Holiday Parties in Boston

Holiday Parties in Boston

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If you’re looking for a warm, inviting venue to host your special holiday party this year, Hampshire House is a wonderful option. Surrounded by the turn-of-the-century charm for which we’re known — including grand Palladian windows, commanding oaken bars, breathtaking crystal chandeliers, and working fireplaces on every level — you’ll feel the holiday spirit radiate from around you when you host your gathering at Hampshire House. We invite you to host your small or large gathering within our historic mansion at Beacon Hill.

Creating a Special Seasonal Soiree

Our team is more than happy to help you put together the perfect holiday event, whether it be a company party, an intimate brunch, an organization luncheon, a holiday fundraiser, or simply a small, private affair for only your closest family and friends. Our Boston private events space is warm enough to make even the most frigid New England winters appealing, thanks in part to our cozy entertaining rooms and delectable private events menus curated by our award-winning chefs. We deck the halls with festive holiday décor, and our impeccable service will make you feel inspired and in the spirit.

Hampshire House is more than happy to help you design a holiday party menu like no other, with extra-special seasonal staples and unique additions that give your function a bit of extra holiday spirit. Dining at Hampshire House is a grand culinary experience rich with seasonal flavors and local ingredients from appetizers to desserts to specialty cocktails. During the holidays, we happily infuse flavors of wintery fruits and vegetables that warm you up from the inside out. The meal is the highlight of any holiday event, so we take extra special time and care to design selections with you.

Spend the Holidays with Us

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In addition to being a premier holiday events venue in Boston, Hampshire House is also a destination for special holiday events. All of our seasonal events center around a well-designed holiday menu coupled with special cocktails and beverages that help you capture the holiday spirit. For information on holiday events that are open to the public this season, make sure to stop by our special events page or become a friend on Facebook.

Bostonians, especially those within our Beacon Hill community, have long celebrated special milestones and holidays within the walls of our exceptional turn-of-the-century mansion. We enthusiastically welcome you to make this a part of your holiday tradition, too!

Booking Your Holiday Event

The Hampshire House has been hosting special events for over four decades and our professional events team is always ready to help you plan your special celebration, whether it be a Christmas brunch or a corporate holiday reception. When you’re ready to book your holiday party, please contact our event professionals by phone at 617-227-9600 or via e-mail at events@hampshirehouse.com.

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Holiday Wedding Themes

Holiday Wedding Themes

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There are a dozen good reasons to have your wedding around the holidays. Maybe it’s the only time of year your closest family and friends are in the same state at the same time. Maybe winter brings milder weather where you live. Maybe you simply adore all things holiday-related and want your wedding day to feel fabulous, festive, and warm. Whatever your reason for attaching your nuptials to this special time of year, we support it!

Pulling together a holiday wedding theme is relatively simple if you know the vibe you’re going for, whether it be totally holly jolly with boughs of evergreens and eggnog cocktails or only subtly festive with red and green accents worked in here and there. The event coordinators here at Hampshire House are happy to help you tie your scheme up in a sweet little bow so it honors the season and your special wedding vision.

Here are some ideas to help you create a holiday-themed wedding that celebrates your unique sense of style in the spirit of the season.

  • Christmas-Chic: Evergreens and Red Roses — If you aren’t opposed to the idea of an overtly Christmas-inspired wedding motif, start with the classics. Evergreen bouquets and boughs of holly draped across tables are instantly made romantic and wedding-worthy with berry red roses. Pepper in some pinecones and have the guys wear holly berry and cedar boutonnieres for a seasonal finish.
  • WinterWoodland: Silver, White, and Dusty Blue — It’s “Frozen” meets “Bambi” with this sweet holiday-ready wedding theme. Use birch accents to capture the woodsiness and then dress things up with icy pops of shimmery silver to create the effect of a snow-draped forest. Incorporate some sparkly woodland figurines and snowflakes for a fairytale-inspired theme all your guests will adore.
  • A New Year’s Eve to Remember: Winter Black Tie — There’s something so fabulous about a New Year’s Eve wedding theme. Think all things dressy, glamorous, and fabulous covered in glimmer gold, black, and white. Go big when you gild everything in a layer of sparkly gold and make the champagne toast a highlight of the evening.
  • Earthy-Meets-Festive: Royally Rustic —Something about this time of year makes events feel like they have to be on the formal end, but you can make your holiday wedding as dressy or as laid-back as you want. Give it a more relaxed, rustic vibe with breezy finishing touches like plaid, wildflowers, and woodgrain. Choose a venue like Hampshire House that has real, working fireplaces to bring an element of coziness and warmth into your scheme.
  • Seasonally Sophisticated: Royal Textures — It’s easy to veer into the world of kitsch when planning a seasonal wedding, but it’s not at all necessary. You can still keep things sophisticated when you include high-end finishes and textures. Incorporate classically decadent hues, like cream, gold, and blush, to give things an upscale feel.
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Ready to book your holiday wedding venue? Beacon Hill’s Hampshire House is happy to help you plan your extra-special affair this season or next!

