If you’re looking for a truly elegant and memorable way to celebrate your bridal shower, consider having your celebration at the Hampshire House. Our turn-of-the-century mansion creates an unforgettable backdrop that your guests won’t soon forget, and our full-service accommodations and impressive culinary offerings make it so that you won’t have to lift a finger to host a beautiful party with your friends and family.
Here are just a few of the reasons why the Hampshire House is the perfect setting for your bridal shower.
- Its views are unbeatable. In addition to the incredible setting inside of the mansion, the Hampshire House also offers sweeping views of the Boston Public Garden and its surrounding areas.
- Its interior features are impressive. Inside of the Hampshire House, you’ll find a working fireplace on every level, hand crafted oak bars and brass chandeliers. The large, sweeping tables and plush seating areas also create a space for everyone at your bridal shower to dine and socialize together.
The menu is completely customizable. Whether you want to serve tasteful brunch fare or a traditional British high tea, the Hampshire House’s culinary team will work with you to create a menu that truly fits your preferences. Decadent desserts are available with every meal, and even these sweet treats are customizable. During the meal, you’ll receive exceptional service from the skilled servers so you won’t have to lift a finger.
- There are a variety of décor options. While the Hampshire House’s traditional turn-of-the-century architecture and luxurious fixtures are already incredibly beautiful, we understand that guests prefer a custom décor look for their occasions. We’ll work with you to choose the perfect decorations for your bridal shower, and we’ll execute them seamlessly just in time for your event.
On Sunday, May 22, 2016, enjoy an evening of music, drinks and dining with the beautiful Hampshire House as your backdrop at our Dinner Piano Concert with Clemens Teuffel. This special event makes the perfect night out or special date night for anyone who enjoys classical music, fine dining or both.
During the Dinner Piano Concert, guests will enjoy the renowned musical styling of Chopin, Schumann, Hanson and many others as performed by acclaimed pianist Clemens Teuffel. Teuffel has appeared in numerous concerts throughout Europe and the United States, performing at incredible venues like the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Germany and the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, Massachusetts. With the stunning backdrop of the Hampshire House’s turn-of-the-century architecture and luxurious décor in the background, this will truly be an evening to remember.
The Dinner Piano Concert will also feature a three-course dinner served alongside the performance, complete with a number of exceptional dishes prepared by Chef Markus Ripperger. Starters include Gingered Chantenay Carrot Soup and Organic Tender Garden Greens, while the main course includes options like Moroccan Herb-Crusted Lamb Rack and Char-Grilled Tenderloin of Beef. Guests will enjoy a special Hampshire House dessert creation once the meal is through. The Dinner Piano Concert also features fine drink pairings that perfectly complement the meal for an additional charge.
Whether you’re planning a special anniversary dinner or you’re simply a fan of classical music, the Dinner Piano Concert at Hampshire House is a can’t-miss event. This elegant evening out is a wonderful excuse to don your best formalwear and head out on the town with the ones you love.
Tickets to the Dinner Piano Concert with Clemens Teuffel are $75 per person, and they include your entire three-course meal, tax and gratuity. Alcoholic beverages are not included. To purchase tickets, visit the Hampshire House website.
At Hampshire House, we believe every couple’s love story is unique and should be celebrated in a way that fits your relationship. In February, we were proud to be a part of the wedding of Cami (Wei) Chen and Henry Byrd.
Prior to the ceremony, the beautiful bride Cami got ready for her big day, enjoying a bit of pampering and a cup of tea before the festivities began. Once she and her groom Henry were ready, they met for a private reveal captured only by the photographer, Maureen Cotton.
The ceremony took place in The Library, an inviting room complete with a grand chandelier, rustic shelves lined with books and various ephemera, a grand piano and drapes and carpeting to complete the warm feel of the venue. The couple exchanged their vows before their closest friends and family, having them partake in the ceremony for a personalized touch and intimate feel perfectly suited to the room.
Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour in our Baker Bar while we reconfigured The Library for the reception. While all of this was going on, the couple took the opportunity to explore Hampshire House to find romantic, picturesque backdrops for their first photos as husband and wife.
Returning for the reception in The Library, the newlyweds and their guests were welcomed by a long table covered in a lace tablecloth, golden rail chairs, full place settings and delicate floral centerpieces. It was a lovely gathering well suited to the couple’s style.
Wedding planning: notoriously stressful and time-consuming. This is supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life, but getting there can be quite the journey. We can’t promise smooth sailing, but here are a few tips to help make your life a bit easier.
- Create a wedding checklist.
A checklist will help you stay organized and keep track of important deadlines. Plus, the satisfaction of checking something off is totally worth it.
- Plan out your budget.
We can’t stress enough the importance of creating — and sticking to — your budget. Items on your list can add up quickly, so make sure you’re prepared with a realistic, itemized amount you plan to spend.
- Set your guest list.
Start out by listing the absolute most essential people you want to be there. For those couples with a “The more, the merrier” attitude, think of this as a way to maximize your budget by giving each guest a higher quality experience.
- Post a wedding website.
Build the anticipation and excitement both for yourself and your guests. Use your wedding website to post details, teasers and a countdown.
