Saturday, July 31, 2010

Steph & Greg Are Married

A glorious day for a wedding, and you don't have to be an ex-President's daughter to have a very special wedding. You only need to come to the Hawthorne Hotel, where we treat every couple as "royalty".

If you have been following this wedding blog for the past year, you already know about Steph and Greg. Today was their wedding day, and I took a lot of photos (with their permission) to document the special day on our blog.

Here are a few photos to get you started. I will be posting more over the coming weeks.

Many of our couples choose to have photos taken in the Gazebo located on Salem Common, right next to the Hawthorne Hotel. While the photos are being shot, we send over a server, with hors d'oeuvres and pitchers of water (no alcohol is allowed there) so that the wedding party is well taken care of while they are having their photos (and sometimes video) taken.

That is the case with these photos.

I hope these photos are helpful to you. Stay tuned.


Friday, July 30, 2010

The Wedding Rehearsal

As we continue to follow Steph's wedding, we thought you might like to see some shots of the rehearsal. We are always able to find ways to do rehearsals, despite what is going on in the hotel. Tonight there was a wedding reception in the Ballroom, so Liz took the group up to the second floor to rehearse.

Liz is very serious about making sure that weddings go perfectly, so she is all over the rehearsals.

But she is able to make sure everyone has a bit of fun at the same time.

I hope you enjoy this "behind the scenes peek at what we do.


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Thursday, July 29, 2010

The ALL-IMPORTANT Detail Meeting

Here you see Steph meeting with her Wedding Planner, Christine Turner (seated) and her Wedding Coordinator, Liz Dube. The Detail Meeting is a kind of hand-off from the Planner to the Coordinator, and this meeting is probably the most important part of the entire preparatory process of holding a wedding here.

One of the things that our customers tell us over and over again is how smoothly everything runs at a wedding or other event that they might host or attend at the Hawthorne Hotel. We think that the reason for that is the DETAIL meetings that we have with our clients ahead of time.

We adore Steph, who is getting married here this weekend, in part because she is such a sweet, nice person, and also because she is super-organized, which makes the Detail Meeting go very smoothly.

Christine Turner is going through the boxes of things that we are going to handle for Steph this weekend, from favors, to menu cards, to special glasses for their toast, to table numbers and so on.

Since Steph found our hotel an appealing site, in part because of our use of social media, she also agreed to let me document her wedding from start to finish on our blog. Thanks, Steph!

I hope you enjoy learning more about weddings at the historic Hawthorne Hotel, where our building is graciously-old, but our ideas about how to run our business are definitely on the forefront.


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Monday, July 19, 2010

Another Nice Thank You for Another Great Wedding

From: Kathleen A.

Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 1:12 PM

To: Christine Turner

Subject: [a/v] wedding

Hi Christine,

Thank you so much for all your help with [our families'] wedding and the breakfast that followed. The entire staff of the Hawthorne – at least the ones I had dealings with – were wonderful. Everyone was helpful, friendly and went out of their way to be accommodating. The simplest way to put it is that you all made everything easy for us, and that’s what you hope for with an event.

Please pass along my thanks to all the others who were involved in the event, from Liz to the wait staff and bartenders, the fellow who “ran” the breakfast, the porters, the desk clerks, housekeeping – everyone was just terrific.

And thank you again for all your help. I would certainly recommend the Hawthorne to anyone planning an event.


Friday, July 16, 2010

Value Wedding Price -- New Package!

If you have ever dreamed about a wedding at the Hawthorne Hotel, but thought you might not be able to afford it, we have a package just for you. It is our new (just being introduced today) Super Value Wedding Package, available on certain Special Opportunity Dates.

This package is such a huge value, these dates should go quickly. Hopefully you can be flexible about the date of your wedding, so you can take full advantage of this pricing.

Elements included in the package are:

Personal Assistance from a Professional Wedding Coordinator
Three-Course Dinner
Candlelight Centerpieces
Place Cards
Wedding Guest Book & Pen
Private Room for Photographs
A Selection of Floor Length Linens
Discount on Overnight Accommodations for Overnight Guests
Discounts on Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Shower and/or Farewell Brunch at the Hotel

Menu Selection
Field Green Salad with Assorted Dressings
Warm Rolls and Sweet Butter

Entree Selection (Choice Of One)

Chicken Breast Stuffed with Apples and Pecans,
Served with a Maple Dijon Sauce

Roast Pork Loin with Apricot Cornbread Stuffing

Herb-Roasted Cod, Thyme and White Wine Butter Sauce

Seasonal Vegetables
Oven Roasted Potatoes

Ice Cream Bonbon

Freshly Brewed Coffee, Tea & Decaffeinated Coffee

Additional menu items are available upon request.

$35 Per Person Plus Tax and Service Charges

The Current Opportunity Dates are:

Sunday, November 14
Sunday, November 21
Friday, November 26
Sunday, November 28

Sunday, December 5
Sunday, December 12
Sunday, December 19

Sunday, January 9
Sunday, January 23
Friday, January 28
Sunday, January 30

Friday, February 4
Saturday, February 5
Sunday, February 6
Friday, February 11
Saturday, February 12
Sunday, February 13
Friday, February 18
Sunday, February 20
Friday, February 25
Sunday, February 27

Friday, March 4
Sunday, March 6
Friday, March 11
Saturday, March 12
Sunday, March 13
Friday, March 18
Saturday, March 19
Sunday, March 20
Friday, March 25
Saturday, March 26
Sunday, March 27

For more information call: (978) 825-4358

Other dates may also be available later in the year, so check with us by giving us a call on the Catering Department's direct line above.

I hope this new pricing can be helpful to you, in order for you to be able to afford the wedding of your dreams.


Friday, July 09, 2010

Unusual but Classical Centerpieces

We see so many different floral centerpieces, due to the fact that we host so many different weddings and other events here. These centerpieces pictured above seemed really special to many of us here at the Hawthorne Hotel, so I thought I would share.
I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as we did.


Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Lovely Photographer's Post on a PEM Wedding

Follow this link to see some great photos of a wedding at the Peabody Essex Museum. The guests stayed here, so some of the photos were shot in our hotel rooms.

I hope you enjoy this little peek at a lovely wedding.