Every part of the country has its own special charms and customs. New England is known for its' country charm, rugged mountains, and beautiful seaside. These are all great inspirations for a New England wedding.
Truly, the most magical time of year in the New England countryside has to be autumn. There is nothing quite like the crispness in the air, the spectacular fall colors, and the crunch of a perfect apple. Play up on these special qualities of the season. The early part of fall would be ideal for an outdoor wedding in the afternoon. The weather in late September and the first week or so of October is almost always lovely – not too hot, not too cold, and not too rainy.
Look for sites such as a beautiful meadow surrounded by trees in peak foliage, or the gracious porch of an old country inn. Those of you not from New England may be surprised to hear that barns are very popular venues for indoor weddings. Some are quite rustic, of course, but there are also some historic barns that are surprisingly elegant.
Summertime is a great time to host a wedding on the New England coast, or on an island such as Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard. There are many great elements associated with these locations that you can include in your wedding. For instance, the islands are known for their stunning blue hydrangeas, which make wonderful bouquets and centerpieces. You can create a more elaborate effect by combing hydrangeas with garden roses and trailing vines, or keep it very simple, and feature loose clusters of hydrangeas in galvanized tin pails for an informal outdoor wedding.
Naturally, you will want to highlight the best food of New England at your wedding. On the seashore, the obvious choice is lobster. One bride I knew was concerned about dripping butter on her wedding gown, and so had a custom extra-large lobster bib created to protect her dress. The bib was made of a translucent material, because her mother said that she was not allowed to hide the dress that had cost her so much (!), And had a big red lobster appliqué on it. It was a really clever way to deal with a messy meal.
Other New England flavors include: clams, apples and apple pie, and cheese, cheese, and more cheese. There are also many wonderful local farms producing fresh, organic greens and tomatoes for the salad course, as well as local sources for the best organic poultry. Complement the local favorite foods with New England fruit wines (some of the best include blueberry and Northern Spy apple wine).
A cute idea for bridesmaid gifts would be to give them something that ties in with the location. If you have chosen wedding colors based on the New England fall foliage colors, you could order handmade jewelry for your bridesmaids gifts featuring Swarovksi crystals in great fall colors. If you want to present their gifts in a fun way, pop them into a New England classic – the LL Bean Boat and Tote canvas bag monogrammed with each girl's initials. They come in all sorts of sizes, and as any New Englander will tell you, it is impossible to have too many of this handy tote bag.
New England presents all sorts of wonderful places and inspirations for a wedding. Be sure to take advantage of all the best that the region has to offer. Whether you have lived your whole life in New England, or are a "flatlander" looking for a great spot for a destination wedding, New England is a terrific place to get married.