There are so many amazing options when it comes to Wedding venues in the Massachusetts area, from gorgeous waterfront mansions to modern luxury hotels, and each venue has its own history that you may have never even heard about! Here are some of our favorite Massachusetts venues that are not only beautiful backdrops for a wedding celebration, but also have a unique story behind them that you might not have expected.
The Bradley Estate, Canton MA
The Bradley Estate located in Canton, MA sits on 90 acres of stunning gardens and trails and is home to a gorgeous country style house, originally built in 1902. Today, the first floor and the grounds around the main house are available to rent for Weddings and other special events. This venue envelops you in country sophistication with its elegant inside and perfectly curated grounds, which made it the perfect backdrop for the newest Little Women film in 2019! Used as Aunt March’s mansion, in the film you can see Joe, Meg and Amy walking through The Bradley Estate. After filming, the estate left up the wallpaper installed for the film, which can still be seen at the venue today!
Grafton Estate, Manchester-by-the Sea MA
The Grafton Estate features a beautiful 8 bedroom house sitting atop a rocky cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, as well as stunning grounds and a formal garden which was designed by famous landscape architect Martha Brookes Hutcheson. Hutcheson is a world renowned Landscape Architect and was one of the first women to be formally trained in this field at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1900. This venue has it all, from the stunning interiors of the 1940’s regency designed house, sweeping views of the Atlantic and Boston skyline, private beach tucked below the cliff and perfectly curated lawn and gardens for a ceremony and reception!
Liberty Hotel, Boston MA
The Liberty Hotel in Boston, MA is one of our favorite spots in Beacon Hill and offers a private outdoor Courtyard perfect for ceremonies, the Lobby Rotunda for an epic cocktail hour surrounded by the unique architecture of the hotel, grand Ballroom for dinner and dancing and luxe rooms for your guests to spend the night. It's hard to believe that this swanky 4 star hotel used to be The Charles Street Jail, until 1990 when the jail shut down and the final prisoners were transferred to other locations. After the dissolution of the jail, a team of architects and designers working alongside historians and conservationists, renovated the old Charles Street Jail to the unique and luxurious hotel and event space we see today, all while preserving the original architecture and character of the old jail. Barred windows, original features of the jail and even the on site lounge Clink (which is the perfect spot for an After Party), pay homage to the hotel’s unique history.
Olio, Peabody MA
The Olio event space in Peabody, MA is perfect for couples looking for a blank industrial canvas for their celebration. Originally built as a theater in 1912, it was run by the Strand Theatre group until 1957 when it closed its doors as a theater. After being purchased in 2018, Olio was redesigned into an event space, adding in modern touches all while retaining the original character and history of the all concrete building. Even the name Olio, another word used for an act or variety show, gives a nod to the building's unique history. Today, this event space consists of beautifully redone hardwood floors, industrial concrete walls and large floor to ceiling windows, making it the perfect blank canvas for couples to bring their wedding day visions to life.