Hampshire House Engagement Celebration Featured Vendors

engagement-celeb-buttonIf you are newly engaged and preparing to plan your wedding, Hampshire House’s Annual Engagement Celebration is an event that you won’t want to miss. Join us for a fun and informative night of mingling with other engaged couples while meeting with vendors and industry professionals. You will be sure to gain invaluable wedding planning information and insight while getting an in-person first look at Hampshire House as a venue.


Some of the most successful and experienced wedding vendors in Boston will be featured at the Engagement Celebration. From entertainers to photographers to designers, some of the best in the business will be in attendance. Peruse our guest list and see who you’d most like to spend time speaking to at the event.



The event will take place at Hampshire House on Beacon Hill on January 26, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Click here or call us at (617) 854-7628 to RSVP and reserve your spot today!



American Classics: A Novel Idea

We at the Hampshire House are pleased to present American Classics: A Novel Idea. Join us for a night filled with song, food and fun as we take you on a musical journey through great American novels. Sit down to a three-course dinner while you listen to songs from novels turned Broadway and Hollywood musicals. Settle in for a night of sophistication and feel the thrill of wining and dining in a turn-of-the-century Bostonian mansion on Beacon Hill.


We will be featuring music from Show Boat, The King and I, Pal Joey, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Gypsy, Roberta, and more. All of which are Broadway and Hollywood musicals based on classic American novels. The songs will be expertly performed by a talented team of singers including Jean Danton, Michelle Deluise, Davron Monroe, and Benjamin Sears. Accompanying them on the piano will be Bradford Conner.

The delectable three-course dinner will be prepared by Chef Markus Ripperger. For starters, choose from white bean and Tuscan kale soup, Maine lobster bisque, Boston Bibb lettuce salad, or organic baby spinach salad. Entrée choices include slow roasted pork loin, rosemary tenderloin of beef, herb crusted Atlantic salmon, or Moroccan roasted chicken. To end your meal is the grand finale – the Hampshire House Chocolate Trilogy. This includes Belgian chocolate crème brûlée, double chocolate bread pudding, and Chef Markus Ripperger’s nationally acclaimed maple roasted almond and Swiss chocolate soup.


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This is a night you won’t want to miss as there will be entertainment for fans of literature, theatre, film, music, and food alike. Treat yourself to a night of elegance filled with culture, history, and the finer things in life. The event will take place at the Hampshire House on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 6 p.m. Admittance is $77 per person, which includes tax and gratuity, but excludes alcoholic beverages and the ticketing fee. To purchase tickets to the event, click here.


Preferred Photographers and Videographers

The Hampshire House has been hosting elegant weddings for nearly 50 years and during that time, we’ve worked with some of the most talented artists in the Boston metro area – wedding photographers and videographers who are as serious about your perfect day as we are. Photos are personal, and it’s important that you and your partner are comfortable with your photographer so you can let your guard down and give in to those amazing candid shots – those photos you never expect. And, because our vendors work with us so often, they know every detail of our venue – where the light hits just right or the best angle for our spiral staircase. Little nuances that someone new to our mansion might miss. You chose one of the most beautiful places in Boston for your wedding, and we work with the photographers and videographers who know it best.


Each of our photographers and videographers has their own style, so we invite you to peruse their websites to get a feel for their work. Alternate Angles, which is based in Newport, Rhode Island, is known for their artistic wedding imagery and being able to think outside of the box. Amanda Ambrose Photography has been photographing Boston weddings since 2001 and focuses on telling your story through her photos. Bharat Parmar, owner of Bharat Parmar Photography, has been a wedding photographer for more than 20 years. He uses a “fun, candid and editorial approach” to his photography. David Tucker Photography has been in business for more than 15 years and is known for exquisite artistry when photographing weddings. When looking for a videographer, we highly recommend Generations Cinemastories, based in Watertown, Massachusetts. This husband and wife team creates fresh and modern films to share your story. Theresa Johnson, of Johnson Photography, has been in the business for more than 20 years and her work has been published in numerous wedding magazines. Dave Donato, owner of modern Artistry, understands it’s the photographer’s responsibility to accurately and creatively convey the memories you create on your wedding day. And finally, Person + Killian Photography specializes in documentary-style wedding photography, and takes pride in “artistically capturing the raw, honest, emotional moments of life.”


Many of our vendors are award-winning photographers and they have plenty to offer you on your special day.


