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When it comes to drafting a guest list, some people quickly find that their network of family and friends is much larger than they anticipated-and, unfortunately can afford. So, unless they want to impose a cover charge on the guests, they must cut the list.

Fifth cousin (thrice removed) you just found out about yesterday? Gone

Coworkers (that, face it, you don’t even like to begin with)? Buh-bye.

Your friend’s boyfriend? Umm…

Yes, many couples balk as disinviting a friend’s significant other. After all, that’s their baby, their boo. They’ll be lonely without them-I mean, who are they going to dance with when the DJ starts playing the slow jams?

In my eyes, the babes deserves an invite if…

*They are in a committed relationship (a year together, living together, engaged themselves)

*They are also a part of a close circle of friends

*You actually like them

If this just so happens to be a flavor of the week, then don’t even bother extending an invitation.

Also, what if they break up during the planning phase? Well, that’s a case-by-case basis. In some cases, they may excuse themselves from the guest list. If, however, they still have a spot make sure that A) BOTH parties will act civil and not bring their relationship drama to your big day and B) reassign their seats so that they don’t have an awkward moment during the toasts.

If they have a problem with it? Well, maybe you’ll have room to invite that obscure cousin after all…

I know of a couple that got married several years ago in November and took advantage of the season. Instead of serving the usual chicken or filet mignon, they served a meal of turkey with stuffing and seasonal vegetables, presented elegantly and enjoyed by all. Perhaps they were ahead of the seasonal catering trend popping up this season. From what I can see, they came out on top (and under budget) for three reasons:

Guaranteed Freshness: So, it’s November and you’re hell-bent on having strawberries? Think twice, as these and other summer fruits are not at their peak season, ergo the quality may be sub-par. Instead, stick to fruits in season such as apples, figs, pomegranates, pears and cranberries, just to name a few, when they are at their best and can be incorporated into truly delectable dishes.

Cost-Effective: On the note of guaranteed freshness, I’m sure that you wouldn’t want to pay more for a lesser quality wedding meal, especially if you’re on a tight budget. Well, if you go for products that are out of season, that is exactly what you will be doing. Furthermore, holiday favorites such as turkey begin to cost less than chicken or fish during this time, making it a welcome alternative to the usual wedding meal suspects.

Comforting: There is also the comfort factor to consider. True, you and your guests may be eating a lot of turkey, stuffing, candied yams, pumpkin pie… but, is anybody complaining? These food tend to be comforting to most and rarely get complaints, thus making sure there is something for everyone. Besides, these food can be presented in an elegant, whimsical fashion (say pumpkin soup served in miniature pumpkins), lending a posh twist to a perennial favorite.

With that being said, here are my picks for a fall wedding menu, all taken from Epicurious.com:

Starters
Spicy Green Salad with Machego and Pears
Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Main Course
Porcini Mushroom Turkey with Mushroom Gravy
Rustic Bread Stuffing with Bell Pepper and Fresh Thyme
Haricots Verts, Roasted Fennel and Shallots

Dessert
Harvest Pear Crisp with Candied Ginger
Cafe Au Lait Pudding
Pumpkin Custard Profiteroles with Maple Caramel

Signature Cocktails
The Autumn Orchard
Rosemary Martini
Flaming Brandy Punch

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Ah vodka. Without it, the world of martinis and cosmopolitans would cease to exist. However, this Russian favorite is also the basis of the following cocktails, any of which will be a great option for a signature cocktail.

The Cape Codder

The Española Sour

The Neopolitan

The Moscow Mule

The Cosmo Rickey

All recipes and photos taken from Chow.com

Tequila is the quintessential Mexican spirit used in drinks that are meant for those who want a South-of-the-Border flair added to their celebrations. The following cocktails deliver just that. Serve these up at a summer wedding and your guests will ride off into the sunset with a smile on their faces.

The Añejo Manhattan

The Santa Maria

The Paloma

The Zapatos Nuevos

The Tierra Mojada

All photos and recipes taken from Chow.com

With it’s festive, bubbly nature and crisp taste, it’s no secret why champagne is touted as the go-to drink for a celebration. And, with your wedding day being one of the biggest celebrations of your life, it’s no wonder that many couples feel the need to serve this up for toasts. But, there are many other ways to enjoy champagne. Including the popular Bellini, champagne is also the basis of many other delicious cocktails such as the one below. For a twist on tradition, consider serving these champagne-based signature drinks at your reception.
Note: Any of these can be made with non-alcoholic sparkling cider as well.

The Big Spender

The Elderflower Royale

The Lemonhead

The Plum Blossom

The Blackberry Kir Royale

The Mexican 75

The Kumquat Sparkler

All recipes and photos taken from Chow.com

The round cake and the square cake have had their moment in the sun. Now, a new polygon has joined the ranks at the go-to shape for wedding cakes. Hexagonal tiers have emerged as a favorite for brides who want the clean lines of a square, but with a little twist. Besides, more sides to decorate gives you and your baker a little more room to be creative with dimensions and decor. So, shape up your slice and go for this en vogue silhouette for a sweet take on your wedding cake.

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Tastefully Tropical

The signature cocktail has become a popular enhancement to weddings. Customized to fit the tastes of the couple-and, possibly named by them-they add a fun, personal touch to the reception. However, don’t leave the teetotalers out! In addition to serving a signature cocktail, have a signature mocktail for those who aren’t too keen on alcohol. That way, they too can get in on the fun of having a customized, gorgeous, delicious concoction in their hands without compromising their stance. Have a virgin version of the signature cocktail on hand or create a separate drink entirely-just make sure it stays cohesive with the overall feel of the celebration. Showing consideration for your guests-that’s always in style.

Pretty-but is it potent? Photo taken from Brides.com.

Roney appeared on Fox Business yesterday to talk about trends in the wedding industry, including its recession-proof nature, a decline in destination weddings, and an increase in DIY brides.

Click here to watch the video.

Carley Roney; Founder, Editor-in-Chief; The Knot Magazine

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