rustic venue help!

posted 3 years ago in Boston
Post # 5
Member
28 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

These are all lovely venues, and will span quite a cost gamut. I looked at Elm Bank but had a hard time swallowing the price tag of rental/decorating too. I’ve heard good things about Commander’s Mansion, and less nice things about Smith Barn. I’ve also heard that Smith Barn books up really quick in the fall ( for obvious reasons). 

These are all really pretty but they all have different vibes to me. Garden vs. rustic barn vs. pretty white tent. Is there a specific mood/theme you’re going for? Also, how far out of the city are you willing to consider? I might have a few other suggestions knowing what your radius is. 

Post # 7
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28 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Not knowing exactly what you’ve looked at, I’m just gonna throw out venues that I added to my list in my scouring of the internet before we settled on our venue ( some of these fall a little over 40 mintues drive). There really aren’t that many barn venues that close to the city, which is why I think Smith Barn is in such high demand. The main complaint I’ve heard about Smith Barn is the alcohol really isn’t a deal and (at the time) you were fairly limited in catering choices. Not sure if that’s still the case though. 

These are actual barns:

Asa Whiting House (would need a tent attached) Holliston: http://www.hollistonhistoricalsociety.org/content/rentals

Codman Farm ( currently on renting hiatus though…)http://www.codmancommunityfarms.org/

 

These are places that have indoor/outdoor barn like pavilions:

Bolton, MA: http://www.nashobawinery.com/

Newburyport, MA: http://maudslayartscenter.org/functions/

Foundation for continuing Education, Boston Conference Center, Wenham, MA (their website is awful but the venue looks secluded and lovely) http://www.fce.org/center.htm

Boylston, MA (http://www.germanclub.org/Rentals.aspx)

 

These are non-barn tented rustic venues : 

Smolak Farms, North Andover ( this has a small barn but not big enough for the actual event) http://www.smolakfarms.com/events-weddings

Prowse Farm, Canton ( http://www.prowsefarm.org/event-rental/

Essex Conference and Retreat Center, Essex MA ( http://www.eccr.com/

 

 

Post # 9
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28 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

The ceremony is in a church in Somerville and the reception is at the Stevens Estate in North Andover. It’s essentially the same idea as the Commander’s Mansion, fancy estate house, tented patio. We would have considered the Commander’s Mansion but we were set on our date and 16 months out it was already booked! Cost wise, the Stevens Estate included a little bit more and the tent was bigger. I feel your pain with not wanting guests to have to schlep that far. The estate will be a 35-40 min drive in between the ceremony and reception and that was pretty much our limit too. 

Post # 10
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1466 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@bostonbee3: Don’t know if you’re willing to do this but there are a LOT of rustic venues in New Hampshire and it would be like a mini-DW wedding then. Just a suggestion!

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