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Unique New England Wedding Receptions

Brides living in Massachusetts and New England are very fortunate in that the six states that comprise New England - Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut - offer great diversity and beauty for weddings all year long.  This region, known for its cities and natural beauty of its mountains, ocean, woodlands and lakes, provides brides with a variety of options for reception venues. 

Reception sites are sometimes determined by the time of year the wedding occurs, but they should also be chosen based on individual style and taste. The reception location sets the tone for the wedding, and whether you are going for small town charm and cottages or for the historical and cultural allure of urban areas, New England offers many unique reception locations.

Spring Weddings in New England

New England locations to consider for spring weddings include the rustic grounds and gardens of Massachusetts or Connecticut Inns and historical country estates, or the manors and mansions of Newport, Rhode Island. Other unique choices for spring receptions include lakeside lodges for country weddings, historical sites like grist mills, or fun places for animal lovers like the zoo or aquarium.

Country Estates Historic Buildings
Independence Harbor, Assonet, MA New England wedding receptions - Endicott Estate, Dedham The Commons, Topsfield Jones River Trading, Kingston
Independence Harbor
Assonet, MA
The Endicott Estate
Dedham, MA
The Commons 1854
Topsfield, MA
Jones River Trading
Kingston, MA
Outdoor Gardens Retreat Center
Country Gardens, Rehoboth Hartman's Herb Farm Essex Conference & Retreat Center Friendly Crossways
Country Gardens
Rehoboth, MA
Hartman's Herb Farm
Barre, MA
Essex Conference Center & Retreat
Essex, MA
Friendly Crossways Retreat Center
Harvard, MA

Summer Weddings in New England

There aren’t many places in the US more beautiful in summertime than the coastline of New England. There are so many unique options for brides having a summer wedding and reception in this region. Obviously, the beaches and lakeside resorts of Cape Cod provide a spectacular backdrop for a wedding celebration. Boats and yacht clubs on the Kennebunk River and lighthouses on the seaport of Maine also make stunning locales. Not into the beach scene? How about a wedding at Boston's Fenway Park? The oldest operating ballpark in the US offers multiple locations within the stadium to accommodate different types of wedding events.

Beach Weddings Light House Cape Cod Inn Ocean
Bournedale Function Facility, Bournedale, MA The Lighthouse Inn, Dennis, MA Odyssey Cruises, Boston
Bournedale Function Facility
Bournedale, MA
Bristol Parks
Bristol, ME
The Lighthouse Inn
West Dennis, MA
Seaport Elite II
Boston, MA

Fall Weddings in New England

In addition to spectacular summers, Mother Nature also gives New England the gift of beautiful foliage in the fall. Take advantage of the show stopping color and beauty of nature at unusual reception locations like apple orchards, farms and barns with horse drawn carriage rides, pumpkin patches and vineyards throughout the New England area.

Apple Orchard Country Farm Vineyard
Apple Orchard Harrington Farm, Princeton, MA New England weddings
Sweet Berry Farm
Middletown, RI
Hartman's Herb Farm Bed & Breakfast
Barre, MA
Harrington Farm
Princeton, MA
Greenvale Vineyards
Portsmoutn, RI

Winter Weddings in New England

A unique location for winter weddings in New England might include the ski lodges of Vermont where you can arrive via sleigh and be photographed amid the snow capped mountains.  Boston’s colleges, universities, public library, museums, and castles, elegantly decorated and steeped in history, also make exceptional reception spots.

Mountains Museums
Wachusetts Village Inn, Westminster, MA White Mountain Resort Peabody Essex Museum Wedding Old Sturbridge Village Inn
Wachusetts Village Inn
Westminster, MA
White Mountain Hotel & Resort
North Conway, NH
Peabody Essex Museum
Peabody, MA
Old Sturbridge Village
Sturbridge, MA
Castles Historical Buildings
Castle Winter Wedding Hamilton Hall, Salem, MA
Searles Castle
Windham, NH
The Castle at Boston University
Boston, MA
The Catered Affair at Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Hamilton Hall
Salem, MA

Weddings at banquet halls, country clubs and restaurants are also a great choice and offer lush green backdrops in Spring and Summer; colorful scenery for Fall weddings; or a snowy wonderland in Winter. So when you start your wedding reception search, be sure to take into consideration the season and the many unique receptions sites in Massachusetts and New England to make your wedding and reception one of a kind.