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12 Boston Wedding Venues with Sparkling Waterfront Views

Waterfront weddings offer something extra—a refreshing tang in the air…expansive harbor, river, or cityscape views…in some cases even the opportunity to leave terra firma altogether and host your celebration afloat. Boston Harbor and the Charles River are home to many wedding venues that put you close to or on the water, and here’s a selection (in alphabetical order) worth exploring:

1. Boston Harbor Hotel
  • Location: Boston Harbor, North End
  • Style: Classic and elegant
  • Fab Feature: This is Boston’s only Forbes Five-Star waterfront hotel. All their accommodations afford panoramic harbor or city skyline views.
  • Event Space Highlights: The Rotunda is topped by an 80-foot coffered dome, and has a 9th-floor reception area with private terrace overlooking Boston Harbor as well as a 10th-floor dining area with city skyline views. The domed Pavilion features walls of windows framing a 360-degree view of the harbor and hotel.
  • Wedding Package Perks (vary per package selected): Private menu tasting for 4 guests • specialty cocktail station with choice of appetizers • custom-designed wedding cake • late-night snacks • wedding-night accommodations for the couple • 1-year anniversary wine pairing dinner for the couple
  • Accommodations: 230 guest rooms and suites
Boston Harbor Hotel

Boston Harbor Hotel

Boston Harbor Hotel

Boston Harbor Hotel



2. The Exchange Conference Center
  • Location: Boston Harbor, South End
  • Style: Striking, early 1900s architecture and fabulous views
  • Interesting Tidbit: Formerly the historic home of the Boston Fish Auction
  • Event Space Highlights: The Exchange Hall boasts a 3-story skylit atrium and an adjoining Harbor Terrace.
  • Notable Services: East Meets West Catering provides great food, and works with topnotch local vendors to produce each event.
  • Accommodations: none
The Exchange Conference Center

The Exchange Conference Center

The Exchange Conference Center

The Exchange Conference Center



3. Fairmont Battery Wharf
  • Location: Boston Harbor, North End
  • Style: Clean, contemporary, urban boutique hotel
  • Fab Feature: All of their function rooms are hi-tech, with wireless Internet access, drop-down screens, state-of-the-art sound systems and thoughtfully designed lighting.
  • Event Space Highlights: The Constitution Ballroom features rich makore wood paneling and 8 modern, custom-made, Brand Van Egmond silver-and-Swarovski crystal light fixtures; the Old North Skylight Room has marble flooring and an expansive skylight.
  • Wedding Package Perks and Services: Upgraded Villeroy & Boch China and Schott Zwiesel Glassware • private dinner tasting for up to 4 guests • complimentary wedding-night suite for the couple • same-sex weddings a specialty
  • Accommodations: 150 guest rooms
Fairmont Battery Wharf

Fairmont Battery Wharf

Fairmont Battery Wharf

Fairmont Battery Wharf



4. Hyatt Boston Harbor
  • Location: Boston Harbor, Northwest End
  • Style: Classic and traditional to casually elegant; recipient of an ENERGY STAR certification and Green Business Award
  • Fab Feature: They offer a free shuttle to public transit and are close to a convenient private water taxi service to Boston’s historic North End.
  • Event Space Highlights: The Harborside Pavilion is a festive, white outdoor tent with arched windows that let in lots of natural light and provide Harborside views; an adjacent lawn enables guests to mingle under the sun or stars. In the Skyline Ballroom, floor-to-ceiling windows frame panoramic views of historic Boston Harbor and the Boston skyline.
  • Wedding Package Perk: When you host your celebration here, you’ll receive free honeymoon nights at your choice of Hyatt Hotels & Resorts in 45 countries around the globe (subject to availability). LGBT weddings welcome!
  • Accommodations: 270 guest rooms and suites, some of which are hypo-allergenic; also pet-friendly
Hyatt Boston Harbor

Hyatt Boston Harbor

Hyatt Boston Harbor

Hyatt Boston Harbor



5. Hyatt Regency Cambridge
  • Location: Along the Charles River
  • Style: Classic and traditional to casually elegant; recipient of an ENERGY STAR certification and AAA Four Diamond Award
  • Fab Feature: When you have your celebration here, you’ll receive free honeymoon nights at your choice of Hyatt Hotels & Resorts in 45 countries around the globe (subject to availability).
  • Event Space Highlights: The multilevel Empress Ballroom on the 14th floor has 15-foot floor-to-ceiling windows and two patios overlooking the Boston cityscape; the Riverside Pavilion, a white tent at the edge of the Charles River, features arched windows that look out onto the surrounding garden patio.
  • Wedding Services: They’ll customize your menu, and their culinary team is expert at hosting Indian and kosher events.
  • Accommodations: 470 guest rooms and suites; also pet friendly
Hyatt Regency Cambridge

Hyatt Regency Cambridge

Hyatt Regency Cambridge



6. Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
  • Location: Boston Harbor, South End
  • Style: Modern
  • Fab Feature: Event cuisine is by the award-winning Wolfgang Puck Catering.
  • Event Space Highlights: The indoor spaces showcase plenty of contemporary art and impress with walls of glass that frame dramatic water and city vistas; outdoors, the tentable Putnam Investments Plaza is a spacious patio at the edge of the water.
  • Notable Services: Restaurant-quality catering is totally customized and incorporates the freshest, seasonal ingredients.
  • Accommodations: Nearby hotels
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Institute of Contemporary Art-Boston

