wedding planning

Love is Essential – Planning a Wedding Show Safely

It’s here again! Our wedding show! Needless to say, we weren’t sure if we were going to be able to host it this year with everything going on. But after long conversations and a (very) successful wedding season, we took a step back and said to ourselves, “Okay, how do we make this work?”

The fact is that even if everyone had access to the vaccine last month, we’d still likely be following precautions for our bridal show. However, we knew that we could do things safely as long as we followed some key points.

Photo by: Henry + Mac

 

Spacing and Timing

The first thing we considered was spacing out vendors within the mansion and outside of it. With that in mind, we made sure to have a tent on the

terrace to give everyone more room outdoors and also invited less of our vendors. This was a hard decision, because we love everyone we work with. However, we had to remember the space we had to work with this year.

With spacing in mind, we realized that timing would be important. We couldn’t have everyone come at once to tour the space and meet with vendors. Instead, we decided to have guests pick time slots to attend. That way, we can space couples out appropriately and make sure that not too many people are in the mansion at once.

Photo by: Tyron M. Jemison

One Way Flow of Traffic

We also wanted to make sure that each couple has enough space when they speak with each vendor. We decided to create a one-way flow of foot traffic through the mansion to help with that. That way, there’s enough space between couples and vendors. We want to make sure that couples feel comfortable and confident as they meet with the amazing people who will potentially help with their wedding.

Masks and Sanitation

Masks aren’t going away any time soon, so it was a no brainer to make sure that everyone who comes to the bridal show needs a mask before they enter. To remind everyone to keep their hands clean, we’re also putting out hand sanitizers.

 

Overall, we’re very happy with how our wedding show is shaping up, and very excited for it this weekend! We’re confident that our wedding show will not just be safe, but will also be an amazing experience for anyone who wants to get married at the Wadsworth Mansion.

At the end of the day, it’s all about creativity, design, and the determination to make things safe and fun for our couples. After all, love is essential. We’ll see you all soon!

~Catie

P.S. If you want tickets, you can still grab yours here.

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Tips and Tricks for Planning Your Wedding During Covid

Planning your wedding can be difficult during the best of times. During Covid, it can be even harder if you don’t know where to start. Fortunately, we’re here to help guide you through this process and give you a few tips when it comes to your very special day.

Talk with Your Venue and Vendors

Photo by: Henry + Mac

When you’re planning your wedding, you’ll definitely want to chat with your venue and your other vendors, such as your caterer. Your venue will know capacity limits, and your caterer will be up to date with how to handle food safely. This will let you know how many people you can invite, how you can seat them, and other details that you may not normally think about. If in doubt: ask! Your vendors want to make sure you have an amazing day, so feel free to discuss ideas. Not only that, but your vendors have handled other weddings during this time, and may have ideas that you may not have thought of!

Go with the Flow

Covid guidelines are changing week to week as more people get the vaccine. This means that it’s

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more important than ever to go with the flow. With that in mind, it’s good to work with your vendors to create multiple plans depending on where things are with reopening. Always assume that guidelines won’t ease, but plan for them if they do. That way, you’ll be happy with your wedding no matter what!

When it comes to Covid, we’re all just doing our best depending on what the current guidelines are. Just because something needs to change doesn’t meant that your wedding is going to be any less wonderful. Discussing different options and going with the flow will make you a lot less stressed.

Time to Get Creative

When planning your wedding, consider how you can include certain guidelines in a fun way! This past season, we saw couples include customized masks for their guests for their wedding. We also saw sanitation stations that included scented hand sanitizers for each

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of the guests. Think of how you can include safety measures in a beautiful and elegant way for your wedding. Like I mentioned above, you can always ask your vendors.

There are so many things that are shifting right now, but that’s okay. Your team is there to make sure that your big day goes smoothly. At the end of the day, the most important thing to keep in mind is that you’re going to have a wonderful wedding no matter what.  

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Take a Seat: Managing Seating During Covid

Photo by: Rachel Girouard

Figuring out who should sit where during your wedding is a challenge at the best of times. I remember spending hours figuring out how to group my family members and friends for my own wedding, and wondering whether I should switch this person for that person. With Covid-19, designing seating arrangements turns into a whole new challenge – though for a completely different reason. Fortunately, we’re here to help you figure it out.

Spacing it Out During COVID

When you’re designing your seating chart, there’s a few things to keep in mind. You’ll need some extra space for tables, since they all have to be spaced apart appropriately (about 6 feet). You’ll also want to consider which of your guests are family members and seat them together. The goal is to seat people who regularly see each other or are part of the same household. That way, they’re comfortable eating together. As more people become vaccinated, you can also seat vaccinated groups together at larger tables. You can also seat vaccinated guests with unvaccinated guests, as long as they’re part of the same cohort.

Keep in mind that to save more space for a dance floor, it’s fine to have both small and large tables mixed together for smaller and larger pods of guests.

Keeping Guests Comfortable

When you seat your guests, consider where they’ll be most comfortable. Do you think they will prefer dining inside or outside? Don’t be afraid to ask

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your guests who they’re most comfortable sitting next to and where they would prefer to sit. In addition, don’t be afraid to seat some of your guests inside. There is plenty of space in our ballrooms to spread out, and guests may be more comfortable if they have more room indoors than they would be all in one location outside.

Be Flexible with Seating

If you decide on a larger guest count for later in the season, then don’t be afraid to seat some of your guests inside and some of them outdoors. Fortunately, we’re no strangers when it comes to having guests dine in multiple rooms (in fact, that’s how

Photo by: Melanie Ruth Photography

weddings normally are here during a “regular” year). Dinner typically lasts an hour, and then your guests are back together again for dancing and enjoying the outdoors. Not only that, but our beautiful double doors in each of our ballrooms lead right out to the terrace, creating a free-flowing space that connects together via the outdoors.

