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Coastal New England Wedding Destinations to Make Your Friends Jealous

When it comes time to celebrate a lifelong relationship, we can’t imagine a more gorgeous backdrop than the beach. Here, sand, sea, and sunshine conspire to wash away everyday worries so we can enjoy what really matters. The photo opportunities aren’t bad, either. Whether you’re imagining your special day or a friend’s, these New England wedding destinations belong on your pinboard.

Couple on the beach of the Castle Hill Inn
Photo: Castle Hill Inn


When it comes to hosting any type of wedding celebration, the Beachmere Inn in Ogunquit has the scenery and the service to make it spectacular. The Beachmere boasts both indoor and outdoor venue options — the oceanfront lawn with spreading views of the Maine coast is a head-turner. A great wedding needs more than just a great location, and the the Beachmere's staff delivers — they'll help you personalize everything from menu to decor to music. In neighboring Kennebunkport, the grand Colony Hotel — a Historic Hotel of America — is a wow-worthy choice for classic, elegant weddings. Up to 200 guests can be seated to savor upscale menus in the Grand Dining Room, while other, more intimate venues, like the Ocean Terrace, provide magnificent ocean scenery. Guests (or nervous brides) can also sneak away to the hotel's private beach. Further north near historic Portland, Maine, you'll find Inn By The Sea, at home on the unspoiled sands of Crescent Beach. Inside, state-of-the-art technology makes slideshows and videos a breeze, and an array of cottages and suites keep wedding guests comfortable and relaxed. Up the coast (and farther away from urban life), in the summertime-favorite town of Phippsburg, ME, lies Sebasco Harbor Resort, where your beach wedding can be set with a background of 550 acres of pure Maine coastline and lush green woodlands. Further along, the crystal blue water of Penobscot Bay makes a glistening backdrop for coastal Maine weddings at Samoset Resort. The resort spreads over 230 waterfront acres, on which you can say your vows, dance beneath a tented pavilion, and take advantage of the resort's full amenities – a swimming pool, tennis courts, a championship golf course, and even specially arranged private windjammer cruises. A mile-long jetty capped by a lighthouse stretches from below the resort into the harbor, and is a picturesque setting for wedding photos exuding Maine charm. To the south, two stunning coastal wedding locations . The York Harbor Inn features an intimate waterfront setting for your vows, just steps from the elegant 3,000 square foot ballroom. The Stage Neck Inn team prides itself on exceptional service, ensuring your special day will be exactly what you pictured and more. For even more Maine wedding ideas, check out our full list of noteworthy wedding venues.


Combining both classic elegance and seaside charm — and easy access from Boston and NYC — Connecticut makes a gorgeous destination for your coastal New England wedding at any time of the year. Set along the natural beauty of a private beach on Long Island Sound, the Madison Beach Hotel in Madison, CT, offers the option of exchanging your vows with the sand in your toes or on the waterfront manicured lawn of the hotel. After the ceremony, the wedding team will welcome you to your personalized reception in the grand ballroom, professionally catered by a team whose seasonal culinary excellence will blow you and your guests away. The Madison Beach Hotel will make you feel at home, as they promise your wedding will be the only one on your special day.

Couple kissing on rocks of Madison beach Hotel
Photo: Madison Beach Hotel

For even more Connecticut wedding ideas click here to see our full list of noteworthy wedding venues.


Feel the ocean breeze as you say “I do"  at the Wequassett Resort & Golf Club in Wequassett, MA . Named one of Forbes Top 10 Luxury Wedding Locations, this resort features picturesque water views of Pleasant Bay from its gorgeous Garden Terrace and from the panoramic windows of the indoor Grand Pavilion Room. The food is as memorable as the view: choose between formal plated dinners, New England clambakes, or themed buffets. At the end of your reception, escape with your partner on a romantic cruise to your wedding night waterfront accommodations. It’s no surprise that iconic Cape Cod is home to many coastal New England wedding locations.  Located at the very tip of the Cape in historic Provincetown, MA, the Crowne Pointe Inn and Spa continues to be a treasured wedding location. Your ceremony will be located on the meticulously manicured grounds and in their award winning restaurant. Located on romantic Nantucket Sound, The Lighthouse Inn offers a seaside wedding destination celebrating a time gone by for the historic villages on Cape Cod. The Orleans Waterfront Inn in Orleans, MA, offers multiple seaside locations for ceremonies and receptions, including under the iconic windmill on the beautiful Cape Cod beach, and in the Cove Dining Room in this historic Victorian style Inn. North of Cape Cod in Rockport, MA, you will find the Emerson Inn By The Sea, whose all-season receptions range from lavish to casual. Your oceanfront wedding destination will be planned from head to toe with the assistance of their in-house wedding specialist. For even more Massachusetts wedding ideas click here to see our full list of noteworthy wedding venues.

Rhode Island

The magic of Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI, will capture you as you say “I do” on the iconic oceanfront lawn. As the magic lingers into the evening, you and your guests will dine al fresco from an award winning menu. Dance amongst the stars underneath a custom made sailcloth tent. Inside, cozy fireside couches and blankets warm up the chillier evenings as the celebrations continue. With the ability to accommodate up to 400 guests, the Castle Hill Inn ensures no one will be left out of your wedding bliss.

Wedding reception at The Castle Hill Inn
Photo: Castle Hill Inn

For even more Rhode Island wedding ideas click here to see our full list of noteworthy wedding venues. While you're planning your wedding, check out these fan-chosen five best honeymoon destinations in New England.

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