Wadsworth Mansion Wedding

Tips for Keeping Organized While Planning Your Wedding!

You’ve recently gotten engaged and you know you want a wedding to remember. You have some idea of the décor that you want, have looked into which venues would be best, and want to keep everything organized. Unfortunately, the organization is harder than you expected and you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed.

I know I felt like I had gotten in over my head when I was planning my own wedding two years ago. I felt like I wasn’t prepared as I scrolled through Pinterest and wedding websites. As the date drew closer, I felt more nervous—not about marrying the person I loved, but instead about planning my own wedding.

Photographer: Derek Halkett

 

During this time, I got the best piece of advice I could have gotten from one of my best friends: Don’t panic. You just need to take things one step at a time. With that piece of advice and a few more, I had an amazing wedding that my friends and family still talk about to this day.

Now with a bit more experience under my belt and having learned from my own wedding, here are a few tips for keeping your cool when planning your wedding.

Book Your Venue First

One of the most important things to do is to book your venue first. Not only will this determine how many guests you can have at your wedding, but will also determine what sort of decorations you can have, and which caterers are available to you. Each venue is different, and each has its own policies. Not only that, but booking your venue means that you’ll have a solid date to work from for invitations and other plans. Keep in mind that if you plan to book at the gorgeous Wadsworth Mansion, keep the season in mind! We have different flowers and foliage depending on the season, and each gives a different feel for your wedding.

Avoid Getting Bogged Down in Details

While you may have what you think is the perfect time line for your big day, or an idea of what your centerpieces need to look like, remember to not get bogged down in the details. Fine details can help enhance your wedding, but don’t stress too much over them. At the end of the day, the big picture is what matters. I remember being worried about the color of the napkins at my own wedding. In the end, no one notices the napkins. Instead, they remember and enjoy the overall experience of the day. At the Wadsworth Mansion in particular, you’ll have a stunning backdrop for your wedding no matter what. Even if you can’t find the exact centerpieces you want, it’s okay; you’ll still have a beautiful wedding.

Make a Plan…And Stick To It

At the beginning of the planning process, you’ll want to make a list of things that you need to take care of and deadlines for each of these items. This may include things like booking a venue, finding a florist and deciding on your floral arrangements, picking a caterer and deciding the menu, and more. While making your plan, keep in mind that the people you hire and book are there to help give you advice and guide you through the process. If you wind up booking at the Wadsworth, we’ll give you planning tools and resources to work with to help with the process!

Communication is Key!

Remember to communicate throughout the planning process, especially with your caterer and venue. While your vendors have likely planned many weddings in the past, it’s important to communicate what you want for your own wedding. Not only will this allow your vendors to let you know what is and isn’t possible, but will make the week up to your wedding and your wedding day run a lot more smoothly! Make sure to also remember to communicate with your bridal party and family about date, timing, and schedule; that way, they’ll know where to be and when!

Most Importantly, Relax

There is no event or wedding out there that runs perfect. There will always be snags or hang ups that you don’t expect. But don’t worry! At the end of the day, you’re going to have a beautiful wedding with friends and family while confirming your vows with someone you love. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, take a step back and take a few, deep breaths; you’re going to have a great wedding.

 

0
1

The Wedding Experience at the Wadsworth

Your wedding is a special day. It’s a time when you can gather with your friends and family to share a truly wonderful moment in your life. However, weddings aren’t just a way to share your life; they’re also an experience.

More and more often, brides and grooms come to the Wadsworth Mansion looking for a truly unique experience. They want their wedding to stand out from the others, and want to bring in elements that take their wedding from simply being an event to becoming an amazing and memorable time that both they and their guests can enjoy.

Today, we’re taking a closer look at the types of elements and experiences that some of our brides and grooms have brought in to their weddings.

Cigar and Whiskey Bar

Most people know that whiskey pairs well with cigars, but fewer people know how both pair well with a wedding. Cigar and whiskey bars are rising in popularity, offering a place for guests to relax and speak casually while enjoying fine drinks and cigars. At the Wadsworth, couples will have an outdoor cigar station set up on the terrace so that guests can enjoy the gorgeous scenery with a drink in hand.

Photo Booth

Want to give your guests an immersive experience for their wedding favors? Look no further than a photo booth. This attraction can be set to have different backgrounds while giving your guests something to do during the reception, and something to take home with them to remember the amazing event. Ask the Wadsworth Mansion staff about how a photo booth can make their day memorable!

Lawn Games

The Wadsworth Mansion has a gorgeous expanse of grounds, so what could be more perfect on a nice day than a set of lawn games? Corn hole, ladder toss, and croquet are all great additions for a wedding focused on fun for both adults and kids.

