Kara and John's Wedding

Vendors & Venues Reviews

Alla Breve Duo
Concord, Massachusetts
Bands/Live Entertainment

Steven and Kristine were a joy to work with, and added a really special touch to our ceremony.

Their fees were extremely reasonable, all communication was done via email which was very convenient, they were helpful in choosing processional/recessional songs for our bridal party, and even learned a special song for my bridal processional at no extra charge.

I highly recommend Alla Breve Duo- they were key in making our ceremony special!

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Carson Memorial Park at Central Congregational Church
Middlesex, MA
Ceremony Sites

Carson Memorial Park is a hidden gem of Chelmsford. I was told by the church secretary that we were only the second wedding to EVER be held in the park, which I could not believe!

It is an absolutely beautiful and quaint park located directly next to the Chelmsford Congregational Church. The church was nice enough to allow us access to the church sanctuary in case of rain on our big day. Thankfully it didn't rain on our wedding day, but it did rain during our rehearsal, so we did make use of the sanctuary then.

The park has a small white gazebo and room enough for chairs for approx 100 guests. The one drawback is that the church does not own chairs that you can use, so you will have to rent chairs of your own.

The church's wedding coordinator wasn't extremely helpful with planning our ceremony, but I think that was simply because she had never coordinated a wedding in the park previously. She was extremely well versed in coordinating ceremonies inside the church though.

One great thing about the park is the church has a huge parking lot, so parking is a non-issue for this venue, as it is for most parks.

We could not have picked a better spot to hold our ceremony- we received so many compliments on the location, and took some really beautiful pictures there after our ceremony!

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Union Station
Worcester, MA
Reception Sites

Union Station is such a beautiful, breathtaking venue. Again, we received so many compliments from our guests on this unique location for our reception.

I would have provided four stars, but honestly booking a wedding at Union Station is anything but easy and full service.

Even rentals for Union Station are handled by a Worcester property management company, OR&L. The fee to rent the hall at Union Station is quite exhorbantant, and OR&L is not easy at all to work with. The contract to rent the hall was NINE pages long, and I haggled back and forth with our OR&L contact for several weeks about certain verbiage and issues we had with the contract. Also, WEEKS after our final payment was due, 11 days before our wedding, I received a call from OR&L telling me they did not receive my final payment. They had, in fact, received my final payment, but the woman who was working on our event was on vacation at the time and her replacement neglected to credit our payment to our account. Why they waited until 11 days prior to our wedding to call me about this still mystifies me.

Once you get past dealing with OR&L and you actually reserve Union Station, all you've got is the hall. You still need to find a caterer, chairs, tables, etc. etc.

Despite all this it was well worth the hassell and financial committment to hold our reception at Union Station because frankly there's nowhere else quite like it! It's breathtakingly beautiful, completly unique, and has so many spots to take beautiful pictures. The Grand Hall is just amazing, and we felt like a king and queen on our wedding day there.

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