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Elm Bank is a beautiful place. We stumbled across it after having looked at 20+ venues. Many of the venues in greater Boston are expensive (or are affordable but have mandatory, expensive catering). We wanted something classic but with a slightly rustic, vintage feel. Elm Bank has all of that. Romantic, beautiful gardens, an old estate, beautiful antique fountain, and a carriage house with gorgeous beams. Indoor and outdoor options--so great! We loved it from our first visit (we wished we had found it earlier)! As some other reviewers have mentioned, the venue is truly a blank slate. We really liked being able to handpick all of our vendors and have more control over the pricing and feel of our day; however, as some others have mentioned, there are some things that aren't included that are slightly frustrating: a dance floor and any chairs beyond standard, green conference chairs (you pay extra for those). It's a bit pricey, so it'd be great if they started to include those two standard wedding venue inclusions. If you are looking for a flexible, classic indoor/outdoor space with beautiful and whimsical touches-- and you are not afraid to put in some work--look no further!
Kayleigh Downey was a pleasure to work with. The gardens are absolutely beautiful and our guests were amazed with the location. We had an outdoor ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. Wheezie's garden is an amazing spot for cocktail hour. There was a great spot for a live band an plenty of space to mingle with guests. It was a great venue, we were very pleased.
We loved having our wedding at Elm Bank. We are still getting compliments about how beautiful the site was. Kayleigh was a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend visiting the grounds, the pictures do not do it justice!
Elm Bank at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society was the perfect place for our wedding. It was absolutely gorgeous, everyone that we worked with was so easy to work with and incredible friendly and helpful, Erin especially is great. The space really is a blank canvas, which we absolutely loved. It was a little pricey for the rental, as well as all of the other things that you have to get to go along with it (catering, linens, etc), but it is far from a cookie cutter venue and you can really customize it to have exactly what you want for you wedding. Absolutely beautiful and really unique venue. :)
Elm Bank at the Mass Horticultural Society is one of the most stunning wedding venues I've ever seen. My husband and I fell in love with it at first sight and we knew we had to get married there! It fit the casual elegant vibe we were hoping for perfectly. If you are up for a bit more work than a more typical venue or country club it can really be amazing. There was a bit of a turnover with wedding coordinators during our engagement but they remained responsive and professional. A list of recommended vendors is provided. You are stuck a little with transportation because there is a bridge to the venue with a weight limit- I would have preferred to use larger buses but we had to do 2 trips with a 28person bus. Your choice of caterer can guide you through most of the other rentals needed as this venue really is a blank slate. The gardens are so amazing. We had our ceremony in the Italiante Garden, which was really romantic. Cocktail hour was also outside in Wheezies Garden and guests could stroll from there to the carriage house on site for our reception. This building is beautiful and includes a permanent tent in the back where we sat a few tables and the bar. We fit 165 people comfortably. It looked even better where we did uplighting! If you are looking for a garden venue there is no place more beautiful around.
We can't say enough about the venue. The natural beauty of the Gardens at Elm Bank are unprecedented in high season. The service and flexibility were great. We wanted to make the most of the different Gardens and they allowed us the flexibility to do so. The venue was also very catering to all of our vendors and their schedules, which enabled a smooth event. We were so happy with the service delivered. They even had an attendant on site who helped our elderly guests get from the parking lots to the tent with golf carts. I would highly recommend this venue, not only for its incredible beauty but also for its service and flexibility.
Elm Bank is not only one of the prettiest venues in Massachusetts but the staff on site was always helpful during the planning phase but even more helpful the day of. Jen, the event coordinator, was so organized and responsive, anytime I had a question she would email back same day. The gardens were amazing for cocktail hour and the carriage house and tent were ideal for the reception dinner and dancing that came after. I honestly recommend the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, it was truly a beautiful event, I wouldn't have picked any other site.
My wedding was in May at Elm bank in Wellesley, MA. Jen, the function manager was amazing. She was extremely prompt in her emails to answer questions, offer suggestions and really help in any way that she could. The gardens are beautiful and the carriage house and tent are equally impressive. The only negative would be for $6,000 to rent the venue - you have the opportunity to pick from a handful of caterers. We found them to be pricey and not exactly what we were looking for. To hire a catering company off of the list, there is an additional charge of $1,000. All in all though, it was a beautiful venue with amazing staff. If I could do it over again, I wouldn't change a thing. :)
We had a great time working with the crew from Mass Hort. Our wedding was beautiful, and the great thing about this venue is that you have a lot of freedom.
Jen Courtney, the Functions coordinator at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, was a joy to work with. Even when we were not yet "clients" in our early stages of wedding planning, Jen treated us kindly, with professionalism, and promptness. The venue itself is breathtaking - guests will enter off of Route 16 in Wellesley to a long, winding drive lined with Elm trees and finally arrive at the parking lot where they can walk to any number of places where your Ceremony and Reception take place. We had both our Ceremony and Reception there and it was extremely easy for our guests - as well as for me planning it! Booking with Elm Bank is costly - don't get me wrong - but it comes with a dedicated coordinator (Jen), who yearly updates a list of only the best (seriously, they have all brides audit the vendors each year and only the best make the 'cut' to the next year) vendors listed and available for working with you on your wedding. This means that you will have your choice (and a big choice - there are tons of options!) of caterers (the biggest influence on your day) that know Elm Bank, Jen, and have done many events at the venue in the past. this also includdes trusted limo/transporation vendors, florists, design/up-lighting vendors, DJs, and an online group of current and previous "Elm Bank Brides" who can give you insight as to what to do, etc. Our wedding was in October and we had beautiful foliage and didn't do anything in terms of flowers for our Ceremony (in the Italianate Garden). The Hunnewell Carriage house is the most charming place to hold a Reception; our guests "oooh'd" and "ahhhh'd" at the entire venue all night long and we are still receiving compliments for how nice it was and well it highlighted New England (since most of our guests were from California and Minnesota). All in all, Elm Bank is a fantastic wedding venue - especially if you want to have your Ceremony & Reception in the same location. Jen is a fantastic point of contact!
