Fall Wedding Venue

Choosing a Fall Wedding Venue

Choosing a venue for your fall wedding allows you the chance to be creative in your planning. Depending on where you live, scheduling a fall wedding in a venue such as an apple orchard or even a winery can help bring the feel of the season into your wedding day. In an apple orchard or winery you will likely have a beautiful backdrop of fall foliage to accompany you on your ceremony.

You can even have a fall wedding at an indoor venue and still bring some aspects of the season the wedding. A small, cozy venue with rich dark wood and a fireplace can help it feel like a crisp fall day without the need to be outside. The décor will make your indoor wedding perfect for the fall months.

If you live in Vermont or are willing to get married there, several venues lend themselves well to a fall wedding. An outdoor wedding in Vermont can include a breathtaking backdrop such as waterfalls, mountains and even covered bridges. The landscape and the foliage make any venue in Vermont a beautiful one.

A fall wedding in California calls for a ceremony in Yosemite National Park. Though you’ll need to schedule your wedding for September, and couples are encouraged to hold their wedding in the morning, the park offers several choices in venues for your wedding. These include the Lower Yosemite Fall Paved Trail, the Bridalveil Fall and Swinging Bridge, Cathedral and Sentinel Beach Picnic Areas. You’ll need to have your wedding in early fall to have it at one of these venues. You’ll also have to ensure your ceremony is no more than two hours long.

For an Atlanta wedding during the fall months you have several great choices of venues at your disposal. One of those venues is the Vecoma At The Yellow River, where you can have an indoor or outdoor wedding in September or the beginning of October. Located right off the water, it provides a beautiful backdrop for a fall wedding. You are limited to 250 guests at this venue.

Another great Atlanta venue for a fall wedding is The Piedmont Room & Garden When you hold your wedding here you will have a view of Piedmont Park during the day with the added bonus of the Midtown skyline after dark. Its Garden Tent allows you to have an outdoor wedding in the fall while keeping your guests out of the cool air.

The Peachtree Club is another Atlanta wedding venue that accommodates indoor and outdoor weddings in the fall. It is elevated 28 stories from the ground, providing spectacular views for your wedding ceremony and reception. Its terrace can accommodate a sit down dinner reception of 100 or a cocktail reception for 200. The outdoor areas can hold as many as 160 wedding guests.

These fall wedding venues will all help you make your big day even more memorable. The wedding venue you choose is always an important decision, so make sure you take your time to weigh out all of your options before you choose one for your fall wedding.

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Wedding Ring Pillow Alternatives

With wedding themes going rustic romantic, beach breezy and a little country chic, you don’t have to be traditional and use a ring pillow. Think outside the box when it comes to putting the personal touches on your big day. Check out our list below on wedding ring pillow alternatives and complete your unity with a special ring presentation.

Wedding Ring Box

Little wooden boxes make adorable alternatives to traditional wedding ring pillows. Etch them with cute sayings like “With This Ring I Thee Wed” or “We Do”. Have your initials or wedding date printed as a keepsake for your big day.

Something Borrowed

One of the sweetest things you can use to hand over the wedding rings is a little something sentimental and borrowed. Rings can be specially transported down the aisle in something meaningful like your grandfather or father’s pocket watch, a small jewelry box that belonged to a favorite aunt or your grandmother, tied to a vintage cowbell or saucer that you have always admired in a loved one’s house.

Book of Love

Choose a book, and place the rings in a cut out heart in the middle. From the bible to a book you both love as a couple, or something that is a symbol of your love this idea makes for a nice photographic moment.

Something from the Sea

If your wedding is beach or nautical themed tie the rings to a seashell with a ribbon for a gorgeous alternative to a wedding ring pillow.

The Sweet Little Pocket and Sign

Sometimes your ring bearer might be too little to entrust with your precious rings, instead give your little guy a cute entrance with a sign that says something like “Here Comes Your Girl”, and tuck the rings safely in the Best Man’s pocket.

