The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
The Grand Ballroom acts as the main reception space, as well as an optional indoor ceremony space. The luxurious space features grand windows with stunning views of town common in Topsfield's historic district, as well as modern amenities for comfort. Maple flooring, high ceilings, Swarovski crystal chandeliers, towering columns, gold Chiavari chairs, fireplace and crown molding are just a few of the features utilized to create an inviting and elegant reception space.
Catering and bar services are offered on-site, so couples are able to work with their personal event coordinator on all aspects of their wedding day.
What You Should Know
The Commons 1854 offers a comprehensive wedding package that includes all taxes and fees for all aspects of the wedding, including the ceremony, reception, catering and bar services. All catering and bar services must be provided by the venue, and the venue must approve all decorations. Wedding start times are flexible, but events must conclude by 11:30 p.m.
Catering prices are per person, and options include plated, buffet, stations and hors d'oeuvres. Prices include servers and cake cutting services and bar service fees include a bartender. Rehearsal dinner options are also available with plated, buffet, stations and hors d'oeuvres options available. Couples must meet a 75-guest minimum for weddings hosted at The Commons 1854.
The Commons 1854 is wheelchair accessible, and parking is available in a large on-site lot. Other perks include:
- Bridal suite
- Personal event planning
- Lighting and sound services
- Liability insurance
- Ceremony arch
- Outside vendors are allowed
- Catering and bar services are on-site
- Dance floor
- Coat check room
- Champagne toast
From the Vendor
Weddings | Special Events | Catering
Located in the heart of historical Topsfield, The Commons 1854 is the most awarded venue North of Boston since 2007. Through careful restoration, this historic venue has retained the charming flavor of the 19th century while adding all of the modern amenities. A quick gander through the impeccably, decorated interior, you’ll quickly learn of its’ sparkling white porcelain flooring, lavish crystal chandeliers and dynamite services. It would be our pleasure to reveal how our team of wedding professionals can turn your dreams into a reality. We invite you to tour our establishment to see the magic for yourself! Inquire today and book a tour with us to begin planning a celebration of a lifetime.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Ballroom, Garden, Estate, Historic Venue
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Planning, Service Staff
I feel so fortunate that I was able to have our wedding reception at The Commons 1854. This beautiful, historic venue is straight out of a fairy tale, with a grand ballroom that gleams with gold and the sparkle of incredible crystal chandeliers. However, what truly makes the Commons 1854 the best wedding venue on the North Shore is its team of amazing wedding consultants. We had the pleasure of working directly with the owner, Kristi Martino, throughout the planning process. She helped us plan for every detail based on the packages we chose from their wealth of options. This venue is perfect for a Type-A bride like me who was slightly overwhelmed by the wedding planning process, because The Commons 1854 takes care of so many important aspects of the wedding day themselves. The tables, chairs, linens, food, and bar are all taken care of in house. They coordinate seamlessly with other vendors, including the band/DJ, florist, photographer, videographer, and more. We had our ceremony at a different location, but they have a beautiful garden for outdoor ceremonies or they can hold the ceremony in the ballroom as well. Kristi and her team are so respectful of every family’s budget, and they never tried to upsell or charge us for something we did not want or need. If we asked for her opinion about a certain option, she didn’t automatically suggest the most expensive option. She thoughtfully reflected on what would be best for our guests based on the decisions we had made so far. We appreciated her honesty and expertise so much! The food at The Commons 1854 is absolutely spectacular. It was so difficult to select our choices for hors d’oeuvres, salad, main entrees, dessert, and late night snack because all of the choices were so delicious! Our guests had to stop themselves from ruining their appetites for dinner by eating too many of the fantastic cocktail hour passed hors d’oeuvres. Many of our guests came from Maryland, home to the best crab cakes in the country, and they all raved about the crab cakes at The Commons 1854. When we unexpectedly had some guests who requested vegan entrees, the owner and executive chef, Frank, accommodated their request with truly gourmet cuisine. Frank gave our guests so many personal touches through the artistry of his cooking that made them feel like they were eating at a gourmet restaurant, not a wedding reception. I know my husband says he dreams about the delicious beef tenderloin he had for his entrée! My mom and I had many personal touches to add to the décor at our wedding, which required a lot of set up and break down time for our wedding coordinators, Maura and Kristi, but they happily executed our every request. During the reception, Maura and Kristi attended to my husband and I diligently, making sure we stayed hydrated, had something to eat, and were enjoying and soaking up every moment of our day. At the end of the night, they told us not to worry about coming back to pick up all of our décor and other items until Monday because they did not have an event scheduled for the following day. This helped us to fully enjoy our entire wedding weekend, which we appreciated so much. We truly could not have hoped for a more beautiful and accommodating venue for our wedding day. Kristi, Frank, Maura, and their entire team gave us our dream wedding.
