Weddings at Mount Auburn
Since 1831, Mount Auburn has played a unique role in celebrating the lives of those who have shaped our culture, our country, and our world. For generations couples have kindled their relationships strolling together throughout the many roads and paths of the Cemetery in a special communion with the living beauty of nature and the remembrance of those interred here. In the same way that so many relationships have blossomed within these gates, so do they end here, and couples often choose Mount Auburn as their final resting place. The fact that Mount Auburn remains a place teeming with this enchanting combination of natural and man-made beauty, tranquility and reflection, makes it an ideal place to nurture new relationships and to celebrate those already made.
Mount Auburn Cemetery offers two beautiful, historic chapels for your wedding ceremony. Bigelow Chapel comfortably seats 75 guests and is equipped with an organ. Renowned for its Gothic Revival style and rare Ballatine-Allen stained glass windows, the Chapel is a focal point of Mount Auburn Cemetery's vast and layered landscape, overlooking Asa Gray Garden. In front of this historic structure is the tranquil and spacious Victorian-inspired Bigelow Chapel Lawn, which is a charming setting for your wedding photographs.
The larger of the two chapels is Story Chapel, located across from Asa Gray Garden. Designed by the noted Boston architect Willard T. Sears, who also designed Fenway Court, the home and museum of Isabella Stewart Gardner, Story Chapel is a 15th-century English style chapel built of reddish-brown Potsdam sandstone and it comfortably seats 160 guests. The Chapel interior features stunning Gothic details, intricately-carved wood ceilings, and a 19th-century pulpit and pews. In addition, the Chapel offers a historic Hook & Hastings pipe organ, easy access for those with physical difficulties, and is air-conditioned.
If you prefer an outdoor setting for your ceremony Mount Auburn offers three of the Cemetery's most picturesque areas: Asa Gray Garden, Auburn Lake, and Washington Tower. All of these venues are focal points of the Cemetery and exemplify the captivating beauty of both the natural and ornamental landscape.
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Jessica · Married on 10/01/2016
I was so happy with the Mount Auburn Cemetery, Bigelow Chapel. This was the perfect space for our macabre wedding. The staff was very helpful to us when needing an area to change right before the ceremony, as well as during and after.
Kory · Married on 06/13/2014
Mt. Auburn Cemetery provides a planner, however on the big day, the things we "planned" were not held in effect. Originally, the ceremony was to be outside on the Chapel Lawn, due to the rain, we had to move inside the Chapel, which was convenient and flexible. This "planner" was very distracted and no where to be seen as far as offering help and direction to my attendants and guests. After the ceremony, the family was supposed to be held inside for photos, as discussed, while other guests were encouraged to explore the cemetery. THIS DID NOT HAPPEN. The planner ushered everyone out, and now I have NO FAMILY PHOTOS because she did not do what we had agreed on. The cemetery was an amazing venue, breathtaking and flexible to work with. DO NOT RELY ON THE PLANNER THEY PROVIDE FOR YOU.