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Get Married on 12/13/14

Monday, November 10th, 2014

December 13th, 2014 is quickly becoming the most popular wedding date of the year, especially since it falls on a Saturday and because this will be the last sequential date for years.  It will be 20 years before 1/2/34 occurs and 89 years before it is 1/2/03.

Wedding bookings always tend to soar on sequential dates, considered to be lucky. Why not add some extra luck to your nuptials with a wedding ceremony on this unforgettable date?  According to the New York Post, thousands of couples are planning to get hitched on this date because of their desire for a “cool” wedding date.  Also, according to a David’s Bridal poll, over 20,000 couples plan to marry on 12/13/14, compared to only 7,200 couples marrying on the same date in 2013.  Read more about this year’s hottest wedding date.

It’s not too late to plan your intimate winter wedding ceremony on 12/13/14. Here at Gramercy Mansion, we are available for wedding ceremonies throughout the day on 12/13/14 so you too can hold your wedding on this lucky date.  Reserve the Mansion’s breathtaking atrium for a private exchange of vows for just the two of you, an intimate ceremony with close family and friends or as many as 150 guests.  One-hour time slots are still available but booking fast!  For more information about our elopement packages, please call 410-486-2405.

Fabulous Fall Wedding Inspiration

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Fall is a stunning time for weddings and Autumn weddings in Maryland are particularly breathtaking.

Fall wedding at Gramercy Mansion

Guests enjoy mild and comfortable temperatures ideal for outdoor garden ceremonies.  The rich reds, oranges and marigold yellows of changing leaves and seasonal gardens can be incorporated into your color scheme and the backdrop of fall foliage makes for great pictures. Or surprise guests with a non-traditional yet elegant and complementary color palette of Wedgewood blue, peach, cranberry, red and ivory.

For indoor ceremonies and receptions, incorporate natural touches to bring the outdoors in.   Fall-themed centerpieces showcase nature’s bounty with harvest fruits and vegetables like mini pears, persimmons, kumquats, crab apples, heirloom pumpkins and figs. For a rustic country theme, decorate tables with hand-tied wheat, wild flowers or herbs.   Vibrant bouquets feature dahlias, zinnias, sunflowers, dusty miller and hypericum berries.

Creative chefs and caterers infuse menus with the fresh flavors of Autumn’s harvest.  From roasted butternut squash and carrots to apples for every course (hot apple cider, apple fig compote, hand-dipped caramel apples) and a dessert table of mini apple, pumpkin and pecan pies, fall flavors delight the taste buds and warm the soul.

Fall wedding centerpiece by Flowers and Fancies

Fall is a fabulous season for weddings.  Creative decor from rustic to elegant, fresh menus featuring seasonal fruits and vegetables, and the stunning backdrop provided by Mother Nature herself are perfect complements to your special day.

We would love to meet with you and learn about your vision for your fabulous wedding (fall, winter, spring or summer!).  Call 410-486-2405 to schedule a visit and private tour of Gramercy Mansion and Carriage House with the fall gardens in full bloom.  Now’s the time to reserve a date for your Fall 2015 wedding!

Top 5 Holiday Party Questions Answered

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

holiday party date on calendar

‘Tis the season to plan corporate holiday events, from client appreciation to employee celebration!  When planners visit us, many of the same questions pop up.  Following are a few answers to help with logistics and venue details so you can move on to more important things… like choosing a signature cocktail sure to kick-start the festivities!

1.  Will the venue be decorated for the holidays? We love the holiday season and embrace it with tons of festive decorations that go up the weekend after Thanksgiving and come down around the second week in January.  The exterior of the Mansion is decked with classic wreaths and white lights along with whimsical touches including Santa in his sleigh pulled by lighted reindeer.  Indoors, guests are greeted warmly by cozy fireplaces, mantles decorated with holly and holiday collectibles on display, several holiday trees, poinsettias, velvet ribbons and bows.  The Carriage House is also decorated for the holidays on a smaller scale with holiday trees and wreaths.

2.  Is catering included? Basic site rental of our venues is for reservation of the space only.  We work exclusively with three full-service caterers (Chef’s Expressions, Linwoods and Sascha’s) who are happy to discuss menu options and provide proposals including everything you need for your catered holiday event.

3.  Do you offer a discounted rate for non-profit organizations? Not specifically, but special rates are available for events scheduled less than three months in advance.  Several added-value and cost-savings incentives are now available for 2014 holiday events.  Call 410-486-2405 to inquire.  We’re also happy to support non-profit partners hosting events at our venues with donations for auctions and fundraising activities during the event.  Just ask!

4.  What about parking?  And do you offer coat check? Ample free parking is available onsite.  Parking is self service unless you choose to hire a valet company.  An unattended coat room is available for your guests on the first floor.  You may certainly contract a service for coat check if you prefer.  Visit our event resource page for recommended valet and coat check companies.

5.  Do I need to hire a d.j./musicians/entertainment service? This is entirely at your discretion and depends on your budget and the type of event you’re planning.  If it’s a casual luncheon, a holiday playlist from your iPod may be just the ticket.  You can even plug into our dock connected to a few small speakers in the Mansion’s atrium.  If you’re looking to kick things up a notch, a professional entertainment service has access to countless talented entertainers and experience creating unforgettable events.  The sky’s the limit.

