How to Plan an Incredible Autumn Wedding
Over the last few years couples have discovered the enormous appeal of marrying outside the traditional wedding season of May to August. I am just as likely to be asked to plan a wedding in January as I am in June or July, and it’s so much fun having different seasons to play with.
Autumn weddings are incredibly underrated. Not only can couples get to work with the best suppliers — who are often booked up years in advance for spring and summer weddings, but I can also usually negotiate a good discount due to it being off season, and the colours and textures of autumn are just so beautiful!
Autumn Wedding Venues
I always recommend couples sort their wedding venue before making any other decisions as the location will influence everything from their mode of transport to the style of wedding dress. Autumn days are chilly so look for a venue which feels cosy and welcoming with squashy sofas and an open fire for guests to relax by, which has a view of an autumn landscape, and which has lovely gardens or is near parkland for outdoor wedding photos.
Depending on your venue, you may be able to have a bonfire and sparklers to give lots of fun for your guests and great photo opportunities for your photographer.
Food and Drink
Catering for an autumn wedding costs less than a summer wedding, meaning you can create a generous menu even on a small budget. Hearty stews packed with flavour and an abundance of autumn harvest vegetables make catering a breeze. Have your guests greeted with mulled wine, or a locally brewed beer or cider, and save the sparkling white for the toasts. If you want to start with fizz, try a sparkling Shiraz or bold Lambrusco. Your guests will appreciate the variation from summer weddings.
Desserts can include pies, toffee apples, marshmallows for toasting, and stewed fruits with lusciously thick clotted cream infused with vanilla.
Mother Nature knows what she’s doing so look outdoors for inspiration for your colour scheme. Muted greens and purples, rich chocolate and toffee brown, luscious plum and burgundy, and burnt orange and yellow, all look sensational at an autumn wedding. While this palette looks fantastic in a rustic setting, adding gold to the mix makes it feel very sophisticated.
Bring the outdoors inside by incorporating twisted twigs and leaves into your flower arrangements. Shiny red apples and golden pears also work well, as do pinecones, nuts and pumpkins.
Faux-fur shrugs and capelets will keep you and your bridesmaids warm while still showing off your dress. You may also want to grab a pair of wedding wellies in case you need to walk across soft ground for your photos.
Finally, one of the best reasons to have an autumn wedding is the ability to hit hot spots south of the equator for your honeymoon. Get married with a bang then leave chilly weather for a warm beach in Australia, elephant trekking in Thailand, or a tour of New Zealand vineyards.
We have so many ideas about how to make your autumn wedding everything you could dream of and more, so contact us today.