Host Your Event at the Lyman Estate

Consider us for your intimate micro-wedding of 15 people, or less, at only $895!

VALID April 1 – October 31, 2024.

Waltham, Massachusetts

Open all year long

The beautiful Lyman Estate, with its thirty-seven acres of lawns and gardens, offers a private and exceptional setting for events, including weddings and private parties, corporate events and outings, business meetings and seminars, and holiday parties. Designed in 1793 for shipping merchant Theodore Lyman, the estate was the home of the prominent Lyman family for more than 150 years.

Surrounded by extensive lawns and perennial gardens, the centrally air-conditioned Lyman Estate offers an elegant setting. Use of indoor and outdoor areas gives you maximum flexibility in planning your party. Enjoy a cocktail hour in the garden. Dine al fresco on the covered veranda overlooking the landscaped grounds. Host intimate dinner parties in antique-filled parlors. Dance in the magnificent ballroom where the waltz was introduced to Boston society.

Saturdays available in 2024:  August 10; November 23; December 7, 28.

Saturdays available in 2025: January 4, 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15; March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; May 3, 10, 24, 31; June 21; August 2, 16, 23, 30; September 6, 13, 20, 27; October 4, 18, 25; November 15, 29; December 6, 13, 20, 27.

Five rooms are available for your use: The oval parlor with its original, hand-carved woodwork; a dramatic Victorian library; the east parlor; the dining room, where light streams in through bay windows; and the ballroom, with its crystal chandeliers, classical columns, and marble fireplace. A grand staircase with a Palladian window provides a perfect spot for photographs. On the second floor, there is a beautifully furnished bride’s room. Your rental gives you exclusive use of the mansion and the grounds. In fact, think of the Lyman Estate as your private estate for the day. We invite you to schedule a visit to the Lyman Estate and meet with one of our event managers.

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Rental Rates, Capacity, and More Information

Location: 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass.

Wedding Rental Rates, May – October:

Wedding Rental Rates, November – April:

Corporate Event Rental Rates, May – October:

Corporate Event Rental Rates, November – April:

Your rental fee supports Historic New England’s mission to preserve and share New England heritage. To express our thanks for your support, we offer you a complimentary one-year membership. Membership benefits include free admission to Historic New England sites, discounts on merchandise and events, and a subscription to Historic New England magazine.


Wedding Rental Fee Includes:

Corporate Event Rental Fee Includes:

Download a Lyman Estate floor plan.

Make an Appointment

Please contact us to make an appointment to see the estate. Appointments are available, made in advance, as our event schedule permits.

Photos courtesy of Lisa Rigby Photography, Alex + Betty, and Ria Mackenzie Photography.

The Lyman Estate

The Lyman Estate served as an elegant country retreat for wealthy shipping merchant Theodore Lyman and his family in the early 1800s. (Photo: Lisa Rigby Photography)

  • The Lyman Estate

    The Lyman Estate served as an elegant country retreat for wealthy shipping merchant Theodore Lyman and his family in the early 1800s. (Photo: Lisa Rigby Photography)

  • The Lyman Estate

    The classically furnished second-floor bridal suite is the perfect place to prepare. (Photo: Alex + Betty)

  • The Lyman Estate

    The dramatic 600-foot peach wall, constructed at the turn of the 19th century, provides the perfect backdrop for an outdoor ceremony. (Photo: Lisa Rigby Photography)

  • The Lyman Estate

    The Oval or “Bow” Parlor is preserved in architect Samuel McIntire's original 1793 design. (Photo: Alex + Betty)

  • The Lyman Estate

    With stunning views of the back lawn and gardens, the Palladian window along the grand staircase is a favorite "first look" location. (Photo: Alex + Betty)

  • The Lyman Estate

    Constructed with an emphasis on balance and symmetry, the ballroom is an elegant example of Federal period architecture. (Photo: Ria Mackenzie Photography)

  • The Lyman Estate

    The library, added in 1882, reflects darker Victorian tastes with its stained pine paneling. (Photo: Lisa Rigby Photography)

  • The Lyman Estate

    Use of five indoor rooms and 37 acres of outdoor space gives you maximum flexibility in planning your special day. (Photo: Lisa Rigby Photography)

Caterers and Event Services

Caterers (Exclusive Suppliers):

Clients are required to choose caterers from our exclusive list. No off-list catering is permitted, with the exception of wedding cakes and dessert vendors.

Boston Catering and Events
Contact: Darcy Eidle, [email protected]

Capers Catering
Contact: Emma Roberts, [email protected]

East Meets West Catering
Contact: Michele Stump, [email protected]
617-269-2662 ext. 11

La Bonne Maison
Contact: Mary Alsobrook, [email protected]

MAX Ultimate Food
Contact: Alexis Davis, [email protected]

Tastings Caterers
Contact: Sue Zahner, [email protected]

Tents (Exclusive Suppliers):

Tents are permitted, but must be supplied and set up by PEAK Event Services or Sperry Tents. If considering a tent rental, please inquire with Lyman staff.

Peak Event Services
Contact: Christine Hendriks, [email protected]

Sperry Tents
Contact: Robert Cowell, [email protected]

Alcohol Provider (Exclusive Supplier):

Gordon’s Liquors
Contact: Suzanne McNitt-Murphy
781-893-1900 ext. 117


Lodging and Wedding Room Blocks:

Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston, Contact:  [email protected]

Holiday Inn Express, Waltham, Contact: Janise Alvarado, [email protected]

Marriott Courtyard Hotel, Waltham, Contact: Contact: Janise Alvarado, [email protected]

Omni Parker House, Boston, Contact: [email protected]


Alexsandra Wiciel Photography

Dan Aguirre Photography

Joseph Gonzalez-Dufresne Photography

Kelly Benvenuto Photography

Leise Jones Photography

Molly Quill Photography 

Pizzuti Photography

Samantha M Photo

Zev Fisher Photography


DJ Deja

DJ Dres 

DJ Real P

DJ Jon Strader


Gilded Harps

Jeremy Silver Music
Contact: [email protected]

Riverview Chamber Players

Silver Arrow Band
Contact: [email protected]

Contact: [email protected]

White Heat Orchestra

Wilson Stevens Band

Winiker Music

Young Love & The Thrills
Contact: [email protected]


LoveLocked Films
Contact: [email protected]

Move Mountains Co.
Contact: [email protected]

OTD Collective
Contact: [email protected]


Bad Rabbit Flowers

Boston Event Divas

Flower Chemistry

Rococo Floral

The Wild Dahlia

Twig and Briar

Two Stems of Joy

Waltham’s Florist


Elizabeth Gemelli

Regina M. Pacitti

Hair and Makeup:

Make-up By Kristen K

Hair’s Evelyn

Perfectly Pinned
Contact: [email protected]

Vaiani & Clarke Salon

Cakes and Favors:

Soul Cake Shop
Contact: [email protected]

YumBunnies Cakery
Contact: [email protected]

Konditor Meister
Contact: [email protected]

Emma’s Macarons
Contact: [email protected]

Petal & Ink  
Contact: [email protected]

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