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Roger Williams Park Botanical Center
1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, R.I. 401-785-9450, ext. 240

New England’s largest indoor horticultural marvel, this collection of 12,000 square feet of roofed gardens is, simply put, breathtaking. Two greenhouses—the Conservatory and the Mediterranean Room—are equally impressive, and the outdoor garden displays include a perennial garden, pine and hosta dell, winter garden, wooded hillside terrace, overlook garden and a stunning rose maze. Whether you want to tie the knot among knotty pines or lush palm trees, the center has the ideal spot. And just think what you can save on flowers.

 

 

 

 

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Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge | 508-347-0306

For quintessential old–New England charm, you can’t compete with this venue. Ceremonies can be held at the Center Meetinghouse with its antique organ and candle chandelier or in the herb garden. The backdrop options for photos are dizzying, with more than 200 acres encompassing scores of 19th-century buildings, gardens, gazebos, fireplaces, etc. Add touches like the opportunity to exchange vows in specially fitted period garb and touring the Village Common in a horse-drawn carriage, and the word “quaint” doesn’t even begin to describe it. 


Sacco’s Bowl Haven

45 Day St., Somerville | 617-776-0552

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For quirky couples hoping to avoid stiffness and formality, this Somerville gem is a primo place to get hitched. The funky, colorful interior has large communal tables and plenty of room to let loose, in addition to excellent flatbread pizzas, while the bowling lanes offer guests something to do other than watch the happy couple canoodle. Perfect for bohemians and hipsters, the philosophy here is that if you’re going to ask your groomsmen to don rented formalwear, they might as well wear rented bowling shoes, too.

 

 

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Wings Neck Lighthouse
Pocasset | 617-899-5063 admin@wingsnecklighthouse.org

For intimate weddings (40 people or less), you can’t go wrong with the lawn or beach outside this 1849 lighthouse. Located at the tip of a peninsula jutting into Buzzard’s Bay, it’s oriented toward the west, which means spectacular sunsets over the water. The house has accommodations for eight, and the property is so secluded, you’re guaranteed no rubbernecking spectators to ruin the intimacy of the ceremony. The towns of Falmouth and Bourne have ample hotels and inns for overflow guests, and best of all, when the big day’s over, you don’t have to go any farther for a spectacular honeymoon destination.

 

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Artists for Humanity Epicenter
100 W. 2nd St., Boston | 617-268-7620
afhboston.org/epicenter_rentalinfo.php

For an urban, edgy venue, this loft-like South Boston space boasts lots of advantages. The raw design can be transformed into whatever vision the bride and groom desire. However, the built-in design elements—like recycled Crown Vic windshields enclosing the mezzanine and a grassy outdoor patio— are always stylish (and check out the très chic bathrooms). But this place earns bonus points on two fronts: 1) It’s Boston’s only LEED platinum building, the highest designation of the U.S. Green Council, so it’s environmentally responsible. 2) The rental cost supports the organization’s mission—to bridge economic, social and racial divides by providing underserved youth with paid employment in the arts. Check with your accountant, but your wedding venue could be a tax write-off, or at the very least, a mitzvah.