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HISTORIC DETAILS: Fieldstone, Doors, and Windows

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Willowdale Estate is a craftsman fieldstone mansion that was built in 1901 for the prominent lawyer and equestrian Bradley Webster Palmer. The outside walls of the estate are constructed entirely from field stones that were gathered from the surrounding pastures and fields in the land that Palmer acquired in the North Shore area. In this post we highlight some of the most lovely exterior details including our iconic doors and graceful windows.

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Five Wedding Guestbook Alternatives

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As your guests first enter your wedding venue or reception space, a “guest book table” might be one of the first things they will see upon their arrival. Having a written record of all your friends and family that attended your wedding is something you will cherish forever. Traditionally, a hardcover or leather-bound book is used to capture your guests signatures and messages as they walk into the wedding venue.

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Winter Wedding Bouquets

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In the winter wedding season we start to see some lovely plants and flowers in use for floral design including white anemones, dusty miller, roses, silver brunia, baby’s breath, cedar bough, and even feathers! We’ve gathered a few of our favorite bridal bouquets below and if you need even more winter wedding inspiration check out our WINTER WEDDING pinterest board!

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Celebrations Of Life

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If you’re looking for a peaceful and private location to host a Celebration of Life or memorial, Willowdale Estate provides a variety of options. We offer both indoor and outdoor space that is bright, spacious and serene. As professional hosts and planners, we will make the planning process easy and seamless so you can spend the time you need with friends and family.

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BOOST YOUR BAR

There are many different ways to incorporate a bar and beverage service into an event. At Willowdale Estate our clients can opt for a full open bar, a beer and wine open bar, a cash bar or a bar that is complimentary for guests for a portion of the event and then moves into a cash bar later in the evening. Regardless of the level of service- the bar is always a popular feature at our events, and there are many ways to ramp up the experience for guests.

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photo: zev fisher

THE LOOK

Bars come in all shapes and sizes, and at Willowdale Estate we have two custom mahogany bars with black slate tops. Our bars were designed to bring all of the sophistication of our historic surroundings to an event but be flexible enough to be displayed in any room we choose, and to have all of the features and functionality of a restaurant bar. A complimentary back bar displays glassware and extra bottles, and the center of bar is the perfect place to display things like bar signs, pricing information, or bottles that are featured on the bar at the event.

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photo: bharat parmar

CUSTOM SIGNS

One detail for bars that we have always loved is the custom bar sign that highlights important information like the featured drink, bar pricing, or bar hours. When your guests come to an event they generally don’t have printed menus to order from so signs are a great way to quickly convey the information they need. We love this mirrored sign that highlights the featured drinks for the night “Old Fashioned & Espresso Martini”.

Striped straws and cocktail shaker from the bar at Willowdale Estate, north shore massachusetts venue    cocktail with vodka st germain white cran lime juice at willowdale estate topsfield ma

photos: dan aguirre

CUSTOM FEATURES

Many events at Willowdale Estate include great bar services such as poured wine service with dinners, or a passed signature drink during the event. Adding passed or poured drinks during important transition times at your event is a great way to ensure that your guests don’t have to travel too far, or wait in lines to be offered a drink. Willowdale Estate often offers a passed drink to accompany the bar service if there is a large number of people entering a cocktail event all at once, and if your event has speeches or important programming poured wine is a great way to keep guests glued to their seats! Another way to give your bar some personality is to add some themed features to the bar. If your event has a logo consider printing it on the bar napkins, or if you have a prominent color at the event order striped or colored straws to match the event!

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

The last and perhaps most important detail to consider is the location of your bar. Think about displaying your bar in a highly visible location with room for guest enter and exit the service area easily. Hiding the bar away can make it more difficult for guests to find the bar, and may make them feel like they are missing out if they can’t see the rest of the event area. We love display bars in the central area for cocktails hours, and for outdoor events, the garden courtyard is the perfect place for guests to gather under the bistro lights to enjoy a drink and conversation while still having a clear view of the tent area where there could be dancing or other event activity.

Guests enjoy cocktails from the bar in the courtyard at night under the bistro lights for a September wedding (800x532)

photo: bharat parmar

If you want to see more great photos of our events – follow our boards on pinterest or photos on instagram:

https://www.pinterest.com/willowdale/

https://www.instagram.com/willowdaletoday/

 

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