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Waterfront Wedding Venues in New England


In New England, “waterfront” can range from waves fizzing through tidal pools off the Maine coast, to the sandy beaches of Cape Cod or Martha’s Vineyard, to parks dotting the scattered islands and villages on Lake Champlain. Waterfront locations bring every sensation: glamour, the restfulness of nature, and – getting practical here – a place for the wedding party, family, and guests to play. Waterfront inns and resorts have all the resources you need to lodge guests, hold a ceremony, and host a party suited to the occasion, whether that requires a gala ballroom near the ocean or a rustic lodge or flower-decked gazebo next to a mountain lake. Experts stand by to offer advice and services for transportation, catering, and offering your guests an unforgettable experience.

Wedding Sunset - Spruce Point Inn - Boothbay Harbor, ME
Spruce Point Inn

88 Grandview Avenue Boothbay Harbor, ME, 04538 Phone: 207-633-4152 Toll-Free: 800-553-0289

Classic coastal resort a picturesque location for your waterfront wedding

A classic resort on Maine’s dramatic coastline, the Spruce Point Inn is the location you’ve been looking for to host your destination seaside wedding. Start your wedding weekend with a lobster bake, then arrive at your ceremony site in an historic wooden sailing sloop. Exchange your vows on the Oceanfront Deck, with a backdrop of blue sky and peaceful sea. The deck is also a lovely venue for evening cocktails, before you head to the Pemaquid, a private post-and-beam ballroom with soaring ceilings and cast-iron chandeliers made to reflect fixtures from the inn’s lighthouse. The ballroom is perfect for dining and dancing into the night.
Beach Wedding Party - Ocean House Resort - Watch Hill, RI
Ocean House Resort

1 Bluff Avenue Watch Hill, RI, 02891 Phone: Toll-Free: 877-346-9442

Spectacular seaside venues will make your waterfront wedding picturesque and memorable

Set on 13 perfectly landscaped oceanfront acres, the Ocean House is an exceptional location for your waterfront wedding. Have your ceremony on the South Lawn overlooking the ocean, then move to the sophisticated Seaside Terrace and Ballroom for your reception. Or, exchange your vows under a floral arbor on the white sand of a private beach before dancing into the evening in a luminous tent on the East Lawn. Arrange a white tent on the beach for a small rehearsal dinner under the stars. Indoors, the Seaside Ballroom has floor-to-ceiling windows and a private terrace with sea views. An expert culinary and event staff will help you customize the menus, decorations and every other detail of your idyllic wedding by the sea. Ocean House was recently named to Forbes Magazine's list of "Most Luxurious Hotels & Spas", and is one of the top 100 hotels in the world among Travel + Leisure readers.

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Terrace Patio - Lake Morey Resort - Fairlee, VT
Lake Morey Resort

82 Clubhouse Road Fairlee, VT, 05045 Phone: 802-333-4311 Toll-Free: 800-423-1211

Scenic gardens, terraces and ballrooms idyllic sites for waterfront wedding ceremonies, receptions

With its grand location by a stunning lake, the Lake Morey Resort offers wedding couples a number of idyllic sites for their ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner, cocktail party or farewell breakfast. Say your “I do’s” in a garden in bloom, complete with fountain and reflecting pool, have a welcoming cocktail party on a lake-view terrace, and dance into the night at your reception in a ballroom with picture windows looking out over the lake. Have your rehearsal dinner on a patio or by a fire pit with lawn games to follow. And say goodbye to guests at your farewell breakfast by the lake or in the lakeside dining room. Guests at your destination wedding can enjoy lake activities including kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and boating.
Fiery Sunset View - Boothbay Harbor Inn - Boothbay Harbor, ME
Boothbay Harbor Inn

31 Atlantic Avenue Boothbay Harbor, ME, 04538 Phone: 207-633-6302

Sea breezes, spectacular sunsets: Weddings can be magical at this harborside inn

Sea breezes as you take your vows, picture-perfect views as you dine by the harbor, spectacular sunsets as you celebrate around the fire pit: That’s what magical weddings are like at the Boothbay Harbor Inn, one of Maine’s only harborside wedding venues. Ceremonies can be held on the harborside front or side lawn, followed by cocktail hour by the raised fire pit and then your reception, for up to 150 guests, in the harborside dining room or under a lawn tent. Guests will have water views from every seat as they dine on coastal cuisine, whether it’s an elegant sit-down dinner or a casual lobster bake. An event planner and coordinator will help with all the details, including providing a list of vendors for flowers to photography.

