19 of Massachusetts' Best Waterfront Wedding Venues

Everyone loves a waterfront wedding, and Massachusetts has a wealth of oceanfront, lakefront, and riverside wedding venues. Picture getting married at a private estate with a hilltop mansion and a beach, an Art Deco inn overlooking the Atlantic, or an elegant seaside resort on Cape Cod Bay. Check out the following places where you can host your Big Day while enjoying a magnificent watery backdrop.



NORTH SHORE | CAPE ANN



The Great House at The Crane Estate

Ipswich, Massachusetts

Venue Superpowers:

Euro Vibes

Ocean Views

Private Estate

Fab Features: a fairy-tale setting overlooking the half-mile-long Grand Allée with sweeping views of the ocean • dance the night away under the beautiful high-peaked tent positioned adjacent to the mansion and just off the ballroom's East Terrace • celebrate all weekend long as the property is available for overnight accommodations

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$
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Hammond Castle Museum

Gloucester, MA

Venue Superpowers:

Coastal Bluff

Medieval Vibes

Landscaped Grounds

Fab Features: a loving replica of a medieval castle complete with turrets and a drawbridge • ceremonies in the gardens or on a dramatic rocky bluff along the windswept Gloucester coast • guests can enjoy the scenic grounds as well as the owner's extensive collection of wonderful Medieval and Renaissance artifacts

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$
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The House of the Seven Gables

Salem, MA

Venue Superpowers:

National Historic Landmark

Seaside Lawn

All-Inclusive

Fab Features: a famous 350-year-old seaside cottage made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne • waterfront ceremonies on the lawn followed by open-air celebrations under an opulent tent • opt for an intimate celebration in the cozy Hooper-Hathaway House, which boasts much of its original Jacobean detailing

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$
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Oceanview of Nahant

Nahant, MA

Venue Superpowers:

Secluded Harbor Setting

Sandy Beach

Fire Pit S'mores

Fab Features: a private event center nestled in Nahant Harbor • exchange vows on the unforgettable Beach Stone Terrace with unfettered Atlantic views • receptions in the warm and contemporary grand ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows and custom lighting followed by a Fire Pit Finale, where you can gather under the stars to roast marshmallows

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$ • $$$
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Yankee Clipper Inn

Rockport, Massachusetts

Venue Superpowers:

Art Deco Mansion

Bluffside Celebrations

Bed & Breakfast

Fab Features: romantic 1929 bluff-top mansion • outdoor ceremony sites and the glass-enclosed banquet room offer vibrant shore views • delightful breakfasts accompany the warm, Art Deco-style accommodations

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$
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Riversbend

Essex, MA

Venue Superpowers:

Riverfront Events

Creative Catering

Event Design Services

Fab Features: charming rustic waterfront event venue • exchange vows on the open-air deck overlooking the Essex River • packages include planning, menu design, and event styling to create a one-of-a-kind event

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$ • $$$

The Barn at The Crane Estate

Ipswich, MA

Venue Superpowers:

Affordable Luxury

Rustic Romance

Picturesque

Fab Features: the Italian-style barn is a turn-of-the-century treasure, with a post-and-beam interior, rich, rustic terracotta walls, and a green tiled roof • exchange vows in the lush Vegetable Garden adorned with a wisteria-draped lattice, stone towers, and wrought-iron gates • the picturesque grounds boast breathtaking views of winding salt marshes, tidal rivers, and woodlands

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$
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BOSTON



Museum of Science

Boston, Massachusetts

Venue Superpowers:

Interactive Exhibits

Charles River Panoramas

Creative Menus

Fab Features: all of the event spaces provide spectacular river and skyline views • guests can explore three levels of interactive exhibits that let you dine amid dinosaurs and experience one million volts of lightning on the same night! • innovative cuisine prepared by Wolfgang Puck Catering

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$ • $$$
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New England Aquarium

Boston, MA

Venue Superpowers:

Unique Museum

Waterfront Ceremonies

Fees Support a Good Cause

Fab Features: dine privately among penguins, sharks and sea turtles, or beside Boston's scenic skyline • menus feature ocean-friendly seafood choices • your wedding will support the animals, exhibits, and efforts to protect the blue planet

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$
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Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House

Gloucester, MA

Venue Superpowers:

