Planning an Intimate Wedding in Massachusetts

Planning an Intimate Wedding in Massachusetts

If the covid-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is to hold our loved ones close.  While many who were planning to have a wedding in 2020 have decided to postpone till next year, there is no reason you need to wait to marry the love of your life.  At the Tiffany Ballroom, we are here to help you plan an intimate ceremony and wedding dinner with some of your closest friends and family, and, if you’d like, a larger reception at a later date.

Following Massachusetts state guidelines, the Tiffany Ballroom can now accommodate wedding events from 20-25 people.  From an on-site ceremony on the outdoor pavilion, your guests will be ushered into half of the Grand Tiffany Ballroom for an intimate dinner.  Guests will enjoy a champagne toast to the newlyweds, hors d ’Oeuvres and cocktails brought to their seats by our staff. Following, a delectable four course dinner with the quality cuisine we are known for.  Finish the evening with a slice of wedding cake from Dessert Works Bakery.

 With enhanced safety protocols in place, you and your guests can be at ease to enjoy your evening of celebration.

Here are just a few of the things we are doing to ensure a comfortable and safe environment:

  • Events will be limited to 20-25 guests based on the latest state guidelines.
  • Our staff will be wearing masks, and all guests will be required to except while at their tables eating or drinking.
  • Food stations have been eliminated, and replaced with additional passed hors d’Oeurves…who doesn’t love more choices??
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be set up throughout the event space including all entrances/exits.
  • Following Massachusetts state guidelines, we are seating no more than 6 guests per table and spacing seats apart appropriately.
  • Cocktail service will be provided for your guests to avoid bar lines
  • While dancing is not allowed in this phase, our integrated Bose speaker system is ready for any awesome playlist you provide!

If you don’t want to wait another day to say ‘I Do’ to your true love, give us a call at 781-255-3159 or email us at

Tiffany Ballroom Reimagined

We are very excited to announce the completion of our renovation project of the Tiffany Ballroom, terrace, and foyer. The “Tiffany Ballroom Reimagined” offers our guests a comfortable and stylish space to host a wedding. The new look features a brighter, modern atmosphere incorporating touches of blues, greys, and gold.

The terrace and foyer now feature a lovely new patterned carpet of varying shades of blues and greys. All of the current artwork has been replaced, and new chairs and furniture give the space a more open feel. We have also added new curtains, elegant white lighting fixtures, and grey seating to match.

The Tiffany Ballroom has a a fresh look with silver tinted textured wallpaper and grey and white window treatments with both sheers and blackout curtains. Additionally, this space offers a dark blue carpet to line the room while an additional blue and grey patterned carpet is in the center of the Ballroom. We have also replaced all banquet chairs with a sleek pale gold chair.

The Essex and Lennox rooms have been transformed to match the Tiffany Ballroom. Additionally, the space highlights modern silver light fixtures and beautiful gold framed mirrors.

Wedding in MA – The Perfect Reception for an MA Wedding

There are some moments in life where everything must be perfect. Your wedding day is one of those moments. From the flowers and the décor to the menu and the music; every detail is important when planning the perfect reception for a wedding in MA. After all, this is an important day that you will remember forever – so why not make it perfect?

Finding the Perfect Reception Location in MA

Weddings in MA are breathtaking. Whether your reception is outside on a crisp fall day, in a cozy chapel on a cool winter’s evening, or even aboard a yacht in the harbor on a warm summer day; Massachusetts has so many unique reception sites to offer. When planning a wedding in MA it is important to consider all of your options and then begin to research each one. Ask for recommendations from family and friends, especially if you know someone who has planned a similar event recently.

The Tiffany Ballroom - The Perfect Wedding Location in MA

Once you have a good list of possibilities, it’s time, if possible, to visit each one. Interview the person who will be your contact and ask every question you can think of. Don’t discount a general gut feeling about each location. If you aren’t comfortable with the coordinator or if it doesn’t feel quite right – keep looking.

When researching locations, you should compare them based on location, size, cost and available extras. For example, a quote from one location may be less expensive, but if they are not including extra fees for rentals, parking, and so on, you may not be comparing apples to apples. Make sure to ask a lot of questions so you clearly understand what each location is offering and at what price.

