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I recently got married at the New England Aquarium, NEAQ, this past July 2013, and I have to say, it was an amazing experience on all levels, start to finish. Not only is the venue itself, unique, beautiful, right on the water, you have the entire Aquarium to yourself for the night, but the staff is amazing and I had the best time working with all of the staff. I always felt like I was valued and in capable hands, while having a positive, productive and fun experience!!! It is not an inexpensive wedding, but you do get alot and more for the money. All of our guests thought it was one of the best weddings they've been too, if not the best!
Highly recommend this venue!!!!
~ Unbiased Bride :)
I can't express enough how impressed I am with the experience I had with the New England Aquarium. From the time I contacted them in regards to planning my wedding to the end of wedding, the staff provided support that was above and beyond. They helped us with all the planning (food, linens, chairs, a place for the ceremony, coordinating with our cake vendor and DJ - everything), were there for day of the wedding support, and made sure that our wedding was perfect. Throughout the night, a staff member was checking in with my husband and I to make sure we had everything that we needed (including multiple champagne refills!). The food was absolutely amazing (guests are still commenting about it to me), and having our pictures taken in the Aquarium provides us with memories we will always look back on and treasure. I cannot recommend the Aquarium more - if you have your wedding here, you will not be disappointed.
We got married in front of penguins with an amazing backdrop of the main tank. The entire main building of the aquarium was ours for the night for both us and our guests to enjoy! The food was excellent and the staff really kept on top of everything and made different transitions as seamless as possible.;Since it was the Aquarium there were of course some lighting issues. A lot of our family members had issues with their cameras trying to get the right setting to capture us and the penguins at the same time. Our professional pictures came out great but some of our family members were disappointed in the quality of their personal photos. This venue is also better for smaller weddings. We had about 150 guests and we wanted to keep everyone on the same floor which was kind of pushing it with the space limitations. This venue offers the option of seating some of your guests on the higher levels to alleviate the space issues but if you really want to make everyone a part of your wedding it's best to try to keep all of your guests on the first level. So if you want a large wedding you might want to opt for the Aquarium's tent facilities on the wharf and you can always opt to rent out the Main Exhibit Hall as an additional site that your guests can visit.
The New England Aquarium was the perfect place for our wedding... we were able to get married outside right by the harbor; the food was amazing; and it was a unique experience for all of our guests.
The staff made the whole experience easy and stress-free... especially Abigail. She quickly responded to our numerous calls and e-mails leading up to the big day. And did her very best to accommodate any of our special requests. My outside vendors also told me it was a pleasure working with the aquarium staff.
I've had numerous guests tell me this was the best wedding they've ever been too. And also say that the food was excellent and memorable.
I strongly recommend the New England Aquarium to couples looking for a fun and creative wedding. I found it affordable compared to other seaside venues in Boston. The location is amazing... with fantastic views of the city. And nothing beats having the aquarium all to yourself for a night!
The Aquarium is an amazing place to have a wedding. Not only is the location absolutely perfect but the staff (Emily and Abigail) there to help you are extremely organized, friendly and ready to answer any questions.
The only downfall to this venue is the floral restrictions and start time (you have to wait until it is closed to the public), however for me they were outweighed by the fact that the guest pretty much had free reign of the entire Aquarium during the wedding.
My wedding was amazing and I have them to thank for all of their help. I would absolutely recommend the Aquarium to anyone!
From start to finish the service was fantastic. The entire planning process was so organized and Abigail, the coordinator, was a pleasure to work with.
It's such a fun and convenient location. All of the guests were so impressed with the cocktail hour around the tanks inside.
The event tent felt much larger than others (we had 165 guests, plus a band, plus a candy station table, gift table, etc.). It was so nice to be able to open the sides of the tent and let the breeze through and allow guests to enjoy the city skyline throughout the reception.
Finally - let's face it, wedding food usually sucks. To be honesty, I wasn't overly impressed with the food at our tasting. The actual wedding night, however, the food was very good. We had the diver scallops as one option, the prosciutto wrapped chicken and the stuffed mushroom as the two others. No complaints!
