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Why New England Couples Love Fall Weddings

Each year, when the cool air sweeps in and the leaves begin to change, we’re reminded why couples love to get married in the fall.

Autumn in New England is magical and it all starts with the foliage.

Fall Foliage

Rich tones of orange, yellow and red make a picture perfect backdrop…

Photography Credit: Photography by Marcia

Photography Credit: Photography by Marcia

As well as a gorgeous color palate for a wedding.


While other fall elements, like pumpkins and gourds, make the perfect piece of added décor.

Pumpkins & Gourds

This year, one of our brides used a pumpkin shaped container in place of  a traditional gift card box.

Card Box

The decorative options are endless! However, this season influences more than just creative décor. It also impacts the menu.


One of our favorite seasonal dishes is the Autumn Chicken Plate. It’s a chicken breast complete with a cider reduction atop butternut squash ravioli. Pair that with a glass of cider sangria and you’ll get a true taste of fall!

Fall Sangria

Between the rich colors, creative décor and a delicious menu – it’s no surprise that New England couples love this time of year!

Creative Wedding Day Items

In our last blog, we provided you with a basic list of wedding day essentials. However, this time around we’re helping you get creative!

Let’s start with the ceremony…

Instead of creating a run-of-the-mill pamphlet, make your ceremony program into a fan! Your guests will not only be impressed but grateful as they sit by the water on a warm summer day.

Photography Credit: Jason Corey Photography

Photography Credit: Jason Corey Photography

The ceremony program isn’t the only stationary item you can have fun with. You can also be creative with your place cards.

You could use them as a way to distribute your favors…unique place cards

Or as a nod to your cultural background.

unique place cards

Once your guests are inside the ballroom, you can wow them with a unique guestbook…

Unqiue Guestbook

and a fun cake topper.

Creative Cake Topper

However, the most popular creative trend right now is signage.

Photography Credit: Photography By Marcia

Photography Credit: Photography By Marcia

You can add letters to your sweetheart table…

Photography Credit: Photography by Marcia

Photography Credit: Photography by Marcia


Photography Credit: Photography by Marcia

Photography Credit: Photography by Marcia

or right in front of the band!

Photography Credit: Photography By Marcia

Photography Credit: Photography By Marcia

You can add a creative element anywhere and everywhere on your wedding day. After all, the best way to create a memorable and unique event is to have fun with the details!

Wedding Day Packing List

It’s your wedding day and there are so many little details to keep track of that you’re afraid you’ll forget something as obvious as the wedding rings. In an effort to help we’ve created a list of items that every couple should consider packing for their big day!

When it comes to the ceremony you’ll want to remember your marriage license, wedding rings and any element your officiant has requested to make the ritual personalized and meaningful. If you have a ring bearer and flower girl then you’ll also need a pillow for the rings and a basket full of rose petals. Last but not least, if you took the time to make ceremony programs then you’ll be devastated if you forget those at home!

ceremony programs

Once you get to the reception, we try to provide as much as we can. For example, every couple is welcome to use our house table numbers.

Danversport Table Number

However, some couples still choose to bring their own.

Photography Credit: Peter Lazzarino Photography

Photography Credit: Peter Lazzarino Photography

If you’re bringing your own table numbers then pack them up with your place cards, favors, guestbook, restroom baskets and card box.

Card Box

You may also choose to bring your own toasting glasses, cocktail napkins and cake knife.

Photography Credit: Peter Lazzarino Photography

Photography Credit: Peter Lazzarino Photography

However, those are items that we can provide as well.

Regardless of what you decide to bring, we recommend you keep a list. Then, when your wedding day arrives, you won’t forget a thing!

Personalize Your Event With A Signature Drink

Signature drinks are the perfect way to add a personalized detail to your event with minimal effort and low cost.

Assuming we have the ingredients, all you need to do is provide the sign!

Photography Credit: LifeFusion Photography

Photography Credit: LifeFusion Photography

We’ve had some really spectacular signature cocktails in the past. However, one of our favorites was a His and Hers signature drink combination.