Gloucester Harbor Views

Unique Interiors

Non-Profit

Fab Features: unique mansion set on a rocky ledge overlooking Gloucester Harbor • intimate ceremonies held on the home's stunning terrace, surrounded by gardens • rental comes with a membership to the organization, which includes free tours of this home and dozens of others

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $
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CAPE COD | ISLANDS



Sailing Camp Park

Oak Bluffs, MA

Venue Superpowers:

Panoramic Water Views

Weekend Weddings

Rustic Lodge

Fab Features: blufftop park overlooking Lagoon Pond and the outer Vineyard Haven Harbor • 15 wooded acres include sweet, shady ceremony groves with sparkling water views • rustic-chic indoor facility boasts timbered vault ceilings and a fieldstone fireplace

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$
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Provincetown Inn

Provincetown, MA

Venue Superpowers:

Vintage Charm

Tented Receptions

All-Inclusive

Fab Features: charming waterfront resort that pairs vintage style décor with modern amenities • variety of event spaces from manicured lawn to the elegant Harborview Room with its neutral color palette and floor-to-ceiling windows • packages include white-glove service, and a complimentary honeymoon suite for the couple

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$ • $$$
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Wychmere Beach Club

Harwich Port, Massachusetts

Venue Superpowers:

Understated Luxury

Private Beach

Culinary Artistry

Fab Features: gorgeous resort and club blending classic Americana style with exceptional service and elegant design • exchange vows on the private beach or on a spectacular rooftop terrace, surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty • follow your ceremony with a reception in the wood-accented Harbor Room or the stylish two-story Dune Room, both of which boast panoramic bay views from walls of windows

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$
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White Elephant Nantucket Island

Nantucket, MA

Venue Superpowers:

Waterfront Ceremonies

Luxe Details

Picturesque Setting

Fab Features: elegant, waterfront venue located in the Goat Island Marina • ceremonies with amazing views of the classic luxury yachts in Newport Harbor and the glittering waters of the Atlantic • receptions are held inside a sophisticated cream-and-white striped tent, complete with chandeliers and billowing draperies

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$ • $$$
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Ocean Edge Resort

Brewster, Massachusetts

Venue Superpowers:

Seaside Resort

Plush Villas

All-Inclusive

Fab Features: a luxe 429-acre seaside retreat • say "I do" on the lawn overlooking Cape Cod Bay • the grounds boast a historic mansion, elegant villas along a Nicklaus-designed golf course, pools, beaches, and biking trails

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$
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Chequessett Club

Wellfleet, Massachusetts

Venue Superpowers:

Coastal Elegance

Waterfront Cottages

Weekend Weddings

Fab Features: romantic Cape Cod resort with cozy waterfront cottages and lavish dining • exchange vows on the beautifully manicured seaside lawn, offering unobstructed bay views • the Garden Terrace is a tented structure with floor-to-ceiling accordion-style glass doors that open to Pleasant Bay

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$
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SOUTH SHORE



Barker House by Wedgewood Weddings

Scituate, MA

Venue Superpowers:

Classic New England Style

Garden Ceremonies

Flexible Packages

Fab Features: impeccably restored seaside charmer, blessed with a picturesque waterfront location and unique historic character • ceremony settings include an enchanting garden courtyard or a rustic-chic banquet space • wine and dine guests in the elegant Williams Room beneath graceful chandeliers

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$
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Shining Tides

Mattapoisett, MA

Venue Superpowers:

Historic Estate

Picturesque Harbor Views

Indoor/Outdoor Flow

Fab Features: secluded estate near the head of the Mattapoisett Harbor, with a sweeping event lawn set against the gorgeous blue bay • celebrate on the breezy front porch, which offers a lovely indoor/outdoor flow and removable walls for all-weather comfort • enjoy creative, beautifully presented catering from the experts at Russell Morin Catering

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$
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The Lakehouse

Halifax, MA

Venue Superpowers:

Lakeside Ceremonies

Airy Event Spaces

Experienced Planning Team

Fab Features: exchange vows outdoors at your choice of three lakeside ceremony sites • all-inclusive wedding packages that include a personal wedding planner, private wedding suites, catering and cake, linens, and more • the property features lush gardens, a gazebo and dock, and breathtaking waterfront views

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$
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