Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Oh, How I Love a Mansion Event....

...for the rich, prestigious, stately appearance,

for the elegance, for the intimacy, for the flow of a well executed event.
As a premier caterer, I have the incredible fortune of working in amazing venues, but a mansion is a truly special and magical place to host a wedding. Three of my favorites are located in Southeastern, CT: Eolia Mansion at Harkness Park in Waterford, The Brandford House in Groton on the University of Connecticut's Avery Point Campus, and Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estates in Middletown.

I grew up close to the incredible mansions in Newport, RI, and marveled at the sophisticated architecture, breath-taking grounds and posh interiors. I always wondered what it would be like to step back in time and entertain in such amazing surroundings. Years later, I find myself planing amazing events and executing fairytale wedding receptions as a caterer. The mansions mentioned above are extreamly reasonable to rent as well, as the fees associated with them are a fraction of their Newport counter parts, with many of the same amenities.

Aside for the old world elegance, fantasies and dreams that surround the venue, I truly love the flow and intimacy of a mansion event. Many mansions have multiple rooms to entertain in. Couples who desire the vision of a mansion event sometimes fear the seperation of guests. The reality of the seperate space is that it creates a flow that encourages guest to participate in the event instead of remaining idol in thier seats. In the simplest design, we maintain a social space or a location where all guests can gather for the introduction of the wedding party, the bride and groom's first dance as husband and wife, speeches or toasts. This social space is typically set up with small clusters of seating or high-top tables. In this setting, your guest are more ingaged and feel more a part of the surroundings and event.

The other rooms in the mansion, in addition to their architectural interest, can be designated for other portions of the reception; cocktail hour, food and dessert stations, dining areas or a photo booth space, to name a few. Guests can experiance a great station-style service or a finely-executed plated meal in one space then be asked to share in the celebration in the social space. Whichever style or layout you choose, mansion events should flow seamlessly (with the help of a wonderful caterer to execute the meal and overall event, of course!) If the vision for your wedding is an intimate fairy tale setting, I highly recommend the mansions; I promise you will love it as much as I do!

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