“The Mrs.” was a unique twist on a classic cosmopolitan. The bride decided to serve up her favorite cocktail with raspberry vodka for a fruiter flavor. Meanwhile, her groom went straight for the chocolate! “The Mr.” combined vodka, chocolate liquor, cream de cacao and half & half for the perfect after dinner drink! His & Hers Drinks

If you don’t have the time or energy to create your own recipe then come up with a fun and meaningful name for our signature sangria!

Photography Credit: Barbara Lynch Photography

Photography Credit: Barbara Lynch Photography

This sangria station is part of our open bar package. When you choose an open bar with Danversport you have the option of welcoming your guests with champagne or sangria.

If you order the sangria and type up a signature drink sign, we’ll put it on your station. You’ll have an impressive signature drink display and all you had to do was provide the signage!

Photography Credit: Barbara Lynch Photography

Photography Credit: Barbara Lynch Photography

Signature drinks are a fun, inexpensive and easy detail to add to your event. So, cozy up to the bar and start creating a cocktail for your next celebration!

Build Your Wedding Vendor Team

We pride ourselves on producing some of the best weddings in the area.

Waterfront Venue

Between our waterfront views and mouthwatering menu, we provide the perfect foundation for any event.  

Lobster Danversport

In addition to our premier location and delectable dishes, our wedding package includes a custom-made wedding cake just for you.

The cakes come from Cakes for Occasions and they aren’t just delicious, they’re beautiful too!  Cakes for Occasions Wedding Cake Our packages also include decorative florals for the cake and a centerpiece for your head table. Flowers from Petals Inc.The blossoms are provided by our friends at Petals Inc. in Peabody. We love Petals because they’re talented and easy to work with. In fact, many of our couples choose to have Petals provide the arrangements for their dinner tables as well.

Petals Inc Flowers

However, if you’d like to shop around then we also recommend the teams at Audrey’s Flower Shop in Gloucester and  Evan’s Flowers in Peabody. 

Each of these florists will certainly make our ballroom shine!

Harborview Ballroom

Now, that covers the venue, the food and the flowers but you’re not done yet!  Everyone knows you can’t have a wedding without saying “I Do”. 

When it comes to ceremonies we recommend Justice of the Peace Priscilla Geaney. Priscilla truly believes in personalizing your wedding and she is willing to work with you to make your ceremony special.


After the ceremony, it’s time to celebrate and we know just the DJs to get your party started!

The guys at Groove Entertainment, 617 Weddings and NuImage Entertainment are not only professional but extremely entertaining and will have your guests dancing all night long.


However, these days, couples are looking for more than just musical entertainment. They’re seeking out unique and interactive services as well. If you are one of these couples then we recommend you look into PopIn Booths. It’s a photobooth that prints out high quality images on customizable photo strips for your guests to keep forever.


With all of these spectacular plans in place the only thing left to do is document the night!

There is no doubt you’ll want to hire a photographer and we have four who we recommend all the time…

Adriano Batti Photography

Adriano Batti

Bharat Parmar Photography

Bharat Parmar

Roland Silva Photography

Roland Silva

and Barbara Lynch Photography

Barbara Lynch

All four of these photographers are incredibly talented and very familiar with Danversport. Each of them have captured truly spectacular images at our venue.

However, if you’re looking for more than just photos and are interested in videography then George at SH Video does amazing work!

Just look at this short film he put together for one of our couples not too long ago…

As you can see, there’s a lot that goes into planning a wedding.  However, if you have the right vendors by your side then everything will come together and it will be the best day of your life!



The Perfect Waterfront Wedding

There’s no better backdrop for a wedding ceremony than the natural beauty of the sea. That’s why many  couples envision their big day at the beach.

However, between unpredictable weather and unwanted guests, there are several reasons why a beach wedding may not be everything you imagined.

Luckily, Danversport has you covered…


Your guests will be sand free and more comfortable on our perfectly manicured lawns. Plus, it’ll be easier for you to process down an aisle made of stone.

Photography Credit: Adriano Batti Photography

Photography Credit: Adriano Batti Photography


At Danversport, your ceremony will be set in a secluded area without the possibility of uninvited guests. Waterfront Wedding Ceremony


What if it rains? No need to worry!