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Skip the Ballroom: Library Wedding Venues for Book Lovers

Looking for the best way to make your storybook romance complete? Consider choosing a beautiful library as your wedding venue. If you’re a book lover, there are plenty of good reasons to surround yourself with reading material on your big day. In fact, more couples are choosing to skip the traditional ballroom in favor of this unique type of location. Learn more about what to consider when you choose a library venue for your wedding.

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Incorporate Your Personality

One of the best things about celebrating your wedding in a library is that it gives you the chance to put your personal stamp on the event. The classic ballroom can feel a bit impersonal for couples who really want to incorporate their own interests and personality into their wedding. Surrounding yourself with books for this special occasion shows off your love of reading and creates a unique environment for your guests to enjoy.

Many couples even decide to go with a book theme for their wedding by incorporate various literary details into the event. Some examples include library card-style invitations, book centerpieces, quotes from famous novels, bookmark wedding favors, and paper flowers made with pages from books.

Get a Glamorous Style

A library venue can be the perfect fit for a glamorous wedding style. Generally, you won’t find rustic or casual décor to be a good fit for a library venue, though there may be some exceptions. Libraries typically look best when dressed up luxurious details that fit in with the venue’s existing style.

For example, if you’re in a very modern library, you might want a sleek, glamorous look for your décor. Older libraries with exquisite details are a great fit for an elegant vintage style.

Accommodate Any Guest List

Libraries come in all sizes, so they make a wonderful fit for just about any guest list you have in mind. You can find large libraries that can accommodate hundreds of guests as well as smaller libraries that are better suited to a smaller, intimate wedding celebration. Either way, being surrounded by books can create a warm and inviting setting that makes any wedding feel cozy.

Give Guests Something to Remember

Today’s couples want their wedding to stand out from the crowd. Choosing a library wedding venue is an excellent way to make a big impact on your guests. They’ll never forget the unique setting, especially if you choose to incorporate your love of books into the ceremony and reception. This is a wedding venue that people are sure to talk about for years to come.

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Create Stunning Photo Ops

Wedding photos are sure to play an important role in your celebration regardless of where you host the event. However, libraries make it easy to find several stunning backdrops for your wedding pictures. There will be no shortage of opportunities for your wedding photographer to create unique, memorable images that you’ll cherish for decades to come. Whether it’s portraits of just the two of you or group photos that incorporate your family or wedding party, a library essentially will have built-in backdrops that require zero extra effort when it comes to planning.

It’s easy to see why a library would be the perfect setting for a book lover’s big day. Make your wedding a truly once-in-a-lifetime event by choosing a library venue.

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Destination Weddings in Boston: The City of History

Downtown CrossingLooking for the perfect place to host a destination wedding? Consider the historic city of Boston, one of the most fascinating and fun cities on the East Coast. If your guests are going to travel for your wedding, it’s important to make sure they have a destination with plenty to offer (outside of your lovely ceremony and reception, of course). Here are some of the top reasons why Boston is the best city to get married in.

Incredible History

When it comes to American history, it’s hard to top Boston. This city of cobblestone corners and beautiful old buildings features a number of important historical sites. Your guests will love taking a trip along The Freedom Trail, which includes the location of the Boston Tea Party and the Paul Revere House among its many historical stops. The Old Town Trolley Tour is also a great group activity you can host while you guests are in town.

Don’t forget about the historic wedding venues in Boston as well. If you’re looking for a truly memorable place to host your ceremony or reception, there’s no shortage of stunning places where important historical events have taken place.

Exciting Attractions

Besides exploring the city’s history, there’s so much for your guests to enjoy during their visit to Boston for your wedding. The city is home to some of the top museums in the region, including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Harvard Museum of Natural History and The Sports Museum. If kids will be coming along, be sure to let your guests know about the popular Boston Children’s Museum located on the Fort Point Channel.