Dance Instructors

The Wadsworth Mansion has a unique set-up, providing a central dance floor and two separate dining rooms. However, this layout can work hugely to your advantage at a wedding. Either of the dining rooms can be set up to provide entertainment for guests, including dance instructors who can give your guests the gift of some new slick moves on the dance floor.

Helicopter Entrance

Brides and grooms enter their wedding in a lot of different ways. Some are preceded by flower girls, others wind up dancing down the aisle to provide entertainment for their guests. Imagine, however, arriving in a helicopter as a grand entrance. Now only is the entrance entertaining for your guests to watch, but it’s sure to make an impression on either the bride or groom!

 

Whether you decide to bring in pool tables for your guests to play on, a mixologist to prepare custom and show-stopping cocktails, or a professional troupe of circus performers as entertainment, the Wadsworth Mansion is here to make your vision a reality. The layout of the mansion leaves room to create areas with different forms of entertainment as your friends and family gather together for a truly memorable experience.

0
1

LeAnne and Geoffrey – a Whimsical June Celebration

As we approach the beginning of fall, we wanted to take a moment to reflect back on a fabulous summer of wedding celebrations.  One wedding that really stood out for us was LeAnne and Geoffrey who were married on the last weekend in June.  LeAnne and her mother were both very involved in the planning process and were eager to utilize all the spaces both inside and out that the Mansion provided.  The decision was to host a cocktail style reception so that guests were able to roam different areas of the Mansion while a delectable selection of food prepared by David Alan Hospitality was offered.  The ceremony was held on our gand Vista, with cocktail hour following in our Tennis Pavilion.  Guest were able to enjoy drinks and passed appetizers while surrounded by our blooming rose trellis.  The party then moved up to the terrace for formalities as guests continued their feast while meandering the indoors Loggia and Ballrooms.  One touch we especially love was the creative approach of hanging fairy lights from our elm trees that frame the terrace. It provided a whimsical background while guests toasted the bride and groom.

We hope you enjoy a peek into what was a fabulous day!

Vendors included:

Alicia Ann Photography – Photos

David Alan Hospitality  – Catering

Green Dahlia Florist – Flowers

The Heartbeat Band – Music

0
0

Plans for a rainy day

Every bride envisions beautiful weather for her wedding day, but the weather doesn’t always cooperate. Rain doesn’t have to ruin a wedding day—unless you are planning on tying the knot in an open field or on a beach. There are many ways to prepare for rain on your wedding day and make the best of an uncontrollable situation.

It’s best to create a rain plan ahead of time so you know exactly what you are going to do if inclement weather is forecasted. Not only does the plan avoid last minute decisions, it will reduce your pre-wedding anxieties because a plan is in place ready to be executed.  Here are some solutions to consider when creating a rain plan:

It may be possible to delay the ceremony for a few minutes if there is just a passing shower. Once the rain passes, the fresh dew on the grass and the wet air may create a translucent fog perfect for intimate photographs.  You might even get lucky with the appearance of a rainbow! Waiting for the rain to stop allows you to continue with your original planned ceremony site. You don’t have to change a single detail, you may just need to rehearse you vows for another thirty minutes!

 

 

Walking in wet grass can ruin shoes and even ruin long dresses.   Changing your ceremony site to the terrace can alleviate those problems.  With the lovely view of the vista as a backdrop and a beautiful floral arch as the focal point, everything will be intimate and beautiful. With the white resin chairs and a unique aisle runner to show off your style, no one will know that you moved your location.

 

 

Tenting the terrace is always an option if your heart is set on an outside ceremony.  You get the outdoor ambiance without worrying about getting wet. The tent is a beautiful accessory for a rainy day as it allows for an outdoor ceremony, cocktails and dancing, even in inclement weather.  Arrangements for tents must be made in advance. It is best to call rental companies to determine what lead time they need and what their cancellation policies are if you decide you don’t need the tent.

 

 

There are times when the only alternative is to move the ceremony indoors. One of the ballrooms can be utilized as the ceremony space for your wedding day. With the mantle and fireplace as your back drop or a gorgeous arch if you desire, everything will come together seamlessly. You may have up to 120 chairs for designated seating for special guests. The rest of your guests will stand around and watch the ceremony unfold before their eyes.  Saying “I do.” In the loggia is also an option.  The center doors can be opened and guests will still be able to view the vista.

 

 

A fun way to incorporate rain on your wedding day is to utilize umbrellas in your photos.  Coordinate the colors of the umbrellas to match  your shoes or your bridesmaid dresses.  Your pictures will look unique and the colors will match the rest of the bridal party.

Rain doesn’t have to ruin your wedding day.  Your family and friends have come to celebrate your special day, and they will be watching your smiles and not the clouds.

