There are many amazing places to tie the knot throughout the state of Massachusetts, but the North Shore’s rugged beauty makes it arguably the best area to focus your search for a suitable venue when you’re getting down to the brass tacks of planning your big day.
In fact there are almost too many places to consider at first, so we’ve whittled away at the long list of locations to give you just a few top notch options that might be worth booking if they chime with your tastes.
This grand and majestic inn is set on ample grounds made up of sprawling lawns, from which you can overlook Crane Beach and the bay beyond.
With its breathtaking views and exceptional service team, this stunning environment will ensure your event is one that you'll never forget.
For those who want to take their ceremony outdoors, there are plenty of options here as well with several outdoor spaces, with scenic vistas that are perfect backdrops for photos. And if you’ve invested in a lab-grown diamond ring from VRAI to signify your union, this piece of jewelry will really sparkle in the sunlight and set off the wedding snaps impeccably.
Whether it's a small gathering or large affair, The Inn at Castle Hill Inn offers everything required. It’s also not too far from Boston, which could be a selling point depending on where you’re based.
A coastal wedding isn’t for everyone, and if you’d rather avoid the chances of strong winds and unpredictable weather meddling with your plans, then heading inland to the Salem Cross Inn could work well.
Larger weddings of up to 200 people are more than manageable at this venue, and its gorgeously renovated barn will serve well to hark back to the long and storied history of the area. There are other, more compact spaces as well if you’ve got a smaller get-together planned, so there’s something for everyone.
You can even incorporate elements like a horse drawn wagon ride through the nearby countryside in order to bring you and your partner to the inn, which will add that wow-factor to an already impressive occasion.
With its sea views, its vast Great Hall, and its old-world charm, Hammond Castle Museum is widely recognized as being one of the state’s best places to host a wedding, or even to pop the question if you’re not quite at that stage just yet.
As you’d expect, there are also outdoor spaces, with ceremonies of up to 120 people easily accommodated. You can even have a mini wedding of just 20 people, with a budget-friendly price to match, so you don’t have to break the bank to get married in truly incredible surroundings.
So far we’ve talked about venues that are almost the main event in terms of their historical importance, their style, and their aesthetic impact. But if you’d rather take control of a place that’s more of a blank canvas on which you can create your own dream wedding, and show off your dress, then Nahant Country Club will tick all the boxes.
It’s still a prestigious place, with opulent indoor reception areas as well as carefully landscaped outdoor spaces. However, the organizers encourage happy couples to put their stamp on the day, and will provide them with the support they need to make their dreams a reality.
The customization even extends to the menus, the table settings, the decorations and much more besides. So it’s no surprise that this gem is regularly ranked as one of the top venues in the whole of Massachusetts.
In contrast with the ideals of Nahant Country Club, one of the things to recommend about Danversport is that this is a wedding hotspot that doesn’t require couples to make too many decisions if they don’t want to.
Many of its packages are all-inclusive, meaning all of the prep is taken care of, and you know exactly what you’re paying for as a result.
In terms of stress-free wedding planning, there’s really no substitute for this strategy. And with two ballrooms, the larger of which is able to host 650 guests, as well as a private lighthouse that’s its own separate venue, you can take your pick of whatever part of Danversport makes sense for your needs and budget.
If the natural world is important to you, and you’re enamored by the idea of having a wedding that’s set against a backdrop of rural bliss, then The Meadow is really where you want to go.
There will be magic in the air as you and your spouse-to-be exchange vows and rings, while guests watch on from the rows of rough-hewn pews made from half-logs. It’s also likely that you’ll get a good view of the free-range animals that are kept at the working Red Ridge Farm itself, with much of the produce available to incorporate into the reception catering as well.
This is another award-winning wedding venue in the North Shore region, and it regularly received plaudits for both the quality of the experience available, as well as the comparative affordability of the packages, showing that you can enjoy luxury on a budget. Because of this, you’ll need to book well in advance, because as with all popular locations, there is a lot of demand for the best slots at The Meadow.
Whether you are a North Shore local or you’re traveling from further afield, you really are spoilt for choice in terms of wedding venues.
As mentioned, the one thing to keep in mind is the weather, especially if you’re thinking of making the most of one of the venues with outdoor spaces. Factor this into your planning, and you’ll be fine.