Category Archives: Wedding

Behind The 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!

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.

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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!

Unique Ideas For Wedding Gazebo Decorations You Won’t Find on Pinterest

gazeboGazebo weddings are an undeniably elegant and sophisticated option for brides and grooms who wish to say “I do” with a sunset backdrop. With so many gazebo weddings flooding Pinterest, the desire for a unique wedding is only natural. We worked to create a one-of-a-kind gazebo style that even Pinterest would find Pin Worthy!

Make a statement by incorporating the following gazebo decorations for weddings.

Whimsical Wind Chimes

At Danversport, we have both a gazebo and a pergola for our event spaces. In either location, adding character with whimsical wind chimes can be an unexpected way of sharing a couples story. One family collected wind chimes from each vacation destination — imagine having one of your favorite hanging in the gazebo as they tell the experiences the couple shared.

Dreamcatchers

Dreamcatchers are all the rage right now, from home and nursery decor to wedding decorations. Believed to filter out all the bad dreams and leave behind only the good, dream catchers can provide the same symbolism on your big day, allowing only your most romantic hopes for the future to be with you as you tie the knot. This unique decoration is increasingly popular at bohemian chic weddings, but can be uniquely infused into a gazebo design.

Bonsai Trees

Greenery is a lovely addition for a gazebo wedding. Plants allow members of the green movement to show their passion by incorporating their love of nature into their big day. Bonsai trees represent the peace, calm, and serenity you desire for your wedding day.

Indian Culture Inspired Fabric

For a bold, yet sophisticated look, outfit your gazebo with stunning Indian culture inspired fabric. Increasingly used as a backdrop for indoor weddings, vibrant Indian fabric can be just as lovely in an outdoor context. Bright reds, oranges, and yellows evoke energy and excitement. The traditional jlamprang pattern features water lilies, which represent the harmony of bride and groom as they unite as a couple.

Antique Keys

Your future bride or groom has the key to your heart; outfitting your gazebo with lovely antique keys will again tell a story and create a theme for your wedding day. Easy to find in antique stores, at estate sales, and online, these keys can be incorporated into flower bouquets, lanterns, or chandeliers for a look that is both subtle and memorable.

Pearl or Crystal Details

Strings of pearl and crystal are often used as table centerpieces, but few weddings take the next step and incorporate these details into the gazebos design. Pearls look especially stunning when integrated into candle holders, flower decorations, and gazebo drapery. Crystal is typically used in chandeliers, but can also be draped to create a beautiful look that effortlessly transitions from day to night.
A little ingenuity can go a long way as you prepare for your gazebo wedding. If you want a distinctive look, traditional flowers, fabrics, and other typical gazebo decorations for weddings can be enhanced with many of the ideas our event coordinators have shared

How to Create a Breathtaking Wedding Event That Leaves Your Guests Wanting More

weddingWeddings are absolutely meant to celebrate the love of a new chapter between you and your spouse while also creating a guest experience that generates lasting memories.

Try these 4 recommendations to create a stand out affair that will leave your guests talking about your wedding long after the toasts are made!

Pick the Perfect Venue

A venue can influence everything from decor to what time of year you say, “I Do”. Waterfront venues allow guests to experience the outdoors, amazing views and unique location while celebrating. Read Having a Waterfront Wedding to see more

2) Build the Excitement Early

Create unique save-the-date cards that will set the tone for the months leading up to the wedding. When choosing your invitations continue your personal theme and experience that you want your guests to have when they arrive on the big day.

3) Consider a Theme

This special day is a reflection of you and your spouse. Look at what hobbies or experience you share with your partner- can the table cards be pictures from all the vacations you both shared, or college dorm names where you first met?

4) Personalize Your Wedding Favors

Wedding favors today are surpassing the traditional Jordan almonds and pulling in personalized pieces that continue telling the love story of the newlyweds. Many couples decide to showcase their favorite foundation and make a donation in their guests name or provide a favor that guests can bring home like branded coasters or jewelry boxes handmade by the bride’s father.

