Wedding tips and advice when it comes to planning an autumnal wedding

A lot of couples are breaking away from the idea of a traditional summer celebration and choosing the later months to get married instead. We’ve created a guide on everything you need to know about having an autumn wedding.

Why do we love an autumn wedding?

As the nights start to draw in and a crisp chill hangs in the air, there’s no better time to gather your closet family and friends for a cosy autumn celebration.

You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing your seasonal wedding flowers. Take your inspiration from the rich and sumptuous reds, oranges and golds of the autumn leaves to create a warm and inviting ambience for your ceremony and wedding breakfast.

Bathe your celebrations in soft candlelight to create a warm, intimate atmosphere. Autumnal weddings lend themselves best to rustic, barn style venues. Look for beams, low ceilings and open fireplaces to really make the most of the season. Autumn is also a lovely time of year to use fairy lights to decorate your chosen wedding venue, both inside and outside. You could wrap fairy lights around the beams in your ceremony room and line the aisle with candles in large coach lanterns or hurricane lamps.

Pros to having an autumn wedding

Having blue skies and sunshine at a summer celebration plays a big part in the day, however, having an autumn wedding takes the pressure off the weather being such an important factor. You can still get some gorgeous weather in late September and October, and autumn weddings tend to be more reasonably priced and less booked up than weddings in July and August. Summer is such a busy time (in general and wedding terms), so choosing an autumnal wedding will make for an overall calmer and relaxed atmosphere. Also, with the excitement and anticipation of Christmas just around the corner, it’ll be the perfect way to kick off the seasonal celebrations.

Seasonal food and drink ideas

One of the best things about an autumn wedding is the food and drink! Break with tradition and serve warm, spiced mulled wine or winter Pimms during your drinks reception instead of prosecco. Who wouldn’t look forward to a smooth, full-bodied glass of red wine and a hearty portion of slow-braised beef followed by apple and blackberry crumble on a chilly autumn evening? Autumn really is the perfect time of year to serve all of the delicious, crowd-pleasing dishes that your guests, young and old, will love.

Floral arrangements and colour schemes

When planning your autumn wedding, you won’t be short of gorgeous colour scheme combinations to choose for your bridesmaids, bridal bouquet and decorations for your wedding venue. Our top five autumnal colour schemes are:

  • Chocolate brown and ivory
  • Gold and mandarin
  • Rouge and rich cream
  • Aubergine and sage
  • Navy blue and ivory

When it comes to choosing your wedding flowers during the autumn months, you’ll have lots to choose from. Consider a lavish bouquet of roses or a rustic bouquet featuring orange orchids hand-tied with a hessian bow. Ivory blooms combined with dark peach and a touch of lilac could look sensational, as could a pretty posy of dark reds, pinks and perhaps a berry or two. Speak to your wedding florist well in advance when it comes to choosing the perfect flowers for your autumnal bridal bouquet.