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Picking a Unique Theme

October 22, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

A fall wedding doesn't have to mean pumpkin centerpieces, pine cone decorations

and auburn-colored dresses.

Knock your guests for a loop with a unique, thoughtful theme to leave them talking for years to come.

Subtle selections to your decorating strategy can still evoke the feeling of fall, so think creatively about how to integrate both the season and your personalities into your theme.


Oranges, browns and purples are great starting points for your fall-colored wedding, but why not opt for variations of those traditional hues? A contemporary burnt orange can serve as a striking visual for tablecloths or chair backings. Meld it with muted browns and purples to capture the attention of your guests. Some planners ditch the seasonal-color strategy all together and choose to incorporate bright pinks or yellows to convey a warming summer feel. Flexibility is key when considering your colors.


Do you have the perfect centerpiece already picked out in your mind? You may be able to enhance it with other complementary table pieces. A vase of floating candles and berries can be supplemented by other dried fruits or wheat strewn across the table. And be sure to offer customized parting gifts that match your colors. For your tablecloths, consider layering various textures like satin, velvet or crochet to match whatever theme you are hoping to establish. And don't forget the napkins or placemats. Incorporate your color palette across all pieces to create a cohesive tone.


Your food and drink menu is the perfect opportunity to infuse a little seasonal flair into your wedding. Pheasant can be a unique replacement for the traditional chicken, beef or pork entre, while pumpkins and squash make excellent bases for soups, cheesecakes, pies and turnovers. Get creative with your drink menu, as well, with regular apple cider or a hard version with rum. Many red wines also pair perfectly with fall courses, as do amber craft beer selections.

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