If the clouds roll in on your wedding day then we’ll take the celebration inside.Indoor Wedding Ceremony


With your reception just a few steps away, the party will start the moment you’re pronounced husband and wife!

You and your guests can eat and drink without ever leaving the water’s edge.

Photography Credit: Barbara Lynch Photography

Photography Credit: Barbara Lynch Photography

At Danversport you get a scenic view without any complications. That’s why it’s the perfect setting for a waterfront wedding!

What Should You Serve For Dessert?

No event is complete without a sweet ending!

That’s why, in addition to a delicious entrée menu, we also offer quite a few delectable desserts!

You can order something simple (like a platter of Italian cookies) or something more extravagant (like our flowing fountain of rich chocolate).  Chocolate Fountain Your guests will love the cascade of warm chocolate that we serve with fresh fruit, marshmallows, pretzels and cream puffs for dipping. Not only is it delicious but it’s entertaining as well!

However, if you’re looking for something a bit more substantial then we recommend our Venetian Sweet Table.

It’s impressive “Cruise Ship” style presentation includes an assortment of cookies and pastries… Pastriesas well as whole cakes and pies!

Dessert TableSome fan favorites are the strawberry shortcake…

Strawberry Shortcake the Oreo mousse torte…

Oreo Mousse Torte and the key lime cheesecake.

Key Lime CheesecakeThe Venetian Sweet Table even comes with a platter of fresh fruit for those who want something sweet but light.Fresh Fruit Guests love trying a little bit of everything which is why dessert tables are currently the trend.

However, if you’re getting married and you prefer a traditional wedding cake, then you’re in luck! Our wedding package includes a custom-made cake from the renowned local bakery, Cakes for Occasions.Wedding CakeThese tiered cakes are not only gorgeous but delicious too!

Photography Credit: Adriano Batti Photography

Photography Credit: Adriano Batti Photography

In the end, you can’t go wrong with any of these sweet selections.

Regardless of the dessert you choose, if you pair it with a warm cup of coffee, tea, cappuccino or espresso, your guests will leave full and satisfied!  

Behind The Danversport Menu

Behind every delicious menu is a talented chef who is carefully preparing each dish. Here at Danversport we’re lucky enough to have six chefs working in our kitchen. They all take great pride in the cuisine that they create and are constantly working to keep our menu fresh and innovative.

Just last year we updated all of our hors d’oeuvre options!Hors D'oeuvres

However, there are fan favorites (like the Mediterranean Chicken) that our chefs would never touch. Mediterranean Chicken

Our kitchen makes this delectable meal with sundried tomato mascarpone ravioli, artichokes, olives, capers, roasted peppers and a lemon white wine sauce. Chef Tom Rafferty says it’s both the flavor and color that make this dish so popular.

If you’re someone who appreciates beautiful color and presentation, then you’ll love the lobster plate that Chef Ramon Espinal created especially for our clients.  Lobster Danversport

We call this the Lobster Danversport and it’s a show stopper!

These are just two of the outstanding meals that our kitchen has mastered over the years. There are so many enticing dishes on our menu that sometimes it’s hard for our clients to choose just one.

Chef Ernie Serino says, if you’re a seafood lover and can’t decide on just one item then go with the Seafood Trio and enjoy our shrimp, haddock and scallops covered with a buttery crumb topping. Seafood Trio

That being said, if you’re looking for something that’s not on our menu then let us know! Our chefs are more than happy to make a special order just for you.

Not too long ago, we had a groom who wanted chicken parmesan at his wedding so that’s exactly what our kitchen made him. We did that because behind the menu and in our kitchen there are six chefs who are ready to make your culinary vision come to life! Personalized service from people who truly care, that is what Danversport is all about!

A Look At The Different Styles of Food Service

Two of the most important elements for any event are food and service. So, to help you choose the right service for your event we’re sharing information about each of your options.

The plated, sit down meal is by far the most popular style of food service for an elegant affair. Each dish is perfectly prepared and portioned separately for every guest. This allows for the chef to put an extra emphasis on the presentation of the meal.