Planning the Perfect Wedding in MA

After you’ve settled on the perfect wedding reception location, it’s time to start planning. Of course you will shop for a bridal gown, pick out bridesmaids’ dresses, and eventually schedule your hair and makeup appointments, but the wedding planning that will take up most of your time will be the ceremony and reception. Here are some great tips for having the perfect wedding in MA.

  • Start with a budget and stick to it. Nothing ruins the perfect wedding in MA faster than stressing about paying the bill.
  • Create a theme. It may be as simple as a color scheme or as elaborate as a winter wonderland. Either way, a theme will unite and personalize the location and the entire event.
  • Plan a very specific agenda for the entire day. Include as much detail as you can and make sure every person who has a role in the event receives a copy.
  • Make sure to get everything in writing, from the venue booking to the agreement with the photographer.
  • Let family and friends help! If you’re a bad delegator, now is the time to let that go.
  • On that note – consider a full-service option. It will likely be less expensive, easier on everyone involved and still fabulous. After all, the wedding professionals do this for a living.

The Tiffany Ballroom

Brides in Mass. when researching venues quickly find that one of the most romantic venues in the area is the Tiffany Ballroom at Four Points by Sheraton Norwood. Every bride has a vision of what her perfect wedding looks like and the stunning 7,000 square foot Tiffany Ballroom will not disappoint. It seats up to 450 dinner guests and comes complete with a spacious foyer for pre-dinner mingling, first-rate catering, and the perfect ambiance. If you are planning a smaller soirée, the Essex and Lenox junior ballrooms are also available. Enjoy a more intimate location with the same breathtaking ambiance.

The Tiffany Ballroom - The Perfect Reception Location in MA

The wedding coordinators at the Tiffany Ballroom will make your dreams of the perfect celebration a reality by helping you plan out each and every detail. Which vendors will be responsible for catering, photography, and entertainment? Will you need to rent linens, who will handle the flowers, and where will the head table go? From wedding accessories to the first dance; the staff at the Sheraton Norwood can help you make it a perfect day.

The Tiffany Ballroom at Four Points by Sheraton Norwood is also conveniently located in Mass. near Amtrak stations, major freeways and Logan Airport. Plan your perfect wedding in MA at The Tiffany Ballroom.

Bridal Wedding: A Checklist of Items to Consider | The Tiffany Ballroom

If you’re planning a bridal wedding, there are likely a million things running through your mind. From bridal bouquets and rings to catering and DJs, there are a lot of important items on your bridal to-do list. If you are not even sure where to start; you’ve come to the right place.


The most important thing when planning weddings is to stay organized. Make a comprehensive list and keep referring to it as all of the pieces come into place. Ideally, you should give yourself a year or more to plan a wedding, especially if you have a specific location in mind. Here is a helpful wedding checklist of things to do as you countdown to your big day.


First Things First

The ring is on and the engagement is official. Now for the fun part – planning the wedding! The very first things a bride and groom-to-be should do are:

  • Pick a wedding date.
  • Choose the ceremony and reception location.
  • Select your wedding party.


1 Year Before the Wedding

Bride holding flowers at the Tiffany Ballroom
Image by: Berryphotos Weddings-Portraits

This is the time to start brainstorming. Grab some bridal wedding magazines, start looking at designer bridal gowns, and get the ideas flowing. These items should be first on your bridal to-do list.

  • Set a wedding budget.
  • Start the guest list.
  • Create a bridal wedding binder for all important information.
  • Consider hiring a wedding planner.
  • Decide on an officiant who performs weddings.
  • Start collecting recommendations for photography, bridal florists and caterers.


6 to 9 Months Before the Wedding

At this point your wedding plans are taking shape. Now it’s time to roll up your bridal sleeves and get to work.

  • Shop for a bridal wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses.
  • Reserve the photographer, videographer, caterer, and entertainment.
  • Reserve a block of hotel rooms if you have out-of-town guests.
  • Register for wedding presents at three or four stores.
  • Create a wedding website.
  • Order wedding invitations.
  • Start planning the honeymoon.


3 to 6 Months Before the Wedding

The big day is getting closer. Keep checking items off your bridal to-do list and start getting excited.

