Seaside charm, thy name is Nantucket. “It’s a magical place,” says Maggie Naylon of Unique Nantucket Events. “Once people experience it, there’s always a strong desire to return.”
If your heart is set on an autumn celebration, consider the picturesque village of Woodstock. “Couples hosting events in the fall experience the best of Vermont,” says Carrie MacMillan-Lane of Storied Events.
“Rustic chic” is how Nancy Jeffries-Dwyer, owner of NJOY Event Planning, describes Vermont weddings, especially ones held in the Stowe Valley, which opens up to the pretty alpine peaks of the Green Mountains.
Looking to escape the bustle of New England’s bigger cities for a truly tranquil experience? “Being in New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley makes you feel like you’re a world away,” says Melanie Voros, president and creative director of Portsmouth-based Blissful Beginnings. “It’s always breathtaking.”
Natural beauty and culture meet in western Massachusetts, a mountainous, river-strewn region that’s also known for its visual- and performing-arts scene. “I love its laid-back yet high-style nature,” says Jessica Herberger, owner of Experience Events. “You can have world-class food and entertainment in a relaxed setting.”
While all coastal weddings share a breezy je ne sais quoi, the Pine Tree State’s scenic and diverse shores attract couples from all over. “Think cliffs scented with pine trees and crashing surf,” says Portland-based wedding coordinator Katherine Jameson. “It’s nestled and very quaint.”
For sand and sea close to home, look no further than the Cape. “It’s so accessible,” says Jennifer Chagnon, owner of Falmouth-based Pink Polka Dot Events.
Ready to get out of town? We enlisted New England planners to craft itineraries for seven perfect wedding weekends.
Dreaming of a vineyard ceremony? Fantasizing about a ballroom fete? We’ve sniffed out of the quintessential New England sites for every type of reception.
Leah and Paul married on January 15, 2011 at the Old South Church and Boston Public Library in Boston.