Bill Millers Castle

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834 East Main St Branford, CT map | (203) 488-4583
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Wedding: 6/14/2014
Member Since: 1/7/2013
Best. Day. Ever    posted 7/7/2014 (updated 7/7/2014)

My husband and I recently got married on June 14, 2014 and had our wedding at Bill Miller's Castle. Lisa was FANTASTIC to work with and was so kind and professional. She and her staff made our wedding day something we will cherish for the rest of our lives!

The food from La Luna is AMAZING and I got nothing but compliments from friends and family.

The venue is so beautiful, inside and out. It was the 1st and only place we looked at in person and we were smitten as soon as we arrived in the parking lot.

I would HIGHLY recommend having your event at this venue. They are wonderful people with a great sense of how to run an event and you will not be disappointed!!! Thank you Lisa and staff for a WONDERFUL day!!!!

-Kimberly & Eric Davis

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Wedding: 5/4/2014
Member Since: 6/3/2009 verified review
Magical experience    posted 5/19/2014 (updated 5/20/2014)

Originally I planned my wedding at a smaller venue to save a little money. But from day one I was just not happy about it and could not get Bill Miller's Castle out of my head. On a whim I went back to Bill Miller's and met with Lisa Miller. She was willing to work with me, my dream and my budget. I spent a little more than I originally planned and do not regret a penny. If I had gone with my first plan I would have not felt nearly as happy as I did on our big day. The staff was so helpful. Lisa took control of the situation and served as my wedding planner for the day of the wedding to make sure everything happened as planned and on time. She took extra time with us leading up to the big day to make sure everything was perfect. She and her daughter, Victoria, were helpful and just a dream to work with. The food was amazing! Everyone at the wedding raved about it and La Luna earned themselves some new customers that day. I would, and have, suggest this amazing venue to anyone and everyone. Not just for a wedding but for any occasion. Everywhere we went on the property was an opportunity for another great photo. It is just gorgeous! We plan to go back on special occasions for their holiday meals as well! Thank you so much to Lisa and Victoria and all of the staff at Bill Miller's Castle!

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Wedding: 9/28/2013
Member Since: 5/8/2013 verified review
Beautiful venue    posted 10/24/2013

This was my dream setting for my wedding. My husband and I chose the outdoor ceremony area and being at the start of fall we had the perfect back drop for an amazing fall wedding. The food was delicious and everything went beautifully! The owners are willing to work with you and make your vision become a reality.

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Wedding: 9/22/2013
Member Since: 11/11/2012 verified review
I was treated like I was inconveniencing them    posted 10/23/2013

Due to some unfortunate circumstances with our original location, I had to completely replan my wedding 3 months prior to the ceremony. I contacted Bill Miller's Castle to see if we could have our ceremony there, as the venue is truly beautiful. There was already a wedding booked for the afternoon of our intended date, but we were told, since our ceremony was so small (less than 25 people total) we could do it earlier in the day, for an hour and a half. For this ceremony the fee would be $500, we agreed, and then came in to sign the paperwork. Not only did the $500 turn into nearly $900, with the $150 photo fee, and the 20% Venue fee (which isn't it all for the venue since only the ceremony was there), even though we told them several times, we would be getting ready elsewhere but I would be putting on my gown there (since I lived 40 min away) she was dismayed that I didn't arrive dressed, as they didn't expect me to need the brides room. She rushed me to my ceremony, and snapped rudely at my 4 year old daughter. We also couldn't take all the pictures she originally said we could, because the areas were already blocked off for the other wedding. It was obvious they didn't care about my ceremony, only the money they could get from it. I'm sure this is different for larger weddings, but if they are uncomfortable taking smaller ceremonies, she shouldn't have offered/accepted. And for $850 for an hour and a half of their time, I would expect better treatment.