  • Send save-the-date cards.
  • Book location for rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
  • Book a bridal florist.
  • Order the cake.
  • Buy bridal wedding shoes, bridal accessories and start dress fittings.
  • Schedule bridal hair and makeup appointments.
  • Meet with the DJ or band and choose your music. Select specific songs for events such as the first dance and cake cutting.
  • Reserve the tuxes for the groom and his groomsmen.
  • Order wedding favors and bridal party gifts.
  • Purchase bride and groom wedding rings.


1 to 2 Months Before the Wedding

Time to put the finishing touches on your wedding plan. Everything should be scheduled, reserved and planned; you’re just wrapping up the final tasks.

  • Send out the wedding invitations 6 to 8 weeks before the wedding.
  • Mail rehearsal dinner invitations.
  • Count RSVPs and follow up with people who have not responded.
  • Finalize the catering menu and flowers.
  • Get marriage license.
  • Schedule last bridal dress fitting and make sure the skirt fits properly with shoes on.
  • Make sure bridesmaids’ dresses are ready.
  • Purchase bridesmaids’ gifts.


Week of the Wedding

Bride and Groom celebrating at the Tiffany Ballroom

Buckle up and take a deep breath. The week before the wedding will feel like it zooms by in a day, but thanks to your good planning everything will be organized and ready.

  • Send a timeline and all contact info to the bridal party.
  • Write checks for the vendors and put tips in envelopes.
  • Delegate small wedding day tasks like bringing the bridal bouquet, getting the gifts or handing out tips.
  • Pack for your honeymoon.


The Big Day

Now that you’ve planned your wedding day to perfection, just remember to pause every so often to enjoy one of the happiest days of your life.




The Perfect Reception Banquet Hall is Here | The Tiffany Ballroom

If you’re looking for the perfect reception banquet hall for a special event, look no further than the exquisite Tiffany Ballroom or one of our four other event spaces located at the Four Points by Sheraton Norwood in Norwood, Massachusetts.

Whether you’re hosting a wedding reception, a Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah, a corporate event, or other social functions; you’ll find the ambiance, staff, and accommodations second to none in all of our ballrooms and event spaces.

The Tiffany BallroomThe Tiffany Ballroom at Four Points by Sheraton Norwood - The Perfect Reception Banquet Hall

With grand, lofty ceilings and alabaster chandeliers, The Tiffany Ballroom is sure to impress even the most discerning guests. The ballroom comfortably hosts parties up to 450 dinner guests or standing cocktail receptions up to 1,000. If you’re planning on a smaller group, it is possible to reserve half of the Tiffany Ballroom.

Learn more about the Tiffany Ballroom.

The Essex and Lennox Junior Ballrooms

The Essex and Lenox junior ballrooms are available if you’re booking for groups as small as 30 guests. When booking an event in either junior ballroom, you can be sure that Four Points by Sheraton Norwood will help you host an intimate, yet unforgettable event.

Learn more about our Junior Ballrooms.

The Wedding Pavilion at The Tiffany Ballroom at Four Points by Sheraton Norwood - The perfect reception banquet hallTiffany Pavilion

This gorgeous and versatile pavilion is just the fit for a unique and memorable event venue. Spanning 2,000 square feet including beautiful landscaping, a fire pit, and an integrated portable Bose sounds system, The Tiffany Pavilion is the perfect fit for any occasion. Enjoy this outdoor reception area along with space in Tiffany Ballroom for an event guests won’t soon forget.

Learn more about the Tiffany Pavilion.


Our chic dining room on site that can meet all your needs with stunning features, innovative menu options, fine wines, and champagnes. The space features a hip custom color glass wall and built-in curvaceous serving bar that will delight guests. Zachariah’s is the perfect reception banquet hall for intimate event hosting 50 to 125 guests.

Learn more about Zachariah’s Dining Room.


Whether you’re planning a large or intimate event, our staff will go above and beyond to help bring your dreams alive. Throw an amazing reception in one of these reception banquet halls complete with top-notch catering. Whether you need a custom design for your wedding cake or you have other banqueting needs, our catering staff and vendors aim to please. Make your receptions, banquets, and important events special.

Interested in learning more? Contact us with questions and to reserve The Tiffany Ballroom today at (781) 255-3159 or via email today.

Reception Halls – Choosing a Post-Ceremony Reception Hall Venue | The Tiffany Ballroom

Trying to decide which of the many post-ceremony reception halls is the perfect match for you? We understand it is an important and sometimes overwhelming decision when planning a wedding. We’ve outlined the top four points you should consider when analyzing your top reception halls including location, packages offered, and the experience.


