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one of the most popular seasons for wed- dings: autumn. October now rivals June as the most popular month for couples to marry with its Indian summer days and crisp evenings. Enjoy your remaining time outdoors and let Mother Nature be your decorator with a ceremony and reception at a nature preserve, a park or on a farm.
Rustic elegance is the name of the game with a fall wedding, so think open-air ceremony and tented reception so every- one can enjoy the best that this season has to offer. Guests can mingle throughout the area admiring the one-of-a-kind arrange- ments of fall leaves, colorful gourds, and autumn blooms in shades of burgundy, orange, gold, and rust that top each table. Signature cocktails like bright red apple martinis or spiked apple cider with cinnamon sticks as stirrers will warm everyone from
the inside out and keep your theme rolling right up to dinner.
Take advantage of the season and serve a traditional fall meal: roast turkey com- plete with smashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread stuffing, fresh green beans with almonds, and homemade breads. If you’re not married to the idea of serving traditional wedding cake, offer your guests slices of apple, pumpkin, or pecan pie for dessert. Can’t imagine a wedding without cake? Consider serving a spice cake or carrot cake with cream cheese filling. At the end of the evening, send everyone home with small jars of homemade jam, tiny bottles of maple syrup, or sweet caramel apples.
The Air of Spring
Budding trees, soft rain showers, and thoughts of new beginnings are the epitome
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of springtime and a perfect theme for your spring affair. Seek out reception sites that are open and airy: garden-like atriums, ballrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, or bed & breakfast inns with whimsical charm.
After months of bundling up, it’s time to lighten up with colors and décor that embrace the season. Choose in-season flowers like lush peonies, cheery daffodils, fragrant hyacinth, and colorful tulips to provide a fresh look. Shiny lemon leaves, sweet smelling cherry blossoms, and delicate lily of the valley are also great additions to both bouquets and centerpieces alike.
Serve lighthearted cocktails at your spring affair with choices like spiked iced tea, smooth lemon drop martinis, and an assort- ment of light white wines. Pair your light libations with fresh and flavorful hors d’oeuvres such as chicken satay with spicy peanut sauce, spring rolls (of course!), hand rolled sushi, and proscuitto-wrapped asparagus spears.
Dinner should embrace the season as well, with a menu that uses the freshest of herbs. Favorites like lamb with mint jelly, sliced tenderloin with wild rice and porta- bellas, or fresh sea bass with citrus cous cous are sure to be a hit.
The final touch: favors that share the joy of your new beginning. Personalized packets of wildflower seeds, an assortment of tulip and crocus bulbs, even a donation to a charitable organization that can help provide others with a fresh start are all great ways to send your guests home with a feeling that spring is in the air. §
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