(Closed) Location: Commander’s Mansion Watertown Any Experiences?

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Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

i’m going to a wedding there on sept 27th… if you haven’t decided by then, i’ll try to remember to post my impressions!

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I’m getting married there next Spring!  It’s a beautiful place, and if you’re on a budget, it’s really helpful to be able to bring in all your own vendors.  If you live in Watertown, or even if you have a friend of a friend who does, you can use their name/address for a 20% discount on the rental fee, too.  My advice would be to either try to keep your guest count under 95 people, or rent a tent for the brick patio in the back – otherwise you’ll have to spread everyone out throughout the mansion. 

The reason you may not be able to find too much info on past weddings is that they’ve only been doing weddings for about 5 years.  But if you go in and meet with Tammy or Rae they will show you books and books of photos from past events.

And while I’m doling out advice, if you don’t have a caterer yet, look into Tastings Caterers in Framingham – they do a lot of work there, and Sue (the owner) is fantastic… I’ve heard nothing but good things about them, and I was shocked at how reasonable their prices were.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

i’m back from my friend’s wedding at the commanders mansion.

it was a beautiful mansion, but a couple thoughts.

it was pouring rain all weekend. the ceremony was going to be outside but they moved in inside the mansion. there are many lovely rooms inside, but the problem is that they’re all pretty small. so there wasn’t enough room for chairs. we all had to stand, packed in like sardines, and then we had to create an aisle when it was time for the procession. if you’re having a small wedding, this wouldn’t be such a problem.

the other option they had was to have the ceremony under the tent, but my friend didn’t go that route.

the tent itself is spacious and it’s brick so there wasn’t any mud or anything like that, which was a bonus.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I worked right near there for a couple of years — there are tons of cool places around there to take pictures!  Let me know if you want any suggestions for photo locations. Other then that, I’m useless 🙂

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Humarock, I’m getting married there, so I’d love suggestions for photo spots!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Ooh. Photo ops! Yay!  There is a road right off North Beacon St — Charles River Road — they have a small little marina with cute docks that you could stand on and get some beautiful river views!  Or another street right aroudn the corner is Greenough Blvd … there are a couple turn offs where you can again get some great river photos — these are both within two minutes of the mansion!!  If you are looking for a fun backdrop there is a small park located inside the Arsenal – If you look on google maps find the intersection of School Street and Wooley Ave … it’s seems like it’s just an office area but there is a nice grassy nook. 🙂  Let me know if you need anything else!

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I’m a fellow Commander’s Mansion Bride and I cannot say enough things about it! Please feel free to message me directly or check out the galllery at esq-events.com

Post # 13
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m researching this venue as well! All the feedback is helpful. My Fiance and I live in Los Angeles, CA so this will be a “destination wedding” for my family. Dont have a planner…yet (debating). My Fiance is from Boston.  I spoke with Rae from the Commander’s mansion yesterday…and she was extremely helpful. Now if I can only just drive to it and see it for myself!!! I cant find much pics of the grounds..the mansion is magnificent…now i’m just debating on use of the tent for an August 2010 wedding. Any feedback is awesome!

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I am getting married there next June. It was the first place I looked at, after lots and lots of vetting. I fell in love instantly, Tammy and Rae are awesome and @kpenaloza I would absolutely go with the tent. It is high top, airy, big and in the sun of August, it will be a welcome relief. The tent is the cheapest around since it is already set up. 

Post # 15
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Hi everyone. I am about to book the Commander’s Mansion for my August 2011 wedding. I love the venue, however, I do have one concern – the street and mass pike noise. For the brides who had their wedding there, could you let me know if the noise was a problem during your ceremony (if outdoors) and reception? Thanks so much!!

Post # 16
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Helper bee

It is a lovely, lovely facility and it is A/C.  You are allowed to select your own caterer with their approval and you can set up your own bar.  I would ask to meet the people who are working your event as the ‘meet and greet’ people who bring you to contract are not the people who work the wedding.  I would recommend that the staff wear dark pant suits or skirt suits with name tags, otherwise it is hard to know who is a guest and who works there.

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