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We looked as several museums and libraries in the greater Boston area, but when we walked into the Peabody Essex Museum, my fiance and I looked at each other and said YES at the same time.
Not only is the PEM a beautiful space and an amazing musuem, but their wedding coordinator, Natalia, and her PEM colleagues were immensely helpful. We felt that our thoughts were heard, ideas were offered, communication was easy, and the PEM made it easier for us to create our special day.
Enter our wedding day - it could not have been more perfect. We were married in the East India Marine Hall, cocktail hour was in the atrium spine, and our reception was in the atrium. Every detail had been mapped out to maximize flow of people and attention, and time for food, dancing, visiting, and special moments. Our guests had a wonderful time because the PEM took such great care to make it awesome - and everyone commented that the wedding was so "us".
We used the Hawthorne Hotel Caterers who worked seamlessly with the PEM, and the food was fabulous. What an amazing staff they have, too!
I cannot recommend this venue enough - for both ceremony and reception.
The best part is that when you have a wedding at the PEM, you have to become a member ($100 well spent!). We've already attended special events as members, and since the wedding we've been recognized and congratulated by several of the PEM staff. It feels like "our" museum in a way, in that we created a wonderful set of memories and get to walk back through them together every time we visit.
You can't go wrong with the PEM. Love you guys!
My wedding at the PEM was everything I could have hoped for and more! Natalia is amazing to work with, extremely helpful in every aspect of the wedding planning process.
Everyone is ver professional and work hard to make the wedding day go smoothly (which mine did! :) )
The pictures you will get from using the PEM as your wedding venue are worth a million dollars. It is just stunning there! The rooms transform but still keeps the museums natural beauty present. I would HIGHLY recommend every bride to have their wedding at the PEM, it was an absolute dream
Amazing venue, staff, and event planner! Natalia was wonderful throughout the planning process, and the day of. She made us feel relaxed, and helped make our wedding day more than we could ever dream of. The venue is a standout- you really can't go wrong!
The Peabody Essex Museum, and in particular our wedding coordinator Natalia Laskaris, did a superb job in helping our dream wedding come true. My wife Jen and I had hoped to be married in a museum given that I proposed to her in one. From the get-go Natalia and the staff of PEM were diligent, courteous, and thorough in making sure all our questions were answered and our needs were met. The result was a stunning occasion - one that left guests in awe of the venue and its overall ambiance.
When searching for a wedding venue, my (now) husband and I knew we wanted a location that was unique. We had visited Salem previously and loved the city. It was not too far away from Boston, and provided out of town guests a nice weekend away. Also, we were both huge art fans, having got engaged at another art museum. Holding our wedding at the Peabody Essex Museum was a no brainer. The venue is truly stunning. We had our ceremony, cocktails, and reception all the museum. The ceremony was in the Atrium, cocktails in the Bartlett & Copeland galleries, and the reception in the East India Marine Hall. Each space flowed very well into the other. In addition to the beautiful location, the staff at the Peabody Essex Museum were fantastic. Natalia was great to work with. She was always available for questions, as well as multiple site visits with various family members. Also, we worked with the in-house caterer, Hawthorne Catering. Working with both the Hawthorne and the Peabody Essex Museum, made planning effortless. These two team up so well together, as the bride, I didn’t have to worry about the details. They are a class A act. Thank you to Natalia and the Peabody Essex Museum, for making our wedding a truly memorable amazing event. I couldn’t of dreamed of anything better!
The museum and the team worked all year leading up to our wedding to make it the most spectacular night. Natalia was a dedicated and amazing coordinator. She genuinely wanted our night to be perfect. We also received a lot of feedback from our guests. Regarding the museum, we had multiple people remark on how it was the most amazing venue they have ever been in for a wedding - it also captured our personalities perfectly. We used East India Marine Hall for the ceremony, the spine for cocktail hour and the Atrium for our reception. Natalia worked very hard to accommodate our large number and in the end, it seemed a lot more spacious than we had anticipated, including the dance floor. We also worked with the electrician at the museum to make our lighting and projections perfect. Thanks Henry! The caterer/venue relationship was very noticeable because it was seamless. Communication with our photographer and DJ beforehand and during was amazing and helped the outcome to be as great as it was.
The PEM Is amazing and so is Natalia and her staff at the museum along with the Hawthorne's staff and catering. It was the most perfect night. Everyone was happy and all the details and planning paid off beyond my imagination. The pre wedding meeting was great and so helpful because they knew exactly what I wanted and planned it all perfectly. When I saw the East India Marine room done up for my wedding I was speechless. it was as though I had set it up myself because it was just as perfect as I wanted it to me. Natalia was so accommodating and helpful. I could go on and on but you just need to see the room to know how beautiful it is. My guests all raved about it that it was like being in a time warp and just not having to think about anything because there was so much to see and look at. I am still reliving the night and so happy!