You Got This

At the end of the day, your guests are coming together to be there for an important moment in your life. No matter where they sit, they’re sure to have a wonderful time sharing in your special day. And as always, if you need help we’re there for you.

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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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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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A Love Note to the COVID 19 Bride & Groom

To my dear brides and grooms,

 

This was certainly unexpected, wasn’t it?  It’s likely you’ve been planning your celebration for 12, 18, even 24 months and in all of your plans and details, I doubt a worldwide pandemic crossed your mind as a possible interruption on your way to the big day. And yet here we are – living through an historic moment in time that has forced us, all of us, to pause and wait -wait for this to pass, wait for the virus to slow down, wait for the world to begin healing.  But this waiting isn’t easy, is it?  It not easy when you’ve chosen a color palette that perfectly fits the inspo board you’ve meticulously put together, when you have a gorgeous wedding dress ready to be worn, when your  floral arrangements are designed and your invitations have gone out (or are about to go out). Everything you’ve spent months dreaming of is now suddenly on hold.  This is so hard, I know, but it will be okay.

 

Photo: Candace Elizabeth Photography

I want to assure you of a few things.  First and foremost, in a time when everyone is feeling isolated, and separated, you are not alone in this.  The wedding industry is a big, creative, and supportive community that is in the business of helping a dream come together.  We know there are so many moving parts to planning a wedding, with a network of vendors, and timelines – negotiating the logistics of contingency plans can seem overwhelming.  But one thing we excel at is making it work.  If you are one of our 2020 brides or grooms, you’ve already heard from us and know we are very actively watching the current climate of this COVID 19 crisis and how it may possibly affect your wedding.  We’ve also kept in touch with many of our preferred vendors to make sure we’re on the same page.  Even if you’re not planning a wedding with us, know that there are so many vendors out there who are bending over backwards to be available to their clients.  Trust the professionals to provide you with the guidance you need in all of this.

 

The next assurance is something my mother taught me, and her mother taught her, and is a valuable mantra I use all the time: this too, shall pass. As a society, we look for immediate answers and expect timelines with finite start and end dates, so this current situation with all of the unknowns is a new and challenging territory for many.  Add to that the emotional and financial investment of planning a wedding, and you may be feeling like the world is spinning off its axis. It’s not fair, and it’s frustrating, but it will not last forever. In fact, we’re already starting to hear that our social distancing efforts are working and we are successfully “flattening the curve”.  There is an end, and we’ll all be stronger from this journey and more appreciative of each other’s sacrifices along the way.

 

My final assurance is that I promise we will gather again, and we’ll  celebrate love, and family, and togetherness and it will be all the sweeter after this extended separation. If your wedding is this year, or you’ve had to reschedule to 2021, there is a whole tribe of people – from family, to friends, to vendors who can’t wait for the time when we’re all able to come together to celebrate your love and commitment.  There is a light at the end of this, friend. Keep hanging on. We’ll get through this together.

 

Sending social distance hugs and love,

Jessica

Director of Events


For those of you who have been forced to move your date because of COVID-19, I have some reassuring facts for you:

● 96% of couples say they are not canceling their weddings
● Among those postponing their weddings, 65% are moving their
receptions to a later date in 2020.
● The rest of respondents who are postponing said that they are shifting to
2021 (18%) or are still deciding (17%).
● Roughly 40% of those postponing their weddings are planning to get
legally married prior to their rescheduled receptions.

(The Knot COVID Impact Study)

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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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Avrielle and Alex – A Stunning Wedding at the Wadsworth

Avrielle was the sort of bride that wanted to plan every aspect of her wedding, and the result was spectacular. She brought in furniture, worked on fine details, and emphasized decorations to make her special day something to remember. Blotting away a few tears while smiling during her ceremony, she walked toward Alex while wearing a gorgeous gown with a cathedral-length train. She then danced the night away with friends and family beneath the starry sky. Avrielle and Alex were truly a memorable couple, and we wish them all of the best!

You can see more pictures from Avrielle and Alex’s stunning wedding on Carats & Cake.

Photographer: Alicia Ann Photography

Florist: Just For You Floral Design Studio

Caterer: David Alan Hospitality Group

Music: White Light Entertainment

Ceremony Music: Arianna Strings

 

 

 

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NEWLYWED Quick 10: Rich and Kate – July 27th, 2018

  1. Wedding colors: Gold, Blush Pink, Green.
  2. Everything was planned by: Kate (her mom) and Rich.
  3. Favorite detail: Balloons tied to the white chairs on the back lawn.
  4. Ceremony location: St. Paul’s Church – Glastonbury.
  5. Most surprising thing: It started pouring right as our reception ended (weather held up!).
  6. Standout memory:  Rich – Kate walking down the aisle.   Kate – standing on the juliet balcony with my new husband and looking down on cocktail hour with our loved ones and friends.
  7. Would you change anything? Not at all!
  8. 1st dance song: Perfect (acoustic) – Ed Sheeran.
  9. 3 adjectives to describe your shoes: Rich – Black Tuxedo Shoe.   Kate – Suede; summery, and feminine.  Did you wear your shoes all night? Almost made it the whole night!
  10. Best thing you ate: Passed Apps – We can’t even pick a favorite!

 

Catering: David Alan Hospitality Group Photography: Joanna Fisher Photography Flowers: Eddy Farm CT  DJ: Lights Camera DJs Hotel: Courtyard Marriott Cromwell  Limo: Premier Limo

 

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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

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