Set for a Fete

Whether you want to exchange vows in a historical museum or dance with your guests under a starry sky, these fresh local venues will provide a breathtaking backdrop.

Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel

Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel

Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel

Photos courtesy of Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel

Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel

Steps away from Christopher Columbus Park in the North End, this waterfront property recently underwent a dazzling $30 million renovation that included a glamorous top-to-bottom makeover (think chrome accents, antique books, faux rotary telephones, and Lucite lighting). Couples can host their big day in spaces like the elegant Grand Ballroom — with room for up to 850 guests for a reception, or 480 for a banquet — or the Palm Garden Room, which features 55-foot ceilings, square pillars, and an open layout not unlike a minimalist chapel. But the pièce de résistance is the completely new Harbor View Ballroom, decked out with a showstopping chandelier as well as floor-to-ceiling windows and a private patio that overlook Boston Harbor. That means every one of your guests (up to 200 of them) is guaranteed a stunning view of the wharf.

296 State St., Boston, 617-227-0800, marriottlongwharf.com.