We are using these vendors for
our wedding. We highly recommend all of
This was the first reception site we visited,
and after visiting MANY more, this one fit us, and our size party the
best. The price to rent the place is a bit steep considering
that you also have to get a seperate caterer, but we found it worth
it. It is run by the Society for the Preservation of New England
Antiquities, you can get to their page on the Lyman Estate below.
103A Broadway, Boston MA 02150
884-3791 Fax (617) 884-9366
Don't let them fool you, they're not actually
in Boston! They're in Chelsea. They are the official
caterer for the Wang Center, so Jack (the owner) does work out of
there fairly often. Every time we met with him, it was
there. We had a bit of a hard time picking a caterer, but the
thing that won us over was Jack's relaxed attitude (Ok, so this scared
Melissa for a while!) and his Mickey Mouse watch. It was mostly
Jim Canole Photography
Jim was a lucky find. Melissa gets the credit here
too. We talked to a lot of photographers. The variety is
scary. Again, I think Jim was the first one we talked to, and we
ended up coming back to him. Let me tell you, if I'm asked to
pay $4,000 but don't get the negatives because it infringes on the
photographers artistic sense to have them be sent to a Walgreens for
developing, I'm fairly sure we're going to go somewhere else.
Jim has a great plan. He takes the pictures, gives you the
negatives whenever you want them, but will help you get them printed
at the rate that the lab charges. How can you argue with
that? All of our interaction with Jim has been great, from our
meetings, to our "engagement" photo shoot downtown, to being invited
over to a gathering he was having to meet Ulrike Welsch (one of his
photographic inspirations - thanks again Jim!). After we booked
him, his prices kept going up and up. If you like him, book him
early, he's getting really popular!
26 West Street
This was the one major decision that Melissa
made without much input from me. This was due to a large amount of
traffic that prevented me from getting to Beverly Farms on time, but
that's beside the point. I have since met Mary Beth (owner) and
have only positive things to say. Mary Beth is another of the
relaxed attitude vendors which I think is great! She has gone out
of her way for us, and has been really flexible. Two great things
in a wedding vendor!
379 Old Lancaster Road
Sudbury, MA 01776
We both wanted to have harp
music during the ceremony, and after a brief search we landed on Gilded Harps.
The one scary thing here is that they have a few harpists
so you don't necessarily know who you're getting. On the other hand,
all of our dealings with them have been great. They are yet
another of the relaxed "don't worry about it, we'll take care of
it" vendors. The hardest part was picking the music. Who's ever heard of
most of those pieces!?
PO Box 1259
Boston, MA 02130
Not knowing of any bands we
were interested in (but having decided early that a DJ was out), we
didn't really know where to begin. So we decided to go to some
wedding band events. Yes, they have these. We sat in The Canal in Boston for about 5 hours
during NFL playoffs watching the Patriots win on their way to the Superbowl,
and, of course, listening to bands. There were some good bands, some
bad bands, and some "you're kidding me, people would have them at
their weddding?" bands. Modern Manners fit us the best. Conveniently they were
open the day of our wedding, and the rest is history.
They can be contacted through the Hank Agency, whose contact information is listed
above (and web site is below).