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A Look Back at 2021 Weddings

Eric and Vin’s beautiful outdoor reception beneath a Sperry tent. Photo by: Elizabeth Grant Photography Planner: Creative Concepts by Lisa

Happy New Year, everyone! What a year it was. It was our busiest wedding season to date, and we’re only looking forward to more fabulous weddings as we jump into 2022. As we do, though, we want to take a look back at all of the amazing couples from this past year, while also noting some of the challenges we faced.

The Rise of the Outdoor Wedding

In 2020, almost all of our weddings were completely outdoors. We were well-prepared when in 2021 many of our couples decided to continue the trend. We had several receptions that took place under a tent on the terrace (just take a look at this gorgeous reception for Eric and Vin in June).

However, we also had couples that decided to use the outdoors in a whole new way. Terry-Ann and Michael dined

Terry-Ann and Michael’s stunning July reception took place on the vista.
Photo by: Karina Mekel

on the vista during their July wedding with about 100 guests. We even had one couple dine in our rose garden with bistro lights strung entirely across. Overall, we had some absolutely fabulous outdoor weddings in 2021. We expect the trend to partially continue as we gear up for 2022.

Customization is King

Many of our couples delayed their 2020 weddings to 2021. This meant that they had a lot more time to customize their wedding and save up for extras. In 2021, a lot of our couples decided to make their weddings their own in some fantastic ways. We saw couples celebrate with fireworks, choose to incorporate cultural aspects on each side to signify their families coming together, and create some

Kristina and Yoni had an amazing wedding that brought their families together during a rainy day in July.
Photo by: Kindred Photography
Planner: Brittany Taylor

truly spectacular moments among family and friends.

Thursday is the New Friday

Not surprisingly, many of our couples in 2020 decided to hold out for a large celebration in 2021. This meant our 2021 dates quickly disappeared. However, we found that many of our 2021 couples embraced the mantra

Michelle and Michael’s intimate Thursday wedding in August was absolutely gorgeous.
Photo by: Samantha Melanson Photography
www.samanthamelanson.com

of “Thursday is the new Friday.” We had quite a few Thursday and Monday weddings this year, and the celebrations weren’t any less fantastic. We expect to see this continue into 2022, and already have some Thursday celebrations on our books.

As we shift from 2021 to 2022, we’re looking forward to an absolutely amazing wedding season. We had an insanely busy year in 2021. However, it’s made us think of how to do things better, and how to create an even more memorable experience for our couples who decide to get married at the mansion.

Here’s to all of our 2021 couples and to our future couples. We’re so happy that you chose the mansion for your very special day, and we can’t wait to hear what awaits you in the future.

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How to Plan a Winter Wedding

Photo by: Stella Blue Photography

At the Wadsworth Mansion, we’re known for our grounds. We have stunning trees, manicured lawns, and some gorgeous views. It’s not surprising that many of our couples use the outdoors to the fullest during spring, summer, and fall weddings. However, we are in New England, which means that winter brings freezing temperatures with it. Even with the cold, though, you can create a truly magical winter wonderland wedding by following a few tips.

Katie and Chris share a kiss after their ceremony in the West Ballroom during their December 2021 wedding.
Photo by: Chike Photography

Keep Things Intimate

While you can absolutely hope for the best weather (as I write this, it’s 60 degrees in December), you may just wind up with snow, ice, or a mixture of both. Fortunately, the mansion looks absolutely magical in the snow (don’t believe me? Check out the picture to the right). However, it does mean that you’ll want to try keep most things inside. If you keep your guest count to 100 or less, you have a lot more options to do just that. You can seat 100 guests in one of the ballrooms for dining, and then use the other ballroom for your ceremony, cocktail hour, or even just as a lounge area. If you have 50 guests or less, you can even do your ceremony in the Loggia, and use the two other ballrooms however you like!

Consider a Tent

If you’re worried about rain or cold weather, you may want to consider getting a clear top tent. Tents with clear tops act like miniature greenhouses, absorbing sunlight and heat during the day and keeping the space warmer than the outside air. When the temperatures drop, you’ll still want to get some tent heaters to keep things warmer. Our advice is to use a tent for ceremony and cocktail hour while the sun is still up. When the sun sets it will still be cold beneath the tent even with heaters, so you’ll still want to potentially plan to have dining and dancing indoors.

Photo by: Lynne Reznick Photography

Remember the Time

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As winter approaches, there are less and less hours of daylight. As you plan your timeline, make sure to check when the sun sets and plan around that. You’ll want to be sure you have enough daylight for pictures and while your ceremony can be held after nightfall, you may want to consider holding it at sunset just to get some pictures of your ceremony done while the sun is still up. Believe me when I say that your photographer will thank you for it.

