Unexpected Cape Cod Outdoor Wedding Reception Ideas

With wedding season around the corner and New England continuing to get pounded by snow, many brides and grooms are thinking about outdoor wedding receptions for their upcoming nuptials. These are a few of our favorite unexpected elegant, different, and timeless Cape Cod wedding reception venues. 

Truro VineyardsThis is a perfect venue for a couple looking for that effortless California chic style. When the grapes are ripe, the vineyard is the perfect setting for a tented wedding for up to 200 people. The Barrel Room would be a perfect location for your rehearsal dinner or intimate wedding reception. Truro Vineyards doesn't serve food but your catering options are wide open and pairing courses with Truro Vineyard vino creates a unique Cape Cod experience.

Bourne FarmMost people associate Cape weddings with beachside ceremonies but off of the water there are some fantastic rural and rustic locations and Bourne Farm fits this description perfectly. If you desire a more country farm feel for your Cape Cod wedding venue this is the perfect place! Gently rolling hills of grass make a perfect backdrop for a large tent and the historic barn can be opened up and used as well.

Borsari Galleria This historic site turned art gallery is a great location for smaller weddings on the Cape. This intimate Dennis location can hold up to 75 people inside. The historic barn was completely renovated while maintaining its historic charm, including “The Icebox” room from the building’s slaughterhouse days. The colorful art collection, hung from floor to ceiling, provides built-in ambiance for smaller scale events. 

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Nauticus Marina- For brides that are looking for a touch of nautical chic but still want to have a beautifully tented affair, Nauticus Marina in Osterville is the perfect location for simple elegance. Nauticus is a privately owned reception site that fills up quickly each season but is always on the top of my list for clients. The meticulously maintained property holds tents for up to 200 guests and the unique view of the harbor lends itself to many tent layouts and configurations. There is a building on the property with great architectural detail and is often used for pre-reception cocktails.

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Historic Highfield Hall- If you are interested in architectural history, Highfield Hall in Falmouth is the ideal location for your wedding and reception. The landscaped grounds are breathtaking and the Queen Anne-style mansion is absolutely gorgeous. The property is unique for memorable weddings and the possibilities are truly endless. Whether you take advantage of the sprawling lawn for a tented reception and croquet or host a 50-60 person gathering in one of the restored function rooms, Highfield Hall is well worth checking out.

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