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Welcome to Weddings Week 2013, our week-long ode to nuptials in Boston.


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What's the first thing to do after diamonds and bended knee? Book a venue, of course. Can't make much more progress in wedding planning until you have one locked in, and though most come with a hefty price tag, you won't regret a penny spent on these fifteen unique backdrops for that anxiously-awaited celebration. From suburban sculptural wonderland to pristinely historic landmarks, we've mapped some wildly in-demand spots to say "I do."


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1. DeCordova Sculpture Park

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51 Sandy Pond Road
Lincoln, MA 01773
(781) 259-8355
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This 30-acre outdoor museum is nearly 50 years old, constantly changing with renowned works of sculpture set against grassy hills. The entire indoor museum and an event planner are included in your rental, which starts at $7800 for a peak season weekend day, or $4800 in off-season. The sculpture park itself can accomodate over 150 people for $11,000.

2. The Sinclair

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52 Church Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 547-5200
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Music-loving couples can play rockstar for the day in The Sinclair's concert hall, the coolest addition to pedigree-rich Harvard Square, accomodating up to 525 people. Naturally, the venue boasts a state-of-the-art sound system, but you also get to nosh on eats from Chef Michael Schlow.

3. The State Room

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60 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 854-5000
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High atop the Financial District sits the Great Room, and it is certainly great for those looking to fill a totally customizable room with over 900 reception guests or a 599 person dinner. Pricing runs as high as the 20ft windows making up a panoramic glass wall, but the skyline view is one-of-a-kind.

4. Old South Meeting House

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310 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 482-6439
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From the Tea Party to your party, the Old South Meeting house is one finely aged venue. History buffs will blush at the space, which remains much like it did in 1773. Capacity hovers around 100-200 depending on format, and rental fees run about $1650 to $2450.

5. Boston Opera House

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539 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 880-2442
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While a whole slew of event rooms are situated in the Opera House, we can't stop fantasizing about the marble, silk, and gold leaf detailed lobby. Throw a formal Gatsby-style shindig for up to 200 people because...YOLO, right?

6. Institute of Contemporary Art

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100 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 478-3100
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Set against the futuristic architecture of the ICA and looking toward the harbor, we think Putnam Plaza may be the best waterfront wedding spot in Boston proper. A tent may be erected in the space during inclement weather, effectively guarding up to 250 guests.

7. The Taj Boston

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15 Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-5700
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The Taj knows luxury, so don't be shocked to shell out. Of course, a variety of rooms (we like the rooftop in particular) are at your disposal, as well as a covetable gift from the hotel—your honeymoon. Pick one of over ten destinations worldwide to cozy up after the big day.

8. Boston Public Library

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700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-5400
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From the courtyard to the lamp-lit Bates Hall, the BPL is arguably Boston's best wedding location. Several reading rooms support smaller weddings, while the sky is the limit when it comes to its signature spaces. Food is handled by The Catered Affair and general site fees range from $6000 for a particular room to $21500 for the entire building.

9. Lenox Hotel

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61 Exeter Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-5300
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The 1970 movie "Love Story" was filmed here, but it's the Dome Room and iconic Lenox rooftop sign which continuously attract couples to this hotel. The venue has extensive menus available with plenty of extras included in the standard wedding packages. If you want to finish everything in one fell swoop, Gilt City has an all-inclusive "Wedding in a Box" deal available for just a couple more days.

10. Fenway Park

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4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 267-1700
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If this is not a dream venue, you should not consider yourself a Bostonian. 'Nuff said. The right field roof deck offers 9000 square feet for 180 seated guests or a 400 person reception. Bragging rights totally included.

11. Artists for Humanity EpiCenter

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100 West 2nd Street
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 268-7620
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The EpiCenter is ideal for an eco-friendly couple, as it holds the title of Boston's only LEED Platinum building. The industrial-looking space is a blank canvas to host anywhere from a 50 person dinner to a reception for 400. Also cool: a garage-inspired glass door can open to a 1200 square foot courtyard, and parking is readily available.

12. Symphony Hall

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301 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 266-1492
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This ornate, spacious auditorium is an outstanding place to exchange vows, capped off by a 2.5 hour performance from Boston Symphony Orchestra members. Weekend rentals start at $5700 but mandatory fees and a mix-and-match series of other options can drive up the price quickly.

13. Alden Castle

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20 Chapel Street
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 854-5000
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This Tudor-style castle is quite romantic, with grand spaces defined by soaring ceiling, wood inlays, and delicate chandeliers. The main ballroom can serve 250 guests for dinner and 400 for a reception.

14. Museum of Fine Arts

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465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 267-9300
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Rumor has it you must make a substantial donation to the MFA to get hitched here. Should that be in your means, is there any setting more striking to be wed? We think not. The Shapiro Family courtyard is an especially impressive space to treat your guests (where that glass Chihuly tower lives).

15. Larz Anderson Auto Museum

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15 Newton Street
Brookline, MA 02130
(617) 522-6547
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Lovers of antiquity will appreciate the charms of this auto museum embedded in one of Brookline's finest green spaces. Party here with 150 of your closest friends and family to America's oldest car collection—marriage is a wild ride after all.

