top 10 questions about your wedding venue



when should I consider booking with willowdale estate?

Typically weddings are booked approximately 12 months in advance. Willowdale Estate will book weddings up to two years in advance, so it's recommended that you book as soon as possible.

how many guests can willowdale estate accomodate, is there a mandatory guest count?

There are two main areas that are used for weddings at Willowdale Estate:

The Great Room

The Great Room has a maximum capacity of 80-125 guests. The Great room features high ceilings, elegant chandeliers and a grand oversized fireplace.

The Courtyard

The outdoor courtyard has a maximum capacity of 125-240 guests as well. This space features a lovely fountain, terrace overlooking the gardens and a lawn for outdoor ceremonies.


Friday and Sunday Weddings - pricing starts at $15,000

Saturday Weddings - pricing starts at $20,000

Pricing includes venue rentals (this includes tables, chairs and basic linens), food and beverage service and event coordination. A starting point for per guest pricing is $150 per person which includes a cocktail hour, a plated dinner or buffet, and a wedding cake.

what is the design style of the willowdale estate, and what weddings work well for this space?

Willowdale Estate is a historic mansion blending classic elegance with rustic craftsman charm. The estate's versatile event space can fit many different styles of weddings. Sparrow Lane has many pieces to fit your decor style, come check out our wedding rentals for your Willowdale Estate wedding.

Classic & Traditional Weddings

Incorporate elegant indoor elements such as draped fabrics and chandeliers. When creating your tablescape pick more formal settings and elegant florals in compote bowls or tall floral stands.

Rustic & Bohemian Weddings

Include more natural elements such as wooden tables, lanterns and airy wildflower arrangements. Place settings can feature patterned china and rich linen jewel tones.

Vintage Weddings

Collect some of your favorite antique decor such as furniture and vintage inspired pieces such as etched glassware and our vintage silverplate flatware. Consider using candlesticks with our battery tapers.

Garden Weddings

Focus on lush floral arrangements and hold your event in the outdoor spaces. Strung lights make a great addition, along with hung floral arrangements.

interested in event rentals? check out our tabletop rentals!

DO THEY require certain vendors?

Willowdale Estate does not require certain vendors.

are there any restrictions regarding decorations and floral arrangements at WILLOWDALE ESTATE?

Willowdale Estate does not allow open flames. If you are looking for alternative lighting options Sparrow Lane provides many lighting options that can fit your needs. Check out our lighting options here!

Decorations cannor damage or mark the estate interior such as walls, floors and furniture. This means nothing can be attached to the walls or ceilings with nails, staples or screws.

Sparklers and other outdoor pyrotechnics are not allowed.

Willowdale does not allow confetti, glitter or loose petals.

what time frame is Willowdale Estate available for set-up and cleanup / teardown for an event? does the venue have a preferred timeline?

The standard rental period is usually eight hours, including time for set-up and clean-up. Additional hours can be added to your contract if needed.

The typical timeline for an event at Willowdale Estate looks something like this:

Morning / Early Afternoon - wendor set-up and preparation

Late Afternoon - guest arrival, cocktail hour and photos

Early Evening - main event: ceremony, dinner and dancing

Late Evening / Night - guest departure, vendor teardown

is Willowdale Estate wheelchair accessible and are there any special accomodations?

Yes, Willowdale Estate provides accessible entrances and ramps, elevators and restrooms to accomodate guests with mobility imparments.

does willowdale estate have a dressing room or bridal suite for getting ready?

The Willowdale Suite is located on the second floor of the estate and features rooms for the bridal party to relax and prepare for the wedding day. This includes a private bathroom, makeup and hair stations and a lounge area with a balcony. The suite can accomodate 12 people and includes a full length mirror and garment area.

The estate also offers a separate Groom's Room located on the first floor, also with private bathroom.

what outdoor or alternative spaces does Willowdale Estate offer for cocktail hour or the wedding ceremony?

Typcially WIllowdale's main tented patio is used for the actual wedding reception. Other outdoor spaces for cocktail hour and the wedding ceremony include:

The Ruins - A unique and beautiful area on the estate that features wonderful stonework and lush greenery. This makes it the ideal location for intimate wedding ceremonies or a smaller cocktail hour.

The Lawn - The lawn area offers scenic views of the surrounding landscape and can be used for both cocktail hour and wedding ceremonies of up to 250 guests.

The Gardens - With a picturesque backdrop for wedding ceremonies, the gardens feature many blooming flowers and plants.