0
0

NEWLYWED QUICK 10: Becca & Kate

Spouses     Becca and Kate

Wedding Date     August 12, 2016

 

  1.  Number of venues considered  3 (Wadsworth – always our #1, Eolia Mansion, Branford House)
  2.  Number of guests  180
  3.  3 adjectives to describe your dress/attire  Classic, romantic, elegant
    Repairs or dry cleaning post-wedding?  both dresses cleaned and preserved for our future daughters to choose from
  4.  First look?  Yes! On the front steps with our bridesmaids peeking out
  5.  Goldilocks your party: too much, not enough, just right  Just right
  6.  Ceremony location  Back lawn [vista]
  7.  Most surprising thing  How seamlessly everything happened. There was no stress as the night went on, only killer dance moves.
  8.  Standout memory  Both of our dads’ toasts – there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd
  9.  Honeymoon when/where?  2 days after the wedding to Riviera Maya, Mexico
  10.  Would you change anything?  Pray to the temperature gods sooner for a slightly cooler day 🙂 (it was the 2nd hottest day of 2016!!!

 

|| Catering:  David Alan Hospitality Group || Photography:  George Brooks || Flowers:  Terri Krisavage Wedding & Event Florals || Ceremony Music:  Mike Carnaroli || Music:  DJ Derek Egerman || Officiant: Sara Anderson || Hotel:  Inn at Middletown || Transportation:  Gateway Limousine ||

 

Natalie Newman Locke, the Event Supervisor and a Wadsworth Mansion bride herself, is a seasoned wedding & production professional.  When not creatively writing, photographing weddings, or acting as social media guru, she enjoys sampling wedding cake.

0
23

NEWLYWED QUICK 10: Alicia & Dan

Spouses   Alicia and Dan

Wedding Date   September 25, 2016

  1.  Number of venues you considered   3
  2.  Number of guests   120
  3.  3 adjectives to describe your dress/attire   Classy, Elegant, Timeless
    Repairs or dry cleaning post-wedding?   Yes – had to have my dress cleaned (one of my girlfriends dropped her vodka cranberry on the bottom of my dress on the dance floor – whoops!)
  4.  First look?   YES!!
  5.  Goldilocks your party – too much, not enough, just right   Just right – the weather (literally the best day of 2016), the company, the food, and the party was perfect in every way.
  6.  Ceremony location   The grass behind the mansion [vista]
  7.  Most surprising thing   Arriving to see a tent covering the patio AND how you all were able to get it down before my guests arrived.
  8.  Standout memory   3 people trying to crash my wedding and venue to pictures for an Indian magazine!
  9.  Honeymoon when/where?   June 2017/Bermuda (no Zika!)
  10.  Would you change anything?   I wish we had more time (although I still don’t think it would’ve been enough).  Other than that, not a thing – I wish I could relive that day over and over.

|| Catering: David Alan Catering || Photography: TAB Photographic || Flowers:  Green Dahlia Florist || Music: Audio Media Solutions || Hotel: Courtyard Hartford Cromwell ||

 

Natalie Newman Locke, the Event Supervisor and a Wadsworth Mansion bride herself, is a seasoned wedding & production professional.  When not creatively writing, photographing weddings, or acting as social media guru, she enjoys sampling wedding cake.

0
20

NEWLYWED QUICK 10: Victoria & Adolph

Spouses   Victoria and Adolph

Wedding Date   August 19, 2016

  1.  Day of the week you married   Friday
  2.  Time you woke up   8am
  3.  Wouldn’t have made it to the wedding day without   The help of everyone! My bridal party, the staff at the mansion, and our vendors.
  4.  Ceremony location   The Wadsworth Mansion [vista]
  5.  Processional music   Going to California by Led Zeppelin (instrumental)
  6.  Most surprising thing   How quickly the day/night went by
  7.  Standout memory  The music and dancing! It was so much fun!
  8.  Would you change anything?   Probably would not have done the photo booth, as it didn’t get used as much, and was an extra cost.
  9.  Wedding favors?   Starbucks Via coffee packets and Lake Champlain chocolates from Burlington, VT (where we got engaged).
  10.  3 adjectives to describe the night’s end   Euphoric, loved, joyous.

|| Catering: Aqua Turf Club Catering || Photography: Tony Spinelli || Music: Lights Camera DJs || Cake: NoRa Cupcake || Videography: First Light Studios || Hotel: Inn at Middletown || Officiate: Christie Christensen ||

 

Natalie Newman Locke, the Event Supervisor and a Wadsworth Mansion bride herself, is a seasoned wedding & production professional.  When not creatively writing, photographing weddings, or acting as social media guru, she enjoys sampling wedding cake.

