FAQs About Weddings At The Hawthorne Hotel

Does the Hawthorne offer outdoor ceremonies?

The City of Salem offers outdoor ceremony space at the adjacent Salem Common. We also recommend the oceanfront lawn at the House of the Seven Gables. Please ask your wedding coordinator for more details regarding outdoor options.

I have out of state guests attending my wedding. What can we plan for them?

Salem offers museums, historical attractions, creative boutiques, bars and restaurants, allowing you to turn your wedding into a weekend getaway. Please ask your wedding coordinator for suggestions.

What vendors do you recommend?

Each year, the Hawthorne hotel coordinates over 100 weddings. We have a network of professional, creative vendors. Start with the vendors featured in our wedding brochure, or reach out for additional options.

What choices do I have for alcoholic beverage service?

You may select an open or a cash bar (and if open, consumption vs. flat hourly rate), whether you will have a champagne toast or offer wine with dinner. Due to state liquor laws, outside liquor is not permitted. However, we can source your favorite labels and recommend local craft beers and spirits.

May I bring in my own liquor or wine?

Alcoholic beverages may not be brought in to the Hotel by a client or guest. Alcohol consumed in the guest rooms must be purchased through the catering department or from one of our on-site restaurants. If you have a favorite beverage, let us know and we will do our best to have it available.

May I order wine or beer that is not on your list?

If you are interested in a beer, wine, or other alcoholic beverage that is not on our list, we would be happy to research availability and pricing.

In your experience, is a consumption-based bar or hourly bar more financially beneficial for us?

There is no right answer, as it depends on a number of factors including time of your event and your guest list. Some clients prefer the hourly bar so they know exactly what they are paying for ahead of time, with no surprises. We encourage every client to review their potential guest list to make a determination of which style would be most beneficial, since every wedding is different.

What are the beverage prices?

Please refer to the beverage information and wine list for all prices, including staffing fees, taxes and gratuity. Prices are considered firm once you sign your contract. Until that time, they are subject to revision should significant changes occur in the marketplace. We are happy to answer any additional questions you may have at any point during the process and look forward to working with you.

What forms of payment do you accept?

Once you have the final guest count, typically the week of your wedding, we will complete an estimated bill for you. The final estimated balance is due five (5) days prior to your wedding. The refund or overage will be charged to the same credit card you provided for the final payment. We accept all credit cards. You may also pay with a bank check; however a valid credit card is still required to cover any overage. Personal checks are not accepted for the final payment.

What are the best photo ops around the hotel?

I want a small wedding. Can I rent out one of your restaurants?

Nathaniel's, our restaurant off the Lobby, may be available for your intimate reception, shower or engagement party. Please discuss availability with your catering manager.

Where do guests park?

The hotel has two parking lots behind the building, on Essex Street. Although parking is free, it is not guaranteed. You may wish to hire a valet to ensure all of your guests are accommodated.

Can I include my dog in my wedding?