We have our first wedding of the season this weekend and the staff has really been working hard to get everything ready. I have to say that the gardens have never looked better - everything is really lush and the irises are really starting to pop! The labyrinth especially is beautiful - next month we will be on the Garden Club's Garden Tour with a special emphasis on the labyrinth so I hope it stays colorful.
Weddings here at the Inn are a lot of fun and although I think it is supposed to be on the hot side this weekend, I know that they will all have a great time. My favorite weddings are ones where the wedding takes over the whole inn for the weekend. Our couple this weekend are having a big rehearsal dinner/welcome barbeque under a tent in the Meadow Field on Friday night, followed by a bonfire in the Sanctuary, then the ceremony on Saturday in front of the Labyrinth with cocktails in the Side Yard followed by dinner and dancing in the Barn. Then on Sunday, everyone has a big breakfast and says goodbye and a whole weekend of fun, family and friends is over. It seems so much better to me than a 5-hour event where no one really gets a chance to visit. Our Renee coordinates all of the wedding details for the wedding couple so that I think for them the whole thing is as stress-free as possible (I don't think any wedding can be totaly stress-free).
I think we have about 14 weddings this year which is a little less than usual, but is probably a good thing since it will leave some weekends free this summer and fall for our "regular" guests who we love to see.