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Hampshire House Engagement Celebration Jan. 24

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You are cordially invited to attend the annual Hampshire House engagement celebration! The premier Boston engagement open house will take place on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. We welcome all brides and grooms to come an experience our warm and welcoming Beacon Hill mansion as they get ideas and inspiration for their big day.

This is the perfect event for future brides and grooms who are at every stage of the wedding planning process, whether scouting the top Boston wedding venues or looking to interact one-on-one with potential vendors. During this exclusive two-hour event, you’ll be able to explore the mansion, taste some of our favorite wedding menu items, and interact with other brides and grooms from the area. It’s all about helping you envision the most special day of your life!

Meet and Greet with the Best Boston Wedding Vendors

One of the main reasons why engaged couples flock to this engagement event is because we bring all of the area’s finest wedding vendors together in one place, including:

  • Entertainers, Musicians, and DJs: Groove Events, C-Zone Entertainment, The Gilded Harps
  • Photographers and Videographers: Person + Killian Photography, Johnson Photography, Tatiana Blanco Photography, Generations Cinema Stories
  • Florists: Jeri Solomon Floral Design, Artistic Blossoms, New Leaf Flores
  • Officiants: Barbara Kahn, JP Liz, Joseph Gagnon
  • Rental Items: PEAK Event Services
  • Invitations: Invitations & Company, Lynn Graham Designs
  • Wedding Planners: Unique Weddings by Alexis, We Tie the Knots
  • Makeup Artists: Katrina Hess Makeup Studio

This handpicked selection of providers helps you check off many of your pressing wedding-related to-do list items, including finding all of your key vendors. If you have special requests, want to check your date, or are simply tired of scouring the web for the best options, you’ll be happy to meet and greet with these top wedding professionals.

This boutique event differs from others in Boston and the surrounding region because we are highly selective with who we invite to exhibit. Only vendors we personally recommend and prefer are invited to this event. The result is a well-curated grouping that doesn’t overwhelm already stressed brides and grooms.

More Reasons to Attend

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In addition to meeting with the experts who will help you flawlessly execute your special event, you’ll also get a chance to speak with the wedding and event coordinators at Hampshire House. Our wedding experts will be on hand to answer any questions and discuss open dates and special requests. Perhaps most importantly, you’ll also be invited to taste the many delectable flavors of Hampshire House, from carefully crafted cocktails to yummy local desserts. Come hungry!

How to Attend and RSVP

To RSVP, please visit our weddings page or give us a ring at 617-854-7628. You can also see our official invitation for additional information. Each individual is invited to bring one guest, such as a spouse, friend, parent, or anyone else you’d like to share the experience with.

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Save the Date: Hampshire House Engagement Celebration

Save the Date: The 2019 Engagement Celebration at Hampshire House

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Kick off your wedding planning process the best possible way with the annual engagement celebration at Hampshire House, one of Boston’s premier wedding venues. We invite you to come and mingle with fellow brides and grooms, to tour our exceptional turn-of-the-century mansion, and to meet and greet with several of the area’s premier wedding vendors and suppliers. It’s truly the wedding-planning event of the year for the Boston betrothed!

The Details: This year, our engagement open house will take place on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. To RSVP, please visit our weddings page or call 617-854-7628. You can also see our official invitation for more info.

