The Spectacular North Shore: 7 North Boston Wedding Venues

Boston’s North Shore is home to some interesting waterfront—and historic—wedding venues. Here’s a handful of places with ocean or river views, and a century-old home for mansion lovers!

Willowdale Estate
  • Location: Topsfield
  • Style: Arts and Crafts stone mansion and grounds
  • Interesting Tidbits: This 1901 mansion hosted grand parties over the years with guests like President Taft, the Prince of Wales and General Patton. The owner, who was committed to nature and conservation, left the mansion and land to the state to be turned into a park after his death.
  • Event Space Highlights: Indoor events can flow from one space to another…your ceremony in the Conservatory accompanied by panoramic park views…cocktails in the North Wing with its wood-burning fireplaces and wood detailing…dinner in the Great Room, which boasts an abundance of wood, a wall of windows and a huge peaked skylight. During warmer months, a custom, sailcloth Sperry Tent adjoining the courtyard garden hosts al fresco receptions.
  • Notable Services: Professional wedding coordinators orchestrate your rehearsal, ceremony and reception. A customized menu will be prepared by their expert chef and his team who use wholesome, locally sourced ingredients.

Willowdale Estate

Willowdale Estate

Willowdale Estate


Yankee Clipper Inn
  • Location: 127 Granite Street, Rockport MA
  • Style: Art Deco romantic
  • Fab Feature: This historic 1929 mansion, perched on a rocky bluff overlooking the Atlantic, provides fantastic ocean and shoreline views.
  • Event Space Highlights: Each outdoor ceremony site, as well as the glass-enclosed banquet room, offers a vibrant panorama of pink sunsets, green hills and blue water.
  • Wedding Package Perks: The delightful accommodations and fabulous breakfasts at the Inn (and adjacent Bulfinch House) will entice you and your guests to linger at this seaside locale.
  • Catering: Provided in-house or select from list.

Yankee Clipper Inn

Yankee Clipper Inn

Yankee Clipper Inn


Renaissance
  • Location: 377 Kenoza Street, Haverhill MA
  • Style: Relaxed elegance
  • Fab Feature: Situated beside the Merrimack River, the club’s picturesque grounds combine gently rolling hills, pristine fairways, sparkling ponds and towering trees that blaze with color in autumn.
  • Event Space Highlights: The Grand Ballroom’s cathedral ceiling is highlighted with crossbeams and twinkling chandeliers, plus there’s a covered veranda for cocktails with a view.
  • Wedding Package Perks: Their expert staff can help you choose from several packages—or completely customize one just for you!
  • Catering: Provided in-house.

Renaissance

Renaissance

Renaissance


Emerson Inn by the Sea
  • Location: 1 Cathedral Avenue, Rockport MA
  • Style: Historic New England charm
  • Interesting Tidbit: Built in 1856 along the shore of Cape Ann, this grand dame hotel, with its oceanfront location and striking period décor, is truly the only one of its kind in the area.
  • Event Space Highlights: The shimmering sea and breaking waves make an ideal backdrop for your outdoor ceremony, cocktails on the veranda, or reception in the windowed Dining Room.
  • Notable Amenities: The romantically restored accommodations combine a sense of history and grace with the modern amenities discerning guests expect.
  • Catering: Provided in-house.

Emerson Inn by the Sea

Emerson Inn by the Sea

Emerson Inn by the Sea


The Hellenic Center
  • Location: 117 Country Road Route 1A, Ipswich MA
  • Style: Classic Georgian mansion
  • Fab Feature: The white, columned mansion and manicured gardens serve as gorgeous backgrounds for photos.
  • Event Space Highlights: The spacious ballroom boasts crystal chandeliers, two fireplaces, gleaming hardwood floors, and a grand piano. Outdoor ceremonies are held on the lawn, with the century-old house in the background.
  • Notable Services: An on-site professional wedding coordinator will assist with planning your event, and you have your choice of 3 preferred caterers. Parking here is free, too!
  • Catering: Select from list.

The Hellenic Center

The Hellenic Center

The Hellenic Center


Danversport
  • Location: 161 Elliott Street, Danvers MA
  • Style: Nautical chic
  • Fab Feature: Unparalleled views of the marina and yachts at this waterside venue, nestled on a lush 19-acre peninsula, bring to mind the carefree ambiance of a Ralph Lauren commercial.
  • Event Space Highlights: The glittering water accompanies your al fresco ceremony…then continues to dazzle through walls of glass in the Harborview Ballroom, where a soaring, buttressed ceiling resembles the upturned hull of a grand ship.
  • Wedding Package Perks: They take pride in having packages that have no hidden costs and include virtually everything except the music and photos.
  • Catering: Provided in-house.

Danversport

Danversport

Danversport


Cruiseport Gloucester
  • Location: 6 Rowe Square, Gloucester MA
  • Style: Harborside luxury
  • Fab Feature: The colorful lighthouse turret is great for photos or for making your dramatic entrance into the Grand Ballroom.
  • Event Space Highlights: Spectacular views of Gloucester’s historic harbor are visible from the ballroom’s enchanting waterfront balcony. And it can be heated, so your guests will enjoy having cocktails outside any time of year.
  • Notable Services: Their expert team can help with everything from selecting an officiant and renting a tux to transporting guests, picking the cake, and making sure the flowers and lighting match your color scheme.
  • Catering: Provided in-house.

Cruiseport Gloucester

Cruiseport Gloucester

Cruiseport Gloucester



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