(Closed) Bees, I need your expertise! The Great Venue Search!

posted 5 years ago in Boston
Post # 3
784 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I had slightly different criteria, but locations you might want to look more into:

Camp Kiwanee

Smolak Farms

Flag Hill

Friendly Crossways


Barton Center (diabetes summer camp)

Chamberlain Farm

Post # 4
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I had VERY similar criteria and budget with the addition of wanting a lake and a place for guests to stay overnight. Bonfire after was my top priority! We ended up with Camp Kiwanee, the only criteria that didn’ meet was no BYOB. Honestly, I searched and searched and there are very few places that do allow the BYOB in New England. I kept finding they would either allow you to BYOB but use one of their caterers or use any caterer but use their bar. In the end we decided since we can BYOB for our after party we would just pay for a cocktail hour and beer and wine during the reception. The prices were pretty reosonable. Plus we are saving so much by having a BBQ style. There is a spot out front where we plan to have lawn games and cabins and a bonfire we have rented out to have a huge after pary.


I can send you my list of venues I made in New England if you want or answer any questions about places we checked out. Just PM me.




Post # 5
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@afineskyline:  try Willowdale in Topsfield. they’re inside/outside rustic/romantic and BYOB 🙂

Post # 7
1651 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@afineskyline:  I booked Pequitside Farm in Canton, MA. It has everything EXCEPT the ability to host your guests inside the house – not big enough. You’ll have to build your own tent. However, the site rental fee of $700 can’t be beat! Also, no bonfire/smores


Have you thought about camps? I have a friend who got married at Camp Jori and they have a hall where you can eat inside, and I’m sure as a camp, they’d allow camp fires. It’s in Rhode Island

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