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Send Your Guests Home with These Unique Fall Wedding Favors!

Posted in: Wedding Venues

Wedding venues in Lowell, IN that have been in the business for some time wholeheartedly understand your desire to plan a memorable wedding. Everything from the location of the ceremony to the food menu must be what you want. But what about your wedding favors? You don’t have to match your wedding season with your favors, but it’s a unique way to say “thank you” to your guests. Is your wedding planned for sometime between late September and mid December? Have some fun incorporating an autumnal touch with your favors!

Once you’ve chosen the perfect location out of your list of wedding venues in Lowell, IN, it’s time to focus on the other details of your wedding, like the favors. Here are some of the most unique, charming and unforgettable fall-inspired wedding favors your guests will love:

  • Jam: If you’re a DIY person and know how to make jam, why not can your favorite seasonal jam and give it to your guests? Package it in pretty, reusable jars and wrap with rustic paper ribbons or jute twine.
  • Caramel apples: Nothing suggests that it’s the fall season quite like caramel and apples on a stick (okay, everything pumpkin spice and cinnamon does, too). The thing about caramel apples is that you probably wouldn’t even give this possible wedding favor a second thought any other time of the year. Order them in individual packaging sealed with a gold, orange or burgundy ribbon—try matching the ribbon color with your wedding colors—and invite your guests to take one when they leave.
  • Caramel popcorn: Looking for a wedding favor that’ll be a guaranteed hit? Send your guest home with a jar or bag of sweet aromatic caramel popcorn. Dress the packaging in decorative fall ribbons and fabrics.
  • Custom cookbooks: Here’s a cute idea! Collect a few favorite family recipes from both your and your spouse’s families and have them printed into custom cookbooks for your guests to take home. Cookbooks can include recipes for year-round use, or be filled with nostalgic fall recipes to fit the season of your wedding.
  • Scarves or wraps: Whether or not you remembered to suggest that your guests bring a sweater or jacket to your outdoor fall wedding ceremony, your wedding favors can be adorable scarves, wraps or throw blankets. Have them handed out at the ceremony or drape them over the chairs at the reception.
  • Matchbooks: Yes, matches are still a thing, and they are perfect to have on hand during the chillier fall months. For your wedding favors, hand out matchbooks with personalized labels (such as the newlyweds’ initials)
  • Fall scented candles: Most everyone loves candles. For your wedding favors, select one or more popular fall scents in jars with lids—think apple cinnamon, toasted marshmallow, pumpkin spice, salted caramel and morning rain. Place some of your wedding favor candles on the tables at the reception and light them to offer a preview of what your guests get to take home.

Planning a fall wedding? Signature Banquets is one of the area’s premier wedding venues in Lowell, IN. Call us today!

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Avoid These Autumn Wedding Pitfalls

Posted in: Wedding Planner

Fall is a beautiful season. Leaves are changing color and beginning to drop, the weather is cool but still comfortable and there’s a freshness in the air. So it comes at no surprise that fall weddings are popular and on the rise. After all, the summer heat is gone, which means your guests won’t be baking through your outdoor ceremony. Before you decide that fall is the best time to tie the knot, though, you need to know that the fall season has its own set of wedding related obstacles.

Below, a seasoned wedding planner in Lowell, IN shares a few common wedding pitfalls and tips to avoid them.

Pitfall #1

Fall foliage is pretty, but not guaranteed. Your plans for an outdoor ceremony with natural fall-colored foliage may be foiled by an unexpected cold front.

What to do: Of course, you’ve planned your wedding day well in advance, but the weather forecast cannot predict with any accuracy the weather conditions several months out. But never fear! An outdoor fall wedding is still possible as long as you, your wedding party and guests are prepared for Mother Nature. Either in your invitations, on your wedding website or in an email, make sure to communicate that the day or evening might get a little chilly. That way, everyone attending will know to bring a warm garment just in case. For added comfort, consider providing light wraps, setting up heat lamps or even lighting fire pits at the reception.

Pitfall #2

Fall is the start of the holidays, including many religious holidays. What date do you choose so that most of your guests can attend your wedding celebration?

What to do: You can send out save-the-date cards as early as you want, but the truth is that someone is bound to have a conflict with your wedding date. It’s fall, which a busy holiday time for most people. It’s for this reason that brides- and grooms-to-be should do a little research to make sure most of their guests can attend. Type something like “wedding dates to avoid this fall” into your search engine to get some insight into dates that may not be on your radar.

Pitfall #3

You have a favorite flower, but as fate would have it, it is not in season.

What to do: Even though your favorite flowers are out of season, would you feel a little better if we told you that you can save money using in-season flowers for your big day? The best part is you have a lot of blooms and non-floral elements to choose from. Popular fall wedding flowers include dahlias, chrysanthemums and asters. To make your bouquets more beautiful, you can incorporate festive fall fruits and vegetables—like a variety of small apples, ornamental cabbages or pomegranates, peppers and cranberries. Mini jewel corn, gourds and pumpkins make for lovely centerpieces for fall wedding receptions.

Whether you need a wedding venue or wedding planner in Lowell, IN, look no further than Signature Banquets. Call us today to schedule a free consultation and get a tour of our event venues!

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