Autumn Wedding Planning Tips

Getting hitched in the Fall can be one of the most colourful, romantic and beautiful times of the year to get married. Here are a few tips to help ensure that you and your guests can fully enjoy the day.

Watch the weather closely: In the fall it can be cool in the morning, warm or even extremely hot during the day and then cool down again at night. Or it can be really rainy or windy. Even certain bugs or insects can be a nuisance. Basically it’s a mixed bag of almost everything. If part of your wedding ceremony, pictures or reception will take place outdoors then come prepared. For example bring extra blankets, coats, rain ponchos, sunscreen, water, umbrellas, outdoor heaters and bug spray.

Be mindful of travel for guests and for yourselves: There are basically two main things to keep in mind here. First if you plan on having a destination wedding in the fall somewhere in the South you have to remember that it is also hurricane season. So, keep an eye on major weather systems and keep yourself and guests informed if something seriously threatens your plans. The other issue is that in the fall most people are back to school and work, unlike in the summer. If you are planning a Friday wedding for example, it may be hard for people to get out of work or school to attend the wedding. Also, you have to consider travel time for guests coming from out of town. Will they need to take a few extra days off work or pull kids out of school just to make it to the wedding and back home.

Check out what produce is in season: One of the great things about the fall, especially early fall is the availability of so many fresh and delicious local fruits and vegetables. If you plan ahead and work closely with your caterer it can truly be a breathtaking opportunity to impress your guests with a local menu that they will talk about for years to come. There is almost nothing more delightful than farm fresh produce from your region prepared by a professional chef paired with terroir wines, spirits and beers.

Get to know what Flowers and foliage will be available for your fall date: The bride and her bridesmaids can carry bouquets accented with greenery, and flowers with rich colors like orange, yellow, and red that accentuate their dresses. Instead of traditional baskets, flower girls can carry small decorated pumpkins down the aisle. Fall flowers, foliage and vegetables provide an infinite variety of options for centerpieces. A centerpiece of branches, suspended candles, and seasonal flowers can be stunning. Woodsy centerpieces with branches in tall vases add a natural feel. Your choices in flowers, foliage and centerpieces can really help make your theme pop.

So if you are planning a fall wedding we hope that these four tips will help you and your guests to enjoy the falls festive and colourful experience to its fullest extent.

If you need some more fall wedding inspiration or just need to do some serious wedding planning then be sure to check out the Niagara Autumn Wedding Show Sept 20th in St. Catharines and/or the Hamilton Fall Wedding Show Sept 26-27th at Hamilton Convention Centre.