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2020 Weddings: Love During Covid

In the wedding industry, we keep hearing the same thing over and over again when we chat with couples: “I don’t want a Covid wedding.” It’s understandable. After all, the Covid-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way that we function in our daily lives.

However, after working (almost all) of the weddings of 2020, I feel like labeling weddings as “Covid weddings” is a misnomer. Sure, we had to work within certain guidelines and implement safety precautions, but the fact is that 2020 weddings at the mansion were amazing. In fact, I would go so far as to say that the weddings in 2020 were somehow even more special, because they were done during a time when so many people had their lives upturned. I watched our couples come together in such a wonderful way, creating magical moments amidst the pandemic.

Photo by: Mel B Photography

With that in mind, I think it’s important to let our 2021 couples know that weddings here at the mansion will always be wonderful, no matter the circumstances. I also think it’s worth taking a look back at some of our 2020 weddings to see exactly what they were like.

Outdoor Weddings

We embraced outdoor weddings in 2020 by erecting a gorgeous Sperry Tent that kept the breezy feel of our vista but still provided shelter from sun and rain. There were yard games, outdoor lounge furniture, cigar bars, and more. Guests dined beneath the tent and danced the night away on the terrace. These weddings were, without a doubt, stunning.

I often say that we’re fortunate as a venue. We have over 100 acres of grounds to work with, which

means that we have the space to set up tents and outdoor areas for guests. Fortunately, our gardens cooperated with us this past season, and the flowers were absolutely stunning during our outdoor weddings.

Embracing Intimacy

Of course, 2020 was the year of more intimate weddings. Smaller guest counts meant that couples could actually talk with everyone during their big

Henry + Mac

day. From my experience, a lot of these weddings seemed more personal and customized to the couples. They would add special touches that they wouldn’t normally be able to include with a larger guest count. As an example, one couple had a neon sign that they customized and hung above their sweetheart table.

Personally, I enjoyed these smaller weddings. I felt like couples were less overwhelmed during their big day because of it.

Going with the Flow

This is normally the case no matter the year, but I found that 2020 couples that went with the flow and

Photo by: Derek Halkett Photography

listened to their vendors were the ones that had the best weddings. Vendors have a lot of experience when it comes to events, and know all of the policies that need to be followed for Covid. This means that they also know what works and what doesn’t.

In 2020, this was more true than ever. We partnered with caterers who worked with us to create truly amazing weddings during the pandemic. They came up with creative ways to make sure food was safely served, and I helped create was to unobtrusively add touches that kept guests safe, such as sanitization stations and mask tables.

With that in mind, I always recommend that you listen to your vendors if they make suggestions. After all, you’re hiring them for a reason. Trust them to create your perfect day.

 

As we launch into the 2021 wedding season, I can’t help but be excited. Last year was a challenge, but it was also

Photo by: Amber Jones Photography

one of the most amazing wedding seasons I’ve had at the mansion to date. I can only hope that this year will be just as wonderful.

Remember, you’re not going to have a “Covid wedding.” You’re going to have a beautiful mansion wedding. And all of us here at the mansion will be there to help you every step of the way.

See you soon!

~Catie

 

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Weddings are changing… and so are we.

For 20 years, the Wadsworth Mansion has offered couples a beautiful, historic location to host wedding celebrations. It’s been a privilege to be the backdrop for so many memorable milestones over the years. In these 20 years, we’ve hosted weddings in hurricanes, blizzards, tornado threats, and even a recession. Every challenge has come with necessary adjustments and none more so than the pandemic we are currently facing.  After fielding many calls from couples who are looking for solutions on their now rescheduled, cancelled, or or yet unplanned 2020 wedding, we began to brainstorm how we can help the COVID bride and groom. And, as the saying goes, “necessity is the mother of invention”.  On that note, we are so excited to announce our 2020 promotional wedding packages.

 

These packages have been designed to adhere to all social distancing restrictions and are available based on what is permitted at the time you wish to host your event.  We are closely following all local and state guidelines and will advise you on your options based on what is allowed. We will guide you in your plans to ensure the health and safety of all who attend.


2020 Wedding Packages

 

Ceremony Only

If you are looking for a stunning location to host your intimate ceremony, we are offering our grounds for a small gathering to witness your vows. Choose from our sprawling vista, intimate tennis pavilion, or anywhere that inspires you! Tables and chairs are included, along with 3 hour access to the Mansion grounds for the ceremony and photos. We will also assist with coordinating vendors for floral decor, officiant, photographer, and music if needed. Other options you may add include live streaming extended family and friends, or arranging a congratulatory car parade at the conclusion of the ceremony! 

Investment:

$1,500 and includes access to the Mansion grounds for 3 hours, along with ceremony chairs and tables.

 

 

Micro wedding

Are you looking for a spectacular venue to host your intimate wedding celebration or elopement? We have designed a package just for you! The Micro Wedding provides you all of the fanfare and grandeur your wedding deserves on a smaller scale. We have hand-picked some of the best vendors in the industry to execute a flawless wedding from start to finish.  With up to 35 of your closest friends and family, host your ceremony on our grand vista, or in our tennis pavilion where climbing rose vines surround you. Guests will then enjoy cocktails on the terrace with sprawling views of the vista, or in our loggia with tall, arching windows that overlook the grounds. Formalities follow cocktails with the couple’s formal introductions, a first dance, and toasts. Then guests retreat to the beaux arts style ballroom to enjoy a delicious meal and dessert before departing. This package is available for Monday through Thursday or available weekend daytime celebrations.

