Autumn Weddings

9 Nov

Firstly, let´s get a few autumn wedding myths out the way before we start. Just because you celebrate your big event in autumn, that doesn´t mean that you have to use leaf-hues for  your wedding,  some couples tend to rely too heavily on these and other earth tones. Consider other rich and glamorous hues that fit this time of year like plum and aubergine combined with shades of cream and blush, or classic navy blue paired with a glam shade of gold. If you have your heart set on brown, try mocha or cappuccino hues rather than chocolate, which combine beautifully with black, cream, and even red.  You can use any color you fancy, even bright electric colours or baby pastels, as long as you combine it with a darker hue to create balance. I love Tiffany blue with mocha, hot pink with charcoal gray, bright pink with chocolate and  or fuchsia.

You shouldn’t feel obligated to dress your bridesmaids in heavy fabric just because of the season either. Lightweight fabrics like silk will look perfectly appropriate, remember, it’s more important to choose a fabric that flatters everyone’s figures and a color that will complement their complexions. Rust, aubergine, and deep green are widely flattering shades or go for a totally original look with pale gold dresses accented with sashes or flowers in mango or fuchsia.

You don´t have to forsake your dream of holding a wedding outside just because winter is closing in either. With enough patio heaters, you can hold the ceremony, cocktail hour, and possibly even the reception outdoors regardless of the temperature, however, you may want to retreat inside for dancing and dessert after the sun sets and you should let your guests know on the invitations so they bring jackets and wraps.

Bearing all this mind, there are lots of ways to incorporate this lovely season into your big day. Let´s start with the tables;

–          Napkins are a clever place to work in seasonal accents. Tie them with a piece of crab apple or use wooden napkins rings with gold finishes.

–          Tablecloths and napkins in tactile materials like quilted or ruched silk, linen and velvet look and feel fantastic.

–          Try onyx crystal goblets or vases filled with seasonal flowers, fruits and dry leaves for your centerpieces.

–          Another great idea for your centerpieces are brightly hued candles that coordinate with your wedding’s palette, spray-paint wooden candle holders of varying heights to match them.


Add a little autumn to your menu:

–          During cocktail hour, when there is nip in the air, it is nice to serve a warm drink along with the traditional offerings. Consider a mulled cranberry cider or spiced wine.

–          For the hors d’oeuvres, try smoked sausages with a variety of mustards, cheese puffs with pate such as wild mushroom and walnut or a fish mousse, a selection of cheeses with different types of crackers or a hearty, warming soup such as pumpkin and chestnut, curried butternut or  celery and potato.

–          For the main course go for something different like pot pies filled with chicken and fall vegetables such as carrots, turnips, onions, and leeks. Or go for meats glazed with cider or honey such as roast pork loin or Guinea hen accompanied with roasted root vegetables, braised red cabbage with apples and bacon, or wild rice with pecans . A nice vegetarian option could be ravioli or manicotti stuffed with butternut squash and spinach, with a sage-walnut cream sauce or mushroom risotto.

–          A bread basket accompanied by herbed butters is a lovely addition to the table. Go for breads such as rye, walnut-whole wheat, or jalepeno-cheddar corn bread.

–          For dessert try apple pie, pumpkin tarts, cheesecakes or gooey brownies. Another brilliant idea is to have a ginormous chocolate fondue to dip pieces of fruit in 🙂

–          For the cake go for a deeper, different flavor like ginger, carrot, caramel or applesauce. These pair beautifully with cream cheese frosting. Decorate the cake with flowers or fruit that herald the season. Dahlias in rich hues such as burgundy, red, orange and yellow,  sunflowers, crab apples, pears, and grapes will look great on top of the cake. An alternative is rich chocolate cake with orange icing.


Give out seasonal gifts to your guests such as:

–          Salted caramel apples. Add wood twigs to tiny apples, dip the fruits in caramel, and roll them in sea salt

–          Wrap seasonal fruit in tissue paper with your names printed on for a sweet and healthy gift for guests.

–          Chocolate is always a favorite favor, consider chocolates in the shapes of maple leaves and acorns.

–          Miniature pots of seasonal jam with your names on are will wow your guests.

–          Little bars of apple, cranberry and pumpkin soap wrapped in ribbon would look so cute!


Pick the flowers to match the season:

–          Late-season aubergine dahlias with white-tipped petals will look lovely in your hands as you walk up the aisle.

–          Try a combination of white and orange roses tied with a velvet bow.

–          Decorate the church with dried grass, wheat, dried leaves and thick satin ribbons.

Autumn weddings can be so much fun and as the weather tends to be nice, they are a very popular choice. I hope these ideas give you inspiration with yours! 🙂

3 Responses to “Autumn Weddings”

  1. karen cleary November 10, 2011 at 14:02 #

    Great ideas! Never really considered an Autumn wedding. Before but may well do now, if we ever get around to it 🙂

    • bodastory November 10, 2011 at 16:06 #

      Thanks Karen! I hope you get round to it soon 🙂

  2. jill campbell (@jilly2009) November 12, 2011 at 14:16 #

    outstanding blog really really helpful

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