- Put together an inspiration board.
As much as we like to think we have everything stored away in our minds, the sheer amount of planning that goes into a wedding can overload your brain. Take the time to organize your vision by creating an inspiration board either online or craft one to carry around with you.
This Sunday, May 1, Hampshire House is proud to host Four Handed Illusions, an intimate evening of laughs and wonder with two of the area’s most incredible magicians. Guests will watch as magicians Joel Acevedo and Steve Kradolfer team up to put on a truly memorable show that is certain to leave the audience in awe.
Four Handed Illusions
During “Four Handed Illusions,” the intimate audience of just 50 guests will get an up close and personal look at on-stage magic just a few feet away. Tricks range from the engaging, to the funny, and even some that are quite mystifying. All the while, Hampshire House’s elegant sophistication will create a memorable backdrop for the event.
Cocktail attire is suggested for all guests at Four Handed Illusions. There will be a full cash bar available before and during the show. Tickets can be purchased via the Hampshire House website.
For more information visit the Four Handed Illusions Website
Two show times are available for guests: 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., both on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Once you’ve found the perfect wedding gown, it feels like your look is complete. But don’t forget the full bridal look is all about the details. The right hairstyle, makeup and accessories tie everything together. When thinking about your hair for your upcoming nuptials, choose a style that flows with your dress, your venue and your personal style.
One of the biggest mistakes brides make is that they get too far away from their authentic style. Of course you want to look your best on your wedding day, but you also want to look like yourself. If you usually wear your hair down, keep it down. If you usually wear it on the top of your head or closer to the base of your neck, this is not the time to change it up.
The latest trends in bridal hairstyles help you show off your fundamental style with a fresh twist. Try these details to take your look up a notch.
Flowers and floral details are always a classic look for brides. Create a floral crown for a rustic look, or don a bold, vibrantly colored flower for a Spanish influence. Flowers like baby’s breath give a soft accent or add color and greenery, complementing any of the other hairstyle trends going on this year.
Braids have been popular the past few years and don’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. Fishtail braids, braided buns and loose plaits are among the most popular. Use small braids to tie back hair or big ones as the foundation of your look.
The more natural-looking, slightly undone hairstyle is making a big show this year. Looser styles add extra texture to your look and prevent you from looking too formal or overly done up. Have your stylist create a look that is beautifully messy.
Soft Waves & Single Bends
Soft waves and loose curls are another trend that is sticking around. Soften your look with natural-looking waves. Sweep them up into an up-do, put up only half of your hair, or leave it all down. This style flatters any face for a feminine, ethereal look. The half wave or single bend is also gaining popularity. Instead of a wave throughout the hair, brides are choosing a semi-straight style with a single bend for a more bohemian look.
Low or Side Chignon
Buns, knots, wrapped braids and coils. These styles are dominating the competition. Wear your hair to one side or leave it looser at the nape of your neck.
Add some sparkle to your hairstyle using headbands, barrettes or crowns with metallic or jewels. These details elevate your look and are especially shown off on brides who prefer not to wear a veil. Bronze and gold are big this season, so feel free to accessorize on your wedding day.
Whichever trend you’re looking to try, look around for inspiration. Bring your stylist some ideas that will complement your full bridal look, and be sure to schedule a practice appointment for the best results. Mix a few trends or favor one that lets your beautiful hair shine through on your big day.
Couples come in all shapes and sizes with a variety of backgrounds, cultures and traditions. Some couples believe a wedding is nothing without its traditions, while many others feel that rules are made to be broken. Whichever side you find yourself on, take a step back and think about why you are following these common traditions and how some creative alternatives might suit you better as a couple.
- It’s bad luck to see the bride before the ceremony. With this tradition, the groom sees the bride at the same time as everyone else. Many couples, however, are opting to see each other in a private reveal. You have both worked hard on your relationship and on your special day, so this pre-ceremony meet-up is your opportunity to take a good look at each other before the mayhem begins.
- Weddings are a formal affair. From the programs, to the music, the vows and the venue, many couples stress about getting all the details perfectly right. We’re here to encourage you not to take things too seriously. Maybe a religious institution is the perfect place to exchange your vows, or maybe a funny yet heartfelt speech in a rustic barn is more your style. Plan for details that fit you as a couple, not the tradition.
- The bride’s father should escort her down the aisle. Not only does your escort not have to be your father, but it’s also becoming more common for brides to walk down the aisle solo. Maybe you were closer with your mother or an uncle is the leading man in your life. Maybe you don’t have anyone you feel comfortable asking, or maybe you’d like to be the main focus. This is your day, so make it the way you want it.
- Bridesmaids are females, and groomsmen are males. If you have six close females in your life, and your groom has six close males in his, then go for it. Have an even number of men and women standing on each side. But many couples have siblings, best friends, family members, etc. that may not fit this tradition. Have those who are most important stand with you, no matter whether they are male or female.
- Engagement rings should be a diamond. Diamond engagement rings are a relatively new convention. If diamonds are your favorite gems, then by all means look for that style. But if not, don’t be afraid to look at other gems that catch your eye. There are plenty of beautiful alternatives to diamonds out there, including sapphire, emerald, opal, morganite and more.
