Bringing "Boston" Into Your Wedding

So, you’re having a Boston wedding and several of your guests are coming in from out of town and really looking forward to visiting the city.  You’ll need to do 2 things – first, get them excited about coming to Boston and second, incorporate Boston elements into a few features of your wedding.   You’re guests will love the little touches and they will make your guests feel as if they had a little weekend getaway to a great New England city.

Get Them Excited Right from the Beginning
Your family and friends have started to spread the word that you and your super-fantastic fiancé got engaged and a date has been set.  Rather than sending your run of the mill Save the Date card, get a little creative!  Incorporate the Boston skyline into your save the dates such as http://www.weddingcram.com/proddetail.htm?prod=mag-Boston-skyline-1 or http://www.magnetstreet.com/details/market/517/productId/32635

You could also incorporate the Boston skyline into your invitations (I wouldn’t suggest this if you do the Boston-themed save the dates or else you just have Boston overkill).  If your wedding reception has a great view of downtown Boston, this type of invitation is subtle yet ties the theme in nicely. 
http://www.mypersonalartist.com/product/view/boston-skyline-wedding-invitations.html 

Hotel Gift Bags
It’s your wedding weekend and the guests are checking into the hotels you have reserved room blocks in (you set up room blocks, right?) So, what do you include in the hotel bags?  There are the basics – bottled water, snacks, tissues, candy, etc.  But make it a Boston gift bag.  Include some of the following:

-Brochures of local activities such as Duck Boat tours, trolley tours, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, Children’s’ Museum, Boston walking maps, MBTA maps, and Sam Adams Brewery tours

-Boston restaurant information (tourist hot spots such as the Union Oyster House, North End restaurants, etc.)

-Information on last minute Red Sox and Celtics tickets

-Candy baked beans, candy lobsters, Red Sox cookies and other goodies you can find at http://www.massbaytrading.com

Rehearsal Dinner location
While this doesn’t affect all of your wedding guests, chose a location for your rehearsal dinner that is considered a Boston landmark.  It doesn’t have to be fancy, but there are definitely places that are known for being Boston hot spots. 

http://www.barkingcrab.com
Very casual and a great place to have a loud group.  Throw on some lobster bibs and you are good to go! 

http://spiritofboston.com/Boston/home and http://www.odysseycruises.com/Boston/home
What a great way to see the city!  Both dinner cruises can take parties of varying sizes (you will be sharing the boat with others, but you will have your own section).  If you are lucky and have great weather, guests can hang out on the outside decks and check out the city views.  Both vessels have entertainment so you can’t go wrong with a night of dinner and dancing.

http://www.northendboston.com
Italian food – good enough to please the pickiest eater and always a great crowd pleaser.  Depending on the size of your group, check out http://www.northendboston.com for restaurant listings.  A favorite is Ristorante Fiore (www.ristorantefiore.com) on Hanover Street.  They can accommodate groups 30-70, it’s centrally located in downtown Boston, it houses one of Boston’s best rooftop bars, and guests will love to check out the nearby dessert places afterwards. 

Favors
I am old school and believe you should always do a wedding favor.  It may seem like an unnecessary expense to some, but I truly feel it is a small gesture to say thank you to your guests for being a part of your big day.  Favors should also be per guest, not per couple, since you may have guests coming solo. 

-Canolis from Mike’s Pastry in a gift box and tied with ribbon in your wedding colors
http://www.mikespastry.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=M&Product_Code=CANNOLIYELLOW10CT&Category_Code=PAS
They will need to be refrigerated, so they would have to be brought out toward the end of the reception.  But seriously, who can resist those?

-Single serving bottles of wine or champagne from a local winery

-Red Sox souvenirs

-Boston magnets

-Boston holiday ornament

Food
Regardless of where your reception is being held, make sure you incorporate local favorites into your menu selection.  Even if only for the cocktail reception, choose local seafood so your guests get that true New England experience.

Photos
Looking for great places to have your wedding party photos taken?  Try the Boston Public Library, the Public Garden, Fenway Park, Boston waterfront in front of the Boston Harbor Hotel arch, Long Wharf, and Piers Park in East Boston.  Don’t forget, contact the locations prior to your wedding day to make appropriate arrangements.  This is especially important for the BPL, Public Garden, and Fenway Park (you weren’t really expecting to just walk into Fenway Park, were you?)

One Last Thought
When all of your planning is said and done, do something just for fun – a little something for you and your groom:  http://www.funweddingthings.com/item_1460/Wedding-Garter–Boston-Red-Sox-Bosox-Baseball-Themed.htm

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