We looked at what felt like TONS of venues within the city of Boston before seeing the aquarium and most felt like prom reception halls or else they cost more than tuition to a four year private college! The aquarium was the perfect combination of unique venue for the right price.
This was the most beautiful and wonderful place to hold our wedding! Our guests found the venue so unique, and at night the tank really glows and looks amazing. We worked with Emily and Abigail, and we quickly found that they are seasoned professionals who really helped us create the perfect event. You won't have anything to worry about anything, and they are full of great ideas! The food was excellent, and all my vendors raved about their experiences working with the Aquarium in the past. Beyond Emily and Abigail, we had a server dedicated to myself and the groom for the entire evening. She kept an eye on us all evening, and at the end of the night had all our things packed and ready to go. I would highly recommend this venue - the space has a lot of flexibility and the harbor is so romantic at night with the city lit up in the background!
We recently held our wedding reception at the New England Aquarium. We were so impressed with the Aquarium throughout the entire planning process and the day of the wedding. I initially contacted the Aquarium through email and Emily responded quickly with the catering information and prices. After a few emails back and forth I was so excited to tour the space that I booked a meeting the next morning! Emily showed us around the aquarium, answered all of our questions and even gave some great recommendations for vendors. After booking we moved on to work with Abigail. She was friendly, creative and very responsive (which is most important!). She worked so well with all of our vendors and took a huge load off our shoulders. The reception itself could not have been any better. The staff continually checked in with my husband and I to see if we needed anything (and even to make sure we were eating enough). Throughout the night our guests toured the aquarium, enjoyed the beautiful ocean views and raved about the food!! We could not have picked a better spot to celebrate with our friends and family. The Aquarium and their staff truly made it a special day for us and for that we are forever grateful!!
This was the most amazing venue for a wedding and I am so pleased and satisfied by our choice to have our wedding here.
The people (Abigail and Emily in particular) are so fabulous and our wedding wouldn't have been as awesome as it was without them. The food was delicious, the views were breathtaking and the actual venue itself was a perfect backdrop, didn't require a lot of "dressing up".
I would do it all again in a heartbeat!
The New England Aquarium was an amazing place to get married. The day was absolutely perfect. Every little detail was better than I could have imagined. The venue is fun, different, yet classy and beautiful. The guests loved interacting with the animals, and having the opportunity the wander around the aquarium during cocktail hour, and the tent outside provides a beautiful view of Boston Harbor which was magnificent at sunset.
My husband and I literally could not be happier with our entire wedding planning experience at the Aquarium. The Aquarium staff never failed to impress us with their helpfulness, flexibility, and professionalism through every step of the planning process. The day went off without a hitch and it was a day we will always remember with nothing but happy memories.
The in-house catering was fantastic and accommodating (we had several guests with various food allergies) and many of our guests commented on how delicious everything was. Our guests with food allergies all showed up at brunch the next morning ready to eat again.
We opted not to hire a wedding planner, which ended up being a good move given how on top of things the staff were - they even rose to the occasion several times after we dropped the ball with this or that detail during the bustle of the last stages of planning.
As for the actual wedding itself, we could not be happier with how it went, and if we had to plan 10 more weddings we'd have them all at the Aquarium. Several of our vendors have also made a point of telling us how easy and great the Aquarium staff were to work with; we really can't thank them enough for playing such a huge part in our perfect day.
As a bonus, and feel even better (if it's even possible) knowing the money we saved for our wedding went to such a great and uniquely valuable public resource.
I warned my wife that a number of people would come up to us during/after the reception and tell us it was the best they'd ever been to, and to take that with a grain of salt as it's a gracious thing for a guest to do whether they mean it or not. And while several people did, indeed, come up to us and say it was the best reception they'd ever been to, in our case I believe most of them were actually telling the truth.
