Great Spots for Wedding Photos in Boston


Boston.  Bean Town, home of the Boston Tea party and mountains of history, not to mention the beloved Boston Red Sox and first-rate academic institutions, has more than 80 recognized wedding venues.  Most venues are expensive and require planning and booking one year to eighteen months in advance. Whether you want to have your wedding downtown, near the harbor, or in some of Boston’s outskirts or in outlying towns, Boston is sure to offer you possibilities for an unforgettable wedding.  Here are but a few:


Somewhat modestly priced


·        Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square.  Formal dining available in main hall, or in the Atrium, with arched glass roof, or in the gallery section; impressive octagonal reception; many art collections; hosts 350;



·        Decordova Museum & Sculpture Park, 51 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln. 35-acres; roof deck views; outdoor ceremony encouraged, with splendid water vistas; accommodates 130 guests;  Many photo shots beckon;


·        Commonwealth Museum, 220 Morrissey Blvd, in Archives Building.  Overlooks Boston Harbor and JFK Library; free chair and table set-up; outside, you need to rent your own accoutrements;  dance and make as much noise as you want, no limitation; you control expenses in large part;


·        Gamble Mansion, 5 Commonwealth Ave., Boston Center for Adult Education.  Ornate architecture; elegant but cozy; up to 150 guests;


A little pricier


·        33 Restaurant & Lounge, 33 Stanhope St.  Extensive sound system; exceptional audio-visual capability; popular, hosts more than 200 events/year; catering provided or use their kitchen; contemporary, yet romantic;


·        Cheers, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Quincy Market.  Non-ending fun; enjoy the Stage Bar & Café, a replica of the Hollywood set of the famous television series; or use the Lower Bar, a look-alike of the bar on Beacon Hill that inspired the series; or go to Sam’s Café; nice banquet facilities, but the after-reception is where the fun and memories are;


·        Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave.  Recent remodeling; surrounded by cultural sites, including Back Bay; overnight guests will love the roof-top pool; cuisine has won numerous awards;


·        Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square, Salem.  Dine in the delightful Nathaniel’s Restaurant;  overnight guests will love the understated elegance of the rooms and an impressive foyer;


·        In this price range, you might want to check out Fifteen Beacon, 15 Beacon St., fine wine list and superb New England dishes; and Four Seasons Hotel, 200 Boylston St., overlooking famed Public Garden and Beacon Hill;


Priced a few octaves above


·        Phillips Banquets & Meetings, 780 Morrissey Blvd.  Package prices available; limousine service, complimentary overnight stay for bride and groom in adjoining hotels; minimum 100 guests;


·        Hyatt Harborside, 101 Harborside Dr.  21,000 square feet; complimentary champagne; professional staff and planner; outstanding skyline ballroom;


·        Old State House, corner of State and Washington streets.  Built 1713; intimate, capacity for 150, seating 75; exquisite winding staircase and huge fireplace; outside catering allowed;  take must-have photos on staircase;


·        Residence Inn Boston Harbor, 34-44 Charles River Ave., Charlestown.  AAA-3 Diamond venue; near downtown and TD Banknorth Garden; hotel pier overlooks Boston Harbor; visit USS Constitution; café on Tudor Wharf; unforgettable experience for couple and attendees, as well as for the photographer;


·        Bradley Estate, Canton.  Bridal suite; 90-acre grounds…be photographed feeding sheep; intimate inside, 60 guests in dining room, 40 in unequalled living room/loggia; tented outside ceremony if desired, with impeccable lawns and sculpted shrubbery;


·        Longwood Events, 60 State Street.  Famous State Room; awesome views of city and harbor; exquisite table settings; renowned chef; romantic and impressive; accommodates 850 guests;


·        Lyman Estate, Waltham.  Built late 1700s; five-star rated in reviews; remarkable staircase and woodwork; marble fireplace; attractive off-season, mid-week rates; photographer’s delight;


·        Omni Parker House, 60 School St. Charming, soft, elegant beauty; extremely popular since 1855 for well-deserved reputation; Rooftop Ballroom, 250 guests and Alcott Ballroom, 130 guests;


·        Royal Sonesta 40 Edwin Land Blvd., Cambridge.  Rave reviews from public and planners; views of Charles River and Boston skyline; Grand Ballroom and Riverfront Room, as well as Charles Suites; for intimate and large receptions;


·        Commandant’s House, House on the Hill, overlooks USS Constitution and Boston Harbor; 6000 sq. ft. lawn; superb audiovisual capacity; from 50-300 guests.


Get busy, book well in advance, and enjoy.




Last Updated: October 17, 2008 at 6:56 am
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