When planning a wedding, it doesn’t take long to realize how expensive everything can be. With the venue, catering, flowers, and decor, a wedding sure takes its toll on your bank account!
And since Massachusetts is the fourth-most expensive state to plan a wedding, you’d be forgiven for feeling particularly stressed about your wedding budget. The average cost of $48,600 in Massachusetts is well above the national average of $33,900!
But, this doesn’t mean you have to drain your savings to get married in Massachusetts. There are plenty of affordable wedding venues in Massachusetts that offer a luxury experience for less! Let us show you…
Box Mill Hall
Who wouldn’t want to get married by the water in Massachusetts? Well, you can get married on Tihonet Pond in Wareham and enjoy stunning water views during your ceremony and reception. But, what really sets this venue apart? It’s a cranberry bog too!
Get married on the expansive lawn with a backdrop of lush greenery and sloping hills, then head inside the rustic reception hall with its open-beamed ceilings and stunning hardwood floor.
The venue offers a preferred list of vendors including the caterer and bartender to make it easy for couples to plan their reception.
Note that couples can get married at Box Mill Hall from March to December.
Venue Cost: $1,600-$4,500.
Venue Capacity: 200 guests.
Are you a couple that loves the outdoors? If you’re looking for an outdoor wedding venue in Massachusetts that reflects that, then you can have your dream wedding at Camp Wing in Duxbury, Massachusetts where you’ll get exclusive use of the camp for an entire weekend!
The wedding package includes accommodations for Friday and Saturday night. With 16 cabins and 12 stockade rooms, there are over 340 beds available for guests to stay in.
You’ll have your choice of four ceremony sites–two outdoor and two covered– and an indoor reception hall.
There is a commercial kitchen for your caterer to create the most delicious meal and you’ll have support from the camp director, who will help manage vendors and solve any issues.
Dance the night away at your private campsite, play lawn games during your cocktail hour, and finish the night getting cozy around a campfire.
Venue Cost: $15,000.
Venue Capacity: 200 guests.
Cross Street Flower Farm
Surround yourself with stunning blooms at the Cross Street Flower Farm in Norwell, Massachusetts. It’s one of the most gorgeous venues in the state for elopements and micro weddings.
What’s so unique about this venue is that it is part of the Mainstay Collective; a group of vendors who collaborate to create beautiful, all-inclusive weddings. When you book the collective, you’re essentially booking all of your vendors at once, including photography, floral design, a bakery, makeup, and event coordination.
Cross Street Flower Farm is located on the historic Jacobs Farm and features a variety of in-season blooms like ranunculus, poppies, and tulips. Just imagine your wedding photos with the lush blossoms in the background!
You’ll have exclusive two-hour use of the farm no matter which elopement package you choose.
Venue Cost: Starting at $3,300.
Venue Capacity: 20 guests.
The Oceanview of Nahant
When you think of New England, you think of rocky beaches and deep blue water, and that’s exactly the view you’ll get if you have your wedding at The Oceanview of Nahant.
Your guests will be awed at the breathtaking panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and you’ll have the entire venue to yourselves! This means you’ll have exclusive use of the private beach to hold your ceremony, The Lighthouse Lounge where guests can enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvre, and the Oceanair Grand Ballroom for your reception.
The Oceanview of Nahant offers in-house catering as well as an in-house DJ with an all-inclusive package.
They also offer event planners and a planning portal on their website to help make planning your wedding as stress-free as possible.
The Oceanview of Nahant offers elopement packages on Monday through Wednesday. And ceremony-only packages Thursday through Sunday.
Venue Cost: Starting at $18,000-$23,000.
Venue Capacity: 220 guests.
The John Alden Club
Located just four miles south of Plymouth, Massachusetts, the John Alden Club is a stunning and historic event space. It’s named after John Alden, who, with his wife Pricilla Mullins, were passengers on the Mayflower in 1627.
Rustic and quaint, this is the ideal wedding venue in Massachusetts for a couple who wants to infuse a little history into their wedding story. Did you know that the poem “Courtship of Myles Standish” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is inspired by this couple’s love story?
The venue has a 4,000-square-foot banquet hall and pavilion to host your friends and family for a wedding ceremony and reception.
Couples can hire their own caterer, but if you’re looking to add something unique to your wedding, consider using the pavilion for a barbeque or pig roast.
Venue Cost: $400-$500.
Venue Capacity: 200 guests.
If stunning scenery is a must for your wedding, then the pastoral views of Prowse Farm might be your dream venue. Located in Canton, Massachusetts, this venue sits at the foot of Great Blue Hill.
Both the ceremony and reception spaces are outdoors so you can enjoy the view, but tent rental is acceptable to help block the elements.
The space allows for total customization so bring the caterer and bartender that best suits your palette.
Prowse Farm will supply a day-of-coordinator to ensure that the day runs smoothly and you can reserve Prowse Farm for a 12-hour event between November and April.
Venue Cost: Starting at $3,000.
Venue Capacity: 500 guests.
The Butterfly Place
The best place for an affordable but unique and intimate wedding ceremony is undoubtedly The Butterfly Place in Westford, Massachusetts.
This stunning garden features winding pathways and lush greenery that create a romantic ambiance. Butterfly species from around the world will magically take flight, adding pops of color.
This venue only hosts the ceremony, not the reception, so this is best for couples looking to host low-key nuptials. It’s also great for elopements and micro weddings.
At the end of your ceremony, you and your new spouse can release two butterflies into the indoor gardens for a truly memorable wedding day.
Venue Cost: $400.
Venue Capacity: 100 guests.
Brewer’s Tap and Table
This stylish restaurant in Waltham, Massachusetts is the ideal location for a unique and chic wedding.
