Autumn is coming and it officially starts on 22nd September. In fact, you may have seen the leaves turning already.
It’s a wonderful time of year to get married for many of reasons…
- People will be back from holiday and in need of something new to look forward to
- It’s a time of year for new beginnings
- Everyone will be relaxed after a summer break
- Autumn colours are just breath taking and give you all sorts of inspiration
- You’ll have a wonderful choice of seasonal food
- If you love browns, golds, russets and greens then you’re an autumn girl
- It’s the perfect theme for miss-matched bridesmaid colours
If you’re not a pastel sort of a girl and don’t particularly like bright colours either, then autumnal shades are definitely worth looking in to.
As you can see from the main blog image, there is plenty of potential for autumn flower arrangements. You can use autumn berries in your bouquets and certainly for your table decorations. Chrysanthemums are in season and come in all sorts of shades of yellows, deep reds and copper.
If you want to flatter your bridesmaid’s looks (and of course you do) then dressing them in different colours to suit their individual complexions is the way to go and an autumn wedding day lets you do exactly that. Put one girl in a burnt orange, another in an earthy brown shade, maybe another in a deep berry red. Put fabrics of the colours you’re keen on next to each girl’s face to see what suits best and don’t forget to mismatch the necklines too.
You might like to think about Lana Del Ray style flower crowns for your bridesmaids. Decked with berries and autumn flowers, they could look absolutely spectacular as they walk down the aisle behind you. And if you’re not keen on wearing a tiara, then it’s a look you could copy too if you wanted.
One tip though, you’ll need to have a hairdresser to hand to readjust your hair (and that of your bridesmaids) so that it looks perfectly polished after you take off the flower crowns which you’ll probably want to do for dancing later.
Autumn wedding weather
In the UK, we’re often blessed with an Indian summer in September and October, with warm sunny days, yet another reason to plan an autumn wedding day. In the evenings, it can be chilly at that time of year, so have some autumnal coloured blankets on hand for guests to snuggle over knees and around shoulders.
You could have a fire pit outside for guests to sit around as the sun goes down (autumn sunsets can be spectacular), watching the sun sink between the coloured leaves.
Your tables and your food
Of course you’ll want your wedding stationery and your wedding tables to reflect the colours of the theme you’ve chosen.
There are so many ways of doing this as we show in the image below.
And as for your food, think about what’s in season at that time. You could serve butternut squash soup; apple pies etc. talk to your caterer about what is local and available. You’ll be saving money on your menu that way as well as sticking to your green credentials as local seasonal food is always going to be less expensive (and probably fresher) than anything imported.
Continue your theme from the moment you get married by giving out cones with autumn-coloured confetti. This could be in beautiful shades of rich plum, burnt ochre and yellows. It certainly makes a change from pink and white petals and your guests will notice your attention to detail here.
Plenty of ideas
As you can see, there are plenty of ideas should you choose to have an autumn wedding, it’s a season that’s simply bursting with inspiration and one that brides don’t always consider.
You may also find it easier to book your wedding last minute if you have an autumn wedding day for just that reason.
(Main image credit: Photography by You are My True via Wedding Chicks Blog)