Hollywood Style Wedding Ideas to Keep you Warm this Winter


Few things are as enchanting as Boston in the winter. The way the streetlamps glitter along the sidewalk, how the trees twinkle with holiday lights in the Public Garden, and the beauty of a fresh dusting of snow offer a romantic feel you won’t find elsewhere.

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Photo by andrewjsan

Hampshire House, steeped in elegant tradition, is located right on the public garden, a perfect backdrop for a Hollywood-style wedding. Our five-story mansion, built in 1910, evokes a classic glamour reminiscent of vintage Hollywood.

Share the big news with your guests using save-the-date cards and invitations in the shape of movie tickets. They’ll be so excited to celebrate your intimate affair. Continue the theme when showing them to their tables by mounting their place cards into small gold frames. When deciding on wedding favors, consider a photo of the beautiful couple in a Hollywood clapboard frame.

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Photo by CottontailDigitalPress

Since you’re the star of your wedding day, have some fun during your photo shoot by exiting your limo on to a red carpet lined with your family and friends. Wave to the paparazzi as the two of you make your grand entrance into the foyer.

For your centerpiece, adorn monochromatic bouquets with delicate lace and Swarovski crystals for a classic look. Or, if you’d like something more dramatic, gently drape strings of pearls on individual antique candelabras. The candles will give each table a captivating glow. You can also include framed photos of your favorite Hollywood legends, such as Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and Marylyn Monroe.

During the reception, keep your guests dancing all night with music from Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Add to the nostalgia with a vintage popcorn makers or rent an old-fashioned photo booth so guests can take photographs and bring them home as keepsakes.

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There are plenty of ways to celebrate a Hollywood wedding even during Boston’s cold winter, giving you and your guests a magical night you’ll never forget.


Hampshire House’s Classic and Traditional Wedding Packages

Nestled in the heart of Boston’s historic Beacon Hill, Hampshire House offers panoramic views of the Public Garden, a spectacular setting for your upcoming wedding. The moment your guests enter our gracefully appointed foyer with its elegant spiral staircase, they’ll realize they’re about to embark upon a once-in-a-lifetime experience.


Let us pamper you on your wedding day with one of our elegant wedding packages. Your guests will enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres while they sip cocktails by the fireplace. Treat them to traditional New England fare, such as miniature lobster rolls with fresh chives, clam chowder, wood-grilled lamb served on flatbread or assorted caviar atop toasted rye canape. Or mix up your selection to include coconut tempura Shrimp with a peppered strawberry dipping sauce, tuna tartar with mango and avocado, or beef tenderloin with Anaheim chili aioli. While the hors d’oeuvres are being passed, guests can help themselves to our display items, such as a local and sustainable cheese board, roasted vegetable antipasto or apple and cranberry brie en croute.

Following the champagne toast, you and your guests will be treated to a full sit-down dinner including your choice of appetizer, salad and an entrée. Our scrumptious selection of entrées includes a cedar-grilled veal chop, herb-crusted rack of lamb, Maine lobster, yellow fin tuna served over basmati rice, cardamom sautéed shrimp and scallops and many, many more. Our extensive menu also includes vegetarian and gluten free options.


Our first package, the Classic Beacon Hill Wedding package, includes your choice of five passed hors d’oeuvres, one display item, one hour open bar and a champagne toast. Your full sit-down dinner includes wine served at the table as well as fresh-baked rolls. And finally, a customized wedding cake for dessert, served with coffee and tea.

Our Traditional Wedding package offers more of a selection and includes seven passed hors d’oeuvres, your choice of two display items, and a five-hour open bar.


What makes our packages so popular is the ability to customize your menu with our additional enhancements. You can include a raw bar with jumbo Gulf shrimp, littleneck clams, oysters and half lobster tails; a sushi bar with delicious hand-rolled sushi; or a bruschetta table, filled with fresh crostini and toppings.


Hampshire House Engagement Celebration – January 26, 2017

engagement-celeb-buttonYou’re engaged! Congratulations! Now that you have shared with friends and family the romantic story of how you got engaged and fulfilled the many requests to “see the ring,” it is time to start thinking ahead to how you want to celebrate your big day. There is no doubt that planning a wedding is an exciting time. After all, if you’re the bride-to-be who has been dreaming of this day since you were little, the moment is finally here. Once you start to think ahead, however, to all that you have to do — book vendors, pick out a dress, find a venue, decide on the cake, and the list goes on — it’s normal to start feeling a bit overwhelmed. The experienced team at Hampshire House understands; that is why each year we host our Engagement Celebration to give you an opportunity to view our enchanting facilities, get inspiration and to meet with many vendors from the area that can help make your wedding day uniquely yours. This year’s Engagement Celebration takes place Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 6 p.m.–8 p.m.


