Fall is on its way here and we could not be more thrilled! There is a plethora of benefits to getting married in the fall. There is the gorgeous foliage, the frequently temperate weather, seasonally-inspired decor, and possible off-season discounts to take advantage of. It is the perfect time to tie the knot! Here are Grand Lens Photography's 5 fall wedding tips to consider while planning your special day!
Autumn is known for being a bit brisker than the preceding summer months. However, depending on where you live, you may experience weather that is warmer than normal. In the U.S., average autumn temperatures range from 72° in sunny Florida to a chilly 27° in Alaska. In New York, October is the ideal time of year to have an outdoor wedding. This time of year is not too hot or too cold. Whatever your wedding date may be, it is always a safe idea to keep an eye on weather predictions and inform your guests if they should bring a sweater, jacket, etc. Also, if your autumn wedding is going to be outdoors, have a contingency plan in place just in case it rains or if winter decides to arrive early. It is rather difficult to get swept up in the wedding magic while you're freezing, so you may want to consider providing heaters, blankets, or umbrellas if there's a chance the weather is going to be unruly.
If you prefer a deeper and darker color scheme for the day, then fall is your season. Do a Google image search for "Fall Weddings" and you will notice an abundance of deep reds, oranges, and browns. Although this color palette mimics the changing of the leaves and provides natural warmth to any style of décor, do not be limited by the "fall foliage" feel. For a stronger modernized fall color palette, consider using gold or copper for extra glitz and glam, deep plum, and emerald green for elegance or neutral shades like champagne, cream, and slate grey. Nature and the color scheme will accent and complement each other remarkably well. Take advantage of fall's natural beauty by incorporating fall specific nature aspects into your big day. Consider using items like twigs, leaves, apples, fruits, cranberries, or even pine cones in your table centerpieces and bouquets. These things not only drive home the fall theme but also add loads of color and texture for little to no money! Who doesn't want to save money?
Another reason to love fall is it is the start of the holiday season! From Halloween to Thanksgiving, there is no shortage of reasons to celebrate during this time of year. Black Friday and Cyber Monday do not count as holidays. Sorry. Whether you host your wedding on a holiday weekend is up to you, but in general, it is a beneficial plan to steer clear of major holidays, such as Thanksgiving. With that said, it could be fun to have your wedding on Veteran's Day weekend when some of your guests may have the following Monday off work. Fall is also the start of football season, with NFL games on Sundays and college football on Saturdays. If you have a diehard Bills fan in your wedding party, they may be largely disappointed if your big day was the same day as the big game.
When you purchase what is in season, you get food and flowers at the peak of their supply when costs are normally lower. Furthermore, when they are locally grown, they do not need to be shipped halfway around the world. Not only do you save money, you also reduce your carbon footprint, which is a win-win. The prominent trend in fall wedding food is comfort food -- Both sweet and savory. We have noticed that caterers become moderately creative with fall wedding menus. You can begin dinner with a creamy soup in a hollowed-out mini pumpkin. A harvest salad featuring roasted butternut squash, dried cranberries, and goat cheese would present an excellent next course. There have been full-on Thanksgivingesque wedding buffets with all the fixings such as turkey and stuffing with mashed potatoes and gravy. For dessert, you may want to consider a hot cocoa or coffee bar with cinnamon-sugar doughnuts, mulled apple cider with cinnamon stick stirrers, or a dessert table with seasonal fruit pies.
Unlike the transition of the leaves, the sun remains forever predictable. Since the sun sets earlier in the fall, you will probably need to push forward all of your wedding events. For example, you may need to arrange your 5:30 PM ceremony to 4:30 PM instead. Your day will start earlier, as well as your reception. Check with your photographer on what would be the best time to do a "golden hour" photo session since that will also likely be earlier than normal. If you are not keeping track of it, you could miss out on precious golden hour minutes. You can simply check on the internet to find out what time the sun will set and that should provide you with the information you need to keep the darkness from sneaking up on you.
Fall weddings have continued to pick up steam and autumn can officially be crowned ruler of the four seasons for weddings. Whether you are seeking lower rates or cooler weather, maybe everyone has finally had enough of wiping away their perspiration during the wedding vows, couples are planning for October and November to tie the knot. So prepare your social media feeds for tons of wedding photos with beautiful foliage in the background.
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