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Springwood Event Sequence
Even the simplest of events begins with a cocktail hour (most often with hors d'oeuvres) to give all guests a chance to arrive and to provide a time for the host to greet guests. This is followed by dinner at an appointed time. For most events, dancing, awards and/or other entertainment follows. For a wedding reception, however, there are many more activities to plan, for example, the toast, the traditional cake cutting, and of course the first dance. Naturally, the flow of the event can be altered by the place and time that these moments take place. This is especially true at Springwood because there are so many opportunities to design a unique event by choosing both place and time.
Whether it is the smell of hors d'oeuvres or the clear sound of music from Springwood's inhouse sound system, guests usually find themselves drawn to Springwood's large rear deck that runs the length of the manor. This deck (with its surrounding patios and grounds) is most often the site of the cocktail hour. When the bar opens (either immediately after the on-site ceremony or at the time the guests are expected to arrive), waitstaff are ready to serve hors d'oeuvres butler-style. Incidentally, the bride and groom along with wedding party and family typically take this time for photos on the grounds of Springwood...and waitstaff will find them to serve hors d'oeuvres as well. There is so much to explore at Springwood that this cocktail hour (without the bride and groom) seems to fly by.
When photographs on the grounds are complete, the bride and groom (often with the whole bridal party and parents) go to the second floor of Springwood to the bride's room to bustle and/or freshen up before they are "announced" into the party. This "announcement" frequently occurs on the deck stairway from the second floor where the guests are enjoying their beverage of choice, hors d'oeuvres, nature and music all around! It is a natural step, and a very magical and dramatic moment as well. Many couples choose to emerge from the second floor bride's room to cheers of congratulations (...sometimes to "terrible towels") and then remain on the deck stairway landing to do a toast. The newly married couple can be seen by all and guests can take champagne from a table if they wish, or toast with the beverage they already have in hand.
Often the couple descend to the stone patio for a first dance (using Springwood's inhouse sound system)
or for the traditional cake cutting on the deck or both, before entering the "Atrium" for dinner.
At Springwood, however, there are other options for the announcement, toasts, the first dance, and cake cutting...alternate times and places. And then there are the additional ideas for stationary hors d'oeuvres, specialty drinks, photo booths, pies for dessert...as well as traditions that develop with each new wedding and reception. For example, some couples choose to have toasts from the balcony above the dining area in the Atrium (after the guests are seated for dinner) and then cut their cake before they are seated.
[Incidentally, it is only important to cut the cake before dinner if you want it served for dessert immediately after dinner. But of course you have options in that regard too.]
Although many couples have their first dance on the stone patio and some choose the indoor dance floor, many couples hold their first dance until the DJ begins the dance music for the night under the majestic vaulted-ceiling pavilion that has been witness to so many wedding receptions and other social and business events on Springwood grounds.
In fact, regardless of the space chosen for the first dance, most couples choose to move the center of their party after dinner to this open, but sheltered space for dancing. Although the outdoor dance floor is not larger than the indoor dance floor, it feels larger and more open. Perhaps it is because there are no walls and the vaulted-ceiling beams are so awesome. . .and even higher than the glass atrium! Wherever you choose to dance, there are electrical connections for DJs and bands. The parquet dance floor in the pavilion along with cocktail tables and chairs transform this area to a wonderful outdoor ballroom for dancing and fun.
The pavilion is adjacent to the Atrium and part of Springwood's package from May through October, available as a rain plan for outdoor ceremonies and a great place for dancing the night away.
... Who knew about the wonderful tradition shown in these photos of firemen serenading the bride? What a moment! What a memory!
Clearly, each sequence of events at Springwood can be tailored to fit your unique vision of the perfect event.
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