Post # 1
Need some help with wedding venues in Boston/Cape Cod area. Wedding will have around 200 ppl with budget around 60k. Looking for a venue with a great view ( ocean, city, etc) Or something that is just not your standard banquet hall. Any idea if this is a standard budget or roughly what some of these venues may charge? Any insight would be great.
Post # 3
I was just asked this question a few days ago from a former client that is getting remarried and I was her wedding planner for the first wedding. I haven’t looked into prices in a while on venues but I was talking with the DJ company I always recommend (Paul and Shane from DJ MaShane http://www.DJMaShane.com) and they said they had a wedding at New Seabury Country Club and the views were great and the food was very good. Large selection of items. So I did some research for my former client and they have a lot of good reviews and the prices are pretty good consindering the views and the level of service you get. Here are some links:
If you add uplighting it gives the room a more modern elegant feel from the pictures Paul and Shane (DJ MaShane) were showing me they did at a wedding there. If your looking for a DJ and/or uplighting team I would highly recommend DJ MaShane but if you have any questions on the venue, feel free to let me know and I can check with them for you as they said they have been there a bunch of times recently.
Post # 4
I found this while reading another posting:
New Seabury Country Club http://www.newseabury.com/CountryClub.aspx Mashpee, MA $3,000 for each location. around $55/person. $150 for 50 pieces of apps $10,000 food/bar minimum
Post # 5
I think with that budget you should be able to find something that you love. Venues often have a rental fee (ranging from $1500-$7000) and/or food/bev minimums. I think there are a lot of unique options in the Boston/Cape area that isn’t a standard banquet hall/hotel ballroom. Although with that high a guest count, I’m not sure how many of these options would work.
Things to think about:
-indoors vs outdoor (tent)
-ceremony on-site or church
-how close do you want lodging/hotel
-hotel vs country club vs barn vs mansion vs museum, etc.
Personally, I got married at Shining Tides in Mattapoisett. It is a little known venue, but does have a high rental fee. The fee does go to a good cause, so it is a little bit easier to swallow.
Good Luck with your search!
Post # 6
@kmd0717: I’m getting married in NH, but I was looking originally in Boston and I looked into a lot of places that were not your average hotel/banquet hall type venue.
The BSA Gallery Space – Boston, MA – Lofty, modern, BSA stands for Boston Society of Architects
Multicultural Arts Center – Cambridge, MA – Big, historic space.
Artists for Humanity Epicenter – Boston, MA – Lofty, modern, HUGE, and all venue rental fees go toward their really awesome youth art programs.
The Boston Public Library – Boston, MA – Very pricey, but beautiful, and the location is amazing. You have to use their in house caterer.
Post # 7
@kmd0717: The State Room has amazing views. Feel free to PM if you have questions about it
Post # 8
The State Room is very nice and does have great views. The problem was always parking there. I always ended up parking in the State street garage which on the weekend was only $18 but Friday weddings was around $30/$40. I don’t know if there was a better place to park or not. Maybe someone else has an answer to that.
Post # 9
Thanks for all the suggestions! I’ll check out the State Room and New Seabury. I have heard good things about Lakeview Pavilion and Seaport in Boston. Also someone in the family mentions Wychmere. Has anyone been to a wedding at any of those venues?
Post # 10
Lakeview Pavilion is very nice. I love the decor. People there are great. My very last client before I stopped being a wedding planner had their wedding at Lakeview Pavilion. They used DJ MaShane for the DJ and uplighting service (http://djmashane.com/Youa-Kong-Wedding.aspx). I highly recommend the venue.
1. Don’t use their uplighting. Over priced for what you get. I love battery powered uplightings on each column in the middle of the room. You need battery powered LED uplights because you can’t run cords between the columns and there is no plugs. The package my last client went with had the uplighting for the stage area included but when we got there the venue said they were no working that the night befores wedding someone broke them. Shane and Paul from DJ MaShane were nice enough to step in and add uplighting behind the sweet heart table for them which was better because they could do two different colors which is what my client wanted in the first place.
2. Don’t use their monogram light service. You can get it for 1/3rd to 1/4th the price from when they charged per letter. The monograms cost most lighting companies between $75 and $150 for a normal metal monogram.
3. Don’t go by there brochure for vendors. Vendors have to pay to be in the brochure and has nothing to do if they are good or not. The venue tries to say they know first hand each one is good but I can tell you one of the vendors in the book completely tried to rip off my client and canceled at the last minute when we wouldn’t pay more than the agreed price.