Before I actually started officiating at weddings, I always assumed that May and June are the preferred months for people to marry. May and June are such pretty months, after all: budding trees and flowers of all kinds and colors–roses, petunias, marigolds. There is actually an expression, “June brides” which implies, doesn’t it, that brides marry in June? That they dream of being a June bride? But it has been my
experience that fall is THE month for weddings. Couples who are planning an outdoor wedding at a vineyard, a park, or a cidery, or in a backyard, say that they prefer a fall wedding, because in the fall, they can hope for temperate weather. July and August, particularly in Virginia, can be oppressively humid. I actually officiated at an August wedding so brutally hot that the bride’s makeup ran. At anotherr summer wedding, the wedding guests wore their wedding programs like little tents on their heads.
Sabot at Stony Point is actually a great venue for a wedding, if you have a gift for decorating!
I am guessing that couples may also prefer fall to spring weddings, because in May and June, weddings compete with high school and college graduations.
There is yet another reason, though that I think couples prefer to marry in the fall. They can take advantage of a fall color palate—we’re talking yellow, gold, red, orange, russet and mauve. And as for flowers and vegetation, there be beautiful chrysanthemums and asters, pumpkins, and other colorful squashes.
Several weeks ago I officiated at the October wedding of a bride and groom . The weather was gorgeous—not a cloud in the sky. It was held at the Sabot, a school that is located in the Richmond community of Stony Point. The place where the wedding took place was nothing special, really, except for the brick wall that enclosed the space. I would call it a grassy, blank canvass.
My, oh my, the mother of the bride certainly used that blank canvas to her advantage. She decided to use one half of the “canvas” for the wedding reception, and the other half for the wedding ceremony. She hired a lighting company to bring in strings of tea lights which the company hung from posts. The tea lights were the “ceiling” for the reception. She brought in an array of fall flowers and squashes, too.
But that is not all. A fireplace mantle defined the place the couple would be exchanging vows, and two antique doors defined the separation between the reception area and the ceremony space.
It was an extravegantly decorated affair. The bride and I both agreed that her mom should seriously consider starting a wedding business. If she does, I will be sure to write a follow-up blog! Enjy the pics!
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