Every couple strives to have the perfect wedding day — which of course means that it is set in the most ideal venue. Wedding ideas draw inspiration from their surroundings and your wedding venue will set the stage for the rest of your special day.
We’ve reached out to some of the best Boston wedding planners for their picks for the best wedding venues in Boston. Don’t miss their favorite 9 classic Boston wedding venues for spaces that will exceed your expectations.
Join your friends and family in the heart of Boston for a bustling, city-style wedding. Or make your way a few miles out of the city for an estate wedding-getaway. Whichever way your heart sways, you’ll be satisfied by the spectacular service, interesting architecture, and scenic views that these Boston wedding venues offer.
We’ve reached out to some of the best Boston wedding planners for their picks for the best wedding venues in Boston.
Your wedding memories might unfold in a grand ballroom, a lush courtyard, a historical museum, or another special Boston spot you haven’t even dreamt of yet. Luckily, you’ll find all of these and more at the most classic, dare we say, the best Boston wedding venues on our list. Read on to find your perfect space.
Best Wedding Venues in Boston
1. Four Seasons Hotel Boston
For attentive service and an appealing location…
Sara Kovel from Sara Kovel Events says the Four Seasons Hotel Boston has impeccable service, a seasoned event team, delicious and creative menus, and a fabulous location in the Back Bay that makes it perfect for couples who desire an elegant celebration. She also raved to us about the natural light that spills into the iconic ballroom.
Tasha Bracken of Tasha Bracken Events also appreciates its appealing views and access to the public gardens.
Chris Harmon from ChrisFête, adds that they have the most impressive views. She also told us that “every season offers a different way to appreciate Boston’s quintessential location and, as New England’s most awarded Hotel, exceptional service is always assured” — another reason it’s made our list of Boston wedding venues.
Four Seasons Hotel Boston has five event spaces available that can accommodate up to 500 guests.
2. Boston Public Library
For a variety of “New England” wedding spaces…
Renée Sabo of Urban Soirée says that Boston Public Library is one her team’s favorite venues located in the heart of Boston. She shares that its old-world charm creates the most romantic setting for couples. It’s truly among the best wedding venues in Boston — especially for book enthusiasts.
Bracken also appreciates how Boston Public Library offers an opportunity to create a celebration that is yours in a setting that has intricate details and history throughout. She emphasizes, “working with Catered Affair, you can tailor a gourmet menu that rivals some of the best restaurants.”
Boston Public Library has 12 event spaces that can accommodate grand and intimate parties.
3. New England Aquarium
For an aquatic celebration with positive environmental impacts…
The New England Aquarium, located on the historic Boston waterfront provides unique views accompanied by inspiring aquatic animals. Nancy Goldstein from Amazing Celebrations & Events believes the New England Aquarium offers a wonderful experience for your guests, saying, “In addition to being able to tour the aquarium, the tented event space offers great water views and a one-of-a-kind celebration.”
Host your dream wedding at the New England Aquarium while supporting aquarium animals, exhibits and their efforts to support the blue planet.
The New England Aquarium has seven event spaces available accommodating up to 1,400 guests.
4. The Newbury Boston
For a newly restored and re-imagined landmark (with garden views)…
According to event planner, Jaclyn Watson of Jaclyn Watson Events, The Newbury Boston is already one of her team’s favored Boston wedding venues — and it’s yet to even open. What was once the Taj Boston, is now a beautifully restored luxury hotel set to open in May.
Watson loves the hotel’s “ five stunning indoor locations that can host gatherings ranging from small weddings to large affairs. Each room has warmly furnished interiors with amazing views.” She also notes she loves the private garden view.
The Newbury Boston has five event spaces available accommodating up to 400 guests.
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5. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
For a remarkable venue with rich Boston history…
Another fan favorite of Watson’s is the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. With an ocean view like this one, who wouldn’t love getting married at one of the best wedding venues in Boston?
Elizabeth Quill, owner of Elegant Aura Events LLC, appreciates the impeccable architecture, views of the sea, and finds the history of what it represents very powerful.
Quill shared with us that “with a limited number of weddings per year, it’s truly a special place.”
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum has three event spaces to choose from that accommodate up to 500 guests.
6. State Room
For urban and unmatched views…
Watson admires the State Room’s clean and contemporary look that allows for incredible design opportunities and makes it one of the most exemplary Boston wedding venues.
Quill adds that “the panoramic view of Boston’s iconic skyline is the perfect way to add luxury to your wedding, and wow your guests.” The floating staircase is the most dramatic, and unexpected way to introduce the newlyweds.
