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A. J. Downey

Destination Ahead: Island Elegance

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.”

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.

Destination Ahead: 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.

Destination Ahead: 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.”

Destination Ahead: Berkshires Brilliance

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.”

Destination Ahead: 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.”

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.

Destination Ahead

Ready to get out of town? We enlisted New England planners to craft itineraries for seven perfect wedding weekends.

Classic Coordinates

Dream New England Reception Venues

Real New England Weddings: Leah & Paul

January 15, 2011 at the Old South Church and Boston Public Library in Boston.