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« on: January 13, 2006 07:41:02 AM »

OK. I know I'm flagrantly breaking the rules because this question is not exactly crafty... but can anyone suggest some wedding reception venues in eastern Massachusetts that have character but are not too fancy or pretentious?!
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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2006 11:43:07 AM »

my sister in law got married at the columbia cultural center in taunton.
they did it outside in the open-air ampitheater.
it was pretty cool. they had the reception inside.

it's in an industrial park but you'd never know it once you got there. it's very woody.
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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2006 01:55:58 PM »

I went to a beautiful wedding at the Harding Allen Estate in Barre, MA in Sept and another friend is getting married there this Sept! There were beautiful gardens, and they had an outdoor ceremony, then the reception was under a gorgeous tent. They hired a shuttle to bring people to stay over night in Worcester, about 20 mins away.
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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2006 07:51:04 PM »

I went to a cool wedding reception recently at Old Sturbridge Village. Not exactly eastern, but closeish. The DeCordova Sculpture Park is one of my favorite places, and would be a gorgeous setting, but is probably kind of expensive to rent.

And don't forget, we want photos!!
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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2006 08:14:39 PM »

The Larz Anderson Museum in Brookline has a really nice lawn area/building, but its kind of pricey.  They even used to have an ice skating rink, but I'm not sure if they still use it.

The DeCordova is nice, but pricier...

Really, any museum is fun to have an event at...ooo! The Fuller Craft Museum!  That would rock.
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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2006 07:26:08 PM »

Hi!
How about the Crane Estate here in loverly Ipswich? Its a bundle, but geeze, its so pretty. And I've seen everything work there from the ultra casual beach wedding to the oh so very propah "vow exchange". If you check it out, make sure you see all the potential spaces. I love the tavern, for instance.
By the way, fabulous website! Thanks for creating it!
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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2006 07:45:44 PM »

Not really eastern MA but, the Publick House in Sturbridge is BEAUTIFUL, I fell in love with furniture there (then I found out a relatives in law made it  Grin), and The Wachusett Village Inn in Westminster was really pretty and right off the highway (affordable too). Or you could do what I did and get married at Malden City Hall. Long story but it got the job done.  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2006 08:05:32 AM »

Leah, last year my husband and I went to his cousin's wedding at the Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton.  They had just opened up and it was amazing.  When my husband's aunt and uncle booked the place it wasn't even built yet, but luckily they had faith that it would be completed in time.  They made a great choice.  The food was amazing, and the facility was beautiful.  They have a huge deck that was covered and heated where the appetizers and cocktails were served. 

We stayed at the Westford Regency and our Aunt and Uncle had made arrangements for everyone to be bused to and from the reception.  It worked out great.  We had a great time and didn't have to worry about driving.

Here's the link:  http://www.gibbethillgrill.com/BGH/index.htm
I think that Wachusett Mountain also has wedding receptions.   

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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2006 09:07:40 AM »

I went to a beautiful wedding at the Harding Allen Estate in Barre, MA in Sept and another friend is getting married there this Sept! There were beautiful gardens, and they had an outdoor ceremony, then the reception was under a gorgeous tent. They hired a shuttle to bring people to stay over night in Worcester, about 20 mins away.

i went to a reception there last June - and I agree, it was beautiful, and the grounds were fantastic!  Lots of room, and lots of space to wander around.
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« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2006 08:35:25 AM »

Thank you for all the ideas everyone!
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