If you’d like to do a group outing with your guests before or after the wedding, consider getting tickets to a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park, the oldest ballpark in the U.S.

Gorgeous Weather Year-Round

Boston is the perfect place to host your destination wedding if you truly want to experience beautiful seasonal weather on your big day. Whether you want a snowy winter wedding, a lush spring wedding, a warm summer wedding, or a colorful fall wedding, you’ll get exactly what you’re hoping for in Boston.

This city gets the very best of all four seasons throughout the year, which can be fun for your guests as well. Suggest seasonal activities for them to enjoy while they’re in town. Popular options include fall foliage tours, ice skating, and whale-watching cruises.

Stunning Photo Ops

Expect your guests’ social media accounts to fill up with fun images from their trip when they visit Boston for your wedding. Whether it’s a lovely photo of one of Boston’s beautiful public gardens or a sweeping view of the skyline, this is a city filled with beautiful places to snap a picture.

When it comes to your own wedding photos, you’ll love that Boston’s historic venues have plenty of stunning backdrops both inside and out. Your wedding photographer will have no trouble finding gorgeous places for your portraits when you get married in Boston.

Choose a location that’s beautiful, interesting, and fun for your destination wedding by planning your big day in Boston. Your guests will enjoy the trip of a lifetime when they come to your wedding.

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The Top 8 Questions to Ask About Your Wedding Venue

Are you ready to start looking at wedding venues? This critical part of the wedding planning process doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Be ready with these eight questions when viewing a venue and you’ll get the answers you need to make an informed decision about where to host your special event.

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#1: What is the Venue Fee?

The cost of venue should be first question you ask. Couples with a specific budget in mind should ask this question before scheduling a visit; if it’s not in your budget, you don’t need to bother visiting. In addition to the base price for renting the venue, be sure to inquire about other venue-related costs. Some venues charge extra for certain services or the use of tables, chairs, linens, and other furniture and décor.

#2: How Many Guests Can You Fit?

You should have a basic guest list in mind when choosing a venue. Make sure any venue you consider can comfortably fit at least 80 percent of your guest list (since it’s unlikely that everyone will be able to RSVP “yes”).

#3: Is My Date Available?

If you already have a wedding date in mind, make sure the venue is available. Unless you’ve already made specific plans for a particular day, you could choose your wedding date based on what’s available at the venue you love the most.

#4: Does it Fit My Style?

Think about the vision you have for your wedding day. Will you be able to achieve it in this particular venue? While some venues can be decorated in any manner, others already have a specific look that can’t be altered.

#5: What Services are Available?

Do you want an all-inclusive package that includes food and drinks? Will it cost more to hire waitstaff or is that included in the price? Find out about these extra services and inquire about whether there is an on-site wedding coordinator you’ll be able to work with.

#6: Is the Location Convenient?

If any of your guests will be coming from out of town, it’s important to think about whether there are any accommodations nearby. The venue manager should be able to let you know about any local hotels, B&Bs, or house rentals. In addition, think about transportation to and from the venue. Can guests use public transportation? Is there enough parking on site, or should you get a hotel shuttle?

#7: What are Your Restrictions?

Most venues have at least some restrictions. If you want a late-night dance party and they require that the music is off by 9 p.m., that might be a deal breaker. Other venues may have restrictions about alcohol service, decorations, or which vendors you are permitted to hire.

#8: What is the Cancellation Policy?

Wedding venues are a big investment, so it’s important to know what happens to your money if you had to cancel for an unexpected reason. Get the details about what happens to your deposit and whether you get any type of refund in the event of a cancellation.

Take notes about each wedding venue you visit to find out if it suits your needs. You may find a few potential venues you like, and the answers to these questions will help you make a final decision about where to host this once-in-a-lifetime event.

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Planning the Perfect Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

Planning the Perfect Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

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The official kickoff to your wedding weekend is the rehearsal dinner. It’s the time that you get to invite your closest family and friends to celebrate and anticipate what’s to come. Traditionally, the rehearsal dinner is meant to thank your family and bridal party for participating in the rehearsal — typically scheduled immediately before a dinner hosted by the couple — and to hand out gifts to those who have made your wedding possible. If you’re in the early stages of the rehearsal dinner planning process, let us help you orchestrate a dreamy special event with all the bells and whistles to set the stage for your coming nuptials.