Institute of Contemporary Art-Boston



7. InterContinental Boston
  • Location: Financial District, directly on the waterfront
  • Style: Contemporary luxury hotel with Four Diamond AAA rating
  • Interesting Tidbit: The hotel is located on the historic site of the Boston Tea Party.
  • Fab Feature: The 6,600-square-foot spa with a heated indoor lap pool, steam rooms, and healing spa services (massage, body treatments and facial care).
  • Event Space Highlights: Two elegant ballrooms overlook the Boston Tea Party Ships through floor-to-ceiling windows; a waterfront promenade is available for outdoor events.
  • Wedding Package Perks: Personal wedding consultant • custom menu tasting for 4 • personalized printed dinner menus • dedicated kosher kitchen
  • Accommodations: 462 guest rooms and suites
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Intercontinental Boston

Intercontinental Boston

Intercontinental Boston



8. Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships
  • Location: Boston Harbor, North End
  • Style: Traditional yacht
  • Interesting Tidbit: Both of their schooners are replicas of the Baltimore Clippers that were famous for rounding Cape Horn during the California Gold Rush.
  • Event Space Highlights: The Grand Salon of the Liberty Clipper is great for a sunset reception, cocktails under the stars, or an afternoon cookout on the grill. And the views of the water or Boston cityscape are always spectacular!
  • Notable Services: Catering is provided by a select list of companies that have special training to work on the vessels.
  • Accommodations: 6–24, depending on the schooner
Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships

Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships

Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships

Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships



9. Museum of Science
  • Location: On the Charles River
  • Style: Contemporary and imaginative
  • Fab Feature: Interactive exhibits, planetarium shows, a journey through space or the deep sea in their full-motion simulator, and live science demonstrations can be part of your event.
  • Event Space Highlights: The Blue Wing’s three levels of interactive exhibits let you dine amid dinosaurs; the Skyline Room, d’Arbeloff Suite and open-air Washburn Pavilion all feature spectacular views of the Charles River and Boston and Cambridge skylines.
  • Notable Services: Cuisine is provided by the culinary wizards at Wolfgang Puck Catering. There’s free parking for your event guests, too!
  • Accommodations: Nearby hotels
Museum of Science

Museum of Science

Museum of Science

Museum of Science



10. New England Aquarium
  • Location: Boston Harbor, West End
  • Style: Contemporary, innovative
  • Fab Feature: You can dine privately among penguins, sharks and sea turtles, or beside Boston’s scenic skyline.
  • Event Space Highlights: The Main Gallery boasts a 200,000-gallon giant ocean tank as its centerpiece; the West Wing Gallery houses the largest shark and ray touch tank on the East Coast; and the tentable Harbor View Terrace offers terrific water vistas.
  • Notable Services: The award-winning chef who oversees event catering supports sustainable, local sources for his cuisine. Customized menus are seasonal; package pricing is available.
  • Accommodations: Nearby hotels
New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium



11. Royal Sonesta Hotel
  • Location: On the Charles River
  • Style: Contemporary sophistication
  • Fab Feature: The Royal Sonesta’s public spaces and restaurant showcase a collection of original art—some of it commissioned specifically for the hotel—by many of today’s most vital emerging and established artists.
  • Event Space Highlights: The 3,000-square-foot Riverside Terrace is a fantastic outdoor venue overlooking the Charles River and Boston city skyline; the Grand Ballroom features mahogany and walnut mill work, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, and custom crystal wall sconces—plus river and city views.
  • Notable Services: Their “Food is Art” approach means that all food is prepared on site and is based on using the freshest seasonal ingredients from local sources.
  • Accommodations: 400 guest rooms and suites
Royal Sonestra Hotel

Royal Sonestra Hotel

Royal Sonestra Hotel

Royal Sonestra Hotel



12. Seaport Boston Hotel & World Trade Center
  • Location: Seaport District, on the waterfront
  • Style: Casual to grand with a contemporary ambiance
  • Interesting Tidbit: By combining a hotel and Trade Center, you get a versatile mix of event venues, including some that are truly unconventional. Plus, their staff is expert at orchestrating Jewish, Asian, Indian, and LGBT weddings.
  • Event Space Highlights: The Plaza Garden, which has been certified as a “green roof” space, enjoys Boston Harbor and Seaport District views; the Boulevard of Flags is an elevated outdoor mall lined with flags of the world and planters filled with greenery and flowers.
  • Notable Services: Dedicated wedding consultant • custom-designed wedding cake • complimentary parking for guests during the wedding reception • a complimentary suite for the wedding night
  • Accommodations: 428 guest rooms and suites; allergy-friendly “Pure” rooms; also pet-friendly
Seaport Boston Hotel and World Trade Center

Seaport Boston Hotel and World Trade Center

Seaport Boston Hotel and World Trade Center

Seaport Boston Hotel and World Trade Center

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