Post # 1
I’m from NYC and my FI is from Boston (where we live now). We originally planned for CT, but my FI decided it was too far for planning and wanted to do it closer. I found a hotel in Boston which is gorgeous (and everything I want inside), but I don’t want to have the ceremony. We’ve looked into the Old State house as well as the NE aquarium as possible ideas, but I want OUTDOOR pics.
Does anyone have any suggestions about where within a 30-45 min travel time of Boston are there ceremony places with outdoor space that looks good in the winter (snow, evergreens, etc)? We can also just travel to a place to take pictures (i.e. some park or something) that isn’t too crowded (as reason why I think the Boston Common won’t work). Also, any photographer suggestions for their winter wedding would be really helpful.
Post # 3
Hmm April in Boston isn’t really “winter”. There is often no snow at all on the ground, just nasty “I wish it were colder so it would just snow” rain. You’re not really going to find a lot of outdoor space venues in the heart of Boston, either, since there isn’t a lot of green sapce. I would maybe just pick a great indoor venue and then shoot some pics out in the sity – you know, great skyscrapers, waterfront, etc. You’re really going to have to play outdoor pictures by ear, since the weather in Boston tends to be rather dismal that time of year…
Post # 4
Thanks for response, and sorry for the mix-up. I’m actually getting married in Nov 2011 (just updated my profile). We may wait until Decemeber or January, if we’re going to keep our fingers crossed for snow.
Either way, I may just have to default to an experience photographer for ideas.
Post # 5
There is the Arnold Arboretum…
But I have to agree with crayfish in that we don’t really get snow in April…it’s usually wet and chilly.
Whichever outdoor space you choose, don’t forget to check to see if you need permits to photograph and/or hold ceremonies there.
Have you considered a wedding in Vermont or NH? They would definately have the snow/winter scene you’re looking for.
Post # 6
I have seen a wedding party taking pictures down by the Esplanade. But that was in the summer. Not sure how fun that would be in the winter.
November might actually still be nice. I remember a 60 degrees Thanksgiving a couple of years ago.
Some schools have ceremony venues. Have you checked Boston College or maybe Harvard?
Post # 7
I have to chime in here and say that we don’t usually have snow in early November, either. If we’re lucky it will snow by mid-December, but sometimes the real winter weather doesn’t get going until January (which explains our choice of wedding month).
From what I’m reading, you want an outdoor ceremony and indoor reception in Boston in early November, yes? There aren’t really any outdoor ceremony sites other than the Common and maybe Arboretum as mentioned by PinkPinStripes, and usually outdoor ceremonies in general aren’t allowed after October — weather’s too cold/rainy to chance it.
I would strongly recommend the option of having an indoor ceremony and going somewhere for outdoor pics. The Common and Public Garden will not be too crowded; people get their wedding photos and e-pics taken all the time even in summer. Check for regulations and permit requirements.
What about the waterfront? It will be windy and chilly, but down by Long Wharf you’ll get a view of the harbor, some fall foliage, and of course the NE Acquarium (they have a brand new outdoor deck area… maybe check for photo costs there?).
Post # 8
Failing all else you could do an “After wedding photo session” and head up to NH or Vermont to get some pics in their snow!
Post # 9
Have you decided where you’re having your reception?
Post # 10
I am having a winter wedding as well and last year the fiance and I went to Boston to see a concert and prior went to quincy market for dinner. It was dark and lit with white lights. There was a bride and groom taking pictures there. It looked amazing. Light snow and the great architecture lit up by the photographers assistant. Even if you don’t have snow due to the decorations in the area you get that cold winter wedding feel.
If you change your mind about CT let me know. We looked at tons of places for our wedding (12-11-10) and I could make some suggestions.
Post # 11
I’m totally going to plug my reception location again, but I really love it! Gibbet Hill is in Groton (about 45 minutes from Boston) and the hillside is BEAUTIFUL. I’ve never seen it personally in winter, but if there is snow on teh ground, I’m sure it would be just want you were looking for!