Author: Belinda Kracunas

Micro Weddings + Elopements

If we’ve learned anything this year it is that most certainly love is not cancelled. Many couples out there are not letting COVID-19 rain on their parade and are turning to our team to help them create a safe and intimate micro wedding of their dreams.

Mico weddings at Newport Beach House

Micro weddings are ceremonies and or receptions with less than 25-50 guests (depending on state specific requirements). They still have all the key details of a pre-2020 wedding: a traditional ceremony, stunning florals, breathtaking photography, that Longwood ambiance, music to set the mood, delicious food and beverage, a jaw dropping cake, and perfectly appointed decor…just a bit paired down.   Minimalists everywhere are rejoicing.

With the birth of micro weddings our team is also seeing more calls for elopements and private proposals on the rise. Elopements are a bit different because they are a little more spontaneous and sometimes even have less than 50 guests.  For us, surprise elopements and proposals are quite the highlight of the summer because we can share the beauty of our locations with a small group while creating beautiful memories during a trying time.

Our private ceremony menu was inspired by our couples and new bookings who refused to give up on their dreams.  Cheers to you all!


Every couple deserves a one-of-a-kind wedding experience that makes hearts beat faster.  Whatever your style we can help guide you in creating the mini event perfectly tailored to you. We are only limited in numbers…not in sentiment. If this is something you are considering our sales and event teams would be delighted to talk to you.  | 617-854-5000

What to Consider When Booking Your Wedding Venue

The experts at Longwood want to help make the venue decision just as easy as when you said YES. We have put together a list of what should be considered when booking your wedding venue.  The venue will be setting the tone for your entire wedding day and we want to make sure you go into the hunt as knowledgeable as possible.

Date Flexibility

Being flexible is key when it comes to selecting your date.  Available Saturdays are few and far between. However, if you are willing to book in 2020 or wouldn’t mind a Friday or Sunday wedding, you will have better luck finding a date and the prices may be more flexible.  Furthermore, ask your salesperson if there are dates they need to fill due to short-term openings or recent cancellations.  These dates can save you upwards of $10,000 and may help make your 2019 wedding dreams come true.

It is also important to research the peak seasons – often forming around the most desirable time of the year for your geographical location – then ask about availability in the shoulder periods when.  If you are flexible with your date, the shoulder seasons are often the last to fill and you may be able to get these dates for a less expensive price. You will not be able to find any negotiation in peak sellout periods.

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Alden Castle: A Longwood Venue is known for its iconic Tudor-style facade. This couple used books and candlelight to bring their vision to life. Shot by Edson Dias Photography.

Aesthetic of Your Wedding

Deciding on your wedding day aesthetic early on will help you narrow down the venues you want to look at.  You will want to make sure that the venue’s style meshes well with yours. Are you searching for a seaside oasis, city views, or more of ahistorical castle? It is important to remember that while you can make each space your own, it will not be as easy to plan a style-specific wedding at every venue. By selecting a venue that aligns with your vision, you will build a better connection to the space.


It is not often that people want to talk about money but when it comes to wedding planning, budgets are important.  Be open and honest from that start about what you want to spend specific portions of your budget on.  Do the venues you are interested in provide in-house catering or is the price you are paying only going to cover the cost of using the space?  Make sure you know what the venues include in their packages so you will know if you still need to cover furniture, linens, bar, etc. yourself.

What is your guest count?

Wrapping your head around a guest count early on will be a huge help for booking your wedding venue.  Many venues have a capacity limit that can make or break your decision.  There is no way to know exactly how many guests you will have at your wedding until you start collecting RSVP’s but you can make a decision with your partner about how big or small a wedding you want.  It is important to remember that you should not underestimate the number of people that will say yes.  You are inviting these friends and family for a reason and they should want to say yes.  Create a guest list that meets your wants and needs and stick to it.  This will help when navigating which event space is the best fit for your wedding.

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Grilled Spanish Octopus, Garlic Chick Pea Puree, Iberico Chorizo, Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette from a Longwood event. Shot by Binita Patel Photography.

Quality of food

While touring and help make wedding venues, be sure to learn about the culinary teams. We wedding venue many of our couples are foodies and love asking questions about what the tone. When your venue also shares a love affair for food you can be confident it is a match. It is important to ask questions about where the food comes from and what items are made in-house. Find out if the food is prepared on-site or in a commissary.  If the venue’s food is prepared in a commissary, be aware of the use of hot boxes (aka food warmers, meaning food probably sits in these boxes for a period of time before being served to guests).

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Indoor ceremony set up with an ocean view at Newport Beach House: A Longwood Venue shot by Carly Michelle Photography.

Unpredictable Weather Plans

When booking your wedding venue, while you don’t want to think of the negatives, you should keep in mind that the weather is uncontrollable.  Does your venue have a beautiful spot indoors that will make you just as happy as if you were able to have it outside?  Back up plans are a necessity in most states and you want to make sure that you are happy with them.  Here at Longwood, we focus on your “plan B’s” being just as lovely as your “plan A’s.”

Most importantly, have fun!  Not only is wedding planning supposed to be an enjoyable process, but you are also about to begin a lifelong commitment to the person you love most in this world.  Take it easy and remember that everything will come together.

Around Us – The Tower


Any history aficionado will feel right at home in Boston, one of the oldest cities in the U.S., brimming with patriotism and rich in culture. Pack shoes made for walking cobblestone and venture down Beantown’s historic avenues, to discover some of our favorite things to do, see, and eat.

Newbury Street
Eight city blocks with every salon, boutique, and fine dining establishment your heart could desire. Located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, Newbury Street runs from the Boston Public Gardens westward. With something for everyone, you can stroll this scenic shopper paradise with all your travel companions in tow. 

Oak Bar at Fairmont Hotel
A perfect blend of modern style and classic sophistication, nestled within some of Boston’s most iconic architecture. The old-world wood vaulted ceilings and contemporary decor of the Oak Bar does not clash; as a matter of fact it seems to playfully pay tribute, while creating an open expressive environment. So, pull up a leather upholstered bar stool and request your favorite hard beverage from one of their skilled bartenders. 

Trinity church
Founded in 1733, the brainchild of architect Henry Hobson Richardson, Trinity Church is an active house of worship to this day. But it doubles as one of Boston’s most well-known historical sites, providing locals and visitors alike with weekly tours, services, and events. Positioned at the far edge of Copley Square in the Back Bay, it is an easy stop if you’re already in the neighborhood exploring.

Not your average Italian restaurant, at Eataly Boston patrons step into a bustling European style marketplace that features counters selling everything from pastry to artisan olive oils and several restaurants serving up Italian food akin to that of the North End. Taking up three floors in the Prudential Center, it is a massive spread and a great spot for a shopping hiatus.

Boston Public Library
This one is for the history buffs, established in 1848, the Boston Public Library was the first free municipal library of its size. Sign-up for one of their public or private tours to revel in the impressive architectural history of the building and view precious works of art, by artists such as Daniel Chester French and John Singer Sargent.

Top of the Hub

Bask in a 360-degree view of the Boston city skyline, from 52 floors up, at the Top of the Hub restaurant. Floor-to-ceiling windows ensure that you won’t miss a thing happening in the bustling city below, and award-winning service and food promise an unforgettable dinner. Nowhere else but the top floor of the Prudential Tower can you enjoy a panoramic view of the city, in an environment with unmatched ambiance.

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