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Using Space at the Wadsworth Mansion

The Wadsworth Mansion isn’t your typical wedding venue. It’s a Beaux Arts style mansion that transports you back to an era of elegance and high society, with sprawling gardens and gorgeous views. While working here during the past season, I’ve seen all sorts of ways that the mansion can be used during a wedding—from creating a lounge in one of the ballrooms, to dining al fresco on the terrace to having a cocktail hour by the tennis pavilion outside.

When I tour couples at the mansion, I’ve noticed it’s often hard for them to decide how exactly they want the flow of their wedding to go. With this in mind, I’ve decided to write about all of the different ways the mansion can be set up during your big day. It may seem like a lot, but the team here is great at suggesting different options for the flow of your big day.

Without further ado, here are some different ways that I’ve seen the mansion used for the ceremony, cocktail hour, dining, and dancing.

Ceremony

Photography: Ammarhea Photo

When deciding where your ceremony is going to be at the mansion, I recommend that you look at the season, foliage, and weather. After all, we have some stunning grounds and indoor spaces; you might as well make good use of them!

Photography: Vicky and Erik Photography

When flowers bloom and when foliage begins to turn varies year to year. However, this past year, I got a great sense of when to expect flowers to bloom on the grounds. In May, the dogwoods, cherry blossoms and magnolias begin to flower. In late May and early June, our pink rhododendrons being to bloom and in mid June, the roses by the tennis pavilion begin to flower (it’s honestly stunning—and were some of my favorite flowers to see). In August, the hydrangeas begin to bloom with full, white blossoms. In September and October, the hydrangeas turn a dusky rose color that then changes to full pink in later autumn. It’s hard to say when the autumn foliage really begins to pop each year, but late September and early October is usually a safe bet. That’s when you’ll get some spectacular background color behind the tennis pavilion and on the drive on the way up to the mansion.

Photography: Kris Rae Photo

Of course, there’s also winter to consider; in that case, you may want to consider a heated tent on the terrace for your ceremony, or using the east or west ballroom. If you have a small guest list, you can also conduct your ceremony in the Loggia against the gorgeous windows!

It’s ultimately up to you when it comes to where your ceremony will be. You can have it on the vista, next to the tennis pavilion, on the terrace, in one of the ballrooms, amidst our cedar trees, or even in the Loggia!

Cocktail Hour

Photographer: Alicia Ann Photography

Cocktail hour is a great time to mix and mingle with your guests while enjoying libations and hors d’oeuvres after your ceremony. At the mansion, I’ve seen that having the cocktail hour near the ceremony location allows guests to easily transition from one space to another to enjoy that part of the event. As an example, if you choose to have your ceremony on the vista, you may then choose to have your cocktail hour by the tennis pavilion amidst the roses. A more popular choice is on the terrace or in the mansion, or both!

There are a lot of options for cocktail hour at the mansion. You can also use the Loggia, terrace, one of the ballrooms, or the rose garden near the tennis pavilion.

Dining

Photography: Melanie Ruth Photography

Photography: Melanie Ruth Photography

There are a few different options for dining at the mansion. Both of the ballrooms are gorgeous and you can choose to do a sweetheart table in either of them. You may also choose to have a long, elegant head table in the Loggia! If you want to do something very special, you may instead choose to have your guests dine outside on the terrace. If you’re planning this set-up, I recommend getting a tent (just in case!).

Dancing

Most couples decide to have dancing on the terrace, and I don’t blame them. It’s absolutely amazing to dance under the night sky in the evening. This past year, some couples added bistro lights for a more romantic feel, or uplighting that switched colors during songs to create more of a fun vibe.

Photography: Brooke Brady Photography

Photography: Derek Halkett Photography

There are also a few other locations for dancing inside the mansion. Some couples opt to use the dance floor in the Loggia when it’s either too hot or too cold inside (yes, the mansion has both AC and heating), and some even rent a dance floor and decide to use one of the ballrooms.