 

Having a winter wedding can be a truly amazing and beautiful experience. There’s something magical about a snow-covered landscape, or having a roaring fire in one of the fireplaces that family and friends can gather around. At the end of the day, your wedding is going to be amazing, but remember that these tips can make it even better.

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How to Have an Amazing Wedding – Don’t Stress

We get it. Your wedding can be stressful. There are flowers to choose, menus to pick, and family to appease when you’re getting married. Sometimes, it may feel overwhelming. Other times, it may feel like nothing will ever be truly perfect. However, there are a few things to keep in mind if you want to have a truly amazing day.

Remember it’s Your Day

Sometimes, we see family members or friends may want to change things about your big day. It can feel like you’re being pulled in all directions as they all give their opinions. However, it’s your day. Make sure to choose things that celebrate you and the person you love. Sometimes, it’s important to remember that it’s your day and while it’s fine for family and friends to have opinions, what is and isn’t at your wedding is ultimately your choice.

Don’t Sweat the Small Things

Some details may seem all-important at your wedding – the way the napkins are placed, what glasses are being used, and how the flowers are

Photo By: Elizabeth Grant Photography

arranged. At the end of the day, though, these small details aren’t what your guests remember. Instead, they remember celebrating your special day with food, drinks, and fun. When it comes to the décor and other small items, don’t worry if things aren’t exactly as you imagined. Your guests won’t be able to tell the difference, and you’re still going to have a great day. Instead, focus on what’s most important: sharing your special day with your family and friends and having a good time.

Trust Your Vendors

While we’re on the topic of small things shifting around, remember to trust your vendors. You chose them for their knowledge, abilities, and experience in the industry. With that in mind, they may suggest other ways than what you imagined to bring your vision to reality. When it comes to their suggestions, make sure to listen. There’s a reason they’re making these suggestions, and it’s

Photo by: Samantha Melanson Photography http://www.samanthamelanson.com/

usually with your and your guests’ experience in mind. On the day of your wedding, trust them to do their jobs. After all, it’s why you hired them in the first place.

 

The most important thing to remember about your wedding is that you should go with the flow. Don’t worry about the small things and instead just focus on having fun during your special day. You’ll be a lot less stressed and also will be able to focus on the important part of the day: celebrating your union with the person you love.

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Embrace Your Creativity at the Wadsworth Mansion

While 2020 was a year that most of us in the industry considered a challenge, it did cause us to innovate. In fact, it made both our clients and us re-examine ways to do events at the Wadsworth Mansion. As we look back on our 2021 season, we can’t help but notice how many innovations have been made when it comes to events and weddings here. One thing is for sure. We’re excited to see what else our clients can come up with in the future.

Using Outdoor Space in New Ways

Photo by: Amy Anaiz Photo

One of the most notable ways we’ve seen people innovate is in the way they’ve used our outdoor space. In the past, dining in our rose garden would have been something unimaginable. However, we’ve not only had tented events in that space, but also open-air weddings with bistro lights strung completely across the wide area to make it into a truly magical location. We’ve also seen couples create amazing spaces beneath tents on the terrace, and even had one couple dine in the open air on the vista beneath canopies.

Let the Fun Continue

Photo by: Joanna Fisher

We’ve seen more fun add-ons this year at our events than in any other year. There have been cigar bars, lounge areas, yard games, fireworks, photobooths, food trucks, s’mores stations, coffee bars, live oil painters, and more. Not only do these things help elevate your guests’ experience, but also are just fun ways to create a truly memorable night.

Keep in mind that you don’t need to have any of these add-ons for a wedding. If you are considering doing something extra to your wedding, though, consider what sort of add-on both you and your guests would like. Are you big ice cream fans? Is there a particular food truck you love? Do you enjoy your wines and would you like to have a wine tasting station at your wedding? Pick one thing that you love to help create a truly amazing experience.

Ask the Experts

At this point, we have a lot of experience when it comes to designing a truly unique event at the Wadsworth Mansion. If you have an idea, ask us about it. We’ve likely seen it before and can make suggestions on how best to implement it for your big day! Not only that, but we can let you know the challenges of a particular idea, or tell you what you need to keep in mind when it comes to creating your dream day. We’re here to help you, so reach out!

 

We want you to embrace your creativity at the Wadsworth Mansion, and we’re here to show you what’s possible. Think outside the box, and don’t be afraid to ask us about what sort of things you can do at the mansion. We’re always happy to help you create your dream day.

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