State Room has three event spaces available accommodating up to 900 guests.
7. Fairmont Copley Plaza
For an enchanting “happily ever after” wedding…
Quill expresses her love for the Fairmont Copley Plaza saying that it exemplifies “luxury, glamour and hospitality.” This hotel’s symbolic and historic space make it one of the best wedding venues in Boston.
Quill adds, “the Grand Ballroom’s architecture, chandeliers, mirrors, and gold accents create the perfect backdrop for an elegant and classically-styled wedding.”
Fairmont Copley Plaza has five event spaces available accommodating up to 1,100 guests.
Just-Outside-the-City Boston Wedding Venues
8. Eustis Estate Museum
For remarkable architecture and landscaping…
According to Kovel, “Eustis Estate Museum is a breathtaking 19th century Gilded Age cottage.” She admires how “its rolling hills, sweeping views, and tucked-away feeling lead guests to think they are out in the country, but it’s conveniently located just 5 miles outside of Boston.”
Eustis Estate Museum boasts ample acreage and event space available to accommodate up to 200 guests.
9. The Row Hotel at Assembly Row (Somerville)
For exceptionally designed service and space…
The Row Hotel at Assembly Row was named after the original tenant, a Ford Motor Assembly Plant. The venue is close enough to the city, but far enough to have an uncommon wedding experience for you and your guests.
Harmon admires how the experienced wedding staff understands that every couple’s vision is unique like the ethos of The Row. She says “the versatile event space, expertly-engineered food, and socially sophisticated staff will cater to your viewpoint, allowing us to make your day distinctly your own.”
Harmon also admires the elevated wedding experience starting with an intimate wedding tasting with the Executive Chef that allows couples to customize their menu.
The Row Hotel at Assembly Row hosts four event spaces accommodating up to 300 guests.
Our Panel of Top Boston Wedding Planners
Nancy Goldstein, Owner & Director of Creative Design, Amazing Celebrations & Events
Amazing Celebrations & Events specializes in making all of life’s moments memorable and unique. Whether you desire a noteworthy milestone or exceptional professional achievement, Nancy and her team handle every detail so you don’t have to. We love the extensive vendor network these responsive and dependable planners have cultivated to ensure that every gathering is seamless.
Chris Harmon, Lead Planner & Creative Director at ChrisFête Events
Chris Harmon and her team at ChrisFête Events are a Boston-based boutique event planning and design company that travels all over the East Coast for events. We love the creativity and imagination that the team at ChrisFête Events brings to everything from kids’ birthday parties to romantic wedding celebrations.
Elizabeth Quill, Owner & Wedding Planner at Elegant Aura
Elegant Aura is a full-service wedding and event planning company that specializes in design and logistics. These event professionals lead with passion, create meaningful connections with their clients and exceed expectations. We love how the team at Elegant Aura Events LLC are advocates for their clients.
Jackie Watson, Principle Planner, Jaclyn Watson Events
The event professionals at Jaclyn Watson Events have raised the standard for bespoke weddings in Vermont and throughout New England. They’re also willing to travel for distinctive weddings at unique venues anywhere in the world. We love how their meticulous and beautifully designed events capture the personality, lifestyle, and aesthetic of each couple and party host.
Nicole Guilmartin, Owner at Nicole Guilmartin – Events, Strategy & Design
Nicole Guilmartin Events will understand your event visions and transform them into memories that will last. With expertise in floral, food, design, and site choice — the planning process will run smoothly from start to finish. We love Nicole’s boundless creativity and innovative magic-making that lead to inspired, one-of-a-kind celebrations.
Sara Kovel, Founder & Creative Director at Sara Kovel Events
Sara Kovel Events is a full-service event planning and design firm. Sara and her team collectively have over 18 years of design experience. We love how this team manages every aspect of perfecting your event. Sara Kovel Events can create unique and beautiful celebrations — all while taking the stress out of the planning process.
Tasha Bracken, Principal Event Producer & Owner, Tasha Bracken Events
Tasha and her team of event professionals at Tasha Bracken Events, design immeasurable experiences that incorporate all five senses — Sight, sound, smell, taste, touch — and leave guests wanting more. We love their original concepts and classic designs that create unforgettable backdrops.
Renée Sabo, Owner & Lead Wedding Planner, Urban Soirée
Urban Soirée is an experienced planning, design, and event management company based in Boston. Their design approach is directly inspired by the old romance of New England and Europe. Renée and her team believe wedding planning is an art, not a science. We love their dedication to making every celebration exceptional and reflective of their client’s styles.