The Location

Post ceremony reception hall at the Tiffany Ballroom at Four Points by Sheraton Norwood
Image by Berryphotos Weddings-Portraits

The type of reception hall you choose will set the stage for your reception. There are many options to consider including:

  • How close you want to be to where the ceremony is being held
  • Size of your guest list
  • Ambiance & setting you want to have (traditional hall, local gardens, etc.)
  • Whether or not a hotel needs to be close by for guests
  • Additional features offered

Determine you, and your guests needs to help narrow down your search using the above criteria starting with what is most important to you on your special day.


Packages Offered

Weddings can begin to add up quickly so when choosing a venue, always remember to ask about packages. Wedding packages can include a variety of items including drinks, food, linens, centerpieces, bartending service, and more. A typical reception hall will work with you to craft the best package deal for what you’re looking for in your event.


At The Tiffany Ballroom, we will work with your budget and number of guests to help you choose from our Gold, Platinum, or Diamond wedding packages that can include a complimentary overnight guestroom for the bride and groom, and much more. We believe in helping to make your dream day come alive, so do not hesitate to reach out with inquiries. To see our wedding packages, visit our wedding packages page.


The Experience

We believe planning your wedding should be a fun, exciting, stress-free time. Ask questions about contact points and meeting dates leading up to the event to make sure the venue you’re choosing is going to work for you to make sure your special day goes off without a hitch.


At The Tiffany Ballroom, our event and culinary staff will go above and beyond to make sure you have nothing to stress about regarding your reception hall. We’ll take your ideas and bring them to life without you having to ask twice.



After considering all the above, once you’ve decided on a location, we suggest you reserve it as soon as possible. A good guide is to book a year or more in advance, especially for a popular venue. The sooner you secure your space, the faster you can begin exploring details and making the space your own.


The Tiffany Ballroom is an excellent choice for a bride or groom with high expectations. The beautiful high ceilings and alabaster chandeliers create the perfect backdrop for the reception of your dreams. Whether you’re having a party for 150 or 450, The Tiffany Ballroom is the perfect romantic location you’re looking for.


Reserve The Tiffany Ballroom or one of our other reception halls today at (781) 255-3159 or via email.

Venue Wedding Reception Checklist | The Tiffany Ballroom

Venue Wedding Reception
Venue Wedding Reception.  Images by: Berryphotos Weddings-Portraits

If you’re getting married soon, then you are likely in full wedding planning mode. From the bridesmaid’s dresses to the flavor of the cake filling, you want every detail to be just right. Before you get too far into your wedding plan it will be necessary to research venues for the wedding reception.

A venue wedding reception checklist is a very helpful tool when you’re trying to narrow down your options and it will ensure that all of your important questions answered up front.

The Basics

Before delving too far into planning and price negotiation for weddings and receptions, it is important to weed out the locations that just won’t work; whether they’re too small, too expensive or just not available. Start your venue wedding reception checklist with these basic questions:

  • What dates/times are available around the weekend I’m considering?
  • How many people can this venue accommodate?
  • What is the cost? Make sure to ask about and include any extras such as rental fees.
  • Do you have an event coordinator, and if so, exactly what services are provided?

Venue Wedding Receptions
Venue Wedding Receptions


Other than the cost of the venue wedding reception, budgets are largely taken up by food and alcohol. If you’re hoping to cut some corners or if you have specific ideas of what you want, ask about availability and pricing for food and alcohol.

  • Is there an in-house caterer/bartender?
  • Do I have the option of using an outside vendor?
  • If I hire my own caterer/bartender, what facilities are available?
  • What is the food and beverage cost on a per/person basis?
  • Can I bring my own alcohol and is there a corkage fee if I do?
  • Will I have to rent tables, linens, chairs, plates, silverware and glassware or are they included?


Before deciding on a venue wedding reception, think about what type of entertainment you want and make sure it’s feasible at the location you choose.

  • Do you have preferred entertainment vendors? Can I hire my own?
  • Can the venue accommodate a DJ or live band?
  • Are there restrictions on what kind of music I can play, or a time by which the music must end?
  • Can the venue accommodate a dance floor? How many people will it hold?
  • What facilities are available in terms of lighting or music equipment?


