After you get engaged, one of the big decisions that needs to be made is what time of year to tie the knot. Summer may be traditionally known as wedding season, but did you know that fall is really popular too? In fact, I’m seeing more couples choose a September, October or even November wedding each year. And it’s no wonder, when autumn has so many advantages. Here are some top reasons to consider a fall wedding.
Flexibility. As a transitional season, fall weddings have a lot of flexibility. Whether it’s an outdoor ceremony or a cozy indoor celebration you want, both are possible in the early half of the season.
Great weather. Summer weddings are great, but they can also be blazing hot or humid, and summer thunderstorms can rain on your parade (literally!). Autumn weather is temperate – and can be somewhat reliable.
Breathtaking scenery. Nature really seems to show off in the fall, providing a stunning backdrop for outdoor ceremonies. It also makes for incredible couple pics.
Convenience (and savings). Choosing to plan a wedding off-season is a great idea in terms of budget and logistics. Some destination venues will have more availability and may offer a shoulder season discount. And you’re unlikely to run into vacation scheduling conflicts with your guests, so more will be able to attend. If you’re thinking of a destination wedding, then you may also be able to save on airfare.
Fall fashion. The fashion choices for brides and grooms alike are greater as the weather cools down. Maybe you want to channel Kate Middleton in lace sleeves, or slip on some vintage velvet pumps. Grooms can wear trendy tweed or velvet. And there are so many gorgeous jewel tones for your bridesmaids too!
Color. Speaking of color, fall wedding palettes come in a rich variety of hues. You definitely don’t have to go for the classic rust, orange and mustard combination either. Consider jewel colors like deep emerald, violet and navy blue, as well as soft neutrals and mixed metallics.
Comfort food. Fall wedding menus are all about hearty, comfort food like soups, pies, and seasonal veggies. At cocktail hour, serve warming drinks like steaming hot apple cider, hot buttered rum or spiked hot cocoa.
What are your favorite aspects of a fall wedding?