Post # 1
Boston ladies, I need help! After months of looking for the perfect venue in multiple cities, we thought we had finally found the place that would work for us. We put a date on hold and were working on finalizing our plans for the ceremony with the church. Well, as it turns out, the venue didn’t have us down for that date and they let someone else book it. This wasn’t the first issue we had with them, and I had started to think that it wasn’t actually the perfect place, so we’ve decided to let them go (they had a couple of other dates available, but I just wasn’t getting a good vibe from them, given what happened).
So now it’s back to the drawing board. We are looking for a place in Boston (we would also consider a place not too far outside the city or in Cambridge) for about 125 people for an indoor reception next May/June. I’ve looked at most of the hotels and I’m starting to think that a different kind of venue might be better for us. Does anyone know of a restaurant, event space, museum, historic house, etc. that would fit the bill? I’ve done some searching on these boards and on other sites but I thought I would post here.
Thanks so much and sorry for the long post!
Post # 3
I had my reception at the MIT Faculty Club in Cambridge. Although my husband is an alum, they let anybody have receptions there. It was really nice. Linens, open bar, cake, and 5 courses were included in our package. Food was delicious and they were accomodating. Gorgeous view of the Charles, too!
PM me if you have any questions or want more information!
Post # 4
I don’t know much about the details but I’m pretty sure the Museum of Science holds wedding receptions. The photos I’ve seen look amazing.
Post # 5
You could also try the BC Club – I haven’t been to a wedding there but they have a great reputation. Also have you looked at Gibbett Hill, Andover Country Club, the Watertown Governor’s mansion, or Granite Links?
Post # 6
The Endicott House in Dedham is beautiful and you can be inside or outside.
Post # 7
I’m not sure what kind of wedding your planning but when I first started looking Newburyport is where we were going to have ours. They had a lot of neat little venues.
Post # 8
I’ve heard good things about the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center. Also the Artists for Humanity Epicenter in Southie.
Post # 9
Thanks for all of the ideas, I knew I came to the right place! We’d like for the reception to be as close to Boston as possible since we were planning to have our ceremony at the chapel at BU. The Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center looks really pretty. I’ll take a look at your other ideas. Thanks again!!
Post # 10
You didn’t really give any details on budget or style, so I’ll just give you a bunch of general suggestions. . .
For restaurants, you could check out Grill 23, Davio’s or Turner Fisheries – they all accommodate private dining for large parties. L’Espalier also does buyouts, but it’s VERY pricey and your guests would be spaced out over three rooms – gorgeous though. In Cambridge, you could check out Rialto or Upstairs on the Square.
Other venues in the city include the State Room, Hampshire House, Old State House, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Opera House. Boston Athenaeum, Museum of Science.
If you’re looking for more of a mansion feel outside the city, you could look at the Lyman Estate, Codman House, Commander’s Mansion, Stonehurst, Endicott Estate, Elm Bank, Bradley Estate, Castle Hill, etc.
Hope that helps. . .
Post # 11
We are having our reception at the Prudential Building Skywalk and they’ve been fantastic to work with! The views are AMAZING. I think it’s a really unique venue You basically rent out either the whole thing or one of the wings depending on your size (no rental fee, just cost per head with 75 person minimum). I think up to 100 people can be sat in one wing, so if you do have 125 you might need to split up around the dance floor, which they set up in one of the corners. So maybe not ideal for your size, but worth exploring. Of course I’m partial.
Post # 12
We looked at the Skywalk — it’s amazing, but you’re right that we would have to wrap around the corner, which didn’t really appeal to us.
Post # 13
I highly recommend the museum of science! It is a really fun place, and has gorgeou views of the city…
Here’s a link to a wedding we shot there:
Here’s a very different location at BanQ in the South End
Granite Links is gorgeous too- though we haven’t shot there, we’ve been there several times for events.
Check out http://www.cirasphotography.com/blog for more inspiration!
Post # 14
Here are some non-hotel recommendations that haven’t been mentioned yet:
1) Commandant’s House
2) Exchange Conference Center
3) Harbor View Terrace at the New England Aquarium
Hope this helps!
Post # 15
I would suggest the Liberty Hotel. Yes, it is a hotel, but the decor is modern and chic. Their ballroom would be perfect for 125 attendees. It was one of the two finalists for our venue. In the end, we went with the State Room, but it was very close!
The State Room is amazing too, but their Grand Room is way too big for 125 people and the smaller rooms are a littly cozy for that number with a dance floor. It’s definitely worth a look. We just booked one of its smaller function rooms for a June 2010 Saturday for 100 people.
Post # 16
I was going to suggest the Liberty Hotel! It used to be a jail or a prison. So there’s some history there. You wouldn’t need too much in terms of decor, b/c the building itself is just so cool.