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Fall may be overtaking summer for the most popular wedding season with its beautiful foliage and cooler temperatures, but it doesn't come without its own set of challenges. Check out some common fall wedding dilemmas and their solutions.
The Problem: You have an outdoor wedding planned that'll feature a beautiful natural foliage backdrop. However, the Indian summer gives way to an unexpected cold front.
The Solution: An outdoor fall wedding can be wonderful as long as everyone is prepared for the elements. Keep guests updated via email or your wedding website with the up-to-date forecast. Let them know on the invitation that it could get chilly, and they might want to consider bringing a jacket. Add rustic baskets filled with inexpensive or borrowed blankets at the end of every aisle, or set up heat lamps around the outdoor area. If possible, a crackling bonfire would be a warm and fun touch, and it would be perfect for wedding-day s'mores!
The Problem: After hours browsing Pinterest and wedding magazines, you've finally picked out your dream wedding bouquet only to find out the lilies you desire are out of season.
The Solution: If you have to give up your favorite blooms in your bouquet, you might be consoled by the fact that in-season flowers are much more affordable to use. There are still so many beautiful options for fall flowers including dahlias, chrysanthemums, and asters. Get creative and add some non-floral touches to your bouquet that play into the fall season like crabapples, wheat, and cattails. If you can't give up the lilies, some florists grow greenhouse flowers year-round at a higher price.
The Problem: The myriad of fall holidays makes it hard to find a convenient wedding weekend.
The Solution: No matter how early you pick a date, and how quickly you let your guests know, there will always be conflicts with some of your guests. However, you can do some research to make sure most of your guests are available. You might want to avoid holiday weekends like Labor Day so your guests aren't paying higher travel and hotel rates. Non-holiday weekends, though, will generally be more affordable than during peak vacation season.
The Problem: The weather is great, most of your guests have arrived, and everything looks beautiful. Then, you and the other seasonal allergy sufferers start feeling the effects of ragweed.
The Solution: You don't want puffy, red eyes in your wedding photos, so keep a non-drowsy, over-the-counter antihistamine on hand on your wedding day. Additionally, make sure your personal attendants keep your tissues and eye drops close by. You can check out the National Allergy Map for pollen counts in your area to get a better idea of how your allergies might react on your big day.
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Including Your Children in Your Wedding Ceremony
On your wedding day, the focus is typically on the happy couple. However, if you or your spouse have children, including them in the wedding ceremony is a great way to acknowledge their place in your changing family, whether they are children from your current relationship or past relationships. Since this is a big time of transition for your children, actively including them in the creation of a new family can give them a sense of assurance. Children from past relationships can use the ceremony as a way to form commitments with all of the members of their new family.
While you can have your children be a part of your bridal party, there are other creative ways to actively involve them in the ceremony, as well.
- Have your child(ren) walk you down the aisle.
- Give your children a gift that symbolizes the new family
- Include your children in your vows, or say separate vows directly to your children.
- Have a group hug after the kiss.
- Be introduced as a new couple and a new family.
- Have a family sand ceremony.
Creating a Family Sand Ceremony
A family unity sand ceremony is a beautiful and symbolic way to mark the creation of a new family as it shows the combination of three (or more) individuals represented by different colors of sand. The bride, groom, and child each use their own color of sand and pour them into a center vase, creating a keepsake that can be displayed in your home for years to come. If more than one child is involved, they can all use the same color of sand, or each child can pick their own color. That will help them feel even more involved in the ceremony and planning process.
One of our family-favorite vase sets is the 3-Piece Large Nesting Set with the 3-Piece Miniature Nesting Set (you can add it to your order directly from the large set). Each vase can be personalized with the children's names, so they'll have a keepsake to take home after the ceremony. You could even save some of the sand and each child can have their own version of the sand ceremony in their individual pouring vases.
Our Personalized Unity Sand Vase Set has a design style that allows you to add your children's names to the center vase with a saying of "A Circle of Love Makes Us One."
Many of our vase sets can be purchased with additional pouring vases, so it's easy to have a matching set for the family to use during the ceremony.
Unity Sand Ceremony Vows with Children
Today as _____ and ___ have sealed their commitment to each other with the exchange of rings they to make a commitment to their children. We recognize the significant role that (all of children's names) play in this marriage celebrated today. They will now join _____ and ___in this commitment to each other by contribution a part of each individual person into one blended family. Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of this sand, each representing a member. As each individual's sand is poured into the family's one united container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will become the bond with your family
From this day forth, you shall be more than one couple or two individuals – you shall be a loving and united family.You are a family drawn together by love and held together by devotion.