We know, we know, your house or a family member’s house is usually the go-to for bridal showers. But what if you don’t have the space for it? Remember, when hosting a bridal shower you have to keep in mind the space needed for 10,20, or 30+ people, plenty of available bathrooms, not to mention a designated area for coats/purses, the bridal shower gifts, games, favors and food, as well as parking for everyone’s cars! Not everyone’s houses are ready or built to accommodate these needs which is why we have put together a list of alternative venues set in historic and beautiful Boston.
84 Beacon St. Boston, MA. 02108 || 617-227-9600
The Hampshire House, a turn-of-the-century Bostonian Mansion, has long been known as a popular private event spot for friends and family to host their intimate celebrations. It is located in historic Beacon Hill where you can enjoy views of the Boston Public Garden while you toast the bride-to-be. The Hampshire House offers distinctive menus, custom cakes, specialized decor, classic high-teas, and decadent desserts in addition to a tasteful brunch for a charmingly memorable bridal shower. Cozy up next to the fireplace as you mingle with guests and enjoy customized desserts and beverage menus tailored to your specific taste.
Boston College Club
100 Federal Street Boston, MA || 617.778.6841
Enjoy amazing 360 degree views on the 36th floor of the Boston College Club located in the heart of the financial district to gear up for the bride-to-be’s special day. This venue provides exquisite private dining rooms perfect for an intimate pre-wedding event or a large bridal shower. Their private events directors are more than happy and available to plan and help you every step of the way in order to make sure the event goes off without a hitch! From the beautiful private rooms, excellent staff, service, food, beverages and amazing view, guests will be sure to rave about this venue for years to come.
250 Franklin St, Boston, MA || 617.451.1900
This architectural landmark, located in Boston’s Financial District, presents a supreme blend of history, charm and sophistication. The Langham welcomes hosting special occasions from intimate private gatherings to extravagant, lavish events. Choose from multiple venues and opt for a personalized menu from the chef. Their polished aesthetic, contemporary New England Cuisine, Saturday chocolate bar, and renowned Sunday brunch are a few of the many reasons this elegant hotel is so popular for bridal showers.
300 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA || 781.270.0100 || Photo Courtesy of Andy Ryan
Located in Technology Square just steps away from Kendall and Central Squares, the Catalyst Restaurant offers several beautiful spaces to choose from for a bridal shower brunch. Their Fireplace Room is polished yet cozy with a custom wooden table in front of -you guessed it- a fireplace that accommodates up to 20 people. For a larger bridal shower party, there is the Watson Room that boasts extravagant floor-to-ceiling windows. From the flowers, to the menu, to the favors, the private dining manager is available and willing to work with you for a tasteful and memorable event the bride-to-be will love.
The College Club of Boston
44 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA || 617.536.9510
Not to be confused with the Boston College Club, this unique and historic venue is actually a quaint bed & breakfast located in the heart of Back Bay. Residing in one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Boston, The College Club of Boston is within walking distance of the Theater District, Beacon Hill, the Public Garden, Copley Square and a diversity of shops and restaurants. If some bridal shower guests are from out of town they can also enjoy the amenities and convenience of staying the night. Their stately rooms feature eighteen-foot ceilings and classic decor and the Executive Chef/Catering Director will work closely with you to design a custom menu, buffet or plated, perfect for the bride’s personal taste and budget.
80 Beverly St, Boston, MA || 617.933.8047
If you haven’t checked out this staple spot in Boston’s West End yet, now is the perfect opportunity. Not only is this venue a hip and trendy location for the contemporary bride-to-be, it is also a restaurant, music venue and winery - hence the name, City Winery. Their numerous private event rooms including the Tasting Room, The Gallery, and the Cellar Room can be tailored to accommodate any event, especially a charming and rustic-themed bridal shower. There is no better way to honor your wine-loving friend or loved one than at a fully functioning urban wine bar with unique locally made wine.
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