Fall Wedding Color Schemes

Best Fall Wedding Color Schemes

A fall wedding calls for an appropriate color scheme; especially if you want your wedding to look fab instead of drab! Many fall wedding colors can look dirty or depressing if not used properly, and choosing the best one can be difficult for some couples. When deciding on a color scheme couples need to look at when during the fall season their wedding will take place.

Towards the beginning of the fall season the best wedding color schemes include shades of red ranging from as bright as an apple to as dark as burgundy. Other acceptable color schemes for a fall wedding include a combination of green and cream white or marigold and pumpkin orange.

Any respectable fall wedding color scheme includes apple red because it has always been a symbol of the season. It can be used as the most prominent color in a wedding scheme or used simply to serve as an accent color. Any fall color scheme that includes red often includes various shades, which give a wedding a more textured look.

Green and marigold are often used in fall wedding color schemes because they are bright, warm colors that convey the mood of the season. While this is true, it is also true that marigold and green are colors that aren’t overwhelming to look at in large quantities. This is the simplest and most classic color scheme for a fall wedding.

When planning a wedding for the middle of the fall season the best color scheme is a combination of browns and metallic shades. Red can also be used for mid fall weddings because it pairs well with wisteria and sage green. Peach and burgundy are also popular colors for a fall wedding. One of the reasons why these are the preferred colors is that flowers in these colors can easily be acquired. These color schemes give any wedding a touch of class and a traditional feel.

Orange can be used as a base color for a fall wedding scheme when the event is being held at this time period between the beginning of the fall season and the end of it. For a softer feel, many couples choose peach and a color such as cream or sage green for their decorating scheme. Dusty red and pink colors can also be added in.

Combining gold, bronze and copper can also help create the ideal fall color scheme for any wedding. Any one of these colors also works well as an accent color. For couples on a budget that don’t want to have their wedding look like it was designed on a budget, metallic colors are an excellent choice for décor.

A wedding being held towards the end of the fall season calls for darker colors such as chocolate brown. Using cream and mocha colors in addition to chocolate brown is often the best choice in color schemes. Neutral colors and shades can enhance a late fall wedding. When combined with gold, neutral colors can help create an appropriate fall color scheme that will leave wedding guests dazzled by the sophisticated feel they experience throughout the day.

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Frugal Wedding Favor Ideas

Wedding favors can be intimidating for couples because of their cost, but a small token of appreciation for your guest’s attendance does not have to cost an arm and a leg. Many couples choose to make their own favors but this can actually cost more if one is not careful. Here are some great frugal wedding favor ideas to suit all kinds of different wedding themes and locations.

Recipes and Ingredients

If you have a rustic theme to your wedding, recipes and ingredients is a thoughtful gift that your guests will appreciate. If you have a dish you consider your ‘specialty’ and aren’t afraid to tell everyone your secret, print up recipe cards and add an ingredient or two and package it up nicely.

Beach Items

For a beach wedding, consider filling small plastic pails with ‘beach-ish’ items, such as a small bottle of sunscreen, lip balm, themed soaps or bath fizzies and more. Your guests will certainly get some use out of them while they soak up the sun.

Artisan Teas

You can find many sellers online that craft their own tea, and many of them can print the bags of loose leaf tea with your wedding information. Choose different kinds to suit everyone’s different tastes, or go with a classic.

Coffee/Tea Cozy Sleeves

We live in a coffee nation and your guests likely enjoy having a beverage every so often from a take out place. Let them keep the wasteful cardboard sleeve because your guests will have a beautiful hand knit cozy sleeve that will not only beautifully decorate that boring take out cup, but will be something that they will use for a very long time. Even if you don’t knit, you can buy these online from a crafter and support and independent company.

As you can see, giving your guests an awesome wedding favor doesn’t need to be expensive. Just think about the things you’d enjoy in your own life and finding a frugal wedding favor for each guest can be a painless quest.

Fall Wedding Games

Fun Games for a Fall Wedding

When the sultry, sweltering days of summer give way to the cooler days of fall, the themes of weddings transform in exciting ways. In many places, the weather is still optimal for outdoor weddings, and even when the days become a little cloudier, the same fun celebrations can take place indoors. Keeping guests at your wedding entertained is top priority, and there are so many fun ideas for games at fall weddings!

