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.


Photograph courtesy of Alden Castle

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,