As veteran Boston wedding planners and special event planners, we have planned events at any number of the venues our beautiful city and region have to offer. Without a doubt, the Greater Boston Area has a venue to suit almost every type of personality out there.
Whether the bride and groom are looking for a glamorous outdoor wedding venue atop a boutique hotel in the heart of the city or an intimate oceanside Victorian getaway, there’s a place for everyone’s wedding tastes and preferences in Boston. It’s no wonder so many people choose to get married here, whether or not they reside in the city.
Undoubtedly, most of our clients prefer to have their wedding ceremony take place against a beautiful outdoor backdrop. In this article, we’ll provide some insight into our favorite outdoor wedding venues! We certainly had fun reviewing and celebrating our choice wedding venues; we hope it provides some inspiration!
Outdoor Wedding Venues in Downtown Boston
The Exchange Conference Center
It doesn’t get much more “Boston” than holding your wedding in the historic Boston Seaport. Not only has the Seaport seen a tremendous building and commerce revival in the past two decades, but it’s also become a go-to destination for seaside views and premier events in downtown Boston proper. The Exchange Conference Center is not too big nor too small; this venue is just the right size.
Parking for the venue is right on-site, and The Exchange is exclusively catered by East Meets West, an award-winning Boston catering company. East Meets West knows The Exchange inside and out, assuring a unique and relaxing experience for guests and wedding party alike. If you want to set your wedding against an unquestionably Bostonian backdrop, the Exchange Center is the outdoor wedding venue for you!
The Mandarin Oriental
Overlooking the Boston Commons is the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, one of Boston’s top 5-star hotels with an international reputation for beauty, refinement, and a chic sense of design.
The Mandarin Oriental’s outdoor wedding venue is unrivaled in its views of the historic Boston Commons. It can make a wedding in the Back Bay feel unique, intimate, and extraordinary all at once. The Mandarin Oriental is the place to host your wedding if you want your guests to remember a luxurious and breathtaking outdoor wedding experience.
Arguably the venue with the most awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping Boston skyline views is the 9OFS located in the heart of the financial district. This rooftop outdoor wedding venue has a distinctly sophisticated, contemporary, and unforgettable charm that leaves all who attend simply stunned.
This outdoor venue is sought after for warm summer and fall evenings when the city lights just kiss the brilliant colors of a setting sun. An open-air garden and a reflecting pool with fountains are at the center of 9OFS’ outdoor space. It may not be considered “old Boston,” but it’s an unquestionably beautiful and fun, and funky place to host a wedding celebration.
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Outdoor Wedding Venues in the Greater Boston Area
Elm Bank Horticulture Center
Suppose the lights and sights of the city are not your ideal choice for a wedding venue. In that case, the Elm Bank Horticulture Center in Wellesley, MA, provides a more traditional and almost fairytale backdrop for an extravagant wedding ceremony.
Wedding guests will feel like they’re in The Secret Garden as they arrive at a wooded driveway and navigate through a historic and tranquil 36-acre property to an outdoor wedding venue. The venue is easily accessible and quite accommodating, catering to wedding parties of all sizes. It’s one of those magical venues that feels timeless.
The Connors Center
For those who desire something a little more classically Boston, the Connors Center in Dover, MA, is an excellent outdoor wedding venue. Originally built at the turn of the 20th century and created by famed NYC Central Park designers, there’s an undeniable old-guard charm and beauty to this venue.
Now owned by Boston College and outfitted with modern amenities, the Connors Center is a suburban gem complete with majestic gardens and enough space for large event tents. This venue will please guests, both young and old.
A grand Federalist-style historic building nestled away in Watertown, MA, the Commander’s Mansion is a wedding venue right out of a postcard. Whether it’s spring, summer, or autumn, this mansion is beautiful in all seasons, which is a large part of its charm.
Beautiful red bricks set against an impeccably maintained grove give this mansion a distinctive look that no one could forget. A very accommodating and personable venue, just off the beaten path.
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
A unique and splendid place to host a wedding, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is not just a venue but also an artistic experience!
A 30-acre park and museum in Lincoln, MA, is run by the Trustees of Reservation. This wonderful national non-profit organization saves and maintains beautiful plots of lands and buildings for public enjoyment, in this case, providing an unusual setting for a wedding and reception. Wedding guests can walk amongst the sculpture gardens between wedding events and enjoy dinner and dancing in the large tented area.
Heritage of Sherborn
Shelbourne, MA, is a quintessential, quaint New England town with much charm to spare! The Heritage of Sherborn is a beautiful country inn that will appeal to those looking for a wedding venue that is timeless in its natural-historic beauty.
There’s plenty of space for a large tent on the grounds. The Inn itself sets the mood for a relaxed, fun, and warm wedding atmosphere. Guests from outside New England will marvel at this gem, and locals will wonder why they had never stayed there before!
Let Us Help You Find The Perfect Venue
They all sound beautiful, right? We have many options in the Greater Boston Area for lovely wedding venues, but it’s never ideal to feel overwhelmed by the choices available to you.
Let us help! We’re here to provide you with guidance, support, and knowledge when planning your wedding day. Please reach out with any questions you have; we’d love to help you.