Monday, September 8, 2008

Magical Weddings in Salem

I'm sending out a big "Congratulations!" to the many, many couples who are tying the knot in or near Salem this fall. I've received requests from 10-or-so brides in the past couple of weeks who want Salem Visitor Guides or Salem Haunted Happenings Guides to included in their out-of-town-guests' goody bags.

And to all of the newly-engaged who are seeking the perfect place for your wedding ceremony, reception, or honeymoon - I suggest to you, Salem is the perfect place for your special event!

Here are a few ideas for a perfect wedding in Salem...

Hamilton Hall on Chestnut Street was designed by the incredible architect and wood carver Samuel McIntire. Built in 1805, it has set the scene for many a fabulous fete! The elegant ballroom features a dance floor that is suspended, so it gives when you dance. Rumor has it that ladies' feet don't tire when they dance at Hamilton Hall.

The tall ship Friendship is a unique spot for a wedding or a small reception. Docked at Derby Wharf at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Friendship is a replica of a 1797 East Indiaman Merchant Ship. Coordinate your special event with Capt.'s, which is as "right next door" as you can get on the Wharf, and you'll have an affair to remember.

One of Salem's newest wedding venues is the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites. The hotel offers every modern amenity to ensure brides, and the entire wedding party, are comfortable and relaxed. There are 86 rooms in the hotel, and I recommend requesting one with a harbor view!

The best thing, I think, about The Hawthorne Hotel for a wedding is being able to throw your bouquet from the windows that peer down on the grand ballroom. The windows are there so the chaperones of yester-year could keep an eye on their charges who danced the night away in the ballroom below. I'm sure the staff of the Hawthorne will chastise me for thinking that's the best thing about having weddings at their historic hotel - the food is delicious, and the view of Salem Common magnificent, too. The little windows, though, that's unique!

Getting back to the all-important bride (I don't want to discount the mothers, or the bride's attendants, but really, it's the bride who has to bring the house down, right?) Head to Rouge Cosmetics or Laura Lanes Skin Care for pre-wedding make-up applications, skin care, massage, body treatments, and a general sense of calmness.

Body & Soul Massage & Wellness Center is a center for calm and relaxation that is perfect for everyone in the wedding party!

Once you have your perfect day set and scheduled, feel free to contact Destination Salem for visitor guides to provide to those out-of-town guests. We're happy to send them to you in bulk so each of your guest knows how much there is to do in Salem (when they aren't having a great time toasting the happy couple, of course!).

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