18 Must-See New England Wedding Venues
There's just something about a New England wedding that knocks it out of the park every time. Maybe that's because almost every locale is steeped in history and filled with charm, or it could be the beautiful scenery—from sandy beaches on the Atlantic coast to the fall foliage up in the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire. But whatever it is, you truly can't go wrong with a New England venue. While barn and estate wedding venues are ever-popular in the region, the US's northeastern most states offer a wide range of venue types in the city and countryside. And while snowy weather can certainly pose a challenge for winter celebrations, you'll find that in New England snow-dusted rooftops and roaring fireplaces make off-season events just as beautiful as summertime celebrations.
Aldworth Manor in Harrisville, New Hampshire
Aldworth Manor was built in Worcester, Massachusetts in the early 1800s and about a century later moved piece by piece to a large plot of land in New Hampshire. Eventually the manor house fell into disrepair until in 2014 it was transformed into the stunning lodge and event venue that it is today. Gardens, meadows, stunning stone archways, and views of Mount Monadnock make for beautiful backdrops for your ceremony and photo session. The venue also features lodging for up to 48 guests and a sunny space for a next-day brunch. As for food and drink? That'll be provided by the chefs at Hilltop kitchen, the venue's onsite restaurant and catering team, making your wedding planning experience stress-free.
Artists for Humanity EpiCenter in Boston, Massachusetts
Artists for Humanity EpiCenter, located in the South Boston Waterfront, is a sleek, bright industrial-venue with a philanthropic bent. Your rental fee contributes to the event venue's non-profit arts organization that provides more than 300 inner-city Boston teens with jobs in the arts. Not only that, but you can also hire those teens, whose paintings and photography fill the event hall, to create invitations, screen-printed apparel, custom banners and more. As for the wedding venue, the LEED Platinum building features a 5,000-square-foot event space with 18-foot ceilings, south-facing windows and a 1,200-square-foot mezzanine with railings adorned with repurposed car windshields. The venue also boasts a courtyard accessible through a glass garage door as well as a 3,200-square-foot art gallery.
Bedford Village Inn in Bedford, New Hampshire
From its bistro-lit courtyard gardens to the Great Hall with its towering ceilings and rustic wood beams, the Bedford Village Inn offers your pick of settings for your ceremony, cocktail, hour and reception, and you really can't go wrong. The 10-acre property in Southern New Hampshire was originally established as a working farm in the early 1800s before being overhauled two centuries later and turned into a hotel, restaurant, and spa. Translation: It's got all the allure and all the amenities.
Castle Hill Inn in Newport, Rhode Island
Castle Hill Inn was built as a summer home in 1874, but today it's a luxury hotel that brings coastal romance in full force. Set on a 40-acre estate on a peninsula in Newport, the venue boasts views of the Atlantic Ocean and Narragansett Bay from almost anywhere on the property. This hotspot offers several wedding locations for your big day, including the "Chalet Terrace," which is a Sperry tent with ocean views, as well as a lighthouse on the edge of the shore that makes for a perfect wedding venue for smaller affairs.
The Crane Estate in Ipswich, Massachusetts
The Crane Estate, a 2,1000-property with a 1928 mansion overlooking the Atlantic, is certainly a wow-worthy locale. The property offers three distinct venues on site. First, there's the Great House, the 59-room manse perched on Castle Hill high above Crane Beach with a half-mile-long lawn called the Grand Allée. Wedding ceremonies here take place on the lawn with ocean views, followed by cocktail hour on the Allée Terrace or the first floor of mansion, and lastly dinner and dancing off the East Terrace under a grand tent. On the property is also the Barn on Crane Estate, a rustic space at the base of Castle Hill with sight-lines to woodlands and salt marshes. Host your ceremony in the vegetable garden with wisteria-covered lattice and wrought-iron gates, followed by a wedding reception in the post-and-beam barn. Lastly, for a more casual, coastal ambience there's Steep Hill Beach. With two waterfront lawns and direct beach access, it's a perfect spot for an oceanfront ceremony followed by a tented clambake celebration with plenty of lawn games.
Granite Ridge Estate and Barn in Norway, Maine
Granite Ridge features multiple wedding venues on its 200-acre property with views of Mt. Washington and Shawnee Peak, as well as cozy on-site accommodations. Swap vows in the wedding chapel, or in a wooded outdoor area on the estate, then head into the 3,500-square-foot timber frame barn for your reception. The rustic-chic venue is outfitted with sparkling chandeliers, large windows offering mountain views, a side patio, and a 28-foot cathedral ceiling. After the party, you and your sweetie can stay within Granite Ridge's Cliff Cabin, a snug space with a large balcony with views of the valley below.
Hardy Farm in Fryeburg, Maine
Built in the White Mountains of Maine in 1750 and transformed into a wedding venue in 2013, Hardy Farm offers old-school charm and natural beauty in spades. The farm's Woodland Chapel, with its hemlock benches and log pergola, makes for a magical spot for an outdoor ceremony, as does the 1835 barn with white-washed wood walls and chandeliers. As for your reception? The sailcloth tent accessed by a wooden footbridge and illuminated by LED lights makes for the perfect spot to dance the night away.
Hildene in Manchester, Vermont
When it comes to Vermont wedding venues, Hildene is certainly one of the state's most gorgeous. It's also a perfect place for an outdoor wedding—and you're going to want to be outside to enjoy its stunning scenery. The outdoor sights include the 8,000-square-foot Georgian Revival mansion as well as its 412 acres of land set on a 300-foot hilltop with the Taconic Mountains and Green Mountains in the background. Host your ceremony in the formal garden surrounded by thousands of peonies, and then a reception under a tent on the grounds. There's plenty of history here too: the son of Abraham Lincoln actually built the summer home in 1905 and his decedents owned and occupied it through 1975.
