An authentically nerdy wedding at Colonial Hotel in Gardner, MA

newlywed couple walking hand in hand down stone steps at the Colonial Hotel, a romantic wedding venue in Central MA

With unique architecture, plenty of classic New England charm, and beautifully landscaped grounds, the Colonial Hotel in Gardner, MA is a warm, welcoming venue, perfect for a wedding in any season. The Colonial Hotel is ideal for couples who want a classically charming & hospitable venue, where all their guests will feel fully taken care of from beginning to end, but who also want to add a modern touch to their wedding. Get to know this gorgeous venue and find out whether it’s the perfect fit for your big day!


About Colonial Hotel – A Premier Wedding Venue in Central MA

Located in Gardner, about 50 miles west of Boston and 30 miles north of Worcester, the Colonial Hotel is known as one of the most romantic wedding venues in central Massachusetts. When you book your wedding here, you can immediately rest assured that you’re in highly experienced & caring hands. The hotel hosts no more than one wedding per day, so that the event staff can keep their focus solely on you, making sure to meet every last one of your needs and exceed all of your expectations.



Event Spaces at the Colonial Hotel

On-Site, Full-Service Bridal Salon

In the Colonial Hotel’s spacious, comfortable salon suite, your glam team will feel right at home getting you & your squad ready for the big day. And, of course, YOU will feel right at home too! The salon doubles as a bridal suite/lounge where everyone can relax before the festivities begin.



Lawn, Stone Pathway & Arbor for Lovely Outdoor Ceremonies

Say your “I do’s” under a gorgeous wood arbor, surrounded by lush shrubbery & bright flowers! The elegant steps & perfectly manicured lawn make a for a dramatic wedding party entrance and a beautiful walk down the aisle.

It was here that Steph & Phil, an adorably nerdy couple – together since eighth grade – finally tied the knot after 13 years! Their ceremony was so authentic and heartfelt, a perfect reflection of their unique relationship.



Elegant Ballroom

The Colonial Hotel Ballroom is steeped in upscale elegance & classic beauty. The unique gold chandeliers make a bold statement and add sophistication to this stunning ballroom. This space can comfortably accommodate up to 400 guests.



Courtyard Tent

Available from May-October, this fully-covered, heated tent is the ideal space for a smaller outdoor reception. Complete with a full bar, elegant ceiling drapery, twinkle lights, and plenty of natural sunlight pouring through beautiful French-style windows, the Courtyard Tent is just as accommodating as it is beautiful. There is also a full bar setup inside the tent; for larger weddings like Steph & Phil’s, it serves as the perfect space for cocktail hour.

The Colonial Hotel is a versatile venue that can be custom-suited to fit the unique flow of your wedding day. Steph & Phil used the Courtyard Tent not only for cocktail hour, but also as a space to display fun decor & little personalized touches – some of which the hotel’s wonderful event staff provided for them, to their surprise & delight! The extra time & effort the Colonial Hotel team put into decorating the space just goes to show how committed they are to making your wedding extra special.

Photography Opportunities on the Hotel Grounds

There’s no shortage of picturesque photo backdrops at the Colonial Hotel – both inside the hotel and on the surrounding grounds!

Grand Staircase

The hotel’s magnificent and unique Grand Staircase is the perfect spot to have some fun posing with your wedding party! With two intersecting sets of stairs leading to a center landing, it’s actually almost as if that’s what this staircase was made for. The dynamic design of the Grand Staircase also makes it an ideal spot for a romantic, memorable first look.



Hotel Facade 

The elegant stone arches right outside the hotel’s main entrance serve as a beautiful, simple backdrop for formal portraits. This is also a large enough area to gather your wedding party & family members for wide group portraits.



Stone Steps

The stone steps leading over to the venue’s ceremony area are great for action shots – walking hand-in-hand with your new spouse, twirling and showing off every detail of that stunning dress, and the like. And with the lovely landscaping surrounding the stairs, this area has an almost fantasy-esque, magical forest vibe – especially once the sun sets and the lights turn on.



Plan Your Dream Wedding at the Colonial Hotel


Thinking about getting married at the epic Colonial Hotel? The venue’s dedicated events team can’t wait to hear all about your wedding vision! Head on over to the Colonial Hotel website and fill out their Request for Proposal form to share all of your wedding details and connect with Mary Whitman, the Wedding & Event Sales Manager.

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