We hear it all the time from brides and grooms to be. The trend in weddings these days is to go smaller, especially the second time around. Between the cost and the energy involved, the larger New England wedding is quickly being replaced by smaller weddings and elopements. There’s good news for New England couples in DINE country. The 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) specialize in romantic elopements, recommitment ceremonies and affordable intimate weddings. And smaller doesn’t mean it’s not still incredibly special. In fact, when it comes to intimate weddings and elopements, Distinctive Inns of New England shine with affordable packages including everything from the perfect wedding ceremony and small reception to the ideal romantic New England honeymoon afterward. From Massachusetts elopements to Vermont weddings and from seashore nuptials to mountain marriages, Distinctive Inns of New England have you covered. Put the money for a big wedding toward a down-payment on the house or second home and enjoy a very special ceremony followed by a fabulous honeymoon at one of the Distinctive Inns of New England. Let’s take a look at the options for the perfect New England elopement, vow renewal or small wedding in DINE country.
In Massachusetts, start at the Deerfield Inn in Historic Deerfield. Steeped in history yet bathed in modern amenities, the inn offers a great elopement or small wedding package. For small outdoor weddings, the terrace has south facing doors and can accommodate plenty of guests. Champney’s Restaurant and Tavern can seat about 50 guests if a sit down dinner is an option, and for elopements and re-commitment ceremonies, the Bee Hive Parlor or even the lobby area is perfect, especially in the winter before a lovely fire. Jane and Karl, innkeepers here, love hosting weddings. In fact Karl is getting a one-day license this summer to marry a couple who are frequent guests at the Deerfield Inn. While the JP licenses are hard to get, everyone has high hopes. And Jane, the dog-lover (and whisperer) will be reading a poem just before the I Dos, called “Falling in love is like owning a dog”! (On cold winter nights, love is warm. It lies between you and lives and breathes and makes funny noises…Love doesn’t like being left alone for long. But come home and love is always happy to see you.).
If a mountain setting is your style, head to the Berkshires, Lenox, MA and the Gateways Inn & Restaurant for your intimate wedding. The neoclassical styling here creates a lovely backdrop for elegant small weddings and elopements. From rehearsal dinners to the wedding and honeymoon afterward, the Gateways Inn is a lovely Massachusetts wedding venue. The balconied, wraparound staircase in the entrance hall offers a dramatic backdrop for wedding photos, especially when draped in tulle, ivy, lush greenery or just left alone. The Terrace Room can seat up to 50 for private dinners and the stone floor is an ideal spot for after-dinner dancing too. For complete information on Gateways Inn wedding packages, click here.
Maybe your idea of a great Massachusetts elopement, recommitment ceremony or wedding is on the seashore. We’ve got you covered for a wonderful Cape Cod intimate wedding at the Captain’s House Inn. Throughout the warmer months guests enjoy the inn’s grounds and gardens as the ideal backdrop for wedding ceremonies and photos. Specializing in elopements and renewal of vows, the Captain’s House Inn’s package includes everything you need from the in-house JP to the cake and photos for up to six guests plus the bride and groom, or just the two of you. When it comes to affordable Massachusetts elopements and renewal of vows options, Captain’s House Inn is a great choice. Choose to hold your ceremony in the intimate library or outside in one of the gardens. Best of all, stay a few extra days because Cape Cod is a fabulous honeymoon destination too.
Just north of Boston, the Harbor Light Inn is an ideal location for a Marblehead small wedding or elopement. The perfect option for that small intimate, in house wedding or to host your in-town guests for larger Marblehead weddings, the Harbor Light Inn’s 20 rooms offer up plenty of space to accommodate the bride and groom and their family and friends. The Harbor Light Inn’s concierge is available to assist you with everything from local florists, photographer, yacht rental, and caterers, to off-site local event locations. And when it comes to recommitment ceremonies, Harbor Light Inn is ideal at any time of the year. Located just 15 miles from Logan Airport, the easy-to-get-to location makes this a perfect choice for a Massachusetts wedding or a North of Boston honeymoon. Rooms with private fireplaces and whirlpool tubs offer up just the right kind of romantic amenities you need for a great honeymoon in Massachusetts.
Stay tuned to future blogs for more information on weddings, elopements and recommitment/vow renewal ceremonies in Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Maine. Each of the Distinctive Inns of New England offer romantic elopement, recommitment, wedding ceremony venues, along with the most romantic honeymoon destinations in New England.
Visit each of the Distinctive Inns of New England by clicking below on links that will take you to each of their websites:
In Rhode Island: Cliffside Inn in Newport
In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic.