Post # 1
My Fiance and I want to elope in Boston end of Feb 2015. We are having a hell of a time finding something affordable that will include officiant, photographer, flowers, dinner a baby cake and a few nights stay. We’ve looked at several B&B’s in the beautiful South End…but not really our style. We like the Four Seasons…but they are asking $1500.00 for a room to marry in and dinner!!! WTF? We just want a quite, personal wedding, yet don’t want to deal with all of the hassel.
Post # 2
Hi Bobbysbride! Boston can be an incredibly expensive city – I’ve lived here for 6 years, and I’m still amazed by the inflation.
I know you want less hassle, but I would suggest looking for quality vendors who don’t necessarily work together. This is definitely a city that makes you pay for convenience!
For example: An appointment at the beautiful city hall (which is conveniently located in the gorgeous North End), then a reservation at a restaurant that will allow you to bring in outside desserts/has a private room. Groupon can be a lifesaver in Boston, as well – SO many hotel packages, especially in February!
<br />I hope that helps! I’d be happy to suggest specific vendors if you go this route. 🙂
Post # 3
Bobbysbride: I’m not sure what city hall PP is talking about. The only one I know is hideous and not located in the North End. But I do agree that you should find your vendors individually. You can find a justice of the peace and pretty much marry wherever you want, pick a hotel room at your pricepoint in a neighborhood you like, use any bakery to make a small cake (I imagine the typical ‘wedding cake’ bakeries will have high minimums), find a photographer whose style you like and they will likely give you a discount as you will probably need them for only a couple of hours and possibly an off peak time, and I’ve heard Whole Foods does great bouquets and centerpieces. If you need any specific suggestions let me know!
Post # 4
Bobbysbride: I lived in Boston for 20 years and used to work for The Catered Affair. We did TONS of weddings at the Boston Public Library in that interior courtyard. Some spaces are pricey, some are affordable, depending on the size of your wedding party. How personal is “personal”?
If you check out the bottom of this list, there are some decent options for smaller sized weddings
Post # 5
Bobbysbride: Is that cost just for the room & dinner? Or is it for the whole shebang- paperwork, officiant, decor, etc. If it’s just the room & dinner I think you’d do better with individual vendors and you really don’t need many anyway. If it’s for the whole shebang, I’d say thats pretty standard and worth the peace of mind of not having ot deal with much planning… And remember, everything is negotiable! If you two really want it there I’d go to them with exactly what you want/need and are willing to pay for it, then nicely let them know while they are your first choice your budget dictates the final decision and if they can’t meet yours then you will go elsewhere…We negotiated on pretty much every pricepoint for our tiny 4 person wedding because most venues don’t offer anything package-wise for such a small event…
Post # 6
Thank you ladies! We have decided to go with individual vendors. We weren’t really concerned with a budget. The room at the Four Seasons was just for a room to get married in and dinner. NOTHING ELSE! We don’t mind spending money…just don’t want to get ripped off.
We will be spending a few days at the Back Bay Hilton, get married at City Hall and have a photographer document everything. It’s our style to just go with the flow and have a ball. It will be just the two of us all dressed up with the beautiful city as our back drop. Then off to Maui for our honeymoon!
Flowers and baby cake will be delivered to the hotel. Nothing left to do but buy rings. Easy Peasy!
Post # 7
Bobbysbride: So glad you worked it out! It sounds lovely!
Post # 8
sounds like you got it all sorted out, do you still need recommendations for wedding vendors?