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Wedding Embrace - Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club - Brewster, MA
Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club

2907 Main Street (Route 6A) Brewster, MA, 02631 Phone: 508-896-9000 Toll-Free: 800-343-6074

At this quintessential Cape Cod resort, weddings by the water are naturally beautiful

At the Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club, on Cape Cod Bay, waterfront weddings are a natural. Say “I do” right on private, sandy Bay Pines Beach, then have cocktails on the Ocean Terrace with dramatic panoramic views of the bay, followed by dining and dancing in a poolside pavilion or mansion ballroom. For smaller weddings, the charming private rooms of the Nickerson Mansion have walk-out terraces that overlook the bay so guests can stroll in the ocean air. Wedding and catering staffs also have experience planning private beach fires and clambakes for pre- and post-wedding events. And, of course, many guest rooms and villas in this extraordinary resort have water views and beach access, among its many amenities.
Wedding Couple - Mountain Top Inn & Resort - Chittenden, VT
Mountain Top Resort

195 Mountain Top Road Chittenden, VT, 05737 Phone: 802-483-2311

Exchange your vows on the beach, on a boat – or in a barn with spectacular water views

At the idyllic Mountain Top Resort, you can get married on the water, by the water – or in venues with water views. The resort sits on the shores of a pristine 740-acre mountain lake, and many couples choose to say their “I do’s” right on the beach, with a reception to follow in the Lakefront Beach Pavilion with walls of windows, a fire pit, patio and deck. Ceremonies have also been held on the dock – and in a pontoon boat! Water-view sites include a knoll on a sweeping meadow, a handsome terrace and The Barn, where the loft features a balcony and windows looking out over the lake and mountains. There’s an on-site spa, floral and decor designers and an exceptional culinary team.
Wedding Party - Cliff House Maine - Cape Neddick, ME
Cliff House

591 Shore Road Cape Neddick, ME, 03902 Phone: 207-361-1000 Toll-Free: 855-210-6901

Panoramic views from stunning venues make your waterfront wedding more than memorable

Imagine exchanging your vows on a lush lawn overlooking the Atlantic, with the sound of the waves crashing below. Afterward, your guests enjoy cocktails on a patio before moving to the Atlantic Ballroom for your reception, where double-height panoramic windows reveal the ocean below. The room, with a stunning vaulted beamed ceiling finished in cedar planking, creates a distinctive sense of occasion. The expert culinary team celebrates coastal Maine with exceptional selections from truffle essence risotto to signature lobster rolls with homemade butter and seared Atlantic halibut. A dedicated wedding specialist will help with planning and day-of details, and the luxury resort’s spa is an elegant place for bridal party treatments, hair and makeup. Overnight and weekend guests will feel pampered in the resort’s spacious rooms and suites.
Waterfront Bride & Groom - Boston Harbor Hotel - Boston, MA
Boston Harbor Hotel

70 Rowes Wharf Boston, MA, 02119 Phone: 617-439-7000 Toll-Free: 800-752-7077

Harborfront hotel combines stunning water views with a sophisticated urban ambiance

You want a wedding by the water but you also want the sophisticated surroundings of a chic urban hotel? You want the Boston Harbor Hotel, a waterfront sanctuary that is proud to host exclusive weddings, big and small, in its luxurious surroundings. The hotel’s much-sought-after space, the domed Foster’s Pavilion, is a fairy tale in the making, right on the harbor, with 360-degree windows and striking architecture. The Wharf Room, for up to 250 guests, has sweeping harbor views, a private terrace and glittering chandeliers. More intimate spaces for smaller weddings and elopements are equally memorable. The culinary team will help you plan your perfect menu, from butler-passed canapés and elegant dinners to late-night snacks by the water.
Wedding Ceremony - Migis Lodge on Sebago Lake - South Casco, ME
Migis Lodge on Sebago Lake

