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New England Aquarium

Boston , MA
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LOCATION

1 Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110 US (map)

PHONE

617-973-5205

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ABOUT US

The New England Aquarium, which is located just steps from Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, major hotels and attractions, is the perfect place for a memorable and unique wedding. Whether you... Read more
The New England Aquarium, which is located just steps from Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, major hotels and attractions, is the perfect place for a memorable and unique wedding. Whether you are planning an intimate, sit-down dinner for 40 or a grand reception for 600, we have rooms and locations to fit your needs, including our main exhibit building, West Wing Gallery and Harbor View Café. We can even provide a taste of the outdoors if you’d like to charter our Voyager III harbor cruise vessel. Thousands of marine animals—as well as a prime waterfront location—provide a spectacular backdrop for your event.

We have in-house catering that provides gourmet cuisine, all prepared in our kitchen by Executive Chef Tim Ridge. There are hundreds of menu and wine list items to choose from, including many sustainable seafood options for those interested in making eco-conscious menu choices. Visit our website or call us for more information on how we can create your perfect wedding. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1959
When was your venue last renovated?
2013
Describe your venue:
Museum
Describe the style of your venue
City, Coastal, Waterfront
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
250
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
2000
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
150
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

When was your venue built?
1959
When was your venue last renovated?
2013
Describe your venue:
Museum
Describe the style of your venue
City, Coastal, Waterfront
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
2000
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
150
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Jacqueline
Wedding:
8/31/2014
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough amazing thing about the New England Aquarium!! From the beginning, Abigail (our catering manager) did an INCREDIBLE job assisting us with any questions or special requests we have. I would pester her with various ideas and pictures and she would always respond promptly and professionally, always making me feel as though I was the only bride she was dealing with even though I know I was only one of many. The venue itself is so unique and lends itself perfectly to a wedding venue. We held our cocktail hour at the West Wing Gallery and our reception at the Harbor View Cafe. Our guests kept coming up to us and telling us they had never been to a more fun cocktail hour! The Harbor View cafe, while it looks somewhat like a cafeteria during normal aquarium hours, was transformed into an elegant reception venue. My family couldn't believe it was the same space as when they first looked at it.

Overall I would HIGHLY recommend the New England Aquarium, based off of both the staff as well as the site itself.
I cannot say enough amazing thing about the New England Aquarium!! From the beginning, Abigail (our catering manager) did Read more...
I cannot say enough amazing thing about the New England Aquarium!! From the beginning, Abigail (our catering manager) did an INCREDIBLE job assisting us with any questions or special requests we have. I would pester her with various ideas and pictures and she would always respond promptly and professionally, always making me feel as though I was the only bride she was dealing with even though I know I was only one of many. The venue itself is so unique and lends itself perfectly to a wedding venue. We held our cocktail hour at the West Wing Gallery and our reception at the Harbor View Cafe. Our guests kept coming up to us and telling us they had never been to a more fun cocktail hour! The Harbor View cafe, while it looks somewhat like a cafeteria during normal aquarium hours, was transformed into an elegant reception venue. My family couldn't believe it was the same space as when they first looked at it.

Overall I would HIGHLY recommend the New England Aquarium, based off of both the staff as well as the site itself. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Emily Farrar: We met with Emily during our first visit to NEAQ. She was very friendly, professional and helpful. She worked with us as we worked with our family to figure out the best weekend for our wedding. Emily and Abigail had a seamless transition, since once you book, Abigail is the primary point person.

Abigail Stephens: Abigail and her staff are truly amazing - no matter how many times I called/emailed about questions, she always answered promptly and with a smile! She is extremely organized and always kept on top of things that needed to be done before the wedding. Although I am a checklist queen, it was great to have someone else just as organized to make sure nothing fell through the cracks. Since I did not have the capital to hire a wedding planning, Abigail and I were in constant communication in the months leading up to the wedding. NEAQ is extremely lucky to have someone as wonderful as Abigail to lead the hard working team at NEAQ. The staff we interacted with on the day of our wedding – they were courteous, professional and always willing to help. You cannot ask for a better team.

