(Closed) Fairmont Copley or State Room?

posted 6 years ago in Boston
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Which rooms are you looking at for each venue?  If you’re not in the Great Room at the State Room, I don’t think it’s worth it.  I do like the event planner better at the State Room though!  Also, you really need to have a big wedding to fill the State Room or else it will feel empty.  How many people are you inviting?  If you’re worried about your budget make sure you know what your other expenses are.  You could be spending 6-10k on flowers, 5-10k on a live band, etc. 

Good luck deciding!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

I like the Fairmont Copley, very elegant!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

From the pictures, I prefer the Fairmont too.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

The Great Room space is spectacular.  However, I’d be concerned with only 130 guests that the room might look very empty.  Are you willing to put a lot of money into decor?  Another thing  to consider since it looks like your wedding is in January: the weather!  if you have it at Copley you can walk down from your room and not freeze to death if it’s a particularly nasty day.  That also might be nice for the guests.  You could also possibly do photographs at the Boston Public Library- but they can sometimes be a pain about it since they always seem to have events now- so call first.  Two things I didn’t like about the State Room: 1.) having guests wait for the elevators and 2.) I believe the hosted parking was more than the regular rate.

Are you having your ceremony at the venue or somewhere else?  

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I like the State Room’s style better, but I tend to prefer a cleaner look.  The Fairmont is nice but would be too fussy for me.  Disclaimer: I had an outdoor wedding by a pond on a private property with mountain views, and we held the reception in a barn loft.  So, it was pretty different from your venues!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m a former Boston girl and love both venues. The view at the State Room is knock-your-socks off (though I associate that view with work!). That said I think the Copley provides a better wedding guest “experience.” And it really is old school Boston – no, you don’t have the view, but you get so much more…

If you do State Room – you could stay at the Ames.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

state room. the other is too fancy for my taste..

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

So, I’m a Bostonian who has been to many events (wedding and otherwise) in both. I don’t have too many complaints about either, and if cost is not an issue, I would suggest choosing the venue that best represents your wedding style: State Room for contemporary, Fairmont for classic elegance.

A few personal opinions, not intended to say one is superior to the other: while the view from the SR is nice, it isn’t all that spectacular when it’s used as a backdrop. Frankly it’s distracting, causes glare in photos, and if the weather isn’t great… well, that’s all you see. It also makes the room feel rather cold and unwelcoming — large expanses of glass tend to do that. I’ve seen it done up beautifully, but for some reason it’s never felt quite right. The food is good, slightly above average.

I’ve had more pleasant experiences at the Fairmont, but TBH had one or two *horrific* evenings of undercooked food and terrible service (I still wonder why). Those examples have been the exception rather than the rule, since most of the time I feel cordially welcomed, well-tended, comfortable, and nicely fed. I have to admit though, I’m very accustomed to that “type” of elegant and formal atmosphere; people who aren’t might feel stuffy or uncomfortable. But as far as visual appeal, its romance is the look I prefer.

Best of luck with your decision… your guests will certainly enjoy either venue, and I’m sure you and your future spouse will too!

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

state room!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

SR bride here! Obviously I’m biased 🙂 

Our guests stayed at the Millenium. Our out of town guests especially enjoyed Faneuil Hall and the whole area in general.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

If we had the budget for it (and if we’d gotten married in Boston), I would have been all about State Room. I love the modern style, and the view is just the best. But you are correct that it is a large, empty space that would probably take a lot of work to fill up.

I am personally not a fan of the style of the Fairmont or of ornate ballrooms in general, but I do love Copley Square, which has played a huge role in my life in Boston. You mention that the Fairmont is more your style, and that it would be very convenient for you and some of your guests to be able to stay right there in the same location as the wedding. If you love the Fairmont and they gave you a good deal, go for it! 

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