I was privileged to interview a close friend of mine who attended a Masquerade Wedding this past Halloween. Weâ€™ll call her â€œGrace Jonesâ€ Thatâ€™s who she attended as in full character for this Spook- Tacular event. I have invited you all to indulge in this virtual journey with me.
Iâ€™m going to set the sceneâ€¦
Newport, Rhode Island is where this Halloween Extravaganza took place. Guests started to arrive Friday afternoon. There were three optional locations for guests to lodge at: The Hyatt Newport, a Quaint Bed & Breakfast in town, and The New York Yacht Club Newport location. Trolleyâ€™s were provided to shuttle guests to the event and continued to be available throughout the wedding for return hotel trips and for the after party.
There were several selected events chosen for each day such as sailing, a Haunted Newport Tour, shopping, a Cliff Walk, or touring the summer cottages that guests could attend if they wished, outside of the scheduled events pertaining to the wedding. The actual wedding events were as follows Friday evening â€œWelcome Cocktailsâ€ at The Newport Blues CafÃ©, Saturday (Halloween) the Wedding Day and after party, and Sunday a Brunch to finish of this elegant weekend.
Wedding Day Festivities kicked off around 4:00 pm. The actual ceremony began at 5:00 by a Castle. Yes, I said castle! The bride & groom wore traditional wedding attire while guests were dressed in Halloween apparel. In the congregation you could see Batman, Cleopatra, A family of penguins, even a skunk. The bride and groom would soon join the rest of the guests in costume for the after party. The groom was dressed as Captain Morgan & The bride his Pirate Wench.
Guests had a great time mingling and dancing the night away. There was even a Lounge where you could breastfeed for nursing mommies or lay your cranky mini down for a nap where a nanny was stationed. She would take your mobile number and call you when your mini woke up. How awesome is that! There also was a game going on during the entire reception that kept the children so occupied that they didnâ€™t get bored or cranky. They had to trick or treat select guests in the crowd that were given a special bag with treats and strategic objects that they needed in order to win a challenge at the end of the evening. There were in between 200- 250 guests. That would keep a child busy for a few hours!
I applaud the wedding planner(s) for a job very well done! Everything was so organized and elegant! Travel Expenses and lodging were the only expenses incurred by guests aside from a little shopping or personal indulging in other activities. All wedding events were all inclusive food, beverages and open bar. All you had to do was show up! I congratulate the bride & groom on their festive nuptials.
Not, necessarily a fairy tale wedding but, one to definitely remember!