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Stonehurst - The Paine Estate

Waltham , MA

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Waltham, MA US

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Nahir
Wedding:
5/25/2014
4.6/5.0
We had our wedding here on May 25th, and are so happy we chose this venue. We were looking for a place that could accommodate both the wedding ceremony and reception inside or out, without having to rent a tent, and Stonehurst proved to be a memorable and breathtaking spot both inside and out. Marcia, the site manager, can be harder to reach by email, but she's great by phone and very attentive. She also offered great advice on how to manage ceremony and reception flow, and strategies to ensure that our guests were well cared for and had a pleasant and memorable experience. The venue can technically accommodate 150, but we had about 105, and think that was perfect. I wouldn't recommend pushing it beyond 125 unless you have to. If you are looking for a place with understated but grand elegance, surrounded by rustic beauty, Stonehurst is the perfect place. Note that the manager has right of refusal for caterers (we used Season to Taste) but has had enough major vendors that it shouldn't be a problem for most major caterers. You also have to get a liquor license through the town of Waltham about two months before, but Marcia will explain all of this to you. Lastly, the rental of the venue allows a maximum of 5 hours for the event, with two hours for set up and 1 hour for breakdown. This was the only downside, as we would have happily added an hour or two if possible to make the day last as long as we could.
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Jenna
Wedding:
10/12/2013
4.9/5.0
I loved everything about this venue from the moment I drove up the path. Having a wedding here is like having a rich relative lend you their estate for the day, only better. The house has so much history, character and is just beautiful. There is so much art, detail and space to explore. I also loved that, unlike some other estate properties, you are actually allowed to use the HOUSE, rather than pitch a tent outside beside the house, and the venue can accommodate about 120 people comfortably.

The function manager and guardian of the property, Marcia, was also a wonderful wealth of information. She genuinely cares about the property but also your special day in it. She may seem a little gruff at first, but she is definitely someone you want in your corner when trying to coordinate an event and all the planning, vendors and details that go into it.
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Cheryl
Wedding:
10/27/2012
4.4/5.0
Stonehurst is so beautiful, and for us affordable, since we live in Waltham and got a discount. You can also choose your caterer and bring your own alcohol, which was huge for us. Marsha, the function coordinator, was actually lovely, and very helpful. We would have our wedding there again in a heartbeat.
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Susan
Wedding:
9/2/2012
4.0/5.0
I had a great experience at the Paine Estate. It is such a beautiful place; my fiance and I fell in love with it right away. I thought I was going to have to travel an hour away to find a unique wedding venue, but then I found Stonehurst right in my backyard. We got many compliments on our venue, and our wedding there was just lovely.
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Amanda
Wedding:
9/10/2011
3.2/5.0
I grew up in the area, and attended functions at the Paine Estate before, so I knew how beautiful it was. It was the only reception site I visited because I loved the space, indoors and outdoors. The Estate is on conservation land, so it is very quiet and you can hardly believe it's in Waltham. All my guests remarked at how beautiful the house and the grounds were. We had our ceremony outside on the lawn, and cocktail hour outside on the patio, which was a great option for a fall evening.

The only downside about the space is that the main dining room only accommodates 100 guests (10 tables of 10), so we had 2 tables of overflow guests into where the dance floor is. I put my bridal party out there though, and they certainly didn't mind being right in the action.

Otherwise, I was a bit disappointed with the event coordinator. Unless you reach out to her, she does not contact you for anything. I was told by my caterer (who catered at the Estate before) about the liquor license requirements. This was not mentioned by the event coordinator at all. The event coordinator is also very restrictive with what caterers she will work with, and how the space may be set up. I do understand these restrictions, as it is a historical site; however, the event coordinator does not communicate these things in a friendly manner. All in all, I tried to stay out of her way and play by her rules. In the end, we had a beautiful wedding, and I certainly would recommend the site to a friend.
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SCremer
Wedding:
10/2/2010
4.9/5.0
We loved having our wedding at Stonehurst. Marcia was the perfect liaison for us: sensible, ready with advice, but happy to accommodate any of our requests. They were able to provide tables and the poles for our Huppah, and Marcia's advice for the layout of the rooms was much needed. We did need to rent plants and lights to help with the lighting, and Waltham requires you to attend a town meeting for a liquor license, but it was worth it. The rooms for getting dressed for the actual event also could have used a little love, but otherwise we couldn't have asked for a better venue!
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mqm13
Wedding:
8/28/2010
4.3/5.0
The Paine Estate is an amazing location to host your wedding. The woman in-charge of the place is a little difficult to work with, it's her way or the highway. She was very responsive and the value of cost is great, especially if you are a Waltham resident (even cheaper!). Overall we were very happy with our selection as far as ceremony/reception location. There were a few bumps in the road as far as getting a liquor license (they decided to inform us of this the week before our wedding). BUT everything worked out, as it always does. We have some amazing pictures because this place is beautiful and very historic.
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centofal
Wedding:
8/1/2009
5.0/5.0
This historic estate is gorgeous. The house, the grounds, everything. The head of the estate, Marcia Goodwin, is fabulous. She has worked literally hundreds of weddings there and knows exactly what you need. She is tough, but so helpful.
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McGrew
Wedding:
5/9/2009
4.6/5.0
Stonehurst was a great venue, my husband and I loved the rustic feel, the wood and stone work is amazing. The girls and I got dressed and touched-up upstairs which was really convenient. We had our ceremony outside, the tree was in bloom, and it was truly beautiful. The dance floor and dining areas were the perfect size. We really wanted a good movement, we didn't want our reception to be confined to one area.

The only tricky part of Stonehurst was that the girls and I could not do our hair there, so we had to find a salon. Also, there is no air conditioning, so you have to be thoughtful as to the time of year. Marsha, the event coordinator, was extremely helpful and honest.
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