Lord Thompson Manor in Thompson, Connecticut
With 13 guest rooms available between the manor and it's neighboring Cottage House, Lord Thompson Manor was made for weekend-long celebrations. The northeastern Connecticut venue sits on 40 acres at the end of a long driveway. What to expect? A wedding ceremony in the garden or in the sun-filled Conservatory room, followed by a ballroom reception inside the Manor. Before your event, you can ready for the day in the sunny spa at the Cottage House, and afterward host an afterparty complete with five-foot subs, a hot dog stand, and a fire pit for roasting s'mores.
Migis Lodge in South Casco, Maine
Planning a wedding in Vacationland? Migis Lodge offers the true lakeside getaway experience. Couples can enjoy having the property, which includes 135 acres of woods on the shore of Sebago Lake, exclusively to themselves on their wedding day. Guests who stay in one of 35 cottages or eight guest rooms in the main lodge can enjoy activities like canoeing, waterskiing, and tennis throughout the weekend leading up to your celebration. Then wow your guests by arriving at your ceremony under in a 1947 power boat. After, head into the lodge for your reception, and end the night on the terrace beside a toasty bonfire. Pro tip: the venue only hosts weddings in May, early June, some dates in September, and in October, so book your date ASAP.
Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island
It's called the Ocean House for a reason: those jaw-dropping ocean views...and the abundance of indoor and outdoor event spaces that maximize them. There's the seafront ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows and an adjacent terrace made for your ceremony or cocktail hour, two lawns that overlook the Atlantic, and a even a private beach that you can utilize for your rehearsal dinner, ceremony, or reception. And if you're planning to make your wedding a full-weekend affair, the beach hotel can provide plenty of activities to keep guests busy including outdoor clambakes and lobster boils.
Rosecliff in Newport, Rhode Island
Built for a silver heiress in 1902 with inspiration from the Grand Trianon, a Versailles retreat of King Louis XIV, New England wedding venues don't get more regal than Rosecliff. The famed oceanfront Newport mansion holds one of the area's largest private ballrooms and also features acres of manicured lawns and gardens. The venue has certainly had its brushes with fame too, having once hosted a party featuring Harry Houdini and also serving as a backdrop for 1974's "Great Gatsby" film.
State Room in Boston, Massachusetts
If you're looking for city vibes, the State Room is hard to beat. The venue sits perched high within a downtown skyscraper, offering 270-degree views of the skyline and out to the Boston Harbor. Plus with seating for up to 900 guests, it's one of the largest venues in the city. At the heart of the space is the Great Room a 9,386-square-foot-space with 21-foot ceilings and 12-foot wide floor-to-ceiling walls of glass, mahogany floors, a floating staircase, and a mezzanine overlooking all the action.
Stone Acres Farm in Stonington, Connecticut
This Southern Connecticut working farm sits on 65 acres fruit, vegetable, and herb gardens, but it's also a wedding venue. Exchange "I do's" in the formal boxwood garden, enjoy cocktail hour on the croquet course, and then delight in a tented reception on one of the property's rolling meadows. Stone Acres Farm, which has been in operation since before the Revolutionary War, also offers furniture rentals and floral design services.
Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, Connecticut
Elegance is in no short supply at Connecticut's Wadsworth Mansion, a 1911 classical revival estate with 103 acres of manicured lawns and woodlands, and neither is the number of wedding venue options. There's the Tennis Pavilion, decorated with a rose trellis, making it the perfect ceremony spot, multiple ballrooms on the first floor of the mansion with chandeliers and working fireplaces, and lastly, the lawn or patio, both of which can be tented with the beautiful facade of the building in the background.
Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts
Located just 30 miles north of Boston, Willowdale Estate offers 720 acres of awe. At the center of it all is a 1902 fieldstone mansion with a red slate roof, leaded stained glass windows, and stone fireplaces. In the sunnier months, host your ceremony in the courtyard under twinkling lights and surrounded by blooms and greenery, then head into the venue's custom canvas Sperry tent adorned with dangling globe lanterns for your soiree. As for indoor venues, there's the Great Room, with exposed beams and a stone fireplace, the Conservatory, a glass-walled room with a central skylight.
Winvian Farm in Morris, Connecticut
For an upscale rustic vibe at a resort that truly has it all, look to Winvian Farm in the Litchfield Hills area of Connecticut. The clapboard estate was built in 1775 for a doctor and his family and comprises 113 acres of lawns, aged stone walls, meadows, and wooded areas. Now, as a resort, you can enjoy a unique wedding weekend experience there, with farm-to-table meals and activities like golf or kayaking. Guests can even stay in the resort's 18 luxe private cottages, and you can rent out the spa to get ready on the morning of your big day. As for your soiree? The property's Gordon Brown House offers abundant event space and two stone patios.
The Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock, Vermont
Set near the center of a picture-postcard village in central Vermont near to farms, covered bridges, general stores, and the Green Mountains, the Woodstock Inn couldn't be more captivating. The hotel has both indoor and outdoor venue options, including a grand ballroom with hardwood floors and striking French doors, the Rockefeller room with enormous windows, and the enchanting South Garden. Plus, the inn also maintains several properties offsite, including the nearby Billings Farm & Museum, a working farm perfect for an outdoor wedding with its large, lush lawn.