The Guestlist

The most common question to arise during this phase of the planning process is “Who is invited to the rehearsal dinner?” Like any event you host, you are in charge of the guest list — invite as few or as many people as you’d like. Usually, though, the rehearsal dinner is meant for those closest to the wedding, including the newlyweds-to-be, immediate family members, the entire bridal party, ceremony readers, and the officiant. Essentially, you should be prepared to invite everyone who partakes in the ceremony portion of your wedding to the rehearsal dinner. If it’s in the budget, it’s a nice (and often expected) gesture to invite the significant others of bridal party and family members as well.

The Venue, Date, and Logistics

Knowing the date and the number of people you’re planning to host will help you in narrowing down a venue. Be sure that you choose an elegant, intimate venue if you’re having a large wedding. This will help ensure that you get one-on-one time with everyone involved, which may not be a top priority while you’re tying the knot. When scouting rehearsal dinner venues, make sure that your date is open. Often, we have brides and grooms request to have their rehearsal dinner two days before the wedding, such as a Thursday evening for a Saturday wedding.

Booking an early rehearsal dinner allows for one day of recovery in between the rehearsal and the wedding, which may be helpful if you expect both to be rousing parties or if you simply want to space things out so that the weekend isn’t totally all-consuming. It also opens up more dates if you have a popular, often-booked venue in mind. Just be sure to consider that out-of-town guests will probably only plan to take off for a long weekend, so asking them to arrive sooner than expected may be a bit of an issue. If your plan is to host the dinner early, let everyone know as soon as it’s booked.

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A good rehearsal dinner venue is one that will work hard to capture your unique vision, whether it’s a laid-back, buffet-style affair or an upscale soiree with plated entrees and butler-passed hors d’oeuvres. We love to see couples organize their rehearsal dinner around a single table, especially a long dining table. After all, there are only a few times in your life when you get to host and cater a dinner for all of your favorite people, so it helps if you’re able to share in it together rather than seating everyone at different tables. If this is something you envision, be sure to put it on your list of non-negotiables when touring venues.

The Food

The final piece of the rehearsal dinner planning process is the food. Along with the venue and the guestlist, the menu is the most important part of the day. It’s called the rehearsal dinner, of course! The key to designing your perfect rehearsal dinner menu is to be sure that you showcase some of your favorite items, especially desserts and cocktails, for a personalized flair. To keep it exciting, try to have your rehearsal dinner food vary from the food you’ll serve on the wedding day — keep it fresh!

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We often recommend that soon-to-be-married couples start with a suggested rehearsal dinner menu and then spice things up through a signature drink, dessert feature, or bar. If you’d like a more laid-back feel, you can coordinate a reception-style event with food stations and passed hors d’oeuvres rather than having a formal sit-down dinner. This creates the perfect ambiance for plenty of mingling and enjoying time with friends and family.

 

Tying it All Together

The key to throwing a well-orchestrated rehearsal dinner is to make it special, intimate, and personalized without adding any additional stress to your wedding planning checklist. Choosing the right venue — one with a helpful events coordinator and a flexible, creative kitchen — is the key to all of this, so choose yours with care!

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Top 12 Corporate Holiday Party Ideas from the Pros

Top 12 Corporate Holiday Party Ideas from the Pros

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Chances are, there are only a couple of times a year that your entire team is all together in one place, and for many companies one of those times is the holiday party. Because you only get one opportunity a year — and because everybody knows that company holiday parties aren’t soon forgotten — it’s important that you spend a little bit of time developing some unique themes, activities, and extras that get your team excited. The corporate holiday party is essential for employee appreciation, team-building, and to make your employees feel like one big family!

Ditch the typical happy hour buffet in favor of some more original party features this year. Feeling stumped? Here are some of the best holiday party ideas gathered from the pros at Hampshire House, your premier Boston holiday party venue!

