Category: Inspiration

EVENT DECOR: Candles, Candles & More Candles

There are few things that are more timeless than a room accented by the warm glow of candles. With the array of events we have at Willowdale Estate, we find that candles play a vital part in creating an event that is impossible to forget for your guests. Read more for the top 3 reasons why we think candles will always be a timeless choice for your event!

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Date: April 20th, 2017
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GRADUATION PARTIES

Willowdale Estate has a tent and mansion space for all kinds of celebratory events, including graduation parties! Springtime is here and it’s time to start thinking about planning a celebratory party for your future graduate! We are located within Bradley Palmer State Park and offer a wide range of event options from a formal gathering, to a casual barbecue! (more…)

Date: March 28th, 2017
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ICONIC OUTDOOR PORTRAITS

One of the many perks of getting married at Willowdale are all the unique backdrops! From our historic fieldstone estate, to the banks of the Ipswich River – there are many options to choose from for portraits and first looks.

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Date: March 15th, 2017
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REAL WEDDING: Luxurious Details & Full Service Planning

Every year we have a few clients who have a vision for their wedding day that is above and beyond your typical wedding reception décor, and Rob and Niccole’s wedding really stood out for the amazing volume of luxurious details that were incorporated into their day. (more…)

Date: March 8th, 2017
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PLANNING FOR PROM

tent chinese lanterns

Willowdale Estate is a great option for this years prom season! Our custom sail cloth Sperry Tent is available for use May through October and offers flooring, side panels, heating, fans and lighting. Guests will also enjoy exclusive use of our historic property for a 5 hour reception with access to our 1901 Arts & Craft Mansion.

Cocktail event with rustic farm cart at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA willowdaleestate.com

In order to make the planning process as easy as possible, we have just about everything you need for your event already on-site! We include cocktail and reception tables, furniture for food stations, floor length ivory linens, white garden chairs, glassware and flatware! Upgrade options including centerpiece rentals, farm tables and chiavari chairs are also available!

Gourmet hors d'oeuvres at Willowdale Estate willowdaleestate.com north of Boston.

Our on-site gourmet caterer, WILLOWDALE KITCHENS offers an extensive list of culinary offerings to please every students palette and your dining experience can be customized with our flexible menu. Perhaps you want to offer food stations, a plated meal or a cocktail style reception – we can accommodate all of these requests!

Lawn games at outdoor event venue in the northshore willowdaleestate.com    Giant jenga at outdoor party willowdaleestate.com Topsfield, MA

For even more entertainment, we offer a variety of lawn games that can be set up on the lawn and garden courtyard adjoining our tent including cornhole, giant jenga, connect four and more!

Heart shaped sunglasses for dance party at Willowdale Estate north of Boston willowdaleestate.com

Garden courtyard with bistro lights at an event venue in the northshore willowdaleestate.com

Let us help you plan a prom that is easy to plan and impossible to forget!

Contact, Corporate & Social Events Manager Noah Quist for more info!

noah@willowdaleestate.com

photos – top to bottom:

shane godfrey

becca dilley

phil fox

once like a spark (left & right)

erin mcginn

hellolove

Date: February 28th, 2017
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REAL WEDDING: MELISSA & RYAN

 

bride groom mansion wedding in winter at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA willowdaleestate.com

Love is always in the air at Willowdale Estate! Happy anniversary to Melissa & Ryan who got married during our mansion season one year ago on February 13th!

wedding suite mimosas north of Boston at WillowdaleEstate.com

While preparing for the ceremony, Melissa and her bridesmaids enjoyed the Mimosa Getting Ready Package – champagne on ice with the brides choice of two different juices!

Hanging wedding dress in wedding suite at Willowdale Estate Topsfield, MA willowdaleestate.com

Our post and beam style Wedding Suite is the ideal place to get ready for your big day and has the perfect hook to display a wedding dress! Melissa wore a french ivory colored A-line dress with cap sleeves, a scoop neck and elegant layers of tulle.

pink designer wedding shoes in the Northshore at WillowdaleEstate.com

Wearing comfortable shoes on your wedding day is important!  Melissa wore a pair of fashionable pink studded flats by shoe designer “Butter” – which offers many flirty feminine designs including a whole bridal collection!

first look winter wedding at Willowdale Estate north of Boston willowdaleestate.com

Are you planning on doing a first look at your wedding? If so, it provides some extra time for special portraits and Willowdale’s house and grounds has no shortage of photo opportunities. Melissa and Ryan are pictured on the pergola just outside of the library in the North Wing of the estate.

Winter wedding formal attire for bridesmaids - fur shawls

When you are planning a winter wedding, it’s important to make sure you and your wedding party are comfortable in the cold! Assorted faux fur shawls are a stylish and savvy choice for outside portraits!

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Our in-house flatware, glassware and linens provide a simple, clean and classic tablescape for your reception while our Chiavari chairs and mercury glass candle package add a touch of glamour!

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The wedding cake and festive cupcakes from Mayflour Confections in Rockport were beautifully displayed on our farm cart in our unique Dining Room space.

photos: cuppa photography

Date: February 14th, 2017
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PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR: Greenery

Every year the king of color, Pantone, comes out with a new “Color of the Year” and this year they went with a springy shade called Greenery. Pantone has become the trusted source for color influence across many industries like fashion, interiors, manufacturing and design.

 

Greenery is a natural color that plays nicely with all sorts of shades but today we have some inspiration for a Pantone wedding theme using a few colors from the “forest floor” color palette.

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Date: February 8th, 2017
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Rock Your Socks & Let Your Shoes Shine

Wedding attire is all about the details. Get creative with the shoes and socks you choose to wear on your big day! Selecting styles, colors or themes that are representative of you and your group is a a fun and subtle way to personalize your outfit and always makes for great photos! Willowdale has seen some memorable footwear walk through our doors including these pastel Converse low tops perfect for a spring wedding(more…)

Date: January 24th, 2017
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Five Timeless Wedding Trends

There are many trends that come and go, but there are a few that are here to stay and will make your wedding photos look timeless!

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Date: January 4th, 2017
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Spread the Love

Most weddings and events are customized & enhanced with wardrobe items, décor pieces and floral accents. While these elements make the event day special, often times there is no use for them once the event has passed. Luckily, organizations have been created to donate items you may not want or need anymore and community businesses are also in need of more supplies.

In the spirit of the month of Thanksgiving, here are a few ideas to pay it forward!

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Date: November 8th, 2016
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