Intimate Boston Wedding Venues
These are a few of my favorite places in and around Boston. Most of the outdoor locations are also wonderful for engagement portrait sessions. Some of the venues below are perfect for an elopement, some are great for a small(ish) wedding, some can fit all your circles of friends if you need them to.
CITY HALL WEDDINGS
Boston City Hall
The concrete giant. I love shooting here, the modernist minimalism of the building is great for framing portraits. Our City Clerk is wonderful. And there are so many places to do portraits within a few blocks of Boston City Hall. Get Married at Boston City Hall
Cambridge City Hall
You can choose to get married on the lawn, or in chambers. Both are beautiful, as is the building. Get Married at Cambridge City Hall
DOWNTOWN OUTDOOR BOSTON WEDDING
Officially known as the Norman Leventhal Park, this green gem sits right in the middle of Boston’s financial district. You’ ll also need a permit to take wedding photograph here.
As a City of Boston park, the permit limits you to 60 minutes, under 50 guests, no seating or food and no amplified sound.
This park is right on the waterfront, and in Boston’s North End. Part of the Rose Kennedy greenway, you’ve got a beautiful trellis and the carousel as well as the harbor. As a City of Boston park, your park permit limits your ceremony to 60 minutes, 50 guests, no seating or food and no amplified sound.
BOSTON WATERFRONT WEDDING
Boston by boat is one of my favorite view of the city. During hot summer months, this is where you can cool down and enjoy the brine-y wind against your face. And it’s by boat when you realize how small distances as by water.
BOSTON HARBOR ISLANDS
George’s, Spectacle and Thompson Island are available for private events. You’ll need a recreational use permit, and of course be organized enough to make sure you catch a boat there and back.
Part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area, this peaceful park offers with views of Boston’s skyline is a beautiful location for an outdoor wedding on Boston Harbor.
Arguably one of the best view of the Boston skyline, Piers Park is right in Jeffries Point in East Boston, Piers Park gives you an urban waterfront settings for a ceremony.
MARINA BAY, QUINCY
There are a few restaurants at Quincy’s Marina Bay with gorgeous views of the Boston harbor and skyline.
BOSTON NATURE WEDDING VENUES
The Arnold Arboretum is available for wedding ceremonies free of charge, but keep in mind the park will still be open to the public, Your guest count should be under 40. No seating or food is allowed. This could be a beautiful ceremony location, then walk to your wedding restaurant reception directly from the Arboretum.
The Kelleher Rose Garden is in the middle of the Fenway, enclosed by shrubs it is an enclosed space is a beautiful ceremony location with a capacity of 50. Full of different types of roses, it’s a bit of a secret garden, tucked away in the city. Like other City of Boston parks, the permit limits you to 60 minutes, no seating or food and no amplified sound is allowed.
Wedding ceremonies at The Butterfly Place are held either before or after opening hours. You can rent the butterfly flight area (yay butterflies!) for an hour and fit up to 100 people. The site coordinator is also a justice of the peace, which makes this an especially beautiful and convenient spot to elope.
If you want a backyard feel the Boston Nature Center, a community urban sanctuary, has an outdoor ceremony garden, a patio and sprawling lawn for the reception. A Mass Audubon Sanctuary, the Boston Nature Center is a green option for a Boston wedding venue and your event fees support environmental education.
CHAPELS & CHURCHES
The Swedenborg is a little English Gothic chapel unexpectedly tucked behind the Harvard School of Design just outside of Harvard Square in Cambridge. I love this place. They offer candlelit ceremonies and have an organist included in some of their wedding packages. Wedding services reflect your personal stories, incorporating your traditions and wishes. This is a great option for interfaith services.
You’ll find this landmark meeting house in the heart of downtown Boston and it’s a beautiful venue for wedding ceremony.
Simple and elegant, the interior of the meeting house takes you back to 18th century Boston. After the ceremony, you are a within walking distance to many restaurants.
There’s no onsite parking, but as Old North Church is in the North End of Boston there are plenty of parking garages and public transit options. Old North is an Episcopal church. They are an open and affirming congregations, which means that all couples are welcome and guest clergy are welcome to assist in the ceremony. Though at least one of you must be a baptized Christian. Weddings are only held at or after 6:00 pm, by candlelight.
This beautiful chapel is only available for MIT community members (students, staff, faculty, alumni and children of alumni) for religious services when school is not in session.