Bridesmaid Dresses You Can Wear After the Wedding

Bridesmaid Dresses You Can Wear After the Wedding

That oh-so-identifiable bridesmaid dress look is slowly fading away. Today, brides are choosing more contemporary looks for their bridesmaids which can be worn at events besides the wedding. If you want your bridal party to be able to get additional use out of their wedding attire, try one of these options we’ve seen at Hampshire House:

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  • Mismatched dresses: Few colors look good on all skin tones. That’s why letting bridesmaids pick their dress color increases the chance that they’ll wear the dress again. If you still want a cohesive look, give some general guidelines for what types of colors they should consider, such as “shades of blue” or “muted pastels.”
  • Convertible Dresses: These dresses come with long straps from the waist up that can be configured in a number of ways, like strapless, halter, one-shoulder, etc. Your maids can wear them multiple times without repeating a look.
  • Metallic Tones: Dresses with serious shine are currently on trend for weddings, and its good news for bridesmaids. These dresses have a fancy look that’s perfect for re-wearing as a cocktail dress in the future.

Consider one of these dress options for your wedding. Trust us, your bridesmaids will thank you!

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Bouquet Ideas That Are Perfect for Summer

Bouquet Ideas That Are Perfect for Summer

With so many flowers in season, it seems like a summer bouquet would be easy to create, right? In reality, finding something that stands out from the crowd can be difficult during what’s known as “wedding season” in Boston. Here are Hampshire House’s top picks for summer bouquets that brides will love:

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  • Ombre: It’s been a trend in hair and in fashion, and now it’s a trend in florals. A bouquet that gently changes from one shade to the next will look gorgeous against the backdrop of a white gown.
  • Wildflowers: For a truly romantic look go with a wildflower bouquet. A less structured, free-flowing look is perfect for these colorful, long-stemmed flowers.
  • Succulents: Add succulents to your bouquet to add a textured look. The sturdy, geometric shapes make traditional flowers appear even more delicate and beautiful.
  • Twine: Traditional bouquets are wrapped with ribbon, but twine adds a rustic touch that’s ideal for outdoor summer weddings.

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Choose one of these ideas to add a unique twist to your wedding bouquet.

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Sizzling Summer Wedding Trends

Sizzling Summer Wedding Trends
One of the best ways to ensure that your wedding is a memorable event for you and your guests is by adding unique touches that fit your personality and tastes. Consider adding one of these cool trends to your summer wedding to make it a truly special occasion:

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  • Signature Drinks: What better way to cool down on a hot summer day than with a signature cocktail crafted by the bride and groom? At Hampshire House, we can help you come up with fun, flavorful drinks that match your tastes and even your wedding color palette.
  • Succulents and Wildflowers: Many brides are incorporating substantial succulent or wispy wildflowers into their bouquets and centerpieces to create gorgeous floral arrangements.
  • Unique Desserts: Cupcakes, pies, donuts, macaroons and other tasty treats are some fun summer alternatives to traditional wedding cake. Hampshire House can help you create a custom dessert plan for your event.
  • Metallics: Gold and silver can make your décor pop and add a formal vibe to the event.

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If you’re having a summer wedding, don’t be afraid to shake things up with some of these hot trends. Let Hampshire House help make your wedding vision a reality.

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Week of the Wedding: How to Help Family and Friends Have a Great Time

Week of the Wedding: How to Help Family & Friends Have a Great Time

The big week has finally arrived, and you’re just days away from your wedding. While it’s a thrilling time for you and your future spouse, your friends and family are just as excited about you two tying the knot. To help make this event even more memorable, consider these tips for keeping your guests entertained and informed through the week of the wedding:

Hand Out Welcome Bags

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It’s a great idea to give welcome bags to your bridal party and any out-of-town guests. Those who are unfamiliar with the Boston area will love having a handy guide that includes a wedding week itinerary and directions to the Hampshire House and other venues included in your celebration. Plus, you can give your guests a guide to some of Boston’s hottest attractions so they can enjoy exploring the area during their visit.

Schedule a Welcome Event

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In addition to welcome bags, a welcome event for your guests is another way to include them in the excitement of your wedding week. Whether it’s a laid-back evening of drinks at Bull & Finch Pub or an elegant brunch at one of Hampshire House’s fine dining restaurants, gathering your guests together before or after the wedding also ensures that you get quality time with every guest since the actual wedding day often feels like it goes by in a flash.

Create a Wedding Website

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Today’s modern couples are making unique and easy-to-navigate wedding websites that provide a ton of helpful information for guests. This site can be a go-to resource for family and friends that need to double-check anything from the ceremony time to the venue address at the last minute. Plus, you can add lots of fun details to the site to help guests feel involved. Include an online guestbook that they can use to leave you notes of congratulations or even some marriage advice. Add your engagement photos to the site and include details about who’s in the wedding party. These little touches help guests feel included and increase excitement leading up to the wedding day.

