Spice up Your Autumn Wedding with Spices

Stretch your concept of wedding planning to include the sense of smell. Fact is, if you associate a certain scent with a memory, your mind will store that memory more clearly. The better and more frequently you remember your wedding, the more you will remember how you felt when you made your promises to your beloved. The more you are in touch with those feelings, the easier it is to stay married. You want to keep the good memories flowing because they oil the creaky joints when life gets difficult!

So, think about spices! Put them in your Bouquet. Grind them during your wedding ceremony (after telling people what they are and why you like them!), make sure that at least one dish includes those fabulous tastes.

Tip: Plan your wedding with your marriage in mind. Keep adding the little things that will make your wedding memorable (in a good way!)

Fall Wedding Ritual: Sip a Complex Red Wine

Even though red wines can be fatal to a white dress, if you take care, you can avoid mishaps. (Because you really don’t want to add a Tide Pen† to your wedding ritual!)

Talk about your differences and your similarities and how in this marriage they are blending together as they have in this fabulous wine you have chosen for today’s ritual. You might want to talk about the tastes and what each represents and the role it plays in making the relationship (and the wine!) great. (Check out the video for some pointers on finding the right red wine!)

Red Wines

Tip: Choose a wine that pleases you, design your ceremony around it and invite your community to toast your long life at the reception with this wonderful wine.

Almost the Autumn Equinox

Well tomorrow, the time of balance arrives: The Autumn Equinox is here. If you look at the ancient European calendar, we’re already at the middle of fall, limping along toward winter. (The Norse calendar actually only had two seasons and October 31 started winter. I’m not quite ready!)

But Autumn is the Festival of the Third Great Thanksgiving. It is all about celebrating Abundance. (You’ll note that the Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on the 10th of October, in keeping with the calendar.) Abundance has three great responsibilities:

  1. Thanksgiving and gratitude. Now is the season of blessing counting. For the next six weeks spend 10 minutes every day counting blessings.
  2. Sorting. This is a time to get clear about your lives. What do you have in your life that will sustain you? What do you have in your life that delights you? And what do you have in your life that no longer serves you? (and here’s a novel idea, get rid of it!)
  3. Sharing. Out of our abundance we are enjoined to share with the world. There are so many places where you can share your time, your talents and your treasure (yep, I meant money!). The need is great and you have much to offer. Even some of those things that no longer serve you will serve someone else!

But here in the States, the days are balmy and the nights are cool. Sleep is a wonderful thing! A true sign that fall has arrived, the Bloomsburg Fair started this weekend. There is fried food in my future! And little piggies! Fall, it’s a wonderful thing!

Remember to try and stand an egg on its head around the actual hour of the equinox… sometimes it just works!