The Hampshire House is one of Boston’s premier wedding venues and reception locations. The turn-of-the-century mansion was designed by architect, Ogden Codman, and abounds with time-honored architectural features including Italian marble, carved oak paneling, crystal chandeliers and tall Palladian windows. Reading about all the charm and luxurious details is has to offer doesn’t compare to visiting it in person. During our annual Engagement Celebration, we allow you to experience the exquisite setting first-hand so you can get a better understanding of why so many couples choose the Hampshire House to be the backdrop of their wedding.


As you walk through the venue, you will get the opportunity to see what it looks like dressed up for a special event, and experience our food and drink options. Whether you envision an intimate champagne brunch or an elaborate evening multi-course reception, we will discuss what we can offer. You will also be able to meet with the Hampshire House sales team face-to-face to ask questions. We do not just hand out pamphlets and brochures; we are here to answer specific questions and concerns you may have. Couples are busier than ever, that is why we have also invited many of the area’s trusted wedding vendors to be in attendance. You will be able to chat with floral, entertainment, cake, photography, invitation vendors and more. The goal is for you gain a lot of information in a short period of time, and to give you the opportunity to book with vendors or to set up an appointment to meet with them at a later date.


In addition to being the area’s most sought-after wedding-day venue, we also host many other wedding-related events, such as engagement parties, rehearsal dinners and wedding showers.


Join us on January 26, 2017. We look forward to meeting you and giving us the opportunity to show you why the Hampshire House is so special. By the end of the evening, we are sure you will agree.

Please RSVP: Click Here or Call 617-854-7628



Must Haves for a New Year’s Wedding

New Year’s Eve can be the perfect time for a wedding especially if you are someone who is really into magical themed weddings. Hampshire House has you covered with a list of must-haves that will help you plan your New Year’s Eve wedding in Boston:


Confetti and SparklersThese are two mainstays of any typical New Year’s Eve celebration so you definitely want to incorporate them into your theme. Surround your stage with sparklers and give your guests confetti to welcome the newly joined bride and groom as they enter the wedding hall.

Champagne, Gold, and GlitterA great color scheme for a New Year’s Eve wedding will most certainly include a combination of sparkling gold and silver, but don’t forget to add those little touches of glamorous glitter to give your wedding an extra luxurious touch. Of course, no New Year’s or wedding celebration is complete without a celebratory champagne toast to honor the special couple.

A Midnight Kiss Everyone remembers kissing that special someone as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve so take advantage of this motif and have your friends and family surround you as you celebrate not only your nuptials but also the new year.

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Can’t Miss Winter Events Around Boston

The Hampshire House is a mainstay and premier wedding venue located in historic Beacon Hill in Boston, and we want to help you to fully enjoy you winter season with a list of great events taking place around the city of Boston this year.


  • Lighting the City – Every year Boston officially kicks off the holiday season when the mayor hosts the Boston holiday lighting ceremony on Boston Common. On Thursday December 1st from 4-8pm Boston’s mayor Marty Walsh will be joined by Santa Claus lighting the spectacular large Christmas tree and 80+ other trees with astonishing holiday lights.
  • Twirling on the Ice – Want to try your hand (or feet) at a triple axel, then Boston’s Frog Pond is the perfect spot for you. From mid-November to mid-March this historic Boston Common pond freezes over for families of all ages to enjoy for just $6 per person. What better way to spend a chilly holiday night then with your friends and family overlooking Boston’s historic Beacon Hill surrounded by gorgeous holiday-lit trees.
  • Enjoying the Nutcracker – The classic holiday tale, Boston Ballet: the Nutcracker, comes to life before your eyes from November 25th thru December 31st at Boston’s remarkable opera house. The Nutcracker was originally performed by Tchaikovsky and is now performed by renowned ballet troupes all over North America.

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  • Building a Snowman in the Park – Grab your gloves, scarf, and a few friends and head down to one of Boston’s open, expansive parks and build your very own snowman with corncob pipe and carrot nose. Two great places to do this include the Boston Common and the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
  • Boston’s First Night – Bring your year to a spectacular close by joining in on the celebration at First Night Boston, a citywide New Year’s Day classic event since 1976 – the longest of its kind. There will be various entertainers, custom ice sculptures, fireworks, and of course some of the most delicious food that Boston has to offer. The event takes place on Saturday December 31st from noon to midnight. For more information click here.