Why Attend This Special Event

  • Envision Your Big Day — If you’re thinking about having your wedding at Hampshire House, there’s no better (or easier) way to envision your special day. You’ll have the opportunity to meander through each character-filled room and soak up the ambiance, peer through the windows of our floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Boston Public Garden, and to see every exquisite detail with your own eyes.
  • Speak with Industry Professionals — Not only will we help you secure your picture-perfect wedding backdrop, we’ll also help connect you with some of Boston’s top wedding professionals, including florists, photographers, videographers, bakers, designers, musicians, DJs and other entertainers. With all of these premier professionals in one place, you’ll be able to check off many of your most pressing wedding tasks all in one day.
  • Get a Taste of Hampshire House — You wouldn’t host your once-in-a-lifetime event without tasting the food. Our annual engagement celebration is one of the very best ways to get a taste of Hampshire House. You’ll be invited to sample some of the most delectable selections from our menu, including specialty cocktails and desserts.
  • Show Your Family and Friends — We invite all soon-to-be brides and grooms to come and enjoy this extra-special event, and we encourage them to bring a guest of their choosing. Whether it’s your mother, father, best man, or maid of honor, you’ll be happy to have a fresh set of eyes help you navigate the wedding planning waters.
  • Secure Your Date and Get the Details — If you’ve got a date in mind, you’ll get the chance to speak with one of our dedicated event planners to ensure that your desired date is in the books or to help iron out some of your specific questions. You’ll also get a chance to go over our great wedding package options and explore some unique ways to make your Hampshire House event all your own.

Can’t Make It? Book an Appointment

Whether you’re newly engaged or are looking for a spectacular setting for your wedding, rehearsal dinner, or bridal shower, we hope you’ll consider Hampshire House for all of your engagement events. If you can’t make it on Jan. 24, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us to set up a time for a private tour and consultation. Click here to RSVP.

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Non-Traditional Bridal Showers at Hampshire House

The bridal shower is a timeless tradition that gives friends and family a chance to surround the bride-to-be with love and community. However, the typical bridal shower isn’t always a good fit for the guest of honor. If you know a bride who tends to have non-traditional tastes when it comes to her style, consider hosting your event at Hampshire House in Boston. Learn more about the many ways in which this historic venue allows hosts to add a personal touch to the bridal shower so that it’s a completely unique and utterly memorable event.

Classic High Tea

Do you know a bride who’d love to have a shower that’s a bit regaler than your typical cake and punch affair? If so, consider hosting a luxurious high tea gathering at Hampshire House. With unrivaled service in a majestic atmosphere, this type of bridal shower is fit for a queen. Pair elegant tea service featuring a selection of the finest teas with a variety of tea sandwiches, petit fours and patisseries to make this one pre-wedding event where the bride-to-be feels truly pampered.

Dessert Extravaganza

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For the bride with a sweet tooth, take advantage of Hampshire House’s distinctive dessert options to host a bridal shower that she’ll love. The guests will have a ball trying delicious bites from all kinds of specialty stations for donuts, flambé, miniature cupcakes, fruit cobblers and more. For the beverages, you can serve fresh brews from a custom coffee bar along with an assortment of teas or hot cocoa. Hampshire House also offers a variety of deluxe cordials, port wines and cognacs that can be served at the event.

Cozy Fireside Gathering

For an event taking place during the fall or winter, nothing sounds quite as cozy as a bridal shower hosted by the fire. Hampshire House offers several stunning rooms featuring ornate fireplaces. This sets the scene for an intimate and warm event where the bride can feel truly cherished by her loved ones. Consider selecting items from the venue’s hearty winter menus to complement the cozy affair, like a hot buffet featuring Maine lobster bisque, chicken Provençal, fresh baked rolls and more.

Cocktail Reception

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Since the traditional bridal shower is often a brunch or luncheon affair, why not switch things up with a snazzy cocktail reception? Give the bride-to-be a chance to get dolled up in a lovely cocktail dress and gather with her dearest friends and family. You can serve delightful bites from appetizer stations to keep the guests mixing and mingling throughout the event. Add a personal touch with a signature cocktail based on the bride’s favorite drink. Hampshire House has multiple bars, making it easy to host your event in any room of the venue.

With a wide variety of spaces available throughout Hampshire House, it’s easy to find the perfect fit for your gathering. In addition, our customizable event menus allow you to tailor the party to your unique needs. Make sure the bride-to-be enjoys a non-traditional bridal shower that she truly loves by hosting your event at this popular Boston venue.

 

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The Benefits of Having an Off-Season Wedding

One way to make planning a wedding a little less overwhelming is to schedule your event in the off-season. In many places, the months of May through September are considered the peak season for weddings. But from October through April, things slow down considerably for the wedding industry. That can be a major perk for couples who hope to make the wedding planning process as easy (and as affordable) as possible. Here are some of the top benefits of having an off-season wedding.

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Cutting Costs

Because there is less demand for wedding services during the off-season months, costs are typically lower. The reduced expenses can apply to just about every aspect of the event, including the venue, the food, the flowers and the photography. Some things, such as wedding attire, don’t usually change price according to the season. However, you’ll find that planning for an off-season wedding will net you significant savings overall.

Don’t forget that the savings may be passed on to your guests as well. Transportation and lodging costs are often lower during the off-season, which is a major perk for guests who will be traveling to attend your nuptials.

Less Competition for Vendors

Do you have your heart set on a certain wedding venue? Are you a huge fan of a particular wedding photographer? You are much more likely to be able to secure the vendors you want for your wedding date if you plan your wedding in the off-season months. Even popular vendors are less likely to be booked up already. And as mentioned above, you may be able to secure a lower rate by hosting your event during a portion of the year when it is sometimes harder for them to get bookings.

Don’t hesitate to ask if a vendor offers discounts during off-peak months. While not all vendors advertise lower rates like these, many are willing to give you a lower price in order to book up these dates when it’s typically harder for them to find clients.

Shorter Timeline

Because more vendors are available for bookings during the quieter months in the wedding industry, it makes it much easier to plan your event in a limited amount of time. If you’re hoping for a short engagement, you’ll love that plenty of options are still available for the off-season even when you’re planning just a few months out. Many couples are able to get their first choice for venues, florists, caterers, bands, DJs, photographers and more by holding the event during these months.

If you tried to plan a wedding during peak season, on the other hand, you’d probably find that many vendors and venues are booked up well in advance. In fact, many popular vendors book up at least a year or even 18 months ahead, leaving couples who want a peak season wedding scrambling to plan everything in time or pushing their wedding date back in order to get the vendors they want.

Scenery

Who says that you can only take outdoor wedding photos in the summer? With off-season events, it’s still totally possible to get beautiful outdoor shots at your wedding. Whether it’s a beautiful wintry scene blanketed in snow, a romantic, rainy spring day or the colorful leaves of autumn, there are so many ways you can get stunning wedding photos even if your wedding doesn’t take place on a warm, sunny day.

A good photographer will know how to work around any pesky issues you might face by having a wedding during the colder months of the year. For example, they might suggest that the couple find stylish coats to wear during an outdoor winter photo shoot, like an elegant trench coat for the groom or a luxurious fur stole for the bride. You might also bring along winter boots, rain boots, an umbrella or other gear to make sure you stay dry. Since the sun sets earlier, your photographer might plan to take most of the outdoor shots earlier in the day. You could even park your wedding limo or bus nearby so you and your bridal party can warm up in between shots.

Holiday Cheer

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If you absolutely love the holidays, why not incorporate that festive atmosphere into your wedding? Hosting your event during the holiday season gives you the perks that come with off-peak weddings along with the fun of having a themed event. Go all out with a Christmas wedding that incorporates beautiful reds and greens. You could even schedule a visit from Santa for the little ones attending your reception.

Another option if a New Year’s Eve wedding. Many people love having a special event to get all dressed up for on this day, so they’ll be thrilled to attend your wedding to celebrate. Keep the party going late and enjoy a big countdown to New Year’s along with a midnight kiss with your brand-new spouse. This kind of festive atmosphere is sure to make your wedding incredibly memorable.

Increased Attendance

With so many people planning weddings during the peak months of May through September, you’re more likely to experience scheduling conflicts if you plan your event during these months. When there are multiple other wedding invitations being received, guests have to make a judgement call about which event they’d rather attend.

By having your wedding during the months of October through April (or whenever off-season occurs in your area), you’ll probably get more RSVPs that say “Yes.” In the late fall, early spring and winter, guests usually have fewer events on their social calendar. Plus, many people plan their vacations during the warmer months, so you’ll also be avoiding conflicts with their travel schedule. When you combine that with the lower prices for air travel and lodging, the off-peak wedding months are your best choice if you want to prioritize high attendance at your event.

