Weddings

New England Aquarium

Boston, MA View map Visit website
Rating 4.8 out of 5
   62 reviews
Guests 50 to 225

About

Guests 50 to 225

The New England Aquarium delivers one of the most unique wedding venues in Boston, Massachusetts. The aquarium is located on the Boston Harbor, offering a waterfront destination for your wedding. The beautiful waterfront views and backdrop of marine animals sets a unique, exquisite setting for your wedding reception. The New England Aquarium provides in-house catering with their exclusive caterer, The Patina Restaurant Group. The executive chef offers a wide array of wedding dining cuisine options and menus to choose from to fit your taste and preferences. Whether you are planning an intimate wedding of 50 guests, or a grand wedding, The New England Aquarium offers unique spaces to fit your needs.

Facilities and Capacity
The Main Exhibit Gallery allows you to dine alongside penguins and view the Giant Ocean Tank. The space can accommodate 375 for a seated dinner. The West Wing Gallery accommodates up to 75 guests and features the largest shark tank on the East Coast. The Harbor View Café offers views of the waterfront and Boston skyline, and accommodates up to 100 guests. The Harbor View Terrace and Tent can accommodate up to 300 guests with breathtaking views of the harbor. The entire aquarium can be used to accommodate up to 1,399 guests for a seated dinner.

Services Offered
The New England Aquarium offers the following wedding services:

  • Event planning
  • Event rentals
  • Dance floor
  • Tents
  • In-house catering
  • Servers
  • Furniture
  • Linens
  • Barware

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$2,750.00

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$1,000.00

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$1,250.00

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$750.00

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Lighting/Sound
Linens
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$28.00

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
House Wine
Open Bar
Premium Liquor

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

225

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

50

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

4

Describe your venue:

Museum

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party

What event services do you offer?

Event Planner
Event Rentals

What event items are available?

Chairs
Dance Floor
Furniture
Tables
Tents

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Valet
Wheelchair Access

62 Reviews

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    Erika S. Married on 04/16/2021
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    Amazing one of a kind wedding experience!

    Everything about working with the venue was amazing from communication to execution to environmental conscious decisions I recommend getting married there 100 times over. Also the pantina catering group is phenomenal, food and drinks were incredible. Plus the photos were cooler than cool
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    Katherine T. Married on 04/03/2020
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    Wedding ceremony with the penguins

    The New England Aquarium isn't the typical wedding venue, and that's why we chose it. Both our ceremony and reception were inside the main gallery. Our ceremony was conducted on the penguin platform, and our guests had epics views of us while standing on the spiral around the Giant Ocean Tank. They really made us feel like stars.

    Our whole wedding planning experience with NEAQ was amazing. They provide an event coordinator. Ours, Tie, guided us the whole way through. She arranged nights for our private food and wine tasting and a separate night, at our request, for a sound check of their audio system when we started to freak out about getting a DJ or not. She answered all of our questions in a timely and friendly manner and worked closely with our own wedding planner to arrange all of the crazy details we came up with. She provided complimentary parking for all of our appointments. On the day of our wedding, Tie also had her staff to help set up our centerpieces which was above and beyond (normally a separate vendor would do that).

    The wedding night itself was magical. The staff was extensive and all very professional (wait staff, servers, bar tenders, our 2 roaming educators, security, and everyone behind the scenes). All of the floors were open to our guests to enjoy the exhibits, and the bars were opened on each floor as the night progressed, which was excellent given the size of the venue. We kept the touch tank open and staffed it during cocktail hour. The food was incredible, especially the salmon. They accommodated all special requests for allergies (vegetarian and gluten free). Our guests raved about the food. Surrounded by penguins, we danced the night away.

    NEAQ has everything you need for a wedding (well actually, for any event) and if they themselves don't handle it, they have preferred vendors for everything else. We didn't have to think about renting tables, chairs, dinnerware, coat check, etc; it was all included. The couples' night tasting happened about 2 months before our big day. All of the details that we stressed out about and/or didn't get around to, we found answers to that night. Yes, we hired the DJ, who was DJ'ing for the couples' night. We also went with their preferred limo company and rented 2 busses. Phew!

    If you want to experience what an evening event could look like, get tickets for the NEAQ Valentine's Day event, "That's A-Moray" which is also when the proposal happened (2018) and our engagement photos (2019). 

    The overall cost for having NEAQ as our ceremony site and catered reception was on-par with other venues we looked at. NEAQ captured our heart, and we are so glad to get married there. Every time we visit, we remember our wedding day all over again. We would do it again in a heart beat!

    (This review was written together by both the bride and the groom. We are both very happy with NEAQ.)
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    Christine Married on 06/15/2019
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    The Best Wedding Venue Ever!

    A little over a week ago, I had the most whimsical, magical wedding at the New England Aquarium! I am still getting messages about how much of an incredible time guests had that night! There's something about drinking and eating alongside the penguins that can't be replicated. I cannot thank Erin enough for going along with my crazy, random, ideas and setting up all of my decorations: mermaids, lobsters, pirate ships, treasure chests, vinyl records, disposable cameras- she met with me once, and set it up perfectly! The food was absolutely delicious and every single person that worked the wedding was so attentive and friendly. The incredible views was an added bonus! If you are looking for a unique venue that gives your guests an enjoyable experience, I can't recommend the New England Aquarium enough!

    New England Aquarium's reply:

    Thank you for taking the time to write this kind review. We are thrilled you selected us to be a part of your wedding and we were so happy to hear that your day was amazing. Best wishes, The New England Aquarium Events Team

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner

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Professional Network & Endorsements

5 Endorsements
Steel Rhythm Steel Drum Band Steel Rhythm Steel Drum Band Wedding Bands

Always a breathtaking and fun venue to work at with an amazing staff!! Highly recommend!!!

Piper Jo Nevins Photography Piper Jo Nevins Photography Wedding Photographers

Such a fun venue for a wedding, rehearsal dinner, or other special event. Your guests will enjoy their surroundings, adding to your special occasion. Plus, you're right on Boston Harbor.........stunning location for photographs!!! Always a pleasure to photograph at the New England Aquarium.

Michael Brook Photography Michael Brook Photography Wedding Photographers

On a warm August evening while celebrating your wedding on edge of the Boston Harbor you might be surprised by a fireworks show from the North End. Something magical always seems to happen there. The coordinators and staff take such great care of clients and guests - it's easy to give them my highest recommendation.

Map

1 Central Wharf Boston, 02110
6179735205
617-720-5104

Monday through Friday: 9am-5pm. Site visits available in the evening by appointment.
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New England Aquarium frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at New England Aquarium?

New England Aquarium includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Lighting/Sound
  • Linens
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At New England Aquarium, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

New England Aquarium includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Server(s)

At New England Aquarium, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at New England Aquarium includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • House Wine
  • Open Bar
  • Premium Liquor

What are the most important characteristics of New England Aquarium in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by New England Aquarium for wedding events is known for:
  • Museum

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at New England Aquarium for wedding events?

New England Aquarium offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does New England Aquarium offer?

New England Aquarium offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party

What services does New England Aquarium offer for wedding events?

New England Aquarium offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals

What furniture and decorations does New England Aquarium have available for wedding events?

New England Aquarium offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Furniture
  • Tables
  • Tents

What percentage of users recommend New England Aquarium and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

New England Aquarium is recommended by 91% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.8 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in professionalism, 4.8 in average response time, 4.8 in flexibility and 4.7 in value.

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