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Vendor Spotlight On: Wadsworth Mansion

Breathtaking architecture, perfectly manicured grounds, and great history, The Wadsworth Mansion is a property like no other. Stay tuned for real wedding Wednesday to see this property featured!

1. How did your business come to be?

Shortly after  Col. Clarence Wadsworth and his wife Katharine married in 1897, they began creating their country estate, Long Hill, in Middletown, CT. The Olmsted Brothers, famous for designing Central Park in New York City, designed the original site plan that included access roads, carriage lanes, and a house. The Beaux Arts style house was completed around 1911 and was utilized by the Wadsworth family until the early 1940s,  including hosting their son’s wedding for 1,000 guests.  After the Colonel’s death the property was bequeathed to the Colonel’s foundation. They sold it to an order of nuns (Our Lady of the Cenacle of Sorrow) who converted it into a  convent and operated a retreat center until the mid-1980s. The sisters, having parceled off acreage during their time, sold the building and remaining grounds to developers; ownership fluctuated, finally resting in the possession of a bank.  After seven  years with no dedicated caretakers,  which resulted in extensive damage to the house, the City of Middletown purchased the estate. With a 5 million dollar commitment from the taxpayers,  the estate was revived and re-established as the gem of the city, opening just in time for a millennium wedding celebration. The mansion is recognized for its unique, customized events and weddings for discerning hosts in New England and across the nation.

2. What are the services you offer? 

As a historic, one-of-a-kind house, the Wadsworth Mansion is not your typical event space.  Weddings are completely tailored to each couple and span a nine hour period that includes setup and breakdown.  In addition to the private use of the mansion, the extensive grounds offer many lovely possibilities for ceremonies, photographs, cocktails, and dancing.   Also included in the standard rental are white chairs for outdoor use, gold chiavari chairs for indoor use, tables in many shapes and sizes, the use of the dance floor, and as much or as little planning guidance as is requested.

3. Where are you located?

Find us up a long, dramatic, tree-lined driveway in the center of Connecticut in historic Middletown, equidistant from New York and Boston.

4. How far in advance do you recommend clients to book?   

If your heart is set on a Saturday during wedding season, it’s best to book a year to a year and a half in advance.  If you need a particular date it may behoove you to secure it even earlier since we only schedule one event per day.  Some couples do book with much less lead time, but flexibility is necessary as we generally sell all of our available weekend dates.

5. What is one piece of advice you always give to brides? 

This is the one day when everyone you love comes together to celebrate your marriage and your commitment to your spouse.  Don’t sweat the small details of the event, focus on the enjoyment of your guests, and take the time to enjoy this once in lifetime experience.

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Vendor Spotlight On: Wadsworth Mansion

Breathtaking architecture, perfectly manicured grounds, and great history, The Wadsworth Mansion is a property like no other. Stay tuned for real wedding Wednesday to see this property featured! 1. How did your business come to be? Shortly after  Col. Clarence Wadsworth and his wife Katharine married in 1897, they began creating their country estate, Long […]

Vendor Spotlight On: Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa

The Vendor Spotlight is on Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa; a historic property set in the majestic White Mountains of New Hampshire.

1. How did your business come to be? 

On a dark and stormy spring night in 1865, a stagecoach traveling from Boston to Montreal bumped and plodded northward along what is now Route 3. The going grew steadily worse until, near the intersection of what is now Mountain View Road and Route 3, the coach hit a mud hole and tipped onto its side. As the two passengers crawled out, the driver recommended they walk a half mile up the then dirt road where he was sure there was a farm house.

Perhaps the farmers would take them in for the night. The wet and weary travelers made their way through the driving rain to the home of William and Mary Jane Dodge, who not only took them in and gave them a snug place to sleep, but provided a hearty farm breakfast.

The guests enjoyed the hospitality of the Dodges and the majestic 360-degree views that they implored their hosts to let them stay for a few more days. Before they left, the passengers made sure that they would be welcome to return for several weeks the following summer. During that extended stay, the Dodges became convinced that other tourists would enjoy their hospitality as well, and in the summer of 1866, they officially opened the Mountain View House.

2. What are the services you offer? 

Mountain View Grand can host your rehearsal dinner, welcome party and farewell breakfast. We offer different choices for ceremony and reception spaces. Our full service Tower Spa is fantastic for manicures, pedicures and hair and makeup. Our guest room accommodations will satisfy both single travelers and families. With a variety of amenities and resort activities, like our axe throwing or private campfires, there is really something for everyone. Lastly, our professional and dedicated staff helps to ensure our guest’s experience is one to remember for years to come.

3. Where are you located?

 101 Mountain View Road  |  Whitefield, NH, 03598

4. How far in advance do you recommend clients to book?

 12 months. It’s helpful to have your venue and date locked in to begin the overall planning process.

5. What is one piece of advice you always give to brides? 

Remember to keep things in perspective and…breathe.

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Vendor Spotlight On: Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa

The Vendor Spotlight is on Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa; a historic property set in the majestic White Mountains of New Hampshire. 1. How did your business come to be?  On a dark and stormy spring night in 1865, a stagecoach traveling from Boston to Montreal bumped and plodded northward along what is now […]

Vendor Spotlight On: Rhodes on the Pawtuxet

Rhode Island architectural icon, Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, under the new management of Russell Morin’s Catering & Events just received an expansive update highlighting its old-world beauty and rich history. Jessica Krasner, the on-site Sales & Event Coordinator tells us more

Tell us the history of Rhodes on the Pawtuxet.

