When you enter Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, you may feel as if you are stepping back into the hallowed halls of American history. The truth is you are! The Inn was made famous when Henry Wadsworth Longfellow used the Inn as a gathering place for his cast of characters in his wildly popular book Tales of a Wayside Inn in 1863. At that point, the Inn was already 150 years old and today the Inn can boast that it is the oldest inn in America. The Inn has been owned throughout the years by its own cast of characters including automobile manufacturer Henry Ford, and currently, it operates as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with all monies earned, going towards the ongoing preservation of this nearly 300 year old historic property.
Located in Sudbury, MA just 20 miles west of Boston, the Wayside Inn sits on 125 bucolic acres, making it a stunning location for your well heeled wedding. It even offers the option of a ceremony at the Martha Mary Chapel, named for Henry Ford’s Mother and Mother-in-law. This beautiful non-denominational chapel has been used in numerous movies including Ghosts of Girlfriends Past starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner and can serve as the site for your own star studded celebration. It truly is the perfect location for the couple who doesn’t belong to a specific church, yet would like to incorporate a certain religious component into their ceremony.
Couples can also choose from a variety of locations for their wedding reception at this picturesque venue capable of handling wedding receptions for up to 200 guests. The main dining room is a perfect choice for the colder months of the year and can accommodate anywhere from 80 to 110 guests, with smaller spaces available for more intimate weddings. During the warmer months, consider their lovely peaked white tent that can seat up to 200 guests located next to a large English country garden overlooking Josephine’s Pond.
If you’re in the area on Sunday, April 15th, consider attending the Wayside Inn Bridal and Fashion show at the Inn from 12 Noon to 3 PM followed by the fashion show beginning at 3:15 PM at the Martha Mary Chapel. Entry at the door is just $15, or register online at The Wayside Inn Bridal & Fashion Show prior to April 15th to save $5. Don’t forget to check the box to register for a chance to win a Wonderful Wayside Wedding in 2013. Once again, your attendance at this wonderful bridal show will help to maintain and preserve this historic property. Click here to learn more about Weddings at the Wayside Inn and discover why it’s one of my favorite wedding venues in MA and such an easy choice to recommend to my clients.
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