 

There are a lot of ways the Wadsworth Mansion can be used during your wedding. Just this past year, I’ve seen couples include a photobooth, a memory room, and more! I’ve seen dinner take place outside, in the ballrooms, and in the Loggia. I’ve seen dancing happen both inside and outside. There are so many ways that you can personalize the mansion during your big day. I’m sure that as I continue to oversee weddings in this amazing, historic space, I’ll learn of even more creative ways that couples decide to use it for their weddings.

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Customize Your Wedding at the Wadsworth Mansion!

Sam Coba Photography

When I first began working here in April, I had no idea that I would learn so much and meet so many amazing couples in such a short amount of time. During my time here, I’ve noticed something that I, and the couples love about the mansion: It can be customized to each couples’ personality. Each wedding at the estate is unique as each couple adds their own, personal touch to their big day. Just this year, I’ve seen a Gatsby-themed wedding, an autumn-themed wedding, dance performances and more! With a full wedding season at the mansion under my belt, I realize that the mansion is a gorgeous, blank canvas for couples to create their ideal wedding.  However, I also know that creating your ideal wedding can be overwhelming without a little bit of inspiration to help. That’s why today I want to take a closer look at some of the things that past couples have done to help inspire future couples for their own weddings.

Your Ceremony

Lindsay Vigue Photography

If you’re considering a ceremony on site, then you want to consider what “look” you want for your big day. If it’s a nice day, you can conduct your ceremony by the tennis pavilion outside, or against the roses in that same area (the blooms are normally stunning in June!). You may instead decide to tie the knot on the sweeping vista, or beneath the cedar trees to take advantage of natural shade for your guests; in fact, we recently had a photoshoot with Connecticut Bride that shows how absolutely gorgeous a ceremony beneath those trees can be. I’ve also seen couples opt to have their ceremony on the terrace, using the gorgeous backdrop of the mansion for some stunning wedding photos. With a smaller number of guests, it’s also possible to use one of the ballrooms to have an indoor wedding, or even use the Loggia inside. If your ceremony includes a baraat, many couples use the sweeping drive up to the house for the ceremonial procession.

Your Reception

Brooke Brady Photography

What you decide to do for your reception depends a lot on your personal style. Do you want to do a cocktail reception with games outside on the vista and terrace? Do you want to do a formal, seated dinner? Do you want to do interactive stations where food is prepared as your guests watch? I’ve seen every one of these ideas happen at the mansion, and more. During warmer months, I’ve even seen couples dining al fresco on the terrace beneath a tent. One of my favorite things that I’ve seen done at the mansion was a s’mores station, where guests could toast their own marshmallows before sandwiching them between chocolate and graham crackers. There’s something about an interactive food station that really enhances a wedding.

Your Party

After dinner and cocktails, it’s time to party! Many of our couples transform the terrace into their dance floor, and I’ve seen

Brooke Brady Photography

it turn into a truly memorable space with a bit of lighting.  This year, AMS DJ Lighting and Photobooth added some romantic bistro lighting for several weddings (you can see it for yourself in the picture!). I’ve also seen multicolored uplighting that creates a club vibe and gets the party going. With that said, not every couple necessarily wants to focus on dancing.   This year, one couple turned the Loggia into a lounge with games, and I’ve seen other instances of guests choosing to socialize instead of dance. Whatever you decide to do, your party is sure to turn heads!

The Extras

Perceptions Photography

I absolutely love some of the “extras” that couples bring to the mansion to enhance their special day. Just this year, I watched a cigar-rolling demonstration, complete with cigars to enjoy on the terrace (I love cigars, and had the at my own wedding!). I also saw some amazing photobooths with themed props, and I even watched a bride enter in a horse and carriage before taking her walk down the aisle. One of my favorite things that I saw this season were a few performers dressed as flappers and handing out glasses of champagne. One of them even wore a “champagne dress,” which was a huge hit! While you don’t need any extras for your special day, they add a little extra something to enhance your experience during your wedding.