Every aspect of our reception—from the aquarium team greeting us as we walked up to the aquarium, to shuttling us up to our private prep room and making sure all our needs were met (Reese's Pieces? Really?), to staging our introduction, to the cocktails, dinner, and entertainment—was handled seamlessly by the event staff, allowing us to have fun, and enjoy the best night of our lives.
I owe Abigail a special thanks for cheerfully (and skillfully) getting my wife bustled up before our entrance, as her bridesmaids were flummoxed and I was close to running down to the 7-11 for some duct tape and baling wire.
I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people that checked out the exhibits during the reception, as I had assumed that maybe a handful of guests would just poke their noses in, or maybe go no further than the penguins. But it seems as if almost everyone there did in fact take advantage of our private access to tour the exhibits and take a stroll up and around the main tank, confirming for us what a perfect choice the aquarium was for a special, memorable reception. My wife and I even ended up spending more time in there than we had planned---when I checked my messages the next day there was one from the DJ, who had been trying to find us to come out for our first dance!
The site is also incredibly photogenic, and we have several hundred gorgeous photos from inside the aquarium, on the boardwalk, and in the tent to prove it. And then there's the fireworks—another event somewhere on the harbor had fireworks, but they may as well have been for us and our guests, as they were right in front of us.
And on top of all that, Abigail sent us a rebate of several hundred dollars a few days later, as we had, unbeknownst to us, overpaid for some line item or another, which we never would have noticed.
I would highly recommend having your wedding at the New England Aquarium if you are looking for a unique venue on the water. Our guests raved about the food and the views and loved having the Aquarium exhibits to themselves. They have some restrictions on sound and flowers, but didn't find it to be a major drawback. The sales people, wedding coordinators, and chef were all very helpful and great to work with, and we were really happy with the way the wedding turned out. Everyone had a great time!
We recently had our wedding at the Aquarium on 9/7/13. From booking to the "Big Day" we had nothing but professional, personal, and outstanding service from Abigail, Emily and their staff. The venue is beautiful, overlooking Boston Harbor which went directly with our theme of the Boston Harbor Islands. The food was incredible, which we already knew, but surprised a lot of people! Anything we needed, they were able to accommodate for us. It will forever be a wonderful memory for us. We appreciate everything you did for us and strongly recommend this venue and will be willing to provide any more information if needed! Thanks again!
After getting engaged and basking in all of its glory, it was time to start the daunting task of finding a venue to host our wedding. My husband and I looked at lots of different places varying in style, size, and cost.
One day I was at the New England Aquarium (NEAq) and thought to myself 'what a great place to have a wedding!' I thought that it might be way out of our budget but I called anyway and spoke to one of the sales people. We set up at date and time to meet and I'm so glad we did! The NEAq was very accommodating to our budget and helped us to stay within our means. We loved working with each and every person we met there.
On our big day, we were thrilled to see how everything came together. We had the ceremony there, which was gorgeous along the water and our reception was under the big tent out back. During cocktail hour guests were able to walk around the aquarium and look at all of the fish and penguins! We had so many people come up to us through out the night saying what a lovely time they had, which made us very happy!
The staff was so professional and made sure my husband and I had everything we needed throughout the night.
I am proud to say that we had our wedding at the New England Aquarium and would recommend them to anyone!
Amazing! Dream Wedding!
We had a clambake rehearsal dinner at the aquarium (outside under the tent) followed by a dessert reception inside. The evening was absolutely magical! The food was unbelievable, the staff (especially Abigail) was wonderful and accommodating, and our guests were in awe of the venue. We had so many out of town guests who were able to have a one-of-a-kind New England experience! It was a truly unique, fun evening that we will never forget.
I did a ton research for venues (I literally looked for a year) and I can say hands down the Aquarium was the best option for our wedding. I wanted something that was absolutely Boston, but offered me the flexibility to put my own stamp on the event. The view and location is hands the absolute best in Boston. Add to that the incredible value (relative to nearby Boston Harbor Hotel or the State Room), and it really is an amazing place to have an event- you have the best views of Boston Harbor, as well as complete access to the Aquarium itself. The tent comfortably held the 200 guests and band, so don't be worried about the size if you have a bigger wedding, it will totally work.
