Back in the Gilded Age, when money was flowing and business was booming in the United States ahead of the turning of the century, mansions owned by wealthy tycoons were built across the country as holiday homes. Most of these holiday homes were built across New England, where many still stand as historical landmarks to this day.
If you’re looking for some mansion wedding venues in Massachusetts, then never fear. There’s no shortage in Massachusetts – or anywhere in New England, for that matter. Here are some of my all-time favorites of the many mansions where you can have the wedding of your dreams.
Newport, Rhode Island
Built-in 1902, there’s so much history seeping from the walls of the Rosecliff. This gorgeous location has been featured in films, visited by stars, and has been the home to heiresses. It’s dripping in opulence from the grand fireplaces to the white terracotta tiles. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind location in the heart of Newport.
Glen Manor is a commanding chateau-inspired venue in Rhode Island, nestled in the rural heartlands of the ocean state. With a striking French style and old-world charm, this venue is perfect for you and your partner to exchange vows and celebrate ‘forever’. Since 1923, it’s become a go-to for weddings looking to add something special to a special day. Once you see the Glen Manor, you’ll never want to look away.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate is the epitome of dreamy mansion wedding venues in Massachusetts. Home to three gorgeous venues: The Great House, The Barn, and Steep Hill Beach. This seaside property overlooks Crane Beach and the wildlife refuge. It’s the stunning mansion perched high above the beach, however, that’s the true scene-stealer. Have a wedding inside the Great House, out in the Italian style Barn, or outside on Steep Hill Beach. This 2,100-acre property isn’t just dripping in charm, it’s overflowing with elegance thanks to its landscaped gardens and striking design.
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
The Dane Estate is one the most striking of the countless mansion wedding venues in Massachusetts. Nestled amongst 45-acres of a wooded estate, The Dane is a well-kept venue that features stunning lawns and a manor with endless warmth and elegance. The French doors, marble fireplace, high ceilings, and sweeping staircases make it feel like a castle out of a fairytale. Its woodland surroundings only enhance that narrative. This is one of the most magical mansion wedding venues in Massachusetts if I ever did see one.
Alden Castle is one of my favorite mansion wedding venues in Massachusetts. Its style harkens back to the time of Tudors. There’s so much on offer at this incredible venue, from the stunning ballroom, balcony, and club. There’s space for everyone to enjoy and have an amazing time on your special day. From soaring ceilings and stunning design to its immense capacity, there’s so much to be appreciated in this one venue that your wedding will never be forgotten.
Misselwood is an iconic place that’s perfect for encapsulating that dreamy vibe you’re looking for out of mansion wedding venues in Massachusetts. It’s a classic red-brick house covered in ivy and brimming with charm and elegance. There’s access to nearly 13 private beaches, or your ceremony can be enjoyed on the oceanfront lawn.
Lord Thompson Manor is all about weekend weddings. From start to finish, you enjoy one of the most dreamy mansion wedding venues in Massachusetts, from the rehearsal dinner, the wedding, the reception, all the way to the morning after. Between all the festivities, you can enjoy the spa, some lawn games, and the regal vibe of this stunning venue. Beyond an incredible experience, the manor itself isn’t anything short of exquisite with its green hedges, walls covered in winding vines, and a well-kept 40-acre estate.
Warwick, Rhode Island
Aldrich Mansion is located on a gorgeous 70-acre estate out in Warwick, Rhode Island. This elegant chateau is on a stunning hill of lush green grass with incomparable views of Narragansett Bay. The character of this mansion is felt from the moment you see it up ahead as you travel along the driveway; the stone exterior, the natural beauty – it’s all breathtaking. Inside is no different, with sophisticated archways, wood-panel walls, and shimmering tiled floors. The attention to detail in design and exceptional service provided by the staff is just what a perfect wedding day needs.
Eolia Mansion is a state park; Connecticut has many of these, but this one stands in a class of its own. This mesmerizing Italian-style villa is located on the Connecticut coastline. Its stunning 230 acres offer unparalleled views of the manicured gardens and parklands of Harkness Memorial State Park.
The Bradley Estate is a historic Georgian-style mansion and just another example of one of the many stunning mansion wedding venues in Massachusetts. Regal chandeliers, fireplaces, and opulent antique furnishings, decor, and stylistic features make this a mansion unlike any other. The sprawling manicured gardens are super special, littered with cherry trees, ponds, trails, and fountains. A wedding here is nothing short of magical, and yes, dreamy.
These are just some of the many venues that are perfect for a wedding that only dreams are made of! However, if you want to explore some other great venues across New England, I’ve got lists of stunning venues in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, or just New England in general.
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