You’ve found the one, page but you’ve yet to find the one wedding venue in Boston. The good news is you have plenty of choices, view from over-the-top to eco-friendly to budget and offbeat. Just one thing to keep in mind: In general, help the more exclusive the location, the earlier you have to book—sometimes up to a year and a half in advance! But don’t fret if someone else gets there first. Our list includes the top wedding venues in Boston—all distinctive and perfect spots for your big day.
For a place steeped in history, you can do no better the Lyman Estate in Waltham. This historic landmark and Federal-style mansion was built as a summer home in 1793 and features gorgeous greenhouses that are among the oldest in America. There are 37 acres of ground to explore, and couples often book both the garden for cocktails and the ballroom for dinner and dancing. Fee: $1,000 to $4,600
One of the most iconic and unique wedding venues in Boston is the Public Library, a place for both high-profile and intimate events. Have cocktails at the courtyard, take pictures at the Chavannes galley, and get married/have your reception at the many-pillared Reading Room, the Abbey Room or Bates Hall. The library features majestic interiors and ornate decor. Fee: From $250 to $21,500 (depends on building/room) plus hourly rate.
It probably never crossed your mind to get married or have your reception in a barn. But the Barn at Gibbet Hill looks anything but the hay-strewn place you’re imagining. It is a beautifully poetic and airy structure that was built in the 17th century and features a picturesque hunting lodge perched atop a hill. You can go low key and serve casual fare at the reception or go all out and have a five-course meal under tents. The Barn at Gibbet Hill is a pricey option, but the fantastic views and posh-rustic experience makes it all worth it. Fee: From $8,000 to $19,000
The eco-friendly wedding venue in Belmont sits on more than 80 acres of property and includes formal gardens as well as a wildlife sanctuary of forests, pools and meadows. Have your ceremony outdoors at the formal gardens or indoors at the stately Georgian house with floor-to-ceiling windows and a solarium. The Massachusetts Audubon Society runs the property, and you have to be a member to rent the place. Fee: $2,800 and up. Membership in the Audubon Society is $58.
Exclusivity is the name of the game at the Harvard Club of Boston. Usually open to only Harvard students, staff and alumni, you can rent the place if you know the right people. Here’s where you’ll find stately Harvard Hall with its historic interiors and stone fireplaces. The Downtown Harvard Club with ocean views is also open to weddings and receptions. Both sites offer in-house customized menus. Just make sure to book way ahead in advance. Fee: $1,500 to $2,000, depending on the season.
If you can’t get into the Harvard Club, try the equally collegiate and elegant Boston College Club at Federal Street. Ideal for the preppy couple, this venue at the center of the financial district offers traditional architecture, warm interiors and 360-degree views of the historic city. Fee: Call ClubCorp Private Events for details.
The nonprofit Pier 4 serves as a function hall and year-round wedding venue for couples looking for breathtaking views of Boston Harbor and the Boston skyline. Daytime guests can play sports on the shore or sail in rented boats with instructors. Fee: $3,500 and up.
If you are thinking about getting married in Boston MA, be sure to check out all of the Boston Wedding Venues.