In terms of indoor spaces, Willowdale typically holds wedding receptions in the Great Room. Other indoor spaces for cocktail hour and the wedding ceremony include:

The Library - This cozy and initmate space with wood paneling and a fireplace is ideal for small wedding ceremonies and cocktail hours 40 seated guests or 50 standing.

The Dining Room - This inviting space has large windows and beautiful harwood floors. This can offer a space for medium sized events.

The Bar - A fun and lively space with high top tables and comfortable seating. It can accomodate up to 50 guests.

what is the parking situation for events at Willowdale Estate?

There is a large parking area on the estate that can accomodate up to 120 vehicles. This is just a short walk from the mansion, the main building. You can also arrange for a shuttle service for guests who require additional assistance or prefer not to walk.

Does Willowdale Estate have a coordinator or wedding planner to assist with the planning process?

Willowdale has a team of event coordinators who assist with vendor recommendations, timeline creation and coordination of logistics. On the day of the event the coordinators will be on-site the entire day and work closely with the couple.

what is the policy on serving alcohol at willowdale estate, are there any restrictions?

Willowdale Estate requires bar tenders to check IDs, limit the number of drinks served to each guest and at times has a limit on the type of alcohopl that can be served. Coordinators may require event hosts to obtain permitting for certain types of events such as amplified music or late-night service.

what is willowdale estate's inclement weather policy?

For outdoor events the estate has a number of tents that are available for rent. The event coordinators will work with you to determine if any additional tenting is needed or help with logistical planning to move events indoors if necessary.

In the event of severe weather, the estate may need to reschedule the event and will work with you to find a new date

does willowdale have specific guidelines around photography and videography?

Drones are not permitted on the property without prior approval.

weddings at willowdale estate

  • bride with floral bouquet standing at Willowdale Green doorway just outside Boston, Massachusetts
  • Bride and groom dancing in conservatory at Willodale Estate in Topsfield, MA, New England
  • Groom sipping champagne cocktail in library at Willowdale Estate outside Boston, MA
  • Wedding tablescape with candlesticks, dinnerware, flatware, glassware and linen in dinign room at Willowdale in Topsfield MA, New England
  • Wedding reception table set with tabletop event rentals including brass candlesticks with winter theme at Willowdale Estate just outside Boston Massachusetts
  • Cocktail bar set with vintage tabletop decor rentals from Sparrow Lane at Willowdale in Boston, MA
  • Bath tub in Willowdale bridal suite at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts
  • Beautiful wooden staircase inside wedding venue, Willowdale's historic mansion Boston, MA
  • Bridal gown hung up in Willowdale Estate's bridal suite Boston, MA, New England
  • Groom with cocktail at fireplace mantle in library at Willowdale Estate, Topsfield MA
  • Bride dressed in vintage wedding lingerie getting ready at Willowdale's Bridal Suite on North Shore, MA
  • Bride and groom at Willowdale Estate on North Shore Massachusetts


This vintage wedding photoshoot at Willowdale Estate truly captured the unique blend of classic elegance and rustic charm. There are so many gorgeous details in this Tudor Revival stone mansion, from the intricate moldings and woodwork to the expansive windows of the conservatory.

We love the well appointed bridal suite on the second floor that has all the necessary amenities, including makeup and hair stations without sacrificing any of the historic charm. This makes for the best getting ready photos!

Our vintage winter tablescape details included vintage silverplate flatware and etched glassware. A white fur runner and trimmings at each place setting elevated the look with a cozy sense of winter wedding luxury. The vintage brass candlesticks placed along the center of the table make a beautiful statement with eclectic mix of styles and heights. To see more details of this couple's wedding check out the Sparrow Lane blog at VINTAGE WINTER WEDDING AT WILLOWDALE ESTATE.

  • wedding tablescape with farm table and gold flatware rentals at Willowdale Estate on North Shore MA
  • Tented outdoor wedding with garland and farm tables at Willowdale Estate just outside Boston, MA
  • Wedding cocktails and dessert at Willowdale Estate with menu card and gold flatware
  • Willowdale Estate wedding in outdoor tented patio with event rental place settingsBoston, MA, New England
  • Wedding reception menu and flatware rental on North Shore MA at Willowdale Estate
  • Monochromatic white table design at Willowdale Estate Topsfield, MA
  • Monochromatic wedding at outdoor reception on Willowdale Estate North Shore Massachusetts