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New England Aquarium

Boston , MA

LOCATION

1 Central Wharf
Boston, MA US 02110 (map)
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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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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
Services Used: Unique Services
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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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Jen
Wedding:
7/20/2012
5.0/5.0
There are no amount of words we can use to express how incredible this experience was. It seemed too good to be true at first; the aquarium, affordably priced, waterfront views, and space for 200 people to dance comfortably. But from the first moment we considered having our wedding here, we were greeted and welcomed by an unbelievably friendly staff - from the personalized wedding planner, to the caterer, to the bartenders, penguins, fish and beyond - everybody; everyone had a smile and and real sense of joy to be sharing this moment with us, even though they had just met us. Our family and friends all commented on how delicious the food was and what a spectacular venue the aquarium is. The tent on the water had a sea of empty tables as a sea of friends and family immersed the dance floor until the last song was played. The wonder and awe that the New England aquarium inspires reflected in the eyes of our guests with a child-like gleam. Really adding to the fact, that our Enchantment under the Sea wedding, truly was a fairy tale.
There are no amount of words we can use to express how incredible this experience was. It seemed too good to be true at Read more...
There are no amount of words we can use to express how incredible this experience was. It seemed too good to be true at first; the aquarium, affordably priced, waterfront views, and space for 200 people to dance comfortably. But from the first moment we considered having our wedding here, we were greeted and welcomed by an unbelievably friendly staff - from the personalized wedding planner, to the caterer, to the bartenders, penguins, fish and beyond - everybody; everyone had a smile and and real sense of joy to be sharing this moment with us, even though they had just met us. Our family and friends all commented on how delicious the food was and what a spectacular venue the aquarium is. The tent on the water had a sea of empty tables as a sea of friends and family immersed the dance floor until the last song was played. The wonder and awe that the New England aquarium inspires reflected in the eyes of our guests with a child-like gleam. Really adding to the fact, that our Enchantment under the Sea wedding, truly was a fairy tale. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
6/29/2012
5.0/5.0
We did not have our ceremony here, but we did have our reception here. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. We worked with JP, who could not have been more helpful and easy to work with. He met with us numerous times and was always available to answer questions by phone or email. Everyone there was wonderful! We could not have picked a better venue. Honestly, it's the most spectacular view of the harbor and we were right in the middle of Boston! It was the perfect night and our reception was in the tent outside. Everyone raved about our venue... and the FOOD!!! It was FABULOUS! We had so many compliments. I can't say enough about it. We live in Boston and wanted to celebrate in our city and it was absolutely PERFECT!! Thanks JP and thanks Deb for making this happen!!!
We did not have our ceremony here, but we did have our reception here. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. We worked with JP, who could Read more...
We did not have our ceremony here, but we did have our reception here. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. We worked with JP, who could not have been more helpful and easy to work with. He met with us numerous times and was always available to answer questions by phone or email. Everyone there was wonderful! We could not have picked a better venue. Honestly, it's the most spectacular view of the harbor and we were right in the middle of Boston! It was the perfect night and our reception was in the tent outside. Everyone raved about our venue... and the FOOD!!! It was FABULOUS! We had so many compliments. I can't say enough about it. We live in Boston and wanted to celebrate in our city and it was absolutely PERFECT!! Thanks JP and thanks Deb for making this happen!!! Read less
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Soo
Wedding:
5/19/2012
5.0/5.0
Perfect venue for a special occasion!
Perfect venue for a special occasion!
Perfect venue for a special occasion! Read less
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Margie
Wedding:
11/22/2008
5.0/5.0
We were thrilled with New England Aquarium's willingness to meet our expectations and to provide everything we needed and wanted. It was a joy to work with them and our guests loved everything about the event.
We were thrilled with New England Aquarium's willingness to meet our expectations and to provide everything we needed and Read more...
We were thrilled with New England Aquarium's willingness to meet our expectations and to provide everything we needed and wanted. It was a joy to work with them and our guests loved everything about the event. Read less
Services Used: Band, Catering, DJ, Rentals & Photobooths
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Jaimee
Wedding:
5/20/2006
4.8/5.0
We had our reception at the New England Aquarium, right around the penguin pit. It was so unusual and I still have guests tell me how much they enjoyed it to this day. The food was superb and the decor (we had lionfish right behind the head table) was awesome. It was a little difficult to do the sound system, because it's a huge space and very echoey, but it worked out. This was probably the best part of my wedding, because no one was bored.
We had our reception at the New England Aquarium, right around the penguin pit. It was so unusual and I still have guests Read more...
We had our reception at the New England Aquarium, right around the penguin pit. It was so unusual and I still have guests tell me how much they enjoyed it to this day. The food was superb and the decor (we had lionfish right behind the head table) was awesome. It was a little difficult to do the sound system, because it's a huge space and very echoey, but it worked out. This was probably the best part of my wedding, because no one was bored. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
8/30/2014
4.7/5.0
Rod and I were looking for a venue that was unique and very us. I'm a marine biologist and we met at a marine science camp so our choice in the aquarium was just perfect! They have amazing catering that was delicious! We got so many compliments on our food. We even asked if we could have pigs in a blanket as an appetizer and they made them! Abigail, our event planner was amazing. So professional, kind, prompt, and organized. She helped us greatly including getting all our handmade decor items set up for us and coordinating our rehearsal. Everyone loved the venue and seeing the penguins and other animals. It was a beautiful wedding
Rod and I were looking for a venue that was unique and very us. I'm a marine biologist and we met at a marine science camp Read more...
Rod and I were looking for a venue that was unique and very us. I'm a marine biologist and we met at a marine science camp so our choice in the aquarium was just perfect! They have amazing catering that was delicious! We got so many compliments on our food. We even asked if we could have pigs in a blanket as an appetizer and they made them! Abigail, our event planner was amazing. So professional, kind, prompt, and organized. She helped us greatly including getting all our handmade decor items set up for us and coordinating our rehearsal. Everyone loved the venue and seeing the penguins and other animals. It was a beautiful wedding Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Rachel
Wedding:
6/28/2014
4.6/5.0
The Aquarium is an amazing place to have a wedding. Not only is the location absolutely perfect but the staff (Emily and Abigail) there to help you are extremely organized, friendly and ready to answer any questions.

