10 Best Outdoor Wedding Sites in Massachusetts

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1. Storybook Palace

Hold a royal wedding at the Hammond Castle Museum in Gloucester. The Oceanside Lawn can seat up to 120 guests and offers Atlantic Ocean views. The tall stone structures and archways of the castle provide idyllic backdrops, all fit for a king and queen! (978) 283-2080, HammondCastle.org

2. Historic Haunt

Since 1976, Independence Harbor in Assonet has been holding beautiful garden ceremonies. Set near the banks of the Assonet River, this 20-acre garden -- which features a gazebo -- is loaded with flowers and plants, so you can forgo additional decor. While cocktails can be served alfresco on the garden-side patio, dinner must be catered by the venue inside one of its historic rooms. (800) 287-8300, IHWeddings.com

3. Riverfront Gem

The Washburn Pavilion at the Museum of Science, Boston, is the only outdoor facility in the city that's directly on the Charles River. The pavilion can accommodate up to 500 guests if your party spreads out to a tent and the nearby lawn. The centrally located, tree-shaded spot gets cool breezes and clear views of the Longfellow Bridge. (617) 589-0125, MOS.org

4. Top Terrace

Scenic terraces abound at DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln. The rooftop terrace can accommodate 100 guests above woods and water. The sculpture terrace also has amazing views, as well as ornate sculptures that double as conversation-starters and reception decor. (781) 259-3638, DeCordova.org

5. Divine Vineyard

In the heart of Massachusetts apple country is Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton. Ceremonies can be held in the vineyard gazebo or in the hillside apple and peach orchard. The open-air reception pavilion is finished with yellow pine ceilings and arched beams for a rustically elegant look. Catering is provided and menus are paired with wines made on-site. (978) 779-5521, NashobaWinery.com

6. Harbor Hotel

From the Harborside Pavilion at the Hyatt Harborside in Boston, up to 200 guests can enjoy unparalleled views of the Boston skyline and harbor for a seated dinner and dancing. The tented pavilion on the big, grassy lawn is open on all sides to let in cool harbor breezes (but they can be closed off in bad weather). The hotel provides catering. (617) 569-8818, Harborside.Hyatt.com

7. Grand Garden

Elm Bank, home to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, has more than 30 acres of lush lawn, historic buildings and formal gardens. Blooming flowerbeds in the Italianate Garden lead to a serene reflecting pool and fountain, a picturesque setting for your ceremony. Follow that up with a cocktail reception at the Manor House or a seated banquet in tents on the lawn. Choose from their outstanding approved caterers list to create your perfect menu. (617) 933-4921, MassHort.org

8. Breathtaking Beachfront

Have your picture-perfect, seaside wedding at Chatham Bars Inn in Cape Cod. The private beach is ideal for casual yet refined weddings. Hold your ceremony along the white picket fence and your reception, catered by the inn, on the water's edge. (508) 945-6775, ChathamBarsInn.com

9. New England Elegance

A Martha's Vineyard wedding is extra-charming at the Harbor View Hotel & Resort in Edgartown. With up to 120 guests, you can get married on a veranda that looks out onto the Edgartown Lighthouse and Chappaquiddick Island. The hotel caters receptions with local favorites (oysters, anyone?). They can be held on the resort's flower-filled lawns. (508) 627-6360, Harbor-View.com

10. Cool Country Club

Classically chic weddings are at home at Black Rock Country Club in Hingham. Its stone clubhouse has an upper-level terrace that overlooks the golf course, hills and trees. It's perfect for a cocktail hour for up to 180 people. Host your ceremony in the pavilion, with views of the links. (781) 749-1919 x130, BlackRockCC.com

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