Investment:

Package starts at $6,000 for up to 35 guests (plus CT Sales tax) Additional guests $50 p/person.

Package includes venue, ceremony, 3 hour reception, food, beer & wine bar, service, rentals, DJ, florist, & Photographer. Upgrades are available at an additional cost.

 

 

Full wedding

We have taken all of the elements of a timeless and elegant Wadsworth Mansion wedding and put together the perfect wedding experience for you! The full wedding package is perfect for the couple who is ready to host the wedding of their dreams with a streamlined experience.  We have hand-picked some of the best vendors in the industry to execute a flawless wedding from start to finish. This package is the full 5 hour wedding reception from ceremony, to cocktails, dinner, and dancing!  Host your ceremony on our grand vista or in our tennis pavilion where climbing rose vines surround you. Guests will then enjoy cocktails on the terrace with sprawling views of the vista, or in our loggia with tall, arching windows that overlook the grounds. Formalities follow cocktails with the couple’s formal introductions, a first dance, and toasts. Then guests retreat to the beaux arts style ballrooms to enjoy a delicious meal and following dinner, dance the night away on our terrace with twinkling bistro lights above you!

Investment:

Package starts at $11,650 for up to 50 guests (plus CT Sales tax) Additional guests $81 p/person.

Package includes venue, ceremony, 5 hour reception, food, bar, service, rentals, DJ, florist, & Photographer. Upgrades are available at an additional cost.

 

For a full breakdown of pricing, participating vendors, and more options, please contact us!

 

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“Light the Mansion Blue” for our Local Heroes

The Long Hill Estate Authority and the Mansion’s Executive Director, Megan Bush, wanted to acknowledge those who have been serving on the front lines for our community in a special way.  Megan invited Middlesex Health, who has been a Presenting Sponsor of our concert series for the past several years, along with representatives of the Middletown Police Department, and Mayor Ben Florsheim to the Mansion as we lit the Mansion blue to honor our local first responders.

We at the Wadsworth Mansion are proud to be community resource for the people of Middletown and surrounding areas for the past twenty years and are happy to provide all who visit a beautiful retreat from the hustle of every day life.  During these uncertain times, we know many have found our trails and grounds to be a safe refuge for social distancing. “Light the Mansion Blue” was our way to say thank you to the local heroes on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We would like to thank Mike Teirney at Audio Media Solutions for his uplighting and projector, and Brian Ambrose Photography for capturing the evening.

Light the Mansion Blue – Photo by Brian Ambrose, Lights by AMS

Mayor Ben Florsheim, Middletown PD, Middlesex Health, Members of the Long Hill Estate Authority, and Wadsworth Mansion Staff

 

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Wedding Planning in Quarantine – Bridal Salons

We know that wedding planning can be a stressful time, and doubly so if it’s during quarantine. Fortunately, there are amazing people that are there to help. Everyone in the hospitality industry is doing their best to come up with solutions for couples during this time, and they all want to make sure that your special day is the best that it can be.

Bridal salons are no exception to this rule. If you’ve already ordered your dress, or have had to push back fittings, then don’t worry. Bridal salons are preparing to work harder than ever to make sure that your dress is perfect for your special day. Since a few of our couples have asked us about local bridal salons and ordering their dress, we reached out to a few of them to learn their policies and what they’re doing during this time. While they’re all closed for business until May 20, there are a few options for you to start your planning process for your dress, tux, or suit!

Jos A. Bank

Photo by: Elizabeth Grant Photography

This store has a great policy for getting a jumpstart on getting a tux or suit! They’re offering a card for at-home measurements, so that anyone who would like to start the process of renting a tux can do so. All you need to do is reach out to ask for one. You can also browse their wide selection online to see what sort of style you may be interested in.

Location:
Find your closest location here.

Bliss Bridal

Photo by: Alicia Ann Photography

After May 20th, Bliss Bridal will be making sure that their clients feel safe by limiting the amount of appointments they take. They’re already reaching out to their current clients, and have plans to have extra tailors on hand to make sure that your dress is perfect well ahead of your wedding! If you don’t have your dress just yet, you can request a look book from the salon to see what they have available for styles!

Location:
242 South Main Street,
Cheshire, CT

The Wedding Embassy

Like all bridal salons, the Wedding Embassy is closed until May 20th. However, they’ve come up with a unique solution for couples in the meantime! They’re offering virtual appointments to discuss options for gowns. Not only that, but they’re also offering contact-free deliveries of gowns for clients that have already ordered and altered their dresses. You can see their entire policy here.

Location:
1900 Watertown Avenue
Oakville, CT 06779

The Wedding Dress

Photo by: Sam Coba Photography

The Wedding Dress is working with their couples to make sure that their alterations are done in time for their wedding. They’re also currently offering a 10% discount for any bridal accessories purchased through them online! If you book a Sunday special appointment now for the future, which includes snacks and a bit of bubbly, then you receive $25 off.

Location:
162 Main Street
Portland, CT 06480

White Dress by the Shore

The White Dress by the store is closed until May 20th. However, they’ve also come up with some amazing solutions for couples who’d like to start shopping for their gown! With their TWD at home services, you can order up to three sample gowns to try on at home! You can find a full list of their policies here.

Location:
104 E Main Street
Clinton, CT 06413

We hope this helps you find your dream dress or suit during this time! While most stores may be closed to in-person interactions, there are plenty of online resources for you to continue planning your special day. As always, make sure to reach out to your own local stores to see what their policies are during this time.

 

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