Three Industrial Wedding Venues to Book in Boston Now
From an art-filled gallery to a cozy brewery, the city’s latest and greatest venues bring industrial edge in spades.
Artists for Humanity Epicenter
Head Count Up to 300 seated
Price Starting at $5,250, plus food and drink
Celebrations at the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter have never been paint-by-number affairs. And now, thanks to a recently completed renovation, the possibilities extend even further. In 2018, the nonprofit expanded its event space with a new 3,200-square-foot art gallery, which connects to a remodeled 5,000-square-foot area via a retractable glass wall. Reserve the gallery for your ceremony or cocktail hour, then move to the larger space for your reception. Need to preserve some intimacy? Set up a quiet lounge area in the mezzanine—adorned with railings made from recycled car windshields—or take advantage of the EpiCenter’s private courtyard, accessible through a 24-foot garage door. No matter how you use the versatile venue, you’re guaranteed an extra reason to celebrate: Your rental fee helps the organization provide under-resourced local teens with opportunities in art and design—the true icing on the cake.
Trillium Brewing Company at Fort Point
Head Count Up to 75 seated (roof deck); up to 200 seated (second-floor dining area)
Price Starting at $20,000 (food and beverage minimum)
Opened in October 2018, Trillium Brewing Company’s new Fort Point location offers a taste of industrial-meets-rustic revelry with a brick-and-beam interior and farm-to-table fare. For your reception, bypass the taproom and retail space through a private stairwell that leads to the second-floor dining room, furnished with leather barstools, cozy booths, and a sprawling soapstone bar. If you’re planning a smaller affair or need extra space for cocktail hour, take the party outside to the 2,200-square-foot roof deck: Dressed up with seasonal plants and grasses, the deck boasts a black-tiled bar where you can toast with Trillium brews. Really want to impress your guests? Crack open one of the brewery’s celebratory large-format bottles, which hold up to three liters of booze.
Avenue 34 at Boston Park Plaza
Head Count Up to 200 seated
Price Starting at $192 per person
The Boston Park Plaza may be known for its classic 1920s glamour, but its newest event space, Avenue 34, is all about contemporary cool. A departure from the hotel’s traditional, crystal-chandelier-adorned ballrooms, the venue features floor-to-ceiling windows and factory-chic exposed beams. Enter through a private doorway on Columbus Avenue to reach the 7,315-square-foot space, which can be divided into smaller rooms. After saying “I do” there, enjoy cocktail hour in the Loft while the staff resets the ceremony space for your reception, complete with a wooden dance floor. The hotel offers two wedding packages, both of which include a three-course dinner and an open bar, as well as a two-night stay for you and your spouse. Bonus: You’ll be just a short walk away from the Public Garden—an undeniably Boston backdrop for wedding-day portraits.
Need an outlet for those prewedding jitters? Book a session at Urban Axes, slated to open in Somerville in late 2018. The company’s two-and-a-half-hour, coach-led group events include safety instructions and one-on-one throwing practice, followed by a round-robin axe-throwing tournament.
Kick off your wedding-weekend festivities at Banyan Bar + Refuge in the South End, where the gastropub’s new chef, Scott Jensen—formerly of sister restaurant the Gallows—puts a fresh spin on pan-Asian fare. Spend an evening on the lantern-lit patio or inside the artfully decorated restaurant, where you can sip cocktails and dine on dishes such as sweet soy-glazed scallops and kimchi fried rice.
Part of the Marriott’s Autograph Collection, the 158-room Row Hotel first opened its doors in summer 2018. Forged-metal furniture and car-themed wall décor (inspired by Assembly Row’s history as a Ford assembly plant) deck out the accommodations, while neighboring restaurants and retail stores—a godsend for forgetful packers—add to the hotel’s lively ambiance.
Exiting a wedding reception with photo strips hanging out of your purse is now a thing of the past, thanks to Boston GIF. The company’s sleek station captures animated GIFs of you and your crew before texting them to you on the spot. Strike a pose, then save or share on social media in real time.
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