Your wedding will be wonderful regardless of what month you plan it for. But if you want to get lower costs, a better selection of vendors, increased attendance and other great perks, consider having your wedding during the off-season.

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Winter Wedding Color Themes

Winter Wedding Color Schemes

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If you’re getting married in the winter, you might feel obligated to paint everything in swashes of crisp white, berry red, and icy blue. But the truth is that the list of colors we associate with winter weddings is ever-expanding, and there are fewer rules now than ever before. With that said, there are three endlessly popular themes of wedding colors du jure: plenty of shimmer, dusty colors, and all things rosy. Here are some of our favorite pairings using these favorites for on-trend winter weddings.

Winter Shimmer: Pops of Silver and Gold

  • Gold, Black, and White — Everything, even a monochromatic motif, is elevated when paired with glammy gold. This trio is perfect for the winter black tie affair. It screams classic, sophisticated, and oh-so-formal, like an event held in our exquisite Beacon Hill mansion.
  • Navy Blue and Gold — If you love the dressy feel of glimmering gold and a dark hue but find that black is a bit too harsh, you can soften things up by pairing gold with navy. This combo creates a bold, regal motif that offers a touch of whimsy and prep.
  • Baby Blue, Silver, and White — Channel your inner ice queen with a scheme of icy blue, shimmering silver and white to create a winter wonderland wedding that looks like it was plucked straight from the pages of a fairytale. The key to achieving this motif in a trendy way is to stick to a pale or powder blue that doesn’t overshadow the silvery-white tones.
  • Gray, Cream, and White — A trendier approach to the blue and silver scheme, gray and cream still provides soft, ice-like vibes but errs on the side of serious and sophisticated. Keep it earthy by adding in some sage or dusty rose.

Dusty Hues and Vintage Blues

  • Dusty Rose, Dark Gray, and Cream — This is one of those unique wedding combos that seems to transcend trend and season. Coupling the eclectic and romantic vibe of dusty rose with winter-worthy dark gray and cream, this motif is equal parts bold and soft.
  • Dusty Blue, Soft Pink, and Cream — Let the oh-so-trendy dusty blue-gray shade set the stage for this earthy and sweet color palette. The soft pink and cream lighten things up but still stays true to a wintery feel.
  • Dusty Blue, Sage, and Deep Blue — Another great complement to dusty blue is sage. Pepper it throughout your décor with sprigs of dried sage, lamb’s-ear and dusty miller or use it as a backdrop with pretty sage-toned bridesmaid’s dresses. Couple the softness of dusty blue and sage with a more commanding blue for a balanced look.

Rose, Red and Romantic

  • Red, Green, and White — Who says holiday hues can’t shine through on your wedding day? The key is to give the classic Christmas trio a bit of a trendy upgrade. Maybe swap the berry red for eggplant and the green for sage to give this grouping its own special twist.
  • Aubergine, Gray, and Cream — As far as shades of red go, aubergine is one of the most beloved this season! The plum-like hue of deep purple pairs beautifully with a medium gray and cream, creating a stylish gradient effect that looks right in every setting.
  • Plum, Rose Gold, and Sand — Speaking of plum… you can soften it even further when you style it with a sweet rose gold and earthy sand to create a look that’s trendy yet easy to match.
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Holiday Parties in Boston

Holiday Parties in Boston

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If you’re looking for a warm, inviting venue to host your special holiday party this year, Hampshire House is a wonderful option. Surrounded by the turn-of-the-century charm for which we’re known — including grand Palladian windows, commanding oaken bars, breathtaking crystal chandeliers, and working fireplaces on every level — you’ll feel the holiday spirit radiate from around you when you host your gathering at Hampshire House. We invite you to host your small or large gathering within our historic mansion at Beacon Hill.

