Bring your appetite and sense of adventure to these restaurant wedding venues.
Number of heads Up to 50 seated guests or 250 for a standing reception
Price From $3,000
Located in the Revolution Hotel in the South End, the Cal-Mex Restaurant Cosmica has the same funky, fun, bohemian vibe as its sister restaurant Beehive, but with a fiesta twist. Come for the Taco Tuesday of your dreams, stay for the slow-roasted lamb barbacoa, ceviche, Mexican street corn salad and as much guac as your fry can handle. Mingle on the terrace, then step, margarita in hand, into the industrial-chic space, softened by hanging plants and colorful blown-glass lanterns. Take a photo in front of the cheerful yellow mural before hitting the dance floor. One look at the watered down slushie machines behind the bar, and you know this place is ready for the party to begin. Need inspiration for your wishes? Their neon sign “Give me tacos and tell me I’m pretty” says it all.
Clink glasses at Back Bay’s countess, a glamorous Italian trattoria perched atop the Newbury Boston Hotel. The Ken Fulk-designed space is whimsically sophisticated and always Instagrammable, with a glass roof, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the public garden, and pink velvet banquettes. And the food – from New York-based Major Food Group – is as good as the place looks.
Number of heads Up to 100 seats
Price From $2,500 per hour
Start your kitsch-but-cool tropical honeymoon early Wusong Road, an upscale tiki restaurant and bar in Harvard Square where chef/owner Jason Doo, whose parents ran a Chinese restaurant in Malden, serves revisited Chinese-American classics. Treat your guests to delicacies ranging from green papaya salad to pulled pork served on animal-shaped baos, or buns. Savor dinner under lamps made from Indonesian fish baskets upstairs in the main dining room, then head down to the lantern room to sip mai tais from tiki-style mugs and dance the night away among the lined walls bamboo and rattan. Along the way, stop to marvel at the gigantic banyan tree and a moss-like stone wall (almost temple-like) with a larger-than-life monkey statue inspired by the three wise monkeys, a Japanese cultural symbol . After the cake is cut, sneak up to the thatched-roof bar with your loved one to share a bowl of scorpion, because what says “I love you” more than that?
Forget the cake for personalized sugar cookies meticulously prepared and decorated by baker Nicole Grady from Sweet Mazie. Whether you’re sending your guests home with something sweet or serving them instead of a cake, display these clever cookies decorated with your monogram or match them to your color scheme or theme.
Number of heads Up to 70 seated guests
Price From $100 per person
Celebrate in style at Mooo…. Seaport, the newest outpost of the beloved Beacon Hill hot spot. Right in the heart of Fort Point, this isn’t a stuffy steakhouse experience. Exposed brickwork and comfy seating softly lit by modern structural chandeliers lend an elegant vibe to your ‘I do’. Sip Scotch by the fireplace and sample Wagyu beef dumplings and Maine lobster tempura as your guests arrive, then dine in one of three private rooms. And while there are plenty of cuts of Greater Omaha Prime to choose from, the lighter fare (think: Faroese salmon and foraged mushroom risotto) is just as elegant. But it’s your big day, consider going all out with the “Steakhouse Experience,” where every cut of choice is made even more luxurious with a garnish of roasted garlic and bone marrow butter.
Activity before marriage
Take your guests out into the open water, where they’ll see Boston from a whole new perspective, with PaddleBoston. Rent canoes, kayaks or even paddle boards if you’re feeling adventurous and take a trip down the Charles River. Stop along the way for a picnic ashore and admire the fellow boaters, sailors and rowers. You will have the choice between many starting points in the city or in the suburbs.
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