November 3, 2021

10 Best Boston Wedding Venues

When selecting a Boston wedding venue, couples are truly never at a loss for the beauty surrounding our historic city. Whether you’re envisioning a downtown Boston wedding venue with a city view, a waterfront venue on historic Boston Harbor, or an outdoor wedding venue North of Boston, our experienced Boston wedding planners at Whim Events have you covered with our favorite places to host a stunning celebration.

Downtown Boston Wedding Venues

The State Room

The State Room has earned its reputation as the wedding venue with the best views in Boston, and it certainly does not disappoint. Sitting 33 floors above the city, with floor to ceiling windows spanning the entire length of the space, the State Room is breathtaking from day to night.

We love working here because it offers a contemporary blank slate, allowing couples to transform it into anything they wish. Because of the venue’s versatility, it’s just as conducive to hosting a modern-chic wedding here as it is to a garden-filled romantic soiree.

The State Room has several spaces, and the Great Room & Mezzanine are most popular for ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. While their capacity is 560, the space can host more for larger conferences or be paired down for intimate events.

Photography Tiffany Von Photography.  See more: Brittany & Bobby’s wedding at The State Room



One of Boston’s most exclusive venues, The Museum of Fine Arts offers couples the chance to host their wedding in a spectacular setting. The MFA boasts some of the world’s most coveted art collections and galleries, all of which guests can admire during an event.


The outdoor Calderwood Courtyard is a beautiful oasis surrounded by ivy-clad brick walls, twinkle light trees and overhead bistro lights – a perfect place for an outdoor ceremony in the heart of the city. The Shapiro Family Courtyard (the indoor courtyard and most popular reception space) offers space for hundreds of guests, tall glass windows and the infamous Chihuly statue.

For a more intimate setting, the Rotunda is a great space for a cocktail reception, and 465 Restaurant is incredible for a private dinner. Their hospitality and in-house culinary team provided by CxRA is top notch and is always eager to customize menus in meaningful ways.

Photography Elizabeth LaDuca Photography.  See more: Danielle & Kyle’s Museum of Fine Arts Boston Wedding.


Boston Waterfront Wedding Venues


The Institute of Contemporary Art is a sleek and modern venue located in the heart of the buzzing Seaport district – a great option for city-lovers who adore art, culture, cuisine and stunning water views. What we love about the ICA is its ability to give couples a bit of everything- an open-air ceremony and cocktail hour on the Boston Harbor, time to explore unique and modern art, and all the glamour of a city wedding.


The Catered Affair is the exclusive culinary and beverage team onsite, and flawlessly manages your incredible dining and hospitality experience. And, the ICA’s in-house AV/lighting team are pros at working with the buildings’ clean lines to create a one-of-kind lighting design.

Photography Elizabeth LaDuca Photography. See more: Brianna & Drew’s wedding at ICA Boston.


The Boston Harbor Hotel

If you’re looking for a waterfront wedding venue that offers historic Boston charm, it is undoubtedly the Boston Harbor Hotel. What we love most about this venue is its all-inclusive weekend feel. BHH offers several indoor and outdoor restaurants on the property for guests to grab a drink together, and serve as perfect spots for your welcome party or brunch.

As for the wedding day, The Wharf Room accommodates up to 250 guests and offers captivating harbor views, classic interior and stunning chandeliers – equally elegant and romantic. Cocktail hour can be hosted inside the Rotunda, or outside on the waterfront patio. And of course, brunch the next day can be served in the Atlantic Room or in one many of the other salons in the hotel.

Finally, the photo opportunities at BHH are endless – charter a boat to bring you and your partner into the harbor for the ceremony, take photos with your wedding party under the historic arch, or do first looks on the Rose Kennedy greenway. A Boston Harbor Hotel wedding is the epitome of a classic Beantown celebration.

Photography Molly Anne Photography


Small Restaurant Wedding Venue


For an intimate Boston wedding of 15-20 guests, there is no place more magical than Oleana Restaurant in Cambridge. Known for their small plates, locally sourced meats and fish, and home-grown produce from chef Ana Sortun’s farm, Oleana serves up a chance for your family and friends to enjoy a family-style meal and cozy conversation.

The back patio is a garden-oasis enclosed in overgrown trees and flowers, with cozy nooks and bistro lights twinkling above the marble dining tables. They also offer a covered section of the patio which is perfect for a lounge or interactive area, and outdoor heat lamps and an awning over the tables in case of inclement weather. The cocktails are derived from their impressive wine selection and local beers flow on tap. For the foodie who wants to celebrate over numerous courses of small plates and chat late into the night, Oleana is truly a special place.

Photography Gabby Riggieri Photography. See more: Chloe’s 21st at Oleana.


Wedding Venues North of Boston

The Crane Estate

The view from the Crane Estate makes it one of the most coveted wedding venues North of Boston. Overlooking Ipswich’s Crane Beach, you will be overcome by it’s grandeur seaside views, impeccably landscaped grounds, marvelous gardens and historical stories.