Venue: The NEAQ is a unique venue with an amazing staff who will work with you to make the day stress-free (well, as stress-free as possible), beautiful and fun. The venue itself is very unique as our guests loved that the cocktail hour was in the aquarium where they could see the penguins and the giant turtles in the main tank. The venue fulfilled our wish to have part of our wedding outdoors, since the ceremony and reception were outdoors (reception under a tent). The food was delicious which is important for the guests (but honestly you’re not going to eat on your wedding day even though there is a staff assigned to the couple prior to the reception to make sure that you’re eating appetizers and drinking).

Bottom line: if you're looking for a great venue and a great team to work with, get married at NEAQ!!
Emily Farrar: We met with Emily during our first visit to NEAQ. She was very friendly, professional and helpful. She Read more...
Emily Farrar: We met with Emily during our first visit to NEAQ. She was very friendly, professional and helpful. She worked with us as we worked with our family to figure out the best weekend for our wedding. Emily and Abigail had a seamless transition, since once you book, Abigail is the primary point person.

Abigail Stephens: Abigail and her staff are truly amazing - no matter how many times I called/emailed about questions, she always answered promptly and with a smile! She is extremely organized and always kept on top of things that needed to be done before the wedding. Although I am a checklist queen, it was great to have someone else just as organized to make sure nothing fell through the cracks. Since I did not have the capital to hire a wedding planning, Abigail and I were in constant communication in the months leading up to the wedding. NEAQ is extremely lucky to have someone as wonderful as Abigail to lead the hard working team at NEAQ. The staff we interacted with on the day of our wedding – they were courteous, professional and always willing to help. You cannot ask for a better team.

Venue: The NEAQ is a unique venue with an amazing staff who will work with you to make the day stress-free (well, as stress-free as possible), beautiful and fun. The venue itself is very unique as our guests loved that the cocktail hour was in the aquarium where they could see the penguins and the giant turtles in the main tank. The venue fulfilled our wish to have part of our wedding outdoors, since the ceremony and reception were outdoors (reception under a tent). The food was delicious which is important for the guests (but honestly you’re not going to eat on your wedding day even though there is a staff assigned to the couple prior to the reception to make sure that you’re eating appetizers and drinking).

Bottom line: if you're looking for a great venue and a great team to work with, get married at NEAQ!! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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R
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
This was the most beautiful and wonderful place to hold our wedding! Our guests found the venue so unique, and at night the tank really glows and looks amazing. We worked with Emily and Abigail, and we quickly were able to tell that they are seasoned professionals who really helped us create the perfect event. I would highly recommend this venue - the space has a lot of flexibility.
This was the most beautiful and wonderful place to hold our wedding! Our guests found the venue so unique, and at night Read more...
This was the most beautiful and wonderful place to hold our wedding! Our guests found the venue so unique, and at night the tank really glows and looks amazing. We worked with Emily and Abigail, and we quickly were able to tell that they are seasoned professionals who really helped us create the perfect event. I would highly recommend this venue - the space has a lot of flexibility. Read less
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Leigh
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
We recently held our wedding reception at the New England Aquarium. We were so impressed with the Aquarium throughout the entire planning process and the day of the wedding. I initially contacted the Aquarium through email and Emily responded quickly with the catering information and prices. After a few emails back and forth I was so excited to tour the space that I booked a meeting the next morning! Emily showed us around the aquarium, answered all of our questions and even gave some great recommendations for vendors. After booking we moved on to work with Abigail. She was friendly, creative and very responsive (which is most important!). She worked so well with all of our vendors and took a huge load off our shoulders. The reception itself could not have been any better. The staff continually checked in with my husband and I to see if we needed anything (and even to make sure we were eating enough). Throughout the night our guests toured the aquarium, enjoyed the beautiful ocean views and raved about the food!! We could not have picked a better spot to celebrate with our friends and family. The Aquarium and their staff truly made it a special day for us and for that we are forever grateful!!
We recently held our wedding reception at the New England Aquarium. We were so impressed with the Aquarium throughout the Read more...
We recently held our wedding reception at the New England Aquarium. We were so impressed with the Aquarium throughout the entire planning process and the day of the wedding. I initially contacted the Aquarium through email and Emily responded quickly with the catering information and prices. After a few emails back and forth I was so excited to tour the space that I booked a meeting the next morning! Emily showed us around the aquarium, answered all of our questions and even gave some great recommendations for vendors. After booking we moved on to work with Abigail. She was friendly, creative and very responsive (which is most important!). She worked so well with all of our vendors and took a huge load off our shoulders. The reception itself could not have been any better. The staff continually checked in with my husband and I to see if we needed anything (and even to make sure we were eating enough). Throughout the night our guests toured the aquarium, enjoyed the beautiful ocean views and raved about the food!! We could not have picked a better spot to celebrate with our friends and family. The Aquarium and their staff truly made it a special day for us and for that we are forever grateful!! Read less
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Diana
Wedding:
9/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Oh my gosh, where to start!?