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Wedding: 9/22/2013
Member Since: 11/11/2012 verified review
Bill Miller's Castle Rushed my service    posted 10/21/2013

Due to some unfortunate circumstances with our original location, I had to completely replan my wedding 3 months prior to the ceremony. I contacted Bill Miller's Castle to see if we could have our ceremony there, as the venue is truly beautiful. There was already a wedding booked for the afternoon of our intended date, but we were told, since our ceremony was so small (>25 people total) we could do it earlier in the day, for an hour and a half. For this ceremony the fee would be $500, we agreed, and then came in to sign the paperwork. Not only did the $500 turn into nearly $900, with the $150 photo fee, and the 20% Venue fee (which isn't it all for the venue since only the ceremony was there), even though we told them several times, we would be getting ready elsewhere but I would be putting on my gown there (since I lived 40 min away) she was dismayed that I didn't arrive dressed, as they didn't expect me to need the brides room. She rushed me to my ceremony, and snapped rudely at my 4 year old daughter. We also couldn't take all the pictures she originally said we could, because the areas were already blocked off for the other wedding. It was obvious they didn't care about my ceremony, only the money they could get from it. I'm sure this is different for larger weddings, but if they are uncomfortable taking smaller ceremonies, she shouldn't have offered/accepted. And for nearly $850 for an hour and a half of thier time, I would expect better treatment.

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Wedding: 2/2/2013
Member Since: 1/14/2011 verified review
Beautiful space.    posted 3/12/2013 (updated 6/24/2013)

The team at Bill Miller's was really great. The planning was simple and I was blown away by the girls that attended to us during our reception. They were sweet and beyond helpful. Our vendors were happy with how kindly they were received as well. My only negative is that the coordinator kept coming to me with problems throughout the ceremony. I figured it was one night where petty things shouldn't be brought to me. Overall though, great place.

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Wedding: 9/28/2012
Member Since: 9/1/2011 verified review
Beautiful facility, mediocre service.    posted 12/26/2012

Pros: facility is beautiful if you’re looking for a rustic setting for both inside and outside options. Plenty of photo opts.
Cons: food is mediocre and service is even worse. We chose family style dinner, guests said there wasn’t enough food for everyone’s first serving at the table and the platters weren’t refilled. Guests also commented how slow the service was. The owner told us the wrong menu line up so our menu cards were not accurate to how the courses were served. Thankfully, the night of our rehearsal, I noticed how filthy all of the champagne glasses were on the tables set for our wedding and had to demand they be rewashed. How could they set 100+ seats and not notice this? Owners/ managers, while nice, are not particularly focused on the details of your wedding.
We paid $95 per person plus tax, an 18% service charge and tip.

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Wedding: 11/2/2012
Member Since: 10/23/2011 verified review
Beautiful    posted 11/29/2012

The venue was absolutely beautiful. The staff were extremely attentive and made the day perfect. Every guest loved the food and the atmosphere!

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Wedding: 9/29/2012
Member Since: 1/4/2011 verified review
Loved it!!!    posted 10/16/2012

It is such a beautiful venue!

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Wedding: 9/14/2012
Member Since: 1/1/2012 verified review
Incredible!!    posted 10/10/2012

