1/ Embrace nature
Images by Emily Delamater Photography
If a single motif captures the spirit of autumn it’s the glorious array of golds and reds in changing leaves. If your wedding will take place outdoors, make the most of the stunning natural hues as a backdrop for your ceremony or for some romantic photo opportunities.
Bring the autumn leaves centre stage by using them decoratively – as place cards, part of floral arrangements, even as a natural alternative to confetti! Or think bigger than leaves alone and evoke a rustic forest theme, using an array of greenery alongside autumnal tones and bringing other natural elements like pinecones, berries or bare tree bark into the mix.
Autumn is also closely associated with fruit and vegetables like pumpkins, squash, pomegranates, apples and pears. These can add that fall flavour to floral décor, be used as standalone décor or as a motif for stationery.
2/ Rich tones
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Use colour to infuse your wedding with the warmth of autumn tones. Deep jewel tones like emerald and burgundy can achieve a weightier look that serve to separate the autumn wedding from the pale pastels of spring and the brighter hues of summer, but burnt orange, ochre and gold are also quintessentially autumnal shades.
3/ Stay warm in style
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Keeping warm on your wedding day is a practical concern first and foremost, but it can also be a great opportunity to introduce beautifully cosy fabrics and weatherproof style to the proceedings. For your bridal style (and your bridesmaids), think about wraps, capes or other warm layers. You may also want to consider warmer footwear like some ankle boots (or even some cute gumboots if there’ll be mud) and of course umbrellas if rain is forecast. The groomsmen may also benefit from a warm coat and sturdy shoes, depending on the weather!
4/ Make it cosy
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If your guests will be outside for any part of the day, or the venue won’t have adequate heating, be sure to consider everyone else’s comfort and cosiness too! Depending on the situation, you may want to consider hiring heaters or setting up an autumnal-style campfire or bonfire to provide additional warmth. Otherwise, supplying plenty of warm blankets is a simple solution for keeping everyone snug and toasty.
Keep a cosy ambience in the forefront of your mind when thinking about décor too. Consider creating golden light with clusters of candles or lanterns, even jack-o-lanterns!
5/ Warming drinks
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There’s something so gratifying about having a warm mug to cradle in chilly fingers. Counter the temperature drop with staples like cocoa or tea along with hot alcoholic beverages like cider or bourbon hot toddies. Alternatively, indulge guests with autumnal flavours through chilled cocktails like spiced sangria, caramel apple mimosas and pumpkin spice White Russians.
6/ Comfort food
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Keep your menu seasonal and fill it with hearty fare and a sprinkling of classic autumn ingredients. For savoury dishes, think warming vegetable soups (these look particularly impressive served in a hollowed out pumpkin or squash!) and heavier meats like lamb or pork with roast vegetables. For something sweeter, try miniature fruit pies or tarts and an array of treats featuring pumpkin, apples, cinnamon and other spices. To top it all off, toffee or caramel apples are the perfect autumnal wedding favour!