The first state in the union to legalize same-sex marriage, Massachusetts is full of scenic places to get hitched, gay and lesbian wedding officiates, and LGBT-owned catering and entertainment companies. Massachusetts is also home to a man who’s possibly the world’s only gay Irish rabbi, Mark R. Newton
, who proudly performs Jewish and interfaith same-sex weddings. Though the entire state is largely accepting of LGBT couples, picturesque Provincetown has the largest concentration of wedding facilities and gay-owned businesses. Here are a only a few of the Bay State’s many eligible locales for your lesbian wedding.
This gay-owned B&B can accommodate 24 people for a wedding shower or 75 people for a standing reception. The house sits among beautiful, Victorian-style gardens, in the hear of the Jamaica Plain neighborhood. They work closely with It's about Time
a wedding planning company specializing in same-sex ceremonies.
Like all Unitarian Universalist Churches, this one is welcoming and friendly to followers of any orientation. Massachusetts has Unitarian Churches scattered throughout the state, and any would make a good choice for a ceremony.
3. Anywhere in Northampton:
Home of Smith College, Northampton is easily one of the most lesbian-friendly places you’ll ever find, in fact, according to the site City-Data.com, Northampton has more lesbian couples per capita than any other American city. Hotel Northampton has two ballrooms and can accommodate large, elegant ceremonies. If you want to hold your ceremony in a religious institution, there are plenty lesbian-friendly options here as well. Northampton has a particularly welcoming Unitarian Universalist
congregation, as well as a United Church of Christ
and a Baptist First Church
. Beit Ahvahah
is an especially LGBT-friendly Jewish synagogue with a female rabbi, and they are available for weddings as well.
4. The Brass Key, ProvincetownThis highly acclaimed hotel just off bustling commercial Street specializes in intimate, private ceremonies—as in, you and your girl run off and get married alone. Packages range in price from the Basic Intimate Wedding Escape (basically a ceremony, dinner and wedding cake) to the Deluxe Escape Package, which includes a full day of gourmet meals, spa treatments and a tour of Provincetown in a 1930 Model Ford A Woody. If you want something small, romantic and luxurious, and don’t want to deal with planning it yourself, it sounds just about perfect.
Though it was built in the 1860s, The Commons has a sleek, modern, minimalist style and boasts two ultra-trendy eateries. Another gay-owned Provincetown gem, the hotel is well-suited for medium sized weddings and has a bit more of an urban feel than some of its neighbors.
This gorgeous, 200-year-old guesthouse on Provincetown Harbor boasts presidents, celebrities and international dignitaries as former guests, and with its picturesque setting, it’s easy to see why. All the guestrooms and suites have waterfront decks and are decorated with work by local artists. The inn is gay-owned, and staff is available to assist with wedding planning
7. Colonial House Inn, YarmouthportNestled on the North Shore of Cape Cod, this inn has 21 guestrooms and can host up to 150 wedding guests. The original building was constructed in 1731, and all the rooms are all charming and uniquely decorated, many in a colonial style. The heated indoor pool and Jacuzzi could make fun after-party, and your pets are welcome here, too.
8. Shiverick Inn, EdgartonThis tiny and luxurious guesthouse has seven working fireplaces, overlooks an English garden and generally looks like it belongs in a Henry James novel. They can accommodate 45 guests for a cocktail party and up to 32 for a sit-down dinner, so it’s not the place for a big raucous event. But if you want something small, elegant, and classically posh, the Shiverick might suit your perfectly. They also have a vintage Steinway piano for live entertainment.
The tiny town of Essex isn’t exactly a gay Mecca, but it’s charming, friendly and a nice escape from bigger cities and tourist havens. Brandt House, owned by partners John Lavryssen and Steve Sears, is a nice place to have weddings and commitment ceremonies on the smallish size—they can accommodate about 100 guests and can sleep about 25.
So it’s gay-friendly and not actually gay-owned, but seriously, how cool is it to have a bowling alley that hosts weddings? The onsite gourmet restaurant Bella Luna makes amazing party food—definitely not the cuisine you expect at a bowling alley—and with a dance floor, pool tables, a stage and full bar, it’s the perfect place for a fun and laid-back party.