Post # 1
Dear Boston Bees,
I am a graduate student currently living in Chicago. I’m originally from Boston (Lexington). I will be having a wedding ceremony in Watertown and am looking for a reception site within 30min drive from Watertown. My fiance and I are looking for a low budget reception site (I’m a student and my FI works at a nonprofit organization) for about 125 people. Would around 15K be reasonable for catering + reception site?
Boston harbor holds a very special meaning in our heart, but it seems like all the wedding venues there are so expensive! Has anyone had your wedding at Vanezia? Do you have any recommendation for Boston Harbor area (any where by the water)? We also like nature-y places.. Has anyone had your wedding at Warren Center in Ashland?
Other than these two places, I have looked at the following places:
Cambridge Multicultural Center
Woburn country club
Have you had any experiences with these vendors? Do you have any other suggestions? We just want a simple, elegant (not extravagant) wedding…
Also, how much in advance should I give these vendors a call to set up an appointment? I’m the first one to get married among my friends and we all have no idea what needs to get done and where I should look, etc. Any kind of advice/help would be GREATLY appreciated!
Post # 3
I would call now for all the places and try to visit/see pricing now. I would also add places that look onto the Harbor but aren’t technicially Boston.. Yacht Clubs, etc. I would also add the Hyatt Harborside— beautiful views.
I don’t have too much experience with the vendors you listed but know that in the city, it will be impossible to do 15K. We were quoted alot higher than that (we do have alot more people). Also, don’t be afraid to negioate when you do hear the prices!
hope this helps!
Post # 4
Thank you for your reply! Do you know what the average quote I should expect for a 125-guest wedding reception might be?
Post # 5
I am recently engaged on the s. shore and I was able to call various places and get in for a tour/visit within a week. Most of the places have all the pricing online so you can figure it out yourself, but it’s worth a visit because sometimes there are hidden costs. I’ve been to events at both the Lantana and Lombardos and they are your typical banquet hall. Avg prices.
If you know you’re going to be in town, call to schedule visits and check them out. If you just search boston or ma wedding venues on google you’ll get sites with lists of places. Inside Boston is def going to be your most expensive.
There’s really no way to say how much an average wedding would be. Every place is different and has different packages or individual plate pricing. You just have to do your homework. Good luck!
Post # 6
Hello! This is a little different from what you’re looking for, but more within budget (and closer to your ceremony). I would try looking at the historic houses in the suburbs. I’m getting married at the Lyman Estate in Waltham, and there’s also Gore Place, Pierce house (in Lincoln I think), and a lot more others. You can’t fit 125 people into one room at those places, but if you set up a tent it would still keep you within budget.
The system at Lyman is that you have to choose a caterer from their preferred list (of 10) and you supply the alcohol yourself (huge money saver). This can all be done in under 15K. We’re well under that amount including the venue, cake, food, and alcohol for 70 people.
Post # 7
Here are some venues that you could probably swing on your budget. The hotels on the Harbor and along the Charles are insanely expensive. You might get a deal if you go off season, but aside from that 125 for 15k would be very hard.
This is the pier on Tudor Wharf that you rent through the Marriot. You pay for the site and tent rental (I think around 5-6k total), BUT then can do any caterer you want. So if you’re not planning on gourmet, you can save on the catering costs (think buffet, local restaurant catering, or tasty bbq). This overlooks the harbor and city and I think is an under-utilized venue.
This one is a loft space in the Fort Point Channel area. I don’t belive the room itself has any wonderful views of the water, but the rental is a flat fee of 2k, and again you are in control of catering/bar and what not. You’re also a stone’s throw from the channel and the harbor, so you could easily get your photos along the water but still be close to the reception site.
If you’re willing to go a little south to Quincy, Venezia and Port 305 are two options. Another place you might look into is the Squantum Yacht Club. The rental is CHEAP in comparison to other places around.
Commander’s Mansion in Watertown is nice as well. Don’t be put off by high rental fees in your searching. If you find a reasonable caterer, you can still come in under your 15k budget! I have a list of quite a few venues closer to the city. PM if you want more information on anything!
Post # 8
@Lavenderlove: Don’t know if you are still looking, but I recommend The Lantana. Great prices, they have different packages which is good if you’re looking to provide some of your own stuff (like a cake, centerpieces, etc) to save $$.
I think the prices are a steal for what they include, definitely the cheapest most elegant venue we found under 10K for about 120 people
Post # 9
We are doing a Friday night welcome reception at Hampshire House in Beacon Hill. Even though it is not on the water, it is absolutely worth looking into. The prices are extremely reasonable!! It caters to a wedding on the smaller side though, so it might not be feasible if you think your guest count will increase.
Post # 10
I would second the recommendation to look at the Squantum Yacht Club. It’s right on the water with great views of the city. The room is a good size, you bring in your own caterer but use their bar. The rental prices are very reasonable. The only downside can be parking. If it’s a nice evening, the spots can fill up with people walking the beach.