Tag: weddings

Tent Season (May-October)

Willowdale Estate is one of the few historic mansions in New England that can offer parties in every month of the year. In this post we are going to celebrate the end of our 2016 Tent Season by looking back at the parties we’ve hosted this year and sharing some details to get you all ready for more fun next year!

Between May-October 2016 we will have hosted 74 Weddings and 38 Corporate, Social, and Public Events! (more…)

Date: October 5th, 2016

Suite Moments

Getting ready in our suites is treat for our wedding clients who have a ceremony at Willowdale Estate. In the two hours before the ceremony the wedding party gathers to get ready, and relax, start documenting the day through photos, and sometimes even exchange gifts before the processional begins. We love these behind-the-scenes photos showing what happens before they walk down the aisle and I think you will too!

The wedding suite at Willowdale Estate - an events venue north of Boston Massachusetts willowdaleestate.com (more…)

Date: July 8th, 2016

DECOR IDEAS – Holiday Season

You’ve planned the food and drinks, and invited your guests but what about décor? Sometimes setting the mood at a holiday party can be an afterthought so we’ve rounded up a few simple décor ideas that look great from Thanksgiving through the New Year. Try them in your home or at your next event!

Holiday wreath on door and window at historic Willowdale Estate boston area venue for weddings and events willowdaleestate.com


Set the tone right at the door with a seasonal wreath! At Willowdale Estate a wreath on the door looks great in any season but we especially love a holiday wreath adorned with ribbons and ornaments. There are many local farms that specialize in creating custom wreaths, or if you are looking to have some input on what the finished product will look like you can order one from a local florist or attempt to create one yourself!

iconic red door with custom floral wreath at historic Willowdale Estate, Boston area venue for weddings and events willowdaleestate.com


The holiday season is the perfect time to bring out special place settings, cloth napkins, and china. Even the smallest detail can elevate the experience for your family and friends to make your gathering memorable and special. We love the addition of a small token for each guest like a place card, or a sprig of rosemary on each napkin.

farm table with greenery, tapered candles, and custom glassware at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield MA willowdaleestate.com

One easy table centerpieces is the candle or lantern centerpiece. Customize the candle with berries, pine cones, or greenery.  The candle glow will create a warm ambiance later in the evening. Check out your local decor or craft store like Home Goods, Christmas Tree Shop or AC Moore for some great vessels for your candle of choice- that way you don’t have to worry about wax on the table, or guests getting too close to the flame.

Image by Caroline Talbot Photography | www.ctalbotphoto.com

morrocan style lantern at Willowdale Estate - a venue for weddings and events in the Boston area - willowdaleestate.com


In many homes there are a lot of other surfaces that could be spruced up with seasonal décor. In order to make things look cohesive- mimic your table centerpiece around the room- if you decorate with candles on the table, try using smaller votive candles on the mantle or visible book shelves or tables near where your guests will gather.

mix and match mercury candles on the mantle in the great room at Willowdale Estate a historic mansion - willowdaleestate.com
mantles and bookshelve decor in the great room shelves led candles at Willowdale Estate a venue for weddings and events near Boston MA willowdaleestate.com

If you want to see our 2016 Holiday Decor please sign up for our monthly newsletter where we will have some photos and a write up on December 4th!


Scott Zuehlke Photography  (front of house)

Zev Fisher Photography (red door & mantle photos)

Annmarie Swift Photography (farm table)

Caroline Talbot Photo (candle centerpiece)

Jamison Wexler Photography (lantern)

Paul Robert Berman Photography (shelves)


Date: November 20th, 2015

Inspiration: Rustic Charm

Rustic décor is simple yet elegant and is often handcrafted or rooted from the earth. This aesthetic is popular for events because it aligns nicely with couples who identify with organic textures, colors and atmosphere.

Mason Jars were originally used for canning and preserving food and have now become increasingly popular wedding décor. This old-fashioned vintage look can be incorporated into your wedding day in many ways.

mason jar tea light rustic centerpiece

Mason jars make great centerpieces and can be easily adorned with tea lights or floating candles to create a soft romantic glow or can even used as small decorative vases.

colored mason jar vase centerpiece

Embellish the look by using colored mason jars that match your color scheme or simply add soft flowers like baby’s breath and use them to line your ceremony aisle.

Mason jar vases as aisle decor with baby's breath flowers at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Using Farm Tables for dinner receptions creates a timeless and high impact look. They are gorgeous on their own and do not need much flair but using simple table runners or rustic centerpieces like lanterns enhances their appearance.

Rustic farm tables with burlap runners, pumpkins and lanterns at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Square farm tables rustic wedding reception at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Willowdale Estate Wedding by Grazier Photography

To create a natural, handpicked looking bouquet or flower arrangement, select wildflowers, leaves, vines and berries that are textured and hang loosely. Or for an even more unique arrangement, incorporate dried flowers, herbs, sunflowers or succulents. Tie your bouquet with burlap string or raffia to complete the look.

Rustic bouquet with dried flowers and herbs at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Image by Caroline Talbot Photography | www.ctalbotphoto.com

Sunflower rustic bouquet at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Using the colorful and textured elements of fall creates a country, homegrown feel.  Harvest décor, such as assorted pumpkins, gourds and corn stalks help to create a welcoming entrance and will set the tone for your event as your guests arrive.


Incorporate natural wood elements such a tree stump trivets for centerpiece displays, vintage wooden boxes, and birch logs for simple woodland accents that will add to the rustic ambiance of your event.

Rustic wood stump trivet centerpiece with votive candle holders at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Rustic wooden box decor with silverware at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Rustic log place card display at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Burlap is a versatile fabric that is earthy and chic making it a perfect décor element for rustic weddings. Burlap banners displaying a saying, your initials or your wedding date is a simple and fun way to decorate any event space.

