- 4 years ago
I’m very organized and love planning but the last few weddings I went to I got to see upclose the stress that the brides went through with having a cost-saving DIY wedding where they (with the help of friends/family) had to oversee every single little details leading up to the day themselves. I know for sure that I would become a bridezilla if I do that so I’m going with the all-inclusive wedding packages route offered mostly by hotels and I’m completely fine with having a “cookie-cutter hotel wedding”.
Trying to stay around $100/guest after tax & fees, though will vary a lot depending on how inclusive/what’s included in the package. High ceiling is a must and priority. Of course the most gorgeous high ceiling venues are 4-star hotels in Boston that I can’t afford (over $200/guest!). Ideally the package would include the wedding cake, linens, chiavari chairs, floral centerpieces, though some don’t. I’ve contacted a lot of hotels and so far they all seem to be VERY negotiable as far as package details and pricing.
So far the top contenders are below. I had always pictured a simple contemporary venue (the cookie-cutter hotel ballroom type) but apparently I’m drawn towards the classic old-style ballrooms instead which means mostly old/historical buildings. Most of them look like any other old brick building, some apparently even haunted…
Sheraton Commander Cambridge<br />Courtyard Marriott Downtown Boston<br />Hawthorne Hotel Salem<br />Tiffany Ballroom Four Points Sheraton Norwood<br />Hotel Northampton<br />Radisson Nashua<br />Hotel Viking Newport<br />DoubleTree Hilton North Shore Danvers (contemporary and very different from the rest but for some reason I really like)
I have also found a few non-hotel banquet hall type venues with all-inclusive offers but most of them won’t give me pricing until I visit because they don’t really have set packages and depends a lot on preferences and customizations. Some others seem affordable but the rental is separate from the per-person catering cost and in the end more expensive. I think I’ve looked at most of the venues in the area but if anyone know of any more I could use some suggestions…