We held our wedding at PEM in August of 2015 (with Hawthorne Catering) and we were so happy with the venue and its team. The museum itself is so unique and we loved that we could have a modern look at cocktail hour in the Atrium and then a more traditional but still interesting look in East India Marine Hall for the Reception. We also took pictures in the Asian Garden which look fantastic. It's such a great venue in that it's sophisticated but not stuffy and there is lots for your guests to look at. Plus there are a number of hotels, b&bs and churches within walking distance. But even more importantly, their team is awesome. Natalia is so friendly, so organized and so helpful - I felt like I was in great hands from the start and she happily put up with my many post-it notes and directions for the day of the wedding. She was always quick to respond to my questions and coordinated everything perfectly the day of so I had nothing to worry about. Jen and the rest of her team also made sure everything ran smoothly all night and even noticed that I left my grandmother's pin on my bouquet and put it aside for me at the end of the night. Once we looked at PEM we knew it was the spot for us and we were thrilled with the way everything turned out!
Natalia and her staff were so helpful throughout all the planning and the night of everything ran so smoothly. We loved how the museum offered a unique experience for our guests and a million different photo opportunities for us. The food from Hawthorne was really good and the vendors all work so well together. I would choose them all over again in a heartbeat.
The venue, the staff (Natalia, Liz), are all of the utmost quality. Our guest list consisted of folks from all over the world (fact, not bragging) and almost each and every one of them were more than politely effusive of the Museum as a perfect place to celebrate a wedding. They led us gently through the entire process; were there for us when we had questions or concerns; and they dealt with all concerns in a precise and rational manner, all the while keeping an anxious family (us) on a steady and excited keel.
And the final setup was BREATHTAKING. Truly special.
Hosted a fabulous event at the PEM and had a great experience working with Natalia. It’s an amazingly unique venue and the staff made planning our event so easy. Our guests raved about the location and every detail that was handled to perfection. Its also a great value and they work with terrific vendors. Highly recommend!
OK first of all, I was a big ol' dummy and thought getting married in FEBRUARY in NEW ENGLAND would not be a problem, weather-wise. Planning the wedding up until that point had been a breeze, with Natalia (our wedding coordinator) basically being a reassuring big sister the whole way through. Unfortunately, the weather turned abysmal and we were on pins and needles, wondering if we'd have to cancel our dream wedding due to the snow. However! True to form, and exceeding our expectations, the PEM and Natalia came through, generously allowing guests to use staff parking when a parking ban went into effect. All our guests had a wonderful time, and were totally unaware of the blizzard conditions outside! The only major snafu was our wedding cake collapsing (through no fault of the PEM or Hawthorne Catering staff!), and even then, every single PEM/Hawthorne representative was calm, cool, and collected.
The PEM is an amazing wedding and reception venue - we had lots of options to choose from when it came to lighting, linens, and space. Everything was beautiful, and perfect, and I couldn't have asked for a better wedding. ALSO NATALIA IS THE GREATEST.
This venue could not have been more perfect!
Our wedding was absolutely perfect thanks to the Peabody Essex Museum. A truly unique venue and so wonderful to work with. Natalia the event coordinator made planning fun and easy and all of the staff at the PEM the day of the wedding were extremely professional, friendly, and helpful. Our guests raved about the museum. We highly recommend the PEM for a wedding or event!
We recently had our wedding this past September at the Peabody Essex Museum. Our ceremony was held in the East India Marine Hall followed by cocktail hour in the atrium spine and the reception in the atrium. Everything was absolutely perfect and exceeded our expectations. Natalia, the special events coordinator is an absolute dream to work with. From the first email I ever sent her to the minute I walked down the aisle she was available to answer all of my questions. Working with her made our wedding planning absolutely stress-free.
The PEM is a spectacular wedding venue. If you are looking for some place unique, look no further. It will certainly be a wedding to remember!
From the day my husband and I first looked at PEM to our wedding day our expectations were always surpassed. Natalia Laskaris is the event coordinator- she is helpful, efficient and exudes competence. We liked her as much as the venue! We knew we could trust them for our wedding day. The rooms and staff were perfect on our wedding day. If I was planning my wedding again I would 100% still pick PEM. (note we had our ceremony at the Immaculate Conception Church and our cocktail hour and reception at PEM).