First off, the people are AMAZING. We worked with Emily first who was such a doll and then Abigail once we signed the contract to have our wedding here. Abigail was a dream to work with andour wedding wouldn't have been as wonderful as it was without her stamp on everything.

Second, the place itself was breathtaking, the views of the harbor and our cocktail hour around the tanks could not have been better.

The food, the drinks, the whole she-bang was amazing. I only found out that you could have a wedding here about 2 years ago and I have to say, it was perfect for us and we couldn't have been luckier!
Oh my gosh, where to start!?

First off, the people are AMAZING. We worked with Emily first who was such a doll Read more...
Oh my gosh, where to start!?

First off, the people are AMAZING. We worked with Emily first who was such a doll and then Abigail once we signed the contract to have our wedding here. Abigail was a dream to work with andour wedding wouldn't have been as wonderful as it was without her stamp on everything.

Second, the place itself was breathtaking, the views of the harbor and our cocktail hour around the tanks could not have been better.

The food, the drinks, the whole she-bang was amazing. I only found out that you could have a wedding here about 2 years ago and I have to say, it was perfect for us and we couldn't have been luckier! Read less
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Meg
Wedding:
8/24/2013
5.0/5.0
Every aspect of our reception—from the aquarium team greeting us as we walked up to the aquarium, to shuttling us up to our private prep room and making sure all our needs were met (Reese's Pieces? Really?), to staging our introduction, to the cocktails, dinner, and entertainment—was handled seamlessly by the event staff, allowing us to have fun, and enjoy the best night of our lives.

I owe Abigail a special thanks for cheerfully (and skillfully) getting my wife bustled up before our entrance, as her bridesmaids were flummoxed and I was close to running down to the 7-11 for some duct tape and baling wire.

I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people that checked out the exhibits during the reception, as I had assumed that maybe a handful of guests would just poke their noses in, or maybe go no further than the penguins. But it seems as if almost everyone there did in fact take advantage of our private access to tour the exhibits and take a stroll up and around the main tank, confirming for us what a perfect choice the aquarium was for a special, memorable reception. My wife and I even ended up spending more time in there than we had planned---when I checked my messages the next day there was one from the DJ, who had been trying to find us to come out for our first dance!

The site is also incredibly photogenic, and we have several hundred gorgeous photos from inside the aquarium, on the boardwalk, and in the tent to prove it. And then there's the fireworks—another event somewhere on the harbor had fireworks, but they may as well have been for
Every aspect of our reception—from the aquarium team greeting us as we walked up to the aquarium, to shuttling us up to Read more...
Every aspect of our reception—from the aquarium team greeting us as we walked up to the aquarium, to shuttling us up to our private prep room and making sure all our needs were met (Reese's Pieces? Really?), to staging our introduction, to the cocktails, dinner, and entertainment—was handled seamlessly by the event staff, allowing us to have fun, and enjoy the best night of our lives.

