Saturday, October 15, 2011

Autumn Weddings

It’s about this time every year that I start to get a little homesick: I miss the autumn leaves in Virginia, the brisk air, and curling up on the couch with apple cider. Fall in Seattle means green leaves and rain (of course). Autumn is full of rustic colors and invites warm food and company. Although fall weddings (or weddings of any other season) are most likely to feature classic wedding elements, autumn weddings are absolutely gorgeous and can inspire such beautiful events. Check out these decoration, dress, and dinner ideas for fall-themed weddings.
The Dress: For an outside wedding, or just to keep warm in the crisp air, cover-ups are great accessories that add to the ensemble. Lace cover-ups, like the one pictured (available at David’s Bridal), add layers without hiding the wedding dress. 


Flowers: Fall welcomes a variety of gorgeous flowers into bloom, which are usually accented in seasonal bouquets with maple leaves and other fall foliage. Choosing flowers popular during this season will save on cost since they will be more accessible and locally available than those that would need to be imported. Flowers popular in autumn include dahlias, sunflowers, gerbera daisies, chrysanthemums, roses, and many more (fall is the primary harvest season for flowers in the northern hemisphere[1]). 


Decoration: Wedding color palettes can reflect the gorgeous autumn colors present in an outside setting. Popular colors include red, orange, yellow, brown, and purple. Due to most fall themes being related to the outdoors, rustic tones suit autumn weddings. Decoration can include wood (bark, pinecones, acorns), flowers, leaves, or fresh fruit, but can also bring in rustic pieces like antiques, candles, and DIY pieces for a homemade feel.


Dinner: The warm, rustic flavors of fall can easily be translated into appetizers and dinner for your guests. Pumpkin soup, roasted turkey, brussels sprouts, or other classic comfort food would be well welcomed by guests.


Drinks: Apple cider, eggnog, or hot chocolate are so wonderful to have at an event or at home on the couch. Drinks can be served as nonalcoholic options, or can be enhanced by brandy, rum, or Baileys (respectively). 


The Cake: Autumn wedding cakes can be decorated with fall-themed embellishments, including maple leaves (as pictured), berries, bark, or acorns. Since brown is such a featured neutral in autumn weddings, it’s a perfect opportunity to feature a chocolate cake.
Favors: Wedding favors are always fun to play around with, and with so many types of sweet treats being associated with the season, there are a great deal of options when it comes to autumn favors. Some edible favor ideas include maple candy, caramel popcorn, flavored honey, or caramel apples. 


Bottom Line: Autumn is the perfect time of year for a wedding, and it bears so many fresh options for decoration, food, and more. Brides can save a bundle by buying seasonal flowers and foods to serve to guests, and can easily create a warm and welcoming atmosphere by providing classic autumn food and drinks. If you’re having an autumn wedding, or you know someone who is, then have fun in the planning stages! Feel free to take advantage of the beautiful and abundant resources that this gorgeous season has to offer.

*Photos courtesy of The Knot

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