We asked New England event planners to put together seven ideal wedding weekend itineraries. See what the experts recommend for nuptial celebrations in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
|A CAPE ESCAPE|
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.
|A MAINE EVENT|
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.”
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.”
|A WHITE MOUNTAINS GETAWAY|
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.”
|STYLE IN STOWE|
“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.
|A WEEKEND IN WOODSTOCK|
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.
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.”