Post # 1
Boston Garden is a beautiful historic garden near my potential venues (<1/4 mile away from either). Weddings are allowed, but not in the way you would think of a wedding ceremony. The rules are a bit restrictive:
- No tents, tables, chairs, altars, arbors, decorations, signs, rice, birdseed, confetti, glass, balloons, props, or animals.
- No music or amplified sound.
- No food or beverages.
Full list here: http://www.cityofboston.gov/parks/permits/weddingpolicy.asp
My fiance is not one to bend the rules, while my philosophy is, we’ll only be there for 20 minutes. So, by the time the state troopers come by to kick us out for having chairs, we’ll be ready to leave!
This person had music, and chairs (gasp!):
What do you think? Can I make it work? I think the backup plan if it was pouring rain would be to use the reception site early.
Post # 3
You can make anything work. But having said that, you should both feel comfortable on your special day so if you find that after much persuasion your FI still thinks he would rather not be worried about getting busted and things getting screwed up before the ceremony is over, then I would consider compromising and choosing somewhere else you both feel excited about.
Post # 4
Thank you @VickyAurea: I mentioned the idea to my mother and she said, “I’m a senior citizen!” She said she didn’t want anything at my wedding but obviously she wants a seat . I’m terrible!
Post # 5
Looking at the wedding you linked to, the only chairs I see are folding stools being used by the musicians, and the only music was acoustic guitars. I think that what the rules mean are music coming from speakers. If you go to the Garden on a weekend, you will see street musicians using similar chairs, but nothing amplifying their music. I think that you could get away with a similar acoustic musician, and nothing more. Boston does require permits to be purchased by all buskers performing in public parks, transit stations, and streets, so I would think that any musician you hired would also be required to purchase one.
I’m curious how you think you would pull off chairs? Would you ask all of your guests to bring one with them? Would they be carrying them on the T from their hotels? The only way that could work is if you had folding chairs, which to be honest are going to look tackier than having everyone stand around would. I don’t know how familiar you are with Boston Garden, but it’s not like you would be able to drive up to your ceremony site to drop things off. There is some on-street parking near the park, but it is tough to nab, and the public garages in the area are very expensive (around $30 minimum, if I remember correctly).
To be honest, I also don’t know if I would want to have my ceremony there. Boston Public Garden is extremely busy with tourists, especially on Saturdays. I notice that your wedding date is fourth of July weekend, which is probably the busiest weekend of the whole year in Boston for tourists and visitors. I would expect dozens of tourists walking by and through your wedding, taking pictures, yelling at their tantrumy children, etc…not exactly the most peaceful and romantic atmosphere for a wedding ceremony.
Post # 6
I had a friend try this outside of a museum in their gardens with less than 30 people and midway through the ceremony they were told to leave and were fined. :/ They did not pull off chair magic though lol.
Post # 7
Have you actually talked to someone about it? It could be like one venue we were going to use…there were lots of restrictions about decorations, but they told us that nobody would be there policing us, so as long we didn’t break anything or go crazy, we’d be fine. They just hand you the keys and let you have at it for setup and cleaning. In the wedding you linked, it looks like just had a few stools and a guitar player…they could have had permission for that, since it wouldn’t disturb other visitors too much.
Post # 8
@piacavoleKt: At the Boston Garden you still need a permit, I think it costs like $50.
@JFay: Yea. Maybe I’d have more confidence in pullling it off if I knew someone who had done it.
@Leprechaun: It’s true – during all the weekends with nice weather it’s absolutely packed.