Somebody, please tell me where summer has vanished too?! The One Curious Dream team have been so busy this season planning beautiful weddings throughout London and East Anglia that summer seems to have passed at lightning speed. Unusually, it’s been REALLY hot at times and as so many of our marquee and tipi weddings have a large outdoor element, it’s been so refreshing to be more relaxed about checking the weather forecast and concern ourselves less with surprise downpours each weekend!
Anyway, with the heat of the summer passing, it will soon be time to welcome in cooler temperatures and the beautifully rich and colourful tones of autumn. For many couples, Autumn is the perfect time of year to get married – not only do many venues offer significant discounts or include extras to entice you to choose a date that is out of peak season, nature really does provide the perfect inspiration for those who want something a little different from their day. And don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be all pumpkins and toffee apples, there are plenty of ways to embrace autumn and create something beautifully unique for your wedding.
Here are our top tips for planning and designing the perfect autumnal wedding.
- WORK WITH WHAT NATURE GIVES YOU
There’s no doubt about it – autumn really does a lot of the hard work for you with creating the perfect backdrop for your big day. As the leaves start to fall and the landscape changes to rich russets, deliciously deep reds and dark velvety brown tones, add in some metallic hints and beautiful foliage to create a warm, luscious rustic or boho vibe. Enhance a stunning natural setting with lots of wooden touches from log rounds on your tables to authentic apple crates that are filled with interesting and unusual props and pretties along with some personal photos. Natural materials and organic colour schemes work perfectly and don’t be afraid to play with texture using macramé, hand-dyed linens and imperfectly perfect crockery to create a tablescape of dreams.
- USE THE LIGHT TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
As the sun starts to set much earlier, it’s also important to work with and enhance the lower lighting levels. Dot beautiful lanterns, candles and tealights around your venue to produce a cozy, intimate and romantic feel. If you are lucky enough to have open fires in your venue, keep these lit and gently burning away throughout the entire celebration. If your venue doesn’t allow naked flames, there are some amazingly good artificial candles and tealights available to hire or buy which are just as effective. Getting that beautiful sparkler shot becomes so much easier as your photographer can arrange this much earlier in the day when less of your guests are likely to have gone wandering! Lastly, fairy and festoon lights add a perfect twinkly touch both inside and outside – the more the merrier!
- COMFORT IS KEY
If you are looking to avoid the heat of summer but would still like some of your day to take place outside, autumn is the perfect season for you. Keep in mind that whilst daytime temperatures may allow for welcome drinks, photographs or even lawn games to take place outside, come the evening, temperatures will drop so you do need to be prepared. You can keep things very simple by dotting baskets with some pretty blankets around your venue or perhaps you might even consider adding a firepit for guests to relax around. As well as taking care of your guests, make sure you also think of your bridal party – your bride tribe will almost certainly need some kind of shrug or throw to keep warm and do ensure there are some umbrellas and possibly even wellies to hand to keep everybody comfy whilst capturing those all-important outdoor photographs!
- FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD
Autumnal food is all about comfort and don’t be afraid to get imaginative here – consider feeding your guests beautiful warming dishes like pie and mash or using street food trucks to serve some autumnal classics – chilli and rice, curries and jacket potatoes are guaranteed to go down a storm and provide much-needed energy for dancing the night away. For sweet treats, why not let your guests toast some marshmallows around the firepit, serve indulgently delicious crepes and offer a late-night hot chocolate or warmed cider to round off your evening celebrations.
Finally, one of the great joys of an autumn wedding – the weather. Yes, seriously! Most couples plan their autumnal wedding on the basis that the weather won’t be amazing which means that even a hint of sunshine really puts the cherry on the cake!