For fantastic autumn wedding ideas, look to the warm and welcoming colours and flavours of autumn for all the inspiration you need. Autumn is a great time to have a wedding.
The weather is still (mostly) decent, although cooling down and it's a great time of year to capture some stunning outdoor wedding photos. The light is beautiful and the changing colours of outdoor backdrops can be stunning.
Think of falling leaves as inspiration for your autumn wedding colours. Deep oranges, rust, yellows, cinnamon brown and olive green will all look beautiful.
Accents of gold and ivory will complement these colours well, and are also perfect if you are considering a traditional-style wedding gown. For those more adventurous, use these autumnal colours as a hint but add a bright block colour for a brilliant contrast.
If you're getting married in summer, it's likely that your wedding will be reasonably warm, but once autumn arrives, the temperature is considerable cooler, especially if your reception is in the evening.
Remember that you, as well as the bridal party, will need to keep warm. Of course, you can still go for the dresses and suits you had planned, but make sure that there is something for everyone to warm up with that won't make your photos look off-balance. I light shrug or jacket is a good idea, or a cashmere shawl in a warm autumnal tone can look lovely also.
There is also a greater chance of rain in autumn than in the summer months, so plan ahead and get kitted out with enough umbrellas if the bridal party have to move between venues on your wedding day. There are loads of fun umbrella designs in a multitude of colours that would brighten up the day if the skies turned grey and it got wet. If it is overcast on your wedding day, don't despair. Photographers rejoice at the sight of clouds overhead, it makes for perfect photos.
For autumn wedding ideas you can do something a little bit different with your wedding.
Rather than a sit-down meal, a cocktail style reception can work well. Instead of tables and chairs, you might like to fill your venue with comfy couches and decorative cushions, maybe even a beanbag or two. Just keep thinking 'cosy and warm'.
Roaming waiters could serve up plenty of warm and delicious autumn-inspired foods and drinks.
For autumn wedding flowers, don't look past what's in bloom in the season. Sunflowers, dahlias, lilies, and orchids all make excellent choices. I think a bouquet of warm-toned flowers complemented with seasonal berries can look amazing.
Of course, you don't have to go floral for your reception decorations. There are plenty of other great autumn wedding ideas about. It's easy to go flower free, you can decorate with foliage, leaves, grasses or even hay. Pine cones, seasonal vegetables, and berries can all make great centrepieces.
Hearty and warming autumnal food should definitely be on your agenda. Pumpkin soup, delicious roast meats and vegetables, as well as comforting desserts like apple pie all make excellent menu ideas.
Autumn's seasonal produce is perfect for a wedding, it you want to serve up fresh, local produce to your wedding guests then this is a great time of year to do so. Spicy food is always welcome on a cool autumn night. A spiced soup as an entree can work well, or if you want to try something different, you could have a spiced chocolate cake for dessert.