Just married burlap  banner on Great Room mantle display at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Combining burlap and lace textures incorporates both rustic and traditional styles and provides an easy to work with canvas for your tablescape.

Burlap & lace table runner at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Image by Caroline Talbot Photography | www.ctalbotphoto.com

If you’re recently engaged and looking for more inspiration for your wedding, check out our Pinterest boards and online photo & video galleries!

Photo credits from top to bottom:

Phil Fox Photography

Wynne & Mintz Photography

Becca Dilley Photography

Erin McGinn Photography

Grazier Photography

Caroline Talbot Photography

Molly Anne Photography

Joyelle West Photography

Becca Dilley Photography (2)

Rachel Kate Photography

Maureen Cotton Photography

Caroline Talbot Photography

Date: September 4th, 2015

Spring Blooms In Our Garden Courtyard

Spring is a special time of year at Willowdale when our butterfly garden courtyard comes alive and kicks off the start of our tent season.

Garden courtyard outdoor wedding ceremony with white garden chairs and colorful tulips at historic whimsical mansion at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Tulips and daffodils are the main attraction of the courtyard  in the spring, which creates the perfect backdrop for wedding ceremonies and themed outdoor events.

Spring garden tulips in courtyard with flowering trees at wedding venue - Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

As the weather gets warmer and summer begins, our colorful annuals, daisies and zinnias begin to appear and last through the fall season.

Colorful daisies in garden wedding event space at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com    Butterfly garden courtyard summer event and wedding space with bistro lights and daffodils at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Historic rustic wedding event venue with summer garden at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com    Butterfly garden courtyard with zinnias at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Our evolving butterfly garden courtyard and Sperry Tent serve as a beautiful event space for outdoor events from May to October.

Sperry tent in garden courtyard - event wedding space with elegant bistro lights  at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Fall flowers in garden courtyard at wedding event space at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Planning a social celebration, company meeting or summer outing for your business? Contact our Corporate & Events Sales Manager, Noah Quist: noah@willowdaleestate.com

Are you recently engaged and interested in visiting Willowdale? Contact one of our Wedding Sales Managers at: info@willowdaleestate.com

PHOTOS (from top to bottom & left to right)
Hitched Studios
Leah Haydock Photography
Siri Jones Photography
Melissa Nicastro Photography
Melissa Robotti Photography
Melissa Nicastro Photography
Molly Anne Photography

Date: May 15th, 2015


Bradley Palmer commissioned his 1901 mansion “Willow Dale” as a summer home where he could enjoy his favorite pastime as an avid equestrian. At some point in the 1920’s Bradley Palmer renovated the south wing of the house to be used for entertaining guests. He added a formal Dining Room that was in close proximity to the kitchen and pantry.
1920 tile dining room - historic Willowdale Estate - Topsfield Massachusetts - WillowdaleEstate.com photo: shanegodfreyphotography.com
He had many important visitors (including William Howard Taft and the Prince of Wales) and needed large rooms to meet and entertain in.
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The dining room provides the perfect space for weddings and events today and some of the most unique and historic features in the home are perfectly preserved.
pastel wedding cakes vintage cake stand colorful modern wedding - historic willowdale estate topsfield ma events venue: willowdaleestate.com photo: www.nedjackson.net
Today, we still welcome guests into the home for a variety of events throughout the year including weddings, corporate events, meetings, holiday parties, and showers!
meeting conference space in a historic estate topsfield ma weddings events WillowdaleEstate.com photo: shanegodfreyphotography.com
If you liked these photos of our Dining Room check out our complete venue guide for more information about Corporate and Social Events at Willowdale Estate, or visit us during one of our public events!


Shane Godfrey – http://shanegodfreyphotography.com/

A Guy + A Girl Photography – http://aguyandagirlphotography.com/blog/

Shannon Grant Photography – http://shannongrantweddingsblog.com/

Ned Jackson Photography – http://www.nedjackson.net

Date: April 3rd, 2015
Categories: Historic Details

Get the Skinny on Sunday Weddings

Willowdale Estate is finding the trend of Sunday weddings becoming more popular every year. So why get married on a Sunday you ask? Let’s explore the facts:

  1. Greater Savings – Sunday weddings are not just for holiday weekends anymore. Sundays are for savvy couples looking to have all the aspects of an elegant affair with even greater savings. Savings that can lead to a fantastic honeymoon, possibly a down payment on a home, or maybe even a larger budget for some of those fun elements of your wedding day that you just can’t resist!
  2. A Full Weekend With Guests – Imagine your wedding weekend filled with family and friends arriving on Friday, a Rehearsal Dinner on Saturday and ending on a high note with your Reception closing out the weekend. With all of the excitement leading up to your wedding weekend, it’s nice to know that you’ll have Friday and Saturday to spend time with the people you love. Sunday weddings also give your guests more travel time prior to your wedding, and may even lead to cheaper flights on Monday, both for you (as you head out on a fabulous honeymoon!) and your guests.
  3. Planning Ahead – No matter what day your wedding is – Friday, Saturday or Sunday – some of your guests will undoubtedly have to take a day off from work, and they will be happy to make that sacrifice in order to be with you on your wedding day. Sending a save-the-date is also a great way to give your guests the time they need to plan ahead, especially if they do need to make travel or work arrangements.

The bottom line is, Saturday is still the most desirable day of the weekend, so dates book fast! Rather than opting for a season, venue, or even a wedding year that they didn’t plan on, we find that Sundays are a great alternative, and are gaining steady popularity with newly engaged couples. Have you planned a Sunday wedding of your own or attended one as a guest? We’d love to hear more about your experience, so please share your thoughts with us below!

photo: forevercandid photography

sylist: blue ivy events

Date: March 10th, 2014
Categories: Wedding Trend