Plan the Perfect Berkshire Wedding
Posted on March 24, 2022Written by Nancy Macy
Simple or lavish, a wedding here is always a good idea.
However you’ve imagined your special day, Berkshire wedding planners and businesses can help you curate your vision. Here’s a look at just a few of the many resources for planning a wedding experience that will delight both you and your guests.
You might choose the Berkshires for its natural beauty, or as a place with memories from childhood visits to camp or your family’s second home. Maybe you spent time here together as you fell in love on romantic weekend getaways. Or, in your search for a location where your guests might want to extend their post-wedding time into a weekend enjoying great food, nature and the arts, maybe you discovered that the Berkshires ticks off all the boxes, and more.
“Many wedding couples want to break out of the big-city wedding vibe and create a wedding experience that is a personal reflection of themselves,” says Kat Lockridge, co-owner at Classical Tents and Party Goods. “They don’t want a cookie-cutter wedding, and the Berkshires offers plenty of options.”
That it does. Let’s start with venues. Berkshire wedding planners have helped clients plan weddings everywhere from mountaintops to museums, rustic barns to luxury estates, campsites to farms. They’ve planned cocktail parties in the galleries at The Clark and MASS MoCA, created elegant banquets under large tents in the lush gardens at The Mount and Naumkeag, served large parties at area country clubs, and hosted extraordinary events at some of the area’s most unique properties, such as Hotel on North, The Williams Inn, TOURISTS, and Race Brook Lodge.
Oskar Hallig, co-owner of Only In My Dreams Events, says farm-to-table weddings with really good, locally grown food are growing in popularity. Rustic casual and bohemian themes are also big right now, he says. Kat agrees.
Both say bookings in the Berkshires are way up this year, attributed in part to people who postponed their wedding over the last two years, waiting through the pandemic for a time when family and friends could be part of the celebration. Danielle Pellerin, co-founder and senior wedding planner at Danecca & Co, says the upcoming summer wedding season is going to be an extremely busy one, and adds that with weekend dates filling up, some couples are choosing to marry on weekdays. So start planning now to ensure your perfect spot.
Now that you’ve picked the date and the venue, it’s time for the details that make your wedding uniquely yours. From the linens to the floral arrangements, the cocktail glasses to the lighting, the musicians to the dance floor, the caterer to the cake maker, everything you need for a spectacular event is right here in the Berkshires, whatever your taste or style. Add a photographer you feel comfortable with capturing you being you (who skips Uncle Harry being Uncle Harry) and your plans for a wonderful event are off to a great start. Check out Tricia McCormack Photography for stunning wedding memories.
Other considerations? Out-of-town guests may need lodging for the weekend. From retro-chic to boutique, historic inn to motor inn, camp to resort, there’s something here for everyone. Many locales offer cocktails, dinner and live music on-site or nearby. All are a short distance from attractions worth sticking around a few more days, including pampering spas such as Miraval and Canyon Ranch to rejuvenate after the celebrations wind down.
Congratulations from all of us on your upcoming nuptials. Learn more about planning your Berkshire wedding here. And, if your idea of getting married involves skipping the big celebration in favor of eloping, the Berkshires is a perfect place for that too!
Photo from Classical Tents, with floral credit to Daisy Stone studio, and photo credit to KERI Lynn photography
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