Planning a Fall Wedding? Here’s All You Need to Know

fall-weddingAs your wedding approaches, you may be feeling overwhelmed with major decisions. Luckily, you’re getting married at a time of the year when natural beauty is everywhere. These tips will help you take full advantage of the strengths of the fall season, and also address the concerns associated with getting married during this time of year.

Picking the Setting

You’ll be hosting an outdoor wedding at a time of year when the leaves are turning and the sky may be gray and moody. Pick a setting that will work with this type of atmosphere and beauty. Natural settings like farms, parks, and wooded areas are perfect for fall weddings, because of the presence and abundance of natural beauty.

Choosing the Colors

Autumn’s colors are bittersweet in their own way: deep reds, burnt oranges, fiery lemon yellows, gentle browns, and gray-greens. Although you are in no way obligated to pick these colors for your ceremony, to successfully host an outdoor wedding, you’ll want to pick colors that coordinate with the hues found in the environment at that time of year. An appropriate palette will be bold and rich.

If you’re having a hard time picking the right color scheme for your website, check out some of the online tools dedicated to helping you with this process. This blog has compiled some of the most useful online color palette generators.

Decor

Select decor found in nature–preferably from your own wedding site–to decorate the ceremony and following reception. This will tie together the spirit of the season with your own outdoor wedding.

  • Seasonal flowers
  • Twigs
  • Nuts
  • Berries
  • Dried grasses
  • Pumpkins, squash

These elements can be incorporated into the ceremony at any point, including the bridal and bridesmaids’ bouquets, centerpieces, buffet tables, the wedding arch, and even in the bride’s hair.

Logistics

You can spend months planning the perfect wedding, but without addressing these important concerns, everything could still fall apart.

Weather Considerations

Obviously, anything can happen at an outdoor wedding. At this time of the year, the weather could be sweltering or freezing, windy or calm. The location at which you decide to host the wedding will also play a factor. Prepare your guests by telling them to wear layers, and remind them of the natural high and low temperatures at that time of year. Have a backup plan in case it snows or rains.

Calendar Concerns

There are a lot of holidays on the calendar between Labor Day and Thanksgiving! Pick your weekend and book your venue well ahead of time to avoid a time conflict with one of the major secular or Jewish holidays. Check out this page, where the Knot has posted dates to avoid on the calendar.

Restrooms

Outdoor weddings stop being fun when there’s nowhere to go to the bathroom. Check out the facilities ahead of time, and if necessary, book a portable toilet and sink, or a restroom trailer.

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