A Marriage For All Seasons

By Diana Carver

In times gone by it wasn't unusual for young mates to refer to the Tarot as to what month of the year according to the stars, would be their best time to wed. This would depend on what time of year their sun or moon sign was inline with Venus the goddess of love, which I would take as a sign, and so on. In Person I would like to believe that the length of service of a marriage would depend on the love of you and your mate and not on the date you wed.

These days the factors that make us decide differ a little. Each season brings its own trend & flavor to a marriage. The time of year you select to get wed will indeed affect the style & economics of the wedding in many ways including location of the reception, honeymoon destinations, marriage theme & cost. Whatever type of marriage you want there will be a season to suit you.

An autumn marriage brings to mind golden and copper themes through the fabrics and the flowers. Blossoms this season are natural however rich. Take loud colors in purples, russets, yellow and reds. Add an earthy twist with dark leafy foliage and wood containers. If you choose flowers that are in season this will bring down the price a little.

Seasonal fruits that you can include on the menu are Apples & Pears; these are in season all year round. All these factors blended will bring a good autumn breeze to the day. Bear in mind that August is quite common for marriages, if you are having the reception in a hotel book well in advance. The weather is also superb if you are thinking of honeymooning in Europe. Stay clear of South and east Asia though, as these are experiencing their rainy seasons.

The winter wonderland wedding is a very amorous setting of Burning log fires, mulled wine receptions & Christmas card settings. This would definitely be an indoor wedding, maybe in a castle or hotel mounted with rich reds & golden burning wax lights.

A December wedding is a good idea as the marriage reception price is dribbled in many hotels in the first few days after Christmas. The vacation spirit that is still lurking at this time will add to the atmosphere. Snowdrops, Tulips, Amaryllis, & White Geisha include some of the winter flowers. Seasonal fruits to be enjoyed include winterberries, apricots, cherries and dates.

A New Years Eve wedding can be a good idea, ringing in the New Year with a festive and fun time for all required. Honeymoon destinations for the winter months deviate. You can opt for a skiing holiday with a amorous log cabin accommodation or maybe head for the sun kissed beaches of Thailand. Keep in mind flights are normally scarce & pricey around Christmas so book your honeymoon well in advance.

Spring / Summer sun will allow for glorious garden weddings adorned with all of mother natures glory, a fabulous season for a wedding. The colors and flowers to opt from are in abundance from roses to the petals of the cherry blossom. The look of this season is relaxed & simple, taking bold flowers and strong colors, softening them with driftwood or delicate wisps of grass and raffia. Some of the fruits in season are peaches, passion fruit, and citrus fruits, and quinces.

Impudently picked chocolate dipped strawberries would go down well with a champagne reception. A marquee would be a great thought for this season allowing everyone to soak up the atmosphere. Remember to include catering & furniture as part of the costs if you are checking the budget. The world is your oyster as far as honeymoons go however. Remember our summer is winter in most of the southern hemisphere including Australia.

Whatever your plans, don't stress yourself and take as much help from friends and family to make the big day one to remember for all. Booking your honeymoon online including accommodation & averting travel agents can save time & money.

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