Unique wedding venue?
I'm recently engaged and looking to plan a wedding for Summer '09. Me and the fiancee want to have a unique, super fun, casual wedding reception for ~80 people somewhere in the vague greater Boston area.
We loved the Milky Way Lounge and Lanes, but we were told that they would likely be moving, so that's out of the picture, which is quite the shame given that it'd be perfect for us.
So we're looking for fun, funky spaces (restaurants, lounges, clubs, lofts, museums,parks whatever!) that would be good for a party. Places that don't traditionally hold wedding probably are more likely to suit our needs. Delicious, wonderful food is also a plus.
About 10 years ago I worked for Thompson Island Outward Bound planning clambakes and the like. Normally I'd refrain from posting because of my past employment there but there's been a complete changeover since I've been there- the staff and product is pretty different and really the only thing that remains the same is the location (and even there they've made changes- added a function room, I believe.) The location is very unique. It's pretty untouched, great view of the city, fields for running around and having fun. And it's NOT a place I'd generally recommend for a regular wedding, but if you're truly a casual bunch (and can deal with the uncertainty of weather and boat schedules) then it could be a relaly memorable event. I suppose even if you got rained on and left Aunt Myrtle at the dock it would be memorable- just maybe not the way you wanted ;-)
They've brought the catering in house so I have no idea how the food is these days, but they rely on repeat business, and you wouldn't be able to get that with a substandard product. You ought to be able to schedule a tasting, I'd expect. They have a full liquor license, which used to mean it was the only harbor island on which you could have an event with alcohol- I imagine that's still the case.
You can find other unique locations by browsing the list of places Woodman's caters at- while they might not be your style (although they do a decent job if a clambake is what you want), the types of places with work with probably are. http://woodmans.com/clambakes/event_s...
My wife and I got married at Cambridge Brewing Co. - we had about 90 people, noon reception outside in the courtyard, then a casual Sat. afternoon buffet until 5pm. They did a good job on the food - but we kept the menu as simple as possible. And it was the day after their 13th anniversary party, so there were all the leftover beers from that plus a couple that we requested. Reasonable prices for a wedding and they were willing to work with us on any detail. We were very happy with CBC.
congrats on your engagement! I got married back in September and we started out looking for a unique place, but ultimately settled on traditional.
Our first choice was the Cyclorama in the South End. It's a really cool, very unique space. The drawback for us was that the staff there in charge of renting the space was awful. They were hard to get a hold of, and after we'd been told we had a date reserved, they pulled back and said they were going to wait for their performance calendar to come out. But I'd highly suggest checking the space out.
We also looked at a musem near Central Square in Cambridge that was very cool but wasn't quite big enough for us. I can't remember the name for it, but if you're interested I can ask my wife for the name.
Note that unique spaces often mean you have to take care of the catering yourself and also all of the set-up details. Another spot we considered was George's Island and some of the state parks that allow wedding receptions. If you're not afraid of rain, you can do it on the cheap!