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April 3, 2013

Formal or casual, ballpark weddings a hit

For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re ... married?

A major league baseball stadium might be one of the last places you would consider for your fairytale wedding. After all, come game day, the ballpark is often filled with droves of beer-swilling and -spilling, hot-dog-chomping fans, resplendent in their home-team finery.

Some couples, though, find that the massive stadiums where they enjoy hearing the crack of the bat can also be the perfect place to hear their beloved say, “I do.”

When she chose a reception site for her wedding on June 2, 2012, Melissa Cantarow of Boston was mindful that most of her 150 guests were arriving from other states.

She and her fiance, Jeremy, wanted a unique location that would show off their city, and show their fun-loving friends and relatives a good time.

Once the Red Sox fans were pronounced husband and wife in a church ceremony, the Cantarows and their guests headed to a formal evening reception at Fenway Park.

“We figured for people possibly seeing Fenway for the first time, this would be a great way to see it and would be a great introduction to the city and to sort of the heart of Boston,” Cantarow said.

Before the big day, however, the couple faced skepticism.

“Our parents were a little bit wary of us getting married there because it’s not very traditional and people were like, ‘Are you going to be eating hot dogs for dinner?’” said Cantarow, 27. “They couldn’t imagine it still being a formal wedding.”

The party was held in a luxury event space overlooking the field. There was a sit-down dinner at tables decorated with twinkling candles, pink peony centerpieces and gold Chivari chairs, to give the room a more bridal feel.

“We tried to dress the room up so it wasn’t your typical sticky floors, draft beer” ballpark feeling, Cantarow said. “We wanted to give people an elevated experience of Fenway.”

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