I just recently had my wedding at The Commons 1854 on April Fools Day. The joke shouldn't be lost on you- it clearly isn't on us. Kristi, Johanna and the team at the venue were impeccable from START to FINISH. Our April Fools Movie themed wedding was a complete success and all of our guests are still raving about it days later! The venue is gorgeous, the staff was always available to help out and then there is the food. We were mesmerized by the food at the tasting. The day of food was even better than the tasting. Their lead chef and his team delivered first class elegance and taste. I hope I get a chance to attend an event here as a guest next to get the full scope- however, I will look back at The Commons fondly for the beautiful dream-like day they helped make a reality.
The Commons was the most perfect place for our winter wonderland wedding! The place is gorgeous in itself, the food is amazing and the staff is top-notch. The whole staff was so great to work with and paid attention to every detail for our ceremony to our reception. We couldn't be happier. The uplighting and decor went perfectly with our theme and they are so accommodating and professional. I wish our wedding was longer because it was prefect. I can't say enough about this place and the owners and staff. Our guest raved about the wedding and the venue! You won't be sorry if you have your wedding here and work with Kristi, Gianna, Johanna, Frankie and the whole staff! They are amazing! Thank you all for making our wedding day perfect!
Heavenly! My daughter's wedding of September of 2016 was held at The Commons 1854, and it was perfect! The function hall is gorgeous - all wood floors (we didn't want any carpeting), beautiful tall windows with gorgeous drapery, smooth, calm paint on the walls. I am of Italian heritage and food is very, very important;bad food can break an event for me. No worries - the food was fantastic. The staff was very attentive, (including the wait staff), very helpful, and very accessible. They understand the stresses of a wedding. They have a fabulous checklist and would email my daughter to be sure she was on task. The ceremony was held outside in their beautiful garden. As an aside: we had looked in the Boston area and not only were the prices exorbitant, but they all included a 20% admin fee, then included that in the tax. We added Chinese lanterns, a cannoli table, coffee bar and extra hors d'oeuvres for our guests, and it was still less than Boston prices. I have a few friends who had been to weddings there and they had told me I would love it and be very happy. They were so right. My only problem? I want to do it all over again!
Our winter wedding at The Commons was even better than I could have imagined. You know how people are always saying, "expect something to go wrong on your wedding day"? Not at The Commons! Everything was flawless, from the lighting to the food to the pacing of the night. Our guests commented on how smoothly everything went and how efficient the venue was in every way. The food was absolutely outstanding, and Johanna, our coordinator, was a professional at every turn. I had a lot of questions during the year leading up to the wedding, and Johanna was always prompt and pleasant in her replies. I cannot recommend The Commons highly enough - they made our night absolutely perfect!
We had our reception at the Commons September 17, 2016 - I cannot rave enough about this AMAZING venue. First off, it is BEAUTIFUL - we did an indoor/outdoor cocktail hour and had the reception upstairs. Johanna was our coordinator and was the best - from all of our pre-wedding meetings to the day of she was excellent, everything ran smoothly, she kept a great timeline, all the decor turned out exactly how I wanted - she was so professional and made sure the day was exactly how we wanted it. One example: we had about 180 guests and knew most of our crowd would be on the dance floor most of the night - Johanna suggested we break down two tables after dinner to open up the dance floor (something I would have never thought of) honestly, I did not even notice the team moving the tables AT ALL! They must have gotten everything moved in a matter of 30 seconds - and it worked out perfectly - plenty of room for dancing! The Commons food is delicious!! Guest are still raving about the filet mignon and the chicken florentine dishes we chose. For entertainment we had a live band - having them on the stage at the Commons was perfect Overall I cannot say enough great things about the wedding. I was nervous before about the size of our guest list, but the ballroom accommodated for our 180 guests perfectly. Throughout the entire planning process Johanna + the Commons team were so helpful, we could tell they really cared about us personally and our vision for the day. They made excellent suggestions and made sure we had thought about everything and all the little details. Definitely go with the Commons for your venue - I would not have wanted our wedding reception to be anywhere else !!
My husband and I could not have asked for a better venue. Not only did we feel super comfortable with our coordinator (Gianna) but everyone made us feel welcome as if it was our home. We got both the elegance of a venue and a rustic feel to it all I one which was what we wanted. All staff members worked very hard throughout the planning process along with the actual wedding night. As nervous as we both were for our big day, each staff member made it less stressful for us all. The most amazing part was having all our guests say how great the food was, in fact the best they've had at a wedding. I had quite a few guests comment on how they'd like to get married at the Commons as well. Our day was so perfect and The Commons 1854 could not have done a better job!!!
