Warm Winter Wedding Invitations and Ideas For Your November Wedding

Your November wedding can be a rich and warm affair. While the weather might not be warm, you can still convey those cozy feelings with the right colors and flavors of the seasons.

November is filled with rich earth tones, bright oranges and yellows and even deep reds. Pick these colors for your wedding invitations and you'll have a elegant and seasonal invitation. Traditional symbols of the season include cornucopias, pumpkins and gourds. Add in these designs and colors for a warm, classic November look.

Thanksgiving is a big November holiday you'll need to be aware of. Some of your guests who already have Thanksgiving travel plans might be reluctant to travel to your wedding also. Two trips in the same month might be a little much for some. If this is a concern for your wedding, you might want to consider hosting your wedding on Thanksgiving weekend.

Have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday and then switch into wedding mode for the weekend. If you're not interested in a Thanksgiving weekend, you'll need to make sure you get your wedding invitations and save the dates in the mail as soon as possible. Advance planning gives your guests time to plan and hopefully make plans to get to your wedding reception.

Ceremony and reception
November weather will almost assuredly keep your ceremony and reception indoors. However, if you've got your heart set on an outdoor setting, make sure you rent sufficient space heaters and maybe even a canopy or tent. After your outdoor ceremony, move your guests indoors for the reception, or at least have some indoor space available. You can't ever count on the weather cooperating, so make sure you have an alternate plan. Send a note with your wedding invitation letting your guests know your plans, too.

Given the chilly weather, you might want to make sure your bridesmaids and attendants are dress accordingly. Once you pick out your dresses, you might want to give them an option with sleeves or a shawl. Keep it stylish and functional and they'll look great and thank you for it, too.

Keep your November wedding menu on the hearty side. If the weather is chilly, your guests will be looking forward to a hot, hearty meal. Since most guests will be getting their fill of turkey, stuffing and potatoes, steer clear of those options. A steak dish paired with risotto can be a great choice. Ask your caterer for some seasonal ideas.

Choose a spiced or mulled wine for a special accent to your bar. This can be served warm or chilled. Rich and big red wines can match your menu choices also. If you're looking for a signature cocktail, try something with a cranberry twist.

Candle light can also make your reception seem warmer. A few well-placed votives can go a long way to make your ceremony and reception feel homey and snug. Use candles not only at the ceremony, but incorporate them into your centerpiece, on the buffet and even on the cake table for a warm glow all over the room.