Are you a creative spirit? Do you often color outside the lines of tradition and come up with your own ideas? Do you discard the restaurant’s menu and ask the waiter to create a dish that makes your taste buds twitch with delight? For those seeking a non-traditional wedding, there are a number of spaces throughout Boston that will inspire creativity and imagination.By Stacey Marcus
Looking for the ultimate creative space to tie the knot?
Adorned with paintings and photographs created by talented teen artists, Artists for Humanity’s EpiCenter offers a unique and inspiring space for both wedding ceremonies and receptions. The 5,000-square-foot loft-style gallery was the first in Boston to achieve LEED Platinum certification for energy sustainability, and can accommodate up to 250 guests. Eighteen-foot ceilings enhance the venue’s airy, industrial ambience, while south facing windows let in an abundance of natural light. A sunken outdoor courtyard provides an additional 1,200 square feet of event space for those desiring to host their nuptials al fresco.
“Renting our gallery supports Artists for Humanity’s mission: to bridge economic, racial and social divisions by providing under-resourced urban youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in art and design,” says Alexis Orellana, events director at Artists For Humanity. Brides and grooms looking to further support AFH teens can enlist the venue for help with creative design services, including invitations, save-the-dates and even live painting during their reception.
Artists for Humanity
100 W. 2nd St., Boston
617 268 7620
Fishing for an otherworldly place to unite?
There’s no shortage of fun ways to celebrate at the New England Aquarium. Treat your guests to a private viewing of the intriguing (and interactive) exhibits featuring a diverse collection of aquatic life. Your guests will love munching and mingling beside aquariums filled with colorful fish dancing in the bubbles. In the warmer wedding months, you can share your first toast at a cocktail reception near the seals and sea lions at the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center and enjoy dinner prepared by an exclusive caterer beneath the waterfront canopy. Along with the unique experience of mingling with marine friends, New England Aquarium offers a waterfront location with city views. You can even have your ceremony on-site.
New England Aquarium
1 Central Wharf, Boston
Do you heart history?
Are you obsessed with Boston history and the Founding Fathers? Have we got a space for you! One of Beantown’s hidden gems, the historic Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, is waiting for you in Boston’s South End. History buffs will love the historic feel of the venue, which has over 8,000 square feet of interior space and 5,000 square feet of outdoor space. One of the most special features is an auditorium that is a replica of Symphony Hall and can be transformed into a ballroom. Outdoor spaces include gardens, a plaza, a spacious courtyard and even an outdoor basketball court.
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
41 Berkeley St., Boston
Set sail for a great marriage.
If your dream is to host your wedding on Boston Harbor, then your ship has just come in. The Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships Boston offers adventurous brides and grooms an unforgettable, seafaring wedding experience aboard their two chartered schooners, Liberty Clipper and Liberty Star. With a variety of catering options to choose from, a fully stocked bar and the option of bringing a live band aboard, couples can seamlessly take their party out to sea. The fleet’s 125-foot Liberty Clipper, which was built in 1983 as a replica Baltimore Schooner, fits 100 guests on deck standing and sitting as well as 40 below deck in its Grand Salon. Liberty Fleet’s smaller, 67-foot schooner, Liberty Star, was originally constructed as a working replica of an 1890s coastal schooner. With mahogany planking, oak frames, traditional pine and fir decking, shining brass fittings and exotic wood cabinetry, the ship comfortably holds 39—perfect for accommodating smaller, intimate wedding parties.
The Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships
67 Long Wharf, Boston