photo: Debbie Segreve
Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Contact: Alexis Conte
Weddings at Old Sturbridge Village
Attention engaged couples: Are you looking for a memorable wedding venue that will excite your guests, while making your photographer drool with the possibilities? Look no further than Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and rest assured, this is NOT an elementary school field trip we’re talking about.
photo: Debbie Segreve
Did you know that Old Sturbridge Village, so well-known as a first-class living history museum, is also a top-notch wedding destination and venue for brides, grooms, and their guests? Unmatched anywhere, this magical place gets an A+ for having it all. It’s rustic, yet elegant; historic, yet timeless. OSV truly offers the wedding experience contemporary couples are searching for.
photo: Stephanie Craig
“We like to say the setting at Old Sturbridge Village is a world unto itself,” said Alexis Conte, vice president of Visitor Services at OSV. “Our space features over 200 acres of pure beauty with multiple indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception locations, so the possibilities are endless. If you can think about it, we can help you create it.”
Since the late 60s, couples have been saying their “I do’s” at Old Sturbridge Village, the place that had its beginnings in 1946, when it opened as a drive-through museum. Over the years, the museum grew and evolved as buildings were brought in (there are now a total of fifty) in an effort to design what is now a meticulously recreated, centuries-old New England village. This carefully crafted museum setting is recognized for its thorough attention to detail.
It’s that amazing attention to detail that has helped OSV develop into one of the most sought-after wedding venues in Central Massachusetts. In recent decades, as the wedding industry has exploded, so has the demand for a unique location with space enough for large weddings, while maintaining a feeling of intimacy and personalization that speaks to each individual couple. Discerning brides and grooms have discovered that OSV offers just that, with so many choices to boot.
For years the Bullard Tavern was the only significant indoor offering on the campus. Built to replicate an 1830s tavern, this special building was constructed by piecing together reclaimed lumber from an antique covered bridge and combining it with the aged beams and planks from an old barn. The hard pine floors and large stone fireplace create a rustic and cozy structure located right in the heart of the museum’s town common, with space to seat eighty guests comfortably. Equally distinctive is the Oliver Wight Tavern, the largest indoor venue at the museum. This elegant 1830s-inspired restaurant was built in 1999 to meet the needs of brides and grooms seeking a larger venue for their reception. It is situated on the grounds of the museum, yet outside the town common, with a brick walkway and larger space known as Times Square, which is surrounded by lovely trees and shrubs.. This area can be decorated with romantic candlelit tin-lanterns lining the pathways and square, making it the perfect place for an outdoor cocktail reception before guests head inside for an unforgettable event. Depending on whether couples are looking for a stationed meal or a more formal seated and plated dinner, the Oliver Wight Tavern can accommodate anywhere from 250 to 300 guests, while still creating an intimate wedding experience for all. Additional buildings can be incorporated into a couple’s ceremony as well, especially if there’s a meaningful museum location that’s special to the bride and groom.
Outdoors, no matter the season, OSV is a sight to behold. There are picturesque apple orchards, herbal and heirloom gardens, gazebos, winding country paths, pastoral fields, and scenic water views across the property’s 200 acres. There are also stunning woodland walkways, a historic meeting house, vintage barns and buildings with rustic fenced spaces and stone walls, along with a variety of other exceptional locations for ceremonies and amazing photo opportunities.
Brides and grooms can choose from OSV’s six wedding packages, but that’s just to give you a taste of what your event can become. One of the coolest parts of planning a wedding at OSV is selecting from all of the special features and offerings that elevate an event here to the next level. For example, celebrate the festivities with muskets being fired off, or enjoy an old-fashioned bonfire on the common. You can even add a s’mores package for extra fun! Some couples have even been married in period attire or with museum role players or costumed interpreters playing a role in the special day. Guests can be transported from one area of the museum to another by riding in a horse-drawn carryall or carriage. And for those looking to make it a destination wedding, the Old Sturbridge Inn and the Reeder Lodge both offer great overnight accommodations for the newlyweds and their guests. You don’t have to be a history buff to appreciate all of the choices at your fingertips at OSV. Everything here is wonderfully charming and fully customizable–it’s truly timeless, historical, and unforgettable. Couples are encouraged to dream big and make history at Old Sturbridge Village!