Keep the Sea, Forget the Sand

Photo by Tim Arruda / Used with permission.

Wasn’t the end of The Little Mermaid romantic? Ariel marries her prince surrounded by mermaids while the waves crash majestically around them. Sure, she did have to wrangle an evil sea witch, but the one thing she didn’t have to deal with was hot, sticky sand on her Big Day — and neither do you. Check out these waterfront venues for lovely ocean views, minus the grainy aggravation.

The New England Aquarium
Ariel isn’t the only gal who gets to have the creatures of the sea at her wedding. Plenty of penguins, fur seals, and jellyfish are standing (swimming?) by to witness your nuptials at this uniquely beautiful spot, complete with wide swaths of dancing space and gorgeous harbor views. Having an enormous wedding or just want to ensure privacy? Rent out the whole place.
1 Central Wharf Boston, 617-973-5200,

Liberty Clipper
This 125 foot-long schooner is one of the most unforgettable and adventurous wedding venues in Boston. Celebrate with loved ones over a catered New England clambake — you and your guests can even help hoist the sails. And, may we suggest “Come Sail Away” by Styx for your playlist?
67 Long Wharf, Boston, 617-742-0333,

The Wharf Room at the Boston Harbor Hotel
If you’re a bit more traditional, but still want to be surrounded by the sea, the Wharf Room is the perfect place to say “I Do.” This elegant location boasts fabulous views of the harbor — exquisite photos ops, anyone? — and can accommodate up to 300 guests.
70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, 617-856-7744,

Here’s to a sand-free wedding day with breathtaking water views and plenty of romance.

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