Post # 1
Newly engaged and itching to start planning! Has anyone rented out a restaurant for their reception in the Boston/Cambridge/Somerville/Medford area? We’re expecting 130-150 guests so it would have to be a buy-out, but curious if anyone has looked into this and if it yielded any savings than a more traditional hotel ballroom/all inclusive wedding packages at the more “traditional” wedding venues. Thanks in advance!
Post # 2
We looked into that idea and found it would be more expensive after all. We are getting married at Lake Pearl in Wrentham. Good pricing, beautiful venue. Hard to find affordable but nice venues in Boston so we looked just outside it.
Post # 3
Restaurants are almost always more expensive than buying food in bulk through a caterer at a reception hall, unless you get filet mignon and salmon for everyone, lol. This is because restaurants are not only privately-owned (ie, not owned by wedding coordinators who handle these types of events weekly), but also because of the wide variety of foods.
However, you could still save money if you limit it to three food options and skip out on traditional wedding reception things like a DJ and ungodly amounts of decor.
Post # 4
Hi! We just booked Commonwealth in Kendall Square for next October as we wanted a less traditional restaurant wedding as well. Buyout is $12,000 for Saturdays (or Sunday of a holiday weekend), less for other days. They charge $1,000 to do a roof terrace ceremony on site. We are doing smaller (85 guests), but I think they can accommodate up to 130. I was quoted anywhere from $10,000 to $18,000 as a food and beverage minimum for other places. Places to look include Loyal Nine, Harvest, Post 390, Bastille, and Bella Luna and the Milky Way. Keep in mind though there is no site fee, you can add anywhere from 25-30% on top of minimums for gratuity and taxes. Bottom line, we are having the wedding we want for 85 guests in the urban location we would like for about $22,000 including dress, photographer, and rings. Looking around at traditional venues this seems like a bargain in Boston. Hope this is helpful and good luck!
Post # 5
- Wedding: January 2021 - Dracut, Massachusetts
Not really “Boston”, but my Future Sister-In-Law is renting out Ledger in Salem for her wedding. I think she said after everything she’ll be spending around 8K. Which is a pretty good deal for it being a restaurant IMO! She also is renting out a portion of Notch Brewery for afterwards, so I’m pretty freaking excited for that!
It’s so hard to do anything around here, we decided on Four Oaks Country Club in Dracut. At the end of the day, we’re probably going to spend $14-16K.
Post # 6
thanks for the replies! we actually ended up way out in western MA in Northampton at the Roosevelt Room at Union Station – we could get much more bang for our buck out there! And the venue used to be a train station which we are super excited for. It also makes the drive for FH’s out of state family much, much easier.