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Weddings & Special Events

Wedding Photo in Hooper Hathaway

Whether you’re a bride or a groom, an event planner or a bar mitzvah DJ, or you just like thinking about weddings, Salem is a beautiful, culturally exciting place for your special events.

Local hotels and inns are within walking distance of downtown venues and trolleys can be rented to easily move your wedding party or guests from place to place.

For information on obtaining a Marriage License, visit Salem.com. (Please note: Salem City Hall is open 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – Wednesday, 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM Thursday, and 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon on Friday.)

Planning an October wedding? October is the peak of tourist season in Salem, with the month-long Salem Haunted Happenings festival that brings thousands of visitors to the city. View the Wedding Resource Sheet or a list of places of worship and visit HauntedHappenings.org for more information about planning events in October.

For more wedding planning in Salem:

Wedding Reception at Colonial Hall at Rockafellas

Colonial Hall at Rockafellas

Colonial Hall at Rockafellas is not your typical function venue, customizing everything from menus and table decor, to the flow of the evening. Their experienced catering team is here to guide you through the planning process. Click here for complete details.

To learn more or to request a private tour with their event planning team, call: 978-745-5415 or email sales@colonialhallatrockafellas.com.

Hawthorne Hotel Wedding Ceremony Set Up

Hawthorne Hotel

The Hawthorne Hotel offers a variety of wedding packages with timeless event spaces, perfect for your wedding celebrations of 10 to 200 people.

Take the stress out of planning and work with a dedicated team who may assist with your main event, rehearsal dinner, farewell breakfast, overnight room block, vendor referrals and more. The packages are inclusive which allow you to enjoy making your selections and then our team secures and confirms. Photo rooms, dressing/hair and makeup suites, outdoor ceremony sites and coordination, and complimentary parking are also available. 2021 dates are still open. Book your destination wedding, a one-stop-shop enjoyable planning experience at the Hawthorne Hotel today.

Visit hawthornehotel.com for details.

Wedding Reception at the House of Seven Gables

The House of the Seven Gables – “Twice Told Tales”

Why wear your beautiful dress only once? Have your ceremony this year as you planned. Celebrate later with a vow renewal and party with family and friends. Feel like a newlywed all over again! Packages start at $750 at The House of the Seven Gables for a ceremony and mini-celebration, an on-site event coordinator, and flexible catering options for a light and lively affair.

Make your wedding a Twice-Told-Tale! Create your own story and keep your special date with a mini-ceremony at The House of the Seven Gables in 2021. Relive the magic of your special day with family and friends a celebration at a later date. Visit 7gables.org/visit/space-rental/ for more information. We have October 2021 weekends available for weddings of all sizes. Our talented staff can help you have the fall wedding of your dreams – even with short notice!

Bride and Groom on the Roof at The Salem Hotel

The Hotel Salem – Intimate Rooftop Weddings

Micro Wedding Package includes the venue and up to five guest rooms (including a bridal suite for the newlyweds and additional king and queen rooms) for $4,500. Include a high-end, three-course meal with champagne toast for $100/person.

The Hotel Salem also offers an indoor venue for your intimate celebration. Our space features an open floor plan and custom wood bar. Get the venue and up to five guestrooms (including a Bridal Suite for the newlyweds and additional king and queen rooms for guests) for $2,000; include a high-end, three-course meal with champagne toast for $100/person.

To book, contact Events Manager Olivia Keefe at hotelsalemevents@larkhotels.com or 978-992-7825. Visit www.thehotelsalem.com/events.

Two brides on a boat in Salem Harbor

Mahi Harbor Cruises & Private Events

Whether you’re looking for an intimate rehearsal dinner, unique transportation options to get your guests from point A to B, or a casual ceremony and reception at sea, nothing is off limits! Mahi Cruises is able to accommodate events for up to 150 passengers, provide customizable catering, live entertainment, three fully stocked bars and unbeatable views to make your wedding an unforgettable and one-of-a-kind experience.

Whether you’re planning for 10 or 150 Mahi has what you need. The Finback is a 50-foot sightseeing boat that provides a fun and intimate setting. Or celebrate in style on the spacious Hannah Glover with a fully heated main deck and an open-air top deck. All events hourly rates are based on cruises departing from Pickering Wharf and include exclusive rights to the boat, captain, crew, bar set up, bar tenders, preparation of the boat set-up, clean-up and assistance loading and unloading.

In the rare case that weather hinders your cruise, and a cancellation is necessary, all cruise costs are waived. Contact Allie, Mahi’s Event Coordinator at 978-825-0001 to discuss pricing and availability.

The Merchant interior

The Merchant – Gorgeous Salem Micro Weddings

The Merchant offers the perfect downtown Salem venue for your intimate micro wedding or other event for 25 or fewer guests. An exquisite boutique hotel stay in the heart of Salem, The Merchant’s 11 historic (but gorgeously renovated) large, luxurious guest rooms and common spaces feature a thoughtful blend of stylish fabrics, modern furnishings, eclectic accents, and sophisticated amenities.

Rent the entire inn for your wedding or special event starting at $6,800. You’ll have the place to yourself, including all 11 guest rooms and indoor and outdoor common spaces. Hold a ceremony in our lounge, private back deck, or front lawn. We can recommend and coordinate with your chosen caterer to create the perfect, unique cocktail reception or small buffet.

For more information or booking, contact (978) 745-8100 or stay@themerchantsalem.com. Visit https://www.themerchantsalem.com/salem-ma-micro-wedding-and-events/ to learn more.

A table made up for a large reservation at The Village Tavern

Village Tavern’s One-Stop Wedding Package

Village Tavern The new, private ‘Hearth Room’ at the Village Tavern offers a complete package plan for only $90.00 p.p. and can accommodate up to one hundred (100) guests. The package is highlighted by the following and includes a skirted head table, private bar and bartender, Hors d’oeuvres, Champagne Toast, Toast Glasses, Tiered Wedding Cake w/Ornament, Three (3) Course Wedding Feast, Dessert, Guest Tables with Linens and Napkins with choice of colors, Guest Book, House Limousine Service from Home to Reception, House M.C. and D.J. Complimentary Admission to the after-party, dedicated Wedding Manager and Wedding Portal for on-line transparency and communication in planning your wedding.  When details count, the Wedding Package at the Village is epic.

Visit www.villagetavernsalem.com for more details or to book a consultation session with our Event Manager.