04 Oct Top Tips for Planning Your Perfect Autumn Wedding

Throughout the year, we’ve shared a host of tips for pulling off a seasonally perfect wedding. No matter when you get married, it is always important to consider the weather and how it will affect your big day. Fall is the season of change—from the leaves to the crisp air. It’s colorful, cool and it’s harvest time, too. There are so many delicious seasonal food choices and decor options to coordinate your event with the flavor of autumn. Read on for our top tips.

Keep It Warm

Temperature is almost always a factor for fall weddings. The weather can be unpredictable—sometimes it can be hot and other days can be seriously cool. Just like you can use cute ways to keep guests cool in the summer, there are great ideas to keep them warm in the fall, too. Will the ceremony be outside? How about your cocktail hour and reception? Note what parts of your wedding will take place outdoors on your invitation so guests will know how to dress and will be prepared.

Ensure your guests are comfortable by placing baskets with rolled pashminas or wraps at the start of your aisle or offering a hot apple cider station with fresh cider doughnuts or doughnut holes during your cocktail hour—yum! Always make sure to have heaters on hand to ensure your guests are warm and toasty throughout the evening if your wedding is held outside under a tent.

Let the Sunshine In

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Since you are planning your wedding many months in advance, check what time the sun will go down prior to selecting your wedding start time. Consider Daylight Saving Time, too.

It may be bright and sunny at 6 p.m. when you are planning, but the sun may set much earlier on your chosen wedding date.

If your ceremony is set to start at or after sunset, consider decorating with string lights to add an air of romance.

When planning your photos, make sure your photographer is available to take pictures while there is plenty of light. Try to get as many photos done as you can prior to the ceremony. And don’t forget to sneak away for a sunset picture!

Harvest Decor

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Beautiful summer blossoms are dwindling, but fall is bountiful with all sorts of gorgeous decor ideas. Pumpkins, gourds, apples, wheat, hay bales, figs, crab apples, acorns, colorful fall leaves—the possibilities are endless. Decorate your wedding cake with in-season fruits instead of flowers.

Utilize the seasonal flowers for both your bouquet and your table decorations. Dahlias, chrysanthemums, asters, roses, zinnias and sunflowers are fantastic fall choices.

Other decor ideas to tie in the season include using pumpkin lanterns, apple candles, salvaged wood, twine, canning jars, baskets of fresh apples and old farm equipment.

Take advantage of the bold, beautiful color palette of fall—reds, oranges, yellows, browns and greens—to create a stunning color scheme for your special day.

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Seasonal Menu

A seasonal menu is a great way to taste the fall’s bountiful harvest. Think apples, pumpkins, squash, brussel sprouts, beets, parsnips, broccoli rabe, pomegranate, figs and more. Work with the chef to create a meal that ties together all of fall’s flavors. From pumpkin bisque to roasted root vegetables served with pork tenderloin and apples, the menu possibilities are endless.

Want to take all the stress out of planning your fall wedding? Hire a professional to take some of the pressure off. Many event venues have staff on hand who can guide you effortlessly through the planning process and be available during the event to ensure every part of your party flows perfectly.

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Ready to start planning? Schedule a consultation with one of our event managers today!

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Ronna Dewey

Top three photos, Bartlett Pair Photography; fourth photo, Morby Photography; bottom photo, South Street Photography



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