Post # 1
So the fiance and I have decided we want a small intimate wedding with 50 or fewer of the people who we want to share our day. We’re both 25 and are finding that people think we’re insane for not wanting to invite the 200+ people it would be if we did a traditional wedding with everyone. We looked at L’Andana in Burlington last week and fell in love with it. My FMIL went with us and by the end of the day she was all “Oh this person needs to be invited, this person oh and them too!” Now my FMIL has ALWAYS kept her mouth shut and never interfered, she’s old school European (as if my dad) and I feel like she wants this to be something that neither of us want. The coordinator at L’Andana actually asked my fiance and I how many bridesmaids/groomsmen we were having and we looked at each other and both answered “Eh, maybe 1, 2 at the most” and my FMIL pipped up with “OH no you HAVE to have more than that.” Now ok, I get it, everyone is excited an wants things to be a certain way, but why should we be pressured into doing what people think is “the norm”?
Anyway, my post isn’t really about the rant, I guess I just had to get it out. My real issue is trying to find other restaurants that maybe I haven’t heard of or thought of. I’ve looked at L’Andana and all of the other sister restaurants of it. I’ve looked everywhere I can think of for restaurants that hold weddings. I’m looking for something different so I can give us more options. (L’Andana, Upstairs on the Square, Les Zygomates, Mooo, Mistral, Blu….I’ve seen too many to remember.)
Post # 3
My photographer has shot a lot of weddings at Oleana…. (good luck with the dram, we’ve managed to keep our wedding to 80 people by sheer willpower)
Post # 4
I am not from Boston, so I can’t help with that. I just wanted to say that I really want to do a restaurant wedding instead of a full blown reception. We initially gave in to the “add so and so” stuff, and it wasn’t what either of us really wanted. After some venue mishaps, we put our foot down and said that we were only inviting 50. Done. Our friends completely agree, but yeah, family doesn’t really understand why we won’t want to have a big reunion or something. I hope yours comes around to be more understanding! Good luck.
Post # 5
We are having ours at the Lyceum in Salem MA. It can hold up to 100 people in a private upstairs dining room. It is amazing inside, you should def take a look! http://www.thelyceum.com/
Post # 6
I second Mistral! I love the food and atmosphere there.
Post # 7
We had our wedding at UpStairs on the Square just a few weeks ago and loved it. We had about 120 people and used the Zebra Room and Monday Bar (the full downstairs). It is possible to do just the Soiree Dining Room upstairs as well, or you can rent out the whole restaurant. We were able to be very creative with our reception and were able to design the menu, floor plan, and incorporate a lot of little details that really mattered to us.
We also looked into Les Zygs in our initial search, but they weren’t as flexible with the menu (we wanted to have a Chicago-Style Hot Dog Bar (which UpStairs accommodated)). The options at Les Zygs were really appealing though.
Our 3rd restaurant was Vinalia in Downtown Crossing. They were also great to work with, but we didn’t pursue it further because the restaurant was going to start a renovation and the color scheme of the restaurant hadn’t been determined yet (and color was really important to our overall look/theme).
Post # 8
- Wedding: October 2010 - The Atlantic Beach Club
The Venezia in Dorchester is gorgeous, and has amazing food. I’ve never been to a wedding there, but I know of others who have had theirs there and were really happy.
Post # 9
I’ll be shooting two small weddings over the next couple of months–one at Upstairs on the Square, and one right across the way at Om. So excited for both!