People fall head over heels for fall. Whether you obsess over pumpkin spice or anticipate the crisp weather and crunching of leaves, fall is a standout season — especially in Northwest Florida. Embrace the beauty and unique aspect of the season by incorporating fall-themed accents into your autumn wedding.
1. Outdoor Venues
Few things are better than a Northwest Florida fall. Outdoor venues are prime during this time. Think barns, gardens, forests, state parks, or anywhere and everywhere that a tent could be placed. If you want the indoor/outdoor component, create outdoor lounge areas filled with cozy seating, lawn games, food trucks and outdoor bar areas.
Speaking of the great outdoors, gathering guests around a fire can be appreciated by all. Guests can gather around the warm fire to chat, indulge in smores and take part in fun photo opportunities.
3. Jewel Tones and Warm Tones
Garnet, jade, deep blue, plum and emerald are just some of the most popular jewel tones for fall weddings. Warm and natural tones — such as terracotta, mustard yellow, burnt orange, light browns, dusty pinks, ivy green and plenty of cream — emphasize the nature-influenced hues present in the autumn months.
4. Cozy Comforts
There are few better feelings than being encased in the warmth of a blanket. Give every guest that feeling by gifting them with a blanket, shawl or scarf to keep them cozy during the ceremony. Your guests will continue to have warm thoughts of the couple each time they use it.
5. Fall Fashion
Fall in Florida is all about transitional clothing. A silk wedding dress is light and airy by day and made glamorous by night with the addition of a fur coat or velvet cape. Grooms tend to lean towards rich colors, such as burgundy, plum or dark navy. An all-black moment begins in fall and transcends into winter. Velvet is still popular for all, from suits to bridesmaids dresses.
6. Lots of Lights
Use all of the light — especially in an outdoor setting. To light up your night consider incorporating string lights, lanterns, bistro lights, candles, lit signs, etc.
7. Fall Drinks
Use spiced cider, mulled wine, sangria and spiked hot chocolate for the adults. A hot chocolate bar or coffee bar with all the toppings warms the souls and stomachs of guests.
8. Fall Menu
There’s just something hearty and heartfelt about fall foods. Consider beginning the meal with soup, butternut squash and a salad, a bed of arugula, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate seeds, feta and oil and vinegar. For the main course, make a roast chicken or steak. Fully indulge in the theme by having a Thanksgiving meal complete with turkey, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese and harvest vegetables. For desserts — try pies, caramel apples, apple cider doughnuts, pumpkin rolls and a wedding cake with a fruit center.
The seasonal bushel of beautiful flowers can include dahlias, sunflowers, ranunculus, chrysanthemums, amaranthus, eucalyptus, goldenrod and lots of greenery. Garland and dried florals are popular additions as well.
From the tablescapes to the altar, infuse a bit of fall with cornstalks, pumpkins, berries, wood accents, fall leaves, copper mugs, candles, gold and bronze accents, wine barrels and more.