The Autumn Bride : 5 Fall Wedding Ideas
It’s easy to automatically think pumpkin the fall arrives—just take a quick peek around your grocery store and coffee shop and you’ll see what we mean. While you can have a perfectly beautiful wedding incorporating these sweet orange gourds, you, the lucky bride of the autumn, have such a vast array of colors, textures, scents, and tastes to draw from. An autumn wedding can evoke and inspire the senses, making your wedding a memorable event for everyone who attends.
With the beautiful foliage of fall on display, why not put some of those leaves to work? Consider including a leaf imprint on your invitation to bring out your theme, or have your flower girl toss brightly colored leaves down your aisle—just make sure they’re fresh leaves, not the brittle, older kind—better yet, use silk.
Fall brings gold, amber, crimson, and chestnut to our eyes, so why not dress your bridesmaids for the season by using all the colors of fall in your wedding party? Having each bridesmaid wear a separate fall color and then carrying a beautiful bouquet of sunflowers or chrysanthemums will set the stage, which you can later replicate when styling your reception tables.
Barn weddings have gotten popular, and there’s no sign that it’s slowing down: the spaces are rustic and charming, and are made warm by the glow of candles and twinkle lights. If a barn wedding isn’t your style, you can still add a touch of rustic warmth by including natural-looking elements like leaves and wood into your colorful centerpieces.
Rethink your cocktail hour
When it comes to cocktail hour, guests usually think of an open bar with a signature cocktail. To put a fall-inspired, personalized spin on your cocktail hour, why not serve some caramel appletinis as your signature drink along with a mock-tail made of some kind of chai or cider base, served cold or warm depending on how late into the fall you’re getting married? Hard cider is always welcome at a cocktail hour, too
Serve a fall menu
The autumn offers the most delicious food of the year: it’s pure comfort food at its finest, with fresh produce still abounding before winter hits and the warming context of spices and flavors. The only question that remains is this: how do you dress up comfort food?
For a fun twist on a make-your-own bar, offer a mashed potato or a chili bar where guests pile on their favorite toppings. If you and your honey are big sports fans, you can also incorporate a wing station, assorted nuts in pretty cups, and craft beers for a fun take on game day at cocktail hour (the groom will probably really gun for this one, so keep it to yourself if you have any doubts about it!)