Creating a Special Seasonal Soiree

Our team is more than happy to help you put together the perfect holiday event, whether it be a company party, an intimate brunch, an organization luncheon, a holiday fundraiser, or simply a small, private affair for only your closest family and friends. Our Boston private events space is warm enough to make even the most frigid New England winters appealing, thanks in part to our cozy entertaining rooms and delectable private events menus curated by our award-winning chefs. We deck the halls with festive holiday décor, and our impeccable service will make you feel inspired and in the spirit.

Hampshire House is more than happy to help you design a holiday party menu like no other, with extra-special seasonal staples and unique additions that give your function a bit of extra holiday spirit. Dining at Hampshire House is a grand culinary experience rich with seasonal flavors and local ingredients from appetizers to desserts to specialty cocktails. During the holidays, we happily infuse flavors of wintery fruits and vegetables that warm you up from the inside out. The meal is the highlight of any holiday event, so we take extra special time and care to design selections with you.

Spend the Holidays with Us

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In addition to being a premier holiday events venue in Boston, Hampshire House is also a destination for special holiday events. All of our seasonal events center around a well-designed holiday menu coupled with special cocktails and beverages that help you capture the holiday spirit. For information on holiday events that are open to the public this season, make sure to stop by our special events page or become a friend on Facebook.

Bostonians, especially those within our Beacon Hill community, have long celebrated special milestones and holidays within the walls of our exceptional turn-of-the-century mansion. We enthusiastically welcome you to make this a part of your holiday tradition, too!

Booking Your Holiday Event

The Hampshire House has been hosting special events for over four decades and our professional events team is always ready to help you plan your special celebration, whether it be a Christmas brunch or a corporate holiday reception. When you’re ready to book your holiday party, please contact our event professionals by phone at 617-227-9600 or via e-mail at events@hampshirehouse.com.

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Holiday Wedding Themes

Holiday Wedding Themes

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There are a dozen good reasons to have your wedding around the holidays. Maybe it’s the only time of year your closest family and friends are in the same state at the same time. Maybe winter brings milder weather where you live. Maybe you simply adore all things holiday-related and want your wedding day to feel fabulous, festive, and warm. Whatever your reason for attaching your nuptials to this special time of year, we support it!

Pulling together a holiday wedding theme is relatively simple if you know the vibe you’re going for, whether it be totally holly jolly with boughs of evergreens and eggnog cocktails or only subtly festive with red and green accents worked in here and there. The event coordinators here at Hampshire House are happy to help you tie your scheme up in a sweet little bow so it honors the season and your special wedding vision.

Here are some ideas to help you create a holiday-themed wedding that celebrates your unique sense of style in the spirit of the season.

  • Christmas-Chic: Evergreens and Red Roses — If you aren’t opposed to the idea of an overtly Christmas-inspired wedding motif, start with the classics. Evergreen bouquets and boughs of holly draped across tables are instantly made romantic and wedding-worthy with berry red roses. Pepper in some pinecones and have the guys wear holly berry and cedar boutonnieres for a seasonal finish.
  • WinterWoodland: Silver, White, and Dusty Blue — It’s “Frozen” meets “Bambi” with this sweet holiday-ready wedding theme. Use birch accents to capture the woodsiness and then dress things up with icy pops of shimmery silver to create the effect of a snow-draped forest. Incorporate some sparkly woodland figurines and snowflakes for a fairytale-inspired theme all your guests will adore.
  • A New Year’s Eve to Remember: Winter Black Tie — There’s something so fabulous about a New Year’s Eve wedding theme. Think all things dressy, glamorous, and fabulous covered in glimmer gold, black, and white. Go big when you gild everything in a layer of sparkly gold and make the champagne toast a highlight of the evening.
  • Earthy-Meets-Festive: Royally Rustic —Something about this time of year makes events feel like they have to be on the formal end, but you can make your holiday wedding as dressy or as laid-back as you want. Give it a more relaxed, rustic vibe with breezy finishing touches like plaid, wildflowers, and woodgrain. Choose a venue like Hampshire House that has real, working fireplaces to bring an element of coziness and warmth into your scheme.
  • Seasonally Sophisticated: Royal Textures — It’s easy to veer into the world of kitsch when planning a seasonal wedding, but it’s not at all necessary. You can still keep things sophisticated when you include high-end finishes and textures. Incorporate classically decadent hues, like cream, gold, and blush, to give things an upscale feel.
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Ready to book your holiday wedding venue? Beacon Hill’s Hampshire House is happy to help you plan your extra-special affair this season or next!

