(Closed) help me find my dream wedding venue! (new york or boston area)

posted 8 years ago in New York – Hudson Valley, New York
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m not sure what your budget is or how many people are on your guest list, but you might want to look at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Westchester:  http://www.bluehillfarm.com/events/private-events  Their “HayLoft” room looks similar to what you are looking for and they do outdoor ceremonies in an area that looks like it’s not quite under a large tree, but in front of one.  There aren’t many photos on their site, but there are a bunch if you search with Google Images.  It looks gorgeous and the food is supposed to be amazing.  Good luck!  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Check out the Arnold Arboretum in Boston:

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I’m not positive you’re able to have a reception there, but they definitely allow ceremonies. It’s beautiful!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Check out the Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, MA.  It is amazing.  My family is from that area, but my Fiance and I have been in Brooklyn for three years now.  So we wanted some rusticness but also really really elegant.  It fits the bill for us!  And the grounds are STUNNING.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

The Arnold Arboretum IS beautiful (that’s where my Fiance proposed!). It is, however, a nightmare for parking, and if it rained, you would not have a backup. I believe you are also not allowed to specifically reserve areas, so people can traipse around your ceremony site, or it may not be available at all. You also can’t do receptions, and tenting, etc (for the almost certainly bad/uncertain New England weather) are not allowed.I’d look for a historic estate that has trees, and go that route. It will let you have your ceremony and reception on the same site, and you could have a backup rain plan that way. ALWAYS HAVE A RAIN PLAN IN NEW ENGLAND. I have 4 friends whose weddings were basically ruined because they were foolish enough to not have a backup plan in MA/ME.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Have you considered a historic mansion? Many of them around here have beautiful gardens that could be used for a ceremony.

I second crayfish’s advice- always have a back up plan in New England!!

The Veronique ballroom in Brookline kinda/sorta/vaguely looks like your reception inspiration. Except that it not open-aired but it does have wood beams. Actually, it doesn’t really look like it very much. But it would allow for a ceremony at the Arnold Arbor. or some other park in the Boston area.

However, it is true with Arnold Ar. that you can’t book a specific place.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I have a friend who held her ceremony at Larz Anderson park (at the “temple of love”).  She had her reception at a nearby country club.  We all parked at the reception site and then she had a shuttle take us over to the ceremony site and back.  The park was beautiful, sorry I can’t be of any help with reception sites!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Gibbit Hill in Groton Ma might be of interest to you.  Here are some internet pictures that I pulled. It was the first place I thought of when I saw your “dream wedding images.”

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Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@thesejoys:  Would you definitely have them stay in Boston?  It probably is a bit of a trek if they are all staying there, but I think you could probably make something work.  We are having our guests all stay in the area.  My parents live in the area, so we are having our ceremony at the church I grew up at and then at GH.  

I guess it depends on the experience you want to give your guests.  There isn’t a super ton of city stuff to do in the area, but I will be letting our Out of Town guests know about stuff to do in Lexington and Concord, and maybe some of the stuff in Lowell.  And nicer and nicer restaurants are springing up in the area as well.  Plus for some friends, they were interested in seeing where I grew up, so that might explore that a bit.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

i fell in love with the desmond tutu center in new york like a year before we got engaged, but in the end we decided to get married in my home state. check it out though, it is soo beautiful, right in new york city (in chelsea), has beautiful outdoor space (with trees!) and has a great indoor, high ceilinged space. it used to be a seminary so it still has that look. they are reasonably priced for manhattan (althogh reasonably priced for new york is still not cheap). also, they’ve converted some of the seminary into hotel rooms so all of your guests can stay on site. omg if you get married there i will be sooo jealous (but very happy for you too).

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I know this is an older thread, but what historic mansion did you use?

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