Your roadmap to a fun day that won’t break the bank


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Times have changed and so has the rule book for weddings. The only rule — there are no rules. You can install a Slip and Slide, serve pizza instead of a three course meal, hand out temporary tattoos or light sabers as wedding favors. It’s your day. As a couple, you should put your signature mark on it and have fun doing it. Our job is reminding you that it’s okay to be yourselves, and point you in the direction of the local shops and artists that can help make your vision a reality.

Unique Venues under $5,000

Whistler House Museum

Whistler House

The Whistler House Museum
This Lowell landmark takes the cake for offering it all — an urban wedding venue that’s unique, beautiful and affordable! The historic birthplace of world- famous painter James McNeil Whistler is filled with works from New England artists and has a variety of packages for couples from renting out sections of the grounds for four hours for around $600 to the whole shebang — private use of the beautifully landscaped park, Parker Art Gallery and the main house — for around $1,200.
243 Worthen St., Lowell | 978-452-7641 |


Stevens Estate

Stevens Estate

Stevens Estate
Have a Gatsby-style affair at this swanky North Andover mansion with manicured grounds, volley ball courts and outdoor tent adorned with chandelier lights. The Victorian interior has amazing woodwork, several fireplaces and antique furniture. Renting the venue during peak season (May-Oct.) ranges from $2,700 to $4,950. From Nov.-April 30 you can snag a Saturday date for $3,000.
723 Osgood St., North Andover | 978-682-7072 |



Smith Barn

Smith Barn at Brooksby Farm
Rustic and DIY is all the rage right now, which sadly means the price for get- ting hitched in a barn is anything but downhome. But the Smith Barn, situated on a picturesque hilltop surrounded by 250 acres of orchards still keeps costs manageable — about $3,200 to rent on Fridays and Sundays and about $4,500 on Saturdays. But this space books up quick, so plan in advance. 54 Felton St., Peabody | 78-531-7456 |

Fruitlands Museum

Fruitlands Museum

Fruitlands Museum
Another rustic, chic spot with sweeping views overlooking Nashoba Valley and farm-to-table menu offerings. Rental rates range from $1,500 to $4,000.
102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard | 978-944-9799 |




United Teen Equality Center


United Teen Equality Center
This historic building in the heart of downtown recently underwent thousands of dollars in renovations, making it the oldest green building in the country. The modern and airy main function hall can be rented out for up to five hours for $1,400 on weekends. Hiring UTEC to help cater your big day can get you another 25% off the room rental fee.
35 Warren St., Lowell | 978-856-3976 |



Chelmsford Center for the Arts

Chelmsford Center for the Arts

The Chelmsford Center For the Arts
A beautiful 1879 Italianate Revival old town hall building overlooking the Chelmsford Common can be rented out for weddings for $2,500.
1 North Rd., Chelmsford| 978-250-3780 |



Providence Public Library

Providence Public Library

Providence Public library
Bookish types may daydream about a storybook wedding at Boston Public Library, but for more budget-conscious bookworms, you can still have a grand standing in a literary hall with sweeping stairways, high archways and Corinthian pillars at a fraction of the price — around $3,500.
150 Empire St., Providence, RI | 401-455-8000 |


Oceanwoods Resort

Ocean Woods Resort

Ocean Woods Resort
Beach bums rejoice. This quaint Maine inn will help you host a wedding on the beach for up to 100 guests for $250. An outdoor reception is an additional $1,500 and their simple, cookout-style menu with burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, potato salad and clam chowder is $22.95 per person.
71 Dyke Rd., Kennebunkport | 207-967-1928 |


Friendly Crossways

Friendly Crossways

Friendly crossways
A destination retreat with a century-old New England barn and farmhouse, this central Massachusetts retreat and conference center is an affordable option for couples who want to make their wedding a weekend-long getaway with family and friends. Exclusive use of the 25-acre property for up to 48 hours can be yours for a rental fee of $4,500.
247 Littleton Country Rd., Harvard | 978-456-9386 |



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