Did you get engaged over the holidays? If so, congratulations! Now, it’s time to plan, and whether you’re a native of or a transplant to southern New England, you know that the region has much in store. Here is our rundown of the top ten reasons why you should get married in SNE.
Reason #10: Seasons Sometimes we curse them, yes, but even the most die-hard SNE curmudgeon secretly cherishes the passing seasons. After all, you probably wouldn’t love summer so much without the contrast of never-ending March. When engaged couples choose their date, they are also selecting a season, a choice that ultimately impacts their florals, color palette, fashions, cuisine and more.
Reason #9: Convenience While SNE might be big on wedding features, that’s not to say that the area is big geographically. Even the most secretive, tucked-away features are still within reasonable driving distance of major highways, airports and accommodations.
Reason #8: Resorts Spas, pools, onsite restaurants, valet parking, accommodating concierges: we all know and love the benefits of top-notch resorts, and SNE boasts some of the best of the best.
Reason #7: Activities You know the where, when and who, but now you must figure out what everyone should do! Entertaining guests – particularly those who traveled long distances – with a variety of locally themed activities is a trend with staying power. Sunset boat cruises, clambakes on the beach, trolley rides, softball games, golf, yoga and more are all possible across SNE.
Reason #6: Memories Even if you don’t live in SNE, chances are you’ve vacationed here, and chances are even better that you’ve vacationed here since you were little. It’s appropriately nostalgic to get married where you logged so many happy memories, and it’s super fun to highlight those memories for your guests. The options are endless: plan a rehearsal dinner at the restaurant where you waitressed as a teenager, opt for a dessert of doughnuts that your grandparents bought you on Sunday mornings or even give out favors that remind you of your first date.
Reason #5: History 18th-century gristmills. 19th-century mansions. If you like venues with a storied past, then SNE is definitely your cup of tea. And even if the benefits of modern plumbing weren’t around on a property’s founding date, have no fear: many of SNE’s historical wonders have stayed current with contemporary perks such as ample parking, bridal suites and air conditioning.
Reason #4: Islands There’s something about hopping on a ferry or plane and leaving the mainland behind. The solitary nature of an island generates the feel of a true romantic getaway, and SNE’s islands are known across the country and around the world for their well-preserved charm and expansive beaches. Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Block Island never disappoint.
Reason #3: Culture We don’t mean to brag, but SNE is home to a bevy of cultural icons, many of which are rentable for rehearsal dinners, portraits or full wedding ceremonies and receptions. Just a few examples include the Boston Public Library, New England Aquarium, Plimoth Plantation and the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
Reason #2: Cuisine Oysters please! SNE in general is known for top-notch seafood, especially with fresh catches landing everyday in busy ports such as Gloucester and New Bedford. But that’s not all: SNE is home to some of the country’s top restaurant chefs and caterers, who create culinary art with fresh, seasonal ingredients, formulating wedding menus that wow.
And finally…Reason #1: Scenery You can nab yourself a rocking’ band or an in-demand caterer, but the number-one consideration when it comes to wedding planning is location, location, location. Whether you prefer the twinkling of electric lights throughout Boston’s skyline or the twinkling of stars above a horizon, SNE’s city, country and coastal vistas are hard to beat.