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Venue Spotlights: 4 Timeless Boston Event Destinations

Photo by Undressed Moments | Planner: K. Kerkorian Weddings & Events

It was 1979 when The Catered Affair (TCA) pioneered a luxurious dining experience that seamlessly married flawless hospitality with brilliant flavors. The possible design opportunities and endless custom menu options are enough to fall in love with, but TCA always has a way to take the planning process up a notch.

Every TCA client works with a dedicated event producer, allowing you to relax and enjoy the lead-up to your big day.

TCA has an impressive—and growing—portfolio of iconic venue partners across Boston and Cambridge. The venues boast notable cultural institutions that give inquisitive minds an opportunity to experience the arts and cultural scene to peer further into the history and culture of Boston.

Boston Public Library, Bates Hall | Photo by Lisa Rigby | Planner: Rafanelli Events 

Boston Public Library

One of the city’s most famous cultural institutions, the Boston Public Library includes both the historic McKim Building and the newer, modern Boylston Street Building. The McKim Building offers a variety of rooms guests will enjoy.

Abbey Room located on the second floor is ideal for intimate ceremonies and dinners, or used in conjunction with a larger room such as Bates Hall for dessert and dancing. The room also features a beautiful fireplace of French Rouge antique marble, dark oak wainscoting, and a beamed ceiling modeled after one in the library of the Doge’s Palace in Venice.

Bates Hall is the most recognized room in the library, with walls adorned with bookcases, green reading lanterns, and solid oak tables. After hours, Bates Hall can be transformed into a magical destination for entertaining.

The Courtyard is the heart of the library that bridges the old with the new. A beautiful outdoor oasis with a dramatic fountain and marble columns creates an air of elegance and history. The Courtyard’s privacy is the perfect way to host an outdoor event in an urban setting.

The Boylston Street Building underwent a $78 million restoration in 2016. It offers a contemporary setting with incredibly versatile spaces perfect for large corporate events, galas, or weddings. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlook Boylston Street, fully immersing guests in the Back Bay scenery.

Harvard Art Museums. Pictured: Triangle Constellation by Carlos Amorales

Harvard Art Museums

Designed in the style of an Italian piazza, the Harvard Art Museums’ stunning architecture guarantees an unforgettable experience. The Harvard Art Museums, located in Cambridge, MA, are home to one of the largest and most renowned art collections in the United States.

Designed by award-winning architect Renzo Piano, the renovated museum seamlessly combines the Fogg Museum’s landmark 1927 building with a striking contemporary addition, all under a breathtaking glass roof that bridges old and new.

Entertain your guests in the historic heart of the Harvard Art Museums, Calderwood Courtyard. This glorious space serves as the central point of circulation in the museums’ new home.

The Catered Affair also invites you to entertain after hours with exclusive access to the art collections on display. Whether you’re looking for a lively reception or a formal dinner or tribute, The Catered Affair will elevate your event into an extraordinary experience.

Photo by Lena Mirisola

Institute of Contemporary Art

ICA is Boston’s leading waterfront wedding venue, and it’s easy to see why. Located in the trendy Seaport District, ICA is a sleek and modern waterfront location.

State Street Corporation Lobby is a welcoming entry for your museum journey. Enjoy a cocktail reception before venturing into other rooms of the museum.

Located on the second floor of the museum, the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater provides magnificent views of Boston Harbor and the downtown skyline. The glass walls of the theater can be covered by three different layers of shade, ranging from sheer to complete blackout, or remain uncovered to reveal the stunning backdrop. With 325 seats, it is an ideal space for annual meetings, product introductions, award presentations, and other special events.

Putnam Investments Plaza is a magical part of hosting an al fresco event. Located at the water’s edge, the Putnam Investments Plaza offers an outdoor patio with striking views of Boston Harbor. This location is ideal for wedding ceremonies, receptions, or dinner alongside Boston Harbor.

Boston Athenaeum

Boston Athenaeum

Founded in 1807, the Athenaeum is one of the oldest and most distinguished cultural institutions in the country. Guests are transported back in time among the preserved collections from the 1800s.

The Henry Long Room and the G. d’Andelot Belin Bow Room, both on the first floor of the Boston Athenaeum, are available for rental for individual and corporate functions. The Athenaeum’s unique atmosphere makes a splendid setting for corporate presentations, private dinners, receptions, and the like.


To learn more about all The Catered Affair venues in Boston and book your event today, visit thecateredaffair.com.