Post # 1
I am having such a hard time choosing a venue for our wedding because BOTH of these venues are AMAZING!!! They are also very different, though. The Fairmont Copley Plaza has given us a better deal and appeals to my elegant, romantic side. But the State Room’s view is BREATHtaking and appeals to my chic, modern side. Anyone been to weddings at these venues?? What is your take??
Fairmont Copley: http://www.fairmont.com/copleyplaza/GuestServices/Weddings/TheGrandBallroom.htm
State Room: http://www.longwoodevents.com/Gallery.aspx
Post # 3
Which rooms are you looking at for each venue? If you’re not in the Great Room at the State Room, I don’t think it’s worth it. I do like the event planner better at the State Room though! Also, you really need to have a big wedding to fill the State Room or else it will feel empty. How many people are you inviting? If you’re worried about your budget make sure you know what your other expenses are. You could be spending 6-10k on flowers, 5-10k on a live band, etc.
Good luck deciding!
Post # 4
I like the Fairmont Copley, very elegant!
Post # 5
From the pictures, I prefer the Fairmont too.
Post # 6
Great question!! It’s the Great Room (the big one). The size of the Great Room and the Grand Ballroom at Copley are very similar and we only have 130 guests so both are very large for our guest count. But I don’t care! Haha, my parents haven’t seen each other in over ten years so we are gonna need a big space!!! lol the price difference is only a few thousand so it’s really a toss up. :/
Post # 7
The Great Room space is spectacular. However, I’d be concerned with only 130 guests that the room might look very empty. Are you willing to put a lot of money into decor? Another thing to consider since it looks like your wedding is in January: the weather! if you have it at Copley you can walk down from your room and not freeze to death if it’s a particularly nasty day. That also might be nice for the guests. You could also possibly do photographs at the Boston Public Library- but they can sometimes be a pain about it since they always seem to have events now- so call first. Two things I didn’t like about the State Room: 1.) having guests wait for the elevators and 2.) I believe the hosted parking was more than the regular rate.
Are you having your ceremony at the venue or somewhere else?
Post # 8
@villeroy we are having the ceremony on-site and a lot of the points you bring up are things we keep going back and forth about! The great room is really large, and we would probably have to spend thousands just making it look not so empty. But also the grand ballroom at copley is a similar size, but it seems like it doesn’t have as much of an “empty” look to it? I love the idea that I can just walk down from my hotel room to my wedding- what’s better than that!! But I also imagine us in the state room, it’s such an amazing view and such a unique venue in Boston. I do think the Copley is more willing to work with us financially, though. I really appreciate your input. 🙂
Post # 9
I like the State Room’s style better, but I tend to prefer a cleaner look. The Fairmont is nice but would be too fussy for me. Disclaimer: I had an outdoor wedding by a pond on a private property with mountain views, and we held the reception in a barn loft. So, it was pretty different from your venues!
Post # 10
I’m a former Boston girl and love both venues. The view at the State Room is knock-your-socks off (though I associate that view with work!). That said I think the Copley provides a better wedding guest “experience.” And it really is old school Boston – no, you don’t have the view, but you get so much more…
If you do State Room – you could stay at the Ames.
Post # 11
state room. the other is too fancy for my taste..
Post # 12
So, I’m a Bostonian who has been to many events (wedding and otherwise) in both. I don’t have too many complaints about either, and if cost is not an issue, I would suggest choosing the venue that best represents your wedding style: State Room for contemporary, Fairmont for classic elegance.
A few personal opinions, not intended to say one is superior to the other: while the view from the SR is nice, it isn’t all that spectacular when it’s used as a backdrop. Frankly it’s distracting, causes glare in photos, and if the weather isn’t great… well, that’s all you see. It also makes the room feel rather cold and unwelcoming — large expanses of glass tend to do that. I’ve seen it done up beautifully, but for some reason it’s never felt quite right. The food is good, slightly above average.
I’ve had more pleasant experiences at the Fairmont, but TBH had one or two *horrific* evenings of undercooked food and terrible service (I still wonder why). Those examples have been the exception rather than the rule, since most of the time I feel cordially welcomed, well-tended, comfortable, and nicely fed. I have to admit though, I’m very accustomed to that “type” of elegant and formal atmosphere; people who aren’t might feel stuffy or uncomfortable. But as far as visual appeal, its romance is the look I prefer.
Best of luck with your decision… your guests will certainly enjoy either venue, and I’m sure you and your future spouse will too!
Post # 14
SR bride here! Obviously I’m biased 🙂
Our guests stayed at the Millenium. Our out of town guests especially enjoyed Faneuil Hall and the whole area in general.
Post # 15
If we had the budget for it (and if we’d gotten married in Boston), I would have been all about State Room. I love the modern style, and the view is just the best. But you are correct that it is a large, empty space that would probably take a lot of work to fill up.
I am personally not a fan of the style of the Fairmont or of ornate ballrooms in general, but I do love Copley Square, which has played a huge role in my life in Boston. You mention that the Fairmont is more your style, and that it would be very convenient for you and some of your guests to be able to stay right there in the same location as the wedding. If you love the Fairmont and they gave you a good deal, go for it!
Post # 16
Thank you for the input ladies!!! @chai that’s the tough part- i LOVE both of them!! And for different reasons! If every single factor was the same I would pick the state room, BUT the copley has a cheaper price and a lot of added convenience (free hotel suite for us, rooms for our guests, weather independent, etc)..whereas the SR is amaaazingggg but if it snows there could be no view, its more expensive, and obviously guests couldn’t just walk down from their room to go to the wedding ya know? Pros and cons for each!!
I welcome more input because I am still stuck, haha.