The Bennies of Off Season

While many wedding gurus advocate spending a year or more planning your wedding, it is certainly possible to create the wedding of your dreams on short notice at the right place with experienced hosts. Once you have the venue booked, the rest of the details can be arranged with amazing efficiency.

Autumn in New Hampshire is famous worldwide for spectacular foliage and cool, bug-free weather. Why not take advantage of the season tourists travel to see? Right through October a tent wedding is practical due to modern heating and glassine side panels that keep guests cozy and warm. Decorating themes are endless when sunflowers and asters are in bloom and the hillsides display every shade of orange, red and gold. You may save some “gold,” too, with post-summer pricing.

Winter weddings are said to forge the strongest bonds. Imagine a small ceremony with only your dearest family and friends. Intimate, refined and totally personalized weddings create quality memories and set the tone for a deep, warm marriage. If you find a larger venue, you can keep that warm and cozy feeling by choosing the right details. There are so many elegant color and floral combinations available for winter weddings. A barn or ballroom is stunning when decorated in evergreen garland that is finished off with red velvety bows and white poinsettias, for example. A wedding gown styled for a snow queen can be set off by natural foliage and frosty sparkles. Candles and roses easily complete the romantic setting.

Your wedding day should be the most memorable day of your life. Select a venue that will book only one wedding at a time, so the bride does not have to share her day. Work with hosts who will attend to every last detail to please your personal preferences and tastes, in order to ensure a picture-perfect wedding.

If both of you are ready, willing and eager, don’t let “everybody knows” hold you back.

By Sheila Oranch, innkeeper
along with her husband Bill Powers,
of Coppertoppe Inn & Retreat Center
in Hebron (