Photography Credit: Barbara Lynch Photography

Photography Credit: Barbara Lynch Photography

Once the meals are plated, the servers on staff deliver these beautiful dishes directly to each guest.  The presentation and personalized service of a plated meal make it the most formal style of service and the most common option for wedding receptions.

However, if you are planning a more casual event, then a buffet might be the right option for you.

Photography Credit: Barbara Lynch Photography

Photography Credit: Barbara Lynch Photography

One of the best things about a buffet is that it’s endless. That means your guests will never go hungry as they can return to the buffet line multiple times throughout the dinner.

In addition to being able to go up for seconds, your guests will love choosing what protein, vegetable and carbohydrate make it onto their plate.

Finally, buffets are a great option if you want to offer your guests a choice of protein but you don’t want to deal with the stress of tracking who is having what before the event takes place.

Food stations are another style of service that give you that same advantage. Stations are similar to buffets in that your guests get up from their tables to fill their plates. However, instead of having the food lined up on one long table, food stations are set throughout the room. By separating the different meal options guests can spread out rather than wait in a long line for the buffet.

Your final food service option is a mixture between the plated meal service and the buffet. It is what we call family style. In family style service, your guests are served at their tables (like the plated meal). However, instead of getting individual plates tables are served platters of food. The guests then serve themselves right at their own table. Once a platter is empty, tables can request a refill making the meal endless (like a buffet). Family style service is great because you get the delivery service of a plated meal combined with the all you can eat aspect of a buffet.

Needless to say, you can’t go wrong with any of these food service options. There are great things about each of them. It just depends on what’s most important to you and what experience you want to give the guests at your event.

Wedding Trends That We Love

It is the month of love! So, why not talk weddings with our Special Events Team?

Each of our Event Specialists have been at Danversport for well over 10 years. So, when we asked them about their favorite wedding details and trends they had no problem sharing! Danversport Special Event Team

First up was Ron Bilodeau, our Director of Special Events. A wedding trend that he currently loves is the fun and distinctive sweetheart table.

Sweetheart Table

There is no better way to make the bride and groom stand out and feel special.

Just imagine sharing your first meal as a married couple at a luxurious table like this…Sweetheart Table

In addition to making the wedding couple look and feel special. Renting furniture for the sweetheart table alone is a great way to save money. Most couples would love to add some interesting furniture to their floorplan. However, the cost of renting special tables and chairs for the entire room is often too much. Adding a unique sweetheart table to your event design allows you to have fun with furniture while staying on budget.

Another décor element that our Special Event Coordinators love is lighting! Lauren Kane loves when her couples add up lighting to the room.

Up lighting

Up lighting has always looked really amazing in our space. However, now that the walls in our Harborview Ballroom have been painted white, the lighting really stands out!

Meanwhile, Michael Charalambous loves when his clients use spotlighting and gobos. They give the ceiling and walls some texture.

Spot Lights & Gobos

Regardless of the type of lighting that you choose, both Michael and Lauren agree that it will greatly influence the look and feel of your reception space.

In addition to trends in décor we also pay close attention to food trends.

One of our other amazing Special Events Coordinators, Nancy Petronio, loves all of the nontraditional cakes that she has been seeing. Our couples have brought in naked cakes (no frosting), whoopee pie cakes and our favorite … donut cakes!

Photography Credit: Robin Ganter Photography

Photography Credit: Robin Ganter Photography

Making the dessert a detail to remember!

Years ago, once your guests had been served dessert the kitchen was closed for the night. However, over the last few years it has become the norm to offer your guests a late-night snack. This is Heather Maurice’s favorite new trend! 

Photography Credit: LifeFusion Photography

Photography Credit: LifeFusion Photography

The late-night snack rolls out long after your guests finish their plated meals and have had the chance to drink and dance. Then, just when your guests have worked up an appetite … out comes the comfort food!

Guests go crazy over this new added item and the food is almost always gone by the time the last song plays!

We are looking forward to seeing more of these trends here at Danversport throughout the upcoming wedding season. However, like anything else, weddings trends are always changing. Luckily, our phenomenal team is constantly working to stay current and keep our events trendy and fun!