(Closed) Reception Site…Help

posted 10 years ago in Boston
Post # 3
1379 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I’d love to help, and I’m sure a few others would too – but I think we need to know a bit more about you and your wedding!

 What dates are you thinking? If it’s summer or winter that’s a big difference in New England, as i’m sure you know! Approximately how many guests?  By waterfront do you want the ceremony and reception to be outside? Or is a waterview from the ballroom okay? Are you looking for a city or not a city location? 

 My first suggestion without knowing any of the above answers is the Wequaset Inn on the Cape in Chatham — http://www.wequassett.com/ . I went to a wedding there last summer and it was gorgeous!

Post # 7
438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

I don’t know what your price range is, but the world trade center does tented weddings, theres the seaport hotel….In CT our photographer shot a wedding at the mystic aquarium http://perfectweddingblog.com/?p=326

The wedding was inside but they got shots on the water.  And didn’t Mrs. Corn get married on the ocean in RI somewhere?  If you have an unlimited budget, my dream venue is Belle Mer in RI…And there is a place up in Gloucester right on the water, but I can’t remember the name.  But you should have a TON of options for places on or near the ocean in New England!

Post # 9
1379 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

How stupid of me!

I am getting married at the world trade center! And clearly I think it’s beautiful!

 I just didnt think about it because I am having a winter wedding and I didnt realize that they do tented weddings. But the staff and the food is amazing!!!

The Hyatt Harborside in Cambridge is not on the ocean but it does have an absolutely incredible view of the city and the river from their top level ball room. They also do tented weddings outside – but again it’s not on the ocean but on the Charles River. 

Were you thinking more city? Or more beachy? 

Post # 11
497 posts
Helper bee

Grrr…I just wrote a whole post and it got eaten.

ANYWAY…we got married at Fort Adams in Newport, RI.  One thing I did when we were researching venues was go to different vendors sites, photographers, florists, planners, etc, and see where they have done weddings.  This was a great way to find places that were a bit under the radar.

Best of luck!

Mrs Corn

Post # 12
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

We got married at the Commandant’s House in Charlestown.

If you are up for a Friday or Sunday wedding (we did Friday night) we were able to rent the two lawns separately and didn’t have to pay for the house too.  It is a considerable savings. By doing this, we were able to serve a clam/lobsterbake with steak and lobster for all our 180 or so guests.

We were given full access to the bridal suite and, of course, the rest rooms.  We just couldn’t set anything up inside and the caterer was in his own tent outside as well.

Jenna at the Commandant’s House is incredibly helpful.

Good luck!

Post # 14
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Fi’s brother had his reception at The Towers in Narragansett, RI. It’s right on the water with a pretty deck overlooking the bay. Check out  thetowersri.com

FI’s friend had his ceremony and reception at Saints Clements Castle in CT. Their ceremony overlooked a river and was quite a pretty spot. Check out 


I’m not sure if these places are convenient for you and your guests, but I hope they help.

Good Luck! 


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