5 Things to Consider When Planning a Fall Wedding

When planning a fall wedding don’t be afraid to embrace the season and all its beauty! There is so much stunning color, foliage, and unique elements that are specific to fall only. Of course you want your wedding to transcend time and season, but these are the things to consider and incorporate if your special day falls in the autumn months.

Your Color Palette

Planning a fall wedding
Stationery and Photo by Momental Designs

“As Fall approaches, brides tend to be drawn to darker and warmer tones as the weather gets a little more crisp. I love incorporating color palettes into the design that will make guests feel cozy and warm and just at ease as they celebrate the couple,” says Kari Dirksen of Feathered Arrow.
Tyler Speier of Tyler Speier Events continues, “Incorporate rich tones into your bouquets, centerpieces, and other floral arrangements. If you keep a neutral color palette in your linens and other design elements, the rich pops of color will make your wedding feel seasonal, yet timeless and elegant”

Planning a fall wedding
Photography by Jodee Debes Photography, Event Design by LVL Weddings & Event, Floral Design by Heavenly Blooms, Rentals by Pretty Vintage Rentals, Venue by Walnut Grove

But color isn’t just for the flowers! NST Pictures recommends considering colored menswear. “In Anne Marie & Sean’s breathtaking wedding on Long Island, Sean took a chance on a dashing merlot suit from Holland & Sherry that complemented beautifully with the autumn greenery in the backdrop.”

In terms of which colors to use, Danielle Aspromatis of d’Luxe Events recommends  shades of oranges, burnt siennas, reds, and yellows! And Gina Jokilehto-Schigel of Shi Shi Events says “Jewel tones mixed with dusty neutrals create a rich, perfect for fall color palette.”

The Ceremony Backdrop

Susie Chappelear of Susie Marie Photography says “Create a gorgeous fall backdrop to stand under while you say your “I do’s!””

Gina Jokilehto-Schigel of Shi Shi Events recommends a decadent, candlelit ceremony backdrop. “It is perfect for late afternoon ceremonies when the golden hour starts earlier in the day.

Your Guests’ Comfort

Planning a fall wedding

Event Design by A Good Affair, Wedding & Event Production, Photo by Isaiah & Taylor Photography

Nora Sheils of Bridal Bliss says, “Don’t forget about your guests’ comfort! If it cools down at night, provide pashminas, blankets or send them off with hot cocoa. A clear tent can also be a gorgeous way to show off all the beautiful fall scenery, yet keep your guests warm and cozy. Plus, lighting looks drop dead gorgeous!

Seasonal specialty drinks are also a great way to keep guests warm. Danielle Aspromatis of d’Luxe Events recommends mulled cider, pumpkin spiced cocktails and hot toddies!

Embracing that Fall Scenery

 Planning a fall wedding
Event Design by Infinite Events, Photo by Ann Marie Swift

Danielle Aspromatis of d’Luxe Events says,Make sure you get outside and snap a few pictures that honor the changing leaves and those vibrant colors of the season.”

Susie Marie Photography echoes, “Sometimes, the scenery says it all. Take a quiet walk with your groom and enjoy your first moments as newlyweds.”

Using Unconventional Decor

Planning a fall wedding
Flowers & Design by LaFleur Plantscapes & Events, Photo by Elizabeth McDonnell Photography, featured on Inspired by This

Tyler Speier of Tyler Speier Events says “I love using brown pears, pomegranates, fresh apples, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and other seasonal fruits and herbs as accents on the tables while planning an autumnal wedding. Not only do these fruits naturally add beautiful, rich colors to your table, but they can also be taken after your wedding day to be enjoyed by guests or used at brunch the following day”
Karen Greenoe of Lily Greenthumb’s talks adding texture with fall decor. “Mixed woods and fabrics are so on trend right now for fall weddings! Add a ton of candlelight and some local blooms to create the perfect setting. There are also so many cool berries and plants you can mix in with your floral palate to create something uniquely yours that is perfect for the fall season!”
Planning a fall wedding
Event Design by A Charming Fête, Photo by Jason Thomas Crocker, Floral Design by Blooms by Plantscaping
“There is so much beautiful foliage in the fall. Its dramatic and wonderfully inexpensive–take advantage!” echoes Nora Sheils of Bridal Bliss

To create ambient lighting Valarie Falvey of Kirkbrides Wedding Planning & Design advises using lanterns. She says,Lanterns definitely play a role in a wedding infused with fall, as reminders of bonfires past. The warm lighting can completely change an atmosphere or venue into an amber-warmed autumn space.”

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