Tips for Planning the Quintessential New England Wedding

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What does your perfect wedding look like?

With its rich history and natural beauty, New England exerts a powerful draw on couples who envision a traditional wedding. From picturesque beaches and beautiful forests to charming towns and bustling cities, New England offers an amazing array of options for your wedding day. The quintessential New England location, however, is Plymouth. Nestled conveniently between Boston and Cape Cod, it’s known for its Native history, the Pilgrim story, and one of the country’s most iconic landmarks – Plymouth Rock. Are you ready to step back in time to begin your “happily ever after”?


The Venue | Everything in One Place

When choosing a wedding venue, there are so many factors to consider. While hotels may offer similar amenities and experience, there are few that can boast that “special something”, you know, that extra touch that makes guests gush and brides look back on their wedding with glowing reviews. The John Carver Inn & Spa is a boutique hotel located in the heart of Plymouth with a warm presence and charm that cannot be duplicated. Our Inn is perfect for intimate gatherings, as well as larger crowds up to 135 guests. Whether you’re a New England native, or if you’re planning a destination wedding, our professional wedding planners will assist in every step of the planning process ensuring your wedding will be one for the history books.


Have out-of-town guests? Our full-service Inn offers warm hospitality and historical sophistication with modern-day conveniences in our 80 spacious rooms and suites. Your guests will be greeted with warm smiles and Colonial charm. Picture yourself and your friends and families surrounded by gorgeous Colonial-style furnishings in incredibly comfortable rooms. We have accommodations to suit everyone’s taste; from our newly renovated Carver King Rooms with magnificent four-poster beds and fireplaces, to our luxury fireplace suites with oversized whirlpool tubs that are the perfect romantic respite for the newlyweds!


Ceremony & Reception

For the ceremony and photographs, Plymouth’s natural landscape comes with ready-made decor, whatever the season. Planning a spring wedding? A ceremony in a garden among the spring blooms would be enchanting. Jenney Pond and Brewster Gardens, located just across the street from the John Carver Inn, are beautiful backdrops for your ceremony or for photo opportunities. Beach ceremonies are all the rage in the summer! Plymouth Beach is an incredible location and Plymouth Harbor offers an amazing backdrop for photo opportunities. Have you considered a ceremony in the fall? One word: foliage. New England is particularly gorgeous in the fall, and photos in front of Plymouth’s historic ivy-covered brick buildings are a must. If you’re planning a winter wedding, take advantage of the outdoor sparkle! Be sure to take photos playing in the snow.


For your reception, our romantic Winslow Room is an excellent choice for an intimate reception of 30. The beautifully decorated Governor Carver Fireside Room accommodates up to 135 guests.


Let’s talk food! Seafood is a must for any New England wedding. Our award-winning cuisine and exquisite presentation will impress your guests.  We offer traditional New England fare, including plated dinners, buffet dinners and a magnificent clambake featuring New England clam chowder, whole steamed lobster, steamed clams, steamed mussels, barbeque chicken, baby back ribs, and more.


Pre-ceremony & After You Say “I Do”

The Beach Plum Spa at the John Carver Inn is the perfect place for you and your wedding party to be pampered with massages, manicures, makeup and more before your big day. You’ll also have the option to have your spa treatments in your room. After the wedding, the bride and groom can relax with a couple’s massage.


Things To Do

During your stay at the John Carver Inn, make a splash in our Pilgrim Cove Indoor Theme Pool! This relaxing respite is complete period decor; our indoor pool has a life-size replica of the Mayflower! A giant 80-foot water slide winds through the historic ship and passes by a refreshing waterfall. Feeling more like relaxing? There’s also a large island whirlpool set inside a replica of Plymouth Rock. A sauna and a state-of-the-art exercise room complete the facility. It’s the perfect place to relax and take a break from wedding activities.


From the Inn, guests are able to take a short walk to many of Plymouth’s historic sites and attractions, including Plymouth Rock, Burial Hill, Plimouth Plantation, the First Courthouse, the Jenny Grist Mill, the Mayflower II and the gorgeous waterfront. There are also a number of renowned restaurants, quaint shops, and outdoor activities in the area, including world-class golf courses, sailing, kayak and paddle tours, whale watching tours, helicopter tours and more.