads of charm, fantastic food, and a setting that is beautiful. You can’t beat that view!”



"Owenego is a hidden gem! We could not be more grateful to John & the entire staff who were so patient and kind throughout the entire process. Everyone is so relaxed and flexible to accommodate our requests, whether it was bringing in rentals, changing the house wines, and beyond. The venue is so beautiful, and we couldn't imagine getting married anywhere else. Everyone loved it and raved about the food. We love you Owenego & are so grateful!”

Jennifer-Wedding Wire


"My wife and I got married at Owenego, and we are still glowing from what a magical experience it was! The staff was extremely accommodating, friendly and warm. All our dietary needs were met and desires were beyond satisfied. The food was outstanding! Everything looked beautiful and ran smoothly. The entire wedding year experience involved very little stress, largely in part to Ownego making sure everything was in check. Our friends keep saying it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to."


For more information and to book your special day call 203.488.3805