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February 23, 2018  RSS feed
Weddings and Engagements

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Fall: It’s the most wedding-ful time of the year

By Nola Sarkisian-Miller CTW Features

Image courtesy Vecoma Image courtesy Vecoma Along with adversely impacting our planet, global warming is influencing a less-serious activity: weddings. According to The Knot’s 2016 wedding statistics, fall has overtaken summer as the most popular wedding season with 40 percent of couples planning fall ceremonies. Fall’s warmer months and cheaper fees are a huge selling point.

So, if brides want to lock in a special date during this busy time, they shouldn’t wait, especially if looking for a destination with fall foliage as the backdrop.

“The number one thing to do is plan ahead,” says Jaclyn Watson, who owns an eponymous wedding planning firm in Hyde Park, VT, catering to $250,000 to $1 million weddings. “Book at least eight months out to ensure you get your preferred date, venue, planner and photographer secured.”

Another thing to consider is how much work a couple wants to invest in the wedding. Would the duo prefer to research everything or book a package complete with catering and wedding vendors and coast through the planning process?

jag studios jag studios “Brides tell me that they like the flexibility of a wedding where they control the details,” says Mandy Connor, owner of Hummingbird Bridal and Events, in Boston. “Others say that it can cost more than they realize so make sure the venues are upfront about all of that.”

For those who are DIYers and call Pinterest home, places like Overbrook House in Cape Cod, MA, are a favorite option where couples are responsible for everything from catering to the music. At Overbrook House, brides can realize their dreams of a rustic, yet modern wedding at this Insta-worthy site featuring a 1920s era home with spacious grounds covering 250 acres.

Another option to consider is how long you want that wedding celebration to last. If couples would love a marathon of events, finding a locale that can comfortably suit you and guests for a weekend or more can help edit down your search.

“If you’re considering a destination wedding, find a place that can really tell your story and offer activities that you would all like,” Watson says.

Outdoor activities abound at the Bee and Thistle Inn in Old Lyme, CT. Built in 1757 when the area was a shipping colony; the grounds include a colonial-style inn and a sunken botanical garden along the Lieutenant River. For a festive weekend, book a ride on a steam locomotive or a riverboat cruise in between some mountain biking and golf.

Often finding that crimson fall foliage and that serene wedding setting means traveling out of the way. Still, for Florida brides, it doesn’t have to mean traveling a thousand miles or more with little accessibility.

One such spot is Vecoma at the Yellow River, Inc. In Snellville, GA, which offers picturesque wedding sites including those by the river and the front lawn. It is about 35 miles northeast of Atlanta and offers plenty of nearby lodging for out-of-town guests.

Vecoma owner and president Judith Warren understands the stresses and neuroses of wedding planning, especially for couples that do not live in the area. So bring on the phone calls and emails, Warren says.

When it comes to planning outdoor fall weddings, couples naturally worry about the remote chance of inclement weather, so make sure venues offer Plan B contingencies. October is apparently the driest month in Atlanta, according to Warren. For fall color fanatics, Oct. 14 to Nov. 18 guarantees the most “brilliant” hues in her neck of the woods. (Of course, keep in mind that farther north the colors peak earlier).

“We don’t even utter the four-letter word that starts with R,” Warren says. “If it does, we have our covered deck or inside the lodge in front of our stone fireplace.”

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