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Nine Stunning Wedding Venues in Boston
From newly renovated hotels to bustling breweries to contemporary ballrooms, the city’s most luxurious reception spots make it easy to celebrate it style.
Delivering the latest in style, inspiration, helpful tips and tricks, and everything else you need to know to plan the perfect New England wedding.
Revere Hotel Boston Common
Renovated in 2017, the Revere Hotel Boston Common makes easy work of planning a luxurious wedding weekend for family and friends. Start on the hotel’s 7,000-square-foot rooftop—the largest in Boston—where you can say “I do” with skyline views. The roof’s built-in cabanas, new lounge furniture, and inviting fire pit come in handy during cocktail hour, which you can also arrange inside the Grand Master Ballroom, outfitted with colorful contemporary artwork. For your reception, go traditional with dinner and dancing inside the new Silver Ballroom or try something more modern in Liberty Hall, a pared-down space with 21-foot ceilings and cement flooring. Afterward, loved ones can retire to the hotel’s posh guest rooms—revamped with metallic and leather finishes—before rallying for a goodbye brunch inside the private room at Rebel’s Guild, the Revere’s sleek new restaurant.
200 Stuart St., Boston, 617-482-1800, reverehotel.com.
Throwing a killer party boils down to three things: good music, tasty food, and drinks that flow the whole night long. Check all three boxes at the recently opened City Winery, a concert venue/restaurant/vino maker in the West End. Decked out with hardwood floors, exposed-brick columns, and wood-topped bars made from wine-barrel staves, the jack-of-all-trades hot spot blends the industrial feel of a working winery with the cool of a nightclub that’s hosted the likes of soul singer Bettye Lavette, comedian Kevin Nealon, and Boston crooner Myles Kennedy. Host guests in the expansive concert space, complete with an elevated stage for your band or DJ, or congregate in the restaurant’s main dining area, where large glass windows reveal the wine production room. Need another spot to mingle? City Winery also includes a white-walled art gallery—an ideal place to sample the venue’s on-tap vintages while admiring paintings by renowned local artist Henry Schwartz.
80 Beverly St., Boston, 617-933-8047, citywinery.com.
Emerson Colonial Theatre
It’s all about transformation at the Emerson Colonial Theatre, which reopened in 2018 after an extensive—and decidedly breathtaking—renovation by Boston-based Elkus Manfredi Architects. From the ornate mahogany woodwork of the box office to the handpainted murals on the promenade lobby’s vaulted ceilings, the beloved theater has been painstakingly restored, setting the stage for wedding celebrations as elaborate and beautiful as the Broadway-caliber productions the Colonial has hosted since its debut in 1900. Commandeer a dressing room or two for your bridal party, then make your grand entrance in the theater: Already stunning with crystal chandeliers and glittery gold-leaf embellishments, the space—which regularly morphs to accommodate the needs of performers—can be customized to your wildest fancy.
106 Boylston St., Boston, 888-616-0272, emersoncolonialtheatre.com.
Artists for Humanity Epicenter
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.
100 W. 2nd St., Boston, 617-268-7620, afhboston.org.
Trillium Brewing Company at Fort Point
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.
50 Thomson Pl., Boston, 857-449-0083, trilliumbrewing.com.
Avenue 34 at Boston Park Plaza
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.
50 Park Plaza, Boston, 617-426-2000, bostonparkplaza.com.
Boston Marriott Long Wharf
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.
296 State St., Boston, 617-227-0800, marriott.com.
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.
26 Ericsson St., Boston, 617-265-9463, bostonwinery.com.
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.
50 Lovejoy Wharf, Boston, 617-248-0050, alcoveboston.com.
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