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Hi, loves! It’s August, and while there is plenty of summer left, fall is right around the corner! Falling leaves, changing colors, sweaters, jeans, boots, plaid shirts, cider, donuts… you know, some of the best things in life. Whether you’re planning a fall wedding and need a few last-minute ideas or you’re planning one for next year, this post has ten key tips you’ll need. Read on to see our ten best tips for planning a fall wedding!
Fall Wedding Tips
1. Use seasonal stationery.
When planning a fall wedding, kick off the theme from the start with save the date cards and invitations.
2. Keep guests warm (and yourself).
It might be freezing outside… prepare accordingly! Offer throw blankets for guests to borrow, a pashminafor each bridesmaid, and a hot cocoa (see number 33) / coffee warming station to keep guests cozy.
P.S. Bride: wear a cardigan for a pop of color + much needed coziness. (Love that shade of red? I found one!)
3. Use nature’s backdrop to your advantage.
Don’t miss out on the changing colors that surround you. When you’re planning a fall wedding, don’t forget to fully embrace the backdrop provided by nature by taking plenty of wedding photos outdoors.
4. Share fall foods + beverages.
I already mentioned hot cocoa and coffee (don’t forget this), but seasonal teas, hot or cold apple cider, donuts, candy apples, and pies are all part of the fall fare. Oh, and pumpkin cream cheese muffins? Yeah, put that as number one on the list. (See it here in number 5). Try these fall desserts for weddings, too.
5. Tie in seasonal decor.
Use gourds, pumpkins, and corn stalks when decorating; seat guests on hay bales (covered in blankets). Decorate with fall themed centerpieces. Sprinkle colorful leaves down the aisle in lieu of rose petals; carry a bouquet of wildflowers or wheat in lieu of traditional flowers. (Learn how to preserve leaves for use throughout your event.)
And these maple leaf place card holders by White Tulip Boutique:
Oh, and caramel apples as favors = awesome.
6. Dress bridesmaids in rich hues.
Pops of red, brown, orange, or gold are a few colors to consider when planning a fall wedding. This dress is one of my favorites:
7. Serve a thanksgiving-style rehearsal dinner.
Serve turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, stuffing, corn, and all the fixin’s for a traditional Thanksgiving-style meal for your rehearsal dinner. Don’t forget to top it off with apple pie.
8. Have a cozy place for guests to gather.
Getting married outdoors? Make sure there’s a place for guests to gather afterward – likely, your reception space – that provides warmth for guests. Fall weather is unpredictable, and a cold forecast means guests might not stay as long if they’re uncomfortably chilly.
9. Give themed gifts.
Or cool painted shoes, like these for groomsmen by BStreet Shoes:
10. Give fall themed favors to guests.