Venues that Make Central MA a Unique Wedding Destination

Posted: March 18, 2019

Out of all the decisions you'll need to make for your wedding day - choosing the venue is the most important. Whether you're looking for a ballroom wedding or a barn wedding; a romantic theme or a rustic theme — the perfect backdrop is key to setting the tone for the entire day. These handpicked wedding venues in Central Massachusetts cater to all styles and are staffed with experts who will guide you in planning a memorable experience for you and your guests.

Tie the Knot at a Cosmopolitan Downtown Hotel

AC Hotel, 125 Front Street, Worcester, MA

The brand new AC Marriott wants you to go big. With a ballroom that can accommodate over 750 guests, you’ll have plenty of room to invite everyone who wants to celebrate with you on your wedding day. Their cutting edge AV equipment and expert wedding planners will make sure you don’t have to put out a single fire so you can dance the night away. Plus, their meeting service app means that everything you need to manage your event details and make real-time requests is sitting right in the palm of your hand. Catering packages range from $70-$150 per person. +discover

Bless This Barn

The Barn at Wight Farm, 420 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA

A gorgeous gas fire pit adds character to The Barn’s outdoor bluestone patio. This space’s country elegance can accommodate up to 175 guests who are sure to enjoy nearly four acres of manicured lawn and flower gardens along with a picturesque gazebo. The Barn’s post and beam interior includes reclaimed wood, hand painted signs, and beautiful canvas prints of local photography. +discover

Bask in Botanic Bliss

New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill, 11 French Drive, Boylston, MA

photo credit: New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill / Carly Michelle

Hold your ceremony in the Secret Garden, Lawn Garden, or Limonaia Conservatory followed by a cocktail hour in the Winter Garden or Great Hall. From May through September, your reception will blossom in the stunning eighteenth-century-style glass conservatory for five full hours. New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill offers access to their own experienced wedding coordinator to help you plan your special day. You are sure to walk away with breathtaking photos that capture the beauty of your love in the gardens. +discover

Say 'I Do' in a Romantic Time-Honored Landmark

The Publick House Historic Inn, 277 Main Street, Sturbridge MA

This walls of this historic venue have heard many "I do's" over the past 240 years of hosting weddings. The perfect reviews prove their experienced wedding consultants know a little something about planning the perfect day. The Inn, which opened in 1771 as a gathering place for Sturbridge residents and travelers, has welcomed guests such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and General Lafayette, as well as Bill Murray, Susan St James and John Travolta! Choose from a grand ballroom wedding with with cathedral ceilings, large palladium windows and chandeliers, or an outdoor celebration in the Garden Tent with stone paver floor, brick walkway, chandeliers and beautiful lighting. +discover 

Marry at the Mansion

Asa Waters Mansion, 123 Elm Street, Millbury, MA

Take your pick between the estate grounds, the bandstand, the towering tree cover, or the columned portico for your ceremony. Enjoy cocktail hour on the veranda. It looks like rain? The mansion’s decadent interior will blow your guests away. You can even rent a tent for  large scale receptions. The staff is extraordinarily flexible to your needs. +discover

Paint Unforgettable Memories in a Historic Art Museum

Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA

photo credit: Scott Erb/Donna Dufault

Weddings (including the ceremony) are free to begin at the Worcester Art Museum as early as 5:30 p.m. For use of the Renaissance Court along with WAM’s picturesque balcony, the fee tops out at $5,000. A cocktail reception in the space can accommodate as many as 175 guests or 120 for a seated dinner with dancing to follow. Weather permitting, couples can also elect to hold their ceremonies in the Stoddard Garden Courtyard. Keep in mind that WAM is an active museum, so your rehearsal will have to take place during public hours in the days leading up to your wedding. Complimentary engagement photos can be taken by your own photographer once you have committed to the venue. WAM offers unparalleled cultural elegance and ample experience when it comes to planning. +discover

Plan The Perfect Wedding on Rolling Hills and Pastures

Salem Cross Inn,  260 West Main Street (Route 9), West Brookfield, MA

Do rolling hills and pastures dotted with grazing cattle, stone walls and cart roads sound like the perfect setting for your dream wedding? Then Salem Cross Inn is your place. The rustic post and beam barn and colonial home are set on 600 acres of magnificent countryside, where you can take your guests on a horse drawn wagon throughout the pristine grounds. The food prepared at the on-site restaurant uses the freshest local ingredients, often picking right from their own gardens. Get in touch today for a complimentary wedding consultation. +discover

Walk Down the Aisle to the Tune of a 3,504-pipe Hook Organ

Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St., Worcester, MA

The acoustic character of Mechanics Hall sets it apart from any other venue in the city (and frankly, the world.) Along with the organ, the Great Hall is also home to two Hamburg Steinway concert pianos. This venue’s distinct architecture even landed it on the National Register of Historic Places. You can even take your engagement photos in this pre-Civil War performance space. Private rooms for prepping or entertaining children are aplenty. Brides and grooms are free to select their own vendors, including the caterer. +discover

Get Hitched in the Gilded Age

Tuckerman Hall, 10 Tuckerman Street, Worcester, MA

Tuckerman Hall offers timeless beauty and fierce attention to detail for up to 200 guests. The building was designed by Josephine Wright Chapman in 1902 as a clubhouse for the Worcester Woman’s Club. Now, Tuckerman Hall is the home to the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra and a steady stream of remarkable weddings. Your guests will not forget the 40’ ceilings or the care of a truly professional staff. 

Beechwood Hotel

Beechwood Hotel, 363 Plantation Street, Worcester MA

Thanks to their boutique style, this AAA Four Diamond-rated hotel offers unique custom-tailored wedding experiences. Exchange your vows in the historic Victorian-style 'Maria Gill Wilson Chapel', which features a hand-carved wood ceiling, graceful wainscoting, and beautiful stained-glass windows. Combine this magnificent décor with the soaring cathedral ceilings of the 4,200 square-foot Grand Ballroom - and have your breath taken away! There's also plenty of stylish guest rooms at this luxury boutique hotel to accomodate your guests.  +discover

Take the Plunge with a Showstopper

The Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge Street, Worcester, MA

The Hanover Theatre offers a variety of guest experiences for your wedding day. Two brand new unique event spaces make for easy access to the theater’s upper lobby and can accommodate up to 250 people. The historic lobby itself boasts glittering chandeliers, antique mirrors, and a granite crafted bar for up to 150. From the promenade, attendees will look down on the historic space below from a perch reminiscent of the 1920’s with enough room for a seated function of 200. +discover

Make New Traditions in Main South

New Tradition Co., 7 Jackson Street , Worcester, MA

Couples looking for an industrial vibe will appreciate New Tradition Co., a fresh event space adjacent to Eastern Border that doubles as a CoOp moto shop. When they aren’t hosting bike shows, the former warehouse is a perfect showcase for balloon and floral installations from nearby Fivefork Farms and boasts plenty of room for food trucks in an adjacent lot. New Tradition offers the setup for a full wet bar. Owner Joe Weiss also moonlights as a rockstar in the nationally renowned band Four Year Strong.

Welcome Your Visitors at this Urban Riverfront Park

Blackstone Heritage Corridor Visitors Center, 3 Paul Clancy Way, Worcester, MA

The BHC Visitor Center is the city’s newest cultural destination in addition to serving as the gateway to Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park. The BHC Visitor Center has 3,000 linear feet of elevated boardwalks, walking paths, and open bridges as well as a handcrafted waterwheel to mark the entrance to a sprawling exhibit hall. +discover