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Married on Holiday! Thanksgiving Wedding Ideas

Before the holiday madness really takes off, Thanksgiving gives us all time to slow down, reflect, and enjoy each other’s company—what better time of year to host a wedding? Whether your heart is set on an intimate affair or a large gathering, a Thanksgiving wedding definitely goes beyond turkey, football, and parades. Here are a few ways to set your wedding apart from an autumn wedding and maintain its identity of thankfulness and love.  

Rustic Elegance

Thanksgiving weddings and formal, black-tie ballroom affairs don’t seem to be a likely pairing. Instead, they invite a more hands-on, down-home nature.  This type of wedding begs for rustic décor, comfort food, and elegance. Depending on your location, consider having an outdoor wedding to take advantage of fall scenery. Locations where you could get married include farms, orchards or vineyards. If an outside wedding is not your thing (or just not an option), try to find a venue that offers spectacular views of the grounds by way of lots of windows.

Comfort Food

Go ahead and serve a Thanksgiving-style dinner with all the traditional fixings, but if you fear overkill (especially if the wedding is on Thanksgiving weekend), twist the traditions by offering turkey cutlets, gourmet macaroni and cheese, pork loins stuffed with rosemary and apple, wild rice pilaf, and beer bread. Serve hot tea, apple cider, and pear-infused water.

Cake and Desserts

If you’re not a cake person, you have a multitude of alternatives for a Thanksgiving wedding cake—how about a pumpkin roll instead? Tiered pies in apple, pumpkin, pecan, and chocolate chess are crowd y.  And if you definitely want to have a traditional cake, play with flavors like caramel, apple, and spice cake—even chai! A Pilgrim boy-and-girl wedding cake topper would be super cute, and swap out   normal cake stand for a tree stump for a rustic touch (or a ceramic tree stump would work, too).


For your centerpieces, implement the bounty of the season by using pumpkins, and apples with quintessential fall blooms like mums. Spray painting gourds and pumpkins gold looks beautiful, too. Your bouquet can also reflect the season’s colors, like warm reds and orange teamed with evergreen leaves and foliage. 

Tokens of Thanks

Miniature bottles of maple syrup, maple candy, roasted peanuts, and small bottles of sparkling cider or pumpkin ale—even mini-gratitude journals are perfect tokens of your thanks.







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