This past fall I was invited to a friend’s wedding in Boston at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Out-of-towners had a choice of staying at either the Mandarin Oriental or Fairmont Copley Plaza a block away. The Mandarin is very modern in comparison to the Farimont which is much more classic and has been a symbol of the city’s rich history and elegance since its gala opening in 1912. The Farimont Copley Plaza is currently undergoing a Centennial Restoration just in time for its 2012 celebrations.
In terms of the decor, an interesting combination of calla lilys and twigs were carefully woven into original bouquets of varying heights for interest. Food was the definately the focus. Guests had a choice of four entrees beginning with oriental hors d’oeuvres which were quite impressive considering the food was kosher. For entertainment the couple hired a Latin band as the majority of their guests were Columbian.
Having the wedding in the centre of Boston allowed guests to do some sightseeing and a bit of shopping before and after the party. As a Boston first timer, it felt like a crash course in American history. You hop on a trolley and the lesson begins because those trolley drivers really know their stuff! Then again, Harvard and MIT are both situated in Boston. Some must see places if you choose to visit Boston: Fenway Park, Boston Museum, Quincy Market , JFK’s house (before he became president and I’m not exactly sure how we found it but I think it had something to do with us following a group of strangers…don’t attempt this at home kids), Cheers, Harvard and don’t forget Pinkberry.