A carnival-themed wedding is always a big hit, and can be dressed up in an elegant fashion or kept casual for a low-key reception. All the carnival games you remember can be set up for wedding reception entertainment either indoors or out.

Ring Toss is one game that everyone loves and is easy to play – and to DIY! Directions for how to make your own ring toss game can be found online, and it’s really easy to incorporate your wedding colors.

Another great game that tends to be a crowd favorite is Corn Hole. You can order customized boards on Etsy, but you can also build your own with fairly easy instructions and then paint them any design you like. Wedding colors or even perhaps the colors of the bride and grooms college teams would be perfect. Cornhole can be played indoors and outdoors, and the rules can be found at the official website (there is, in fact, an American Cornhole Association).

An outside-only throwing game that has been around for ages is Horseshoes, and a regulation set of them can be found on Amazon. Horseshoes may not be a game for a wedding with a lot of kids, but still really fun to play for a group of adults.

Balloon darts are always a fun and (mostly) safe choice for kids of all ages! Find darts that are not for an actual dart board – an inexpensive set is fine to use and won’t come with the puncture power that a real darts can have. Set them up with a curtain behind the board to prevent stray throws from losing the darts!

If you’re feeling up for a real challenge, you can rent inflatable obstacle courses to challenge guests young and old! It’s only been a feature at one wedding so far, but it was really exciting!

There’s no need to include prizes, since the joy of your wedding is what guests are there to celebrate. But if you were so inclined, there are a lot of choices for funny and wedding-themed trophies and ribbons that you can have customized to give your guests. Whatever games you choose to include in your fall wedding reception, they’re sure to be a hit!

Guest Book

Guest Book Table Decoration Ideas

There is one thing that can be found at nearly every wedding and that is a guest book. It is here that guests to the wedding can write their names and well wishes to the newlyweds, but many couples struggle with designing a guest book table that draws guests attention to the book so that they can sign it. We’ve compiled some helpful decorating tips to make sure that your table stands out for your guests.

Customize It

Whether you customize the table to match the overall theme of your wedding or just to make sure it stands out, your guests will love customized touches. For a rustic wedding, find some old picture frames and weather them, then fill the frames with a collage of photos of you and your partner. Many couples choose to show off photos of them as children as well and parents will always be more than happy to supply those.

Consider Lighting

Buy a set of string lights to brighten up the table for your guests. If you have the book in the reception hall, sometimes the lighting is too low for everyone to see. You can wrap the lights in tulle and the light fabric comes in a variety of colors to match the ones you’ve chosen for your wedding.

Save a Spot for the Favors

If you have a large table acting as the guest book table, there will be room to leave a basket full of favors. This would be instead of putting them out at every place setting and would encourage people to sign the book while they are picking up their favor, or vice versa. The basket of favors can also make the table look much more full and will attract guests to it.

Keep It Clutter-Free

While lots of decorations on the table are nice, some couples prefer to leave more room for people to sign the book. Keep it simple by adding a vase of flowers that match the ones the bridesmaids are carrying and perhaps a small picture frame. Consider that things like confetti or glitter may get all over the floor and are a pain to clean up afterwards.

Wedding Budget

The Basics of Creating a Wedding Budget

The moment you announce that you’re engaged, everyone you know (and their uncle, and their mother) will have opinions for you on what you should do. Before getting inundated with those, take some time alone; sit down with your future spouse and talk about what you envision your wedding being. Set clear expectations about who will be involved with making decisions and who will handle which tasks in the planning process. Here is a brief checklist you should be able to fill out before looking at dollar amounts:

What kind of event do you imagine your wedding to be?

  • Formal
  • Relaxed
  • Intimate
  • Large
  • Festive
  • Casual
  • Traditional
  • Elegant
  • Non-traditional
  • Themed
  • Ethnic
  • Religious

How many people would you like to invite?

  • Less than 50
  • 51 to 100
  • 101 to 200
  • More than 200

What time of year or season would you like to have your wedding in?