As you start to firm up your agenda for the day, you may realize you have more questions regarding venue wedding reception logistics. Get these questions answered ahead of time so you don’t end up scrambling right before the wedding.

  • Exactly how long will I have use of the space? Is there a fee if I stay longer?
  • Are there weddings or receptions before or after mine?
  • Is there complimentary parking or valet parking on site? What is the charge?
  • If I hire my own vendors, what time can they start setting up on the wedding day?
  • Are table linens and floral arrangements available?
  • When can I enter the space to begin decorating?
  • What overnight accommodations do you provide or what are the nearest hotels to the venue?
  • Is there a place where we can take photos?
  • How many restrooms are there? (A good rule of thumb is 4 restrooms per 100 people.)
  • Is there a bride’s changing area?
  • Is there a space where my guests can mingle before the reception?
  • What’s your weather contingency plan for outdoor spaces?

Consider All Inclusive Packages

As you can see, there are many considerations when selecting a wedding venue that can make life easier during the planning process, The Tiffany Ballroom at the Four Points Sheraton Norwood offers all-inclusive packages that can be tailored to your specific needs, including 5-hour room rental , champagne, innovative menus, gorgeous floral centerpieces, bartender service, real butter cream wedding cake, butler-passed hors d’ouevres, elegant table linens, a complimentary overnight guestroom for the bride and groom, and more.

All Inclusive Wedding Packages | The Tiffany Ballroom

All Inclusive Wedding Packages. Images by: Berryphotos Weddings-Portraits

Did you know that the average couple spends over 100 hours researching and interviewing vendors for their wedding day?  Do you want an amazing wedding without all of the headaches? All-inclusive wedding packages have become quite popular for couples looking to tie the knot.

Defining “All Inclusive”

All inclusive wedding packages typically include everything you’ll want and need, including services from vendors.  Venues that offer this option can coordinate details from start to finish while taking great care to make sure your individual wishes are met.

Forget piecing your special day together with a dozen different companies…your wedding coordinator can help you handle everything from the caterer, entertainment, cake, photographer and videographer, minister, florist, bartenders, servers, setup/cleanup crew, rentals, guest suites, hair and makeup appointments, and more.

Companies that offer these packages have taken the time to screen and select reputable vendors that (because they have an ongoing relationship with the venue) can offer reduced pricing. Usually, these vendors have excellent reviews and work with specific venues because it provides them with consistent work. It’s a win/win for all parties involved.

If you are researching all inclusive wedding packages, it is important to understand that each venue has their own definition of “all inclusive”.  Just because you see the words “all inclusive” doesn’t necessarily mean everything that you expect is included.  Make sure to ask lots of questions and read any agreement that you sign very carefully.  Beware of hidden fees and loopholes in the agreement; some venues hide extra fees in the small print.

All Inclusive Wedding Packages
All Inclusive Wedding Packages

Are All Inclusive Wedding Packages Right for You?

With the fast-paced, busy lives most people live today, more and more brides and grooms are choosing all inclusive wedding packages.  Just think about the alternative; couples who choose a DIY wedding will have to spend hours researching and interviewing vendors,

mailing out several different deposits, signing multiple contracts, dealing with rentals, set up/take down and arrival times, figuring out who will run the buffet and keep it stocked, arranging for cake and champagne . . . and the list goes on.

Are you worried that an all inclusive wedding package won’t work for you because you have very specific ideas about your wedding day?  The Tiffany Ballroom at Four Points by Sheraton Norwood can offer you quite a bit of customization and flexibility.  Whether you want something completely over the top or just traditional, our goal is to make your wedding day the most special it can be for you.  Buying a complete wedding package allows you to customize to your own preferences while saving money and time.

However, all inclusive wedding packages aren’t right for everyone. Consider the advantages and disadvantages.


  • Choosing a package is almost always less expensive.
  • Enjoy less work and fewer balls to juggle before, during and after the wedding.
  • You’ll definitely spend much less time researching and interviewing vendors.
  • A dedicated wedding coordinator can help you navigate the process.
  • Instead of keeping up with multiple vendors you’ll have one point of contact.


