How To Have A Heavenly Autumn Wedding
Gone are the days when Summer was the only time to get married. Now, modern couples are opting to marry in all seasons, and Autumn is top on their list.
An Autumn wedding is truly dreamlike, with warm cosey lighting and an abundance of glorious autumnal colours to melt your hearts. That’s why we’ve focussed this week’s blog on all things rustic, colourful, rich, and golden.
Read on to discover our top tips on how to have a heavenly Autumn wedding.
Flowers and Wedding Décor
When planning an Autumn wedding you should definitely include the flowers and colours of the season. So, for colours think deep reds, browns, burnt oranges, purples and bright yellows.
When considering your flowers, think antique roses, dried ferns, viburnum, manuka, carnations, foxgloves, astilbe, and eucalyptus. These will look amazing in Autumn bouquets and as part of the surrounding décor.
TIP: Mix up fresh flowers with dried flowers and feathers, whether that’s in the form of a flower wall or arch, wreaths or centrepiece, this idea will look extremely effective.
We have some fabulous florist on our site, who are incredibly creative and diverse. They would be more than happy to discuss seasonal flowers and autumn colours with you. Check them out here https://bit.ly/3tRTRZA.
When thinking about your décor, consider including trees around the edges of your chosen venue. You can hire fake autumnal-style trees with gorgeous autumnal colours, and then entwine them with fairy lights (you can never have enough fairy lights!).
It’s Autumn, Halloween season, so pumpkins should be everywhere! Large, small, medium, they will look fantastic next to your aisle, or as a table number holder. You could even give your guests a pumpkin as a wedding favour.
When considering your table decorations, you could use anything from pinecones, dried fruits such as oranges, leaves, pinecones, height pillar candles, lanterns, and moss.
These will work beautiful coupled together and will also look great as neighbouring decor display.
Wedding Themes and Topics For An Autumn Wedding
There are various themes you could go for when considering an autumn wedding and there are some we LOVE over others; vintage, botanical, boho and celestial.
You could also opt for a Halloween themed wedding, which would be great if you wanted a more gothic, spookier feel. This could include using a rustic barn as your venue, and an evening candle-lit ceremony.
Games could include bobbing apples, and guest could be given the option to dress up! You could even opt for a costume! It’s your day! Why the, ‘hell,’ not!
A forest, woodland themed wedding would be lovely. You don’t have to have it outside, you could recreate this inside and use lots of candles, leaves, ferns, acorns, logs, branches, fake trees with lots and lots of fairy lights hugging the areas.
Image: THE COMPASSES AT PATTISWICK
When considering your venue, do your research. You should be thinking cosey, warm and rustic. Look for places that are big on natural materials such as wood, beams, open fireplaces. Consider a wooden barn or a converted farmhouse with fields and woodland around.
The Hare's Field in Wethersfield would be the perfect spot for an Autumn wedding. It is a charmingly unique venue with outstanding views of the surrounding countryside in Braintree.
Their barn has been restored with great care and offers a delightful space for weddings of up to 60 people. The venue is also set within private grounds and has a gorgeous courtyard which is ideal for welcome drinks such as hot cider or mulled wine.
Another perfect option for an autumn wedding venue, would be The Waltham Barns at Little Channels, a superbly restored mid- 19th century working farm complex.
If you are looking for a later ceremony, to tie in with the warm cosey feel of an Autumn wedding, Little Channels can offer just this with its later afternoon wedding packages and offerings.
Check out our list of our other venues to suit an autumnal theme, here https://bit.ly/3sOIO2v . We believe these spots are ideal for your heavenly autumn wedding.
Food And Drink
When it comes to tasty treats and drink, think apple cider, mulled wine (it’s not just for Christmas time!) hot chocolate, pumpkin soup, toffee apples, popcorn, and gingerbread (nom, nom!).
TIP: Why not speak to a mobile bar such as Beyond Bar Hire and ask them if they will serve mulled cider instead of prosecco as a welcome drink to keep guest warm as they wait.
When considering your meal, the cooler weather means that hearty dishes will be well and truly welcomed. Sept - Nov is all about cosiness, and that means hot food and drink which you’ll want to reflect in your wedding menu.
Think pumpkin or root vegetable soup to start, pie options, traditional roasts with huge Yorkshire puds and gravy for mains.
Desserts should be just as comforting. Why not finish with a hot apple and cinnamon crumble, or sticky toffee pudding and custard.
If you are having an evening super, opt for a chilli con carne, hot lasagne, hog roast, woodfire pizza or fish ’n’ chips.
Check out our list of delicious caterers who would be more than happy to discuss an autumnal menu with you.
Why don’t you delight your wedding guest and include some signature autumn cocktails to your day? Think seasonal ingredients such as orange, apple, pumpkin, and warming spices such as ginger and cinnamon.
You could opt for a bramble, sloe gin cocktail, hot cider or a fig old fashioned (see image below) – a hugely popular autumn drink that Harbour & Coupe creates.
To end your rustic, colourfully, rich day, a fireworks display would be ideal. If you’re venue can’t do a big outdoor display, ask them if they would be happy for a sparkler finale instead, as a magical send-off.
So, there you have it, lots of autumn ideas for your warm and cosey wedding.
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