Harvest and Fall go together like pumpkin and pie (can you tell I was studying for the GRE?). Apart from analogies, the Fall months really are an amazing time to get married… especially in the Midwest and Eastern seaboard. The weather is crisp and usually free from inclement weather, even though it has been quite rainy here in Columbus! My husband and I got married in November, and I must say it was a really good choice. For those who are newly engaged, or who are planning a Fall wedding for 2010, there are so many options to choose from. I pulled together a little bundle of inspirations I love. Hopefully they can help with future planning or give someone a last minute idea to add to your special day!
Let’s talk décor.
Why?… because it is my second love next to wedding attire! For fall I love to see people use what nature provides…and believe me, for the fall, mother nature is bountiful! If you happened to read my Season Delights: Halloween Heaven!, some the ideas I’m throwing out there will overlap. Start with the basics; leaves, dried corn stalks, pumpkins, gourds, sunflowers, corn… skies the limit! I mentioned finding a local pumpkin patch or orchard open to the public. Take your fiance or your wedding party and go pumpkin finding and apple picking. Use your bounty in your table décor or (like mentioned in a previous blog post) give it to your caterer. Not only are you being eco-chic, but you are supporting your local farmers who really need the help! Plus, doesn’t warm apple crisp or pumpkin cobbler sound DE-licios? I also love hydrangea. This time of year there are really neat colored hybrids with red and deep purple flowers… absolutely breathtaking. Collect recycled pop bottles and place stems in them to use as centerpieces. Then when you are done with them, recycle!
Speaking of warm apple crisp, time to talk menu.
What I think goes over really well, and is actually a huge trend right now, are the comfort foods. Choose a hearty chowder or a vegetable soup to start. I have even seen people serve mini grilled cheese and tomato soup, a very cute idea! For the main course a nice steak, pork chop, or chicken dish will do (most people will eat anything if it involves these three meats!). Sides… we love mac-n-cheese, mashed potatoes, or baby reds. Skip the veggies or go super simple like green beans or a fall succotash. Dessert is optional. We used cake and our candy bar as dessert, but some couples opt to have a seated desert or a dessert bar along side their cake. That apple crisp still sounds like a winner!
Fashion… let’s face it, really anything goes!
The days of the traditional black tux are taking a backseat to the really nice tailored suit… and it works! The whole rustic, vintage, and retro themes have made this new trend in male fashion possible. Pick out a neat tie, and he’ll have an outfit he can wear again! As for you ladies… I still love the traditional dress. An a-line frame, full length, with silk or lace, you really can’t go wrong. I am still loving the birdcage veils as an option to the traditional veil. I love the traditional veil, but if they would have been in style when I got married I may have ditched tradition and went with the birdcage! For your maids and men, keep the look simple. Mono-colored dresses and suits with some bright shoes or jewelry for the girls and ties for the boys. Don’t make your wedding party too flashy, we want the attention on you!
Hopefully my words and these images help to inspire you to have a fall wedding or aid in your endeavor if already started. A destination wedding to upstate New York, Northern Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, or Tennessee this time of year will provide the most beautiful back drop for your fall wedding. Good luck planning and we wish the both of you a lifetime of happiness!