It all started when my mom and I did our first meeting, I remember the owner was so friendly and pretty much hand feeding us samples of food. I even went home with a little sample platter! I was impressed then and everything got better and better! Gianna, our wedding coordinator, was absolutely amazing. Every staff member we encountered was so nice and you can really tell they enjoy where they work...which says a lot about the owners! The food was amazing, the gelato bar was by far my favorite!
We had our wedding here and it couldn't have been more perfect. The venue is so gorgeous and they are continuously making updates to the venue to keep everything looking great. Johanna was amazing helping us plan and on the day of she made everything run smoothly behind the scenes. We wouldn't have changed a thing and are so happy we got married here!
I am completely happy with every detail from day one upto the day of the wedding! The venue offers elegance in a relaxed atmosphere. Kristi was amazing as of all the support staff. They excelled in every expectation. Thank you so much for making it effortless!
I can't say enough good things about the entire staff at The Commons 1854. They hosted our wedding last weekend and did an amazing job. Everyone there was very attentive throughout the whole process. From the initial visit, to the moment we walked to our car at the end of the wedding night, they were asking if they could do anything else for us. We worked mostly with Johanna who was amazing. She was a very calming presence during an otherwise busy wedding day. Not only did she guide us every step of the way, but she just knows what you need, before you know you need it. I remember clearly at the end of the night when all the guests were saying goodbye and leaving, I must have hugged and said goodbye to almost 60 people in 20 minutes. Naturally I was exhausted from the day's events and dancing etc.. As I said goodbye to the last person, I turned around and there was Johanna with a big smile and a glass of water waiting for me. She just knew that's what I needed !!! Everyone at The Commons 1854 was great. The wait staff during the night was extremely attentive, professional and helpful. The building itself is beautiful and newly renovated, but all the while keeping its historic charm. All of our guests commented on how beautiful the venue was and how great the food and services were. I highly recommend this venue. Heather and Nathan
The Commons was incredible! From soup to nuts, they were on everything. Leading up to the big day, Kristi, Kelly, and Johanna were attentive, responsive, and adaptive. On the actual day, Johanna went above and beyond to make sure my groom and I were fully taken care of. Everywhere we looked she had a solution and made sure each and every big moment of the day went off without a hitch. It was truly a perfect venue and staff!
Perfect december wedding!Reviewed on 1/06/2016 Lindsay M
I got married early in december and our wedding was amazing!! It is a beutiful venue for winter weddings!! Johanna was such a pleasure to work with. She was always available by phone and email throughout our planning process and was always willing to give her opinion when asked which was extremely helpful! She met with us as many times as we needed as well. Everyone at our reception was great and helped make it the best night of our life. We got so many compliments about the food, which is a big reason we chose this venue. We had 165 people and we felt like this was a great amount for the space. I think if you are looking to have a good size dance floor and not feel too crowded during cocktail hour 200 people (the venues max) would be too many. I would (and have already) recommended this venue to anyone looking in the area!
Dream WeddingReviewed on 12/29/2015 Skyler M
Choosing The Commons was the best decision! The ambiance was amazing (amber up lighting for the ceremony and I chose light blue for the reception) and the food was perfect! The staff is the best and Kelly was truly a God send! Her personality complemented ours perfectly and her calm demeanor put me at ease! She even performed surgery on my bouquet when my flowers showed up looking completely different than I had asked for. She went above and beyond what I would have expected! Kristi and Johanna were great the whole time leading up to the wedding, planning and accommodating me when I had to change appointment times and make changes to the final invoice. A couple times during the reception I just looked around and couldn't believe this beautiful wedding was mine! Everyone had a great time, enjoyed and raved about the food, and were in awe of the beauty of the venue! The perfect day!! P.s. The cost is surprisingly reasonable compared to many more traditional venues around.
Fantastic WeddingReviewed on 12/02/2015 Julia M
Our wedding was on October 31st, mainly because we were looking for a fall date not specifically for Halloween. After the year plus of prep I can say the night went pretty much exactly how we would have wanted it, and a lot of that was due to The Commons. Since they do it every week, they've got it down. Initial meetings and planning happen when you book then you'll have some downtime, in the weeks before the wedding you'll be working on all the finer details, selecting food, alcohol, etc. They were flexible with our food selections and the fact that they can get basically any kind of beer was awesome. People are still telling us the food was the best wedding food they've ever had, especially the beef. It was cooked perfectly, they just did a great job. We also went with the ice cream sundae bar and espresso/cappuccino bar.....both great choices. We held off on up lighting which turned out fine. Bottom line, you will not go wrong if you choose The Commons. They will help make sure the night goes smooth, and your guests will be telling you what a fantastic time they had.
