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Posted by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

From finding the perfect dress to mailing the invitations and choosing the best cuisine, there are so many details involved in planning a wedding that it can become downright stressful.

Fortunately, Massachusetts has some of the most beautiful wedding venues around, which can help ease some of that wedding planning tension.
With milder weather and wedding season on the way, we’ve gathered a list of five scenic wedding venues north of Boston to help inspire the planning for your special day.
1. Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA
The perfect blend of country and seaside, the magisterial Crane Estate encompasses more than 2,100 acres, including the popular summertime destination Crane Beach, the Crane Wildlife Refuge, and the National Historic Landmark Castle Hill. Originally purchased by industrialist Richard T. Crane in 1910, the estate was his personal summer retreat, but has since become a year-round attraction for locals and visitors alike and is an ideal space for weddings.
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Photo: Grand Allée at the Crane Estate Great House via MOTT

The Great House at Castle Hill, aptly described as “where simplicity meets elegance,” is a picture-perfect venue for those wanting a scenic ceremony with its breathtaking Grand Allée, the property’s half-mile-long manicured lawn. The Great House can accommodate up to 200 guests inside and 320 guests in the outdoor tent. Plus, for the wedding party that wishes to stay and celebrate after the ceremony, the award-winning Inn at Castle Hill has ten luxurious rooms available to reserve right at the heart of the Crane Estate. For more information on booking this beautiful and historic wedding venue, check out the rates and policies here.
2. Cruiseport Gloucester in Gloucester, MA
For the ultimate waterfront wedding in Massachusetts, Cruiseport Gloucester is an excellent pick. With scenic views of Gloucester’s historic harbor from the property’s waterfront balcony and a beautiful 6,000 square-foot Grand Ballroom that accommodates up to 375 guests, it’s no surprise that this venue is popular year-round. Proprietor Sheree Zizik and her team provide onsite professional wedding planners that work to make sure every last detail is taken care of both before and during the big day, allowing for a relaxing experience. The staff’s attention to detail is even evident in the food choices, with four different options catered to weddings. To schedule a visit or find out more about Cruiseport Gloucester, call 978-282-9700 or fill out a contact form.
Cruiseport Gloucester

Photo: The Sweetheart Table at Cruiseport Gloucester via Facebook

3. The Oceanview of Nahant in Nahant, MA
If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life for your special day, then The Oceanview of Nahant, with its secluded ambiance, is just the place. Situated on the edge of the water, the Oceanview of Nahant’s private beach is a beautiful setting for a ceremony. Guests can enjoy the panoramic views of the ocean from The Lighthouse Lounge and private deck and can continue the celebration in the Oceanaire Grand Ballroom, which accommodates up to 220 people. Although the venue caters to wedding ceremonies year-round, the summertime Clambake Weddings showcase the quintessential New England coastline feel for that perfect ocean-side wedding. To find out more or to contact the venue, click here.
4. Café Escadrille in Burlington, MA

Once upon a time, Café Escadrille was Burlington’s only fine dining establishment. Nowadays, the restaurant is still going strong, and the grounds have since grown to provide a delightful wedding location. Whether you have a small or large wedding party, the on-site wedding planners will work on a custom package for the special day, while an on-location pastry chef custom designs the wedding cake for you and the restaurant works to make sure the menu is suited to your desire.
Cafe Escadrille

Photo: The Grand Ballroom at Café Escadrille via Facebook

The stylish Grand Ballroom seats up to 280 guests, while the smaller Winter Garden, outfitted with French windows, can accommodate up to 50 guests. And with the specially designed Bridal Suite, complete with a dressing room and private bath, the bridal party will feel right at home during the entire event. To find out more, call Café Escadrille at 781-273-1916 or check out the wedding package here.
5. The Commons 1854 in Topsfield, MA
The Commons 1854’s Grand Ballroom and balcony’s beautiful architecture, brass chandeliers, custom lighting and hardwood floors create a gorgeous space for your wedding ceremony and reception. Overlooking Topsfield’s historic town common, the ballroom comfortably seats 200 guests. Or if you’re planning an outdoor wedding in the warmer months, the garden terrace is an ideal spot with its beautifully landscaped lawn area. With an on-site bridal suite and groom’s room, as well as professional wedding planners available to help with every last detail, plus delicious cuisine prepared on-site and customized to your preference, The Commons 1854 is both a relaxing and charming wedding venue. And to top it all off, the wait staff passes out warm chocolate chip cookies at the end of each reception. What’s better than that? For more info, email The Commons at [email protected] or call (978) 887-4100.
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Photo: Chocolate chip cookies at The Commons 1854 via Facebook

So whether you’re searching for an ocean-front view or a classic countryside feel, these wedding venues in the North of Boston area are sure to help make your wedding a truly special day. For more Massachusetts wedding spots, or visit or our YouTube channel.
Have you been to any of these places, or do you have any suggestions on others that should make the list? Let us know in the comments section below!