Getting Hitched Without A Hitch – Wedding Venues In Downtown Boston

Posted June 30, 2017 by Cheryl Fenton in Downtown Boston
Ames Hotel

The road to “I do” is paved with things that have to get done. From corsages to cakes, rehearsal to reception, preparing for this monumental day begins the moment the intentions are mentioned. The first decision is where to host your big day. Downtown Boston has everything a couple needs to tie the knot (even if that knot is tied to a boat slip).

Boston Harbor Hotel (70 Rowes Wharf): From its iconic archway to domed rotunda, this photogenic harbor side hotel that was once the site of a 17th century battery has traded artillery commotion for gentle waves, Atlantic breezes, and your wedding. Arriving or departing via the water is how couples and wedding parties make a splash, as they dock their boat at any of the hotel’s slips. Whether it’s an intimate gathering of 20 to a 500-plus grand affair, this prominent address’s 20,000 square feet of waterfront space boasts character, detail, and history. The 5,488 square-foot Wharf Room has dramatic 19-foot ceilings and glittering chandeliers, while The Atlantic Room and the Pavilion are wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows. For a unique twist get married under the Rotunda’s 80-foot coffered dome. Executive Chef Daniel Bruce creates cuisine that has earned him international fame, and you can return on your one-year anniversary for a complimentary wine dinner in Meritage.

Ames Boston Hotel (1 Court Street): To have such an intimate space directly overlooking the Old State House is a New Englander’s wedding day dream. The Ames’ newly imagined space takes up the second floor (the old Woodward) with a total of 1,700 square feet, including the Ames (the larger event room), and Oliver & Oakes (named after Oliver Ames, Sr.’s, the founder of the famed Ames Shovel Works, sons). The space accommodates 80 seated or up to 125 for a cocktail-style event. Couples not only enjoy this warm, boutique space, but customized menus from Chef Mary Dumont of Cultivar (sustainable cuisine from ingredients grown onsite in a hydroponic garden). The rooms were designed by New York City-based Glen and Co. Architecture, with details like vintage cloth books, blue entryways, light oak flooring, and wood veneer wainscoting to complement soaring ceilings and arched windows.

State Room, Government Center (60 State Street, 33rd Floor): Your love puts you on cloud nine, so actually get married in the clouds. As a preferred partner of Ames Boston Hotel (translation: a ton of people get ready at the Ames then move the party over to the State Room), Longwood’s flagship event venue soars high above it all on the 33rd floor of Sixty State Street skyscraper for insane city views. The Great Room has an unparalleled panorama of the skyline courtesy of its 120’ x 20’ glass wall, while its “tabula rasa” concept lets you get creative with your celebration (trapeze artists, anyone?). The ultimate VIP lounge, the new Loft is a special area overlooking the Great Room with North End and Harbor views. For smaller events check out its Harborside Salons with water vistas or Cityside Salons with skyscraper sites. Although you and your beloved are the obvious focus, guests will notice smaller details like illuminated undulating ceilings, onyx bars, mahogany floors, floating staircases, and sparkling Italian chandeliers.

Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common (10 Avery Street): When you think elegant, one name comes to mind: The Ritz. And this recently redone venue across from the Boston Common is anything but common. The hotel’s posh main ballroom features 3,300 square feet of fresh space that accommodates over 200 guests for a seated wedding dinner with dancing. Silver-leaf ceilings, design-forward lighting and silk walls offer a stylish palate. The Studio is for perfect 125-person events, with über-modern looks of white leather-covered walls, mother-of-pearl accents, and tons of floor-to-ceiling natural light. The Avery and Tremont rooms are ideal for intimate celebrations – the Tremont hosts 25 people for a ceremony while the chic gold-toned Avery hosts dinner for 30. Also check out the Washington Junior Ballroom for a contemporary take of lace wood and fabric walls ideal for 150 guests.