In 1872 Thomas H. Rhodes started Rhodes on the Pawtuxet as a small collection of recreational buildings along the north bank of the Pawtuxet River where they would rent flatbed boats and hold clambakes. In 1880 Rhodes’ gazebo was built, it was once a waiting room for the passengers of horse-drawn carriages and streetcars, and remains standing today. In 1898 Rhodes expanded the original building to meet public demand. Thomas Jr., Edward and Arthur Rhodes — as Rhodes Brothers Inc. — enlarged the grounds and built a ballroom. Three years later a second new and larger Casino was built, the earlier one having already been out grown. A fire in a neighboring canoe house in February 1915 spread to the Rhodes complex, wiping out nearly everything. Five months later, a new ballroom, the current one, opened. In 1978 Rhodes on the Pawtuxet and the surviving structures was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2008 Rhodes on the Pawtuxet decided to allow Russell Morin Fine Catering & Events to begin selling Rhodes on the Pawtuxet as one of their own venues with a Sales Office on premise. In 2010 Rhodes on the Pawtuxet took the final step, by turning the keys over to Russell Morin’s Catering & Events allowing them to use their expertise in events to take Rhodes to the next level and have 100% control of the venues operations and facility itself.

What changes have been made to the venue over the years?

We have recently undergone a makeover, adding some beautiful ornate chandeliers and repainting the trim around the original mural that showcases our big beautiful bar in our Foyer space, as well as brand new fabric draping and bistro lighting to complement our neutral gorgeous ballroom that still features over 10,000 square ft. of original hardwood floors and our beautiful wraparound balconies.

What services do you provide?

With one of New England’s premier caterers managing our space, we provide amazing, customizable menus. We do handle all linen and table/ chair rental needs, as well as offering inclusive enhancement packages that includes amazing vendors, such as florists, entertainment and photographers. We really are a one stop shop!

How far in advance do you recommend clients to book?

Most couples typically book a year to two years out, but since we have all-inclusive packages we can help create a stress-free wedding for couples looking to plan a wedding within a very short period as well.

What is one piece of advice you give to brides?

It’s ok to have a season in mind for your wedding, but I always suggest finding the right venue that is meant for you first and then have some flexibility with the date. It could be a missed opportunity on finding the perfect venue because your heart is set on one particular date. Also, once you find the right venue, I think it’s easier to decide on a color scheme or them for your wedding. On that same note, having flexibility is key. If you are flexible and are willing to consider off-season wedding dates, such as in January or February or even during the week, this would potentially save you lots of money, give you an equally as beautiful wedding and you will not have to share the spotlight with those 4 other couples you know getting married in June or October!

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Vendor Spotlight On: Rhodes on the Pawtuxet

Rhode Island architectural icon, Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, under the new management of Russell Morin’s Catering & Events just received an expansive update highlighting its old-world beauty and rich history. Jessica Krasner, the on-site Sales & Event Coordinator tells us more Tell us the history of Rhodes on the Pawtuxet. In 1872 Thomas H. Rhodes […]

Vendor Spotlight is On: The Lenox

Vendor Spotlight is on The Lenox; known as the original boutique hotel and a destination for luxury and elegance in Boston.

1. How did your business come to be?

The Lenox Hotel is a family owned business operated by the Saunders Hotel Group, one of the first independent management companies in the United States. The Lenox Hotel was built in 1898 and was later purchased by the Saunders family in 1963. We have been hosting beautiful weddings ever since our opening. We even hosted a 50th Wedding Anniversary party a few months ago in the Dome Room where the couple wed 50 years ago.

2. What are the services you offer?

The Lenox Hotel is a AAA, 4 Diamond property which offers 214 fully renovated guest rooms, over 5000 square feet of function space as well as 2 full-service restaurants (City Table & Solas) and City Bar, a cocktail lounge.  You and 150 of your friends and family will enjoy a 3 course meal in our stunning gilded Dome Room where you’ll dance the night away! Our inclusive package comprises almost everything you’ll need for your wedding day: 5-hour hosted bar, 3-course meal, wedding cake, chiavari chairs, linens, passed appetizers and display for your cocktail hour as well as our Wedding Suite for when you’re ready to unwind from the day!

3. Where are you located and how far will you travel to provide your service?

The Lenox Hotel is located at 61 Exeter Street in the heart of Back Bay in Boston. We are a short 20 minute drive from the airport, which also offers shuttle service just steps away from the hotel. Also located nearby are fantastic spots for wedding-day photos! We have the Boston Public Library, Boston Common, Commonwealth Avenue and Copley Square.

4. How far in advance do you recommend clients to book?  

We suggest that couples secure their venue at least 12-15 months prior to their wedding day.

5. What is one piece of advice you always give to brides?

Remember to be in the moment throughout your wedding day. It goes by quickly so be sure to relax, have fun and enjoy the day with all of your closest family and friends celebrating.

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Vendor Spotlight is On: The Lenox

Vendor Spotlight is on The Lenox; known as the original boutique hotel and a destination for luxury and elegance in Boston. 1. How did your business come to be? The Lenox Hotel is a family owned business operated by the Saunders Hotel Group, one of the first independent management companies in the United States. The […]

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