  • One disadvantage perhaps is the tendency to go with whatever vendors are recommended to you, rather than interviewing a whole host of vendors. However, that is also a huge advantage in terms of time savings.  We have experience selecting reliable, high quality vendors and are happy to steer you in the right direction.
  • If you want to take direct control over every single detail, and enjoy wedding planning, you may not want to turn over responsibility to someone else.

Most couples that choose not to take advantage of an all inclusive package have a unique set of circumstances. Either the location they love doesn’t offer a package or they really want to control every detail of the wedding. Couples should talk about this option and be realistic about their expectations before making a final decision.  If you think you’ll enjoy the wedding planning process, by all means, plan away!

Many Venues Offer All Inclusive Wedding Packages; Why Are We Different?

Most locations that host a large number of weddings will offer some type of wedding package. You can find them offered at hotels, bed and breakfasts, resorts, cruise ships, yachts and other popular wedding spots.

A full-service venue like the Four Points by Sheraton Norwood is an excellent place for an all inclusive wedding; we can handle everything from guest rooms to the ballroom, catering, and coordinating vendors for you.

Our Gold, Platinum and Diamond wedding packages include champagne, butler-passed hors d’oeuvres, innovative menus, real butter cream wedding cake, elegant table linens, gorgeous floral centerpieces, bartender service, 5-hour room rental, a complimentary overnight guestroom for the bride and groom, and much more. And for your overnight guests, we have comfortable, well-appointed guest rooms – all featuring our new signature Four Comfort® Beds. If you or your guests are extra sensitive to air-borne allergens, ask about our new Pure™ Allergy-Friendly guest rooms.

We believe that our unique offering of The Tiffany Ballroom venue combined with our excellent catering services provides a one-two punch that will make your wedding an absolutely unforgettable knockout.

Wedding Venues: Receptions, a Guide to Doing them Right | The Tiffany Ballroom

Wedding Venues Receptions
Wedding Venues Receptions.  Images by: Berryphotos Weddings-Portraits

From the moment you said “I do” the wedding planning began. Who will be in the wedding? Where will the wedding ceremony be? How about wedding venues, receptions, photographers . . . and the list goes on. The reason wedding planning can be so overwhelming is because it is such an important day. But with a little organization and creativity, anyone can pull off an amazing wedding. This how-to guide will break down how to find wedding venues, receptions locations, and ideas for designing the wedding you’ve always dreamed about.

Finding a Wedding Venue

One of the first things you’ll have to do when it’s time to plan your wedding is research wedding venues. By now you should have your wedding binder where you can keep all important information. Use the wedding binder especially when looking for wedding venues, interviewing caterers or photographers, and narrowing down reception sites. Save brochures, photos, your list of questions and answers from all venues, and anything else that may help you make a final decision. Keep in mind that you will typically allocate 30% to 50% of the wedding budget to your wedding venue.

Start your search for a wedding venue by reading reviews online, checking out the bridal boards or other wedding resources, and asking friends and family for recommendations on venues. Also, reach out to anyone you know who has planned a wedding recently. Make a list of possible venues and then start visiting the venues and interviewing the coordinators that will be helping you. Don’t forget to start with the basic questions, such as size, price and availability, so you can weed out some wedding venues early on.

Once you feel like you have asked all of your questions and you think you’ve found “the one” it’s time to seal the deal. Get everything in writing and review the agreement very carefully. This is not the time to have a misunderstanding about what time you will be allowed into the wedding location or what kind of flowers you’re allowed to bring in. Also, feel free to negotiate the terms of the agreement. If you are spending a lot with a particular vendor they are more likely to give you a break on the price or throw in extras for your wedding.

Wedding Venue ReceptionsPlanning Wedding Venues Receptions

When it comes to planning wedding venues receptions it’s important to be as detail oriented as possible. It’s a great idea to either hire a wedding coordinator to help you, choose a location like a hotel that may provide a wedding coordinator, or purchase an all-inclusive wedding package so that many of the details will already be worked out for you.

Regardless of which option you choose, you should first come up with a wedding agenda that lists in detail exactly what will happen and when. Also, if you are handling all of the vendors yourself, you will need a list detailing every vendor that will be involved in the wedding with contact information and terms of the agreement. If you are working with a wedding coordinator, they will handle all of the vendor management. The main components of a typical wedding reception that need to be planned out are food/alcohol, entertainment and general logistics such as how will the seating chart look and where will guests park.