 

No matter what you decide to do for your wedding, you’re sure to have a fabulous day. The mansion gives you a beautiful canvas to work with, and I’d be more than happy to show you what’s possible for your special day.

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Our 20th Anniversary at the Wadsworth Mansion!

Almost 20 years ago, the Wadsworth Mansion hosted its first wedding on New Year’s Eve. Since then, hundreds of happy couples have shared their first married moments together at this historic building. While we look forward to many more future weddings and events, we know that we wouldn’t be where we are today without our many Wadsworth brides and grooms. Today, we want to take a look back at some of the memorable weddings that have happened over the years in honor of the new year!

Dana and Andrew share a kiss on the terrace during their July 2009 wedding! The fireworks were the finishing touch to an amazing celebration with family and friends.

Photographer: Landino Photo

Linnea and Joey share a moment on the mansion’s expansive grounds during their June wedding in 2014. We love how the natural greenery frames them!

Photographer: Michelle Gardell

Alex and Aaron walk down the Vista, followed by their bridesmaids and groomsmen. Their May 2015 wedding was absolutely stunning!
Photography: Steve DePino

Haleigh and her bridesmaids embrace the autumn foliage next to the Carriage Drive. Her October 2016 wedding was absolutely spectacular with the colorful backdrop of fall.

Photography: Kelsey Combe Photography

Becca and Kate share a kiss outside the mansion during their August 2016 wedding! Their big day included an outdoor ceremony on the vista, and a first dance on the terrace.

Photographer: George Brooks Photography

Leslie and Patrick pose by the tennis pavilion for their photographer during their June 2017 wedding. Their vintage furniture added an elegant touch to their big day.

Photographer: Lacey Gabrielle Photography

Smrati and Brian share a dance out on the terrace after their gorgeous ceremony. Their September 2018 wedding was a truly amazing experience.

Photographer: VO Photography

Eduardo and Paul walk between the cedar trees that line the vista before their September 2018 wedding. Their epic celebration included an arrival in a limo, and an amazing first dance that incorporated a fog machine.

Photographer: VO Photography

Jazzmine and Donn share a moment outside the mansion during their special day in August 2018, which included dancing on the terrace and some amazing fireworks!

Photographer: Esteban Gil Photo

Stephanie and James had a stunning wedding in June 2019, complete with classic car. Surrounded by family and friends, the happy couple danced the night away on the terrace beneath beautifully strung lights.

Photographer: Derek Halkett Photography

Anna and Dipesh had a gorgeous fusion wedding in May 2019. With a baraat and two ceremonies, their wedding was absolutely spectacular.

Photographer: Lindsay Vigue Photography

We love all of our couples that have visited the mansion over the years. Each of them brings their own personalities, style, and influence to their wedding. It’s been amazing to see so many different weddings over the past 20 years, and we look forward to 20 more years of future weddings.

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Anna and Dipesh – A Fusion Wedding to Remember

As we edge toward 2020, we love looking back at some of the gorgeous celebrations that occurred during 2019. Anna and Dipesh’s wedding this May stood out in particular, featuring a baraat, stunning florals, and fabulous dancing. Dipesh was very involved in the planning process, using the versatility of the mansion to create an experience like none other for his and Anna’s special day. He and Anna were able to customize their big day to create an amazing fusion wedding. The baraat down the mansion’s long drive was followed by a stunning ceremony on the visa and a buffet-style luncheon in the Loggia among family and friends. Later, Anna and Dipesh had their American ceremony, followed by a plated dinner on the terrace next to the dance floor. We’ve picked out some of our favorite photos below to highlight their ceremonies and reception.

 

 

Photographer: Lindsay Vigue Photography
Caterers: David Alan Catering, Haveli India
Tent: Sperry Tents

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