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by Sarah Zlotnick
Lisbon, New Hamphshire
Plan a summer destination wedding around this restored New England farm, which features an inn and six surrounding cottages for overnight guests. Have your ceremony on one of the properties lush rolling lawns or in front of the milk house (pictured here), then move into the cheery red barn for the rustic reception of your dreams.
Tarrytown, New York
Have a fairytale wedding at this historic mansion, which was originally home to New York mayor William Paulding, Jr. in the 1820's. Forty minutes outside of Manhattan on the banks of the Hudson River, this castle-like Gothic Revival home is truly fit for a princess.
South Berwick, Maine
The authentic post and beam construction of gorgeous barn reception space drew us in, but it's the modern amenities -- working fireplaces, a grand entrance, chandeliers, cozy sitting areas, an outdoor veranda, and a wet bar -- that keep us coming back. In the summer and fall months, the quaint gazebo in the farm's Wedding Garden is the perfect spot for a ceremony and/or cocktail hour, and your groomsmen can get their golf on the day prior on the farm's 18-hole course.
Cedar Grove, New Jersey
Crystal chandeliers, palladium windows, marble floors, dressing suites, a descending staircase . . . opened in 2011, this decadent Northern Jersey venue has everything you need to throw the glam ballroom wedding of your dreams.
Newport, Rhode Island
Say 'I do' surrounded by Newport Harbor's luxury yachting community at this waterfront venue. A ceremony under the cream and white striped tent will comfortably seat 150, and afterwards you can sail away on Schooner Aurora, an authentic two-mast sailboat docked only a few steps away.
Featured in WeddingWire's WinterBook as one of our favorite winter wedding venues, this all-inclusive country estate features 300 acres of rolling farmland, 6 restored barns, a groom's house, horse drawn sleighs, a massive collection of antique decor items, and overnight accommodations for just over 100 people. Added bonus: it's only 15 minutes from Killington Ski Resort.
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Extensive terraces? Check. Waterfront views? Check. Landscaped gardens? Check and check. Designed by the architect responsible for the Jefferson Memorial in DC, this historic French Chateau style home has all the trimmings necessary for a formal estate wedding.
New York, New York
A manicured garden, sleek indoor space, and a rooftop view of one of the most famous city streets in America? Yes please! Settled a top a tall building on Fifth Avenue, this unique indoor / outdoor NYC space (which also features a reflective pool and fountain) can be customized to suit any wedding style. It also overlooks the Rockerfeller Center ice skating rink, making it a magical locale for end-of-year/holiday weddings.
New Haven, Connecticut
Conveniently located in downtown New Haven, the Lawn Club ballroom features a barrel-vaulted ceiling,a working fireplace, floor-to-ceiling picture windows, a stage, and a terrace. But our favorite details are the Art Deco chandeliers and crystal wall accents, which will make any wedding feel instantly more glamorous. Catering is done on-site, and the venue seats 200 guests with an open dance floor.
Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Get the best of the woods and the water at this coastal Maine resort. Arrive at your dockside ceremony via the Spruce Point's antique motor launch, then dance the night away under the high ceilings of the post and beam ballroom. The resort schedules only one wedding at a time, which means you'll have the run of over 5,000 square feet of event space for days before and after the wedding. Maine lobster rehearsal dinner, anyone?
Brooklyn, New York
Wine-loving city dwellers, this is your spot! Conor McCormack produces small batch vinos at this fully functioning Williamsburg winery, which means guests at your wedding will be in for a truly unique treat. And the wood paneling and open ceiling of this industrial space is perfect for the couple in search of a modern feel for their venue.
Long Island City, New York
Calling all Girls fans! Jessa held her infamous surprise wedding at this raw, highly-customizeable industrial space, which opens to an ivy- and moss- covered stone courtyard. Foodies can bring in their own caterers, who will have access to a 1500 square foot professional grade kitchen.
The soaring glass ceiling atrium at this Salem museum is the perfect backdrop for a modern reception, but it's not the only space offered. Couples can also celebrate in exhibition galleries, a rare book library, and on-campus gardens.
Bedford, New Hampshire
This 10-acre estate of this charming New Hamphshire Inn features wisteria-draped walkways, fountains, and meticulously manicured gardens. Inside, the high-ceiling, hardwood-floored Great Hall can accommodate up to 210 guests.
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