- The bride and groom should have matching wedding bands. While we’re on the topic of rings, it is also becoming more common not to have matching wedding bands. This break from tradition allows both the bride and groom to express their individuality, which undoubtedly attracted you to each other in the first place.
- The bride wears all white. With so many beautiful colors and prints, why opt for white? Bridal fashion — like all good fashion — is pushing the boundaries on what is expected. Your dress should reflect your personality, so be fearless in blush, black, prints or any other look attire that expresses your style.
- Save the top tier of your cake for your first anniversary. Think about it. You would be eating year-old food. Even though it’s frozen, we don’t find that idea particularly appetizing. Instead, serve the fresh cake to your guests and take a photo of your top tier. Have your original cake baker recreate a new top for your first year celebration.
- Toss the bouquet and garter. Instead of throwing things at your single friends, think about using that opportunity to recognize the couple that has been married the longest or the couple that most inspired you to get married.
What it all comes down to is deciding what is right for the two of you. Your friends and family have — and usually share — their own opinions, but only you and your groom know which traditions fit for you and which ones don’t. Feel free to mix and match the ones you want to follow and the ones you’d rather leave behind. More and more couples are learning to make their own new traditions, touches and moments that make their wedding unique and customized to reflect the type of relationship they have. So feel inspired to step out of the box a bit and get creative!
The idea of a guestbook may seem rather traditional, but many couples are using their creativity to make sure messages for their marital bliss stick around. Couples are choosing works of art, memorabilia and objects with more meaning as a way to commemorate all of those who were there when they said “I do.” Here are some clever ideas on how to have some fun with your guestbook:
- A Map: Frame a map to have guests sign with a Sharpie. This idea is especially good for couples who have guests attending from all over the world.
- Fingerprints: Have your guests leave their mark. Make a family tree that blends the groom’s side with the bride’s side. Create flowers, balloons or fill in other shapes that are significant to your region, your family or an activity you love as a couple.
- Quilt: Cut up fabric squares for your guests to write messages or marital advice. When it’s finished, you’ll have a wedding quilt that brings everyone together.
- iPad Videos: Use technology to your advantage. Have guests leave their message in video form.
- Puzzle Pieces: Set out a full set of puzzle pieces. Once your guests are done signing them, put it together and have it framed for your home.
- Time Capsule: Guests can leave messages for you in any vessel of your choosing. Wait for your first anniversary to open it and read them.
- Photo Matte: Have guests sign the matting. You can use the matte when you frame one of your favorite wedding photos.
- Wine Bottle: Set out a bottle (or more, depending on how many guests you have) and a metallic sharpie. Save the wine for your first anniversary when you can review the messages.
- Old Window: This idea is ideal for those rustic, vintage style weddings. Have guests sign the panes and hang it in your home.
- Vinyl Record: Have guests sign a vinyl album, a set of skis or any other object that represents your vibe as a couple.
This Mother’s Day, thank your mother for her unconditional love and support. Mothers are a special kind of person, so take some extra time to honor and celebrate your mother with a lovely brunch at Hampshire House.
Join us on Beacon Hill 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sunday May 8th for a relaxing, enjoyable brunch. Bring the whole family and give special attention to your wonderful mother while you enjoy gourmet dishes. For $55 per person, you can enjoy a three course meal. Your choice of appetizer includes Sunday Lobster Bisque, Gulf Shrimp Martini, Grilled Asparagus & Portobello Mushrooms and more. Select your entrée from a selection including Smoked Salmon & Spinach Benedict, Grilled Beef Tenderloin Medallions, Stuffed French Toast, New England Lobster Omelet and more.
Please note, the ticket price does not include tax, gratuity or beverages. Perk up with a coffee or indulge in our delicious Bloody Marys. Validated parking is available in the Boston Common Garage for easy access to Hampshire House. To ensure your family has a table, call (617) 227-9600 to make a reservation.
Kelly Torlone and Ben Abbott were married on December 12, 2015. After exchanging vows in their church, the couple joined us at the Hampshire House for a lively reception fitting for such a charming couple.
When they arrived, the couple started by taking photographs throughout our magnificently and classically designed hallways, staircases and rooms. The couple was caught canoodling on the spiral staircase. Because of the timing of their nuptials, Hampshire House had recently been gilded and donned with greenery in preparation for the holidays. The couple was able to take advantage of our extra décor during the holidays for a reception feel that is cheery and bright. The couple enjoyed ornaments, wreaths and decorated Christmas trees.
The couple’s wedding reception was held on two floors. The couple and their guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dessert on the third floor while dinner and dancing were held on the third floor in The Library, our classic style room with rich, built-in wooden shelves and walls lined with books. We prepared with room with long tables and golden rail chairs to accommodate all of their guests. The room was also equipped with microphones for speeches, and we made sure there was plenty of room for the band and dancing.
We are honored that Kelly and Ben chose Hampshire House to celebrate this joyous beginning to their marriage. We are glad the beautiful couple would enjoy the holiday decorations as an added touch to our special venue.