The Commons 1854Reviewed on 11/30/2015 Lauren C
I couldn't recommend The Commons 1854 highly enough for a wedding venue - everything about the venue was perfect for our wedding day. From the moment we walked in and met with Kristi, my husband and I knew this was the place for our wedding, and we have heard from many of our guests since, that this was "the best wedding ever!" - even one of our vendors! The Commons is absolutely beautiful inside and out, and we loved the idea of having our ceremony & reception in one place and were able to have our ceremony and cocktail hour outside in the beautifully upkept garden, complete with one of my favorite details - a little rock & water feature. Kristi made the whole process of planning every last detail easy and as stress free as planning a wedding can be. All of the staff at The Commons were extreamly professional, friendly and went above and beyond to keep not only us, but all of our guests happy. One of the biggest selling points for us was the food. My husband is a professional chef and had a nice time talking menus and foodstuffs with Kristi, and most importantly, the vendors that supply the food. After our first meeting with Kristi, he said to me "I know all the vendors they use, and it is nothing but top grade stuff." So, we knew the food would be good - but had no idea as to how good, until we attended the tasting. We were very excited with the menu selections and flavor combinations - with details to taste and texture. We quickly decided on what our selections would be for our big day - and we were very pleased, as was all of our guests, several months later and they are still talking about how delicious the food was! We had a perfect evening and didn't even have to worry about anything - everything was taken care of from the moment we arrived. We just had to show up and let Kristi run the show - everything went so smoothly that we hardly knew she was even there. If you are looking for a beautiful venue, with delicious food & professional, accomodating staff, and don't have to do anything but have a great time, I would highly recommend The Commons 1854.
We could not have chosen a more perfect venue for our August wedding. The grounds were perfect for the ceremony - the space comfortably held our 170 guests but still provided an intimate feel like we had wanted. The cocktail hour was fantastic - guests were able to mingle outside & in the gorgeously renovated lower level. The reception was just perfect - I had two concerns as the wedding date neared - seating guests on the balcony and the size of the dance floor - neither were a problem! Choosing the right crowd for the balcony left for a fun party during dinner up there & the dance floor was perfect for the 90% of guests that danced for 2+ hours! Food & Drink were just amazing - absolutely not "wedding food" - it was all delicious! Still having friends & family tell me about the fun apps, the great signature cocktails, the delicious salad and the STEAK! Our pictures had the best back drop - the ceremony grounds, the barn and the Commons were just gorgeous and perfectly fit the rustic chic theme we wanted. Last & definitely not least, we 100% echo all of the positive reviews in regards to professionalism of the staff - Kristi & Frank were so wonderful to work with when booking the venue & Johanna is a PRO - she does not miss a beat. Each meeting with her was efficient, positive and her follow up is quick & reliable. The day of was so smooth! So many friends had warned me to "plan for things to go wrong" - and nothing did. Johanna was one step ahead of everything. Thank you Johanna, Kristi & Frank for an absolutely perfect day!
A Fairytale WeddingReviewed on 10/25/2015
I was so pleased my daughter and her then fiancee selected The Commons 1854 for their venue for their ceremony and reception. When my husband and myself met with Kristi (the owner) for the first time, we got a good feeling and knew when we put our trust in Kristi and her staff, especially Johanna, we were in great hands. The Commons 1854 is a lovely, beautiful building inside and out. We were blown away at the tasting, which is called a "mock wedding". We were served as if we were guests at another couple's wedding. Great idea and separates the Commons from other venues. The day of the wedding was fabulous. The entire wedding party was treated like royalty, the food was exceptional. I highly recommend the Commons 1854. You won't be disappointed.
Amazing wedding venue!!!Reviewed on 10/25/2015 Kayla M
The Commons was everything we could have asked for and more. First off, the venue is simply stunning. We fell in love with the space the minute we saw it. It has been renovated recently and has a wonderful downstairs for cocktail hour and upstairs for the reception is simple yet elegant. The food is the best wedding food we have ever tasted and we are still receiving many compliments from our guests on the caliber of the food. However, in my mind what stands out most about the Commons is the service. We cannot say enough good things about the wedding coordinators Johanna and Kelly, they are amazing. They were very responsive and easily reachable by phone and email. Everyone was flexible and did all they good to accommodate any special requests we had to make our day special. On the night of the wedding Johanna was there every minute to assure nothing went astray. She made sure the wedding party was situated with drinks and appetizers and made sure the night went smoothly. We had our dream wedding thanks to everyone at the Commons, we couldn't have asked for anything more. I would recommend this venue to anyone wanting to get married in New England.
