Editors’ Choice (tie)
Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, 978-542-1615, pem.org/visit/event-rentals
Trend: Simplification. Couples are focusing on one or two things, be it a specific tradition or sentiment, that are most important to them and letting go of all the other expected formalities. Even dresses and décor are taking on a more modern, minimalist look.
Standout Qualities: The soaring atrium at the museum is a unique space that’s sure to impress.
What’s Unique: Located in the heart of downtown, the museum is within walking distance of a variety of hotels and restaurants.
Nahant Life Saving Station
What’s Unique: The building dates back to 1898 and was restored in 2010, offering a casual castaway vibe right on Nahant’s Short Beach.
Standout Qualities: Because parking is limited on Nahant, the beach never gets too crowded.
Gloucester, 978-282-9700 (ext. 1), cruiseportgloucester.com
What’s Unique: Exchange vows on the bow of a boat for an unforgettable nautical wedding.