Post # 1
Although I was born and raised in New England I am new to the Boston area and am newly engaged and searching frantically for a place to have my reception in either the boston area, RI or CT. I am looking for a waterfront location. Does any one know of any place? I was thinking something different like a pier but that doesn’t seem to be working out. Any suggestions would be a huge help!!!!
Thank you in advance!!!
Post # 3
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 # 4
hahaha…yea that would be helpful.
Wequassett IS beautiful and unfortunately booked. We’re looking into a Saturday evening in August or September but preferably September.
If my mom had anything to do with the guest list we’re looking at 300 but I’m not allowing more than 150 (so much for my dream of a really small wedding). I would love for it to be tented outside. Not necessarily in a city but easy access to an airport would be helpful because about half of our guests would be flying in.
And since most people flying in are from the South or California or even Wisconsin I want something really New Englandy. So I’m thinking a clambake so that kinda feel…Not country with checkered table cloths and all but simple…
Post # 5
How about Legal Sea Foods catering at The Exchange Conference Center?
Post # 6
Here is a link to a bunch of locations on the South Shore of MA — very accessible to Logan …
My favorites on there are the Barker Tavern or Independence Harbor.
Hope that helps!
Post # 7
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 # 8
Thanks guys for all of your help!
Belle Mer is ridiculously beautiful and way above my budget! The woman I spoke with said the area I would want to rent is $14000. So basically everyone would go hungry. :o)
That website should help me out tons!
Post # 9
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 # 10
The Museum of Science has an outdoor venue that is right on the Charles and the Commandants House is awesome.
Post # 11
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!
Post # 12
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.
Post # 13
Thanks for all of your help.
We have chosen the Eolia Mansion in CT at the Harkness Memorial State Park…It was I think the most beautiful place I have ever seen and boatloads of money LESS than just about everything I looked at in the Boston area.
Thanks again and good luck with all of your wedding planning!
Post # 14
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.