  1. A Holiday Scavenger Hunt — Encourage team-building like never before when you create an elaborate, holiday-themed scavenger hunt for your employees. We’d recommend renting out a large space for this — perhaps an entire venue with multiple floors and rooms — to keep the hunt self-contained and indoors.
  2. An Unconventional Secret Santa — Corporate gift exchanges are some of the most enjoyable and entertaining parts of the party, but the typical draw-a-name-and-exchange approach can be a little bit boring. Instead, create a game around the exchange. A white elephant game, musical chairs, or a trivia element (guess who the gift is from, for example) can spice up your typical gift swap.
  3. A Tour or Activity Before Dinner — Dinner, dancing, and drinks are essentials for any good holiday gala, but you can break down departmental barriers and encourage new bonds to form when you do something different as a team beforehand. Give your employees a half day off to do something fun, like touring a historical site or seeing a holiday show.
  4. An Element of Giving Back — Remember to give back this time of year by hosting a toy drive, a charity auction, or a fundraising facet that lets you funnel some resources back into your community as you all gather and celebrate together.
  5. Games for Healthy Corporate Competition — You’ll definitely want to get creative with the games this year to encourage some healthy competition among your top performers! Get everyone involved with inclusive games like holiday movie trivia, company-themed bingo, or card games.
  6. A Costumed or Themed Affair — Giving your holiday party a special theme is a wonderful way to get people excited, engaged, and out of their comfort zones! Some popular corporate holiday party themes include roaring 20s, masquerade ball, and white Christmas.

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  7. Custom-Made Drinks, Dinners, and Desserts — Your company is successful because it does things differently, so why not celebrate it through food and spirits? These days, it’s all about creating customized, edible creations for corporate events, such as custom cutout cookies (in the shape of your logo, perhaps) or signature drinks that celebrate something special about your company.
  8. A Corporate Awards Ceremony — There’s no better way to recognize your best employees and no better time to do it! Get creative with both serious and funny company awards and don’t forget to have some trophies or certificates made just for the occasion!
  9. A Visit from Someone Special — No, we’re not talking about Mr. Claus (though that’s never a bad idea, either). Make it a real memorable affair when you hire some special entertainers for the evening, whether it’s an elegant string quartet or a popular local cover band that gets guests dancing.
  10. A Craft or Cookie-Making Station — Sometimes it can be fun to get your creative juices flowing as a group! Setting up a table specifically for making something fun, like a group gingerbread house or cutout sugar cookies, is a sweet way to bond during the season.
  11. Organize a Company Sports Game — If you’ve got a team full of sports-lovers, there’s no better way to get everyone active and engaged than by hosting a special company-wide game. Football is a popular option during the holiday season, but we’d recommend going with something more approachable for all, like whiffle ball or kickball.
  12. Ask for Personalized Toasts — During dinner, open up the mic and invite your
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    employees and their guests to send personalized well wishes to their co-workers and second family. Don’t forget to provide plenty of champagne for some holiday clinking!

Your corporate holiday party will surely be a success if you provide some fun and unique activities that get the whole team involved. With a little bit of thought and planning with your events venue, you’ll be well on your way to a company affair that no one will forget!

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Fall Wedding Venues: What to Look for in a Fall Venue

Fall Wedding Venues: What to Look for in a Fall Venue

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If you’ve decided to make it official in the fall, you’ll be delighted to find that there are thousands of ways to create an elegant autumnal affair that honors your vision. One of the most important elements of a beautifully orchestrated wedding is, of course, the venue. When you’re planning a fall wedding, you must take special care in choosing the setting to ensure that it suits your theme and bodes well for the time of year. Hampshire House is the ideal fall wedding venue in Boston, so we know a thing or two about helping newlyweds-to-be pull together a fabulous fall festivity. Here are some of our best venue-scouting tips.

The Fundamentals of a Good Fall Venue

When you’re looking at wedding venues, make sure that you come with a list of ideas. Categorize your preferences by needs, wants, and bonuses, making clear which items are non-negotiable. Chances are that there are only a few wedding venues in your area that are a 100 percent match, but when you find it, you’ll know you’re making the right decision! Here are some things to look for when scouting fall venues.

  • It’s Indoors — For many parts of the country, the weather is temperamental during October and November. It’s not unusual for snow to fall during this time of year in cooler climates, so planning an outdoor event is often not worth the risk. The last thing you want to do is ask your guests to mingle, dine, and dance outside in sub-zero temps, so our best advice is to pick a dry, heated venue with a view of the changing leaves, like our turn-of-the-century mansion that overlooks Boston Public Garden.
  • It Offers a Seasonal Menu — The food and libations are what most people look forward to the most with regard to weddings, so you want to make it count on the menu! Make sure that your venue (if it’s providing the catering) understands your vision and isn’t offering formulaic, year-round menus that don’t have a ton of personality. Look for establishments with chefs who create thoughtful menus showcasing the local ingredients that are in season.
  • It’s Available on Your Date — Naturally, this one’s incredibly important for weddings in all seasons. But it’s especially important if you intend on hosting your autumn event during the peak season for changing leaves. If you live in the northern United States, look for dates in the last two weeks of October and the first two weeks of November to ensure that you get the best leaf coloring for your backdrop and photos. These will always be some of the most popular fall wedding dates, so make sure to book well in advance.