The actual planning process was also great. I originally booked the event with Emily Ferrar who was awesome to work with! She really took her time to answer all my questions and made me even more excited to book with the Aquarium then I already was. I am the type of person who really hates sale pressure, so I appreciated that Emily felt more like a friend than a sales person. I worked with Abigail during the planning process, and she was a doll who dealt with all absurd questions I threw her way. She made sure the event was executed exactly how I saw it, and the staff the night of the wedding was incredibly accommodating, with many of my guests telling me how great their waiters and servers were. I can't say enough about the experience with the aquarium and am so glad I chose this landmark location for my wedding. I would absolutely recommend this venue to other brides, without a doubt.
I cannot thank everyone at the Aquarium enough. This was the most perfect day! Everything went absolutely perfect - and I mean NOTHING went wrong!! I would Highly recommend this venue to anyone for many many reasons:
1. Staff - detail oriented, responsive, pleasant. They really lead this day flawlessly
2. VENUE - how amazing to have a beautiful venue on the water, downtown Boston AND get the Aquarium to yourself. I continually have guests commenting on how amazing it was to have the Aquarium all to ourselves. MOST beautiful pictures also I might add.
3. Food - they cater their own food, which is a huge plus to not have to manage more vendors. and the food is AMAZING! I still have people complimenting me on how great the food is.
4. Flexibility - you can choose from every type of "venue" for each part of your day - ceremony on the harbor walk, cocktails in the aquarium, reception in the tent on the back
5. All inclusive - they manage working with all of the vendors - you don't need to worry about renting tables, chairs, cloths, food, alcohol, ect
To say the least, I am so impressed and unbelievably happy we chose the Aquarium. It was more perfect than I could have ever imagined. Thank you all from the bottom, middle, side, top (all) of my heart!!!
We could not have selected a better venue for our wedding. Simply put, the venue lends itself to beautiful views, lots of fun, and an unbeatable location. We booked the harbor portion of the aquarium for our wedding, which meant a tent right on the harbor with beautiful harbor and city skyline views, and a ceremony directly looking out onto the harbor as well. Our cocktail hour was inside the aquarium; we are still hearing praise and seeing people's photos from when they got to privately tour the aquarium with one another and their favorite cocktails.
We compared the price of the aquarium with downtown hotels and found the aquarium was very competitive, even less expensive when we booked secondary to the aquarium's giant ocean tank renovation. The aquarium and harbor also leant themselves to beautiful photographs. REALLY beautiful photographs. Catering is also done through the aquarium with pretty fantastic and wide-ranging options for cocktail hour, dinner, and even snack options for the end of the night. The menu was priced competitively and the food delicious. We had a lot of compliments on the hanger steak, and the vegetable wellington (we sampled at the tasting) was probably the best vegetarian dish I've ever had.
The aquarium staff was phenomenal. We worked with Deb in sales, and JP and Abigail in event management. Everyone was very sweet, responsive, and accommodating. We always felt taken care of, and everyone we worked with went out of their way to implement everything we requested. Abigail was especially wonderful, keeping us on track the day of the wedding in addition to finalizing a plethora of details with us in the weeks preceding.
It’s hard to qualify how amazing it was to have our wedding at the aquarium. If you are considering having a wedding in Boston, you’d be crazy not to consider having it here. We’re moving out of state soon but still plan to become members of the aquarium because we love it so much. ☺
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Plan a wedding or rehearsal dinner at Boston’s most unique venue, the New England Aquarium. Customizable location, entertainment and catering options set against an awe-inspiring backdrop create a completely unforgettable event.
- Price Range: $$$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Kosher Available, Liquor License, On the Water, Onsite Catering, Onsite Parking, Onsite Wedding Consultant, Outdoor Ceremony Area, Outdoor Reception Area, Tented Area, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: Up to 250
- Style: Museum/Gallery, Unusual/Alternative
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2010