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Specific Month _________________________________

Don’t even worry about things like what colors you imagine the backdrop being and what the centerpieces should look like until you’ve got some parameters set. After you’ve filled out this checklist, the next thing you need to do is find out who is contributing.

  • What are the two of you able to contribute toward the wedding?
  • Are either of your parents (as a set or individually, depending on their marital status) able to contribute toward the overall budget? If yes, in what way: as a specific amount or by paying for a particular element of the wedding?
  • Is there anyone else who is planning to contribute or is able to contribute?

You should, at this time, have a solid idea of what your wedding budget amount is, and what you’re looking at spending it on. These are the absolute foundations for a wedding budget!

Wedding Gift Bags

Ideas for your Wedding Gift Bags

It has long been a tradition to gift small trinkets or gifts to your wedding guests, and typically this occurs at the wedding reception. Most couples give each guest a small item known as a wedding favor that is meant to commemorate the special day, and usually it is either a decorative piece or an item that the guests will use fairly often. However, many couples choose to do something a little more grandiose than just a single wedding favor for their guests, and that’s when a wedding gift bag is the ideal option.

A wedding gift bag is essentially a small kit of items that combine both something fun for the guests and something to mark the occasion. Wedding gift bags are particularly popular when you’re hosting a destination wedding because you can include a few items that your guests may need as well as a few items that will make their stay better. The more thought you put into your wedding gift bags, the more your guests will appreciate the gesture. Here are a few ideas for your wedding gift bags to get you started with their design.

Towels

One of the nicest gifts you can give your guests is some nice towels for their trip. Towels are perfect for wedding gift bags because they can be used during their trip as well as when they get home. You can even have your wedding date and your names embroidered into the towels to make them more commemorative, or you could optionally have your guest’s names or initials embroidered in instead. Either way, personalized towels will be the centerpiece of your glorious wedding gift bags.

Sunscreen or Lotion

If you’re headed to a tropical destination where your guests will be spending a lot of time on the beach, it’s probably a good idea to include some sunscreen in your wedding gift bags. Most of your guests will plan ahead, but it’s better to make sure they have everything they need just in case. If you’re going to a cooler climate, you should include some body lotion. Cooler places usually dry out the skin more, so giving your guests something to moisturize with can be very thoughtful and helpful.

Indulgent Soap

Lastly, you want to make sure you give your guests something that is indulgent and relaxing in their gift bags, and soap is the perfect item on all counts. Consider either making soap from scratch or buying some cold process soap from any one of the hundreds of online retailers serving this market. Your guests will have a pampered experience the night before your wedding, and they will show up feeling relaxed and happy to help you celebrate your wedding in style.

There’s no wrong way to put together your wedding gift bags, but being thoughtful can really go a long way towards making your guests feel welcomed and appreciated. Just make sure you include a good mix of thoughtful items and things just for them and your guests will remember their wedding gift bags for many years to come.

Wedding Aisle Decorations

Amazing Ideas for Wedding Aisle Decorations

All eyes are on the bride as she walks down the aisle looking more fabulously radiant than ever! Pretty aisle decoration makes the event more gorgeous. After all, a beautiful bride does deserve an amazing wedding aisle that not only looks appealing but is also the backdrop of the key action! If your wedding is in a church, then the aisle will be defined with traditional decorations of a classic wedding. A pew can optionally be placed closest to alter and will look pretty exquisite too. Many churches have rules that forbid use of materials such as pins, nails, staples, etc., so make sure that you get a little insight into what is permitted ahead of time.

Choose freestanding aisle decorations to line up on the side of the aisle with white lights and palm trees. The decorations will look even more amazing with fresh flowers to line up the sides of the aisles too. Crystals shaped like teardrops scattered all over the branches will also complement the mood of the wedding. The bride dressed in white adorning a crystal necklace and pendant only enhances the background and it really merges well for the occasion. When the event is held outdoors, then there are various ways in which you can define the aisle décor as well. Lining the aisle sides with rose petals that lead down to alter creates a mesmerizing effect. A wedding aisle decorated with organza bows is a great way to add that special effect to floral suspenders.

