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Posted by Kristina Smith, guest blogger of North of Boston Convention and Visitor's Bureau

In a number of ways, planning a wedding is like staging a play. On opening night, the beautiful costumes are donned, the cast knows their lines and blocking, the props are in place, and the audience is invited to share a special moment in the lives of the couple. But what about the set – that one piece that brings it all together and frames this moment in time?

Finding the perfect set, or, in this case, wedding venue, can prove to be difficult.
In an earlier post, MassFinds assembled a list of 5 Picturesque North of Boston Wedding Spots. Here are 6 more wedding venues that capture the beauty, uniqueness, and diversity of the North of Boston region.
Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House in Gloucester, MA
Located on a ledge overlooking picturesque Gloucester Harbor is Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House.  Designed as a summer home by one of the first professional interior designers, Henry Davis Sleeper, Beauport offers a serene yet striking backdrop for an intimate outdoor ceremony.
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Photo: Credit: Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House by Sharon Studio

Beauport combines turn-of-the-century romance with warm elegance; the breathtaking, newly restored Arts and Crafts-style gardens can accommodate 50 seated guests, with additional space for the wedding party. While the space is not suited to accommodate wedding receptions, the staff at Beauport is happy to assist with finding a reception venue as well as other wedding-planning needs, such as florists, photographers, and more.  For more information, or to schedule a visit to Beauport, call 978-283-0800 or e-mail [email protected].
The Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, MA
Exuding the charm and elegance of classic New England with just a touch of old Hollywood, the Hawthorne Hotel is rich with history and allure. Located in the heart of Salem, the Hawthorne Hotel is a traditional full-service hotel and features 2 full-service restaurants, as well as 93 rooms (including 6 suites). The hotel is the perfect location for weddings of any size and offers a variety of wedding space, from the Grand Ballroom, which features striking Palladian windows, a19-foot ceiling and space for up to 350 guests, to the Pickman Room, which offers an unparalleled view of Salem Common and intimate capacity of 30 guests. The Hawthorne Hotel offers many different wedding packages to meet your needs.
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Photo: Hawthorne Hotel by Gayton Photography

The Hawthorne Hotel’s planners are available to lessen the stress of planning a wedding and work directly with couples, assisting them with all of their wedding needs, including private cake tastings and floral design appointments. Their day-of coordinators will make sure that everything goes smoothly on the big day, allowing the happy couple to sit back and enjoy their special moment without worry or stress. The Hawthorne Hotel is also more than willing to help coordinate weddings at several other venues and offers off-site catering packages, too. For more information, please visit or call (978) 744-4080.
The Essex Room in Essex,MA
Looking for the perfect venue that combines the quintessential New England charm with simple sophistication and a splash of fun? Look no further than the Essex Room! Located on the scenic Essex River, the Essex Room is available for both ceremonies and receptions and can comfortably entertain 250 guests. The venue houses a spacious dance floor, luxurious bridal suite, and custom menus full of unbelievably delicious food whipped up by the Essex Room’s award-winning chef. The lavish garden is the perfect backdrop for creating beautiful and unforgettable photos. The Essex Room provides brides and grooms with their undivided attention and will help you plan your wedding from napkins to nuptials.
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Photo: The Essex Room Interior by the Essex Room

Planning an off-site wedding? No problem! The Essex Room can lend a helping hand through arranging rentals, setting a planning-timeline, and coordinating catering For more information, call (978) 768-7335 or e-mail [email protected].
Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA
Since opening in 2010, the Shalin Liu Performance center has hosted numerous top-tier concerts, performances, and events – they won’t have any trouble setting the backdrop for one of the most important events of your life. The Concert Hall’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer a tremendous view of the ocean and create the perfect frame for the wedding ceremony.
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Photo: Shalin Liu Performance Center

The upstairs Reception Hall and adjoining Sun Room, with space for up to 230 guests, provide a bright, cheery venue for receptions. Sunlight comes streaming through the numerous large windows, which also give beautiful panoramic views of Rockport, the coast, and the ocean. No matter the season, the view remains spectacular – the perfect setting for an evening of dining, dancing, and celebration. The Reception Hall includes a commercial kitchen and private restrooms, and while on-site catering is not available, the Shalin Liu staff does know some very good options, and is happy to point you in the right direction. For more information, visit or call 978-546-7391.
Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA
The Peabody Essex Museum is renowned for its vast collection that celebrates art, culture, and the world in which it was created through spectacular programs and inspiring exhibits. The Museum also happens to a truly unique North Shore wedding venue, one that is sure to awe guests and create wonderful memories of your special day. Whether your personal style is sophisticated and modern, exotically classic, or classic New England, the Peabody Essex Museum has something for you.
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Credit: Peabody Essex Museum by Sweet Jane Photography

For larger weddings, the breathtaking Atrium, with its famous arched-glass roof, has capacity for up to 550. The Bartlett Gallery, dedicated to the museum’s collection of delicately intricate Chinese porcelain, is available for smaller weddings and includes the Copeland Gallery (ideal for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres), along with the beautiful Moongate Patio in the Asian Garden. The grand banquet hall, East India Marine Hall (200 guest capacity), beckons with a distinctly coastal New England experience: arched floor-to-ceiling windows complement the polished wood floors, on top of which smaller, evening weddings are welcome. For more information, contact the functions staff at 978-542-1615, or e-mail Natalia Laskaris [email protected].
Misselwood (at Endicott College) in Beverly, MA
Imagine a seaside vista surrounded by lush green grounds; an enchanting French-style mansion; a tented pavilion with chandeliers, sconces, beautiful sea glass floor, and air cooling, combining the outdoor freshness with all of the comforts of the indoors. This picturesque setting forms the ideal backdrop for your special day at Misselwood.
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Photo: Misselwood at Endicott College by Misselwood

Comfortably nestled on the scenic coast in Beverly, Misselwood offers a stunning setting for ceremonies and receptions of any size – the tented pavilion can accommodate receptions for up to 200 people for dinner and dancing, while, for a more intimate affair, the Misselwood House can accommodate up to 50 guests. The Misselwood team can guide you through the planning process and help to make your special day memorable. For more information, or to schedule a private showing of Misselwood, please contact the main office at 978-232-2128, email [email protected] or visit
Whether your heart is set on a classically elegant affair, intimate seaside gathering, or modernly sophisticated soiree, you can find any and all of those options in the North of Boston region. For more info on a North of Boston wedding, take a spin through the 2014 Destination Planner or visit
Kristina Smith is the Communications Coordinator at the North of Boston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. To get in touch with her, send her an email at [email protected].