Three Standout Wedding Venues in the Heart of Boston
From an urban winery to a freshly renovated hotel, the city’s celebration spots offer countless ways to tie the knot.
Boston Marriott Long Wharf
Head count Upon request
Price Starting at $146 per person
For a city soiree with a dose of seaside style, host an evening of revelry at Boston Marriott Long Wharf. The four-star hotel, which completed a $35 million renovation in the summer of 2018, offers a number of customizable event spaces for weddings big and small. Start the festivities with a ceremony in the high-ceilinged Palm Garden, then move the party to the Harbor View Ballroom. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping water views, the reception-friendly spot opens to a seasonal patio overlooking the harbor. Larger crowds, meanwhile, will appreciate the airiness of the Grand Ballroom, an 8,200-square-foot space with chic chandeliers. No matter how you decide to celebrate, though, one thing’s for sure: The hotel’s comprehensive wedding packages—complete with your choice of linens, classic Chiavari chairs, a three-course plated dinner, and more—make planning a breeze.
Head count Up to 120 seated
Price Starting at $5,000, plus food and drink
You bookmark every converted warehouse you spot on Pinterest; your partner wants the rustic look of a barn. Find your happy medium at Boston Winery, housed within a historical building in Dorchester. Built in the 1800s, the versatile venue merges the industrial feel of brick walls and concrete floors with the warmth of farmhouse-ready wooden beams and planks. Assemble loved ones for an intimate ceremony in the barrel room, then toast the occasion in the winery’s tasting area, equipped with a garage door for easy access to a private outdoor space. Need a little break from the crowd before dinner? Steal a private moment on the nearby docks. Set against the backdrop of boats on the Neponset River, they’re an ideal place to snap a few photos before rejoining guests in the winery’s main function space, dressed up with charming twinkle lights.
Head count Up to 175 seated
Price Upon request
Just one door over from the new Night Shift Brewing location on Lovejoy Wharf, Alcove welcomes brides and grooms with standout cuisine and an equally impressive dining room to match. Opened in October 2018, the restaurant reflects the distinct vision of owner Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli, whose passion for the New England farm coast touches each facet of the Alcove experience—from the locally sourced ingredients that power executive chef Maxime Fanton’s innovative dishes (miso-glazed salmon; farro risotto with fiddlehead ferns) to the blue-and-gray palette of the restaurant’s modern interiors. Host an intimate gathering in the glass-enclosed private dining room, or utilize the whole eatery for a grander party: Thoughtfully designed by architect William Ruhl, its copper-clad bar—topped with New England schist—is a natural conversation starter.
Let loose with a little friendly competition at Versus, a new arcade bar in Downtown Crossing. Opened in October 2018, the Province Street hot spot offers pub fare and cocktails alongside air hockey, shuffleboard, pinball, and video games such as Frogger and Mario Kart.
Who says you have to toast with champagne? Swap the bubbly for sake at Uni, where partners Ken Oringer and Tony Messina—a 2019 James Beard Award winner—serve up anything-but-ordinary sashimi (see: the sea bream prepared with charcoal lemonade, ginger crema, and haskap berry), a roster of cold and hot plates, tasty handrolls, and other delectable dishes.
Give your nearest and dearest a taste of life in the Back Bay at No. 284. The private residence turned 23-room guest house, which began welcoming patrons just last year, impresses with custom Frette linens, working gas fireplaces, and an art collection curated by Kate Chertavian—a Cambridge-based consultant whose past clientele includes David Bowie and Harvard Business School.
Helmed by Northeastern grads Amelia Rossi and Natasha Taylor, Boston-based design studio We’re Into It specializes in ultra-personalized wedding stationery, churning out illustrated save-the-dates, foil-stamped invitations, hand-lettered escort cards, and so much more.
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