Choosing your wedding day can be stressful, and everyone has their preferences about what season to celebrate theirs. Summer may be the most popular time of the year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right for everyone.
Having your wedding in the fall has its advantages and disadvantages. There is colorful foliage and mild climate. However, the weather can be more unpredictable and the sun sets earlier, which means that the ceremony and photos will have to be brought forward.
However, you don’t have to worry. Each season has its positive and negative aspects. To make sure you’re prepared for your fall wedding, The Barn at Spring Lake Farms is here to provide you with some tips and things to keep in mind when planning your Big Day.
check the weather
Depending on when you have your fall wedding, you may have a general idea of the weather, but Mother Nature can be unpredictable. If you plan to have an outdoor wedding, check weather trends from previous years and have a backup plan in case there is an unexpected storm or cold front.
Fall weddings come with events that need to be sorted out. The kids are back at school, family vacations are coming up, and football season is back. Unless you want a small wedding with close friends and family, it’s best to avoid major holidays like Thanksgiving, since most people have other plans. However, planning it a weekend before Columbus Day could give the wedding party more time to enjoy, since many people have work and school off that Monday.
In the South, people are dedicated to their sports teams. While your wedding is more important than the big game, people may open the game on their phone and not give your ceremony and reception their full attention. If there is a specific team that the vast majority of your guests support, try to plan the game. If you’re a huge soccer fan, you can even try incorporating it into your wedding!
Choose a color palette and theme decor
Fall is the perfect time of year to take advantage of a darker color theme. That doesn’t necessarily mean browns and blacks, but you can wear fancy shades like maroon, emerald green, or burnt orange. In a summer wedding, these colors would not fit in with the surrounding landscape and may look a bit out of place in photos, but they are perfect for fall.
Include fall flowers in your bouquet and table decorations to match and highlight your seasonal color palette. You can add some simple fall foliage, like leaves and berries, to bring out your floral spread and really bring your wedding together.
Consider seasonal food
Take advantage of the season and all the benefits it brings during your wedding. For your catering, keep in mind the foods that people associate with fall. There are so many ways to get creative with it. Soup can be a good start for the table. Take advantage of fresh, seasonal vegetables like squash or sweet potatoes for a creative side. Set up a beverage station where people can pour their own hot chocolate or apple cider to drink with the most important part of the meal: dessert.
For your cake, you can choose a unique seasonal flavor that wouldn’t have the same appeal for a summer wedding. You can go for something simple like red velvet or have a little more fun and go for a pumpkin spice or gingerbread flavor. Keep the decorations simple with basic frosting and seasonal fruits like blueberries or pomegranates garnishing it.
Planning your wedding can be stressful, but The Barn at Spring Lake Farms is here to help you through every step of the process. Call them today to schedule your date and get ready for your rustic fall wedding in 2023!