Weddings at the Pequot Museum

Thank you for considering the Pequot Museum to host your wedding…

From our breathtaking terrace…to our tree-top view restaurant…to our signature, the award-winning, 15,000 sq. ft. glassed-enclosed, two and a half story Gathering Space, the Pequot Museum lends itself to endless opportunities to create the perfect backdrop for your celebration.

Nestled against a cedar forest, brimming with character and class, the Pequot Museum is both unique and unforgettable.

I’m a little biased (maybe a lot), but quite honestly there is nothing else like this space!

This is both an exciting and chaotic time for brides, grooms, and their families. Our dedicated professional team will know your event like no other and guide you through the vast array of decisions to create the event of your dreams. Our service is superior, and we are poised to host your rehearsal dinner, your ceremony and of course a reception to remember.

Here are some thoughts to get you started:

  • Rentals for the Gathering Space vary based upon the day of the week and season.
  • We have contracted with three preferred vendors for catering giving us a variety of menu options, styles, and price points.
  • Wedding room blocks can be satisfied through our family of hotels at the adjacent Foxwoods Resort Casino.
  • I will be your dedicated wedding planner from start to finish.

The team at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum would be honored to play a role in your special day! I am truly looking forward to helping you plan the most unforgettable occasion possible. If you would like to take the next step, let’s meet, schedule a tour, and spend some time with our professional team that will make your day happen!

Please feel free to email me at or call 860.396.6891.

Warmest Regards,

Shantal C Lapid, Wedding & Events Coordinator
There is no other team…no other place…like this one…


On July 6th, we hosted my brother’s wedding reception at this exquisite and one of a kind venue! My mother and I are the wedding industry ourselves and being wedding decorators, we have had years of connections with multiple venues in the tristate area, however, I can confidently & genuinely say that there is no other venue in the tristate area that compares to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center.

Without us even asking, they provided the venue for us a day earlier to get all the decoration done AND even allowed us to pick up all the decoration items the day after the event. I mean, never in our years of being in this industry ourselves, have we EVER found any management this understanding, accommodating, and giving.

Although, MPMRC previously never had any clients that used sparklers and fog, within a day, Shantal went out of her way to request permission from the local fire marshal and requested the use of sparklers and fog on our behalf and we got the approval (with the necessary requirements needed)! The fog during the couple’s first dance had all the guest blown away!

Shantal and Phil went of their way to dedicate the auditorium next to the gallery as the prayer room for our guests. Amongst the chaos of everything, my mother and I almost forgot that we even had a room dedicated to prayer, but Shantal was the one to remind us right before our event got started. She immediately got a hold of me before the start of the event and reminded me that we had brought white sheets for prayer and they needed to be set. This meant so much to us because it technically wasn’t their responsibility to remind us, but once again, I don’t have the words that will justice to truly explain how much Shantal and Phil went of their way.

Shantal was worried for us, keeping track of the things we should have been keeping track of ourselves, and picking up the slack of others.

When we first started hunting for venues in Connecticut, we were already hit with a hurdle, given that we had 500+ guests. When we made an appointment to come see MPMRC, we were just blown away. You walk in and immediately you are greeted with high glass ceilings, a view of the beautiful garden and luscious greenery through the glass, and intensely eye-opening spacious area.

We have been receiving nonstop compliments from our guests talking about how gorgeous the main room is.

Shantal and Phil go out of their way to treat your event like it’s one of their own, literally. Amongst many of his responsibilities, Phil was on site during the event and made sure that the audio and visual lights were looking their best. During the cousins dance performance, entrance of the bride and groom, presentation, and open dance floor, Phil made sure that the lighting was appropriate for the setting. There were monograms that Phil had chosen that were lit up on the high ceilings/walls of the room and they were just gorgeous. The way that Phil chose each and every specific light monogram made the room look like a fairy tale.

Many of our guests came from out of state. We wanted to give Connecticut a good look and I can confidently say our guest left impressed as ever. This venue is the most ideal location of Connecticut. There is so much to not only inside of the museum, but given that it is located right near Foxwoods Casino Resort and Mystic, our guest made the most of their trip down here. Choosing this venue is the way to go, not only will you be guaranteed to be happy, but your guest will have the time of their life!

A dreamy wedding cannot be complete without a magical reception, and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum was the perfect setting for our amazing day’s end! The Gathering Place was spacious and welcoming, surrounded by windows to the lovely wooded outdoor scenery. Aside from the absolute beauty and sparkling flair of the Museum, the event coordinators shined! Phil Lavallee and Shantal Lapid helped us to create a living fantasy! Our fall event was bright and cheery, with elegant touches and warm nuances throughout! Working with our wedding coordinators, they laid out a picture perfect reception with a backdrop of Connecticut’s fall foliage that could not be adequately described. They were professional, courteous, friendly, organized, flexible, knowledgeable, and just amazing! Our day was perfect! The ambiance created will never be forgotten! The blend of tradition and contemporary design was divine. And the celebration of our heritage raised the joy to another level! The food was delicious! We even had a donut bar to further sweeten the day! I’m thrilled we selected this incredible venue, and that our family of 200-plus was able to share in the glory of it all. If you are looking for a place to make your special day spectacular indeed, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum is the place! Our happy life together began there!

I had my wedding and reception here on june 15th! It’s such a beautiful venue and a hidden gem in the state of Connecticut! Both Phil and Shantel went above and beyond to help make my dream wedding a reality! Thank you so much for everything! I would recommend this venue to all future brides!

Such a beautiful and unique venue! We recently had our wedding here and were able to use the garden area and the main gathering space. The gathering space is truly unique and the architecture makes a statement on its own. Phil and Shantal did everything to make our special day perfect. They were both fantastic to work with over the course of a year of planning, and when the big day came, they were on top of everything.