Wednesday, December 30, 2009

NEW Value Wedding Package -- for Opportunity Dates

If you think you cannot afford a wedding at the Hawthorne Hotel, you really need to see this:

It is for special dates, which is why the big discount -- we know these are not the most desirable dates for many, but they could be exactly right for you.

So if you have not yet booked your wedding reception, and you have always dreamed of a wedding at the Hawthorne Hotel, this Value Wedding Package might be just the thing for you.

If you are interested in learning more, give our professional wedding planners a call at 978-825-4358. They are even here on Saturdays, and some evenings to make it easier for you.

I hope to see you here.


A Terrific Photographic Slide Show of a Hawthorne Hotel Wedding

I recently found this slide show on another blog, of a Hawthorne Hotel wedding. If you click on the link, you should be able to then click on the slide show of the Hawthorne Hotel wedding. The photos are terrific, and you can really get an idea of what a wedding at the Hawthorne Hotel is all about, from getting ready in one of our rooms, to the wedding ceremony in the Grand Ballroom, to the end of the night -- it is like a documentary of a Hawthorne Hotel wedding.

I hope you enjoy seeing this as much as I did.


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Stephanie is Planning Her Wedding at the Hawthorne Hotel

As I was making my way through the hotel yesterday afternoon, I ran into these two charming young women right here in the entrance to the Ballroom. I stopped to ask if they needed any assistance, and introduced myself, only to find out that I knew the bride, Stephanie (on the left) through posts on Twitter.
Steph and her maid of honor were here working on some of the fun details of her upcoming wedding. After their meeting with our staff member, they enjoyed some food and drinks in front of the fireplace in the Tavern -- altogether a great afternoon as I learned in a message from Steph this morning on Twitter.
You can be sure we will be following Steph in her wedding plans, and featuring it on this blog!
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More BEAUTIFUL Wedding Photos

Yesterday this email was forwarded to me by Karen Cotton, our Director of Catering here at the Hawthorne Hotel. It was so lovely, I just had to share.

I hope to see you here.



From: Elizabeth
Sent: Tue 12/22/2009 5:20 PM
To: Karen Cotton
Cc: Liz Dube
Subject: Wedding Photos

HI Karen and Liz

I have attached some of our wedding photos. I picked out ones that really showcased how beautiful the Hawthorne Hotel was for our wedding!!!! Trust me, there are so many! These are just a few!!! Thank you for everything again… I just relived the wedding looking through all the photos again~ I want to do it all over again

You are welcome to use them if you want =) If you need a JPEG of any of them to use, let me know and I can send you a CD or send you the file. I just didn’t want to send you all the files since it would take up so much room!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!!!!!!!!!

Liz and Chris C

Friday, December 18, 2009

Another nice thank-you email

From: A. . . . . y

Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2009 2:53 PM

To: Karen Cotton

Subject: Re: FW: The Kalp-Whyman Wedding Was Gorgeous
[Blog Post]

Hi Karen,

Thanks for sending this along, we love it! We loved our wedding, everything was wonderful and everyone kept commenting on how great the room looked, how great the food was and just how seamless the night went. Thank you so so much for all of your help along the way and for accomodating us with every, little thing. It was an absolute pleasure working with you.

Have a great, great Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!

A. . . . y

E-Brochure for Weddings at the Historic Hawthorne Hotel

There is no doubt that the Hawthorne Hotel is historic, and that we embrace our history, and our place in the history and fabric of life in Salem, Massachusetts. However, that certainly does not mean we are moldy-oldy in how we think, live, act and work.

Here is an example -- our new wedding e-brochure. Just click on the link, and the brochure is right there on your computer screen. I hope you enjoy this preview, before this goes up on our website.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Some Photos and a Thank You for Last New Year's Wedding

If you have ever wondered about having a winter wedding, here are some photos and a thank you note to consider.
From: Kara

Sent: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 11:32 AM

To: Robyn Sheather
Subject: Re: Hawthorne Hotel Reservation

First, we never formally thanked you and your team for hosting the perfect wedding celebration.