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Skip the Ballroom: Library Wedding Venues for Book Lovers

Looking for the best way to make your storybook romance complete? Consider choosing a beautiful library as your wedding venue. If you’re a book lover, there are plenty of good reasons to surround yourself with reading material on your big day. In fact, more couples are choosing to skip the traditional ballroom in favor of this unique type of location. Learn more about what to consider when you choose a library venue for your wedding.

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Incorporate Your Personality

One of the best things about celebrating your wedding in a library is that it gives you the chance to put your personal stamp on the event. The classic ballroom can feel a bit impersonal for couples who really want to incorporate their own interests and personality into their wedding. Surrounding yourself with books for this special occasion shows off your love of reading and creates a unique environment for your guests to enjoy.

Many couples even decide to go with a book theme for their wedding by incorporate various literary details into the event. Some examples include library card-style invitations, book centerpieces, quotes from famous novels, bookmark wedding favors, and paper flowers made with pages from books.

Get a Glamorous Style

A library venue can be the perfect fit for a glamorous wedding style. Generally, you won’t find rustic or casual décor to be a good fit for a library venue, though there may be some exceptions. Libraries typically look best when dressed up luxurious details that fit in with the venue’s existing style.

For example, if you’re in a very modern library, you might want a sleek, glamorous look for your décor. Older libraries with exquisite details are a great fit for an elegant vintage style.

Accommodate Any Guest List

Libraries come in all sizes, so they make a wonderful fit for just about any guest list you have in mind. You can find large libraries that can accommodate hundreds of guests as well as smaller libraries that are better suited to a smaller, intimate wedding celebration. Either way, being surrounded by books can create a warm and inviting setting that makes any wedding feel cozy.

Give Guests Something to Remember

Today’s couples want their wedding to stand out from the crowd. Choosing a library wedding venue is an excellent way to make a big impact on your guests. They’ll never forget the unique setting, especially if you choose to incorporate your love of books into the ceremony and reception. This is a wedding venue that people are sure to talk about for years to come.

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Create Stunning Photo Ops

Wedding photos are sure to play an important role in your celebration regardless of where you host the event. However, libraries make it easy to find several stunning backdrops for your wedding pictures. There will be no shortage of opportunities for your wedding photographer to create unique, memorable images that you’ll cherish for decades to come. Whether it’s portraits of just the two of you or group photos that incorporate your family or wedding party, a library essentially will have built-in backdrops that require zero extra effort when it comes to planning.

It’s easy to see why a library would be the perfect setting for a book lover’s big day. Make your wedding a truly once-in-a-lifetime event by choosing a library venue.

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Destination Weddings in Boston: The City of History

Downtown CrossingLooking for the perfect place to host a destination wedding? Consider the historic city of Boston, one of the most fascinating and fun cities on the East Coast. If your guests are going to travel for your wedding, it’s important to make sure they have a destination with plenty to offer (outside of your lovely ceremony and reception, of course). Here are some of the top reasons why Boston is the best city to get married in.

Incredible History

When it comes to American history, it’s hard to top Boston. This city of cobblestone corners and beautiful old buildings features a number of important historical sites. Your guests will love taking a trip along The Freedom Trail, which includes the location of the Boston Tea Party and the Paul Revere House among its many historical stops. The Old Town Trolley Tour is also a great group activity you can host while you guests are in town.

Don’t forget about the historic wedding venues in Boston as well. If you’re looking for a truly memorable place to host your ceremony or reception, there’s no shortage of stunning places where important historical events have taken place.

