Eight New England Venues for a Perfectly Petite Micro Wedding
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Whether you’re thinking of throwing a scaled-down celebration in the wake of the coronavirus or you’ve always dreamed of tying the knot in a more intimate fashion, the region is by no means lacking in one-of-a-kind micro wedding venues. Read on for eight dreamy spots that can cater to parties of 50 or fewer.
Josias River Farm
With the “Love Affair” package at Josias River Farm in Cape Neddick, Maine, you can share in your special day with up to 50 guests. The farm offers multiple ceremony and reception spots, including a restored 250-year-old barn, and 20 dazzling acres of lawns and gardens dotted with stone walls. Also available at the venue: a fire pit and cornhole sets for some outdoor fun.
171 Logging Rd., Cape Neddick, ME, 508-667-7638, mayflowervenues.com.
Newport Beach House
Craving a coastal vibe for your wedding day? Newport Beach House should do the trick. The beachfront Rhode Island venue offers multiple indoor spaces (including the intimate-yet-airy Oyster Lounge with large windows and a clapboard wood ceiling) as well as outdoor settings on a sleek terrace or on the sand beside crashing waves. The “Private Ceremony” package, which can currently accommodate parties of up to 25 guests, lasts for two hours and includes small plates such as petite lobster rolls and welcome drinks (think: mini margaritas). For an added fee, the venue can also help you set up a livestream of your event with a videographer and sound technician.
3 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, RI, 617-854-5000, longwoodvenues.com.
At this 19th-century mansion designed by William Ralph Emerson and set on 80 acres at the edge of the Blue Hills, you can book a two-hour slot that includes time for a photo session and ceremony. Inside, the Great Hall features ornate woodwork and can accommodate up to 10 people adhering to social-distancing guidelines. Outdoors, meanwhile, among the sprawling lawns and wooded areas, the capacity is 20 guests.
1424 Canton Ave., Milton, 617-994-6600, historicnewengland.org.
Boston Public Library
As far as iconic Boston backdrops go, the courtyard at the Boston Public Library is about as classic as it gets. This summer, the venue is offering brides and grooms a chance to tie the knot alongside eight guests in the open-air setting, and clink glasses afterward in a picnic-style reception with bites and bubbly from the Catered Affair. The hour-and-a-half-long affair will also include the chance to take photos in the courtyard as well as on the McKim Lobby Grand Staircase.
700 Boylston St., Boston, 617-859-2212 , thecateredaffair.com.
The Lodge at Spruce Peak
Swap vows at the foot of Mount Mansfield inside this grand hotel, which is offering a “We Still Do” micro wedding package for up to 20 guests through October 2020. Celebrations can take place at one of several indoor or outdoor venues, including the Junior Ballroom where you’ll find floor-to-ceiling windows offering mountain views, and the Village Green: the perfect place to set up some post-ceremony lawn games for your crew. Another perk? Your event booking includes custom tablescapes and a wedding cake, as well as discounted lodging and spa services during your stay.
7412 Mountain Rd., Stowe, VT, 802-282-4625, sprucepeak.com.
Throw a South Shore celebration overlooking Cohasset Cove with up to 50 of your closest family members and pals at Atlantica, a waterfront restaurant offering coastal-inspired fare. Make things official at the water’s edge and then celebrate in one of multiple recently renovated dining spaces that are decked out with large, wraparound windows that put the seaside setting on full display.
44 Border St., Cohasset, 781-383-0900, atlanticacohasset.com.
Fairmont Copley Plaza
You might think of the Fairmont Copley Plaza as the perfect place for a stately metropolitan affair, but with the Back Bay hotel’s “We Still Do” package, parties of up to ten can also tie the knot this fall through December 20. Couples can select any of the hotel’s chandelier-adorned ballrooms as the venue for their ceremony, which can be followed with a sparkling toast and cake cutting. A livestream allowing friends and family to tune in from afar can also be added for an additional fee. Plus, for couples who wish to celebrate on a larger scale at a later date, the hotel is offering a discounted 2021 rate for those who book a micro wedding at the hotel now.
138 St. James Ave., Boston, 617-267-5300, fairmont.com.
The Herb Lyceum
This enchanting venue in Groton was practically made for small-scale celebrations. In addition to its outdoor flower and herb gardens (modeled after those in Provence and Tuscany), and a sprawling greenhouse, the four-acre family-owned farm features a cozy, 19-century post and beam carriage house seating up to 30 guests. As for the cuisine? You can pretty much guarantee a mouth-watering menu, as the venue is run by the Puritan & Company restaurant in Cambridge, where one of the farm’s owners is the chef.
368 Main St., Groton, 617-615-6195, herblyceum.com.