With more than 18 million visitors annually, planning a Boston, Massachusetts destination wedding is becoming an increasingly popular spot for couples to tie the knot. A city full of life and eccentricity, each of Boston’s neighborhoods offer an entirely different backdrop for your ceremony and reception.
You can choose to get married in the hustle and bustle of Back Bay’s downtown streets, or you can clench a funky spot in Cambridge or a opt for a 17th century soiree in Boston’s North End. Let’s not forget the seaside beauty of Cape Cod. Either way, from very traditional to nightclub inspired, you can custom design a Bostonian wedding that checks all of your perfect wedding day must-haves.
For The Traditional Couple
If you love Boston for its rich history and intricate buildings, a North End wedding may be the perfect way to reflect that vibe. North End’s Old North Church is the oldest standing church in the entire state of Boston, and the church bells are the oldest in the entire nation. Rind-a-ling-a-ling! Regal and historic, this is the perfect place to begin your new life together. Besides, you won’t have to scrounge up something old, the church will be more than enough.
For a North End reception, consider one of the most scenic venues, The State Room. With breathtaking panoramic views of the entire city 33 floors up, this is the ideal way to show those out-of-towners what Boston really has going on. Depending on your budget they have a trio of rooms you can choose from. If you want to invite the entire city (and then some) you do have the option of combining all of their ballrooms to include up to five rooms of space.
For the Funky Hipster Couple
If you are having a smaller wedding, as most destination weddings seem to be, you may want to look to Cambridge for your venue. A little Italian eatery in the heart of it all, Rialto is getting rave reviews for its intimate vine-wrapped terrace and prix-fixed menu. It can only accommodate up to 40 people for a seated ceremony and reception, so make sure you have a solid guest list before booking this up-and-coming hot spot.
However, if Back Bay is where you want to be, then consider the ultra-original Mandarin Oriental Boston’s “sitting grove”. Perfect for outdoor affairs from early spring to late fall, their poppy and ginger garden boasts one of the only outdoor spaces in the hotel. Combined with amazing amenities for guests who choose to stay there, their high-end picnic package is the back beat of what Mandarin Oriental is known for. Complete with bento boxes, luxurious blankets and ottomans, this is the unique way to say “I do” in Boston’s city limits.
For the Couple Who Craves Salt Air
While Boston is the perfect city for a destination wedding with its nightlife and museums, the beach is another ideal candidate for a crisp water-side wedding. Only an hour outside of the city, Cape Cod has white sand beaches, weather worn estates, and navy-colored views. Perfect for the nautical themed wedding, this destination is one that is perfect for larger groups of people since many venues can accommodate up to 300.
For instance, the Harwich Harbor waterfront property, owned by the highly respected Boston-based company Longwood Events, is superb. Newly restored, this venue is clambake sophistication at its finest and well worth the short jaunt. No matter if you go by land or by sea, Boston has the perfect blend of history and hot-spots to make your destination wedding as legendary as Fenway itself.
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