Monday, December 15, 2014

Looking Back ~ Stephanie & Greg -- And a Bargain Ahead



Something we love about being a historic hotel is that people who have created memories here always come back to create more--whether a year later or fifty years later! In 2009-2010, we had a Hawthorne bride, Stephanie, who was so excited about our blog and our Twitter feed that she let us follow her through the process of planning her wedding at the Hotel.

Steph contacted us via FaceBook a few weeks ago to let us know that she and Greg were coming to their "first" Santa Brunch, with their new little one, to continue to create family memories here.  Seeing them a few years later with their son reminded us of how fun it was being there for the start of their life together. We thought you may enjoy a "look back," too!

You can click through Stephanie and Greg's wedding story with each of the posts below:
If you are searching for the perfect place to hold your wedding, please contact us today for more information about our packages and to arrange a private tour ~ 978-825-4358 or cmadigan@hawthornehotel.com.

One more little thing -- while we were looking for these posts, we came across this post as well.
Wedding-in-a-Week, which reminded us that spending six months to a year planning a wedding is not really all that necessary when you work with a team of wedding specialists that we have here at the Hawthorne Hotel.

This  last post certainly demonstrates that we can super-charge your planning process if need be.  So if you are a procrastinator, we can help.

As a matter of fact, just for reading this blog post, and mentioning it when you book your wedding here -- if you choose one of our *Special Opportunity wedding dates in January, February or March of 2015, I will add in a one-night's stay in a suite gift certificate for you or anyone you choose -- you can use it for your wedding weekend, or on another date, as you see fit.

Here are the January, February  and March dates:

 Friday evenings:
January 9, 16, 23, 30 
February 13, 27
March 13

Saturday evenings:
February 14, 21, 28 
March 7

Sunday -- name your time:
January 4, 11, 25 
February 1, 15 
March 1, 8, 15, 22 or 29


So do not forget to mention this blog post when you book!

I hope to see you here.

Juli

Juli Lederhaus
General Manager

Friday, December 12, 2014

Affordable AND Hawthorne Hotel -- How Can That Be?!!

With all of the elegant photos of weddings at the Hawthorne Hotel that one might see, whether here, or on our website, or on FaceBook, or on brochures or on The Knot, it is no wonder that many people think that a wedding at the Hawthorne Hotel will be expensive and out of their price range.








However, that is simply not the case.  Our weddings are VERY AFFORDABLE, especially when compared to weddings at a similarly elegant venue in the Boston area.

Beyond that fact, we also offer packages which are even more specially priced, and they are available on our opportunity dates.

While we know that so many couples are set on having their wedding on a Saturday night, especially in the months of May through November, choosing an alternate date can afford you a dream wedding at a GREAT PRICE!

As of right now, the date of this blog post, these are the "opportunity dates" that we have available for your consideration in 2015:


Friday evenings:
January 9, 16, 23, 30 
February 13, 27
March 13 
April 3, 17 
May 1, 8, 22

Saturday evenings:
February 14, 21, 28 
March 7

Sunday -- name your time:
January 4, 11, 25 
February 1, 15 
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
April 12, 19 
May 3, 10, 17, 31 


In addition to these great special dates, we also offer a Weekend Jazz Brunch Wedding Package which is completely creative and includes live music in the form of a  Jazz ensemble for anyone seeking something just a bit on the different side.  Get up early, get married, and have an early party -- great for anyone who loves mornings, and wants to change things up for their wedding.  Just think -- Eggs Benedict, Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Screwdrivers -- what fun!

For more information about all that we can do for your special day, call us at 978-825-4358 or fill out an on-line inquiry form right here:  On-Line Inquiry Form

We all hope to see you here.

Juli

Juli Lederhaus
General Manager

Saturday, November 15, 2014

We LOVE Our Wedding Couples

. . . especially the ones who really WANT to be on our blog.

That was the case of Marcy Smolow and Jesse Freeman who were married here on February 16 of 2013. (Yes, you are reading that date correctly -- we just didn't get their photos until this fall.)

Marcy and Jesse had a winter wedding with a vintage theme (just a week after the blizzard so there was plenty of pretty snow).  Their vendors included: Rabbi Dawn Rose, Flowers by Darlene, DJ Emelita from Entertainment Specialists, and Alicia Schneider Photography.  Their wedding cake was made by Montilio's. All the photos you see in this blog were taken by Alicia Schneider and her husband.  In lieu of favors, they opted to make a donation to the M.S.P.C.A. and created a collage to honor our friends' and families' pets, many of whom were rescue animals.

