According to the popular wedding website The Knot, four out of the five most popular wedding dates for last year’s 2017 were in autumn. September and October are great months for getting married! Not only are you less likely to run into weather issues, but you also get to take advantage of beautiful fall foliage for your photos and wedding decor.
Are you planning a fall wedding for this upcoming year? Here are a few important things to keep in mind.
Plan for the Weather
Outdoor weddings in early fall aren’t that unusual—it can be a great time to enjoy the natural scenery without sweating in a fancy jacket or dry-clean only dress. Fall weather can be unpredictable, though. Think about leaving a small throw blanket on each seat, and consider how charming it could look if all your bridesmaids have matching pashmina shawls. Another cute idea? Have a hot cocoa station waiting for your guests at the reception for a quick warm-up solution.
Make Use of Seasonal Decor
Pastels and springtime florals don’t lend themselves as well to autumn as rich hues of burgundy, ochre, and pumpkin orange. Make the most of fall’s incredible palette and incorporate seasonal decor into your wedding reception. Obvious examples include using gourds in lieu of flowers as centerpieces and opting for caramel apple-scented candles, but why not get even more creative? Have the flower girl throw colorful leaves instead of petals, and opt for bales of hay (covered with a soft cloth to prevent poking) that will serve as chic sitting areas at the reception.
It’s Hard to Say No to Apple Pie
The menu is a great place to fully explore the theme of fall. Many brides are exploring alternatives to the traditional wedding cake—why not have wedding pies? Apple, pumpkin, and peach are sure to be a hit. As for dinner, turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes are sure to be a home run. Additionally, here is the list of approved vendors we like to recommend to those considering using Exchange Hall!
Bottoms Up: Pumpkin Pie Sangria
Choosing a few signature drink mixes for your wedding reception can ensure your guests get their drinks quickly, while also adding a memorable touch to the evening. Drinks like pumpkin pie sangria, caramel apple mimosas, and cranberry sauce mimosas will have everyone saying your autumn wedding is unbe”leaf”able!
How will you take advantage of autumn for your wedding reception? Talk to the event experts at Exchange Hall for more ideas. They have plenty of experience—give them a call to see how their venue can be transformed for fall.