Fall is a beautiful time of year to be wed. There are so many choices and styles of fall wedding, but there are some universal elements that accent any fall theme. Pumpkins, squash, and apples are harvest staples. Nature’s bounty provides colorful and inexpensive decorations for your tabletops, rich landscapes for your photos, and delicious spreads for your plates. Unaltered, fruits and veggies set the harvest mood grouped together by the doors, on a bench, near the cake – almost anywhere.
Simple elegance works, but variety is the spice of life and for the bride who wants to separate from the pack, pumpkins can light up the room. Jack-o-lanterns may scream Halloween, but a carved pumpkin can emit a romantic glow just as easily as an eerie shadow. Choose a pattern that fits with your theme, or carve flowers all the way around. A new style of carving that’s become popular is to scrape away the outer layers of the pumpkin and create a thin membrane of orange for the light to glow through. Simple scrollwork patterns all over, using this technique, will create a centerpiece that will surely wow your guests. Carve words of love to show your guests just how you feel, even carve table numbers onto one side to help guests find their way.
Don’t let the pumpkins have all the fun, though. Large squash can be used for a similar effect with a more unique spin. Even small gourds can join the party as tea-light holders, if you simply carve out a small divot to allow space for the candle. If using irregularly-shaped gourds, simply slice off a section of the bottom to help the candle holders sit flat on your table.
Have a carving party with your wedding party for a fun and fruitful gathering that will get all your centerpieces and decorations done in one night. Or spread the work over a week or so. Whatever you chose, you’ll have to preserve your lanterns until the event. There are several ways to do this such as applying petroleum jelly to the exposed edges, spritzing the veggies with lemon juice, or purchasing a pumpkin preservation kit. Keeping the lanterns cold will also help them retain their shape. The more detailed and cut the design, the shorter life span you’ll have to deal with.Be sure to chose your pattern carefully and do at least one trial run well in advance of your wedding date to ensure that your desired effect will be achieved.