Situated in a refurbished whaling-era building, the Waypoint Event Center is the perfect blend of old and new. With 3,000 square feet of function space, the Waypoint Event Center is the most unique venue on the Southcoast for full service meetings, social events, and weddings. The elegant SeaLoft boasts cathedral ceilings with a rustic flair - perfect for a wedding, shower or rehearsal dinner, or corporate event. The outdoor patio and fountain or indoor Vineyard room are perfect for cocktails, meeting spaces, and wedding ceremonies. Across the street you will find a setting like no other - the historical New Bedford Harbor - with colorful fishing vessels and blue ocean that stretches for miles.
Adjoining the Waypoint Event Center is the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott. With 106 rooms, including 28 suites, the Fairfield Inn offers your guests the finest accommodations.
The exposed stone and wood work is all original to the 1830s and provides a historic charm unlike any other venue on the South Coast. For ceremonies, the Vineyard Room provides an intimate gathering space, perfect for a wedding ceremony.
Your wedding guests will be immersed in the rich history that is New Bedford, Massachusetts. Simply walk across the street for a backdrop like no other, with colorful fishing vessels and blue ocean that stretches for miles. Downtown New Bedford, with its historic buildings and cobblestone streets provide you with quaint areas for your wedding photographs.
Our in-house catering professionals and event coordinator will work with you every step of the way to ensure that your special day is executed perfectly and memorable. Lafrance Hospitality has 60 years of event experience as well as renowned service and menus. We would like to welcome you to host your wedding at the Waypoint Event Center.
The Waypoint Event Center is the perfect destination for social events. Our SeaLoft boasts cathedral ceilings, and the exposed stone and wood work is all original to the 1830's, providing a historic charm unlike any other venue on the South Coast. For smaller affairs, the Vineyard Room is an intimate gathering space, perfect for a light cocktail party or wedding ceremony. The outdoor patio is a wonderful spot to relax by our water fountain and firepit.
With 3,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, your attendees will be immersed in the rich history that is the working waterfront of New Bedford. Our SeaLoft boasts cathedral ceilings with exposed stone walls, with an overlooking executive suite. For smaller meetings, the Vineyard Room can also be divided into East Chop & West Chop for breakout sessions. Perfect for strategic planning sessions, we offer the Cuttyhunk and Seaview Boardrooms as well.
Adjoining the Waypoint Event Center is the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, where your attendees can rest easy in one of our 106 guest rooms, including 28 suites. Complimentary high speed internet is provided, in addition to a business center, guest laundry, complimentary hot breakfast, indoor pool, & Jacuzzi.
My husband and I just got married on New Year's Day here at the Waypoint and I can't say enough good things about this venue. The Sea Loft room is absolutely gorgeous. The exposed beams and the stone wall sets it apart from all those cookie cutter banquet halls.The room looked classic with a romantic and intimate feel. When picking a location, we were concerned about having boring bland food, but it was anything but. Our family and friends have reached out to let us know it was by far the most amazing wedding food they have ever had. The best part had to be our coordinator, Diane. She went above and beyond to make sure that our wedding was everything we wanted. Diane was always quick to respond to my many emails and fulfilled our every request. She and the staff set the room up exactly as I would have done myself, paying attention to every detail. I didn't have to worry about a thing the day of my wedding. I was able to relax and just enjoy every moment. You will not be disappointed picking the Waypoint to host your wedding or any special event.
My husband and I were married at the Waypoint Event Center, part of Lafrance Hospitality, and also had our catering through them.We were absolutely blown away by the services provided. I enjoyed my interactions with everyone at Lafrance, although we worked closely with Jennifer at the Waypoint. She was so professional and prompt with her responses, and made us feel so at ease through a (sometimes) stressful process. We also used catering via Lafrance and all of our guests raved about the food. Everything was delicious, and helped to make our wedding extra memorable. We really enjoyed our experience working with Lafrance Hospitality, and would recommend any of their venues to couples looking to get married in South Coast Massachusetts.
Every detail was taken care of, every request made. Can't say enough how very pleased we were! Food was amazing every guest had a compliment - exactly how we pictured the day!
My husband and I wanted/HAD TO HAVE a venue with a hotel attached. I was completely against a hotel ballroom/wedding factory venue. I really wanted some type of rustic feel, like a barn or vineyard, etc. When we walked into Waypoint we loved it immediately. The venue is a restored whaling factory building so it has one wall that is stone with large windows. There are exposed wood beams - it feels like a historic place. The venue has a modern design (bar, bathrooms, elevator, etc.) yet maintains its unique atmosphere. Working with Jen from Waypoint was a delight. She is professional, quickly responds to communication, and was fabulous as the person in charge on the wedding day. Finally, when dealing with Waypoint you also deal with the Fairfield Inn and Suites. Again, we couldn't be more pleased. Clean, up to date rooms and a good breakfast made the hotel accommodations a perfect match to the venue.
“My husband, Andy, and I couldn't have asked for a better experience getting married at the Waypoint Event Center. The months leading up to our wedding very easy and stress free thanks to Jennifer Cotoia the most amazing site coordinator. Jen was a vital part of making our wedding completely amazing. Not a detail was missed or an email unanswered. Our wedding would not have been remotely as beautiful as it was without Jen and the entire staff at the Waypoint and Fairfield Inn.
The Waypoint has so much to offer. The Loft room has exposed brick walls and beams and its huge chandeliers create a light and airy open feeling making it a beautiful backdrop for a wedding and ceremony. We chose to hold both the ceremony and reception in the loft room, which was super convenient for our guest. The passed appetizers were hot, delicious and plentiful. We opted for buffet, which allowed our guests could choose from a variety of dishes. The food tables were set up beautifully and were FILLED with delicious, and masterfully cooked meals. By the end of the night, we had most of our guests telling us that not only was this the best food they've had at a wedding, but the most fun and unique wedding venues they had ever been to- which I feel is largely due to the phenomenal service that the staff at the Waypoint and the Fairfield Inn provided.
The venue's beauty speaks for itself but the staff was so accommodating; I can never repay them for making my wedding so memorable. It was an absolutely perfect day. I would 100% recommend the Waypoint Event center for anyone's wedding or special event.”
With 106 rooms, including 28 suites, the Fairfield Inn offers your guests the finest accommodations. Amenities include:
The Waypoint Event Center
185 MacArthur Dr
New Bedford, MA 02740
From I-195 - Merge onto MA-18 S via exit 15 toward Downtown New Bedford, turn left onto Elm St., turn right onto MacArthur Dr. Entrance to Waypoint Event Center and Fairfield Inn & Suites will be on the right.
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