Connors Center named to The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame

2024 marks its fourth year as a Best of Weddings premier venue, a distinction that honors the nation's top-rated wedding professionals

Many newly engaged couples facing an ever-important question—where to have the wedding of their dreams—turn to The Knot, a site recognized as the most trusted authority on wedding planning and a go-to guide to  top wedding vendors across the country.

This year, for the fourth time, The Knot selected Boston College’s Connors Family Retreat and Conference Center as among the nation’s premier venues in its prestigious “The Knot Best of Weddings” annual feature. The distinction recognizes the top wedding vendors in the United States, and honors the highest-rated professionals who are trusted, dependable, and consistently deliver quality service.

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As a recurring winner—in 2020 and 2022-2024—of that coveted honor, the Connors Center achieved a further distinction this year: elevation to The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame.

“The entire Connors team is honored and humbled to receive these awards,” said Susan Burton, general manager of the Connors Center. “Being recognized by The Knot affirms thegreat work our team does as we strive to make all guests feel comfortable and walk out happier than when they arrived.”

“These winners represent the top wedding professionals that best embody what matters to couples in their wedding planning journey,” according to The Knot’s announcement. It is an “outstanding achievement,” bestowed upon the nation’s “exceptional wedding professionals.”  

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The Connors Center was lauded by The Knot for its historic and majestic “main house, rustic pavilion, and landscaped gardens,” which provide “memorable indoor and outdoor settings for weddings, situated on 80 acres in Dover, Massachusetts, just 20 miles from downtown Boston.”

The center hosted its first wedding in May 2006, began actively promoting the venue as a wedding site in 2008, and has being going strong ever since, according to Burton. To date there have been more than 180 nuptial celebrations—for BC alumni, faculty, children of staff members, and outside guests. Its attraction to betrothed couples is a testament to its beauty and the excellence of all involved in planning memorable wedding celebrations.

“Upon entering the property, couples are immediately struck by the beautiful grounds and gardens,” said Burton. “When entering the house, they feel the openness and warmth the house exudes. And when they walk out the door after a celebration, hands down they are extremely grateful for the care and attention they received through the wedding experience.” 

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The center offers a popular Wedding Weekend Package, Burton notes, which gives couples the option to rent the house beginning on a Friday evening, through Sunday morning. It enables them to both celebrate their wedding and have family and other guests stay on-site—with exclusive access to the property.

To determine award winners, The Knot—a digital wedding planning authority and one of the nation’s largest wedding vendor marketplaces—assesses thousands of user reviews of some 200,000 wedding professionals. It determines winners—in such vendor categories as planners, venues, caterers, and more—that best embody what matters to couples in their wedding planning journey, according to The Knot, which has inspired approximately 25 million couples to plan a wedding authentic to them.

“As a staff, we have been blessed with witnessing a number of unique weddings,” Burton said. “From Catholic sacraments to mariachi bands, to homemade paper origami centerpieces, homemade huppahs, and baraat ceremonies, every season brings excitement, family traditions, and love—and we get to witness and participate in every detail of the celebration. We are honored and humbled that couples put their trust in us for some of their most important life celebrations.”

The Connors Center is available for weddings only during the summer and on holiday weekends. For more information visit