There’s a reason it’s nicknamed “The Hub.” While Bostonians may be biased, many remain convinced – and convincing – that their city does have it all and is indeed the hub of the universe. There’s no arguing that it has enough culture, picturesque parks, river and harbor views, hip and historic neighborhoods, elegant and edgy hotels, and of course classic sports venues to please a spectrum of tastes. The bridal couple seeking traditional, trend-setting or relaxed and fun for their wedding will find multiple venues from which to choose in Beantown.
Selecting the reception site is only the beginning. A destination wedding in Boston can easily stretch from a weekend to a week, and no one would grow bored. Treat the bridal party to a sunset river cruise, a skating party at Frog Pond, or take them out to the ballgame at famed Fenway Park (tours of the park are also a great option!). If your guests are more interested in history than homeruns, tours from Beacon Hill to the North End, or Cambridge, will shed some light on Boston’s rich tradition.
“When you have a wedding in Boston, you’re giving guests the greatest gift and most of it’s free,” says Paula Marrero of Marrero Events. “It has a world-class culture, without being a huge intimidating city. From the Back Bay to the Esplanade, the museums, celebrity-caliber brunches, there is so much to see and do, packed into a relatively small area. And no one should leave Boston without having seen Fenway.”
Marrero notes that even when the wedding reception takes place outside the city, she recommends out-of-town guests stay in Boston. That leaves them better positioned to explore the city on their own and enjoy pre- and post-wedding events.
Marrero also encourages couples to integrate the city’s beauty and landmarks into their wedding in creative ways. “If a venue is out of a couple’s price range, take their photos there,” she says. “If they want a clambake or a harbor cruise, but it’s not right for the reception, we suggest they do it for their rehearsal dinner.”
She cites the Hampshire House, a turn-of-the century mansion on Beacon Hill overlooking the Public Garden, as “quintessential Boston” and perfect for any wedding event. Another favorite venue is the Harvard Club on Commonwealth Avenue with its magnificent ballroom featuring four-story high ceilings, dark wood paneling and marble fireplaces.
The Langham Boston, housed in the former Federal Reserve Bank building overlooking Norman B. Levanthal Park in Post Office Square, provides another authentic Bostonian experience. It offers both classic romance in the vaulted ceilings and chandeliers of the Wilson Ballroom and elegance in the Esplanade room, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the park. “The Langham has undergone some sexy changes and has a great champagne bar,” says Marrero. “And BOND [restaurant/lounge] is awesome in the true sense of the word.”
George Street Photo & Video Lead Photographer, Aram O., gathers inspiration wherever he looks while photographing couples throughout the city. “From new age buildings to old cobble stone streets, Boston never ceases to provide a beautiful backdrop for the newly engaged and newly wed. Aside from the rich history and architectural variety around every corner, the people I get to work with in Boston all have such diverse backgrounds – I am always intrigued and excited to shoot a new wedding in this city!”
Marrero was right: with all its natural and architectural beauty, history and vivacity, Boston is a treasure of a gift to give to your wedding guests.
Written by Lenore Cullen Barnes
Article published in Southern New England Wedding Destination 2013 edition.
For dramatic views & modern amenities, any of these venues will do:
BOSTON HARBOR HOTEL
70 Rowes Wharf
THE COUNTRY CLUB SCENE
We are fortunate to have many long-established and beautifully situated country clubs throughout the greater Boston area. It’s no wonder so many couples choose country clubs as the site for their most special occasion. The convenience and ease of an on-premise ceremony and reception allow both the wedding party and guests to simply relax together, soak up the scenery and cherish the event.
Blue Hill Country Club
A private, member-owned club with a 27-hole course. Cocktails can be enjoyed on the outdoor terrace and the ballrooms afford views of the course while dining from custom-made menus.
23 Pecunit Street, Canton; 781-828-2000.
Andover Country Club
Couples can celebrate both wedding ceremony and reception amid the Victorian Gardens with views of the golf course. Two pergolas decorate the setting. Indoors, marble-topped bars and working fireplaces complement the view outside.
60 Canterbury Street, Andover; 978-475-1263.
Franklin Country Club
This 100-year-old club offers exclusive use of the clubhouse for weddings with a recently remodeled ballroom, which hosts up to 200 guests. Multiple locations are available for indoor or outdoor ceremonies. Guests can enjoy cocktail hour on the expansive outdoor balcony. 672 E Central Street, Franklin; 508-528-6110.
Black Rock Country Club
Pavilion ceremonies are available and the ballroom can host up to 180 for a seated dinner. During the month of December, the cozy Grille Room, with fireplace and beamed ceilings, can seat up to 140.
19 Clubhouse Drive, Hingham; 781-749-1919.
White Cliffs Country Club
Set on a cliff overlooking Cape Cod Bay, gorgeous views are available whether you choose to wed in a tented garden reception, the Bay Dining Room or Cliff Room.
1 Eastcliff Drive, Plymouth; 508-888-8701.