Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Nautically-themed Wedding


We recently received a really nice on-line review on WeddingWire from this couple and thought you might like to see it as well:
We cannot say enough good things about the Hawthorne! It was such a great wedding venue. We decided early on that we wanted a venue that would take care of most of the coordination for us and the Hawthorne was the perfect choice! Their Saturday night prime time (summer months) package included so many things - centerpieces for tables, the cake, a limo (although we just took the $$ credit for that), open bar during cocktail hour (key!) and a lot more. Alaina was our coordinator and she was fabulous - answered all of our emails and questions promptly and provided informative timelines for when we needed to get stuff done. Liz was our day-of coordinator and she was wonderful as well! We had multiple meetings with Alaina throughout the process, but I met with Alaina and Liz a week ahead of time and gave them all of our "stuff" (decor, escort cards, card box etc) and outlined my vision with them. They definitely pulled it off! We received so many compliments on how lovely the Hawthorne was, how beautiful the ballroom (with those gorgeous tall ceilings!) was, and how professional and pulled together it all seemed.

There are so many perks to using the Hawthorne, but one of them is the tasting dinner they provided. The bride & groom + two guests can attend a dinner with other couples getting married soon and they go all out - a full buffet of almost everything you can request for the wedding, passed hors d'oeuvres, cocktails. The tables are all done in different styles with different centerpieces for inspiration, and your coordinator is there to answer any questions and guide you through their selections. The tasting was a wonderful night in and of itself!

I would recommend the Hawthorne to anyone. Compared to other Boston-area venues it is very reasonably priced, and so much is included in the package. It is a beautiful historic hotel and the town of Salem provides an amazing backdrop for pictures. Our guests loved spending a long weekend in Salem!

Wedding: 07/19/2014
Services Used: Ceremony & Reception Venue Reviewed On: 10/09/2014


This wedding took place here this summer. I thought you might like to see these photos taken by our hotel's evening manager, Elizabeth Buchanan. She did a great job!

I hope to see you here.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

This Little Piggie. . . .

We always love hearing the "how they met" or "where he proposed" or "site of their first date" or similar stories.  And we do get to hear a lot of those doing what we do here at the Hawthorne Hotel, in making wedding dreams come true.

Last weekend we hosted a wedding that had a very unusual cake "topper" on the wedding cake.  Here is the blog post were we wrote about that wedding on our "daily diary" blog:  Sea Shells and Piggies Wedding

When you see this blog in the attached link, you will see why this is called "This Little Piggie" -- because there was a question about why they chose to have two little pigs as cake toppers.

I just learned today that this lovely couple went out on their first date together to a restaurant with "pig" in the name.  Then, when they got engaged, it was at a different restaurant, also with "pig" in the name.  (I believe neither of the restaurants are in Salem.)

So their cake topper of choice became two little pigs -- one that was modeled after her childhood piggie bank, and the other that was a copy of his childhood piggie bank.  This was such a cute idea, I thought I would share it with you right here.

Be sure to click on the link to see this delightful wedding.

I hope to see you here, and learn about your clever ways of personalizing your wedding.