The only downfall to this venue is the floral restrictions and start time (you have to wait until it is closed to the public), however for me they were outweighed by the fact that the guest pretty much had free reign of the entire Aquarium during the wedding.

My wedding was amazing and I have them to thank for all of their help. I would absolutely recommend the Aquarium to anyone!
The Aquarium is an amazing place to have a wedding. Not only is the location absolutely perfect but the staff (Emily and Read more...
The Aquarium is an amazing place to have a wedding. Not only is the location absolutely perfect but the staff (Emily and Abigail) there to help you are extremely organized, friendly and ready to answer any questions.

The only downfall to this venue is the floral restrictions and start time (you have to wait until it is closed to the public), however for me they were outweighed by the fact that the guest pretty much had free reign of the entire Aquarium during the wedding.

My wedding was amazing and I have them to thank for all of their help. I would absolutely recommend the Aquarium to anyone! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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EZ
Wedding:
6/21/2008
4.6/5.0
Working with Laura O'Connor was a pleasure. She was efficient, helpful, professional, and very flexible. She was able to provide us with everything we wanted. Laura made sure we could run our dvd on the Aquarium's flat screen tv, she accepted deliveries of cupcakes from Party City/Boston, she made sure the florist set up the centerpieces the way we wanted, she had her staff print menus for us ( which came out very well), and she had her staff take care of the seating cards ( placing each one individually in a place card holder we provided.) We would never hesitate to work with Laura O'Connor and the NE Aquarium again. She was amazing.
Working with Laura O'Connor was a pleasure. She was efficient, helpful, professional, and very flexible. She was able to Read more...
Working with Laura O'Connor was a pleasure. She was efficient, helpful, professional, and very flexible. She was able to provide us with everything we wanted. Laura made sure we could run our dvd on the Aquarium's flat screen tv, she accepted deliveries of cupcakes from Party City/Boston, she made sure the florist set up the centerpieces the way we wanted, she had her staff print menus for us ( which came out very well), and she had her staff take care of the seating cards ( placing each one individually in a place card holder we provided.) We would never hesitate to work with Laura O'Connor and the NE Aquarium again. She was amazing. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Unique Services
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.5/5.0
The wedding was great, much due to the venue. Our wedding planner did most of the communicating with them, but everything worked out well. The unfortunate thing about the aquarium is that it is expensive to get the wedding catered by someone other than the aquarium. We had a Kosher wedding, and you must pay a significant fee to use another caterer. They were as flexible with us as they could be, but that made it much more expensive. Other than that, though, they were terrific.
The wedding was great, much due to the venue. Our wedding planner did most of the communicating with them, but everything Read more...
The wedding was great, much due to the venue. Our wedding planner did most of the communicating with them, but everything worked out well. The unfortunate thing about the aquarium is that it is expensive to get the wedding catered by someone other than the aquarium. We had a Kosher wedding, and you must pay a significant fee to use another caterer. They were as flexible with us as they could be, but that made it much more expensive. Other than that, though, they were terrific. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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KAD4Life
Wedding:
5/31/2008
4.5/5.0
We had our reception at the Aquarium and they did a fantastic job! The food was great and got lots of good feedback from our guests. It rained briefly, so there was some water on the tent floor but they quickly rearranged tables and squeegeed the heck out of the floor to make it better. Getting in touch with the coordinator was sometimes a bit difficult but we really felt they delivered for us!
We had our reception at the Aquarium and they did a fantastic job! The food was great and got lots of good feedback from Read more...
We had our reception at the Aquarium and they did a fantastic job! The food was great and got lots of good feedback from our guests. It rained briefly, so there was some water on the tent floor but they quickly rearranged tables and squeegeed the heck out of the floor to make it better. Getting in touch with the coordinator was sometimes a bit difficult but we really felt they delivered for us! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Liz
Wedding:
9/8/2012
2.3/5.0
The Good-the venue itself is great,a truly unique venue. And located right downtown, there are great opportunities for city photographs. All of my guests loved having the cocktail hour in the shark and sting ray touch tank area.

