We may be biased, but there’s nothing we love better than a New England wedding. Here in New England, we’re known for our stunning natural beauty and historical architecture. Our region offers so many options for couples who are planning their special day, no matter what type of wedding they’re looking for. But if you’re looking to have a New England wedding, there are definitely some things to keep in mind as your plan.
Choose the right venue
Since you have so many choices when it comes to your New England wedding venue, it’s important to consider what type of wedding you want to have. From historic homes to coastal resorts to rustic barns, you can really have whatever you’re dreaming of. Be sure to consider the season when it comes to choosing your wedding venue. Your outdoor seaside wedding will be tricky in the winter.
Plan for the weather
New England weather is notoriously unpredictable, so you’ll want to plan for inclement weather. If you’re opting for an outdoor wedding, make sure the venue has an indoor option that you love just as much as the outdoor option. You’ll need a backup plan in case of rain, extreme heat, or even snow, and you don’t want to end up disappointed if you have to move it inside.
You’ll also want to consider your guests’ comfort. Consider providing blankets in the winter and fans in the summer. This thoughtful touch can make your guests feel cared for.
Embrace the seasons
New England is known for its four distinct seasons, and each one has its own unique charm. No matter what season you’re getting married in, you can take advantage of the season’s beauty. If you’re getting married in the fall, embrace the colors with a warm color palette. For a winter wedding, consider incorporating evergreens and twinkling lights for a cozy and romantic atmosphere.
Incorporate local cuisine
Just like any other region, New England has cuisine it’s famous for, including seafood, maple syrup, and cranberries. To create a truly New England experience, we recommend some local flavors for your New England wedding. This might look like lobster rolls or maple-glazed donuts, which are both popular (and delicious!) New England foods.
Consider the dress code
New England weddings run the full gamut when it comes to dress code, from formal black-tie affairs to casual beach weddings. So, take the time to communicate with your guests and let them know your expectations. If you’re having an outdoor wedding, be sure to let guests know and remind them that comfortable shoes and dressing in layers are a must. As we said, New England weather is unpredictable.
Take advantage of New England’s natural beauty
One of our favorite parts of living in New England is getting to see all of its natural beauty. New England includes gorgeous seacoasts, elegant estates, and beautiful forests and mountains. This means that you can and should include the setting in the décor. Considering your venue can help you figure out your theme and potentially save you money. So, a beach wedding could incorporate driftwood and seashells, while a fall wedding can take advantage of pumpkin season and fall foliage. Plus, think about your venue when deciding how much décor you need. If you’re getting married with the mountains behind you, odds are, you won’t need too much ceremony décor.
A New England wedding done right is an amazing experience. If you’re going to get married in New England, following these tips can help you create an unforgettable day for your guests. Looking for more tips? Join our newsletter and get them sent right to your inbox!
Erin Lafond is a blogger with ample experience writing about weddings. She planned her own wedding and got married in October 2019. She lives in New Hampshire and loves a casual wedding with luxury details.