What to consider when choosing a wedding date and location in Boston


Boston is a great town for wedding ceremonies and receptions.  However, getting the venue to match up with the season you want is not always easy. These venues offer a unique character, and they can provide a broader date selection for the couple:  

Thompson Island Outward Bound, 22 Drydock Avenue; very casual setting; beautiful views of the city and surrounding fields; serves alcohol; in-house catering; try to book in the fall;.

Cambridge Brewing Company, 1 Kendall Square #100,Cambridge; outside courtyard; great for a small wedding/reception;  can accommodate up to 200 guests inside; good variety of beer and excellent appetizer/dinner menu;  reasonably priced for a wedding; you can have your wedding here, even in the winter, and you won't have to share the spotlight with the hundreds of June weddings;

New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Harbor View Café/West wing Gallery; available for your special event; room for 100 standing reception or 80 seating for dinner; beautiful view of harbor and skyline; main exhibit building available for private parties of 600 standing or 250 seated; for the ultimate; rent the Voyager III for a private ceremony; will accommodate 150 standing or 100 seated for dinner.

Willowdale Estate, 24 Asbury St;, Topsfield; event manager to assist you; extensive sit-down or buffet style dinner menus; great appetizers; fees include exclusive use of estate for five hours; outside gardens and patios; tented pavilion; library, dining room, great room and hospitality bridal suite; try this gorgeous venue in the spring or fall;

Endicott Cottage, 376 Hale Street, Beverly; Misselwood Manor is a romantic setting for your wedding; a seasonal (heated or air-conditioned)  tent equipped with hardwood floors and chandeliers; beautiful grounds, walkways and gorgeous ocean views great for wedding photos; in-house caterers to help plan; late spring or middle of the fall are the loveliest times to hold your ceremony here;

Estate, 164 Massapoag Avenue, Sharon Saphire; hosted wedding events for over 100 years; lake views of Lake Massapoag; great sunsets for photos;  outside courtyard for ceremony or cocktails; large ballroom with separate cocktail bar/lounge area; bridal suite to have cocktails prior to ceremony; early summer is enchanting;

Cranwell Resort, Spa, Golf Club, 55 Lee Rd., Lenox; can seat 200 for dinner and dancing in the Sloane Ballroom; tented events for larger weddings; winter weddings in the Cranwell Resort with cozy fireplace and pristine views; snow-covered lodge and landscape make for a beautiful location and a reduced price; spa is a bonus with some guest rooms connected to the spa through heated hallways; outstanding wedding packages and food selection; have a dazzling winter wedding or enjoy the fall and perfect golf weather;

The College Club, 44 Commonwealth Avenue; located in the Historic Back Bay area; can accommodate up to 100 guests;  wedding site and catering services available for a reception in the Drawing Room with its 18 ft ceilings and Victorian décor;

The Castle at Boston University, 225 Bay State Rd.; Tudor Revival Mansion covered in ivy is an elegant setting for your wedding and reception; can accommodate from 30 to 125 people; great views of the Charles River; full catering packages, custom cakes, bridal party suite, on-site, complimentary parking; although summer is super, your guests will appreciate the cooler clime of spring or fall;

Seaport Elite, Boston Yacht Charter, 866-429-928; have your wedding dockside or at an alternative location (the crew will be sure you are still in the State of Mass for the ceremony to be legal); enjoy wonderful music or quiet conversations; indoor seating for 110; outside patio with bar for those smoking guests; brunch, lunch or dinner menu available; historic views of Boston Harbor from the decks; guests will love an early fall wedding at this venue.

So, Bostonians, jump in early and plan your unforgettable wedding at a less popular time of the year.

Last Updated: November 4, 2008 at 5:08 am
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