It is officially September and Fall is right around the corner. And Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. The temperatures are coolers, the leaves are changing colors, and pumpkin spice foods and drinks are everywhere. If I’m speaking your language, then a Fall wedding may be perfect for you. And today’s post is all about Fall weddings. I’ll be giving you the skinny on planning a fall wedding, including the pros and cons, as well as what is in style and what is in fashion. Let’s dive in!
Pros & Cons of a Fall Wedding
There are lots of advantages to fall weddings:
- Gorgeous foliage: The shades of red, yellow, and orange are everywhere and make a beautiful backdrop for photos.
- Cooler weather: The cooler temperatures of the Fall are so welcome after the scorching Sacramento summers. Yet it’s still warm enough to get married outdoors if you wish.
- Seasonally-inspired décor and catering options: With leaves changing colors and a whole new variety of florals and produce coming into season, there are lots of seasonally-inspired décor and catering options.
- Off-season benefits: As we head into Fall, the peak wedding season is coming to a close. This means it may be easier to book your venue on your desired date, get your first choice in wedding professionals, and possibly score some off-season discounts too.
However, there are some disadvantages to be aware of when it comes to fall weddings:
- Inclement weather: While the weather is still generally warm at the beginning of Fall, it can become unpredictable as it gets closer to Winter. The temperatures can drop pretty low at night time. And the rain typically starts in the last half of October. You’ll need to make sure you have a plan in place for keeping your guests warm, dry, and comfortable at your Fall wedding.
- Daylight Savings Time ends: When Daylight Savings Time ends, the sun sets much earlier. This means you may need to adjust the start time of your wedding ceremony, as well as your photos.
- Football season: Football season starts in the Fall, with college games on Saturdays and NFL games on Sundays. And if you have guests who are die-hard football fans, they may be disappointed if your big day was the same day as a big game.
- Holidays: There are lots of holidays during the fall, including Halloween, Veteran’s Day, and Thanksgiving. And this could potentially cause conflicts with your desired wedding date. Whether you want to host a wedding on a holiday weekend is up to you, but in general, you’ll probably want to steer clear of major holidays like Thanksgiving.
What’s in Style for Fall Weddings?
As we move into the Fall season, we start to see new wedding styles and trends emerge. Especially in the area of wedding décor and wedding day attire.
Fall Wedding Color Palettes
One of the best things about Fall weddings is the color palettes. Many weddings feature a color palette matching the changing foliage of the season. So, color palettes including deep reds, oranges, and browns are always popular. However, you don’t have to go strictly with the “fall foliage” color palette. You can incorporate other colors to make your color palette more special and one-of-a-kind. For example, you could incorporate gold or copper to the color palette to add a little glam. Or you could add a deep plum or an emerald green to the color palette to add elegance. Another option is adding some neutral colors to the palette, like champagne, cream, or a slate gray.
Fall Wedding Attire
Since the weather is cooler in the Fall, don’t forget to consider attire that will keep you and your bridal party warm on the wedding day. For you and your bridesmaids, choose dresses that are made with heavier fabrics and consider long sleeves. If you don’t like the look of long sleeve dresses, you could add bolero jackets or pashminas instead. For the Groom and groomsmen, go for the traditional tuxedo or suit to keep them warm and toasty.
As far as colors for your wedding day attire, there are lots of options available. For a 2020 Fall wedding, bridesmaid dresses in deep jewel tones like burgundy, navy blue, and emerald green are great choices. Metallics, like gold or copper, are also lovely choices for bridesmaid dresses for Fall weddings. And for your Groom and groomsmen, navy blue and gray are popular choices that work well for a Fall wedding.
What’s in Season for Fall Weddings?
A whole new variety of florals and produce comes into season in the Fall. Which is great if you have chosen Fall-inspired colors, décor, and food selections for your wedding.
Fall Wedding Florals
Some flowers bloom all year, but there are some flowers that only bloom in the fall that would be perfect for your Fall wedding. Some of my favorite fall florals that are perfect for a Fall wedding are:
- Dahlias: The deep burgundy variety of dahlias complement the Fall season very well and would look amazing in your bridal bouquet.
- Garden roses: Garden roses are the perfect alternative to peonies in the Fall.
- Marigolds: Marigolds come in shades of gold, orange, and red, are the perfect match for a fall foliage color palette. These would look great in centerpieces and other floral arrangements.
- Anemones: Anemones would stand out beautifully in your bridal bouquet due to their dark black centers.
- Sunflowers: Sunflowers are a beautiful shade of yellow, which will add a touch of sunshine to your Fall wedding celebration.
- Protea: These exotic flowers come in shades of red and orange and are the perfect addition for a one-of-a-kind bridal bouquet.
And to add texture to your Fall bridal bouquet and floral arrangements, incorporate some autumn leaves, seasonal berries, and acorns.
Fall Wedding Food & Drink
Many vegetables and fruits grow in abundance in the Fall and can be incorporated into your wedding menu. Some popular produce options for weddings are:
- Sweet Potatoes
With so many options available, your caterer can get really creative with your wedding menu. Imagine eating some butternut squash soup from a hollowed-out mini pumpkin, followed by a salad topped with apples, pears, or cranberries. I’ve also seen full-on Thanksgiving type buffets with all the traditional fixings, from turkey to stuffing to mashed potatoes and gravy.
And there are also tons of options for desserts and sweet treats for Fall weddings too. If you are planning to serve wedding cake, rustic-style cakes are perfect for the Fall. You could go for a cake with “rough” buttercream frosting, or go for a naked cake with no frosting. Both look great decorated with Fall fruits like figs and berries. You could also do a dessert table and serve a variety of seasonal pies, cinnamon donuts, and candied apples. And for drinks, apple cider with cinnamon stick stirrers are always a hit at Fall weddings.
Fall is a great season for a wedding. There is an abundance of options available for Fall weddings, including attire, florals, and foods, that make for a modern and one-of-a-kind wedding. And the weather is typically great for a wedding in the Fall as well.
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