The Cozy Details that Make It Special

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When it comes to fall weddings, the details are the things that tend to matter the most. It’s all about orchestrating an event that feels warm and cozy despite the brisk fall air, and one that celebrates the delightful colors and flavors of the season. Your venue should be the blank canvas in which you decorate with inviting, fall accents, so be sure it’s appropriate for your special vision before committing!

  • It’s Got a Fireplace (or Two) — Since you can’t have a bonfire inside and you don’t want to risk your big day falling on the first snow storm of the season, it’s vital that you pick a place that has some fire feature to create that much-adored warm, fuzzy feeling inside. We love to see brides and grooms at Hampshire House invite their guests to enjoy freshly made hot chocolate or spiked cider next to the blazing fire! Our couples often get married in front of our exquisite fireplaces, too.
  • It Suits Your Color Palette — Do your due diligence before taking venue tours and come to each with a pre-established color palette and theme in mind. Any carpeting, wallpaper, or upholstery that offsets your style will need to be modified or adjusted (which can add plenty to your final costs) so try to find a place that honors your desired aesthetic and wedding theme.
  • It Can Accommodate Your Special Requests — Say you want to have the chef whip up an extra-special fall entrée or you’d like the venue to help you plan an elaborate pie bar or s’mores station… these are things you don’t want to have to stress over when you’re planning your big day. Go with a venue that will happily accommodate your unique vision and doesn’t attempt to force your wedding motif into a premade mold.

We often say that finding the right venue is something like finding your future spouse — when you know, you know. With a clear vision, a thorough checklist, and an eye for what makes fall weddings so special, you’ll be able to find the picture-perfect spot to say your vows during this favorite season!

 

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Fall Wedding Ideas and Inspiration

Fall Wedding Ideas and Inspiration

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Fall evokes feelings of coziness, warmth, and rustic colors and flavors, so it’s no surprise that autumn has become one of the most popular seasons to tie the knot. On top of that, the fall months tend to bring less rain, making it a choice season for those brides and grooms looking to get married outside. With some of the most exquisite wedding venues, flower arrangements, decorations, and menus easy to tailor to everyone’s favorite season, you’ll be swayed to host a romantic, autumnal affair when the leaves begin to change. Let’s cover some of the latest fall wedding trends that will inspire you to orchestrate a dreamy, memorable fall wedding.

Beyond Changing Leaves: Fall Wedding Themes

If your mind automatically goes to a palette of deep orange, yellow, and burgundy when you think about fall-themed affairs, you’ll be happy to know that there are many unique ways you can create a fall vibe without going the expected route. No, you don’t need cornucopia centerpieces or chrysanthemum bouquets to capture the essence of the season. This year, it’s all about making subtle nods to the weather rather than going full-on themed.

  • Fall Femininity — Ditch the burnt color palette in favor of feminine color pairings, like deep purple, gray, sage, and peach. One of the trendiest fall wedding colors to emerge this year is pomegranate. The deep, red-purple hue evokes warm, fall feelings but is simultaneously fresh and contemporary. We love to see brides pair pom with blush, white, and cream, and it’s fun to integrate the fruit into centerpieces and bouquets!
  • Cozy Contemporary — If the air is brisk, take full advantage by incorporating coziness into your wedding theme. One of the best ways to make everything feel cozied out is by choosing a warm, intimate venue like Hampshire House. Be sure that real fireplaces are at the top of your cozy venue checklist so everyone feels right at home.
  • Literary and Lovely — A great alternative to the typical storybook wedding is the literary-chic theme. Capture the feeling of staying in on a chilly, fall night with a good book by incorporating books into every element of your wedding theme. Many book-loving brides and grooms tie the knot in the Hampshire House library, because who doesn’t want to dance all night surrounded by their favorite stories?
  • Redefined Rustic — By definition, fall weddings are rustic. It’s all about connecting with the outdoors at the pumpkin patch, hayride, or bonfire. But if you’re not keen on the typical rustic style that’s been on trend for several years now, consider redefining rustic by replacing burlap with linen, succulents with roses, and wood crates with plush, upholstered furniture. Make it feel rustic with the menu, the music, and the venue.