The Commons makes your dream wedding come true!Reviewed on 10/25/2015 Tania M
The Topsfield Commons made our wedding absolutely perfect, better than perfect!! It was honestly the best day of our lives. From day one of visiting with Frank, Kristi & Johanna and seeing the venue we knew we wanted to pick it as our wedding venue. Throughout our wedding planning process, Johanna was always a pleasure to work with and she was so quick to respond to any questions I had during the process, even would provide great suggestions as well. The day of our wedding was amazing from the most delicious appetizers & food, bar services, such professional services throughout the night, decorations set up exactly how we wanted and enjoying time at the most beautiful venue! The Topsfield Commons exceeded our expections. Johanna was great from the second we arrived at the Commons. She provided us our signature drinks, hot appetizers as we arrived and was so attentive to us all night. She was even there when I needed bobby pins to touchup my hair. The whole night went so smooth and I didn't have a worry at all and was able to enjoy myself all night because I knew I had the best team at the Commons making everything perfect for us. Johanna is so talented at what she does and really made our wedding day the best day of our lives. My husband and I can't say enough good things about the Commons. We were so happy with everything and they made our wedding dream come true!!
The Perfect Wedding Venue!Reviewed on 10/24/2015 Katherine B
From the moment we stepped into the Topsfield Commons, we knew it was the perfect venue for us! The Commons not only has ideal New England charm, but also an elegant vibe. It was recently renovated with beautiful chandeliers, curtains, and floors adding a fabulous chic vibe. The entire Commons staff was welcoming from the first day we initiated our interest in the venue, and they were more than helpful throughout our entire wedding planning process. We live in Chicago, IL and Kristi and Johanna were available via email, phone and Skype any time we had questions (and yes, we had a lot!). Johanna was our wedding coordinator and she was AMAZING. Johanna is one of the most professional and organized people we have ever met and her level of experience/expertise was truly reflected during our time working with her. On our wedding day, Johanna made sure everything flowed smoothly to make sure we did not have to think about anything other than having a fabulous wedding day. She went above and beyond to make the event PERFECT for us. Our guests can’t stop talking about how much fun they had at our wedding and how it is one of the best they have ever been to! We have received rave reviews about the food, décor and the charm of the venue itself! One other positive about the venue is that it is very reasonably priced compared to other venues, which allowed us to stay within our budget. We can’t say enough wonderful things about the Topsfield Commons and we would highly recommend this venue to any couple looking to get married in the New England area!
Commons 1854Reviewed on 10/23/2015 ALICIA M
My wedding was this past June.. everything from my first meeting up until my wedding went great! the food was excellent along with the venue beautiful pictures and my guests kept saying it was the best wedding they have ever been too! The Commons does an excellent job they really listen to every detail my wedding day was perfect thanks to them!
I never dreamt that we would get married somewhere like The Commons. We had a last minute venue crisis and ended up using The Commons by our very luckiest of stars!!! They were outstanding, so kind and accomodating and full of helpful and knowledgeable ideas. We had the most amazing day and Kelly our day of coordinator was an angel. I hope to be able to use their amazing facilities in the future and would recommend (and already have) this venue to anyone!! Happiest bride ever!!
Had my wedding in August - Johanna and Marla were so easy to work with and very professional. They made me feel comfortable, and I was confident that everything would be taken care of. Food was AMAZING, excellent service. I was super happy with how everything turned out.
I was in a particularly interesting situation - I currently live in Seattle but my fiancé and I grew up north of Boston. With all of our family living there, we decided to do the wedding back east and, rather blindly, chose The Commons as our venue. Based on pictures and feedback from friends who had either had weddings or been to a wedding there, we loved how it didn't feel like a typical country club or hotel style wedding venue. Let me tell you that the venue itself is GORGEOUS (it underwent a major overhaul in March with new paint, light fixtures, carpeting... its stunning) and the staff was amazing. Johanna, my wedding planner, worked with me any way she could to ensure that I felt rest assured things were going smoothly from 3000 miles away. When my big day finally came, the venue was perfect, the food was phenomenal, Johanna kept us and our guests on schedule to the minute, and the staff was accommodating and pleasant the entire night. Obviously I am biased, but it was the best night of my life. I am still having guests reach out to us about how wonderful the food was and how it was one of the best put together weddings they had ever been to. I would highly recommend them!!