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Hi all!

My fiance and I are getting married on October 26th. We are not doing anything big as we both really are not into the whole wedding thing, but want to celebrate in some way with our family. We are only inviting 30 people, and do not have a bridal party, photographers, cake or anything like that. We just want a simple ceremony and a nice dinner after with our family. The probelm is we don't want some trendy restaurant with tiny portions and extreme prices... we want good hearty food in a setting that has some charm and personality. To give you a better idea, we have looked into La Campania in Waltham and Casa Portugal (our fave place) in Inman Sq. Ideally we would like to be a bit further out of the city just so people can park easily etc., but we are open to all suggestions! If you know of any places that are charming, serve delicious food, and are a little bit off the beaten path we would love to hear about it!!

Thanks so much!!

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  1. This recommendation is going to make it seem like I didn't read your post, but ...

    I have held several functions for 30ish people in the private room (the "Salon Room") at Mistral, and each one has been spectacular. I haven't checked prices lately, but in the past they've charged $100/person and allowed you to choose one appetizer, three entrees for your guests to choose from, and one dessert. Of course, on top of that, you have to factor in drinks/wine, tax and tip/service charge, but you can have a great and memorable event for 30ish people for around $5,000 all in. (BTW, I've also done brunches in the Salon Room, for which they charge $40/person, and have been equally impressed.)

    Many would consider Mistral to be trendy, and parking in the area is tough (although they offer valet parking and there is a reasonably priced garage directly across Clarendon St.; and while it's not metro west, it is of course easily accessible from the west on the Pike), but the Salon Room is beautiful and intimate, the service is extraordinary, and the food is excellent. Well worth considering, IMHO.

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    1. re: Blumie

      Thanks Blumie! I actually have eaten at Mistral once a couple years ago and really enjoyed it, and the space is lovely for sure! I checked out the website and despite it being in the city, I do think you're right there are still parking options and easy accessibility. I sent them an email to get some more info, so thank you again for the suggestion!

      1. re: Blumie

        I'll second that recommendation. The room and service are the best in the city for this type of thing, and the Mistral event staff is a pleasure to work with. The room is perfect for 30 people, more than that and I think it would get cramped quickly. This also allowed for a small jazz trio in front of the fireplace.

        Blumie is accurate on the approximate food cost and choices available. To give you a real life example, we hosted a wedding there a few years back and the final tab came to about $6,800 all in (for 30 people). The food was a choice of 2 appetizers; 3 entrees and a cake they made (we didn't want a cake either, but what they made was fairly subtle but delicious). In addition we had them pass around an assortment of their excellent pizzas during cocktails. The food was uniformly excellent (on par with eating in the dining room). The total included everything except for valet, which someone else covered. Bar was fully open the entire time, and we had reasonably good wine and champagne choices available throughout.

         
         
      2. You might be too late but you might try the Herb Lycium in Groton. Lovely farm and grounds and food was very good.
        Its further out then the places you mention though..
        http://www.gilsonslyceum.com

        1. How 'bout AKA Bistro in Lincoln ? Pkg def not an issue and fall is so pretty out there.

          p.s. congratulatons!

          1. The Wayside Inn in Sudbury has a private room for small weddings and is high on charm and low on trendy. Free plentiful parking.

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            1. re: Kat

              Thanks Kat! It's funny, right before you sent your message I was checking out their site. I have sent them an email. It's definitely a lovely area and very charming. Thanks for the suggestion!

              1. re: Kat

                My Mom thought the Wayside Inn might be a nice spot when I got married a few years ago. Went there one day to give the food a test run. Might have been our single worst meal of the last 5 years. It was only one meal. And the place is crowded. But man was it bad.

                1. re: mkfisher

                  LOL mkfisher, I had my rehearsal dinner there. It was wonderful, cozy, candlelit and the food was good. We chose a set menu in advance. You may have been unlucky at your visit. We've been going there for family get togethers for years and while not gourmet, the food is generally solid. On the other hand, I've had a few lousy meals at the Colonial Inn in Concord.

              2. Thanks all for the suggestions! Mistral was booked for our date, but did send menus in case we were flexible on alternative dates. I definitely would have been interested had they been available. Groton is a little farther than we were hoping to go, but the Herb Lycium does look lovely. And I have also emailed AKA Bistro in Lincoln, that area is amazing in the fall. Thanks again for the suggestions!

                1. I'm gonnah come back to the place that I had my wedding, for about 40, Lebanese food served family style at Al Wadi in West Roxbury...They had a private room, but I didn't think it was big enough, so they partitioned off half the restaurant for us...We had plenty of room for our own ceremony, which TC's brother did (did you know you can get a one day appt from the state for ANYONE to perform your wedding???) We had several wines (white, red and sparkly) that we had preselected with them available for our guests, then a neverending parade (or so it seemed) of mezze and mains, which people could serve themselves from platters in the center of the tables...
                  And they did! People actually stayed late to linger over more coffee and desserts at the end, it was a big party that no one wanted to end...And all they could talk about was the food, and how good it was, and how it was like a big family party , if your grandmother was Lebanese...(mine isn't, but this food is amazing)
                  One of my friends made my wedding cake, and they were fine with that, offering plating at no additional charge...They also waived the room fee...

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                  1. re: galleygirl

                    Il Capriccio has a room that will hold 30 and I really like their food.

                    1. re: galleygirl

                      wow, what nice people!

                      1. re: galleygirl

                        I've to a couple events there and with the exception of one time the kibbee being a little dry, everything was excellent.

                        1. re: trufflehound

                          I really love the food here, I'm amazed it doesn't come up every time Middle Eastern food is mentioned..We'll be there next week to celebrate a year of wedded bliss... ;)

                      2. My husband and I had a joint birthday party and also went to a small wedding in the Griffin photography museum in Winchester Center. At the time of the birthday party the rental price was ridiculously cheap, the outdoor and interior spaces are really low key and lovely (and parking is more than ample). You would have to supply the food, though--this is a not a restaurant, and they don't have "in house" catering. The wedding we went to had a lovely cheese, appetizer, and dessert spread from Formaggio.

                        http://griffinmuseum.org/private_part...

                        1. Havve you tried Nashoba vineyard in Bolton? they have all sorts of options

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                          1. re: momoftwo

                            That is a great suggestion! The restaurant there is good, free parking and close off 495.

                          2. Thank you all for the posts and wonderful suggestions! We have actually decided to go with Mooo in Beacon Hill (sister restaurant to Mistral!) We will have our ceremony on their roof terrace and an afternoon luncheon in their wine cellar, and it surprisingly fits our budget! :) Thank you all again though for your ideas!!