Wedding tips and advice when it comes to planning a wedding in the autumn
Why Do We Love an Autumn Wedding?
Could there be a more beautiful season to get married than autumn? As the nights start to draw in and a crisp chill hangs in the air, gather together your closet family and friends for a cosy celebration.
You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing your floral arrangements. Take your inspiration from the rich and sumptuous reds, oranges and golds of the autumn leaves to create a warm and inviting ambience for your Ceremony and Wedding Breakfast.
Bathe your celebrations in soft candlelight to create a warm, intimate atmosphere. Autumnal weddings lend themselves best to rustic, barn style venues. Look for beams, low ceilings and open fireplaces to really make the most of the season. Autumn is also a lovely time of year to use fairy lights to decorate your chosen wedding venue, both inside and outside. You could wrap fairy lights around the beams in your ceremony room and line the aisle with candles in large coach lanterns or hurricane lamps. As the nights are drawing in and it will get dark earlier, you could also decorate any outside spaces at your venue with fairy lights and/or candles to make the best possible use of the space.
The best thing about an autumn wedding is the food and drink! Break with tradition and serve warm, spiced mulled wine or winter Pimms during your drinks reception instead of prosecco. Who wouldn’t look forward to a smooth, full-bodied glass of red wine and a hearty portion of pie and mash or slow braised beef followed by apple and blackberry crumble on a chilly autumn evening? Autumn really is the perfect time of year to serve all of the delicious, crowd-pleasing dishes that your guests, young and old, will love.
An autumn wedding also takes the pressure off the weather being such an important part of your day. If you are not expecting glorious sunshine, then you won’t be disappointed if you don’t get it; but on the other hand, if you do get lucky with some hazy autumnal sunshine, it will be an unexpected bonus! You can still get some gorgeous weather in September and October and autumn weddings tend to be more reasonably priced and less booked up than weddings in July and August. By autumn a relentless, frantic summer of weddings will have come to an end and everyone will be in a calmer, more relaxed frame of mind. With the excitement and anticipation of Christmas just around the corner, give your family and friends something to look forward to before the long, hard winter months take hold.
Colour Scheme Ideas for an Autumn Wedding
When planning your autumn wedding, consider choosing gorgeous colour scheme combinations for your bridesmaids, bridal bouquet and when it comes to decorating your wedding venue. Our top five autumnal colour schemes are listed below:
- Chocolate brown and ivory
- Gold and mandarin
- Rouge and rich cream
- Aubergine and sage
- Navy blue and ivory
Floral Ideas for an Autumn Wedding
When it comes to choosing your wedding flowers during the autumn months, you’ll have lots to choose from. Consider a lavish bouquet of roses or a rustic bouquet featuring orange orchids hand-tied with a hessian bow. Ivory blooms combined with dark peach with a touch of lilac could look sensational, as could a pretty posy of dark reds, pinks and perhaps a berry or two. Speak to your wedding florist well in advance when it comes to choosing the perfect flowers for your autumnal bridal bouquet.
Celebrity Couples Who Got Married in the Autumn
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi – 16th August
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze, Jr. – 1st September
John Travolta and Kelly Preston – 12th September
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen – 14th September
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin – 27th September
Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman – 29th September
Meryl Streep and Don Gummer – 30th September
Jack Osbourne and Lisa Stelly – 7th October
Seth Rogan and Lauren Miller – 2nd October
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel – 19th October
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones – 18th November
Jennifer Love Hewitt – 21st November
Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello – 22nd November