Although many people opt for spring and summer weddings, fall is a beautiful season that allows a couple to host an elegant affair. During the month of November the days might be getting colder, but there are many ways to create a warm setting to celebrate a marriage.
A historic inn or restaurant will give old world charm to a November wedding reception. Guests can sit near the fireplace and chat while waiting for the bride and groom to make their entrance. Vineyards and orchards are other options, especially if one wants to incorporate nature into the wedding. In some areas, the foliage might be past its peak, but the structure of apple trees or grape vines will be a lovely backdrop.
Autumn is known for its rich colours, so choose flowers in shades of red, burgundy, orange and yellow. Mums or sunflowers are dramatic and seasonal. Berries, yarrow and even small branches of leaves will round out a bouquet while keeping with the theme. Centrepieces might be tall vases filled with shafts of wheat and feathers, bowls of gourds or hollowed-out pumpkins filled with ivy and flowers.
Depending on whether the wedding is in early or late November, the weather can still be a little warm or downright chilly. If the bride's gown and bridesmaids' dresses are sleeveless or short-sleeved, a capelet or shawl will add warmth, especially if photos will be taken outdoors. But it can be easily removed if it's a warm day. Colours such as browns, creams, burgundies, plums and other earth or jewel tones are good choices for dress colours. They can be accented with gold jewellery for a warm, rich look.
If a full meal will be served at the reception, a turkey dinner will certainly be the most traditional meal to pick for November. Other options include pot roast or pork loin. These will go well with hearty sides like mashed potatoes, turnips and stuffing. A cream soup such as butternut squash makes an excellent starter and salads can include nuts, roasted pumpkin seeds, diced apples and cranberries for a fall touch. If dessert is being served in addition to wedding cake, traditional favourites such as apple crisp or pumpkin pie are sure to please. When choosing a flavour for the wedding cake, consider flavours such as carrot cake or spice cake to evoke the season.
Sending the guests home with a little treat is optional, but always a nice touch. Votive candles are popular wedding favours and choosing a scent such as vanilla or pumpkin will help carry the theme. Mini bottles of maple syrup, small packages of candied nuts or caramel apples make sweet favours as well.