Behold: Wedding weekends in seven picturesque New England spots, expertly plotted by local planners. All you have to do is tie the knot.
This forested western Massachusetts regionâ€”which hugs the Connecticut River and includes towns like Amherst, Greenfield, and Northamptonâ€”has a dual personality: Itâ€™s quiet and quaint, but also boasts a lively cultural scene. â€śThereâ€™s so much to do,â€ť says Tanya Costigan, owner of Westfield-based Bowties and Butterflies Event Planning.
When it comes to charm and tradition, Marthaâ€™s Vineyard takes the (wedding) cake. â€śThe 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,â€ť says Patrie Grace, owner of the Vineyard-based firm With Grace.
Escapism is the appeal here. Just try walking by the Bellevue Avenue mansions without daydreaming about living in Rhode Islandâ€™s historical playground for the rich. â€śIt takes you away,â€ť says Christine Ellingwood, owner of Warwick-based Planned to Perfection.
The wide open spaces in this part of Connecticut make for memorable celebrations, says Amy Cagginello, of Amy Champagne Events, in Milford. â€śThe amount of land you have up this way is so unusual,â€ť she says. â€śYou almost forget where you are. Things are done more slowly. It may take longer to get places, but itâ€™s beautiful.â€ť
This tranquil, woodsy New Hampshire area is perfect â€śfor people looking for a natural, outdoor setting that is truly beautiful in any season,â€ť says Emily St.Pierre, owner of Concordâ€™s All the Fuss Events.
â€śOcean breezes, harbors, fishermen working right on the wharf, beautiful shops, and delicious foodâ€”[this Maine spot] has quintessential charm, but it also has your big-city necessities,â€ť says Amber Small, a planner with Portland-based Sweetest Thing Weddings.
â€śWeâ€™re surrounded by mountains, and the peak fall foliage coupled with the historic properties makes for an amazing escape,â€ť says local event pro Janet Dunnington of this Vermont town. But itâ€™s not only an ideal autumn getaway: â€śItâ€™s what we call a winter wonderland,â€ť she adds.
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