Fun Fall Finishes: Favors, Flowers, and Food

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Your guests may not notice all of the details you orchestrated for your big day, but there’s a good chance they’ll remember the special little touches woven throughout. Rather than splashing every single element of your wedding with all things fall, consider integrating fall-ish extras through your favors, flowers, and food.

  • Fall Favors: Something to Eat — A great way to celebrate the season and your union is by getting creative with your favors so that people remember your day long after you’ve danced your first dance. Handing out sweet, miniature jars of local jam, candy apples, or hot chocolate mixes is perfect if you’re looking for some flavorful seasonal favors. Anything edible that’s made locally is ideal for capturing the down-to-earth, outdoorsy feel of fall, whether it’s maple syrup, honey, a pie spice mix, granola, olive oil, candy, soda, or anything edible you adore.
  • Fall Flowers — The perfect way to add a fall feel to any wedding is to incorporate traditional fall flowers. But if you’re looking for something outside the mum box, you’re in for a treat! There are plenty of ways you can stay true to your seasonal theme without going cliché. We love the idea of starting with big, blooming peonies and roses dressed up for fall with berries, sumac, lamb’s ear, and billy balls. Deep hues of purple, sage, cream, and blush tie it all together.
  • Fall Food — The most important part of your wedding planning journey… designing the menu! We’re crazy about using food to showcase the season with fresh, local ingredients and seasonal flavors. For example, our chef uses seasonal fruit and berries in our hors d’oeuvres and seasonal roasted vegetables to complement entrees and appetizers. Focus on keeping the menu earthy and hearty with main dishes that warm you up, like peppered tenderloin, rosemary leg of lamb, Applewood smoked ham, and more.

Finding the Perfect Fall Wedding Venue in Boston

If you live in the Northeast like us, you know that your fall wedding is best off indoors (indeed, it’s been known to snow as early as October in the Northeast). Hampshire House is the perfect indoor fall wedding venue for Bostonians and those in the surrounding region. It’s all about old-school charm and storybook details at our turn-of-the-century mansion, so it’s a premier pick for fall nuptials. Be sure to get in touch with us today to start planning your autumn affair!

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Celebrate in Style at Hampshire House Fall 2018

Hampshire House is the premier wedding venue in Boston, but it’s also the most sought-after place to hold myriad other events. From meetings and training seminars to birthday parties and New Year celebrations, we can help you add elegance and style to any gathering.

Corporate Events

Impress clients and make employees feel truly valued with a corporate event at the historic Hampshire House. Whether you’re entertaining out-of-town investors or celebrating milestones of employment, our elegant ambiance and professional staff are sure to impress. Your group of 10 to 100 guests will enjoy breathtaking views of Boston Public Gardens and the warmth of a roaring fire from your own private floor of this stately home. Hampshire House has great amenities including high-speed Wi-Fi, full professional audio/visual services, valet parking, and complete privacy. Book your corporate event early to be sure of your preferred date.

Family Celebrations

Hampshire House has a long history of celebrating in style that reaches back to the high-society Thayer family of the early 20th century. Let our crystal chandeliers, Italian marble and carved oak panels add a touch of elegance to your rehearsal dinner, baby shower, birthday, or anniversary party this fall. Our professional and experienced staff are eager to help with all the details, from customized desserts to specialty drink options to menus tailored for any taste. Your guests will mingle and luxuriate in style by a cozy fireplace and enjoy exquisite views from tall Palladian windows while toasting the special day in style.

Holiday Festivities

The holidays call for a special touch of elegance, and Hampshire House offers an unparalleled experience, whether you’re thanking your employees for another banner year or welcoming the New Year with family and friends. The historic mansion is designed for the holiday season, making it an effortless venue for your celebration. Seasonally inspired menus, impeccable service, and professional planning assistance will help make your event a truly memorable occasion.

Season of Joy

Whatever event you’re planning for the fall of 2018, make it special with the elegant ambiance of Hampshire House. Our staff have the experience and knowledge to help you create an unforgettable holiday celebration with impeccable style and attention to detail.

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