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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! (more…)

Date: February 14th, 2017


The harvest décor is out at Willowdale Estate and we’ve been serving up delicious fall flavors for our weddings and events! Willowdale Kitchen’s on-site gourmet catering strives to serve local, seasonal, farm fresh ingredients whenever possible.


Date: October 11th, 2016

This Technicolor Summer Wedding Will Make Your Day

Let me describe these summer wedding photos for you in three simple words – bright joyful color! We know that pretty pastels and neutrals will always be in style for weddings but every so often we crave a bright pop of color. This summer wedding has way more than a pop; it’s the perfect mixture of ALL of the happy summer colors we can imagine! With bright hues including teal blue, plum, purple, fuchsia, turquoise, orange and emerald green we know that this wedding is the perfect colorful send off for summer!


Date: August 19th, 2016

Tips For Dining Etiquette

Have you ever gone to a formal event and were unsure of the proper dining etiquette? Read our tips and learn how to avoid common mistakes!


Date: July 1st, 2016

REAL WEDDING: Mattie & Joe

Mattie & Joe tied the knot on a bright and sunny afternoon last month and took advantage of all the unique photo opportunities around the house and grounds.  (more…)

Date: May 13th, 2016

REAL WEDDING: Danielle & Scott

In order to give a proper sendoff to what was a perfectly wonderful winter wedding season; we thought we could share the dreamy details from one of our favorite weddings from this past December.


Date: March 25th, 2016

Rainy Day Wedding

It is important to embrace whatever weather your wedding day brings, especially when it rains! In many cultures, rain is wished upon for couples “I do’s” because of it’s many positive meanings. (more…)

Date: March 18th, 2016

Love Your Linen

What’s Your Linen Style?

When it comes to planning a wedding or event, choosing a color scheme or vibe that gives your venue space a cohesive look & feel can make all the difference.


Date: March 4th, 2016

Five Wedding Guestbook Alternatives

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.


Date: February 19th, 2016

Wedding Ceremony Etiquette: Four FAQ’s

Most wedding guests have common questions that run through their mind when preparing to attend a ceremony.

We thought these four common FAQ’s would be a helpful resource!

Ceremony in glass Conservatory with white garden chairs at Willowdale Estate Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

photo: Adriano Batti Photography

What should I wear?

Always dress in formal attire unless it is stated otherwise on the wedding invitation. Ladies – never wear white! This color is reserved for the bride. And if you can help it, try not to match the bridesmaids dress color and style. Gentlemen – always wear a suit and tie and make sure it is properly hemmed and wrinkle free! 

Cocktail party guests at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

photo: Lisa Rigby Photography 

When should I arrive at the ceremony?

Arriving 30 minutes before the time noted on the invitation is standard. Showing up any earlier is ill-advised since the venue and the couple may still be finalizing all the last minute details and will not want to be seen before the ceremony begins. 

Wedding arrival beverage signature drink at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

photo: Brett Alison Photography

What side to sit on at the ceremony?

In traditional Christian Ceremonies, the brides family & friends sit on the left hand side and the grooms friends and family sit on the right hand side. For Jewish ceremonies, it is the opposite – with the grooms family & friends on the left and the brides on the right. However, a non-traditional growing trend is to allow an open seating plan, encouraging your guests to: “choose a seat not a side, not a side”. 

Outdoor ceremony in garden courtyard at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

photo: Jenny Moloney Photography

Can I take pictures during the ceremony?

It all depends on the couple! Some couples encourage their guests to take photos and create a unique hashtag for their event. Others prefer an “unplugged” ceremony, which politely asks guests to forgoe electronics during this time or for the whole event. If neither option is noted and you decide to take photos during this time, here is some helpful advice: turn off the flash, don’t stand up and block others view and avoid being in the background of the professional photos, taking photos yourself!

Wedding hashtag signage at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Father walks bride down aisle at colorful summer wedding Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

bottom photos: Shannon Grant Photography

We hope these four FAQ’s are a useful guide and reminder to refer to before attending the next wedding on your schedule!

Date: January 8th, 2016