From the night before the wedding when my out of town guests dined at the Tavern to the morning after when the crowd was filling up the lobby to say goodbye, it was a perfect event.

Our guests had such a great time that both sides of our families are planning to host family parties on New Year's from time to time as they couldn't imagine not doing it after last year's event.

You and Karen were so patient in the planning process and I know why now - you're great at it and I didn't need to worry about any of the little things I was worried about.

Sean was thrilled by the food and the sudden arrival of a case of his favorite beverage - between having his own firefighter's helmet cake and that beverage for just him, he didn't know who to thank or which to have first! The DJ, Chris Culkeen, who you recommended was fantastic - the group had a blast. The food was great, the wait staff took care of everyone, and our host was amazing - she even found my sneakers for me so I could run out to get pics in the snow then fixed my veil when the wind had blown it off.

Can't say enough about how thankful we are that the Hawthorne was where we started our life together. Also, I have attached a few of the pics I have of the hotel from that night - snow and all. I have a group of them to send via snapfish. It really was a perfect night and I can't thank you all enough for making it so.

And back to our original topic...our wedding package included a one night stay for the 1st anniversary and we can't think of a better place to celebrate the first one than at the Hawthorne - our guests still tell us how much fun they had that night.

As the anniversary is New Year's, is it even an option to arrange the stay for that night? If not, is there any availability for Saturday the 2nd? If that weekend doesn't work, I will have to check with Sean as his schedule is not a typical 9-5 so he works weekends and I don't know his January schedule aside from New Year's. Let me know if there's anything available on those dates and we'll go from there.

Hope you all had a wonderful, successful year and we wish you more of the same in 2010.



Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Another Wedding Filled with Unique Touches

On December 4 a lovely couple celebrated their wedding with a nice reception in our Grand Ballroom. Britt Erler and Greg Tartaglia had such a lovely story to share, we thought you would want to hear it on our Hawthorne Hotel Wedding Blog.

This winter wedding utilized a lovely touch, both practical and a bit romantic at the same time. Each chair that was intended for a female guest had a red pashmina scarf placed over the back. These cards let each person know the reason for the scarf, and encouraged the guests to bask in another kind of warmth from the happy couple.

Greg wins our award for most romantic proposal of 2009 (at least it is the most romantic that we heard about!) He went to pick up Britt to go out for the evening. However, the evening's destination, unbeknownst to Britt, was the airport. (Thoughtful Greg had enlisted the help of Britt's sister to pack a bag for her and Greg had it hidden in the car.)

When they got to the airport, Britt thought he might be taking her to New York, but Greg had grander plans in mind. Their destination was Paris. When they arrived, he took her to the Eiffel Tower, where he proposed to her! So sweet!!!!
So, many of their wedding touches played up on this wonderful romantic proposal. Their cake is decorated with an Eiffel Tower, with them sitting on the cake underneath it. Their table numbers were prints evocative of Paris, with the table numbers written out in French.

We hope that you will let us know about special touches that you plan to incorporate into your wedding reception here at the historic Hawthorne Hotel so we can share on our very special wedding blog.
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Monday, December 07, 2009

Nice Thank-You eMail

We love to hear these kinds of things. Can't wait to help you plan your perfect wedding!




Sent: Saturday, November 28, 2009 1:33 PM

To: Karen Cotton

Subject: our wonderful wedding

dear karen, liz, and staff,
i'm sure you've heard these words many times before, but we truly cannot thank all of you enough for the breathtaking reception you provided for us and our families. the phone calls and e-mails have been non-stop, all with the highest compliments for a magnificent evening. the Hawthorne was the perfect setting for kristina and bob's wedding. not a detail was overlooked!
all in all, we couldn't have been more pleased . please pass our regards to the chef(s). "multo delicioso"!

Merry Christmas and the Happiest in 2010!

joe and kathy d