(Closed) What is reasonable for a city wedding in Boston, MA?

posted 6 years ago in Boston
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

While I’m not getting married in Boston, I live in the City and did some poking around when we first got engaged.  I think you might be able to swing it but with an open bar you’re going to have to cut down everywhere else.  We’re getting married on Lake Winnepesakee in New Husband and our catering costs alone are going to be 100/person give or take.  Happy hunting!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I dunno. We got married in Burlington, and I think it ended up being around 30k for 165 people with an open bar all night. We definitely tried to cut some corners, cost wise. For example, my dad is a musician, so our band was more inexpensive.

I think it would be pretty tough to swing, but some friends of ours are getting married at the Marriot in Kendall Sq, and I know they’re on a pretty tight budget.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I got married at the Renaissance in the Seaport District.  For about 110 people we ended up paying about 15K for food/room and about 4K for an open bar.  I think overall we spent about 35K on our entire wedding.  We priced out places outside the city and they didn’t seem much cheaper.  One tip when you’re getting quotes from hotels ask if there is a minimum, the Langham seemed affordable but for a Saturday night you’re required to spend 20K. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@BirdieBride21:  Try the Goethe Institute on Commonwealth Ave – It’s GORGEOUS!  Also – with that budget, I’d consider slimming down the guest list – you’ll get more bang for your buck that way.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I had a downtown wedding, full open bar in Boston with about the same guest count you’re looking to have.

To be honest, my biggest difficulty when looking at places were the minimums. For example, one place, the minimum for food and beverage alone was around $25k. For 110-120 people, that’s not such a great deal.

However, there are other places that are more flexible with their pricing and minimums. Don’t be afraid to negotiate with venues, I found nearly all the ones I talked with were able to move pricing around for me. We ended up at about $200 per person for food and open bar (but it could have been less, we just added on extras).

I’m sure through your research, you’re finding Boston is an expensive city to have a wedding in. Feel free to PM if you have questions!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Just another FYI- every venue I talked to said October was their second most popular month after June so their prices were higher in Oct than the first week of Nov. Just a thought.

 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

must be nice to have that budget! We couldn’t afford anything in the Boston Vacinity, so instead we are getting married at Spy Pond Park in Arlington (free! + officiant fee $75, chair rentals ($316ish), sound service $300) and then doing the reception at my brother’s barn in Bedford, MA (also free venue fee) and doing buffett style food (so the cost is much cheaper- $16 per plate essentially) and then chair/tent/table/linens etc etc. Anyhow- our budget is $5000-$7000. Word of advice, think outside the box ๐Ÿ™‚ The aquarium does weddings- also Maybe the botanical garden, etc ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Good-luck and Happy planning!

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@BirdieBride21: the MIT Club is really nice and their pricing was reasonable.  We considered that but had so many Out of Town guests that it made for sense for us to use a hotel.

 

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We’re getting married at the Lenox Hotel in Back Bay, and so far I’m really enjoying working with them! We have a budget close to yours, albeit for about 80 guests, but we totally splurged on the photographer. The Lenox doesn’t have expenditure minimums, only a 75 guest minimum for Saturday nights. Feel free to PM me if you’d like more details!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@FutureMs.Canadian:  The Lenox was amazing with my family – we used it as a hub of sorts since our families are international.  Our hotel group rate was $219 a night which is a steal for back bay, especially in the beginning of September.

 

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I live in Boston and found the prices of doing a wedding in town was higher than I wanted to spend.  You may be able to do something if you go the all inclusive route.  I opted to get married at the Daniel Webster Estate and Heritage Center in Marshfield….but we are also have a small wedding.  You can do larger ones there if you rent a tent and do it outside on the grounds.  As my wedding is March 17th, we are indoors only, LOL

 

Good Luck ๐Ÿ™‚

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