Astor's Beechwood vs. Langham

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    Astor's Beechwood vs. Langham

    After going on countless meetings and tours of venues, my fiance & I really liked Astor's Beechwood in Newport, RI and the Langham in Boston. I have read the reviews on these two places on this forum but was wondering if anyone has been to or held an event at either recently? Any opinions would be greatly appreciated -- thanks so much in advance!
     
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    Astor's Beechwood vs. Langham

    The Big question is, do you want your reception in Boston or Newport,

    Consider:

    Where are your guests coming from?

    How many guests will you have?

    Lots of stairs at The Langham if you have elderly or disabled guests, and the broken up dance floor, good food, service, the disconect from the dance area troubles me... nice Bar area though...parking costs can be an issue.

    Astors can be small depending on numbers, elegant, old world, more formal, free parking, lots of history. Pain to get to if guests are from Boston, then might have to stay overnight if it goes late, ads sig cost to guests, (two to three night Min, in most newport hotels in summer)...not much curb appeal to this mansion unlike Rosecliff and others...then yo uhave to deal with finding a caterer etc.....


    Consider the "Oval Balloom" at The Fairmont Boston... if you wnat that French parlor look. The Gamble Mansion is closing at the end of the Year, which would have been nice too.

    Good Luck
     
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    Astor's Beechwood vs. Langham

    Thanks Jetblueeyes for your comments. It helps a lot to get opinions :)

    To answer some of your questions, only about 10 out of 140 of out guests will be from Massachusetts (my family is all from Minnestoa & Canada/his is from Maryland) so they will all be traveling. If we had the wedding in Newport, transportation would be provided from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the venue to mitigate that issue. If we decided on Newport our guests would stay likely at the Marriott so there's no two night minimum issue. All of the guests for the most part will be coming to the rehearsal dinner on Friday night so they will likely stay two nights anyway. That's what makes this so hard!!

    At the Langham we would have the reception in the ballroom not the main area where the restaurant is located so the dance floor isnt broken up from the guests. Parking is also cheaper at the Langham than the Marriot in Newport. We actually did look at the Fairmont, which is beautiful, but it is MUCH more expensive so we had to rule it out.

    Thanks again for your observations!
     
  4. You have chosen to ignore posts from SShoreChic. Show SShoreChic's posts

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    Just and FYI....There is defintely a 2 night min at the Marriot in Newport, everywhere in Newport in season, even the Best Western.
     
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    Okay-- it cut me off in the middle, sorry.Everywhere in Newport is a 2 night min. during the in-season. I was able to finagle the Best Western even though they originially were firm on the 2 nights, it was the one by the casino for 1 night. But she said they usually don't do that. Good Luck!
    Oh and in my opinion, if you are having alot of out of town guests, from Minnesota, Maryland, Canada, they may not be used to the BIG city, and newport is soo beautiful in the summer, esspecially for a get-a-way, so it might be more enjoyable and relaxing for your guests than Boston.
     
  6. You have chosen to ignore posts from WMegs5. Show WMegs5's posts

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    That's a good point SShoreChic, a lot of my family would probably be more comfortable in a Newport atmosphere. We are actually doing an off-season wedding (november, april or may - havent decided yet) so the Marriott doesnt require two nights. We stayed there this weekend for one night instead of at a B&B which all required two. The two night minimum would be restrictive for a good number of people.
     
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    Astor's Beechwood vs. Langham

    WMegs, you can negotiate with all the hotels. My sister got married in Newport and she didn't have a problem with the two night minimum. Most of her out-of-town guests stayed for two nights anyway, so it wasn't an issue. Quite a few local guests (from MA & RI) stayed at the Hyatt in Newport and the Howard Johnson in Middletown for one night.
     
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    I was just in Newport for a wedding at the Hotel Viking, the wedding was phenomanal. Such a classy hotel. I would suggest looking there also. Plus its soo convient for guests to just walk to there room from the reception.

    Question? How much more was the fairmont, oval room, than the langham/ astors. I woudl think they would be in the same range, esspecially for off-season, no?
     
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    Astor's Beechwood vs. Langham

    That's the debate between Astor's & the Langham, the benefit of the Langham is the convenience of a hotel. We live in Boston so it would be easier for us as well to go back and forth.

    As for the Fairmont, I didn't price out the exact total but for 5 hour bar, six passed hors d'oeuvres, champagne toast, four courses (fish not beef) and wine with dinner it came to $31,220 (including tax/gratuity) for 140 guests. That doesnt include any stationary displays, dessert stations, ect. If you tack on those other prices it becomes much higher. Since you can get competitive pricing from outside caterers at Astor's it becomes around $10,000 cheaper, and the Langham is much less as well. The Langham has the same pricing all year round so it doesn't matter if you are in the off-season, but the minimums change.
     
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    Wow! $10k, that certainly is cheaper. I wouldn't have thought. And still; My final vote is for Astor's! Good Luck! Let us know what you choose! :)
     
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    Astor's Beechwood vs. Langham

    I'm having my wedding at the Langham in less than a month. (Yikes!) I live in Boston and ~1/2 of the guest list is out of town. We looked at several locations both in and outside of Boston but felt that the Langham offered the best in terms of atmosphere, convenience and price.

    Feel free to email me personally at rowan_e@yahoo.com if you'd like more information about my experience. I've had nothing but a fantastic experience with them so far.
     

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