Exciting Attractions

Besides exploring the city’s history, there’s so much for your guests to enjoy during their visit to Boston for your wedding. The city is home to some of the top museums in the region, including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Harvard Museum of Natural History and The Sports Museum. If kids will be coming along, be sure to let your guests know about the popular Boston Children’s Museum located on the Fort Point Channel.

If you’d like to do a group outing with your guests before or after the wedding, consider getting tickets to a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park, the oldest ballpark in the U.S.

Gorgeous Weather Year-Round

Boston is the perfect place to host your destination wedding if you truly want to experience beautiful seasonal weather on your big day. Whether you want a snowy winter wedding, a lush spring wedding, a warm summer wedding, or a colorful fall wedding, you’ll get exactly what you’re hoping for in Boston.

This city gets the very best of all four seasons throughout the year, which can be fun for your guests as well. Suggest seasonal activities for them to enjoy while they’re in town. Popular options include fall foliage tours, ice skating, and whale-watching cruises.

Stunning Photo Ops

Expect your guests’ social media accounts to fill up with fun images from their trip when they visit Boston for your wedding. Whether it’s a lovely photo of one of Boston’s beautiful public gardens or a sweeping view of the skyline, this is a city filled with beautiful places to snap a picture.

When it comes to your own wedding photos, you’ll love that Boston’s historic venues have plenty of stunning backdrops both inside and out. Your wedding photographer will have no trouble finding gorgeous places for your portraits when you get married in Boston.

Choose a location that’s beautiful, interesting, and fun for your destination wedding by planning your big day in Boston. Your guests will enjoy the trip of a lifetime when they come to your wedding.

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The Top 8 Questions to Ask About Your Wedding Venue

Are you ready to start looking at wedding venues? This critical part of the wedding planning process doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Be ready with these eight questions when viewing a venue and you’ll get the answers you need to make an informed decision about where to host your special event.

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#1: What is the Venue Fee?

The cost of venue should be first question you ask. Couples with a specific budget in mind should ask this question before scheduling a visit; if it’s not in your budget, you don’t need to bother visiting. In addition to the base price for renting the venue, be sure to inquire about other venue-related costs. Some venues charge extra for certain services or the use of tables, chairs, linens, and other furniture and décor.

#2: How Many Guests Can You Fit?

You should have a basic guest list in mind when choosing a venue. Make sure any venue you consider can comfortably fit at least 80 percent of your guest list (since it’s unlikely that everyone will be able to RSVP “yes”).

#3: Is My Date Available?

If you already have a wedding date in mind, make sure the venue is available. Unless you’ve already made specific plans for a particular day, you could choose your wedding date based on what’s available at the venue you love the most.

#4: Does it Fit My Style?

Think about the vision you have for your wedding day. Will you be able to achieve it in this particular venue? While some venues can be decorated in any manner, others already have a specific look that can’t be altered.

#5: What Services are Available?

Do you want an all-inclusive package that includes food and drinks? Will it cost more to hire waitstaff or is that included in the price? Find out about these extra services and inquire about whether there is an on-site wedding coordinator you’ll be able to work with.

#6: Is the Location Convenient?

If any of your guests will be coming from out of town, it’s important to think about whether there are any accommodations nearby. The venue manager should be able to let you know about any local hotels, B&Bs, or house rentals. In addition, think about transportation to and from the venue. Can guests use public transportation? Is there enough parking on site, or should you get a hotel shuttle?

#7: What are Your Restrictions?

Most venues have at least some restrictions. If you want a late-night dance party and they require that the music is off by 9 p.m., that might be a deal breaker. Other venues may have restrictions about alcohol service, decorations, or which vendors you are permitted to hire.

#8: What is the Cancellation Policy?

Wedding venues are a big investment, so it’s important to know what happens to your money if you had to cancel for an unexpected reason. Get the details about what happens to your deposit and whether you get any type of refund in the event of a cancellation.

Take notes about each wedding venue you visit to find out if it suits your needs. You may find a few potential venues you like, and the answers to these questions will help you make a final decision about where to host this once-in-a-lifetime event.

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