Fall Weddings in NC

October is giving June some strong competition as a favorite wedding month, especially in North Carolina.  It’s not surprising, given the delightful weather—not cold, not hot, not humid.  The bold colors of fall are so pretty for indoor and outdoor decorating. The bright golds, oranges, reds and purples also can be used with linens, dishes & glassware as well as the wedding cake.  Many of our brides add pumpkins and mums as fall accents.  We even had one October wedding with a “state fair” theme, complete with funnel cakes! As you think about your fall wedding for 2015 or 2016, check out some scenes from other October weddings at the Rand-Bryan House.

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Wedding arbors – A focal point for your ceremony

Many couples choose a structure for the focal point at their ceremony. There are all types of materials so, whether you like a natural look or a bright white, you can find an arbor to suit you.  There are options for adding flowers or greenery to some arbors.  We’ve seen structures made just for the bride & groom; then, they can have it for their yard at their new home—how special! Others rent an arbor or get one from their florist. Here are some pretty examples to inspire you! The first one was made by the bride’s father and the second was crafted by the groom and his father!

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Choose your Raleigh area caterer

One of the attractions to our property (in addition to its beauty) is the flexibility to choose your vendors. This is especially important with caterers.  There are lots of options for serving your guests—brunch, hors d’oeuvres, formal plated meal, buffet or a BBQ.  When you have the opportunity to select your caterer, you can choose the menu, pricing and service that works for you. We are happy to provide recommendations for caterers who have been at our venue multiple times and done a good job but, ultimately the choice is yours!

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