Here are some quotes from emails Marcy sent to us about her experience with the Hawthorne Hotel and Hawthorne Catering.  This first one is about the elements of our "package" wedding that she purchased:  

"I was so pleased with that cake...both the design and taste.  I was also pleasantly surprised that I could get something that beautiful as part of my wedding package....it was great that Montilio's allowed some customizations to be made without charging a bunch of extra fees.  It was an example of how the wedding packages offered weren't just a value, but a value without compromise (something important to many brides)."



"I was going to mention too that back in August, my husband's cousin (Zach Freeman) had stayed at the Hawthorne hotel with guests when they had their wedding at the Peabody Essex Museum.  In addition to the wedding, we attended the brunch the following day at the hotel.  I believe the catering for the wedding at the Museum was also done by Hawthorne.  Zach and his now-wife Emma had attended Jesse's & my wedding at the Hawthorne Hotel and we had recommended they consider it when they got engaged.  While they didn't have their wedding there, I was glad to learn that they had still incorporated the hotel into their wedding weekend."
 
These are such a great testimonials that we want to shout them from the rooftops.  Thank you so much, Marcy!

I hope you enjoy these photos:

The Ceremony in the Grand Ballroom

As the light begins to fade, with snow still on the Common and the twinkling lights on the trees.

Gorgeous cake by Montilio's

Centerpieces

Looking out of the "Grandmother" windows onto the Grand Ballroom
 
Lovely sweet couple

I hope you enjoy this blog post as much as we did creating it.  As we said in the heading, we LOVE our wedding couples!

Will we see you here?

Juli

Juli Lederhaus
General Manager



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Lovely Thank You Note for a PEM Wedding


Sometimes our guests just say it "all" for us.  What a great testimonial to both the staff of Hawthorne Catering, and the leadership of Lindsay Otis.

I hope you enjoy reading our mail today.

Juli Lederhaus
General Manager

Monday, October 06, 2014

Beautiful Fall Wedding -- In Perfect "Fall" Location

Certainly Salem has its very own season, and that season is the Fall.  A wedding that took place here on September 26 optimized that wonderful seasonal feel, using fresh, vibrant colors of orange and purple as accents.   Here are a few photos that I snapped with my iPhone of the Grand Ballroom all set up to receive our guests that evening:



Our lovely couple,  Sarah and Adam, so enjoyed their time with us that they sent us photos for our blog very quickly.   These photos were by Amore Photography, David LaChapelle, who does such a nice job for our clients.  We hope you enjoy them:

 

















I hope to see you here.

Juli

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Rodriguez-Hoffman Wedding, September 20, 2014

Here are some photographs from the Rodriguez-Hoffman wedding reception hosted on September 20, 2014. We have also included a wonderful video from Harris Films, who offered a "Same Day Edit" of the event. You can check that out here.

We hope you enjoy a look at Josh and Bryan's special day!








And of course, we hope to see you here.

Juli

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Beautiful, Warm Wedding

UPDATE:

We recently received this lovely Thank You note from the mother of the bride, and thought we would add it to this post:

Dear Sara,

I want to thank you for all the attention you put into helping me, Maddie and Ross plan for their wedding on September 19th, 2014. You always made yourself available for consultation, even at last minutes notice. You are amazing! Hawthorne Hotel is lucky to have a beautiful, gracious, patient, and intelligent Wedding Coordinator! The wedding went off without a single glitch. Guests raved about the food, d├ęcor, flowers, set-up. Everyone had a wonderful time! There were no concerns---We all enjoyed the evening from the opening appetizer reception hour to the main event in the Ballroom! What a fabulous job you and the staff at Hawthorne did! I can't thank you enough! My daughter's wedding at Hawthorne was everything we had expected, wanted and more!

Thank you, also, for all the effort you put into acquiring the special liquor requested. It was enjoyed by my guests and added a special touch. My guests also enjoyed the international coffee station you added! Breakfast in the Library also went very well. Guests enjoyed the assortment of breakfast foods and pastries. The attendants were attentive to everyone's needs.

I would highly recommend a Hawthorne Wedding to anyone!

Thanks again for everything!

Sincerely,

Joann Maglio

ORIGINAL POST:

We thought we would share some beautiful photos with you from the Maglio-Williamson wedding reception we hosted on September 19, 2014. Our Catering Sales Manager who took care of the couple, Sara Norris, noted that they were absolutely wonderful to work with. The groom's home country is Scotland, and Madeline and Ross were all about ensuring their guests, local and from overseas, enjoyed themselves, even arranging for one of the Salem Trolleys to bring them to the wedding in Marblehead and then to the reception at the Hawthorne.

The couple was warm and fun, which we think is reflected in their beautiful reception. We hope you enjoy a little peek as much as we enjoyed putting it together!














If we can help you arrange the perfect wedding, please give us a call at 98-825-4358.

Juli