Whether you dream of a summer wedding along the coast or a glamorous winter wedding in the city, New England has plenty of spectacular venues to make your big-day dreams come true. New England wedding planner, event designer and owner of Cristen & Co. Cristen Faherty shares her favorite wedding venues for each season.
Boston Harbor Distillery
Calling all whiskey drinkers! Having a small wedding and looking for a truly unique experience? Look no further than Boston Harbor Distillery. With a rich history and a beautiful, industrial-meets-rustic design featuring exposed brick and wood beams—and, most notably, delicious spirits at the ready—the venue is perfect for those desiring a modern, hipster wedding venue.
Saltwater Farm Vineyard
If you’re an oenophile or a history buff, you’ll want to consider Connecticut’s Saltwater Farm Vineyard as your wedding venue. Located in Stonington, the vineyard provides an idyllic location for couples desiring an outdoor wedding amid lush grapevines. While the space is available year-round, we love the idea of an autumn farm-to-table wine reception at this venue, which was formerly used as a World War II-era airplane hangar.
Providence Public Library
Providence, Rhode Island
What’s more romantic than a winter wedding amid the work of literary greats? Having undergone renovations in 2012, this magnificent downtown Providence venue was first built in 1900 and features original turn-of-the-century American architecture. Its unique event spaces include the Grand Hall, an indoor Garden Courtyard and the nautical-inspired Ship Room.
Unitarian Universalist Society of Fairhaven
This century-old church is home to a stunning reception space with gothic architecture—think a “Game of Thrones” or “Harry Potter”-inspired wedding aesthetic with plenty of dark wood paneling, antlers and fur. The space lends itself to a wintry, medieval vibe that could make for a truly one-of-a-kind wedding.
Artists for Humanity (AFH) – EpiCenter
“There are three things I love about this space,” says Faherty. “One, it lends itself to create absolutely anything within the space; two, the venue fee directly supports the creative jobs for Boston teens at AFH; and three, it’s a ‘green venue’ complete with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.” Spring weddings are a perfect match for the industrial, blank-slate space. “Bring in lots of vibrant color and create a completely nontraditional aesthetic!”
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
What says “spring” like a botanical garden? This breathtaking 18th-century conservatory and horticultural society is surrounded by 132 acres of manicured gardens filled with native and ornamental plants, walking trails and stunning mountain views, offering a magical setting for a garden-themed wedding.
“There is something about an old Cape Cod farmhouse that makes my heart skip a beat,” says Faherty. Located on a quiet hilltop surrounded by 250 acres of nature, the property has plenty of space for both large and small gatherings as well as overnight accommodations. Away from the hustle and bustle, couples can truly relax at this quiet Cape Cod oasis and create a gorgeous tented destination wedding of their own.
New Bedford Whaling Museum
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Looking for that authentic New England charm? Surrounded by cobblestone streets, the New Bedford Whaling Museum boasts beautiful ocean views, a massive tall ship inside the cocktail hour space and even suspended whale skeletons. With a mix of industrial, vintage and nautical design elements, couples can create a wedding that’s both modern and reflective of the region.
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