When setting the wedding date, many brides are not thinking of a cool, cool day in October. Let’s face it, most brides are thinking of a summer wedding, statistically in June, in which to get married. But there are some good reasons to plan a fall wedding here in Ocean State. Here are some ideas for you to think of for a fall wedding.
Many places offer reduced site rates in the “off season”, generally from October 1 to April 30, but this varies. So the mansion you have your heart set on may be more affordable in November vs. July. In addition to the lower site fees, many historic mansions and homes that offer tours will already be decorated for fall or Christmas, reducing decorating costs. Some sites to investigate include: Linden House, in Bristol; Henry Lippitt’s house in Providence; Mount Hope Farm, Bristol; Rosecliff and Marble House, in Newport, RI.
Be prepared for limited daylight. You may already be lamenting that it’s getting dark on your way home from work, so plan to turn your reception into a gleaming, lit wonderland. Unless you opt for a morning wedding with a brunch reception (another money-saving tactic, by the way); Most likely, you are planning an afternoon ceremony with a traditional cocktail / reception in the evening. Imagine a ballroom with twinkling Christmas lights, lots of candles, and lighting along the walls and the dance floor.
For your menu, opt for the rich and decadent; Pumpkin Bisque, Pumpkin Ravioli, Blueberry Stuffed Chicken are some of the best seasonal dishes, but definitely work with your vendor to create your own special menu. Who wouldn’t love a specialty coffee or hot chocolate bar to ward off the cold? Or hot mulled wine as a signature drink?
Some key points to consider: Fall weddings are great because the humidity and summer tourists are gone, but you may want to consider renting outdoor heaters to heat a patio for cocktails or ceremonies. Speaking of which, have a backup plan in case of an outdoor ceremony, for obvious reasons.
You may find that other services, such as limousine services, are discounted due to lower demand for your product in the off-season. You also want to be comfortable, so don’t forget to choose a matching shawl or bolero jacket, especially if you’re having a strapless dress. Even better, follow the lead of Cambridge Dutchess, who wore a now famous gown with lace sleeves for her April nuptials.