First comes love, then comes an insanely beautiful wedding that will have your friends and family talking about your special day for years to come. Start your marriage off on the right foot by choosing one of these spectacular spots and venues as the fairytale setting for your ceremony or reception. These places are all guaranteed to dazzle your guests and transform your wedding into your most magical moment.
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1. Castle Hill, Ipswich
Castle Hill is as close to Downtown Abbey as you're going to get in Massachusetts. Located on a lofty hill overlooking Crane Beach, this 1920s estate wedding here will transport you to another time. Of course, you could have the ceremony inside the mansion. However, the winning combo is probably an outdoor ceremony on the sweeping lawn, and then an elegant reception indoors. (290 Argilla Road, Ipswich)
2. The Boston Public Library, Boston
Feeling secular but don't want to venture outside for your wedding? One of Boston's most iconic buildings is actually a surprisingly gorgeous place to tie the knot. The Boston Public Library is basically a cathedral for books, so your special day won't be lacking drama (the good kind). (700 Boylston Street, Boston)
3. Jacob's Pillow, Becket
Having your wedding at Jacob's Pillow feels like getting married at the top of the world. Ceremonies here are particularly lovely in the fall, and be sure to schedule a time around sunset so that the entire grove of trees flares into brilliant gold and scarlet hues as you're saying your vows. (358 George Carter Road, Becket)
4. Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston
If you can swing it, a wedding at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the South End is sure to be breathtaking. It's the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, and is the largest Roman Catholic church in New England. As you might expect, getting a time slot here is no picnic, so be sure to pick your dates early. They recommend at least nine months to a year in advance. (1400 Washington Street, Boston)
5. Old South Meeting House, Boston
For history buffs, this one is a no-brainer. Old South Meeting House is one of the nation's most important colonial landmarks, the building where the American Revolution began to take shape. If you want to celebrate your big day in the place that started it all, this elegant and bright meeting hall is the perfect venue. (310 Washington Street, Boston)
6. Heritage Museum and Gardens, Sandwich
Want an natural wedding but don't want to deal with taming the great outdoors? This place might be perfect. With winding paths that will take you and your guests through perfectly manicured flowering meadows and lawns, this botanical garden is filled with enchanting nooks and scenic spots. Our picks for the perfect ceremony spot? Under the lovely windmill, or at the foot of the gorgeous waterfall. (67 Grove Street,
7. Santarella Estate and Gardens, Tyringham
You're not going to get any closer to an actually fairytale wedding than Santarella. Also known as Tyringham's "Gingerbread House," this estate features a gorgeous silo honeymoon suite, beautifully landscaped gardens (including an enchanting brook and lilypond), and an incredible reception space that looks like a Medieval castle hall. (75 Main Road, Tyringham)
8. Tower Hill Botanical Gardens, Boylston
Tower Hill Botanical Gardens is a truly enchanting wedding venue. Say "I do" in the Secret Garden (pictured), where the bride can make her dramatic entrance via a sweeping, grand staircase edged with blooms. Later, dance the night away at your reception inside a glass-walled greenhouse filled with the scent of flowers. (11 French Drive,
9. Harrington Farm, Princeton
Harrington Farm is the definition of rustic elegance. Hold your ceremony in their lush garden, and then retreat into the vintage farmhouse for a warm and cozy reception. This place is also skilled at executing amazing winter and autumn weddings, so it's a great option if you want to celebrate in the off-season. (178 Westminster Road, Princeton)
10. Worcester Art Museum, Worcester
For a truly unique wedding, art lovers need look no further than the Worcester Art Museum. This grand space can be transformed into a stately and dramatic spot to exchange a few vows and revel amidst beautiful masterpieces. (55 Salisbury Street, Worcester)
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