The Massachusetts Horticultural Society is a stunning place to hold your wedding and reception. My fiance and I are not religious people at this point in our lives and so decided we should have our wedding ceremony outdoors. We could not have picked a more perfect New England venue than Elm Bank! Our guests were shuttled from downtown Boston through picturesque Wellesley and into the Reservation - during beautiful fall foliage. The grounds are immaculately maintained and inviting. The functions staff, namely Jen Courtney, are great to work with - Jen is extremely responsible, responsive, and helpful with all things wedding planning. It also helps that Mass Hort keeps a list of trusted caterers and other vendors on hand, and they actually re-evaluate the vendors EACH YEAR to ensure that couples getting married at Elm Bank are getting set up for nothing but the best in terms of service. I loved that as a venue, I simply paid a fee to them and had a reliable and trustworthy point of contact through the process - from there, we basically got to do whatever we wanted! We hired our caterer, brought in our own alcohol, rentals, DJ, florist, you name it - they had a list of prior partners on hand for us, but ultimately we could have chose whomever we wanted. The only down side is that the cost is a bit much for "just" a venue (especially if you are going to be doing the Ceremony in a church, say, and the Reception at Elm Bank). However, the ambiance is so remarkable and memorable for your guests, and as a couple, you will be treated with utmost respect, attention, and professionalism that it made the cost burden a lot more bearable. You and your guests will have great memories of your event at Elm Bank!
I got married at Elm Bank this past Saturday. As we sit in the airport waiting for our honeymoon flight, I'm still marveling at how wonderfully the day went. Before, during, and after the event, Jen was a joy to work with. She was consistently responsive with all questions, large and small. I have been consistently impressed by the value - it's pretty impressive that all of the gardens plus the Hunnewell building were included in the rental! The grounds and property are very well-kept as well - everything looked organic yet immaculate the day of the wedding. I can't imagine having our wedding anywhere else!
My husband and I recently had our wedding at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and we cannot say enough great things about this venue. First, the grounds are absolutely beautiful and incredibly well kept. The gardens really have an elegant, yet whimsical feel to them, which we fell in love with. We had our ceremony in the gardens and our reception in the carriage house, which had a/c and really high ceilings, and looked modern and recently updated. There was also a really nice tent attached the carriage house, where we put our bar, and were able to set it up similar to a lounge. They were great about having us bring in vendors to decorate both the carriage house and tent just as we wanted it. The tent was also a great back up plan in case it did rain, but fortunately we were able to have the ceremony outside as we had planned.
Secondly, the Functions Manager, Jen, was absolutely wonderful to work with. She was super responsive, sweet, and very easy to get in touch with. Jen was very knowledgeable about many different vendors in the area. I always felt that she made it a priority to address any questions or requests we had in a timely manner. She went above and beyond to make things easy for us in terms of our planning!
The day of the wedding, there was a staff member there to assist. He was so helpful throughout the day between bringing older guests around from ceremony to reception in golf carts and different things that arose. He was willing to help with whatever we needed!
This was the perfect place for us to have our wedding! Our guests seemed to love it too! Throughout the wedding, our family and friends kept coming up to us and asking us how we found this place, telling us how much they loved it and how beautiful and unique it was. Our experience with this venue was amazing from start to finish! I would most definitley recommend the Massachusetts Horticultural Society!!
This site is a gorgeous place to have a wedding reception. We set up the Honneywell building, the tent attached, and the space right outside the Honneywell building in a lounge type of seating - with couches and Indian Khattlas everywhere. It was really picturesque.
Throughout the process of trying to pull this vision of a wedding off, the staff at MASS Hort - particularly Jenn Courtney - was phenomenal. Jenn is really accommodating and will try to do her best in helping you achieve your vision. On a number of occasions, she helped hook us up with the right vendors and even called them back to ensure everything was in order. This is not what typically venue vendors do, unless they are being paid. Jenn has a really respectful and humane way of dealing with you; and that's not often the case in this kind of business.
I would do a wedding at this venue a hundred times over.
We couldn't have been happier that we chose to have our wedding at Elm Bank! It is SUCH a special venue - our guests are still talking about how gorgeous and special it was! We were a little nervous that with 225 guests it would be a tight fit, but everything fit perfectly. We held the ceremony in the Italiante Garden and then seated guests in both the Carriage House and tent for the reception, with the band and dance floor right in the middle of the Carriage House. It didn't feel crowded at all - except, happily, on the dance floor! Elm Bank does take a little more effort and cost than a hotel or another full service venue because you do have to bring everything in - but it is 100% worth it to have such a special wedding! We also can't say enough about Jen Courtney - she was so organized and responsive and just such a pleasure to work with!
We just had our daughter's wedding at Elm Bank and there aren't enough superlatives to describe what a beautiful site this is to hold a wedding. From our first visit to the wedding weekend, the functions manager responded to all of our questions and followed up in a timely manner. We had a fall wedding and the grounds were a glorious backdrop to our outdoor ceremony. We had a large tent in the Maple Grove which was the perfect site for the vision my daughter had for her wedding. However, I have been to Elm Bank during every season and the grounds are always beautiful. There is ample parking and it is easy to find from anywhere in the Boston vicinity. We had out-of-town guests at two nearby hotels.