By Rebecca Padgett
I, like many, prefer fall above all. There is just something so nostalgic and comforting about the season.
Maybe, it’s the upcoming holidays or the excuse to wear sweaters and sip cider. Whatever it is, fall is proving itself popular in the wedding world as well.
September, October and November, take the top spots for coveted wedding weekends.
Being such a distinct season, there are a cornucopia of ways to savor the season in your fall wedding.
From tasteful pumpkin decor to rustic venues to seasonally spiced menus, we have the guide to falling in love with planning your autumn wedding.
What is more fall-centric than leaves in autumnal hues? Whether your wedding takes place outdoors or indoors, there are ways to incorporate fall foliage through centerpieces, bouquets, escort cards or the altar. Even better, if outdoors, use the natural scenery as a stunning backdrop.
2. Fall Color Palette
Fall has its own unique color palette reflective of changing leaves and a heightened golden hour. From bridesmaids dresses to decor, gold, burnt orange, crimson, red, copper, mustard, plum, emerald, ruby and more make beautiful bold and rich hue options.
3. Rustic Setting
This is the time of year where rustic and bohemian settings truly shine. Think rustic barns, forest spaces and anywhere with reclaimed wood.
4. Seasonal Flowers
Like any season, fall has distinct flowers readily in bloom including marigolds, dahlias, sunflowers, wildflowers, daisies, goldenrod, chrysanthemums, pansies, sage and more. Put these florals in your bouquet or in gold vases, as centerpieces. Interlace these bold blooms with greenery and baby’s breath for a more natural-looking touch.
5. Cozy space
A hint of chill could be in the air, making it the ideal excuse for a comfy, cozy lounge space for guests to congregate and enjoy. This could include couches and chairs with blankets available, all surrounding fire pits or heaters.
6. Serve Warm Drinks
Set up a hot drink bar to knock off the chill, this could include cider, hot chocolate or coffee. With cute signage and plenty of add-ins and toppings, this is sure to be a hit with all ages.
7. Seasonal Special Libations
Nothing warms the soul and the dance floor like a hot toddy. Have your bartenders concoct this seasonal special emphasizing the warmth of whiskey or bourbon. Have cranberries, oranges and pear slices available to spice things up.
Because of the holidays, pies are the epitome of a fall-time dessert. At the dessert table, provide an array of freshly baked apple, pumpkin, pecan and blackberry pies.
9. A Thanksgiving Feast
A special way to accentuate the season, and have Thanksgiving dinner twice, is to go Thanksgiving style with your menu. This could include turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing and all the veggies. Or highlight the fall harvest offerings with a farm-to-table menu.
A season-centric activity is gathering around the fire pit. If your venue has an outdoor area, this provides a beautifully lighted space where you could also offer a s’mores station.
11. Embrace The Weather
Of all the seasons to have an outdoor wedding in Northwest Florida, fall might be the best. Embrace the uniqueness of the season by having an outdoor wedding: have lawn games and dance under the stars.
From cake stands to farm tables to wine barrels, wood accents are essential for fall. Wood is such a versatile and affordable option to pull a rustic look into your wedding.
Again, in getting back to nature, feathers make for fun centerpieces, tucked into bouquets and laced into hairstyles.
Go all out with a decadent and detailed tablescape. Items could include mini pumpkins, stone fruits, berries, deep-hued blooms, gold vases, copper accents, brown glass jars, greenery, gourds, burlap, pomegranate, pine cones and more.
15. Dress The Part
This is the season of long sleeves for all. Embrace the elegant beauty of a long-sleeved dress or add an elegant shawl or cape to your short-sleeved dress. For the edgy and eccentric bride, throw on your leather jacket and rock it.