Wedding Advice: How to “Stage Manage” Your Wedding

For many people, their wedding is the first large-scale event that they have ever planned. They are overwhelmed by the details and all the little bits and pieces that go into making the day what they want. There are a million different check lists out there that tell you that 9 months out you need to book your florist and two months before to meet with your photographer. These can be a great help if you truly have no idea where to start, but don’t necessarily help with the day to day.  Continue reading


Wedding Advice: What Does Everyone Else Do?


Elaborate Mantle Decoration
Photo Courtesy of Lovely Girls Events LLC

One of the questions that most brides ask at some point during the planning process is “What do all the other brides do?”. There are so many decisions to make from what order to have events take place in the reception to the color of your linens to how to number your tables and there’s no one right way to do any of it.

I love seeing the different things that our Hagley brides come up with to make the space their own and how their individual personalities come through in decorations, readings, music, favors and everything else. So when brides ask me “what does everybody else do” for flowers, for linens, for music I have to answer that there isn’t something that everybody does. Every wedding is different and special in its own way.  The important thing is for the wedding to feel like you!

I won’t tell you what everyone else does, but I’m always happy to send Hagley brides pictures or inspiration that I think might help them to find something that will work with their vision for their day.


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Uniquely Hagley: The Galleries

Photo by Erin Farrell Photography

Galleries I and II in the Soda House are beautiful rooms that can be used for anything from a corporate meeting to a wedding reception. The rooms boast vaulted ceilings with exposed beams and hardwood floors. Gallery I also has a beautiful non-functional fireplace and mantle and Gallery II has deep windows to let in natural light and view our wonderful property. Continue reading

Uniquely Hagley: Photo Locations

Hagley Museum and Library is located on over 200 acres of property along the Brandywine River in Delaware. Our property has an amazingly diverse set of photo backdrops from the river to the rolling hills, from the original DuPont family residence to the amazing stone barn–there is no where that you can go to get photos that compares to Hagley. Wedding pictures are also an exclusive perk of having your ceremony or reception on at Hagley!


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Uniquely Hagley: the Silo

Hagley has many unique features that make its rental space special, especially for weddings. In our first series of blog posts, I’ll be highlighting different aspects of Hagley that make it a truly special place.

The Silo

The silo of is a prominent feature of Hagley’s main rental space, the Soda House. The Soda House has acted as a backdrop for ceremonies, cocktails, and as a stunning backdrop for photos.

Soda House

In the evening, the lights that decorate the railing make for a magical picture regardless of the season.

Spiral Stair

Photo by Kerry Harrison Photography

Photo by Kerry Harrison Photography