30 Migis Lodge Road South Casco, ME, 04077 Phone: 207-655-4524

Waterfront weddings are as pretty as a picture at this scenic resort by the lake

A sparkling lake, mountains in the distance, the scent of pine drifting through the air: Weddings are as pretty as a picture at Migis Lodge on Sebago Lake. Have your waterfront ceremony on a beach, under the pines, on a dock. You might even arrive for your ceremony in the resort’s classic 1947 Chris-Craft Cruiser! After you’ve exchanged your “I do’s,” enjoy cocktails on the lawn terrace, then dine and dance at your reception, for up to 200 guests, in the rustic-luxe Main Lodge. End your big day with a bonfire on the terrace. Staff will attend to all the details, and culinary options range from plated dinners to buffets and family-style meals. Overnight guests will stay in in the Main Lodge and private cottages, with lake views and fireplaces.

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Waterfront Wedding - Inn at Diamond Cove - Portland, ME
Inn at Diamond Cove

22 McKinley Court Portland, ME, 04109 Phone: 207-805-9836

Island inn on a quiet cove has breathtaking wedding venues that overlook the water

Nothing says waterfront wedding like an island wedding! At the Inn at Diamond Cove, on Maine’s Great Diamond Island, just a short boat ride off the coast of Portland, you can have your ceremony on a lush lawn overlooking the quiet cove, then celebrate with your guests under a classic Sperry tent, for up to 220 guests. The tent has retractable sides for those ocean breezes and a dance floor. Smaller gatherings can be held in the rustic Art Gallery, which features sliding barn doors and 40-foot vaulted ceilings. Or, have a small reception or cocktail party on the patio at the Diamond’s Edge Restaurant, overlooking the scenic marina. Overnight guests have access to secluded beaches, a heated outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness and game rooms and other fine amenities.
Dock Wedding Kiss - Saybrook Point Inn & Spa - Old Saybrook, CT
Saybrook Point Resort & Marina

Two Bridge Street Old Saybrook, CT, 06475 Phone: 860-395-2000 Toll-Free: 800-243-0212

Where the sound meets the river, this resort specializes in spectacular waterfront weddings

It would be hard to imagine a more breathtaking backdrop than the picturesque shores of Old Saybrook, where Long Island Sound meets the Connecticut River, and the Saybrook Point Resort & Marina takes full advantage of the scenery when it comes to weddings. Whether you want an intimate exchange of vows on a terrace overlooking the marina at sunset or a formal ceremony in the elegant Lighthouse Gallery, with expansive windows, you are guaranteed a gorgeous waterfront affair. Experienced wedding professionals will bring your one-of-a-kind vision to life, and award-winning chefs will create the perfect farm-to-reception-table menu. Overnight guests will appreciate the water views from their spacious room or suite and resort amenities, including an on-site spa, indoor and year-round heated outdoor pools.
Named "One of the 15 most beautiful resorts in the US" by TripsToDiscover.com!
Wedding Couple at Harbor Lights Marina - Warwick, RI
Warwick Office of Tourism

3275 Post Road Warwick, RI, 02886 Phone:

Several scenic sites for waterfront weddings, from mansions to lush lawns and ballrooms

Are you dreaming of a wedding by the water? Warwick, RI has several picturesque places for wedding couples to consider! There’s the Aldrich Mansion, a French chateau set on 70 acres overlooking Narragansett Bay. Or Harbor Lights Marina, where you can say your “I do’s” under an arch as sailboats pass by in the distance. The Warwick Country Club boasts panoramic views of the bay and can host up to 250 guests. Chelo’s Waterfront Catering Services, on scenic Greenwich Bay, offers a lush lawn area as well as two waterview rooms, ideal for your reception. Several area hotels have every amenity and accommodation, from ballrooms to more intimate gathering-places, for weddings of all sizes and for every season of the year.
Sawing the Wedding Cake - Attean Lake Lodge - Jackman, ME
Attean Lake Lodge

