There are a lot of pluses to planning a wedding in the fall. With cooler temperatures and falling leaves, the season marks the perfect time for an outdoor ceremony followed by a cozy indoor reception. Fall also offers theme opportunities that brides just don’t have at any other time of the year. Perhaps you’ve caught a TV wedding show where the bride was planning a Halloween-themed wedding or want to find a way to incorporate the colors and flavors of fall into your special day. Here’s a look at fun, fresh ways you can incorporate this festive season into your wedding.
Creating Your Dream Halloween-Themed Wedding
Choosing Halloween as your wedding theme might seem strange to some, but ceremonies with inspiration from this spooky season are becoming more and more popular in the U.S. As you start planning your wedding, think about the venue. Do you want to choose a forest with old, brooding trees or a gorgeous, gothic church? The venue you choose will set the tone for your wedding, so be sure that your location is in line with the spookiness, or silliness, of your vision.
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Some bridal gown designers have entered the Halloween game with beautiful dresses in black and white. If you don’t want to buy a dress made specifically for a Halloween wedding, consider choosing one that features lace or has an old-fashioned, Victorian look. For your bridesmaids and other attendants, stick with simple black dresses and suits. Accessorize these otherwise simple outfits to make them unique and to bring them in line with your Halloween vision.
Of course, the decor and food at your ceremony are what truly takes your theme over the top. Use sparkling Christmas lights in purple, orange or black for atmosphere. Black tulle can also be used to create beautiful, billowing decorations all over your church or reception hall. Small plastic skulls, metallic vampire teeth and tiny pumpkins can all be used to make creative centerpieces and name-card holders.
For food, stick with tasty fall classics such as roast, turkey and hearty soups. To add that final touch, choose a wedding cake in black or white. If you want to be even more creative, talk to a cake designer about airbrushing Halloween scenes or Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) artwork on your cake. Be careful with black frosting around your dress, though, as it does stain. Offer guests a spooky cocktail selection with your own witch’s brew or a classic bloody mary.
Creating Your Dream Fall-Themed Wedding
Those couples who want to incorporate the season into their wedding without doing a Halloween theme can opt for a simple fall or harvest theme. As with the Halloween theme, venue here is key. A beautiful old lodge or a country church provide the perfect setting for your big day. Look for a space that you can drape with boughs, twigs and twinkling lights. Add tulle to create a fall fairytale that your guests are sure to remember.
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Those who are opting for an outdoor fall wedding should keep the chillier temperatures in mind when picking a bridal gown and dresses for bridesmaids. If you want to go strapless, look for a stole or shawl to keep you warm during the ceremony. For added elegance, place luminaries along the aisle up to the altar. You can easily decorate luminaries with pumpkins, ghosts and witches for a Halloween wedding as well.
Decor during the fall should be no hassle. You can use beautiful, turning leaves that you find outdoors or can buy imitation leaves to scatter across guest tables. Consider using acorns, pinecones and fresh boughs as well. Of course, tiny pumpkins and gourds add the perfect finishing touch to any plate setting.
When it comes to food, opt for the same sort of fall favorites you’d choose for a Halloween wedding. Hearty soups and stews are a great choice for a starter course, while roasted meats, potatoes and root vegetables make a great entree choice. If you’d like to try something a little different, eschew a tiered cake in favor of fall-flavored cupcakes. Pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon and gingerbread are a few great fall flavors that translate well to cupcakes.