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Venues for Indian Wedding

Hello!  This is my first post!  My fiance and I are starting to look for venues so I figured I would pick your brains.  We are considering having an Indian wedding (probably a JP service, but serve Indian food for the reception).  I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for venues that can do this?  My sister go married at the Burlington Marriott and they did a package with Indian catering, but I'd ideally like a different venue.  We're looking for someplace within 495, North and West of Boston (down to Dedham would be okay, but no further south than that).Thanks!

Re: Venues for Indian Wedding

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    freckles79964freckles79964 member
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    edited December 2011
    One of my close friends had her wedding at the Whyndam in Andover. They had a big wedding with over 400 people. They had a horse with the groom and dancing in the parking lot, the traditional Indian cermony complete with statues and a lunch with Indian food. The reception was more "Americanized" (my friend said, I don't really know what a traditonal Indian reception is)" but still served Indian food, with a plated option for those who wanted non-Indian food.The food was in two massive buffet- a vegetarian buffet and a buffet with meat.It was one of the most fantastic weddings I have ever been to.
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    edited December 2011
    I'm getting married at Mandarin in June '10 and we're doing a mix of Indian and American food. We also looked at Seaport and they can also accommodate Indian catering.
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    edited December 2011
    Congrats!One of my Indian friends is getting married at the Hyatt in Cambridge.  I believe they're bringing in an outside caterer and having traditional food.  I've never been to the ballroom there, but it's supposed to have beautiful views of the city.
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    edited December 2011
    I also had an Indian friend get married this summer at the Hyatt in Cambridge. They had an outside caterer do the Indian food.
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    edited December 2011
    The Quincy Marriott also has an Indian wedding package.
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    edited December 2011
    I think the answer depends a bit on whether you want the food prepared on-site by an Indian chef, or with an outside caterer.  FI's Indian but I'm not, so we're having a fusion wedding with Indian and American food at the Taj.  There are a few venues aside from the Taj and Mandarin that have Indian chefs.... I think the Intercontinental too, maybe others.Many places will tell you they don't allow "outside" caterers but in reallity they have exclusive contracts with Indian restaurants that allow you to get the food brought in, usually you just pay the hotel rather than the caterer.   We discovered this late in our search when we talked to different restaurants/ catering companies.  I'd suggest calling One World Cuisine and Bombay Club and asking them for a list of the different local hotels where they work -- they seem to be the two that have the most contracts with venues in the area.  Off the top of my head I remember Le Meridian in Cambridge and the Peabody Essex Museum but I know there are a bunch more.  Some of those options may run you a bit less than the hotels with on-site Indian chefs.
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    edited December 2011
    clomo - Those are really good tips. :o)  FWIW, the guy who owns the Bombay Club restaurant company had his son's reception at the Hyatt in Cambridge...
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    edited December 2011
    It seems like you want a venue outside of Boston proper, so this may not help much.  But, when I did a site visit at the Veronique, they were setting up for an Indian wedding.  One World catered.
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    noodle_oonoodle_oo member
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    edited December 2011
    Hi everyone!  Thank you, this is very helpful!  I need to get calling!For a little more information, we are looking for a small wedding (probably around 100 people) and are paying for it ourselves, so it needs to be economical (we're hoping to spend only about $10K or less on the venue/food).  I have a feeling hotels in Cambridge/Boston will be too expensive, but I will check them out!  I'll also call the catering companies you guys mentioned.  Any suggestions for more budget venues is very much appreciated!
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    edited December 2011
    You can definitely cross Mandarin and Seaport off your list. I think Hyatt in Cambridge might work because their minimums aren't nearly as astronomical.I just thought of another place you could check... Holiday Inn in Beacon Hill. The ballroom is on the top floor and it's supposed to have amazing views. I don't know about the minimums, however...
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    edited December 2011
    You can also try IndiaNewEngland.com - they have a special section that lists some wedding vendors, though I have no idea how comprehensive it is. 
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