1. DeCordova Sculpture Park

51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773
This 30-acre outdoor museum is nearly 50 years old, constantly changing with renowned works of sculpture set against grassy hills. The entire indoor museum and an event planner are included in your rental, which starts at $7800 for a peak season weekend day, or $4800 in off-season. The sculpture park itself can accomodate over 150 people for $11,000.
51 Sandy Pond Road
Lincoln, MA 01773

2. The Sinclair

52 Church Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Music-loving couples can play rockstar for the day in The Sinclair's concert hall, the coolest addition to pedigree-rich Harvard Square, accomodating up to 525 people. Naturally, the venue boasts a state-of-the-art sound system, but you also get to nosh on eats from Chef Michael Schlow.
52 Church Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

3. The State Room

60 State Street, Boston, MA 02109
High atop the Financial District sits the Great Room, and it is certainly great for those looking to fill a totally customizable room with over 900 reception guests or a 599 person dinner. Pricing runs as high as the 20ft windows making up a panoramic glass wall, but the skyline view is one-of-a-kind.
60 State Street
Boston, MA 02109

4. Old South Meeting House

310 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02109
From the Tea Party to your party, the Old South Meeting house is one finely aged venue. History buffs will blush at the space, which remains much like it did in 1773. Capacity hovers around 100-200 depending on format, and rental fees run about $1650 to $2450.
310 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02109

5. Boston Opera House

539 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111
While a whole slew of event rooms are situated in the Opera House, we can't stop fantasizing about the marble, silk, and gold leaf detailed lobby. Throw a formal Gatsby-style shindig for up to 200 people because...YOLO, right?
539 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111

6. Institute of Contemporary Art

100 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210
Set against the futuristic architecture of the ICA and looking toward the harbor, we think Putnam Plaza may be the best waterfront wedding spot in Boston proper. A tent may be erected in the space during inclement weather, effectively guarding up to 250 guests.
100 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210

7. The Taj Boston

15 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116
The Taj knows luxury, so don't be shocked to shell out. Of course, a variety of rooms (we like the rooftop in particular) are at your disposal, as well as a covetable gift from the hotel—your honeymoon. Pick one of over ten destinations worldwide to cozy up after the big day.
15 Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116

8. Boston Public Library

700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
From the courtyard to the lamp-lit Bates Hall, the BPL is arguably Boston's best wedding location. Several reading rooms support smaller weddings, while the sky is the limit when it comes to its signature spaces. Food is handled by The Catered Affair and general site fees range from $6000 for a particular room to $21500 for the entire building.
700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

9. Lenox Hotel

61 Exeter Street, Boston, MA 02116
The 1970 movie "Love Story" was filmed here, but it's the Dome Room and iconic Lenox rooftop sign which continuously attract couples to this hotel. The venue has extensive menus available with plenty of extras included in the standard wedding packages. If you want to finish everything in one fell swoop, Gilt City has an all-inclusive "Wedding in a Box" deal available for just a couple more days.
61 Exeter Street
Boston, MA 02116

10. Fenway Park

4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215
If this is not a dream venue, you should not consider yourself a Bostonian. 'Nuff said. The right field roof deck offers 9000 square feet for 180 seated guests or a 400 person reception. Bragging rights totally included.
4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA 02215

11. Artists for Humanity EpiCenter

100 West 2nd Street, Boston, MA 02127
The EpiCenter is ideal for an eco-friendly couple, as it holds the title of Boston's only LEED Platinum building. The industrial-looking space is a blank canvas to host anywhere from a 50 person dinner to a reception for 400. Also cool: a garage-inspired glass door can open to a 1200 square foot courtyard, and parking is readily available.
100 West 2nd Street
Boston, MA 02127

12. Symphony Hall

301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
This ornate, spacious auditorium is an outstanding place to exchange vows, capped off by a 2.5 hour performance from Boston Symphony Orchestra members. Weekend rentals start at $5700 but mandatory fees and a mix-and-match series of other options can drive up the price quickly.
301 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

13. Alden Castle

20 Chapel Street, Brookline, MA 02446
This Tudor-style castle is quite romantic, with grand spaces defined by soaring ceiling, wood inlays, and delicate chandeliers. The main ballroom can serve 250 guests for dinner and 400 for a reception.
20 Chapel Street
Brookline, MA 02446

14. Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
Rumor has it you must make a substantial donation to the MFA to get hitched here. Should that be in your means, is there any setting more striking to be wed? We think not. The Shapiro Family courtyard is an especially impressive space to treat your guests (where that glass Chihuly tower lives).
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

15. Larz Anderson Auto Museum

15 Newton Street, Brookline, MA 02130
Lovers of antiquity will appreciate the charms of this auto museum embedded in one of Brookline's finest green spaces. Party here with 150 of your closest friends and family to America's oldest car collection—marriage is a wild ride after all.
15 Newton Street
Brookline, MA 02130