Bridal Shower Brunch
Gloucester, 978-282-0008, beauporthotel.com
Trend: Smaller, more intimate showers, with guest lists under 50. And many brides-to-be are skipping opening gifts in front of everyone in favor of having more time to mingle.
Standout Qualities: Ocean views! Floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor terraces attached to several of the function spaces invite the sea to your shower.
What’s Unique: A fabulous bubbly bar, where guests mix up sparkling wine or water with fresh-made purees, juices, and fresh fruits.
Turner’s Seafood at Lyceum Hall
Salem, 978-745-7665, turners-seafood.com/locations/salem-at-lyceum-hall
What’s Unique: The second-floor function space is full of history—everyone from Henry David Thoreau to Alexander Graham Bell has passed through these storied rooms.