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Fall Wedding and Fall Party Ideas and Autumn wedding styles
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If you are looking for a warm and intimate wedding reception or party, consider a fall wedding. As people start thinking about coming home more, and spending more time with their families, it's a romantic time for a wedding. Here are some fall wedding ideas to get you started.
Where to Have a Fall Wedding or Party
Think of storybook fall setting such as inns, 18th century churches and meeting houses, old mills and even barns. A fall wedding can be casual yet elegant set in a beautiful old barn. You might also look at an apple orchard, a vineyard, or any place that will have a view of fall foliage. If you live in a climate where the leaves don’t change, look for a venue with lots of rich dark wood and warmth such as a gentleman’s club or university club. A fireplace is an extra special touch.
The Décor for Your Fall Wedding or Party
Set the tone for your fall wedding as soon as your guests enter with sheaths of wheat or corn at the entrance. Choose either rich jewel tones to decorate the room, or a traditional fall color scheme such as reds, oranges, browns and yellows. A modern fall color scheme uses only chocolate brown with light-blue accents. Fill the room with the bounty of the season - pumpkins, cornucopias, acorns, and gourds. Make jack-o-lanterns with decorative patterns rather than scary faces, or use paper bag luminaria for a similar effect.
Autumn Wedding / Party Flowers
Generally you can find Mums, sunflowers, roses, daisies, yarrow, fall leaves, tallow berries and both natural and dried wheat for inexpensive prices during the fall. A spray of wheat or a mum accented with a pheasant feather makes an elegant boutonnière. Consider hollowing out pumpkins for your centerpiece containers – if you don’t have the time, many craft and home stores now sell realistic fake pumpkins. But if you go with the real thing, consider white or blue natural pumpkins for an elegant and unique touch.
Attire for Your Fall Wedding
I recommend that an autumn bride look for cream and off-white dresses with gold beading and accents. Bridesmaids will look wonderful in jeweltone dresses; match the groomsmen’s vests to their dresses. Look at rich fabrics such as brocades and velvets for a luxurious touch.
Remember that weather in the fall can be tricky – in many areas of the United States, it will be hard to know long in advance whether your wedding day will be warm or chilly. I suggest that the bride and bridesmaids wear strapless dress with capelets, stoles or wraps. On a warm day, the overlayer can be easily removed, but you won’t be left shivering on a chilly day.
Planning the Menu for a fall event
The most traditional fall dinner is a roasted turkey with pumpkin pie for dessert, but there are so many other options for a fall wedding menu. From roasted quail to standing rib roast, choose a hearty meat that will pair well with heavier side dishes such as squash and mashed potatoes. A mushroom ragout evokes the season and provides a nice entrée for your vegetarian guests. You might start the meal with a hearty soup served in a hollowed out pumpkin, accompanied by whole grain rolls. Serve warm apple cider in glass mugs with a cinnamon stick stirrer, and offer an alternative to wedding cake with a baked apple dessert.
A Fall Wedding Cake
Really you can serve any wedding cake at a fall wedding, but you can add to your autumn theme by serving a spiced cake or a spiced chocolate cake. Consider having an all chocolate cake, decorated with marzipan fruit. Or omit the cake altogether to serve pumpkin bread and apple, pecan and pumpkin pie.
Autumn and Fall Wedding Party Favors
Give a favor in keeping with the season such as a beautiful apple tied with a gold ribbon, or a bottle of maple syrup. If you have a sweet tooth, give guests caramel apples wrapped in cellophane, or give a DIY kit of a caramel apple recipe with all the ingredients they’ll need - a perfect apple, some caramels, and a Popsicle stick. Help your guests decorate for the season by giving them mini pumpkins, or an ear of ornamental corn tied with some wheat and a pretty fall ribbon. Marzipan fruit is also a wonderful fall wedding favor. If you’re crafty, I love the idea of giving each guest a jar of homemade preserves as they leave.
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Any wedding or party with a fall autumn theme has a lot to work with. It can be indoors or outdoors, thanks to the cooling weather. The rich, vibrant colors create a broad palette to choose from, anything from deep jewel tones to subdued earthy shades. There's also two holidays that can be focused on, Halloween and Thanksgiving, or a masquerade and harvest themes.
Fall or Harvest Theme: Ceremony
Consider sheaves of wheat, bales of hay, or cornucopias of fruit and squash for decoration instead of flowers. You could have the ceremony in a rustic setting outdoors, like a field with blanket covered hay bales for seats, or an old barn.
Harvest: Bridal Party
Wear a garland of leaves and vines instead of a veil with your white dress to set the tone of a classical goddess of grain and harvest. Mimic the headdresses for your bridal party, and dress them in tones of yellow, gold, and brown
Consider traditional Thanksgiving foods for your reception dinner. Use cornucopias or carved pumpkins as table centerpieces.Carry your color scheme throughout the room.
If your party or wedding is near Halloween, you may consider having an elegant and sophisticated costume party, or masquerade. This can be incredibly flexible as far as color scheme, so don't feel you should limit yourself to orange and black. The hardest part will be making sure your guests participate, if that is important to you. Consider ordering masques online and having them available for your guests as they come in, or if you are particularly crafty and have lots of time, make them yourself! Watch movies like Labyrinth, Ever After, and Phantom of the Opera for inspiration on traditional masques. The masques you order or make can also be worn by the bridal party, in colors matching their clothing. I would suggest replacing your veil with a masque, at the very least. Remember to think of your bridal party's clothing as a costume while still dressing in formal attire; for example, many weddings feature flower girls wearing their formal white dresses with gauzy fairy wings in bright colors. Add an elegant masque covering just the eyes, and this is a perfectly acceptable masquerade costume. A person could dress in a brilliant blue, wear a masque with peacock feathers, and place one or two in her hair, and be a peacock at a masquerade. Consider choosing a theme for your masquerade wedding before you select your masques.
Consider a mansion or museum for your reception to get a location with a large ballroom. If chandeliers are present, use them to create a romantic evening glow. If a chandelier is not available, line the walls with standing candelabras to get a similar effect.
These ideas should get you started on planning your own unique and romantic autumn themed wedding. Congratulations and best wishes to you on your upcoming nuptials!
Article By: K. L. Russell,
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