Wow. My wedding was 3 weeks ago and I still can't believe how perfect everything was. We had our wedding at Bill Miller's Castle on Friday, September 14th, 2012 at 6pm. It was seriously like a fairy tale! We had the La Luna plated dinner package, which included linens, the bridal suite to get ready in, cocktail hour, open bar all night, a pasta course, salad course, and main course. The food was AMAZING....from the cocktail hour to the dessert. It is catered by La Luna, and it was phenomenal. Everything is made right there, in the kitchen in the castle, so it is super fresh. Our guests couldn't stop raving about the food. The drinks were well made and strong, and the castle itself is just such a unique venue. After our guests congratulated us, their next comment was "this place is awesome! How on earth did you find it?!" Working with Cheri in the months before the wedding was great. She answered all of my emails very promptly, and was very flexible with all of my requests and questions. They basically let you customize and decorate however you would like, however there actually isn't much to do considering the place is already very heavily decorated and ready to go at a moments notice.
They have 4 different places in which to have your ceremony; Outside on the deck / gazebo, outside on the grass, inside by the 3 story fireplace, or inside upstairs in a beautiful room with stained glass, lots of windows, etc...we decided on the grass location and it was beautiful.
The night of the wedding, Cheri, Lisa, and Sue catered to our every need, and were SO helpful with any questions we had. Lisa brought over a bottle of Champagne for the two of us. So unexpected and nice of her! Cheri had everything so perfectly orchestrated from the ceremony to the introductions to the very end of the night. I also loved everything that the per person rate included. There weren't any sneaky variables to worry about, such amount of alcohol consumed, etc...they even saved the remainder of our signature drink for us and gave it to us the next day when we went to pick everything up! They really go above and beyond at this venue. If I had to do it all over again, I would do it the exact same way....at Bill Miller's!!

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Wedding: 9/22/2012
Member Since: 11/26/2011 verified review
"The best wedding we've ever been to"    posted 10/6/2012

I never expected so many people to tell me that my wedding was the best wedding they had ever been to. Everyone was so impressed with how unique Bill Millers is (which is one of the reasons I picked it!) and they loved the rustic atmosphere. The Miller family was so helpful and friendly and they really helped to make our dream wedding a reality!

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Wedding: 11/5/2011
Member Since: 7/13/2010 verified review
Charming Wedding Castle in Branford, CT    posted 11/21/2011

Our wedding took place on 11/05/11 at Bill Miller's Castle. Everything was perfect from start to finish. The onsite coordinator, Cheri, was amazing and took care of all our needs. The ambiance of the castle with it's exposed beams on stonework fireplaces is perfect for a romantic wedding ceremony and reception. I can't rave enough about the value we received for our money. I would recommend this venue to any bride who is looking for a wedding venue with charm and class and wants something other than a cookie cutter wedding hall.

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Wedding: 10/29/2011
Member Since: 1/12/2011 verified review
Rustic Elegance!    posted 11/15/2011

We recently had our wedding reception here and I cannot say enough wonderful things about this venue! From the decor, to the staff, to the food...Bill Miller's had it all! Cheri, the coordinator was wonderful to work with and helpful during the whole process. La Luna, who caters, has the most delicious food and was also great to work with. Highly recommend!

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Wedding: 9/24/2011
Member Since: 10/20/2011 verified review
My wedding Day    posted 10/21/2011

Bill Miller's Castle is absolutly stunning to say the least. As large as it is, it was incredibly cozy and made all our guests feel relaxed and able to kick back and have a great time. The food from La Luna was the best. People are still asking us about the food because "I have never had wedding food that was so good". The food was amazing and I know for what little I ate, I enjoyed every bite!

The bridal suite could use some updating but was a nice area to enjoy getting ready before the big event.

We love the pictures of our special day and have been so amazingly happy with our selection. Bill Miller's Castle is the right place to have your wedding if you are looking for a beautiful atmosphere that is different and unforgetable!

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Wedding: 4/16/2011
Member Since: 6/30/2010 verified review
Beautiful Wedding    posted 5/12/2011

When my fiance and I stepped into Bill Miller's castle last summer, we knew this was the place we were going to get married. The castle (more like a mansion) had a beautiful area for an indoor ceremony and a beautiful deck for an outdoor ceremony. Since it ended up raining on our day, we were inside. The indoor ceremony was held on the dance floor in front of a fireplace (with a fire)!
The food (catered by La Luna restaurant) was delicious - everyone raved about it. The Venetian table (came with our package) was impressive and delicious as well.
The drinks were small and a little weak, but it was open bar, so just go back up.
Cheri, the wedding coordinator, was very helpful and easily reached by email and prompt to respond.
The place is beautiful and easy to get to.
The negatives: if you do have your ceremony outside, I'm not sure how much traffic from the road you will hear. We were inside for everything, so it wasn't a big deal for us.
The DJ couldn't hook up to their sound system, so for introductions, etc., he had to stand far away from the speakers and hope that the sound travels (it did, but just something to be aware of).
The only hotel in the area is a Holiday Inn Express, and they were awful to work with (this is no fault of Bill Miller's; just something to be aware of also).
The food didn't all come out at the same time. The head table and first few tables were served, but tables 10-16 hadn't gotten food by the time the earlier tables were finished.

