Choosing wedding venues North of Boston on the water can be an alternative to having a destination wedding. The panoramic water views, ocean side wedding ceremonies, gorgeous landscapes and backdrops for beautiful photos all give the feel of being on vacation, which can be very relaxing and romantic.

We had the opportunity of performing at many wedding venues North of Boston on the water, and these are our top 5 favorites:

1. Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, MA

This wedding venue North of Boston is nestled on 19 acres, directly on the water. The Harborview Ballroom accommodates 200 to 650 guests. This room has a private deck overlooking the water with direct access to a gazebo and a beautiful garden. The Garden Terrace is designed for 100 to 225 people with a large dance floor. This room is complete with direct access to a magnificent pergola, waterside patio and gardens.

Danversport Yacht Club

2. Cruiseport Gloucester in Gloucester, MA

The 6,000 square foot Grand Ballroom features seating from 100 to 320 guests and has large windows, vaulted ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and elegant hardwood floors. The view from the waterfront balcony is of Gloucester’s historic harbor.

Cruiseport Gloucester MA

3. The Oceanview of Nahant in Nahant, MA

Located on 720 feet of oceanfront, this wedding venue offers sweeping views of the Atlantic coastline and accommodates up to 220 people. On this private beach, you’ll find oceanside ceremonies, panoramic seaside deck with views of passing sailboats and cruiseships, ocean fresh raw bar, and fire pit for after hours.

Oceanview of Nahant

4. Seaglass Oceanside in Salisbury MA

This Massachusetts wedding venue on the water is located in The Pavilion on Salisbury Beach and has panoramic Atlantic views. The 6,000 square foot Music Hall features versatile plans that can accommodate 250 people or 450 for a wedding reception.

Seaglass Restaurant Salisbury

5. The Crane Estate Ipswich, MA

The Great House on Castle Hill is an elegant seaside mansion, set dramatically atop a hill overlooking Crane Beach and Crane Wildlife Refuge. Steep Hill Beach is used for seaside wedding ceremonies with two private lawns overlooking the Atlantic.

castle hill crane estate ipswich ma

A Wedding Venue on the water or with an ocean, lake or river view can be a dramatic and appealing locale for a wedding. But remember, don’t rush into choosing your wedding venue.  Take the time to do some research and visit more than three before you make your final decision. There are never too many questions to ask!  You don’t want to pick a venue and then find the one of your dreams the week after.  Here are some tips to help you choose the perfect wedding venue:

  1. Think about how you feel when you first walk in to the venue. This way, you’ll know how your guests will feel when they enter your wedding reception.
  2. Sometimes venues have a “Preferred” or “Recommended” vendor list. Make sure you can choose the vendors you want even if they are not on the list.
  3. Visit the venue at the same time of day your wedding will be. This way you’ll get a more accurate feel of the atmosphere in the wedding venue.
  4. Find out if the wedding venue is full service or not. They may or may not offer linens, catering, tables and chairs, etc.
  5. Make sure the wedding venue can accommodate your guest count. Have an approximate number in mind before visiting the venue.

If you’re still not sure on the type of wedding venue you’d like, take a look at our recent post listing the 5 Top Historic Wedding Venues North of Boston, and also the Top 5 Boston Area Wedding Reception Venues.

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