I owe Abigail a special thanks for cheerfully (and skillfully) getting my wife bustled up before our entrance, as her bridesmaids were flummoxed and I was close to running down to the 7-11 for some duct tape and baling wire.

I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people that checked out the exhibits during the reception, as I had assumed that maybe a handful of guests would just poke their noses in, or maybe go no further than the penguins. But it seems as if almost everyone there did in fact take advantage of our private access to tour the exhibits and take a stroll up and around the main tank, confirming for us what a perfect choice the aquarium was for a special, memorable reception. My wife and I even ended up spending more time in there than we had planned---when I checked my messages the next day there was one from the DJ, who had been trying to find us to come out for our first dance!

The site is also incredibly photogenic, and we have several hundred gorgeous photos from inside the aquarium, on the boardwalk, and in the tent to prove it. And then there's the fireworks—another event somewhere on the harbor had fireworks, but they may as well have been for Read less
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Meredith
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
I did a ton research for venues (I literally looked for a year) and I can say hands down the Aquarium was the best option for our wedding. I wanted something that was absolutely Boston, but offered me the flexibility to put my own stamp on the event. The view and location is hands the absolute best in Boston. Add to that the incredible value (relative to nearby Boston Harbor Hotel or the State Room), and it really is an amazing place to have an event- you have the best views of Boston Harbor, as well as complete access to the Aquarium itself. The tent comfortably held the 200 guests and band, so don't be worried about the size if you have a bigger wedding, it will totally work.
The actual planning process was also great. I originally booked the event with Emily Ferrar who was awesome to work with! She really took her time to answer all my questions and made me even more excited to book with the Aquarium then I already was. I am the type of person who really hates sale pressure, so I appreciated that Emily felt more like a friend than a sales person. I worked with Abigail during the planning process, and she was a doll who dealt with all absurd questions I threw her way. She made sure the event was executed exactly how I saw it, and the staff the night of the wedding was incredibly accommodating, with many of my guests telling me how great their waiters and servers were. I can't say enough about the experience with the aquarium and am so glad I chose this landmark location for my wedding. I would absolutely recommend this venue to other brides, without a doubt.
I did a ton research for venues (I literally looked for a year) and I can say hands down the Aquarium was the best option Read more...
I did a ton research for venues (I literally looked for a year) and I can say hands down the Aquarium was the best option for our wedding. I wanted something that was absolutely Boston, but offered me the flexibility to put my own stamp on the event. The view and location is hands the absolute best in Boston. Add to that the incredible value (relative to nearby Boston Harbor Hotel or the State Room), and it really is an amazing place to have an event- you have the best views of Boston Harbor, as well as complete access to the Aquarium itself. The tent comfortably held the 200 guests and band, so don't be worried about the size if you have a bigger wedding, it will totally work.
The actual planning process was also great. I originally booked the event with Emily Ferrar who was awesome to work with! She really took her time to answer all my questions and made me even more excited to book with the Aquarium then I already was. I am the type of person who really hates sale pressure, so I appreciated that Emily felt more like a friend than a sales person. I worked with Abigail during the planning process, and she was a doll who dealt with all absurd questions I threw her way. She made sure the event was executed exactly how I saw it, and the staff the night of the wedding was incredibly accommodating, with many of my guests telling me how great their waiters and servers were. I can't say enough about the experience with the aquarium and am so glad I chose this landmark location for my wedding. I would absolutely recommend this venue to other brides, without a doubt. Read less
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Portia
Wedding:
7/27/2013
5.0/5.0
We had a clambake rehearsal dinner at the aquarium (outside under the tent) followed by a dessert reception inside. The evening was absolutely magical! The food was unbelievable, the staff (especially Abigail) was wonderful and accommodating, and our guests were in awe of the venue. We had so many out of town guests who were able to have a one-of-a-kind New England experience! It was a truly unique, fun evening that we will never forget.
We had a clambake rehearsal dinner at the aquarium (outside under the tent) followed by a dessert reception inside. The Read more...
We had a clambake rehearsal dinner at the aquarium (outside under the tent) followed by a dessert reception inside. The evening was absolutely magical! The food was unbelievable, the staff (especially Abigail) was wonderful and accommodating, and our guests were in awe of the venue. We had so many out of town guests who were able to have a one-of-a-kind New England experience! It was a truly unique, fun evening that we will never forget. Read less
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anne
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
We could not have selected a better venue for our wedding. Simply put, the venue lends itself to beautiful views, lots of fun, and an unbeatable location. We booked the harbor portion of the aquarium for our wedding, which meant a tent right on the harbor with beautiful water and city skyline views, and a ceremony directly looking out onto the harbor as well. Our cocktail hour was inside the aquarium; we are still hearing praise and seeing people's photos from when they got to privately tour the all the exhibits with one another and their favorite cocktails/appetizers.