On Birch Island in Attean Lake Jackman, ME, 04945 Phone: 207-668-3792

Have your destination wedding ceremony on the shore of a pristine lake in Maine

Exchange your wedding vows on the shore of one of Maine’s most pristine lakes when you celebrate your big day at the Attean Lake Lodge. Ceremony sites at the all-inclusive resort nestled on a picturesque 24-acre island, include a beach, dock, woodlands, a flower garden or inside or on the porch of the rustic lodge, which sits right by the lake. Reception meals include everything from cookout favorites to Maine lobster, with homemade desserts. Although the resort is electricity-free, the lodge has solar power and 24/7 wifi, and the 14 one- to three-bedroom cabins are lit with gas and kerosene lights and can host up to 70 overnight guests. With hiking trails, lake activities and warm hospitality, it’s a delightful destination wedding location.
Breakwater Stroll - Hotel 1620 - Plymouth, MA
Hotel 1620 at Plymouth Harbor

180 Water Street Plymouth, MA, 02360 Phone: 508-747-4900 Toll-Free: 866-719-8185

Waterfront wedding begins with the exchange of vows outdoors, the ocean in the background

At the Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor, your waterfront wedding begins when you say your “I do’s” in a charming outdoor venue with the Atlantic Ocean as a dramatic backdrop. Adjourn to the hotel’s Regency Ballroom for your grand reception for up to 250 people or to the more intimate Atlantic Room, with floor-to-ceiling windows, where up to 80 guests can dine on creative cuisine and dance into the night. The hotel’s professional planning and catering staffs will see to every detail, including block room reservations and suggested vendors for flowers, photography, entertainment and other services. The hotel, across the street from Cape Cod Bay, and featuring a contemporary coastal ambiance, is also the ideal location for rehearsal dinners, pre-wedding cocktail receptions and post-wedding day brunches.
Wedding Dip - Margate Resort on Winnipesaukee - Laconia, NH
Margate Resort on Winnipesaukee

76 Lake Streeet Laconia, NH, 03246 Phone: 603-524-5210 Toll-Free: 800-627-4283

Dreaming of a wedding by the water? This resort can make that a spectacular reality.

A wonderful wedding by the water: If that’s been your dream, let the staff and wedding coordinators at Margate on Winnipeaukee turn it into a reality for you and your guests. Exchange your vows right on the private sandy beach of lovely Paugus Bay, or in a beautiful Lake Pavilion at water’s edge. Have your catered reception under a tent on the landscaped West Lawn, in the Mariah Room with a granite bar, fieldstone fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on the lake, or in the mirrored Main Ballroom, with room for dancing for up to 300 people. End your day with a fireworks show over the water or a bonfire on the beach (s’mores are up to you!).
Outdoor Wedding - The Wolfeboro Inn - Wolfeboro, NH - Credit Callan Photo
The Wolfeboro Inn

90 North Main Street Wolfeboro, NH, 03894 Phone: 603-569-3016 Toll-Free: 800-451-2389

Get married by the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee or on a boat cruising the lake

At the historic Wolfeboro Inn on Lake Winnipesaukee, you can get married by the water, exchanging your vows in a gazebo or enchanting lower garden with views of the lake and the Belknap Mountains, then dining and dancing into the night under a Sperry tent on a lakeside lawn. Or, you can have your ceremony and/or reception on the lake, on board the inn’s Winnipesaukee Belle, a replica turn-of-the-century paddle-wheeled boat. Indoor venues include an elegant ballroom and a room with a deck overlooking the lake and gardens. Customize your menu, based on the inn’s classic New England-style cuisine with contemporary flair. Weddings include an on-site coordinator, and the inn can recommend great vendor partners for photography and other services.
Bride & Groom Embrace - House of the Seven Gables - Salem, MA
The House of the Seven Gables

225 Derby Street Salem, MA, 01970 Phone: 978-774-0991

Create your own romantic story when you exchange your vows at this historic site

Exchange your vows in a colorful seaside garden by an historic mansion with harbor and ocean views as a backdrop. Have a reception under a tent on the property’s Seaside Lawn. That’s the magical atmosphere at The House of the Seven Gables, where waterfront weddings are truly one-of-a-kind. The famous Gables house was, of course, the inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Gothic novel. And you can create your own story to remember by choosing a ceremony in the property’s Seaside Gardens or a landscaped side lawn. The Seaside Lawn hosts up to 180 people for dinner and dancing; 250 for a standing reception. More intimate receptions can be held in historic interior rooms, including in the Hooper-Hathaway House, built in 1682.

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