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12 unique Boston wedding venues, mapped

These spots—including Fenway Park, Boston Common, and the New England Aquarium—also offer options for hosting receptions

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When it comes to unique backdrops for wedding ceremonies and receptions, Boston provides several.

Who knew you could get hitched at America’s oldest professional baseball stadium, for one thing? Or in its oldest public park?

These 12 venues offer varying capacities and services at varying prices (check the websites). But they are each unique to Boston.

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1. Museum of Science

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1 Science Park
Boston, MA
(617) 723-2500
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An outfit that famed chef Wolfgang Puck oversees organizes the catering for weddings at the museum.

The institution can accommodate up to 4,500 guests(!), and its location along the Charles provides fabulous views. Oh, and dinosaurs.

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2. New England Aquarium

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1 Central Wharf
Boston, MA
(617) 973-5200
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Penguins, turtles, seals, etc., can be part of the backdrop at this wedding-slash-reception venue.

The aquarium offers its various galleries and wings for the big day, as well as the entire spread itself, so the number of guests can range from the dozens to the thousands.

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3. State Room at 60 State Street

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60 State St
Boston, MA

This venue on the 33rd floor of the commercial skyscraper can accommodate around 900 guests—up to 500 for dinner—and there is the option to have both the ceremony and the reception in the space.

Twenty-foot windows offer sweeping views of Boston Harbor.

Photo via Longwood Venues

4. Boston Common

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Tremont St
Boston, MA
(617) 635-4505
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The nation’s oldest public park is game for smallish weddings (no more than 50 people, say) in exchange for a small fee.

Like with the Public Garden—and other parks citywide—restrictions do apply.

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5. Boston Public Garden

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9 Arlington St
Boston, MA
(617) 635-4505
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The city allows smallish wedding ceremonies in America’s oldest public botanical garden for a relatively small fee.

Restrictions apply, though, including a prohibition on chairs.

Still, where else can you get the swan boats in the picture?

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6. Institute of Contemporary Art

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100 Northern Ave
Boston, MA
(617) 478-3100
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One of Boston’s most iconic modern buildings offers room for up to 225 guests, and the ceremony can be held there, too.

Huge windows and terrace space provide wonderful views.

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7. Boston Public Library

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700 Boylston St
Boston, MA
(617) 536-5400
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It might be hard to beat the central location of the Boston Public Library in terms of ornateness.

The venue offers ceremony options in its courtyard and halls, and reception options in its capacious rooms.

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8. Fenway Park

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4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA
(617) 267-1700
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Major League Baseball’s oldest ballpark can be the backdrop for both the nuptials and a reception for up to 400.

Festivities take place on the right-field roof deck.

9. Cyclorama—Boston Center for the Arts

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539 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 426-5000
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The copper-domed Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts—surely one of Boston’s most underrated buildings—can accommodate from 100 to 1,000 guests (875 seated).

10. EpiCenter—Artists for Humanity

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100 W 2nd St
Boston, MA
(617) 268-7620
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The nonprofit bills its property as Boston’s “greenest event venue” because the AFH EpiCenter was the first building in the city to achieve LEED Platinum certification, the highest designation for energy-sustainable buildings.

The ceremony and the reception can unfold over the gallery and outdoor space.

11. Symphony Hall

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301 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA
(617) 266-1492
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The capacious home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is available for rent.

And! The duration of that lease can precede a performance by the orchestra itself. That’s right: Get hitched, eat, and then take in a show.

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12. Arnold Arboretum

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125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA
(617) 524-1718
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Smallish wedding ceremonies are allowed at the sprawling Harvard-owned and -run park, but, as with other parks in the City of Boston, restrictions do apply. For one thing: no furniture.

Colorful trees shading a walking path with a bench next to it. Kevin Fleming/Corbis/VCG/Getty Images

1. Museum of Science

1 Science Park, Boston, MA
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An outfit that famed chef Wolfgang Puck oversees organizes the catering for weddings at the museum.

The institution can accommodate up to 4,500 guests(!), and its location along the Charles provides fabulous views. Oh, and dinosaurs.

1 Science Park
Boston, MA

2. New England Aquarium

1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA
Aerial view of penguins on some rocks inside an aquarium. Shutterstock

Penguins, turtles, seals, etc., can be part of the backdrop at this wedding-slash-reception venue.

The aquarium offers its various galleries and wings for the big day, as well as the entire spread itself, so the number of guests can range from the dozens to the thousands.

1 Central Wharf
Boston, MA

3. State Room at 60 State Street

60 State St, Boston, MA
Photo via Longwood Venues

This venue on the 33rd floor of the commercial skyscraper can accommodate around 900 guests—up to 500 for dinner—and there is the option to have both the ceremony and the reception in the space.

Twenty-foot windows offer sweeping views of Boston Harbor.

60 State St
Boston, MA

4. Boston Common

Tremont St, Boston, MA
Leaves changing along a pathway in Boston Common. Shutterstock

The nation’s oldest public park is game for smallish weddings (no more than 50 people, say) in exchange for a small fee.

Like with the Public Garden—and other parks citywide—restrictions do apply.

Tremont St
Boston, MA

5. Boston Public Garden

9 Arlington St, Boston, MA
A large statue of a man on horseback is in the background and in the foreground are colorful flowers. Shutterstock

The city allows smallish wedding ceremonies in America’s oldest public botanical garden for a relatively small fee.

Restrictions apply, though, including a prohibition on chairs.

Still, where else can you get the swan boats in the picture?

9 Arlington St
Boston, MA

6. Institute of Contemporary Art

100 Northern Ave, Boston, MA
A contemporary art museum with gigantic windows and a prominent overhang lighted up at night. Shutterstock

One of Boston’s most iconic modern buildings offers room for up to 225 guests, and the ceremony can be held there, too.

Huge windows and terrace space provide wonderful views.

100 Northern Ave
Boston, MA

7. Boston Public Library

700 Boylston St, Boston, MA
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It might be hard to beat the central location of the Boston Public Library in terms of ornateness.

The venue offers ceremony options in its courtyard and halls, and reception options in its capacious rooms.

700 Boylston St
Boston, MA

8. Fenway Park

4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA

Major League Baseball’s oldest ballpark can be the backdrop for both the nuptials and a reception for up to 400.

Festivities take place on the right-field roof deck.

4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA

9. Cyclorama—Boston Center for the Arts

539 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

The copper-domed Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts—surely one of Boston’s most underrated buildings—can accommodate from 100 to 1,000 guests (875 seated).

539 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116

10. EpiCenter—Artists for Humanity

100 W 2nd St, Boston, MA

The nonprofit bills its property as Boston’s “greenest event venue” because the AFH EpiCenter was the first building in the city to achieve LEED Platinum certification, the highest designation for energy-sustainable buildings.

The ceremony and the reception can unfold over the gallery and outdoor space.

100 W 2nd St
Boston, MA

11. Symphony Hall

301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA
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The capacious home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is available for rent.

And! The duration of that lease can precede a performance by the orchestra itself. That’s right: Get hitched, eat, and then take in a show.

301 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA

12. Arnold Arboretum

125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA
Colorful trees shading a walking path with a bench next to it. Kevin Fleming/Corbis/VCG/Getty Images

Smallish wedding ceremonies are allowed at the sprawling Harvard-owned and -run park, but, as with other parks in the City of Boston, restrictions do apply. For one thing: no furniture.

125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA