Something Blue

From sprawling lakes to rustic rivers, New England's gorgeous waterways are the perfect wedding backdrop.


New England Aquarium

Host an under-the-sea reception—sans flippers, of course—at this Boston institution. You and your guests will get face time with penguins and enjoy unlimited access to the aquarium’s main exhibit gallery, featuring a 200,000-gallon tank filled with sharks, sea turtles, and other creatures (the attraction is currently undergoing a top-to-bottom renovation that will be completed in early summer). When it’s time for dinner, tuck into sustainable seafood on the picturesque Harbor View Terrace, which can accommodate up to 300 for a seated dinner and 500 for a cocktail reception. And since the venue fee helps fund environmental education and research projects around the world, you’ll have even more to feel good about on your big day.

One Central Wharf, 617-973-5205,

wedding reception venues by water

wedding reception venues by water

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