If someone asks you would you rather spend your days in the mountains or the beach, are you someone who answers the beach every time? Well here’s a list of New England waterfront wedding venues that will fulfill all your Atlantic Ocean daydreams.
For your wedding, you love the idea of a seaside celebration whether you are dipping your toes in the sand of a Cape Cod beach ceremony or saying “I do” in a Rhode Island venue with gorgeous waterfront views. You want to capture nautical New England charm with photos by lighthouses, rocky cliffs by the ocean, listening to the waves on a private beach, and the sun setting over the marina. The coastal locations below feature some of the best beach and ocean waterfront wedding venues in New England.
NEW ENGLAND WATERFRONT WEDDING VENUE LIST:
SOUTH SHORE MASSACHUSETTS OCEAN VIEW WEDDING VENUES:
WHITE CLIFFS COUNTRY CLUB
HOTEL 1620 PLYMOUTH HARBOR
SHINING TIDES (beach access)
NORTH SHORE MASSACHUSETTS WATERFRONT WEDDING VENUES:
EMERSON INN (waterfront view)
MISSELWOOD WEDDINGS AT ENDICOTT COLLEGE (waterfront view)
OCEAN VIEW OF NAHANT (beach ceremony option)
BLUE OCEAN EVENT CENTER (beach ceremony option)
BLUE INN NEWBURY MA (beach ceremony option)
CAPE COD BEACH WEDDING VENUES:
CHATHAM BARS INN (beach ceremony option)
POPPONESSET INN (beach access)
WEST DENNIS YACHT CLUB (waterfront view)
SEACREST RESORT (beach ceremony option)
WEQUASSETT RESORT (beach access)
PELHAM HOUSE RESORTHouse Resort (beach access)
MARTHA’S VINEYARD WATERFRONT WEDDING VENUES:
WINNETU OCEANSIDE RESORT Resort (beach ceremony option)
NANTUCKET WATERFRONT WEDDING VENUES:
THE NANTUCKET HOTEL (waterfront view & lighthouse)
ALLEN FARM (waterfront view)
NEW HAMPSHIRE BEACH WEDDING VENUES:
SEACOAST SCIENCE CENTER RYE, NH (beach access)
RHODE ISLAND WATERFRONT WEDDING VENUES
CASTLE HILL INN (waterfront view)
AQUA BLUE HOTEL (beach access)
OCEAN HOUSE RESORT (waterfront view)
Chatham Bars Inn
Chatham Bars Inn is your number one option for a luxury Cape Cod wedding on their private beach. Out of all the waterfront wedding venues, this year round venue only hosts one wedding per day and offers fun reception ideas from private clambakes to having a beach bonfire. The South Lawn, Beach House Grill, Boathouse, Captain’s Table, and Chatham Bars Inn Farm are just a few of the many onsite options you have to customize your wedding day celebration.
Guest Capacity: 300+
Address: 297 Shore Road Chatham, MA 02633
Cape Cod Life Magazine has hailed the Popponesset Inn Tent as “Cape Cod’s Best Wedding Location” for many years. This comes as no surprise with its direct access to the sandy beach of the Popponesset Peninsula and expansive deck that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean.
Guest Capacity: 200
Address: 252 Shore Dr, Mashpee, MA 02649
White Cliffs Country Club- Cape Cod Bay Wedding Venue
The Cape Cod Bay provides a gorgeous waterfront backdrop for a wedding at White Cliffs Country Club in Plymouth, MA. This South Shore Massachusetts venue only does one wedding on their property per day so you are sure to get the VIP treatment. Ceremonies take place by the gazebo, dinner takes place under their tent, and dancing takes place in their ballroom. Couples can choose to have dinner & dancing under the tent only if they have 140 guests or less. In cases where it’s really raining hard, ceremonies will take place underneath the tent. This venue exudes casual beach elegance and can be made up to be as formal as you want. Guests can be entertained with yard games or cozy up by their fire pits. All catering is done in house and receptions are scheduled to end at 10PM. If you’d like to do a first look, there is an additional fee, but you are allowed to be on the property an hour and a half before to get all your couples, family, and wedding party photos done. The bride, groom, and photographer will even get to skip the stairs and take the tram down to the sand for those breathtaking sunset photos by the ocean. No other venue in Massachusetts has access to large dunes like these onsite! White Cliffs is booked for 2023, so be sure to jump on for 2024 weddings before they fill up.
Guest Capacity: Up to 200 seated guests
Address: 1 Eastcliff Dr, Plymouth, MA 02360
Waterfront Wedding Venues New England: Castle Hill Inn
If you are looking to celebrate a classic Newport wedding with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Narragansett Bay, then look no further than Castle Hill Inn. This historic estate sits on a 40 acre peninsula allowing you to choose between celebrations at The Chalet, The Chalet Terrace, The Lighthouse, or the Lawn. Trust me when I say you can’t go wrong with any of these breathtaking options.
Guest Capacity: 400
Address: 590 Ocean Drive, Newport, RI 02840
The Emerson Inn provides “traditional elegance in any season”. This Rockport venue is your perfect destination whether you choose the Exclusive Package renting out the whole inn for your wedding weekend and saying your vows on the oceanfront lawn or selecting their Elopement Package for celebrations of 20 guests or less.
Guest Capacity: 150
Address: 1 Cathedral Ave, Rockport, MA 01966
West Dennis Yacht Club
If you’re still looking to have your first dance in a ballroom, but want a waterfront venue then The West Dennis Yacht Club gives you the best of both worlds. This premier Cape Cod venue sits on the Nantucket Sound and the beautiful Bass River so you can step outside onto the outdoor deck to watch the sun set over the marina.
Guest Capacity: 200
Address: 259 Loring Ave, West Dennis, MA 02670
Misselwood Weddings at Endicott College
In the 2020 “Best of the Northshore Wedding Awards” Reader’s Choice selected Misselwood as the number one choice for your outdoor wedding ceremony and venue. The Misselwood estate provides an enchanting courtyard overlooking the Atlantic Ocean for your wedding day celebration. You can choose the Misselwood House for intimate events year round or the Misselwood Tent for use Memorial Day weekend through mid-October.
Guest Capacity: 200
Address: 407 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915
Aqua Blue Hotel
The Aqua Blue Hotel offers you coastal elegance in Narragansett, Rhode Island. This venue can accommodate parties big and small offering beautiful ocean views. If you are looking for photos on the beach or on exposed rocks touching the waters edge you are just a short drive or walk to multiple beaches, including “Narragansett Town Beach, Captain Roger Wheeler State Beach, Salty Brine State Beach and Scarborough State Beach”.
Guest Capacity: Grand Ocean Ballroom 250+, Ocean View Terrace up to 120
Address: 1 Beach St, Narragansett, RI 02882
Oceanview of Nahant
The Oceanview of Nahant presents you with gorgeous panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean along their 720 feet of coastline. Not only will their private beach offer a spectacular backdrop, but you will get VIP treatment as the only wedding that day. You can choose between the Beach Stone Terrace if you are looking for an outdoor ceremony or the majestic Ballroom for an indoor option still with sweeping ocean views.
Guest Capacity: 220
Address: 0 Willow Rd, Nahant, MA 01908