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10 Uniquely Boston Wedding Venues You’ll Love

What’s so great about wedding venues in Boston? Everything! The range of options is amazing, from waterfront hotels and museums to a rooftop aerie and a fleet of tall ships. Here’s a selection of some of the city’s most interesting locations to tie the knot.

1. Colonnade Hotel

Neighborhood: Back Bay
Located in Boston’s chic Back Bay neighborhood, this hotel has the city’s only rooftop pool—a relaxed, seasonal hotspot for cocktails served with a panoramic view of the Boston skyline. In contrast, the refined Huntington Ballroom features elegant touches such as rich cherrywood accents, upholstered silk walls, plush carpets, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking landmarks like the Prudential Center and Copley Square. The cuisine is impressive, too, with a remarkable list of menu options.

Colonnade Hotel



2. Institute of Contemporary Art

Neighborhood: Boston Harbor
Combining stunning works of art with spectacular views of Boston’s harbor and skyline, the ICA is a one-of-a-kind place for a wedding or special event. Intimate celebrations are held in the Water Café by Wolfgang Puck, which has sliding glass doors that open onto the tentable Putnam Investments Plaza, an outdoor patio at the water’s edge. Indoors, both the State Street Corporation Lobby and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater have walls of glass that frame water and city vistas. An added bonus: Event food is provided by Wolfgang Puck Catering, known for their innovative cuisine and impeccable service.

Institute of Contemporary Art

Institute of Contemporary Art



3. Boston Harbor Hotel

Neighborhood: Boston Harbor
Not only does this venue boast waterfront views outside every window, it offers five function spaces, each with its own decorative or architectural elements. The Atlantic Room and the Pavilion are wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows, while the Rotunda has a terrace that looks out over Boston Harbor. You’ll find details like classical pillars and glittering chandeliers, and you can add dramatic uplighting to match your color scheme. The cuisine is stellar, too, thanks to internationally renowned Executive Chef Daniel Bruce, who’s been at the hotel for more than two decades.

Boston Harbor Hotel



4. Museum of Science

Neighborhood: Science Park, West End
Where can you dine among dinosaurs and experience a hair-raising one million volts of lightning on the same night? The Museum of Science. The Skyline Room, d’Arbeloff Suite and open-air Washburn Pavilion all feature spectacular views of the Charles River and Boston and Cambridge skylines, ensuring dramatic wedding ceremony and reception locations. Interactive exhibits, planetarium shows, and a simulated journey through space or the deep sea—along with the innovative cuisine of famed Wolfgang Puck Catering—can make your event out of this world.

Museum of Science

Museum of Science



5. State Room

Neighborhood: Government Center
You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world in this gorgeously designed contemporary event venue on the 33rd floor of Sixty State Street skyscraper. The views from here are spectacular: The Great Room affords a panorama of the Boston skyline through a 120’ x 20’ glass wall, the Harborside Salons treat guests to water vistas, and the Cityside Salons overlook a sea of tall buildings and rooftops. The meticulous detail displayed in the décor (illuminated undulating ceilings, onyx bars, mahogany floors) is also evident in their custom-created reception menus.

State Room

State Room

State Room



6. New England Aquarium

Neighborhood: Historic Waterfront, North End
Dine among penguins, sharks and sea turtles or beside Boston’s scenic skyline, and you’ll be helping to support this nonprofit’s mission at the same time! The aquarium offers extraordinary settings, from the Main Gallery with its giant 200,000-gallon ocean tank to the tentable Harbor View Terrace. Naturally, the cuisine features ocean-friendly seafood choices served with environmentally friendly silverware and linens.

New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium



7. Mandarin Oriental Boston

Neighborhood: Back Bay
This cosmopolitan Back Bay hotel makes a great home base for exploring the city’s historic attractions, and it’s the only 5 Star/5 Diamond hotel in Boston with a lushly landscaped outdoor wedding ceremony space. Follow up your ceremony with an elegant reception in the Oriental Ballroom, adorned with beautiful blonde satinwood, marble trim and opulent silk fabrics. Your guests will savor the excellent service as well as the cuisine, which showcases fresh local and seasonal ingredients.

Mandarin Oriental Boston

Mandarin Oriental Boston

Mandarin Oriental Boston



8. Hyatt Boston Harbor

Neighborhood: Boston Harbor
If what you want is an eco-friendly hotel with stupendous harbor and city views, this venue delivers. A wide variety of event spaces includes the second-floor Skyline Ballroom with its floor-to-ceiling windows; the Harborside Pavilion, a festive white tent with arched windows overlooking the water; and the 15th-floor Boardroom, an exclusive aerie where you can host an intimate dinner accompanied by sweeping city vistas. When you celebrate your wedding here, you’ll also earn FREE honeymoon nights at any Hyatt in the world!

Hyatt Boston Harbor



9. Liberty Hotel

Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Located at the foot of Boston’s historic Beacon Hill, The Liberty Hotel melds the past and present seamlessly. It functioned as the Charles Street Jail for over a century, and after a complete renovation it now reflects a modern sensibility while preserving much of its original architectural beauty. Today, the stylish interior pleases the eye with details like the ebonized wood reception desk with lacquered stenciled patterns, exposed brick walls, and a striking wrought-iron chandelier in the lobby. There’s even a hidden garden in a private courtyard. Luxury is evident throughout, from the public spaces and boldly designed Liberty Ballroom to the sophisticated accommodations.

Liberty Hotel

Liberty Hotel

Liberty Hotel



10. Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships

Neighborhood: Boston Harbor
For couples who want to wed on the water, Liberty’s two classic schooners will happily oblige. As you cruise around the harbor in the 125-foot Liberty Clipper you’ll enjoy a relaxing sunset banquet in the Grand Salon, cocktails under the stars, a fabulous brunch, or even an afternoon cookout on the grill. The smaller Liberty Star is perfect for more intimate events. Whichever vessel you choose, you’ll be surrounded by views of the Boston skyline and harbor and your charter will be customized to accommodate your needs and budget.

Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships


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