Omni Parker House
The Omni Parker House was exactly what I wanted in a wedding venue - a timeless venue that has the ability to transport its vistors back to "old Boston". We held our ceremony in the Press Room, and our reception in the roof top ballroom. This was the perfect location for a 200 guest event. The Press Room was absolutely gorgeous, and we were able to marry in front of a beautiful fireplace. We also had our rehersal dinner in one of their conference rooms, and brunch on Sunday morning in the Press Room.
I worked with Alison who helped me coordinate everything from day one - she was a life saver. It was great having her as a contact point for all of my crazy wedding related questions. She also helped me with things that I would never have thought of, and helped me schedule my whole day.
The food was WONDERFUL, the service was great. I felt incredibly well taken care of. I loved that the Omni and its staff worked so fluidly with my vendors, so that I didn't have to be a middle man anywhere. I was able to put this all together with the help of the Omni, and my vendors, without a wedding planner, which is huge!
The only complaint that I have, is that when I arrived on friday (my rehersal was at 5) - I was not able to check in early (as requested), and I actually had to wait almost a whole hour (check in was at 3, I was able to get to my room at 4). There was also a lot of confusion about where my room was, and often things were delivered to the wrong room.
In the large scheme of things, this was all very minor - but it did cause for some confusion and frustration. If I could do it all over again I would most certainly use the Omni Parker House, and I reccomend it to any other bride who is looking for a venue where they can get the whole package - food, drink, coordinator, multiple events, and hotel rooms. Thank you Alison and the Omni...
My husband and I just got married at the Omni and it was the best experience of our lives. Granted we've both never been married before, but it was so easy! Jennifer Nicholson and her staff were amazing -- I don't know how, but it all came together so elegantly and beautifully. Everyone was so flexible and easy to work with. Most importantly, the food was amazing. Thank you for making this the most memorable, fun night of our lives!
We held our October wedding reception at the Omni Parker House, and we could not have picked a better venue. Everything about the venue, from the fabulous old hotel and beautiful rooftop ballroom to the professional staff and delcious food, was excellent. Alison, the wedding coordinator we worked with during the planning process, was invaluable. She was so pleasant to work with, and she was very responsive whenever I had questions, making excellent suggestions throughout the process and directing me to other people within the Omni Parker for things like hotel reservations for guests, etc. The bridal suite we had to get ready in was amazing, and the entire evening went perfect!!!
The Parker House hosted my wedding reception, our day after brunch, and MANY of our guests stayed at the hotel. The short review: our experience was SPECTACULAR. The long reivew:...
--Planning process: We knew we were looking for a downtown location for our wedding reception but after seeing -many- hotels we became doubtful that we would find a place that lived up to our standards and wasn't going to cost a fortune. When we toured The Parker House we absolutely fell in love with the ambiance and the friendly staff...and the gorgeous ballroom! The location was also precisely what we wanted. And the price was actually doable which was a total surprise. They even hosted us for a complimentary dinner at Parker's so we could try the food--we were ecstatic. The food is amazing! Their standard package comes with pretty much everything but the kitchen sink which is great but we were also able to customize it to meet our specific needs. Our wedding coordinator, Jennifer, was incredibly responsive during our engagement. I wouldn't call myself a "Bridezilla" but I was very organized, specific, and knew what I wanted. I sent her ALOT of emails and she never made me feel like I was harassing her or that I was crazy. She was very patient and also timely with her responses. She also offered great solutions to issues that came up. For instance, we were able to have both a suite for the girls to get ready in AND a great room for the guys as well. We also came in slightly under our minimum and instead of just offering to add more food, we added in a Day-After Brunch in a GORGEOUS conference room for all of our guests!
The Big Day: Its difficult for me to put into type how wonderful our wedding weekend was. Our rooms at the Parker House to get ready in were perfect: clean and picturesque and totally comfortable. They even brought us ice water and glasses all day. The hotel was stunning that day and provided a great backdrop for all of the photos. And the ballroom....completely stunning, a total dream. When I saw it with the flowers and uplighting for the first time I got so emotional. The team at the Parker House did a flawless job of executing my vision and of making the whole evening glamorous. One of the most important details for us was the food and it was mouth watering. Just the best wedding food I have ever tasted. From the passed apps to the delectable sea bass, it was SO good. They also perfectly executed our signature drinks (at no additional cost). My Groom, our parents, and I all had MANY guests come up to us and say it was honestly the best wedding they had ever been to.
The Evening: We hosted the after party at Parker's Bar which they were kind enough to keep open later than usual for us! We also pre-ordered pizza's to be delivered to the bar when we arrived and they were delish too. Our guests loooooved Parker's and had so much fun continuing the party down there. My new husband and I went to our suite after Parker's and it was lovely as well. They had champagne and chocolate stawberries waiting for us which was a thoughtful touch.
The Brunch: PERFECTION. Our parents were so incredibly grateful to have such a lovely way to say goodbye to all of the travelers. We had mostly out of town guests and they appreciated the breakfast and the chance to spend more time together. The food was up to the stellar standard they had set the night before as was the service. And they even used the leftover flowers from the reception to decorate. After the brunch, the valet staffed worked tirelessly to help us load everything into our cars.
The (very few) negatives: I did not appreciate at all that they charge $3.00 per room to deliver out of town guest bags. This is normally a simple thing that gets given to each guest at check in and their process seemed more confusing and it cost us over $100. When I asked about it they told me it was "a union issue". Even if thats the case, the hotel should absorb that cost and not pass it on to couples already spending SO much money. Its a cost of doing business. Secondly, our uplighting company offers a "confetti bomb" that we were very excited about. The Parker House told us that in order to have it we would have to pay $400 clean-up charge. That was too much so we had to nix it which was a bummer. Lastly, the price per hotel room was a problem for many of our guests. We totally understand that Fall in downtown Boston means expensive accommodations anywhere, but we were upset we couldn't get a rate anywhere $200 or less per room when we had so many rooms booked. As a result, we had guests at several hotels all over the place which made some other aspects more complicated.
Given the opportunity to plan my whole wedding over again, we would 100% choose The Omni Parker House again. Their excellent service, delicious food, amazing location, and STUNNING ballroom all made for the wedding of my dreams. Thank you to everyone there for making my experience as a Bride exceptional.
The Omni Parker house is one of Boston's Premiere Wedding Venues. The staff is very professional. The catering is always amazing. The over-all experience of having your wedding there is top-notch. Their staff will make everything go smoothly so as to have the perfect Boston wedding. I have photographed many weddings and events there and they will go out of their way to help you. I'd recommend the Omni to anyone for an event or wedding. Silver Pix Studios is humbled to be on their preferred professionals list of a hotel who's history is as long as the history of Boston and America. JFK proposed here to Jackie, and many more historic events have happened at this beautiful hotel. It actually is the longest continuously operating hotel in America. There is so much ambiance here from the delicate ornate crown moulding everywhere to the antique decor and luxurious warm feeling any historic building has. Having a wedding here is unlike any place in the city. We truly love everything about this hotel.