Fall Wedding Tips: Plan The Perfect Autumn Nuptials

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Summer weddings are great and all, but autumn nuptials come with a few seriously stunning built-in perks: Fall foliage, for one, makes for a helluva backdrop for photos. Then there’s the cornucopia of seasonal accents to create a perfectly rustic tablescape (pumpkins, apples, acorns, oh my!). Plus, cooler temps mean the bride, her wedding party and guests have wardrobe options aplenty (can you say faux-fur stole?). Here, 8 fall wedding ideas that’ll have you rushing to the altar before the first snowfall.

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Dramatic Dress

Whether you’re planning an outdoor fest or an indoor extravaganza, this embellished long-sleeve gown is as exquisite as it is seasonally appropriate. Have your heart set on showing some skin? Cover your shoulders with an elegant fur stole when the evening chill sets in.

Flower Power

Rich, deep-hued blooms take on a romantic quality when mixed with rustic greens and traditional white florals.

Photos: Seed Floral Couture

A Sweet Stationery Suite

Though traditional creams and whites come to mind when thinking of wedding invitations, we suggest looking to the opposite end of the color spectrum for inspiration when your special day is in the fall.

Photo: Love Vs. Design

Velvet Party

Rather than force your bridesmaids to dress in head-to-toe pastel, go the unexpected route with jewel-tone velvet frocks. Not only will they look glam, they may actually wear the gowns again. Seriously.

Autumnal Ambience

Embrace the rustic feel of the season by opting for antique-looking wood furniture. Keep the table settings simple, letting lush centerpieces that incorporate seasonal bounty (pumpkins, apples, etc.) steal the show. Light strategically placed candles once the sun sets for a romantic vibe.

Photo: Enjoy Events Co.

Signature Cocktails

For cocktail hour, treat your guests to hot toddies, like a bourbon-spiked libation topped with cinnamon.

Photo: @beautifulbooze

An Apple A Wedding Day

Laugh in the face of convention and supplement the all-too-familiar tiered cake with trays of candy apples. Attendees of all ages can sink their teeth into the simply decadent treat.

Photo: @urbanpalatela

Festive Favors

Everyone loves a mini pumpkin. So why not gift guests a tiny gourd? Bonus points for inscribing them with your names and the date. Buy 'em in bulk at Autumn Harvest.

Photo: @thezoereport