Why? The colours of the trees, those crisp, sunny days, snuggling up with a good book or movie, hot chocolate, scented candles and fluffy blankets, new season coat and boots…it’s all very hygge, and we’re obsessed. What’s more, the countdown to Christmas is on so everyone is already starting to get into the festive spirit!
In this frequently damp country of ours, summer weddings will always be the most popular choice. Popularity comes at a price though, so while longer days and more sunshine make it easier to plan a wedding in summer, expect higher prices and booked-up venues.
In autumn, the weather can be unpredictable and the days are shorter, but it’s generally easier to book the date of your choice and many wedding venues and suppliers reduce their rates too. In fact, getting married between November and April can be more affordable than at any other time of year.
Autumn-themed wedding ideas and inspiration
Autumnal Wedding Decorations
In autumn it’s possible to achieve a really interesting, moody colour palette that’s perfect for boho brides and those looking for a rustic, homely feel. Think rich, earthy tones such as burgundy, rust, bottle green and mustard and the bright orange-yellow-red colour palette of autumn leaves.
Autumn-inspired floral bouquets and table decorations can look divine, with seasonal flowers nestled between dried grasses, vines, berries and autumnal leaves.
When it comes to decorations, natural is the way to go: twigs, twine, pine cones, conkers, ivy and exposed trees decorated with elegant white fairy lights. Candles add to the cosy, warm feel – but not too close to all that wood!
Pumpkins and gourds make great table decorations, especially with a touch of gold leaf or spray paint.
Warm lighting is crucial to achieving the right autumnal ambience. Candles, tea-lights in mason jars and decorative filament lightbulbs will all help set the mood.
What to Wear for an Autumn Wedding
With the slightly cooler temperatures, it’s a good idea to opt for a long-sleeved bridal gown or have a coverup at the ready to thrown on over your wedding dress if the temperature drops.
Faux fur stoles, pashmina wraps, shrugs, cardigans, boleros…the options are endless and it’s easy to find a coverup that will suit your style.
If you’ve opted for natural, rustic theme with your decorations then why not continue this with your bridal accessories? A floral headpiece or flower crown wouldn’t look out of place at an autumn wedding if it uses seasonal leaves and flowers.
Subtle gold, rose gold or bronze and jewel hair accessories in leaf-shaped designs – like Ivory & Co’s Hairvine Collection – can also add a gorgeous autumnal feel to your look.
Lastly, why not go full country bride and throw on a pair of bridal welly boots?
Autumn Food Ideas
Think autumn and ‘warm and hearty’ comes to mind: fondues, spiced apples, butternut squash soup, hearty pies and plenty of seasonal veg.
Cinnamon has to be the flavour of autumn, so incorporate it into your wedding catering via biscuits, cakes or even mulled cider.
For the main event (the cake!), opt for a naked cake decorated with fruit and leaves to suit your colour scheme – blackberries, figs, eucalyptus leaves and roses are all popular choices. Very hip and very autumn!
Autumn Wedding Venues
An indoor wedding is a safe bet at this time of year, and rustic countryside venues like converted barns were practically made with autumn weddings in mind.
Those natural decorations we just mentioned would blend in seamlessly with the exposed brick and wooden beams (and if you’re lucky, a roaring fireplace) to create the perfect atmosphere.
A late afternoon or dusk ceremony will really add to the ambience of an autumn wedding.
Finally, a firework display has to be the perfect ending to your autumnal wedding, but sparklers will also add a magical touch for a fraction of the price.
How to Handle Autumn Weather
The weather at this time of year can be unpredictable and rain is likely. Don’t panic: if you’ve followed our tips above then a bit of rain shouldn’t spoil your big day.
Advise guests to bring a warm layer and sensible footwear if they’re going to have to walk for any distance outside, and it’s always a good idea to have a supply of umbrellas on hand to give to guests.
Don’t forget to read our full guide to surviving a rainy wedding day for more wet weather tips.
For even more autumn wedding inspiration, check out our Pinterest board: