Wedding Venues

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Destination Ahead

Behold: Wedding weekends in seven picturesque New England spots, expertly plotted by local planners. All you have to do is tie the knot.

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Pioneer Valley

This forested western Massachusetts region—which hugs the Connecticut River and includes towns like Amherst, Greenfield, and Northampton—has a dual personality: It’s quiet and quaint, but also boasts a lively cultural scene. “There’s so much to do,” says Tanya Costigan, owner of Westfield-based Bowties and Butterflies Event Planning.

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Martha’s Vineyard

When it comes to charm and tradition, Martha’s Vineyard takes the (wedding) cake. “The combination of history, rolling hills, and the ocean, with what happens when you get all your loved ones on an island for the weekend, creates magical memories,” says Patrie Grace, owner of the Vineyard-based firm With Grace.

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Newport

Escapism is the appeal here. Just try walking by the Bellevue Avenue mansions without daydreaming about living in Rhode Island’s historical playground for the rich. “It takes you away,” says Christine Ellingwood, owner of Warwick-based Planned to Perfection.

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Litchfield Hills

The wide open spaces in this part of Connecticut make for memorable celebrations, says Amy Cagginello, of Amy Champagne Events, in Milford. “The amount of land you have up this way is so unusual,” she says. “You almost forget where you are. Things are done more slowly. It may take longer to get places, but it’s beautiful.”