Checklist for Planning a Fall Wedding

Many brides choose Fall weddings because of the fabulous off-season pricing some vendors offer.  Others love the cool, crisp air and rich seasonal colors.  We think that Fall is a wonderful time of year to get hitched and have listed a few tips to help you plan the perfect day.


Plan for the Weather

If your wedding date is late in the season when the temperature is cool, it is important to keep your guests cozy! When planning outdoors, provide space heaters or gather in a tent with an enclosure.  Select dresses for yourself and the wedding party that are seasonally appropriate, and don’t shy away from jackets or shawls to use as part of your ensemble.


Keep your Décor Seasonal

When the leaves are changing and the rich colors of Fall are abundant, use them to your advantage!  This is one time of the year when nature does a lot of the work for you. Select a seasonal flower bouquet, centerpieces of pumpkins and mums, or rustic barn décor to tie in your theme.  Keeping your invitations, place settings, and guest favors seasonal is also a good way to optimize your Fall motif.


Seasonal Food

Help keep your guests warm with a hot beverage bar.  Apple cider, cocoa, and hot teas are great outdoors.  Mixed with comfort foods such as roasted chicken or turkey, macaroni and cheese, roasted corn and squash, and sweet potatoes are classic crowd pleasers. Along with your wedding cake, don’t forget the pumpkin and apple pies!


Your guests will be excited to see the bride and groom on their special day, and adding a scenic Autumn view will add to the day’s splendor.  So now it’s time leave the heat behind and start planning your beautiful Fall wedding!

Richmond and Petersburg Area Fall Festivals

Fall has finally arrived and it’s time to delight in the beautiful weather at open air festivals in Central Virginia. The following is a list of the most popular festivals in the Richmond and Petersburg areas that the whole family can enjoy.  Now, what are you waiting for…make your plans and go!


28th Annual Magnificent Midlothian Food Festival

October 5, Midlothian
This event is known as “Central Virginia’s biggest and best all you can eat and all the fun you can handle block party.”  This food festival raises money annually to support children’s charities. There will be food tents and live music for everyone located at Westchester Commons Shopping Center in Midlothian.  All food ticket profits benefit local charities!


Richmond Folk Festival

October 7-9, Richmond
If you are into music and dancing, don’t miss the Richmond Folk Festival!  Located on Brown’s Island, you can find plenty of activities to entertain your children, food, a magnificent marketplace, and storytelling.  This is one of Virginia’s largest Festivals and most popular music events.  Admission is free!


Handmade Harvest Craft Show

October 8, Henrico
This festival provides over 30 vendors with the best local arts and crafts to raise money for youth programs through Trinity United Methodist Church.  Here you can also find your pumpkins and enjoy a variety of food trucks. Admission is free!


Midlothian Village Day Festival & Craft Fair

October 15, Midlothian
This is a tradition! Don’t miss the parade at 9am on Midlothian Turnpike and the family friendly festival held at Midlothian Middle School.  Here you will find an array of local vendors, games for the kids, inflatables, and food.  Don’t forget to enter the raffle drawing for prizes.  Admission is free!


Central Virginia Celtic Festival & Highland Games

October 22, Richmond
The Celtic Festival located at the Richmond Raceway has plenty of music and dancing for the whole family.  Tickets range from $15-$30 for general admission.  Be sure to check out the British Car Show, the Highland Games, fiddle and harp competitions, rugby, and plenty of other exciting events!


4th Annual Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival

October 22, Richmond
The pumpkin festival, located at The Boulevard, is close to the hottest downtown restaurants and breweries.  There will be plenty of music and food for a day outdoors! Admission is free, including children and pets!


The Bizarre Bazaar

December 1, Richmond
The Bazaar Bazaar is the most fabulous local Christmas show around!  Here you can shop for everyone on your list.  There are local vendors with plenty of Christmas arts and crafts and even non-profits available to help with your end of year charity donations.  You can eat lunch, shop, and see what’s new with some of our finest local boutiques!