The autumn season may after all be cooler and darker but it’s a truly wonderful time to tie the knot.
The autumnal colours alone provide a beautiful backdrop for weddings big and small, with the multitude of colours found in nature offering a strikingly vivid colour scheme.
Autumn is a time of year that’s well known for its cosiness too, and adding intimate touches inspired by the same vibe can make your autumn wedding memorable for all the right reasons.
Adding a hint of autumn to your wedding day is easy with our top tips. Here are 6 ways to get you started…
1. Go dried with your wedding flowers
Flowers play a vital role in so many people’s special days, and when choosing the perfect foliage for your wedding, it’s usually all about freshness. Come autumn, however, you can experiment creatively with your blooms, so why not go dried?
Dried flowers have a long list of benefits, the most obvious being that you don’t have to worry about preserving their freshness and you get to enjoy them way beyond your wedding day. In fact, they make great keepsakes!
The Hypericum berry, which is seasonal to autumn, is a popular choice with the best bridal bouquets using fresh Hypericum, dried Hypericum or even a combination of both.
Fab Mood explains more about the many uses of Hypericum berries at autumn weddings:
“Hypericum Berry is a very versatile flower and is a great choice for the bridal bouquet, corsages, boutonnieres, centrepieces, pew markers and wreaths. It can be used in tall or low arrangements, placed inside of clear vases with arrangements on top, or made into amazing pomanders. It is perfect for fall or winter weddings and they look beautiful with candles. They are also available in yellow, green, orange, red and pink.”
2. Create autumn-inspired, rustic seating
Rustic is the theme of choice at many autumn weddings, and for good reason! This beautiful, back to basics, nature-inspired trend is synonymous with the season, and you can be as creative as you like to put your own stamp on your special day.
An easy way to inject that rustic vibe into your wedding and create a big day that’s different from the average is by mixing up your seating options. Harvest themed hay bales can be used for ceremony seating or to create cosy, chill-out zones for you and your guests to enjoy at your wedding reception.
3. Treasure jewel tones in your colour palette
Forest green and copper may have been among the most popular bridesmaid dress colours of 2020, but jewel tones are back and more beautiful than ever this autumn. Rich, opulent jewel tones like green, burgundy, plum, purple and teal are made for autumn weddings.
4. Throw in a few pumpkins…
Pumpkins are fruits that we seem to enjoy, eat and decorate only in autumn so needless to say no autumn wedding would be complete without them!
You can use them everywhere, from your seasonal wedding breakfast and even your wedding cake to the centrepieces of your tables and down the aisle. Decorating with a mixture of sizes and shades looks pretty incredible!
5. …but remember they’re not the only seasonal highlight
Pumpkins aside, there are many (less clichéd) seasonal fruits and materials that you can use well at your autumn wedding. Let nature be your guide and embrace the beauty of blush pears, figs, plums, apricots, pine cones and autumnal leaves throughout your wedding décor.
6. Illuminate your venue with fairy lights and lanterns
Softer, cosier lighting is the way to go at autumn weddings. Be inspired by Will and Carli’s wedding here at Clearwell and use fairy lights to create a truly magical scene. They even had a stunning fairy light tunnel, which was the perfect, most romantic setting for some of their wedding pictures.