Closed lanterns glittering amidst the decoration is a good way to add a romantic atmosphere to the whole event too. It creates a serene style while making the occasion so magical. Cute decorations along the aisle such as baskets filled with daisies are able to make things looks pretty as well. However, if you choose a garden setting, then plant rows of flowers along the aisle with drapes behind the alter where the vows are exchanged to draw attention from the guests. The concept of decorating wedding alters with vintage furniture and rustic accessories are yet another idea for an exotic event. Homespun charms for wedding decorations are getting quite popular these days.

The most popular dream wedding concept is one that takes place on a beach. A wedding aisle consisting of decorative seashells that are strewn all over the place and at the alter and around the chairs creates a fun theme for the event. Make sure that you’re careful when placing seashell-filled vessels for decorations. They should not block the walkway and allow the bride to glide down easily. Full skirt wedding dresses are incredibly elaborate and can make it difficult to move; especially with such decorative pieces positioned down the aisle.

Hanging paper lanterns is also a creative way to decorate the wedding aisle. Colorful paper decorations will exhibit your cheerful persona and will be unique compared to other wedding setups where emphasis is mostly laid on the flowers and lighting. For the DIY bride, paper decorative pieces can be more easy to make and can be a fun activity for the bridesmaids as well. So, the run up to the event preparations will be fun-filled with loads of exciting stuff to get the wedding decked out with pomp and show!

Floral Centerpieces

Floral Centerpieces for Every Season

Flowers can be a large part of a couples wedding budget, especially when ordering flowers that are rare or out of season. Peonies can be more expensive than using roses in some cases! So what are the best flowers for a floral centerpiece and what are some options based on the season you may be holding your wedding in? We’ve got a break down of seasons and with it, the flowers that will suit centerpiece arrangements the best while saving couples some money.

Spring Floral Centerpieces

Spring weddings are incredibly popular and offer many choices as far as flowers go for centerpieces. You can make a simple but beautiful centerpiece statement using sunflowers, which are in season in the spring time. Add a long vase with water to support the sunflower and tie it with a complimentary ribbon color for simplicity with a pop of color. For a larger centerpiece, tulips, which are also in season, are available in an array of colors and look fantastic when they’re paired with greenery.

Summer Floral Centerpieces

If you want something different than peonies for your summer wedding, you are in luck. Many flowers are in bloom in the summer time, but here are a couple you might not have thought about. Daffodils add a pop of yellow to centerpieces and look beautiful in bouquets as well. Magnolias are stunning white flowers that, when added to greenery make for the perfect centerpiece. Adorn with some crystals for a more vintage look, or add some color with a simple gerbera. Alternately, if you want a bright centerpiece with many different colors, consider zinnias. These flowers look beautiful in pairs in small vases, or as a part of a larger, cascading centerpiece.

Fall Floral Centerpieces

Fall allows florists to get a little bit more creative with their centerpieces and what they include. A flower that often goes unnoticed is the brilliant amaranthus, which is a seasonal fall flower. Paired with greenery or other complimentary colors to its beautiful bright red, this large flower makes for a fantastic centerpiece. Sometimes paired with white roses or even various fruits, the amaranthus flower is the perfect statement piece. If you want something a little more stylish and sleek, snapdragons are also in season in the fall and winter and look great accented in a simple vase by some greenery and a complimentary colored ribbon on the vase.

Winter Floral Centerpieces

Don’t think there are any good flowers in season in the wintertime? Think again! With greenhouses all over, there is always something available for everyone. While some couples decide to embrace the winter theme and will make centerpieces with pinecones and pine ferns, others choose to brighten up their winter reception with a stunning array of bright gerberas. Calla lilies are also widely available in the winter time and come in an array of natural and dyed colors. Its elegant trumpet shape can be played up by using additional flowers, or kept the center of attention by using some simple greenery. Lay this arrangement on a small pedestal with white crystals dangling from it to mimic ice, and add a tea light or two to warm up the arrangement.