What to Consider When Planning a Wedding during the Holidays

Planning a wedding anytime of the year has its challenges with many big decisions to be made, but perfecting a wedding schedule during the busy holiday season can be even harder to properly plan the big event. Here is a list of pros and cons to consider if you are contemplating planning your wedding nuptials during the holidays.

Reasons to Plan a Holiday Wedding

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  • Guest Availability – many people save their vacation time during the holidays to combine with their paid time off from work so the ability for guests to take time off for your wedding is higher if it is planned between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Keep in mind that you will want to schedule your holiday wedding far in advance to give your guests as much notice around planning your wedding into their busy holiday schedules.
  • More Time for a Honeymoon – building off of the last point, the bride and groom also will have more time available to plan a much deserved, extended honeymoon.
  • Winter Wonderland Theme – the holidays allow for you to plan a themed wedding highlighting some of your favorite holiday traditions like snowflakes, candy canes, and chocolate. The Hampshire House is prepared with custom, festive decorations adding that perfect elegant tough to your holiday wedding.

Reasons Not to Plan a Holiday Wedding


  • The Busy Holiday Season – although guests will have more time off, they may already have plans to spend with their family during the holidays. If you are planning to have all of your closest friends and family at your holiday wedding you will want to give them at least 6 months’ notice of your event.
  • Busy Venue Schedule – the premier venues like Hampshire House have very busy holiday booking schedules as guests are looking to plan weddings, corporate outings, and family parties. If you want to make sure that your venue is open on your desired date, you will want to schedule you wedding well in advance.
  • December is Expensive – December is already one of the most expensive months for people between holiday gifts and parties so planning or attending a wedding could be a stretch. The best way to combat this would be to layout a strict budget for yourself that incorporates what you want to spend on your wedding while accounting for your annual gift purchases.

Whether you determine that a holiday wedding is right for you or not, the Hampshire House is here to help you plan one of the biggest days of your life in Boston. For more information, contact us at 617-227-9600 or at events@hampshirehouse.com.


Hampshire House to Hold Annual BHCA Garlands & Greens


On Boston’s historic Beacon Hill, the holidays come alive each year in traditional décor with festive floral garlands and bright red bows to line the streets and decorate the town’s 1,100 historic gas lamps. This year marks the 21st season that Thomas A. Kershaw, owner of the Hampshire House, sponsors this event. Prior to 1995, the local shop-owners decorated the Hill. Since then the community has embraced this recent tradition and increased self-led efforts to decorate Beacon Hill each year.


In total, the annual effort to decorate Beacon Hill involves 1,100 gas lamp posts, 2,680 yards of garlands, 2,400 red bows, over 100 volunteers, over 200 sponsors, 20 ladders, and the entire community. Businesses and individuals can help by attending the Garlands & Greens event on Wednesday, November 16. Additional support includes pole sponsorship, where businesses or individuals can sponsor a gas lit lamppost and garland. The total cost to decorate all 1,100 poles is $14,000. Pole sponsorship starts at $30 per pole, and multiple poles can be sponsored by one individual or business. More information can be found on the BHCA website.


To raise funds for the seasonal decorations, the Beacon Hill Civic Association holds a gala event, the BHCA Garlands & Greens, a Holiday Gathering. In addition to access to the lovely turn-of-the-century mansion of Hampshire House, the event includes drinks, hors d’oeuvres and prize drawings. This year we are excited to have live music performed by local jazz musicians Lisa Macalaster and Richard Pierce.

The annual tradition of decorating historic Beacon Hill with traditional floral garlands and festive red bows takes the community to produce, and gives back so much to the community. The decorations are a beacon to the city, and bring in visitors to our community to view our efforts, buy gifts in our shops and dine in our establishments. It is a tradition that the BHCA and the community are proud to nurture each year.


Decorating Days on Beacon Hill have become a community effort, which includes raising funds for the garlands and bows, as well as assembling and putting up those garlands and bows on our cherished gas lamps lining the streets all over the hill. This year decorating days will take place on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 by BHCA and the community. After the season there will be Undecorating Days on Saturday, January 7 and Sunday, January 8 where volunteers meet for a pancake breakfast at the Hampshire House before taking to the streets of Beacon Hill to take down the garlands and bows that brought so much cheer to the holiday season.


Full Event Schedule and Sponsorship Information: