Alden Castle

20 Chapel St,
Brookline, Ma
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Average Base Cost: $28,000

Average base cost for a wedding at the Alden Castle is calculated by figuring a 125person guest list on a Saturday night with a minimum spend of $22,000. Transportation to venue, entertainment, decorations, additional rentals, DJ, and photography are not included. Average price includes Administrative Charge and state sales tax. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand.

*Prices subject to change

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How it breaks down:

Facility Rental Fee: There are two venue spaces available at Alden Castle: The Modern Club and The Vintage Ballroom. For both spaces there is what is referred to as a Minimum Spend* for either spaces. For example, for use of the Modern Club venue space there would be a $2,500 site fee as well as a $1,500 ceremony fee. There would be a Minimum Spend for the space of approximately $22,000-$25,000 (of which the site and ceremony fee is applied to).

To rent out both the Vintage Ballroom and Modern Club (something that is not necessary unless you prefer it [or have an extremely large event. See space requirements below]) the site fee would go up to $4,000 and the Minimum Spend would be approximately $30,000 (which the site fee is applied to). In addition to Food, Beverage, Site and Reception Fees being applied to the Minimum Spend, you can also apply the rental of lounge furniture and other additions to it.

*Minimum Spend does not include MA tax or a 21% Administrative Charge. They do not charge gratuity.

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The Vintage Ballroom

What’s Included: Basic setup & breakdown of the room; assortment of in-house tables; brown chiavari chairs; house linen; china; glassware and flatware

Food/Beverage: All Food and Beverage costs will be applied to the minimum. You can expect to pay around $100/pp and up for plated food and beverage.

Important Note: While it is possible for two weddings to take place at the same time in the different venue spaces, there would be zero overlap as they are on different ends of the building. Each room has its own separate private entrance, bathrooms, as well as separate kitchens.

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Space Type: *Inside. A sample layout for a wedding in the Vintage Ballroom (which has two levels) would be a ceremony on the Main Floor, Cocktail Hour on the upper Mezzanine Level, and then Dinner and Dancing downstairs on the Main Floor.

*While the main event space is inside, there is an outside area for wedding photos.

Size: The size requirement for both venue spaces at the Alden Castle are as follows:

Vintage Ballroom:

  • 400 guests for reception and 250 guests for dinner

Modern Club:

  • 300 guests for reception and 150 guests for dinner
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The Modern Club

Bridal Area: Yes

Parking: A garage is attached to the event space and you may arrange to pay for the cost of the valet (which can be applied to your minimum). Otherwise guests can pay $15/per car. Alternatively, there is ample street parking on the surrounding streets.

Food Service Type: Your choice

How Will Grandma Get There? Alden Castle is located about 4 miles from the heart of Boston, where Grandma and other guests can stay at hotels such as The Doubletree or the Fairmont Battery Wharf.

Party On! Events can go until 1 a.m.

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The Report:

Alden Castle is a Tudor-style building in Brookline that was built in the 1920s. It was recently renovated in 2014, and modern touches have updated the venue spaces while still retaining their historic charm.

Woman Getting Married Says:

I think this space offers the best of both worlds in terms of space and proximity to the city. It would be extremely easy for guests to stay downtown and take either an Uber or shuttle to the venue while still being able to have a proper stay in a destination city. I also really like that other items beside your Food and Beverage can be applied to your Minimum spend…or you can choose to have that take up the bulk of it (which of course it typically will). Additionally, decor-wise you wouldn’t have to do much to this venue, which might help make the minimum spend easier to swallow. As a side note, my communication with the venue has been great, and they have been extremely responsive getting back to me…which is always a huge plus!

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Amenities/What’s Included 9
Convenient for Grandma 9
Layout 8
Location 8
Overall Charm 9
Venue Value 8

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