We compared the price of the aquarium with downtown hotels and found the aquarium was very competitive, even less expensive when we booked secondary to the aquarium's giant ocean tank renovation. The aquarium and harbor also leant themselves to beautiful photographs. REALLY beautiful photographs. Catering is also done through the aquarium with pretty fantastic and wide-ranging options for cocktail hour, dinner, and even snack options for the end of the night. The menu was priced competitively and the food delicious. We had a lot of compliments on the hanger steak, and the vegetable wellington (we sampled at the tasting) was probably the best vegetarian dish I've ever had.

The aquarium staff was phenomenal. We worked with Deb in sales, and JP and Abigail in event management. Everyone was very sweet, responsive, and accommodating. We always felt taken care of, and everyone we worked with went out of their way to implement everything we requested. Abigail was especially wonderful, keeping us on track the day of the wedding in addition to finalizing a plethora of details with us in the weeks preceding.

It’s hard to qualify how amazing it was to have our wedding at the aquarium. If you are considering having a wedding in Boston, you’d be crazy not to consider having it here. We’re moving out of state soon but still plan to become members of the aquarium because we love it so much. ☺
We could not have selected a better venue for our wedding. Simply put, the venue lends itself to beautiful views, lots of Read more...
We could not have selected a better venue for our wedding. Simply put, the venue lends itself to beautiful views, lots of fun, and an unbeatable location. We booked the harbor portion of the aquarium for our wedding, which meant a tent right on the harbor with beautiful water and city skyline views, and a ceremony directly looking out onto the harbor as well. Our cocktail hour was inside the aquarium; we are still hearing praise and seeing people's photos from when they got to privately tour the all the exhibits with one another and their favorite cocktails/appetizers.

We compared the price of the aquarium with downtown hotels and found the aquarium was very competitive, even less expensive when we booked secondary to the aquarium's giant ocean tank renovation. The aquarium and harbor also leant themselves to beautiful photographs. REALLY beautiful photographs. Catering is also done through the aquarium with pretty fantastic and wide-ranging options for cocktail hour, dinner, and even snack options for the end of the night. The menu was priced competitively and the food delicious. We had a lot of compliments on the hanger steak, and the vegetable wellington (we sampled at the tasting) was probably the best vegetarian dish I've ever had.

The aquarium staff was phenomenal. We worked with Deb in sales, and JP and Abigail in event management. Everyone was very sweet, responsive, and accommodating. We always felt taken care of, and everyone we worked with went out of their way to implement everything we requested. Abigail was especially wonderful, keeping us on track the day of the wedding in addition to finalizing a plethora of details with us in the weeks preceding.

It’s hard to qualify how amazing it was to have our wedding at the aquarium. If you are considering having a wedding in Boston, you’d be crazy not to consider having it here. We’re moving out of state soon but still plan to become members of the aquarium because we love it so much. ☺ Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I really loved my wedding at the Aquarium!! Everyone is still walking about what a great venue it was.
I really loved my wedding at the Aquarium!! Everyone is still walking about what a great venue it was.
I really loved my wedding at the Aquarium!! Everyone is still walking about what a great venue it was. Read less
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