At Beacon Hill, we’ve been providing couples with a beautiful setting and hand crafted catering for almost two decades. We’re more than equipped to handle pretty much any scenario that comes up. That being said, 2020 has presented us and our clients with a unique challenge. We’ve been in close contact with our local health and government authorities and are relying on our years of experience to create a guide for weddings as we move forward into 2020. Let’s celebrate again, safely!
One question we keep getting from clients, is what will our event look like? And, at first we thought that might be a hard question to answer. But, as we thought more about it, we’ve set up events pretty similar to what is required now. And, who better than us with our decades of experience to answer that question? So, we went to work, safely (and without guests) setting up a couple scenarios for you to see. We can’t guarantee exactly what the future will bring, but we can guarantee that with an experienced team like Beacon Hill Catering & Events to work with we will have a beautiful space ready for you to spaciously and safely enjoy your wedding.
We're including images of sample wedding set ups below to help you envision your big day. We know this year has been difficult for everyone, but we like to find the silver lining in all situations. We've compiled a list of perks of having your wedding during this historical time to accompany these visual ideas.
Outdoor weddings have been a trend forever and, why not? There is no prettier setting than what nature provides. Embracing your wedding at Beacon Hill will allow your guests extra peace of mind as this pandemic settles down. We’ve got the space you need to spread out, naturally. And, you always have the option to come indoors or come under our covered patios, that can be set up for large groups even while honoring distancing protocols.
We’ve developed potential options for outdoor ceremonies that can include a full headcount seated at their distanced dining tables, and some more traditional options with pods of distanced seating, if required. If you’re concerned about the ceremony element, why not embrace an intimate ceremony? With a smaller ceremony group, you might be able to write a note to each ceremony attendant, have the budget for an intimate cocktail hour before the reception group arrives, and more. We once had a bride who had every member of her wedding say something right after the ceremony (there were 18 people) and it was one of the most heartfelt moments we can remember.
The reality is (and always has been), some guests will not be able to make it to your wedding. With the current climate, why not opt for a simple live stream of your wedding. A simple plan with a Facebook Live group or YouTube can accomplish this. Or why not hire one of our talented local videographers from our preferred list? Not only will your guests from afar be able to join in, but you’ll have an online record of your big day for years to come. How special is that?!
Why not have fun with these unforeseen circumstances? Companies like local Mango Ink are designing cheeky cards to let guests know about a change of date or slight change of plans. We’re all in this together, so we might as well laugh.
This one is true no matter what is going on, but it feels especially true now. Make sure to hire and rely on a great team for your big day. Make up artists, like Shasta Hankins Make Up, can safely (and excitedly!) go back to work. Honest in Ivory has safe options for purchasing your perfect gown. Florists, like Rose and Blossom, can accentuate the Beacon Hill grounds with even a handful of brightly colored arrangements and sprays. Did you decide to reduce your guest count just a pinch? Why not opt for a few settees from Artifact Rentals, some lighthearted hand lettered signs from Crimson Calligraphy, or some specialty linen from Event Rents? Ifong Chen Photography puts every ounce of energy into your wedding day and her journalistic style can catch the most heartwarming moments and also make you two look like you were ripped from the pages of a magazine.
When you are old and gray, you will remember your wedding day no matter what. But, when you tell your friends and family about the hoops you jumped through to marry the one you love during such a trying time for all, you will realize that you have become a part of history. And, you will have created a testament to your love. We’re getting butterflies just thinking about it.
We know you might still have some questions, and that's why Beacon Hill has maintained our full administrative staff during the pandemic. We want to support our couples as each development occurs and we're ready to hit the ground running for our 2020 weddings. Here are a list of frequent questions that we've received from our couples.
You are not required to wear a mask. While we encourage guests to wear masks for safety, all wedding guests will have the opportunity to make that decision for their own health.
Not necessarily, as the phases of re-opening are better articulated by the Governor, we will work to adjust our ceremony and reception plans to meet the current needs. We've already developed 3 ceremony set ups, and many reception layouts that accommodate large groups that meet or exceed the current restaurant guidelines. We feel confident that we can adjust these plans as needed for your event.
Well, if you've ever worked at Beacon Hill, you know that cleaning is a part of everyone's job here! One of the reasons we are so nimble , is we've always required all staff to clean throughout and after an event. This positions us uniquely. Current staff will need just a little extra training to meet the extra cleaning requirements. We will also have staff wearing masks and all food handling will be done with fresh gloves (as we've always done!)
We genuinely polled current and previous wedding coordination staff for this one! And, it was a resounding, "Yes!" Kandice, our Wedding Director, was ahead of her time and had a seated ceremony at dining tables because she wanted people to be comfortable and love the time savings of getting straight into the party without any transition. Ali, our past Wedding Director, had a spacious circular ceremony for her wedding, inspiring this safe alternate wedding ceremony set up for 2020 weddings. Our owner, Ellie, had a lovely May wedding with an epic rainstorm in the middle and retreated into Beacon Hill's Clubhouse for 20 minutes before resuming her party. At Beacon Hill, we understand that there will always be unexpected circumstances or unique needs, and that rolling with what life brings us is the straightest route to having the best time and making the most beautiful memories! We're looking forward to helping you celebrate your 2020 wedding!
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Beacon Hill Catering and Events is doing everything in their power to adjust for these unprecedented times and requirements. Please note that as new Governor orders are released we are adjusting and pivoting with as best we possibly can. We are hopeful that all ideas reflected in this post will be possible for your wedding, but cannot guarantee any certain result. Thank you for extending grace as we navigate this together! For couples who are choosing to stick with Beacon Hill, just know that we are sticking with you and working hard to produce a memorable, beautiful wedding day!