Here at the Wadsworth Mansion, uniqueness is our delight. Each event is it’s own celebration, standing solo on our calendar for that day and befitting the design of the host’s individual vision. Our mansion and grounds are merely a (beautiful) blank slate, leaving any and all details — food, decor, flowers, floor plan, and more — up to the thrower of said party.
When my husband and I were married here almost one year ago, we loved that we weren’t forced into hiring a specific DJ or caterer or florist; the absolute last thing we wanted was a “wedding factory,” where we would just be shoehorned into a pre-set model like afterthoughts and hurried through our wedding to make way for the next one. The a la carte manner in which the Mansion goes about it’s events allowed our big day to actually reflected us as a couple. We had the wedding we intended from top to bottom (which, incidentally, you can get a taste of here, just scroll down a bit).
And since then, now that I am employed by the Mansion, I have seen many more weddings and parties here and none are alike. Even among weddings with similar teams of vendors, the celebrations are unique representations of the hosts.
And all that freedom of choice isn’t for everyone. I certainly give tours where our historic mansion and it’s one-of-a-kind, symmetrical footprint throws people off. It does take some creativity to think outside of the same old, single ballroom box. And that’s okay — coloring outside the lines is great for some and uncomfortable for others. Plenty of people like to stick to safe, tried-and-true ways of doing things because the enormity of hosting a big event can be stressful enough.
But I can promise that if you’re willing to be intrepid in your party throwing you will reap so much more than if you copy the majority just to stick to the norm. I recently overheard a comment by a guest at an event (who was late, and purposefully hanging back): “…if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ’em all.” Yikes. To be honest, the host didn’t deserve such an assessment at all. However, if that’s the general perspective you’re up against, wouldn’t you want to blow that thought out of the water?
Don’t worry so much about how everyone else did it, or does it, or will do it. What makes these things so special and noteworthy is how personal they are.
Be uniquely you and your wedding will be extraordinary.
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.