Lucky you… you were nominated for the task of planning your company holiday party!  So make your list and check it twice.  Hope we’ve ticked off a few answers to your initial party planning questions.

Haven’t booked a venue yet?  No worries. Join us for a Holiday Preview Party featuring Chef’s Expressions at Gramercy Mansion on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 6 – 8 p.m. Cocktails and hor d’oeuvres, a sneak peek at the holiday decor and special savings and added value promotions for holiday bookings!  RSVP to Amanda@GramercyMansion.com or 410-486-2405.

Spotlight on Gramercy’s Caterers

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

One of the key elements for a memorable event, whether a wedding, birthday party, bridal shower or corporate mixer, is professional catering.  Your guests will arrive hungry… our exclusive caterers please the most discerning palates and make sure everyone leaves with a smile on their face.  Professional and courteous catering staff and specialists attend to every detail for a seamless event.  Sit back, relax and be a guest at your own party.

Chef’s Expressions Catering
Chef’s Expressions brings creativity, passion, and excellence to each and every event. Their team’s attention to detail and dedication to each event’s success has led them to be named “National Catering Company of the Year,” and “Maryland’s Caterer of the Year” among many other prestigious awards.

In addition to creating client experiences, Chef’s Expressions donates time, food, and services to support the community. In 2011, they were honored as the Business Philanthropy Award Winner from the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.The culinary program endeavors to keep ingredients local and sustainable, supporting farmers and producers from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

In 2012, Chef’s Expressions became a Certified Green Caterer, taking numerous steps to improve sustainability in catering operations including developing a full recycling program, composting food waste, and saving oil for use in bio-diesel.

Linwoods
Linwoods continues to be one of Baltimore’s top catering companies striving to bring its customers fresh and creative cuisine and fine service.  Linwoods is recognized year after year by Baltimore Magazine (Baltimore Magazine “Gold Medal Winner” for Best Restaurants of 2014), Zagat Guide as one of the city’s best restaurants, and receiving awards for catering by The Knot and Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Award.

In addition to delicious cuisine, style and service, Linwoods Catering offers clients expertise and experience.  This comes from over 20 years of catering events. Their goal is to make clients happy and relaxed, to provide special menus tailored to their style and within their price range.

Sascha’s

Sascha Wolhandler has been a highly respected caterer in and around Baltimore for the last 20 years, providing imaginative ideas and attentive service, not to mention amazing food. Sascha is known in the film industry as a premier set food stylist in the Baltimore area. The catering team at Sascha’s first and most sincere concern is to make you feel comfortable while planning your wedding or special event.   After listening to your thoughts and vision for a special celebration, they work to create a mood and atmosphere for the day that reflects you.

Creative menu design and presentation sets Sascha’s apart, creating a distinctive element of warmth and style.  By offering flexibility and professionalism, Sascha’s truly creates seamless, custom events of any kind.

Open House Fun at 1840s Plaza

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

The beautiful spring-like weather last weekend (I know, hard to remember beneath the blanket of snow this morning!) was the perfect setting for a gorgeous bridal open house at our sister property, 1840s Plaza.  Here at Gramercy Mansion, we were lucky enough to be at this popular open house along with other favorite Maryland wedding vendors.  We work with some of these vendors often including Francesca’s Bridal, a featured bridal salon at our upcoming bridal tea and beauty workshop, Dance Masters Entertainment, Kyle Bergner Photography, Kindly RSVP Designs and Antares Musicians.

We work with many Baltimore-area event professionals in addition to those above to make your wedding as delightful as possible.  Check out a complete list of our recommended vendors here.

Bridal Tea and Beauty Workshop

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Save the date for an exclusive

Bridal Tea and Beauty Workshop at Gramercy Mansion!

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

12 p.m. – 3 p.m.


Join us for Francesca’s Bridal designer gowns, advice for choosing the perfect wedding dress for your body type, wedding day make-up and hair demonstrations by Up Do’s For I Do’s, and an elegant 4-course afternoon tea by Sascha’s Catering.  Bring your bridal party, best friends, family and future in-laws for a fun and informative afternoon!

Feel free to stick around after tea for tours of the Mansion and Carriage House.  Our innkeepers are happy to answer questions about the wedding and special event venues and check availability.

$50 per person plus tax and gratuity.

$40 per person plus tax and gratuity for groups of 6 or more!

By reservation only, payment required in advance. For reservations, call 410-486-2405.

Valentine Afternoon Tea

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Gramercy Mansion

Sunday, February 16, 2014

1-3 p.m.

$40 per person

plus tax & gratuity

Call 410-486-2405 for reservations.

Surprise your sweetie or share a fun afternoon with your favorite ladies!  A delicious four-course afternoon tea, delightful conversation, crackling fireplaces…

what better way to spend a day.

