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8 Unique Boston Wedding Venues That Think Outside of the Ballroom

Weddings are the ultimate representation of love. Every couple, no matter who they are, has a love story that should be incorporated into all the wedding details. So it goes without saying, your special love story deserves the best of the best unique Boston wedding venues. 

Boston is arguably one of the most historic and unique American cities. We’ve all heard of the iconic Boston Tea Party, but did you know that Boston is also home to the country’s first public beach and chocolate factory? Or that the first Dunkin’ Donuts was established next to Boston? 

This city has a knack for pleasing both tourists and locals — whether you’re a donut fanatic visiting the iconic Dunkin’, catching your first Boston ballgame, or hosting your dream wedding — you won’t be disappointed. 

Your special love story deserves the best unique Boston wedding venues.

We reached out to top wedding planners in Boston who are experienced and well-equipped in knowing the perfect wedding space. Their recommendations led us to these eight unique Boston wedding venues that provide an ideal backdrop for creative wedding décor.

Choose from floating vessels, art museums, lavish estates, and many more one-of-a-kind wedding spaces that will impress you and your guests. Your wow-worthy Boston wedding starts with finding the perfect venue.

1. Hornblower Cruises & Events Boston

Spacious boat deck wedding on yacht | PartySlate

photographer: Lindsay Hita

For an intimate celebration out at sea…

Boston, MA

PartySlate recommends this unique option. We love the incredible options that the Hornblower Cruises & Events offers for weddings. They boast three gorgeous yachts that cruise around Boston, while surrounding your guests with elegance and beauty. We appreciate their in-house catering feature that provides ease and support for all of your planning needs. It’s truly a beautiful experience for you and your loved ones. 

Hornblower Cruises & Events has four event spaces available accommodating up to 600 guests.

Hornblower Cruises & Events Boston

Boston, Massachusetts

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2. 9OFS

Outdoor courtyard at unique Boston wedding venues | PartySlate

photographer: Elisif Photography

For a natural landscape in the big city…

Boston, MA

Tasha Bracken, Principal Event Producer & Owner of Tasha Bracken Events, loves how 9OFS is a hidden gem located in the financial district. “You would never expect to find this in the heart of the city,” she tells us. “You can have your ceremony in the courtyard surrounded by the architecture and beauty that makes Boston such a special city.” 

Nicole Guilmartin, Owner of Nicole Guilmartin Events, also appreciates 9OFS’ modern venue space with a roof deck that’s normally hard to find in the heart of the city. Guilmartin describes the variety of event spaces to choose from depending on your needs. “You could do an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour followed by an indoor reception,” she tells us.

90FS has four event spaces available to accommodate up to 110 guests.

9OFS

Boston, Massachusetts

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3. Fenway Park

Unique Boston Wedding Venues Fenway Park lounge room | PartySlate

photo curtesy of Fenway Park

For a grand slam wedding…

Boston, MA

Fenway Park is definitely at the top of the list for unique Boston wedding venues. Nancy Goldstein explains it’s the perfect option for the sports-minded bride and groom. “What better way to say I do than to be overlooking the Big Green Monster?” she asks? “Numerous event spaces on site to create a once in a lifetime event.”

Jackie Watson, Principle Planner of Jaclyn Watson Events, also raves about their indoor and outdoor options as well as their past work with a variety of amazing wedding pros. “And to boot, it is such a historic wedding venue!” exclaims Watson. 

Fenway Park has ten event spaces available to accommodate up to 20,000 guests.

Fenway Park

Boston, Massachusetts

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4. SoWa Power Station

Industrial wedding space, Boston unique venues | PartySlate

photo courtesy of Tammy Golson Events

For high ceilings, wooden beams, and unique ceiling décor…

Boston, MA

The SoWa Power Station’s history goes back to 1891, when it was the world’s largest power generation plant. Now, it’s an iconic masterpiece of late-industrial glamour…and the one of the perfect unique wedding venues in Boston.

“It used to be an unofficial venue that is now official and gorgeous,” explains Guilmartin. Over time, it’s been rescued and restored, transforming it into a space with “really impressive industrial architecture in a great part of town.” 

SoWa Power Station has one event space available for accomodations up to 1600 guests.

SoWa Power Station

Boston, Massachusetts

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5. Warehouse XI

Industrial Warehouse Event Space with all white walls and open space | PartySlate

photographer: About Time Photography

For a modern and industrial-chic event space…

Somerville, MA

Chris Harmon, of ChrisFête, describes Warehouse XI as “an industrial, chic, modernized event space that couldn’t be more perfect for the modern, chic bride.” Harmon explains how “oversized windows, white-painted, Instagram-worthy brick walls, and black concrete floors are the perfect minimalist backdrop that can be beautifully transformed to suit your individual style and needs.”

Guilmartin describes this unique space as a “clean blank slate that is intimate and perfect for chic and modern design.” It’s also tucked in a fun and hip neighborhood.” Both reasons make this one of the most unique Boston wedding venues.

Warehouse XI has one event space available to accommodate up to 150 guests

 

Warehouse XI

Somerville, Massachusetts

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6. Boston Winery

Tasting room full with barrels of wine and flower on them | PartySlate

photo courtesy of Boston Winery

For award-winning wine that elevates any wedding celebration…

Dorchester, MA

Nancy Goldstein, Owner & Director of Amazing Celebrations & Events, rates Boston Winery as one of the best venues to work with. She enjoys their “flexible options for creating a unique reception by utilizing the main event hall, tasting room, barrel room, and outdoor patio.” We can’t help agreeing that it’s one of the most captivating and unique Boston wedding venues — perfect for wine enthusiasts. 

Boston Winery has four event spaces accommodating up to 120 guests. 

Boston Winery

Boston, Massachusetts

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7. The Connors Center

Outdoor wedding at a glamorous and unique estate | PartySlate

photographer: Angelina Rose

For an elegant country wedding getaway…

Dover, MA

The Connors Center is one of Elizabeth Quill’s, Owner and Wedding Planner at Elegant Aura Events, favorite Boston Wedding venues. Quill believes, “A wedding at the Connors Center is nothing short of magical,” and here’s why: “The estate features dozens of acres of green lawns and woodlands, a stone country-manor, formal gardens, and fieldstone paths designed by Olmsted and Vaux, famed designers of Central Park and our own Arnold Arboretum and Emerald Necklace.” 

Quill also admires how this hidden gem is perfect for “destination weddings or for those looking for a unique experience where you and your closest family and friends can spend a weekend together at your own private wedding oasis.” It’s one of the unique wedding venues Boston that guests will love traveling for.

The Connors Center has four event spaces available for accommodations up to 200 guests.

The Connors Center

Dover, Massachusetts

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8. Museum of Fine Arts

Unique Boston wedding venue at museum of fine arts | PartySlate

photographer: Dennis Lee Photography

For exquisite art and the opportunity for creative design…

Boston, MA

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston adequately combines fine dining and fine art. Bracken loves the Museum of Fine Arts Boston because guests are able to enjoy the art and all the museum has to offer, making it a unique experience. She exclaims, “The Koch Gallery is a wonderful, light and open space that has many possibilities — it’s a blank canvas.”

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston has four event spaces available accommodating up to 500 guests. 

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Boston, Massachusetts

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.