Photo: Matt Teuten Photography
Sometimes in the great search for the perfect wedding venue, you don't even know where to begin. The answer? Browsing the top-notch spots to get married. Ever. In our new February/March 2016 issue (on newsstands now!), we call out the best venues — indoor and outdoor, big and small, luxury and budget-friendly — across America. How did we go about creating such a list? We asked more than 1,500 real brides and grooms nationwide to weigh in on the best spots to say "I do" — by rating their own wedding location on everything, including service, food, view, and much more. From great plantations and rustic farms in the South to elegant libraries and grand hotels in the Northeast to romantic, swoon-worthy wineries on the West Coast, we found them all. So take note, brides-to-be! These are our readers' favorite venues in the Northeast.
Boston Public Library, Boston (Above)
Get hitched in the columned courtyard, then party in the book-lined main hall. Bonus: You can use the old-school reading tables for your candlelit dinner.
Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston
Wherever you wed— the 80-foot-dome rotunda, the dockside pavilion, the rooftop terrace— guests will be wowed by the awesome harbor views.
Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham, Massachusetts
At this classic Cape Cod retreat, weddings are all about the sea, whether you make it official on the ocean-view lawn or dance in the beachside boathouse.
White Elephant, Nantucket, Massachusetts
Dress your guy in his preppy best for cocktails, cornhole, and nautical-inspired vows on the hotel's lawn, followed by fresh oysters on the terrace overlooking the harbor.
LaBelle Winery, Amherst, New Hampshire
A wine-country wedding in New England? Believe it. Say "I do" among the grapes, then toast your nuptials with bubbly or blueberry wine in the wood-beamed great room.
The Ashford Estate, Allentown, New Jersey
Take over this 30-acre property and you and your squad will have full run of the mansion, 12 guest suites, manicured gardens, and a rustic barn chapel. theashfordestate.com.
Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, Montauk, New York
With a private beach and a tented deck overlooking the Atlantic, this newly renovated hot spot at the tip of Long Island wins raves for its on-site planner and pastry chef.
Gramercy Park Hotel, New York
A favorite of the fashion crowd, this hotel draws brides with its chic rooftop garden (complete with a retractable roof), skyline views, and on-point Danny Meyer menu.
Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, New York
Set on a working farm just north of New York City, this restaurant is known for its uberlocal cuisine and insane photo ops. Think wild gardens and rolling pastures, plus sheep, cows, and chickens!
Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, Philadelphia
Want to slash your flower budget? You won't need much decor for a ceremony in the park's gardens or in its gorge greenhouse, lush with ferns and palms.
Providence Public Library, Providence
With columns, a wrought-iron balcony, and turn-of-the-last-century gilded details, the Grand Hall reads more "palace" than "library." Instead of walking the aisle, make your entrance down an elegant marble staircase.
Mountain Top Inn, Chittenden, Vermont
Kick off the day with a morning hike, then exchange vows on a hilltop or barn with major Green Mountain views.