Monday, March 30, 2009

A Few More Wedding Details

This past Saturday I noticed these items on the entry table to the Grand Ballroom during a wedding. It occurred to me that I had never blogged about these kinds of details, so I thought I would now.

Detail #1 -- The brides Toss Bouquet. Rather than tossing her beautiful bouquet, many brides elect to honor the tradition by having a smaller 'toss bouquet' made for this tradition. Here is one for you to see. In addition, I thought you might be interested in this webpost about some other 'toss bouquet' ideas that are less traditional:

Detail #2 -- why were there extra boutonnieres left over at this wedding? Because the groom didn't realize that the members of the wedding party who were in military uniform were not allowed to wear them. Save yourself a few dollars if you will have members of the armed services in uniform in your wedding party, and don't order flowers for them.

Detail #3 -- An engraved platter 'guest book'. A different touch, guests were asked to write with a special pen on this engraved platter which will become a permanent keepsake for this couple. Unique and different, but make sure someone is there to really have the guests press down on the pen so you can really read their writing.

Detail #4 -- Photos of parents and grandparents in their wedding poses. This adds a really sweet, family feel to the event, connecting generations together.

I hope you enjoy seeing these ideas, and learning a bit for your wedding.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Photos from a wedding here at the Hawthorne Hotel

We recently received this link to a photographer's blog.

All of the photos there right now are of a wedding that took place here a the Hawthorne Hotel. I think they are lovely photos, and thought you might enjoy seeing them as well. They certainly give you a good sense of what a wedding here at the Hawthorne might be.

I hope you enjoy seeing them.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A Family Celebrates

Nine years ago today, Lauren and Victor were married here at the Hawthorne Hotel. They have been coming back every year to celebrate, and this is the first year that they were able to bring their children, William who is three, and Caroline, who is nearly five.

As they were sitting in Nathaniel's to have dinner tonight, they saw Claire Kallelis, who was their wedding coordinator that night. We asked Claire to pose for this photo with them, as a remembrance of that special night. Evidently they were VERY pleased with how Claire ran their wedding for them.

We are so happy to have our guests come back again and again -- thanks Lauren, Victor, William and Caroline, for celebrating your milestone at the Hawthorne Hotel.

We hope to see you again soon.


P.S. One of the extra-nice things about being married in an historic hotel is that you know there is a dedication to preservation inherent in the business, and you can be pretty certain that the hotel will be around for years to come, for just such events as the celebration of an anniversary. You can't be sure the same thing is going to happen when you get married in a wedding hall, because those buildings are only built for a single purpose, and when someone finds a different use for that parcel of land, the building could be gone just as quickly as it was put up.

The other nice thing is just what you see happening here -- a couple who CAN come back every year to celebrate, because our hotel has two restaurants where you can celebrate these kinds of family events without having to book the entire function hall. When you have your reception in a reception hall, there is no place there to come as an individual, as there is in a hotel.

Even having a reception at just any hotel does not mean that that hotel will be around for your 25th anniversary -- many purpose built hotels are often torn down by the time they reach even the 15 or 20 year mark, because it is cheaper to build a new building, then to renovate a cheaply built structure.

There are many things to think about when choosing a place to hold your wedding reception. This is a small thing, but it could be important to you down the road.

I hope you enjoy this different look at the Hawthorne Hotel as a place for such an important event.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

What do these three objects have in common?

They are all from an exciting couple, Marla and Angel Martinez, who had their wedding here in January this year. What you are seeing are their wedding favor (a charming album of their favorite songs), a thank you note to their catering manager, Karen Cotton (which you can read in more detail below -- click on the image to enlarge it), and most fun of all, a "Bridezilla Voodoo Doll" that was an after-the-fact gift to Karen from a bride who had a great sense of humor.

We hope you enjoy this slice of (wedding) life here at the Hawthorne Hotel, and we hope we can help you plan the perfect wedding, too.

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Friday, March 13, 2009

A Lovely Bride and Charming Groom Share Their Photos with Us

. . . to share with you. I hope you enjoy this peek at yet another wonderful wedding at the Hawthorne Hotel.

Suzanne and Justin were married here on January 24, and really enjoyed their special day, and were thrilled with the idea that we would like to share their photos with our blog readers.

If you are planning a wedding at the Hawthorne Hotel, and wish to be a subject for this blog, please let your wedding consultant know. We will do our very best to make that happen for you.

I hope to see you here.