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Wedding: 2/26/2011
Member Since: 7/25/2010 verified review
Beautiful & Unique    posted 3/14/2011 (updated 3/14/2011)

Cheri & Jan Miller are a delight to work with.
I had my reservations when event planning exchanged hands, but they really did a fantastic job. The place is being constantly worked on. Every time I stopped by, they had something new installed or redone. But the Castle is beautiful in and of itself. It is truly a unique place to have your wedding-even the history behind the Castle. All of my guests were impressed and so happy! The caterer that the Castle uses,La Luna Restaurant, did a great job on the food, and the Venetian table was AMAZING--much better than I had even hoped or anticipated. Many of my guests commented on how exceptional the entrees were considering that wedding food is usually mediocre. I rated service only slightly below, as the dinner was delayed, and there were a couple of things that went amiss. However, all in all, Bill Miller's is a great success!

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Wedding: 10/30/2010
Member Since: 11/13/2009 verified review
Perfect Day!    posted 11/16/2010

I used them Bill Miller's for my cermony and reception. It was perfect for my Halloween themed wedding. They were very helpful on everything.

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Wedding: 10/16/2010
Member Since: 10/5/2009 verified review
Awesome Place!    posted 11/3/2010

We loved Bill Miller's! It's a very unique place and our guests loved that it was different! Our only complaint was with the wedding coordinator, but she has since been fired! The rest of the staff that helped out that night were awesome! We highly recommend Bill Miller's Castle!

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Wedding: 6/12/2010
Member Since: 10/18/2008 verified review
Fabulous!    posted 7/3/2010

We were thrilled with Bill Miller's Castle. The decor was amazing, the location was deceptively large, and the food was incredible (catering was provided through La Luna Restaurant). All of our guests were amazed by the details in the location and the collection of antiques that were there. Diane, the wedding coordinator, appeared somewhat scattered in the beginning, but was able to manage the entire day exactly as we had hoped, and showed none of her stress during the reception. She made the families feel welcome, and regularly checked on my husband's elderly and injured grandmother. The only thing that did not occur as we had hoped was the set-up of the buffet. We had asked for stations, and got a buffet line instead. This slight oversight had no negative impact on our reception at all! I would absolutely recommend this site to anyone who wants an amazing reception in a unique location for a relatively low price!

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Wedding: 7/14/2007
Member Since: 3/30/2006
Review for Bill Miller's Castle    posted 5/10/2010 (updated 5/12/2010)

It really fit the style of our wedding, which was a mishmosh of medieval/renaissance/fairy tale/norse viking. It's completely perfect for these styles, a casual reception, or even a very haute event.;Absolutely nothing to be warned of, other than you'll just love it!

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Why Rent A Hall When You Can Have A Castle

Bill Miller’s Castle is a unique venue that combines a rustic atmosphere with elegance.
This spectacular elegant rustic structure boasts 30 foot ceilings, crystal chandeliers, five massive fireplaces, an enormous dance floor and rare antiques.


  • Price Range: $$$
  • Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Kosher Available, Liability Insurance, Liquor License, Onsite Catering, Onsite Parking, Onsite Wedding Consultant, Outdoor Ceremony Area, Outdoor Reception Area, Outside Caterers Allowed, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Capacity: Up to 300
  • Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Mansion/Historic Site, Unusual/Alternative