Plan a Wonderful Rehearsal Dinner

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Another event that can potentially be held at Hampshire House is your rehearsal dinner. The mansion provides a luxurious backdrop for treating your officiant, bridal party and closest family members to a nice dinner the night before your wedding. It’s also a great chance for your loved ones to give toasts and celebrate you two as a couple in preparation for the big day.

Arrange for Childcare

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If you’re having an adults-only wedding, it really adds a nice touch to offer an off-site childcare option for parents who you’ve invited to the wedding. That way, guests feel more comfortable being away from their little ones and will be able to truly enjoy your wedding celebrations. Some kid-friendly weddings offer an on-site childcare option just to keep kids entertained during the reception so parents can relax and have fun.

Make Transportation Easy

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Even at venues with a convenient location such as Hampshire House, some out-of-town guests may not know the easiest ways to get to and from your wedding. Send those family and friends a simple guide to local transportation, including options for cabs, ride sharing and public transport. If most guests are staying at one hotel, you may even want to provide a free shuttle to and from the venue.

If you want your guests to enjoy every minute of your wedding week, focus on finding ways to make their experience stress-free. Whether it’s giving them lots of options for local activities or including them in some pre- or post-wedding activities, these ideas are sure to make your guests feel welcome at this special event.

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Small vs. Large Weddings and What is Best for You

Just about everyone struggles with the guest list for his or her wedding. While you may want to invite everyone you know, your budget, your venue and your planning team make it so that it’s just not possible to do so. When it comes time to actually send out the invitations and create the seating chart, you’ll be faced with some tough decisions about how long to keep the guest list.

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To make this decision easier, it helps to decide exactly how many people you want to invite before you even start thinking about specifics. Is it your dream to have a very large wedding, or would you be happier with something smaller and more intimate, with just a few close friends and family? Luckily, Hampshire House has you covered with smart tips for deciding on a small or a large wedding.

  • If you’re on a budget, a small wedding is the way to go. While this may seem obvious, many couples aren’t exactly honest with themselves about how much money they have to spend on a wedding. Sit down with the people paying for the wedding and go over exactly how much you have to spend; if it adds up to less than you thought, consider downsizing the guest list to give yourself some extra funds.
  • If you’re planning the wedding yourself, you may want to go with a small wedding. While professional wedding planners specialize in organizing the transportation, seating, meals and drinks for a large number of people, the average person likely doesn’t have that type of expertise. You’ll save yourself a lot of headaches (and you’ll be able to enjoy the big day more) if you go with a smaller guest list.
  • If you aren’t particularly social in your day-to-day life, go with a small wedding. You shouldn’t have to invite a large number of people just because you’re getting married, and you’ll likely feel much more comfortable socializing with just those nearest and dearest to you. Planning a large wedding often makes more reserved people feel stressed out (especially on the big day), so save the hassle and pare down your guest list.

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  • If you and your new spouse are starting completely from scratch once you’re married, you may want to have a large wedding so that you can receive more gifts. While this may seem a bit tacky, keep in mind that the reason why people give gifts is to help the new couple. The people in your life will genuinely enjoy contributing to your new life together.
  • If you have a very large, tight-knit family, you may want to opt for a large wedding. This is even truer if both parties have large families. You’ll save yourself the pain of making some difficult cuts from your guest list, and in the end, you may regret not inviting some of those important people.
  • If you want your wedding to take on a fun, party-like atmosphere, you may be more partial to a large wedding. This is especially great if you hired a band or a DJ, or if you’re an extremely fun-loving, social couple in your everyday life.
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Outdoor Wedding Photo Trends Perfect for Summer

While the Hampshire House doesn’t host outdoor weddings, we do encourage our couples to take photos in the Boston Public Garden on the big day. Here are a few beautiful outdoor wedding trends that will look perfect in your photos this summer.

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  • Keep the bouquet in focus with the couple kissing in the background. This is a great way to showcase the lush colors of your flowers in the summer sun.
  • Add coral to the bouquets for a true summer feel. Place just a few sprigs of coral to your maids’ bouquets just before the photos.
  • Do some twirling in your dress with your bridesmaids to create a whimsical, youthful look that’s perfect for outdoor summer wedding photos.
  • Take advantage of the golden hour, the time just before sunset. Because this type of soft light is most flattering in the summertime, it will make your photos look perfect.
  • Spread out the group shot to create a regal effect. Have some of your wedding party members sit, while others can stand behind them to create a truly elegant feel. This is a bit less formal than the traditional bridal party lineup, but it has a cool, modern look that you’ll love in your photos.

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10 Things that No One Tells You About your Wedding Day

While you may feel like you have everything together when it comes to planning your wedding, there are sure to be a few surprises on the big day that you couldn’t have predicted. Here are 10 of the most important things that no one tells you about your wedding day.