First you must find out what catering restrictions there are at wedding venues.  Receptions should take into account the vendors you can use and the types of food or alcohol you can serve. Some wedding venues may not even allow alcohol, so if this is an important component for your party, ask that question early on. The next question is price. Wedding venues typically charge per person for food and sometimes for bar service as well. Alcohol may also be charged based on the actual amount consumed. To save money, find out if you can supply your own alcohol. If you’re bringing in your own vendors, ask if there are kitchen facilities available at the venues.

Wedding Entertainment

Wedding entertainment may be a live band or a D.J. With either option, the D.J. or band members may not only play music, but they may guide the timing of the wedding as well. This person, for example, may introduce the bride and groom at the beginning of the reception, announce the first dance, and generally keep the wedding reception moving through the various events.

Before choosing your wedding venue reception location, make sure the type of entertainment you want is feasible. Ask about a stage or area for the D.J. as well as what electrical outlets are available. You will also need to ask about any restrictions on the kind of music that can be played, how loud it can be, and how late into the night it can go. For example, at some wedding venues, receptions have to close down by 10 pm because there is a noise ordinance. Interview the band or D.J. first to see if you feel comfortable with their style and if it will fit with your wedding. Talk about a song list and be clear on what role you expect them to play in your wedding.

Wedding Logistics

At all wedding venues, for receptions and other events it is important to consider the overall logistics of the event. Go over each detail carefully with your wedding coordinator or your contact at the venues. Ask about rentals, parking, lighting, decorations, and timing. For out-of-town guests, find out about overnight accommodations and transportation.

Most of all, get good Wedding advice

The Tiffany Ballroom at Four Points Norwood has a wealth of experience helping couples plan their special day.  Based on your tastes and needs, we can share some of the newest trends in receptions and events – from inspiring themes and entertainment to innovative menu selections, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and fine wines. We will delight you with a wide variety of floral and room decorations, place settings, linens, photo opportunities, gift ideas, and so much more. Whatever the event, large or small, our goal is to make your event very special, indeed.

Massachusetts Marriage : Conducting a Marriage in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Marriage
Massachusetts Marriage

Are you thinking about conducting a Massachusetts marriage?  Whether you are new to being an officiant or you are from out-of-state, it is important to understand the laws and requirements involved in conducting a Massachusetts marriage, from marriage license requirements to becoming certified. Here are some tips to help you get started.


Getting a Marriage License

The bride and groom need to go to any city or town clerk and fill out a Notice of Intention of Marriage (essentially, a Marriage Application) no more than 60 days before the marriage.  They should bring proof of age and be prepared to pay an application fee.  There is then a three day waiting period before they can receive their Marriage License.


Becoming Certified to Perform a Marriage

You do not have to be a minister or even a Justice of the Peace to perform a marriage in Massachusetts. You simply need to have honorable intentions, file with the state and perform the required duties. There are 3 categories that a person who performs a wedding will fall into.

  • Ministers or Clergy – Resident clergy can register with the Secretary of the Commonwealth to be able to perform marriages. Out-of-State clergy must first obtain an authorization from the state Secretary’s office by submitting a Petition to Solemnize Marriage.
  • Justices of the Peace – Justices of the Peace are appointed by the Governor for each town or city.
  • Relative or Family Friend – To perform a wedding one time for family or friends, a person may obtain special one-time permission to perform a marriage, called a One Day Marriage Designation, from the Secretary of State’s office.

Preparing for a Wedding Ceremony

Don’t forget to prepare in advance! This is obviously a very important day for the couple. Review a detailed explanation of how a wedding ceremony is conducted and meet with the couple to make sure all of their wishes are incorporated. Practice what you will need to say out loud multiple times before the wedding, especially if this is your first time.


Wedding Day

A wedding day is a fun and exciting time for everyone involved, including the person conducting the wedding. Here are a few things to remember to do.

  • The couple needs to show you their marriage license. Make sure the information is accurate and that the license was obtained within the last 60 days.
  • Sign the license. Witness signatures are not required in MA.


After the Wedding

This part is very important not to forget!  After the wedding, the person who performed the wedding must return the license to the town or city clerk’s office where the marriage license was issued.

Other Resources You Should Examine

This page on is a great resource for more detailed information on certification to perform marriage –>


Massachusetts laws related to marriage can be found here –>