Unfortunately, in the Arnold Arboretum and other Boston and Cambridge-area parks, you can't have a ceremony in the park with any structures. This means: no tent, no tables, no chairs...well, maybe one or two chairs. But you get the idea - your guests have to stand and you'll have to have a rain plan and be able to communicate it to your guests very effectively at the last minute.
I personally love these types of wedding ceremonies which have a more casual, informal, organic feel - but keep in mind the needs of your guest list if this is what you have in mind. 85 year old grandmas often have a hard time standing for an outdoor wedding ceremony.
I've done extensive research and nearly all of the City of Boston's parks have no covering. This means that, as much as the idea of a casual wedding in the Boston Public Garden sounds divine, you may get wet.
My advice: if you are having a wedding with more than 20 guests, don't plan for the ceremony in a public park in the Boston area. There are some really nice venues which have their own outdoor ceremony space where you can have chairs and where you can retreat in the event of rain. But if you decide on a park, you'll need a permit. The fee for Boston parks for Boston residents is $50 and $100 for non residents.
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