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  1. Don’t take the ceremony for granted. While you may get so caught up in planning the reception, the ceremony is the part that you’ll want to remember forever.
  2. You’ll feel the most nervous in the moments before the ceremony. It may seem obvious, but knowing to expect the nerves right before you walk down the aisle may help you to contain them.
  3. Even if you don’t think you’ll cry, you’ll cry.
  4. Take some alone time. Aside from spending time with your new spouse, you should also take time alone.
  5. You won’t expect how loved you feel. You’ll feel overwhelmed with love from your family and friends.
  6. You might not eat. The old wives’ tale is true: many people don’t have time to eat at their own weddings!
  7. Something will go wrong. You just have to roll with the small mishaps.
  8. You won’t expect your favorite moment.
  9. Things will change. Even if you and your partner have been together for a decade already, you’ll feel different when you’re married — in a good way.
  10. You’ll have a blast. While you may think of your wedding as romantic, you won’t expect how much fun you’ll experience.
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Why Hampshire House is the Perfect Place for all of Your Corporate Events

When you want to impress new clients or execute a memorable occasion for your company, it requires a truly special setting for your event. The Hampshire House is just that location for corporate events in the Boston area, as its turn-of-the-century elegance and full-service accommodations will leave everyone feeling more than impressed. Here are just a few of the most important reasons why you should host your corporate function at the Hampshire House.

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  • Its notable décor and ambiance. Hampshire House is incredibly grand and distinctive, with tasteful décor that doesn’t overshadow its historic architecture. It is one of the most sought-after destinations in Boston for its sweeping views of the Boston Public Garden, as well as the interior that features grand fireplaces, brass chandeliers and warm oak cabinets throughout.
  • It can accommodate all of your most important colleagues. The Hampshire House can accommodate up to 500 guests at a time, which is ideal for annual company-wide meetings, seminars, trainings and client dinners.

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  • Its cuisine is exceptional. When you plan your corporate function at The Hampshire House, you’ll work with our experienced executive chef to create a menu that works perfectly for your event. Our world-class cuisine includes hearty, seasonal dishes, decadent desserts and full bars of libations that everyone will enjoy.
  • You won’t have to do a thing. Unlike hosting an event at your own facility, hosting it at The Hampshire House makes it so that you can sit back and focus on what’s important: socializing with your coworkers, clients and other colleagues. Our skilled team handles a number of events each year, and you won’t have to worry about a single detail during your corporate event. Just be sure to book your event well in advance, because The Hampshire House books up very early.
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Incorporate Patterns into your Wedding Theme

If you’re looking for a surefire way to make your wedding stand out, you might try incorporating patterns into the traditional one- or two-color scheme. If this seems intimidating, here are a few helpful tips that will show you how to pull off patterns in a classy way.

  • Choose a pattern with pops of your chosen colors. In order to create a seamless effect, make sure that your chosen pattern contains a few small pops of a color from your color scheme. This will help your decorations to blend and won’t make the pattern seem so jarring.

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  • Use the pattern sparingly. Instead of letting the pattern take over your décor, use it as an accent. Choose one or two colors to use as your main color scheme, and then add small bursts of pattern here and there for an unexpected yet tasteful look.
  • Use it on small items. One great way to incorporate patterns into your décor is by using the pattern in places like the ribbons on the centerpieces, the bows on the backs of chairs and even on the candles.may7
  • Use it on one large item. Another direction you may go in when adding patterns to your décor is using the pattern in one large, statement piece. Try choosing all of your tablecloths in one pattern and keeping everything solid, for example.
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Bridal and Baby Shower Game Guide

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The Hampshire House is a very popular destination for bridal showers and baby showers, and if you’re planning your upcoming event at our beautiful facility, you’ll want to make sure that your guests are entertained all day long. Here are a few fun games that are perfect for each of these events — and they’re a world away from the overused games of the past!

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  • Bridal Shower Bingo. Everyone loves a good game of Bingo, and you can customize the game for your upcoming bridal shower. Tell your guests to list facts about the soon-to-be newlyweds in each square instead of the usual numbers, such as the city where they met or their beloved dog’s name. Then play Bingo as usual, except call out the clues that might lead to those facts.
  • Purse Scavenger Hunt. Turn the traditional scavenger hunt on its head with this smaller-scale version involving your guests’ purses. Create a list of common (and not-so-common) items that people might carry in a purse, and then call them out to your guests from the front of the room. The first team to deliver the item to you wins a small prize, and whichever team collects the most items wins the whole game.
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  • Wedding (or Baby) Jeopardy. Before the big day, create a few wedding-related categories, such as flowers, rings, famous married couples, etc. For baby showers, do the same with baby-related categories. Think of some questions within each category and put them in order from the simplest to the most difficult. Run the game just like traditional Jeopardy, and have your guests write their answers on note cards before answering.
  • Love Story. Give a silly twist to the couple’s love story at a bridal shower by playing a new version of the old Telephone game. Write one true detail about how they met on a piece of paper, such as “They met on a blind date.” Then, pass the paper around the group, letting each person add a silly detail. Read the whole story aloud for some guaranteed laughs!
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