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One of the biggest perks of getting married in the Boston area is the waterfront and its scenery. Fortunately, there are many Boston wedding venues on the water where you and your family and friends can celebrate all that the area has to offer. From grand hotels to historic spaces, you’ll love the variety of Boston wedding venues on the water—and find one to suit your style and needs.

Check out some of our favorite Boston wedding venues on the water.

Hyatt Regency Cambridge

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Hyatt Regency Cambridge

This hotel in Boston overlooks the Charles River and features a perfect setting for your special day. There are three ballrooms, including the Charles View Ballroom with its 180-degree panoramic view of the city skyline and Charles River, the glamorous President’s Ballroom, and the Empress Ballroom, with its floor-to-ceiling windows and patio space. And with 470 guest rooms, your family and friends will love the convenience of staying right on premises!

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Best Western Adams Inn

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Best Western Adams Inn

Located in Quincy, this Boston wedding venue on the water features one of the most unique spaces we’ve seen—a circular gazebo with adjoining tent set directly on the Neponset River! You’ll love hosting your ceremony and wedding reception completely surrounded by water. There are also two ballrooms available for an indoor celebration.

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John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

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John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

If you and your partner are history buffs, you’ll adore this Boston wedding venue on the water. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, located on a 12-acre park, was designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei and is an incredible nine-story glass pavilion with water views. Your guests can also tour the museum exhibits during select hours. This Boston wedding venue can host up to 300 guests and has on-site catering.

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Venezia Waterfront Banquet Facility & Restaurant

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Venezia Waterfront Banquet Facility & Restaurant

Couples who are looking for a Boston wedding venue that truly celebrates the water will love this banquet hall. The unique outdoor marble gazebo located on the patio is an elegant and scenic spot for wedding ceremonies. The indoor ballroom features floor-to-ceiling windows and lots of amenities, including in-house catering. This venue wins raves from couples, and has won the WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Award seven times.

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Museum of Science

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Museum of Science

With an ideal and convenient location directly on the Charles River, the Museum of Science is one of our favorite Boston wedding venues on the water. The photo ops are pretty incredible with a range of amazing backdrops from dinosaur skeletons to river views. There are five spaces at the museum where you can host a wedding, from the covered outdoor Washburn Pavilion directly on the Charles to the more traditional Skyline Room to the Blue Wing, where the museum’s galleries are in full view. The Museum of Science has Wolfgang Puck as its in-house caterer, so your guests are sure to rave about the food!

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New England Aquarium

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New England Aquarium

If you and your partner don’t just want to look at the water, but celebrate all of its marine life, there’s no better Boston wedding venue than the New England Aquarium. You and your guests can enjoy dinner and dancing next to more than 80 penguins—seriously! The aquarium offers a variety of outdoor and indoor spaces, including the Main Exhibit Gallery (home of the aforementioned penguins!) and the Harbor View Terrace and Tent (gorgeous views of Boston Harbor!).

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Boston Harbor Hotel

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Boston Harbor Hotel

This Boston wedding venue on the water is all about elegance and luxury. Exchange vows in the stunning Pavilion with its 360-degree view of the harbor. There are two gorgeous indoor ballrooms for receptions, including the glamorous Wharf Room with its 19-foot ceilings and glittering chandeliers. The smaller Atlantic Room offers waterfront views and wood paneling for an Old World Boston feel.

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Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor

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Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor

There aren’t too many venues with ample outdoor space in the city, but this beautiful hotel is one of them. We are huge fans of the Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor’s Harborside Pavilion and Lawn. Couples can wed on the lawn, which overlooks the Boston skyline, and host their reception inside the tented Pavilion, which can host up to 250 guests for dinner and dancing. There are indoor event spaces too, including the majestic Grand Ballroom, with space for up to 300 guests, and the light-filled Skyline Ballroom, with its views of the skyline and Boston Harbor.

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Royal Sonesta Boston

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Royal Sonesta Boston

We love the modern feel of this Boston hotel—and of course its stunning views of the Boston skyline and Charles River. This venue can host larger events—up to 400 guests—and features four spaces where you can host your wedding day. In particular, we love the 3,000 square foot Riverside Terrace, where you can host an outdoor wedding or cocktail hour. This venue is also an ideal spot for guest accommodations and can host other wedding-related events, including showers and post-wedding brunches.

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Boston Marriott Long Wharf

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Boston Marriott Long Wharf

This Boston wedding venue on the water is all about making your wedding planning experience completely stress-free. Of course the views of Boston Harbor are spectacular, but you’ll also love the convenience of in-house catering and the fact that your guests can stay on site. There are several spacious ballrooms to choose from—the hotel can host weddings of up to 400 guests—but perhaps our favorite feature is the proximity to Christopher Columbus Park. The park is located right outside the hotel, and not only is a great outdoor ceremony site, but also a scenic spot for wedding photos.

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Charles Riverboat Co. & Cruise Boston Yacht Charters

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Charles Riverboat Co. & Cruise Boston Yacht Charters

There’s perhaps no better venue for a nautical-themed Boston wedding than a boat! There are four vessels to choose from, including the 1920s-style yacht Vallant and the two-level paddlewheel boat Lexington. These luxury yachts are also fantastic locations for rehearsal dinners—a great idea if you’re hosting a lot of out-of-town guests and want to show them all that Boston has to offer.

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Thompson Island Conference Center

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Thompson Island Conference Center

You don’t have to be a billionaire to host a wedding on your own private island. Okay, so maybe Thompson Island isn’t exactly a private island, but it sure will feel that way on your wedding day. When you host your wedding at the Thompson Island Conference Center, your guests will take a ferry to the wedding location, where you can marry outdoors with the water as your backdrop. You can host your reception in a spacious tent, or on the beach! If you’re a nature-loving couple, this is definitely a venue to check out.

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Battery Wharf Hotel Boston Waterfront

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Battery Wharf Hotel Boston Waterfront

Located in the North End, this luxurious Boston wedding venue on the water is centrally located and offers a more intimate setting for weddings, with a capacity of 150 guests. Their brand-new Harborview Ballroom aptly fits its name, with stunning views of the water and lots of natural light. Couples rave about the accommodating staff and delicious food.

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