On Planning Fall Weddings & Harvest Festivals

After the summer, fall remains the second most popular time of the year for weddings. According to leading wedding authorities at XO Group, purveyors of The Knot and the Wedding Channel, the biggest month for autumn nuptials is September. According to their annual research poll, 14% of US weddings take place in September, 12% in October, and 6% in November. Meanwhile, December remains the most favored month for getting engaged.

Fall is a season of plenty and many harvest celebrations traditionally take place during these months. Notable holidays around this time include Halloween, All Saints Day, Day of the Dead, Guy Fawkes Day, Thanksgiving, and Black Friday. Seasonal themes bear fall flavors and colors, as well as floral arrangements and greenery. Here are some tips and tricks to keep in mind when planning a fall wedding -- not the least of which being these The Knot coupon codes. .

Fall Food

With the cornucopia of crops coming into season fall is traditionally a time to feast. According to the Knot , since the weather is cooling down, people crave hearty meals and rich seasonings. To start, they recommend a squash soup served with blue cheese and ladled into little pumpkins. Bypass the chicken or salmon with a steaming hot pot pie filled with fall veggies like leeks, turnips, and carrots. Seasonal treats that can double as wedding favors are caramel apples, chocolate truffles, maple syrup, apple cider, pear tarts, sunflower seeds, and candied pecans.

Equinox Elegance

Fall wedding colors involve a palette of burnt hues and warm tones such as yellow, orange, brown, and red. If you are worried this color scheme may be too overwhelming for a wedding cake, try a butter cream background with autumnal embellishments. The Knot advises asking your baker to recreate your wedding flowers. Or adorn the cake tiers with sugar maple leaves, frosted sunflowers, and chocolate acorns. The favorite flavor for fall wedding cake is chocolate, but they recommend pumpkin spice, carrot, blackberry, almond, cheese, or lemon.

Autumn Arrangements

Speaking of wedding flowers, you can be greener and more cost effective by sticking to blooms that are actually in season. This is an elegant way to design a seasonal decorative theme. The Knot explains that classic flowers for fall weddings are found in deeper and brighter hues. They recommend late season hydrangeas, roses, dahlias, and sunflowers for September. October is the month of amaranthus and mums, as well as changing leaves like poplars, sycamores, oaks, elms, and maples. November is a good time for wheat, wax flowers, or stephanotis.

Harvest Honeymoons

It turns out that the majority couples opt for a honeymoon, that is 3 in 4. They are also willing to spend more on a honeymoon than a regular vacation. About half will travel to a foreign country as opposed to staying in the United States. When planning a fall honeymoon, keep in mind that you are in the middle of hurricane season. This might make popular destinations like Florida or Jamaica a poor choice considering weather conditions. Luckily, The Knot has compiled an extensive list of honeymoon destinations with clear skies and mild weather during fall months.

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