There’s something undeniably romantic about the crisp air, vibrant foliage, and warm colors of fall. If you’re planning a wedding during this enchanting season, you’re in for a treat! Fall weddings offer a unique opportunity to infuse the magic of autumn into every aspect of your celebration. To help you make the most of this beautiful season, here are some essential fall wedding tips if you’re planning a fall wedding!
1. Choose the Perfect Venue
Fall provides a stunning backdrop with its changing leaves and cozy atmosphere. Consider outdoor venues like parks, gardens, or vineyards for a natural and picturesque setting. Outdoor venues, especially in California, can offer amazing seasonal variety to your wedding day.
2. Embrace the Seasonal Colors
Incorporate the rich, warm hues of fall into your wedding color palette. Deep reds, oranges, burgundies, and earthy tones work beautifully for bridesmaids’ dresses, florals, and decor. These colors will complement the natural beauty of the season. Not to mention they feel warm and cozy which is perfect for the season!
3. Dress for the Weather
Fall weather can be unpredictable, so choose a wedding dress and attire for the bridal party that is appropriate for the temperature. Consider long-sleeve gowns, shawls, or wraps for added warmth and comfort. Velvet is a current trendy wedding texture and it goes amazing for a fall wedding in cooler weather.
4. Fall-Inspired Decor
Enhance your wedding decor with elements that capture the essence of fall. Decorate tables with pumpkins, gourds, and seasonal flowers like mums and dahlias. Incorporate candles or fairy lights to create a warm and cozy ambiance.
5. Seasonal Menu
Take advantage of the delicious fall harvest by incorporating seasonal ingredients into your menu. Consider dishes featuring apples, pears, butternut squash, and hearty soups. Don’t forget to offer warm beverages like apple cider or mulled wine for a cozy touch! Coffee or hot cocoa are perfect warm bevys for your guests to enjoy!
6. Weather Contingency Plan
Fall weather can be unpredictable, so it’s essential to have a backup plan for outdoor ceremonies or receptions. Renting a tent with sides or an indoor space nearby can ensure your celebration goes smoothly, rain or shine. You may also want to have blankets available if the weather forecasts show particularly cold weather incoming. And many rental companies offer heaters you can rent to keep any outdoor spaces a little warmer and take that cold edge off!
7. Consider Fall Flowers
Opt for seasonal flowers like sunflowers, chrysanthemums, and marigolds in your floral arrangements. These blooms add a rustic charm and a touch of autumn to your wedding decor.
8. Favors with a Seasonal Touch
Show your appreciation to guests with fall-themed wedding favors. Ideas include mini bottles of maple syrup, personalized cider mugs, or packets of pumpkin spice or gourmet hot chocolate.
9. Cozy Comforts
As the temperature drops in the evening, consider providing blankets or shawls for guests to stay warm during outdoor activities or while enjoying the fall foliage.
10. Plan for Early Sunset
This is an important one friends! Keep in mind that fall brings shorter days and earlier sunsets. Adjust your wedding timeline to ensure you have enough natural light for outdoor photos and activities.
If you’re an MHP Weddings couple, we’ll reach out to schedule a planning consult so we can coordinate the best times for your day to ensure optimal lighting during the parts of the day most important to you. We’d also love to be involved as you plan your ceremony start time so don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you’ve got questions.
11. Capture the Foliage
Make sure your wedding photographer captures the breathtaking fall foliage as a backdrop for your wedding photos. The vibrant colors will add a stunning and seasonal element to your pictures.
12. Seasonal Wedding Favors
Show your appreciation to guests with fall-themed wedding favors. Ideas include mini bottles of maple syrup, personalized cider mugs, pine cone ornaments or packets of pumpkin spice or gourmet hot chocolate.
That wraps up our fall wedding tips!
A fall wedding is an opportunity to embrace the beauty of the season and create lasting memories with your loved ones. With these tips in mind, your autumn celebration is sure to be a warm and enchanting affair, filled with the magic of fall. Happy wedding planning!