The Bad- The food. the food was really bad. It was amazing when we went for the tasting. We had fish and chicken. When we tried it was great, when it was served, the fish was served with rice and beans. The kind you would find at a cheap mexican restaurant. The fish was so dry, no one at my table ate it. The mini sliders we got were served on hot dog rolls, last time I checked sliders were little burgers. We were told we could bring an ipod for the cocktail hour, for 15 minutes there was silence, a friend went to ask to see what was going on, then they managed to play our ipod over some muzack station, and finally figured it out with about 15 minutes left of the cocktail hour, I was very dissapointed, as I had worked hard at picking out perfect songs. Then we went upstairs for dinner. It was about 85 degrees in there, everyone was sweating. When asked to turn the ac down 3 times, we were told yes, no problem, but it never cooled off. Then the lights, I wanted the lights dimmed for dancing, sure same thing, we can do that, but no, we danced in full light. It was a little weird.
And the worse, we paid for open bar for everyone.....and they ran out of white wine, very unprofessional.
The Good-the venue itself is great,a truly unique venue. And located right downtown, there are great opportunities for Read more...
The Good-the venue itself is great,a truly unique venue. And located right downtown, there are great opportunities for city photographs. All of my guests loved having the cocktail hour in the shark and sting ray touch tank area.

The Bad- The food. the food was really bad. It was amazing when we went for the tasting. We had fish and chicken. When we tried it was great, when it was served, the fish was served with rice and beans. The kind you would find at a cheap mexican restaurant. The fish was so dry, no one at my table ate it. The mini sliders we got were served on hot dog rolls, last time I checked sliders were little burgers. We were told we could bring an ipod for the cocktail hour, for 15 minutes there was silence, a friend went to ask to see what was going on, then they managed to play our ipod over some muzack station, and finally figured it out with about 15 minutes left of the cocktail hour, I was very dissapointed, as I had worked hard at picking out perfect songs. Then we went upstairs for dinner. It was about 85 degrees in there, everyone was sweating. When asked to turn the ac down 3 times, we were told yes, no problem, but it never cooled off. Then the lights, I wanted the lights dimmed for dancing, sure same thing, we can do that, but no, we danced in full light. It was a little weird.
And the worse, we paid for open bar for everyone.....and they ran out of white wine, very unprofessional. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
New England Aquarium responded with the following comments:

We were very sorry to hear about your unpleasant experience during your wedding at New England Aquarium. We strive to exceed our clients expectations no matter what the occasion, but especially for nuptial celebrations. We have tried repeatedly to contact you without success. Please call the Events department 617.973.5205.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
2.1/5.0
My husband and I were really excited we toured the Aquarium for the first time - it seemed like the perfect, fun unique venue. However, soon after signing the contract, we started to run into issues. Emails with questions would go unanswered for weeks, until finally escalated (this happened multiple times in the year leading up to the wedding).

The kicker was the phone call we received the night before our wedding stating that they had to move the penguins due to construction and it was recommended that our cocktail hour be moved to outside. Glad we centered our wedding theme on penguins.

In the end, the Aquarium managed to return some of the penguins so our cocktail hour could go on as planned. However, the stress during my rehearsal dinner and the night before the wedding was not appreciated. You think the Aquarium would at least give us the courtesy of alerting us to this potential problem a few weeks before. Overall, I loved the venue, but the communication and lack of planning by the event staff would make me seriously think twice about having an event here.
My husband and I were really excited we toured the Aquarium for the first time - it seemed like the perfect, fun unique Read more...
My husband and I were really excited we toured the Aquarium for the first time - it seemed like the perfect, fun unique venue. However, soon after signing the contract, we started to run into issues. Emails with questions would go unanswered for weeks, until finally escalated (this happened multiple times in the year leading up to the wedding).

The kicker was the phone call we received the night before our wedding stating that they had to move the penguins due to construction and it was recommended that our cocktail hour be moved to outside. Glad we centered our wedding theme on penguins.

In the end, the Aquarium managed to return some of the penguins so our cocktail hour could go on as planned. However, the stress during my rehearsal dinner and the night before the wedding was not appreciated. You think the Aquarium would at least give us the courtesy of alerting us to this potential problem a few weeks before. Overall, I loved the venue, but the communication and lack of planning by the event staff would make me seriously think twice about having an event here. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue

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