0
14

NEWLYWED QUICK 10: Megan & Brett

It’s time for another installment of our newest blog series — The Wadsworth Mansion Quick 10 Quiz — in which a recently married couple answers a series of rapid fire questions recalling their wedding day.  Game for the challenge were a pair who are just beyond their first anniversary, and who chose to respond individually which resulted in some cute and very “married” differences in memories…  In addition to answering the quiz, they provided us with their favorite photo from their big day.  See the responses and photo below:

 

Spouses  Brett & Megan

Photo by Christina Corneau

Wedding Date  April 4, 2016

1.  Length of engagement
Brett: 10 months.
Megan: It was 9 months  : )

2.  3 adjectives to describe wedding vision
Brett: Small, fancy and fun.
Megan: Book-related, antique and large. Guess whose came true…  ; )

3.  Most challenging vendor to find/hire
Brett: There wasn’t one.
Megan: Actually, hiring our ceremony musicians was the most difficult. It took some effort to find someone and then we had to find new musicians just a few weeks before the wedding! It ended up being completely worth the hassle.
     How close to wedding hired?
Megan: 3 weeks Before.

4.  Ceremony location
Both: Wadsworth Tennis Pavilion.

5.  Most surprising thing 
Brett: The weather – it was high 70s and sunny in April.
Megan: Not being stressed. Everyone thought I would be a nervous wreck but I was the most relaxed I’d ever been. My best friend was genuinely shocked at my demeanor!

6.  Standout memory
Brett: Again, the weather! It was amazing. Plus, it ended up getting so hot during the ceremony that I thought Megan might pass out  : )
Megan: All of the dancing. I had so much fun dancing all night.

7.  Would you change anything?
Brett: No.
Megan: I wish I would have stopped to take it in more. I was so happy and excited all day that I never had a calm second to just look around.

8.  Wedding hashtag?
Both: #BrettandmegansayIdo

9.  Guests couldn’t stop talking about…
Brett: All of it.
Megan: How similar to my parent’s wedding it was in terms of how much fun they had.

10.  Advice for future couples in 125 characters or fewer
Brett: Don’t stress and have fun.
Megan: Make a list beforehand of all of the things you want to experience… dancing with the kids, a funny picture with your cousins… that way you won’t forget to do anything as it will be in the forefront of your mind.

 

 

|| Photography: Christina Corneau Photography || Catering: David Alan Hospitality Group || Flowers: Just For You Floral Design Studio || Ceremony Music: Millennium Music || Reception Music: Audio Media Solutions || Cake: A Little Imagination Cakes || Accommodations: Inn at Middletown || Transportation: New Britain Transportation ||

 

 

Natalie Newman Locke, the Event Supervisor and a Wadsworth Mansion bride herself, is a seasoned wedding & production professional.  When not creatively writing, photographing weddings, or acting as social media guru, she enjoys sampling wedding cake.

0
20

NEWLYWED QUICK 10: Kassondra and Ian

Here at the Mansion we really strive to get to know our couples — how they approach the world and how that translates into their perfect wedding day.  But after the cake is gone and the music stops and the guests go home… and a little time passes… we can’t help but wonder what actually soaked in from the wedding whirlwind for our recently-marrieds.  So, we’ve devised the Wadsworth Mansion Newlywed Quick 10 Quiz as a fun little way of checking in.

Without further ado, here is the inaugural Wadsworth Mansion couple to take this happy, little jaunt down memory lane:

 

Spouses   Kassondra and Ian

Wedding Date   September 16, 2016

  1.  Wedding colors   Navy blue, gray, blush with a pop of yellow from the sunflowers
  2.  Everything was planned by   The bride and groom, but mostly the groom!!
  3.  Favorite detail   The BEAUTIFUL weather combined with the gorgeous flowers and landscape that the mansion provided
  4.  Ceremony location   Tennis Pavilion
  5.  Most surprising thing   They weren’t kidding—it goes by fast!
  6.  Standout memory   When we ran out into the lawn before the end of the reception, took a deep breath, and turned around to soak in the evening. We watched our family and friends dancing under the stars and took in how beautiful the mansion looked with the backdrop of the colorful lights. We could not believe that it was almost over, but we were so grateful!
  7.  Would you change anything?  Not one thing—it was perfect!
  8.  1st dance song   L.O.V.E. by Nat King Cole
  9.  3 adjectives to describe your shoes   lace, comfortable, affordable
     How long did they last?   I still wear my wedding shoes!
  10.  Best thing you ate   Kassondra says, “Penne ala Vodka,”  Ian says, “cookies and milk dessert”

 

|| Catering: Aqua Turf Club Catering || Photography: Live Lovely Photography || Music: DJ Flip || Cake: Take the Cake || Transportation: Premier Limo || Videography: Forever and A Day || Hotel: Residence Inn Rocky Hill || Rentals: CT Rental Center || Flowers: Price Chopper || Officiate: Rev. Gary Deinstadt ||

 

Natalie Newman Locke, the Event Supervisor and a Wadsworth Mansion bride herself, is a seasoned wedding & production professional.  When not creatively writing, photographing weddings, or acting as social media guru, she enjoys sampling wedding cake.

 

 

0
16