First Course

Leek and Onion Tart

Dried Cherry Scones served with lemon curd, raspberry jam and clotted cream

Second Course

Caviar and Egg Salad Tartlets

Cucumber with Herbed Cream Cheese Rounds

Smoked Salmon with Dill on Pumpernickel

Third Course

Goat Cheese and Pesto Torte served with Flatbreads

Smoked Turkey on Orange Muffins

Fresh Strawberries with Sweetened Creme Fraiche

Fourth Course

Lemon Squares

Miniature Cheesecakes

Chocolate Squares

Served with

A variety of English and herbal teas

Tea menu prepared by Sascha’s Catering

and presented by the innkeepers at Gramercy Mansion.

Save The Date…

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Gramercy Mansion’s Winter Bridal Open House

Saturday, January 11, 2014

12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

1400 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson, MD 21153

*Our Winter Bridal Open House is absolutely free to attend but we do ask that you RSVP to amanda@gramercymansion.com or 410-486-2405 by January 4 , 2014.

Sample some tasty tidbits from Linwoods, Chef’s Expressions and Sascha’s Catering.

Music by Dance Masters Entertainment

Meet Artful Weddings by Sachs Photography.

Try tasty treats from Flavor Cupcakery .

View the beautiful creations by Radebaugh Florist.

Beautiful table linen by Gala Cloths.

Espresso, Cappuccino and Coffee Bar by Travelling Bean.

Bridal Hair and Airbrush Makeup by Ariel.

Live music by Antares Musicians.

Have fun with Your Moment Photo Booth.

Designer Bridal gowns by Francesca’s Bridal Salon.

Check back for a complete list of participating vendors.

Holiday Party Planning Checklist

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Holidays at Gramercy

If planning the perfect office holiday bash has you scratching your head and wondering where to begin, start with our handy check list.  Planning now eliminates stress come December when you’d much rather be wrapping gifts, guzzling egg nog and humming along to holiday tunes.

  • Choose a venue and book a date. Be it the office lunch room, a local restaurant or private event venue, find a location that suits your budget and comfortably accommodates your guest list.  Most importantly, reserve it as soon as possible before the best dates are taken.
  • Plan the menu. If you’re using a venue, you may have to separately contract a caterer.  Make sure you know the details (onsite caterer, approved list or open to outside caterers) before you book.  If you’re planning at a restaurant, discuss menu options based on the time of day – cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, seated dinner, buffet luncheon.  Or research restaurants and caterers who will deliver to the office.  Keep your office’s general food preferences in mind and include vegetarian options when possible.  Decide if you’ll offer alcohol as well.  And don’t forget about non-alcoholic beverages, too.
  • Send out a save the date. It’s the busiest time of the year so be sure to e-mail a save the date to all employees once the when and where are finalized (preferably at least a month before the party to ensure a good turn out).  As party time approaches, you can send updates including any details for a gift exchange or charity donation, special entertainment to look forward to (a great band, photo booth, casino games, etc.), or a preview of what’s on the menu.
  • Set the scene. If your venue won’t be decked out for the holidays, start thinking about some festive decor to put party goers in the mood for fun.  Twinkle lights, evergreen wreaths and garlands, candles in hurricane glasses, wooden nutcracker centerpieces, poinsettias… pick up items at craft stores now before the mad rush.  Give centerpieces away as door prizes to minimize clean up.  Pick up plastic bins with lids to store items that can be reused for next year’s party – be sure to clearly label.
  • Crank up the holiday tunes. Whether downloading a playlist to your iPod, hiring a d.j. to get the party started on the dance floor or a jazz band for fun and classy entertainment, nothing creates a celebratory vibe like music.
  • Give a perfect gift. Recognize stand out employees with something special.  Gift certificates for lunch at a favorite restaurant, fruit and snack gift baskets, gourmet chocolates, local wines.  Consider reaching out to businesses your company partners with throughout the year to see if they would be willing to donate a door prize for your holiday event.  If your group enjoys exchanging gifts, arrange a “Secret Santa” ahead of time.  Or set up a table to collect donations for a local charity or food drive.
  • Enjoy! You did a great job so relax, chat with colleagues, indulge in an extra dessert, boogie on the dance floor, pose for group photos and enjoy yourself.

Baltimore County Events This Weekend

Friday, September 6th, 2013

As the summer days come to an end, we celebrate the beginning of September as the kick off to Fall. Baltimore County has an abundant number of events taking place through September. Here are a few taking place this weekend, September 6- 8th.

  • Defenders Day: Battle of North Point Reenactment, September 7th and 8th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Fort Howard Park. Come commemorate the Battle of North Point in 1812 with war reenactments, history, children’s games, theatrical productions, refreshments and more. Admission and parking are free. For more information visit http://www.dundalkhistory.org/defenders-day.html.
  • Feet on Street on Allegheny Ave in Towson tonight, Friday September 6th from 6 p.m. to 9:30 pm. Enjoy live music, children’s moon bounces, activities and vendors. Food and wine available for purchase. Remember your beach chair for your evening under the stars!
  • The Reisterstown Festival is ready to celebrate their last week of summer with another year of family fun. September 7th and 8th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. take joy in live music, car  and motorcycle show, a parade, local vendors, children’s area and fireworks. http://www.dundalkhistory.org/defenders-day.html.