The venue features exposed ceilings and brick accents, providing an industrial space perfect for a cool, modern couple.
You and your guests can enjoy craft beers and delicious cocktails as well as food options made by a talented in-house chef who will work with you to create a menu that fits your taste and dietary restrictions.
The space only accommodates a reception, so head to the second-floor mezzanine or the full restaurant after you say “I do” for your reception.
Brewer’s Tap and Table will provide some wedding planning services and a day-of coordinator to ensure your reception runs smoothly.
Venue Cost: $200 per hour for the mezzanine and lounge area; $500 an hour for the full restaurant.
Venue Capacity: 85 guests in the mezzanine; 200 guests in the full restaurant.
As the name implies, this restaurant venue in Cambridge, Massachusetts features floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Kendall Square. The restaurant has notably been receiving awards for both its design and its food since it opened.
You can hold your ceremony and reception inside the restaurant or outside in the plaza.
Glass House can boast about many things, but one thing that will have your guests talking is the food!
The menu features American and international cuisines and can be customized to be vegetarian, vegan, or accommodate other dietary requirements.
You and your guests can also enjoy local craft beer, wine, and hand-crafted cocktails.
Venue Cost: $13,000-$19,000.
Venue Capacity: 60 guests for a seated meal; 125 guests for standing reception-style.
Charming and picturesque, the Saphire Estate is the quintessential New England wedding venue. Located on the banks of Lake Massapoag in Sharon, Massachusetts, you’re guaranteed a gorgeous backdrop for your wedding ceremony and reception.
Couples will be provided with a private event producer to help plan your wedding down to the last detail, and a professional event manager will ensure that your wedding day runs with little issue or interruption.
The venue offers extensive in-house catering that couples can customize to their exact taste. A preferred list of vendors will help design the rest of your event.
You’ll have the entire estate to yourself on your wedding day. Choose an outdoor event space in the courtyard or pergola or host your ceremony and reception inside in the grand ballroom.
A separate cocktail space offers a cozy fireplace for guests to gather during cocktail hour.
Venue Cost: Starts at $1,500.
Venue Capacity: 240 guests.
The country club meets the farm with this classic wedding venue!
Located in Groveland, Massachusetts, Groveland Fairways perfectly captures the charm of small-town New England.
Have a romantic wedding on the outdoor patio or inside in the Terrace Room or Fireside Room.
Groveland Fairways only hosts one wedding a day, so the staff will be focused on providing you and your spouse-to-be the attention necessary to have the most beautiful wedding day.
Food and drinks are handled by Groveland Fairways and included in the wedding planning services. You’ll also get a day-of coordinator and a champagne toast.
Venue Cost: $800-$2,500.
Venue Capacity: 200 guests.
Hammond Castle Museum
Any bride who wants to feel like a princess on her wedding day should consider the Hammond Castle Museum.
This historic museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts sits overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and has views of beautiful gardens, a courtyard, and a pool.
Get married on the Ocean lawn with unforgettable views and then host your reception inside The Great Hall.
Hammond Castle Museum provides a preferred vendors list to make planning a wedding here easy.
Venue Cost: $2,000 for the Petite Wedding Event; $1,200-$1,400 per hour with a five hour maximum.
Venue Capacity: 20 guests for the Petite Wedding Event; 120 for a traditional ceremony.
Hyland Orchard and Brewery
Head to apple country in the charming town of Sturbridge, Massachusetts!
On a beautiful hillside, you’ll find the Hyland Orchard and Brewery, where epic weddings with scenic views take place.
Hold your ceremony overlooking breathtaking views of the orchard and hilltops then host your reception in the Pavilion where sliding wooden walls create an indoor-outdoor space.
The venue provides beer and wine, but you can hire an outside caterer to plan your menu. Hyland Orchard and Brewery also provides couples with a day-of coordinator to ensure their day runs smoothly.
Venue Cost: $1,500-$4,500.
Venue Capacity: 150 guests.
John Nesmith House
Grand and rich with history, the John Nesmith House is a gorgeous wedding venue in Lowell, Massachusetts. John and Harriet Nesmith once hosted incredible social gatherings here and now you can too!
This restored Greek Revival mansion is perfect for couples who want to infuse luxury and grandeur into their wedding day. Get married outside in the gardens or inside the mansion and serve an intimate dinner in the elegant oval dining room.
The John Nesmith House will provide event setup and clean-up and a day-of coordinator, so you don’t have to worry about the details of the day.
The venue also provides a list of preferred caterers to make planning a breeze.
Venue Cost: $2,000.
Venue Capacity: 80 guests.
Hancock Shaker Village
Dating back to 1790, Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Massachusetts provide couples the opportunity to make their wedding go down in history.
Set on 750 acres, your ceremony options are extensive! Choose one of the two Shaker barns, a tent that overlooks the mountains and meadows, one of 20 historic buildings, or a 20-acre field.
Hancock Shaker Village has a list of preferred vendors that will assist in making your wedding day magical.
Venue Cost: $1,000-$10,000.
Venue Capacity: 250 guests.
A gorgeous and historic estate in Stockbridge, Massachusetts could be the setting of your wedding. Located in the Berkshires, Chesterwood offers a private and intimate feel, secluded on a country road.
You’ll have spectacular mountain views from this Georgian-Italianate mansion and the lush gardens will make your ceremony photos unforgettably elegant.
Hold a cocktail reception under the ethereal vine-covered pergola and take advantage of Chesterwood’s list of preferred caterers to make planning a breeze.
Venue Cost: $6,500-$9,500 for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and dinner. $2,000 for the ceremony only.
Venue Capacity: 250 guests.