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O Ceremony & Receptions
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 decora- tor 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 arrangements of fall leaves, colorful gourds, and autumn blooms in shades of burgundy, orange, gold, and rust that top each table. Signa- ture cocktails like bright red apple marti- nis 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 complete with smashed pota- toes and gravy, cornbread stuffing, fresh green beans with almonds, and home- made 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 a 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 epito- me of springtime and a perfect theme for your spring affair. Seek out reception sites that are open and airy: garden-like atri- ums, grand 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 spring season. Choose in- season flowers like lush peonies, cheery daffodils, fragrant hyacinth, and colorful tulips for a fresh look. Shiny lemon leaves, sweet smelling cherry blossoms, and delicate lily of the valley are also great
additions to both bouquets and center- pieces alike.
Serve lighthearted cocktails at your spring affair with choices like spiked iced tea, smooth lemon drop martinis, and an assortment of light white wines. Pair your light libations with fresh and fla- vorful 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 portabellas, or fresh sea bass with citrus couscous are sure to be a hit at your celebration.
The Final Touch
Choose favors that share the joy of your new beginning. Consider person- alized packets of wildflower seeds, an assortment of tulip and crocus bulbs, even a donation to a charitable organiza- tion that can help provide others with a fresh start anre all great ways to send your guests home with a feeling that spring is
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