Set for a Fete

Whether you want to exchange vows in a historical museum or dance with your guests under a starry sky, these fresh local venues will provide a breathtaking backdrop.

By Christine Liu | Boston Weddings |

Alden Castle

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Alden Castle
It’s all about the details at this circa-1924 Tudor-style manor — and painstaking renovations have rendered the palatial Alden Castle (formerly known as the Veronique) more exquisite than ever before. Each of the two event spaces (the Vintage Ballroom, with a 250-person capacity, floor-to-ceiling windows, and gargoyles; and the Modern Room, with a 120-person capacity, Italian glass chandeliers, and original manor crests) is equipped with its own entrance and kitchen, ensuring that private events stay that way. Redecorated foyers, refreshed wall treatments, and new furniture (like a set of oversize metallic snakeskin sofas with turned wooden legs) add a dose of modernity to this otherwise history-drenched chateau.

20 Chapel St., Brookline, 617-854-5000, longwoodevents.com.

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museums

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

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Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum
What better way to celebrate your momentous union than at the site of one of the most important events leading up to the Revolution? Dedicated to our beloved freedom fighters and their tea-dumping stand against the British, this newly opened museum brings exceptional meaning to the phrase “waterfront wedding”: You’re in the middle of the harbor, on the Fort Point Channel. Get married by a real sea captain aboard one of the authentic replica tall ships (the Beaver or the Eleanor), and following your ceremony, dance on the tiered wooden decks of the Abigail Adams Tea Room with up to 200 guests while taking in stunning wide-angle views of Boston Harbor. Your big day will go down in history.

306 Congress St., Boston, 617-592-0422, bostonteapartyship.com.

Waterworks Museum

Photo by Linda Rosenthal

Waterworks Museum
Nineteenth-century industry meets modern elegance at the Waterworks Museum, located in the former High Service Pumping Station along the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. With room for 200 standing guests, the Great Engines Hall is a grand event space that showcases three massive restored steam engines set against a background of pine ceilings, sinuous spiral staircases, and antique windows. The modern, glass-enclosed Overlook Gallery, meanwhile, fits up to 60 seated guests and boasts exposed-brick walls and plenty of industrial charm. Recently added to the list of 1,000 Great Places in Massachusetts, the Richardsonian-style building sits on lush acreage (the perfect setting for beautiful wedding photographs), and harks back to Boston’s golden age of technological and architectural wonder.

2450 Beacon St., Boston, 617-277-0065, waterworksmuseum.org.

Revere Boston

Space 57

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Revere Boston

Many venues claim to be versatile, but this recently opened boutique hotel in the Theater District presents a seriously impressive array of choices when it comes to room configurations and event customization (bonus: on-site parking in the middle of the city!). Take, for example, the 6,700-square-foot Space 57, a blank canvas with 25-foot ceilings and an 800-person capacity; with lighting and dividers, it can morph into any number of party setups. The festivities can continue in the sculptural pre-function lobby of Revere’s Theatre 1 venue (formerly the Stuart Street Playhouse) or the Emerald Lounge, a private area of the hotel’s bar. And did we mention the covered rooftop pool with a skyline view, the 300-person patio, and the 24-hour room service? With all these options, the celebration could go on, and on, and on…

200 Stuart St., Boston, 617-482-1800, reverehotel.com.

Saphire Estate

Saphire Estate

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Saphire Estate

With its classically charming elements — a handsome stone-ledge fireplace and hearth, a fountain-studded courtyard, a private beach on Lake Massapoag — this 125-year-old South Shore property boasts an intimate kind of warmth. And a recent renovation to the ballroom has made Saphire Estate even more exceptional. Removing three columns and adding 1,000 square feet brought the space’s total capacity up from 225 to 270 with a dance floor. Luxurious, custom-made furniture (wrought-iron tables, vibrant banquettes), new oak flooring, and an on-site chef, meanwhile, put the icing on the (wedding) cake.

164 Massapoag Ave., Sharon, 781-784-2400, saphireeventgroup.com.

Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel

Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel

Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel

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Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel

Steps away from Christopher Columbus Park in the North End, this waterfront property recently underwent a dazzling $30 million renovation that included a glamorous top-to-bottom makeover (think chrome accents, antique books, faux rotary telephones, and Lucite lighting). Couples can host their big day in spaces like the elegant Grand Ballroom — with room for up to 850 guests for a reception, or 480 for a banquet — or the Palm Garden Room, which features 55-foot ceilings, square pillars, and an open layout not unlike a minimalist chapel. But the pièce de résistance is the completely new Harbor View Ballroom, decked out with a showstopping chandelier as well as floor-to-ceiling windows and a private patio that overlook Boston Harbor. That means every one of your guests (up to 200 of them) is guaranteed a stunning view of the wharf.

296 State St., Boston, 617-227-0800, marriottlongwharf.com.

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