The Boston Public Library (pictured) has become a popular choice for a unique space to hold wedding ceremonies and receptions — but it’s not the only one in the Hub.
Here is a look at additional venues in the Greater Boston area that offer unexpected experiences. Please call all venues for pricing information and availability.
Choose between two glamorous ballrooms housed within Brookline’s red brick English Tudor-style luxury apartment building, Longwood Towers. The Vintage ballroom seats 220 guests and features seven chandeliers, oversized mirrors, and windows that extend from floor to ceiling. Not your style? Check out the smaller of the two spaces: The Modern ballroom, which seats 120 guests and features ornate ceilings, white walls, and Italian glass chandeliers.
Alden Castle, 20 Chapel St., Brookline. 617-854-5000.
Old Sturbridge Village
Take a step back in time for this unique 19th century New England wedding. The 200-acre campus offers old buildings, gardens, gazebos, and a covered bridge – all which make the perfect photo op for you and your soon-to-be spouse. You can even play the part by dressing up in 19th century garments.
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. 800-733-1830.
A haven for couples who are diehard Red Sox fans, Fenway Park offers a unique and historic setting. Whether it’s formal or sporty, a team of professionals at Fenway Park will create a customized package for your home base “I do.’’
Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston. 617-226-6791.
Boston Symphony Hall
Transform this US National Historic Landmark into an intimate setting for your wedding day. Built in 1900, the Boston Symphony Hall is home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra, and the Handel and Haydn Society. The hall can accommodate up to 380 people for a seated dinner.
Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-266-1492.
Griffin Museum of Photography
The Griffin Museum offers a unique setting with photographic exhibitions throughout the spacious gallery. Located on Judkins Pond, the scenery is picture-perfect. The venue can hold chairs for up to 60 guests.
Griffin Museum of Photography, 67 Shore Road, Winchester. 781-729-1158.
Museum of Science
Did you see sparks the first time you saw your bride or groom to be? Want to share that feeling with your guests, in the most literal way possible? The Museum of Science offers the Theater of Electricity for ceremonies and can even showcase a live lightning demonstration.
Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston. 617-723-2500.
Larz Anderson Auto Museum
Guests can mix and mingle with fine automobiles at this museum event space on the 62-acre Larz Anderson Park grounds. Receptions for up to 130 guests can be held in the museum’s main gallery.
Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 15 Newton St., Brookline. 617-522-6547.
When it’s not being used as a summer camp for boys, this space transforms into an event facility for private events during the remainder of the year. Bournedale also offers overnight facilities (campers’ cabins) for guests to bunk in and can arrange for an on-site clambake rehearsal dinner, as well as a post-reception bonfire by the water.
Bournedale is not available during the last week of June, all of July, and the first two weeks of August.
Bournedale Function Facility, 110 Valley Road, Plymouth. 508-888-5442.
The Boston Opera House
All the world’s a stage when you get married at the Boston Opera House in the Theater District. After $50 million in renovations in 2004, the theater’s stage can play host to 160 seated guests or 300 standing.
The Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. 617-259-3400.
The Museum of Fine Arts
The MFA has opened its doors for brides and grooms-to-be with a variety of ceremony and reception options, including select galleries.
The first wedding held at the museum was in March 2011. The ceremony was held in the Koch Gallery and the reception was in the Shapiro Family Courtyard, which has a capacity of up to 350 guests with dancing.
Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300.
The Boston Public Garden
The Boston’s Public Garden is available for ceremonies as well, for a small fee. To host your own event the Public Garden charges a nominal fee of $50 for Boston residents or $100 for nonresidents. Approval from the Boston Parks and Recreation Department is required.
The Butterfly Place
This butterfly sanctuary and indoor garden is available for private wedding ceremonies through the month of November. It reopens on Valentine’s Day and can be booked any day (except Easter Sunday), before or after hours.
The Butterfly Place also offers live release butterflies during the ceremony, starting at $25 for a pair.
The Butterfly Place, 120 Tyngsborough Road, Westford. 978-392-0955.
New England Aquarium
This Central Wharf location can pair fishy with formal and churn out events for up to 2,500 guests, with water views, inside and out.
New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston. 617-973-5200.
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
The grounds of the Arnold Arboretum are available free of charge for wedding ceremonies, but the park must remain open to the public and parties are restricted to 40 guests, with no outside props (including furniture or food) allowed.
The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston. 617-384-5209.
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Couples can find a unique artistic backdrop for photos on the grounds at deCordova. The sculpture park and gallery are available for private functions, but wedding parties can sprawl out in the grounds of the museum — including a pond-view roof terrace.
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln. 781-259-8355.
Pictured Jim Dine, Two Big Black Hearts, 1985, Bronze.
Flash mob wedding
But if none of these unique options thrilled you — a spur of the moment ceremony in an unexpected location is another way to share your special day with loved ones and strangers alike. For example, in December 2010, Jon Kleiman and his bride Caroline wed in the Prudential Center to a live performance of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.’’
Pictured: A Random Acts of Culture “flash mob” event at the atrium of the Boston Foundation on June 2, 2011.
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