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If there’s one thing we learned from Princess Eugenie’s wedding, it’s how to style an autumn wedding to perfection.

From the moment we saw the beautiful Rob Van Helden flowers lining the stairs going up towards the door of St George’s Chapel, we knew that this was going to be a master class in seasonal styling. Her florist had certainly created a stunning entrance for her – if you have a staircase at the entrance to your venue it’s definitely an area you should decorate.

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Autumn wedding theming

When we heard that Eugenie was going to get married in October, we instantly started looking forward to seeing which seasonal flowers and decor were going to be featured.

autumn wedding inspiration

A beautiful autumn wedding created by one of our stylists with incredible florals by Millies Floral Boutique

This wedding had splashes of trending autumnal colours throughout it! Golds, burgundies, forest greens… and yet the colours were slightly muted. There were also pale pinks on display to soften the effect and harvest-time sheaves of wheat.

 

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The foliage lining the steps to St George’s Chapel in Windsor set the scene perfectly, a real fairytale walkway for the princess.

 

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Eugenie then carried on her theme through to her wedding cake, with autumn-inspired leaves and decorations trailing down the tiers. It was a red velvet and chocolate flavour apparently – no traditional fruit cake for Eugenie and Jack! One other trend we like is having different flavours for each layer of a wedding cake.

 

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What about the guests…

Again rich colours were the order of the day here, with many of the guests opting for vibrant shades. We had the mother of the bride, the Duchess of York, in a rich emerald green embellished with gold. Then her sister, Princess Beatrice in a seasonal purple. The Duchess of Cambridge kept the jewel colour theme going by wearing a beautiful fuchsia dress.

Oh and on the subject of guests, we wonder if anyone is going to take a leaf out of Cara Delevigne’s look and rock up to a wedding in top hat and tails. Maybe only a supermodel can carry off that look!

Brocade and lace chair covers

Wedding styled by one of our stylists at the Carlton Towers in York. These damask chair covers finished with lace back create a really opulent, luxurious look that echo the bride’s gown.

And the bride?

We predict that by choosing a print on her dress, Eugenie is going to kick off another major trend. The Duchess of Cambridge did it when she had a lace bodice on her wedding dress. Lace then had a real moment that lasted the next few years (in fact it’s still going on now). But by choosing figured satin and detail, Eugenie stamped her dress with her own taste.

Figured satin, brocade and embellishments are set to come right back in style and it’s a theme you can take from your wedding gown through to your wedding reception.

 

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Like her cousins the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex, Eugenie changed into a different gown for the evening celebrations, opting for a glamorous blush pink number.

This is happening more and more at weddings these days and it’s a great idea. Pick a dress you love for the evening and you’ll likely wear it again at formal parties.

In addition, a traditional wedding dress isn’t always a gown that you’ll feel happy dancing in. You may feel more relaxed for the evening celebration if you can change into something else and set a different style tempo.

No plastic

Eugenie showed her sustainable credentials by announcing early on that she was going to have a plastic-free wedding. Given her public profile this was a fantastic statement to make and one that brides are going to give serious consideration to.

Autumn wedding colours

More rich jewel colours here in a wedding created by one of our stylists. Deep purple works beautifully at an autumn wedding because it echoes the colours of the berries you’ll see in hedgerows.

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