How to make the most of your autumn wedding
Autumn is a great time of year to get married and it’s easy to create a beautiful marquee wedding that you and your guests will love.
Summer may traditionally be the time of year for weddings, but more and more couples are choosing to hold their nuptials during the autumn. And it’s not difficult to understand why. Autumn is a beautiful time of year to tie the knot – with a bit of luck the weather should still be fairly agreeable and the turning leaves provide a stunning backdrop for any outdoor photographs.
When it comes to venues, marquee weddings are still hugely popular. They may take a little bit of extra planning and organisation, but this is outweighed by the flexibility they offer, enabling you complete control over the location and the size and style of your wedding reception. And while marquees are most commonly associated with summer parties, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t hire one for your autumn wedding – although you may need to make some concessions.
For example, in colder weather, marquee heaters will be needed to keep your guests warm, and if you are expecting wet weather, a wooden floor is always a good idea. You also need to think about how people will get to the marquee from the car park. Nobody wants their best shoes covered in mud, so install a temporary walkway to help keep your guests clean and dry.
Once you have your venue sorted you can concentrate on the little touches that will really help you to capture the autumn spirit.
Add a taste of autumn to your day with a menu that makes the most of seasonal ingredients like game, root vegetables and autumn fruits such as apples, plums and blackberries. For a more informal reception, you might want to treat your guests to Bonfire Night favourites such as hot dogs, toffee apples and toasted marshmallows. You could even give your welcome drinks an autumnal twist by serving up mulled wine or cider rather than the more traditional champagne.
When it comes to autumn weddings, colour is key, with warm shades of red, orange and gold taking centre stage. For a rustic, woodland charm add touches of hessian and use seasonal plants and foliage such as pumpkins, berries and conkers to create striking yet cost effective centrepieces. If you’re after a more luxurious look, simply add a bit of subtle bling with metallic touches of gold, bronze and copper.
In autumn it starts to get dark earlier, so make the most of it with plenty of soft romantic lighting, such as fairy lights, candles or lanterns. Tea lights placed in jam jars look particularly effective and are really inexpensive. Don’t forget the area around the marquee – for example, you might want to light up the path to the car park by stringing fairy lights through the surrounding trees. If your wedding is on or near Bonfire Night, why not give sparklers to your guests as wedding favours – they add a bit of fun and you can create some great photo opportunities.
So forget summer; when it comes to warm, stylish, colourful weddings, autumn is where it’s at. And with a bit of creativity and planning you can create some beautiful autumnal wedding-day memories that will keep you warm through the coming winter.