How will you tell your love story? Share on our facebook page

3 Reasons Why You Should Create The Perfect Vendor List

vendorlistWeddings are one of your most special events, filled with decisions, an ever increasing guest list and numerous references and referrals. Creating the perfect wedding team of professional vendors will undoubtedly help you confidently walk toward the perfectly planned wedding we aspire for, while still keeping your sanity firmly intact and enjoying every minute of the wedding process.

1) Rely on Recommendations

In our present day it is almost impossible not to read, hear and see testimonials or recommendations about anything from the local restaurant to the popular venue to say, “I Do”. Within your network of friends and family, someone is bound to have experienced planning or attended a wedding. Start your quest for the perfect wedding vendor list by culling recommendations from friends, family, colleagues and the community

Venues, such as Danversport, have worked with thousands of vendors over the years and can be a gold mine of information that can help match your style with the perfect wedding team. While gathering your vendor endorsements, ensure that the ratings of previous clients’ events complement your wedding style. That is, a caterer who got an A+ for their execution of a Southern-style backyard buffet may not be the best choice for a four-course gourmet wedding dinner. Look for reviews from clients who had celebrations similar in scale, setting, and theme to yours in order to build a more reliable list.

2) Book Far in Advance

Great vendors fill their calendars well in advance of the busy wedding season. Professionals recommend booking your vendors 12-14 months from the date of your event so you can ensure that your favorites are available on that date.

3) Keep Everyone in the Loop

On the day of the wedding or event, your mind is going to be filled with excitement along with the overwhelming emotions of the amazing experience. Designate a point person that you trust who will handle any unplanned emergencies or questions. Provide your list of vendors (or better yet, a booklet containing contracts, contact names and numbers, and backup plans) to your venue’s point person. At Danversport, each wedding has an Event Coordinator that oversees the entire wedding from the ceremony to the end of evening sweets. They will be your point person to ensure the day runs as planned so you can enjoy your dream day!
Every event and especially a wedding, involves numerous moving parts that make the day truly a memory.

For more information on how to help your vendors be at their very best or for details on the vendors trusted by the team at Danversport, reach out to our wedding experts.

What’s Hot for 2015 Weddings & Event Food Trends

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Cheers! Champagne is back in a big way along with wedding couples choosing a signature cocktail for their big day.

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Another big trend that we are noticing is in food, Farm to Table. Brides and grooms are looking for simple, locally sourced foods that are fresh, seasonal and organic.

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For a more relaxed and social atmosphere, family style and food stations are becoming increasingly popular.

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Late nifood trends 3ght food options after dinner and dancing is also a trend and fun option for any wedding!  Comfort foods, mini burger bites, mac and cheese bites, make your own tacos, smores, and even food trucks outside the venue are good ideas that compliment a fun and trendy wedding!

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cake trendsHave you evener been to a wedding with an unfrosted wedding cake? That is also a new style that we have seen recently!

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Tell us what you think of these trends in the comment below.

The Danversport Yacht Club offers some of the best waterfront weddings on the North Shore! For information to book your wedding at the Danversport Yacht Club, click here.

Winter Wedding Trends

Warm up your guests with a Hot Cocoa & Coffee Bar, to really warm them up try adding some Bailey’s and other Cordials

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Make sure to include a fun sign because “Baby It’s Cold Outside”!

Winter PlacecardsEmbellish your place cards with a snowflake

centerpeice Hints of natural white and blue hues in the centerpieces
(All of these from Saturday’s Valentine Wedding at Danversport Yacht Club)

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Guests were sure to take home this Hot Chocolate Favor

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Pine Cones and Greens, Bright Red Berries, Sprigs of Holly for your bouquet

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Wedding Cakes with some metallic and silver bead accents

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Long Sleeve Wedding Dresses with Faux Fur Capes

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Outside Photos with falling snow

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Carve your names into the snow for a great save the date!

 

The Danversport Yacht Club offers some of the best waterfront weddings on the North Shore! For information to book your wedding at the Danversport Yacht Club, click here.