We love a bride who’s really dedicated to incorporating her chosen season into the wedding. One way to do that is with your guest favors. We love a great seasonal-themed favor! It really ties things together and adds to the overall feel of your event. Fall (and really winter too!) is the season where you start to break out all things cozy. For that reason, we love the idea of things like blankets or scarves, candles too! Blankets especially can be useful if you’re opting for an outdoor ceremony in the crisp fall air. We also never say no to an edible favor! Pretty much apple anything -- caramel apples, apple butter, apple ciders, cider donuts, etc. -- is usually a fall crowd pleaser. We also love things like honeys, maple syrup, or even a nice little olive oil set. Individual s’mores kits are fun, too! If you’re looking for something non-edible, customized coffee mugs are also a fun idea and token to send your guests home with. After all, who isn’t snuggling up with a nice warm mug of cocoa this time of year?
Let’s face it, a lot of girls dream of their wedding day and dress growing up, but guys… not so much! So when it comes to helping your groom plan his outfit and look for the big day, you might need a little extra inspiration for the big day. When it comes to fall styling, we love seeing great contrast when it comes to colors! The deep, dark hues mixed with some really rich, bright jewel tones can make for a timeless look. If you’re a couple that likes to break out of the traditional mold, we’re seeing more and more grooms opt for a brightly colored suit, and we’re all for this fun look! Think hunter green or a deep maroon… swoon! Take a peek at some of our favorite looks for this season.
This past fall, Lauren and Evan married at the beautiful Glastonbury Boathouse in Glastonbury, CT. This swoon-worthy wedding had a soft and romantic feel on the quiet waterfront that any couple would love! We asked Lauren a few questions about their big day and the planning process.
Where did you get your inspiration for your wedding?: I wanted our wedding to be a reflection of us. I got my dress pretty early on and based a lot of things on that. I wanted it to be really romantic and soft.
What area of your wedding did the bulk of your budget go to?: The catering and photographer were our biggest expenses, but we were lucky enough to have our parents help us out.
Was there any part of your wedding day that wasn’t worth the cost?: I bought me and my bridesmaids robes to get ready in that none of us wound up wearing because we were hot in the hotel room getting hair and makeup done. Other than that, I tried really hard not to make frivolous purchases.
Did you hire a wedding planner? If so, how did they help?: I did not hire a wedding planner. I'm a music teacher, so I'm used to planning and organizing things myself.
What is your best advice for future brides and grooms on their big day?: Keep it about you and your partner. Don't let other people's opinions bother you or deter you from the choices you want to make. It's YOUR wedding, not theirs. Also, it's easy to get caught up and stressed out about every little detail. People won't remember what color the napkins were. They're going to remember the love in the room and the open bar.
What moment do you cherish the most about your wedding day?: Our ceremony was amazing. My husband's sister performed it for us and made it so personal. If that wasn't enough, a bunch of our musician friends surprised us with a choral performance of "This Marriage" by Eric Whitacre before we processed out. It was so special.
Venue: The Glastonbury Boathouse Glastonbury, CT
Photographer: Jennifer Sullivan Photography
David Alan Catering
Make up: Jackie Tanguay
Flowers: Laylock Cottage Designs West Hartford ct
Center pieces/signs were all DIY between bride, MOH, and friends
Invitations: Cat Ficht
brides maids: https://www.weddingtonway.com/
DJ: Mike at Upbeat City Entertainment
Finding the right outfit to wear as a guest to a wedding is no small feat! We all know the ageless rule of never wearing white to a wedding, but beyond that, there usually aren’t too many other guidelines to go off of. A change in season also means you most likely need to rotate into a new outfit from what you may have worn to any summer weddings. No fear, we’re here to help you pick the perfect fall wedding outfit to make you feel beautiful and confident!
We LOVE the colors of fall, and this is the perfect way to showcase them! We lean towards the deeper richer tones compared to the bright colors of summer. Think navy, burgundy, burnt orange, forest green, plum, and black. These colors are flexible for both day and evening weddings and are timeless, meaning you can re-wear them for years to come.
For fall, we like to stick with solid colors versus the bright, fun patterns of summer. This delivers a more crisp, warm feel and really allows the stunning colors to flourish!
Your outfit style depends on a number of factors: dress code, time of day, and what you’re comfortable with! That being said, there are many versatile styles that can transition between various scenarios. Some of our favorites are a little black dress, a classic cocktail dress, and a fresh new jumpsuit.
Little Black Dress
We never get sick of the little black dress! These beauties are the perfect staples that every woman should keep in her closet for times of need. It’s a low stress option that fits perfectly in almost any scenario.
A cocktail dress is our favorite way to let those fall colors shine! We know that so many styles fall under this category, and that’s part of what we love about it. Look for a nice simple cut that flatters the figure and pair it with a statement piece necklace and earrings.
Looking for something a little fresher and trendier? Grab a jumpsuit! This provides a chic, smooth look with an updated and trendy twist. We're loving how beautiful these look on and how much they lengthen those legs!
You can take your fall wedding in so many different directions. You can pick a bright and bold look by incorporating all the natural colors and elements of the season, or a more muted look with deep, rich colors. But, our pick for the 2017 season has to be a lovely rustic, neutral theme. White pumpkins, grey-blue tones, and maybe just a hint of maroon or orange sets the stage for a beautiful day. Achieve your rustic look by including natural wood elements and holding the event at a gorgeous barn or even in an open field with a stunning vantage point.
Offer caramel apples in personalized boxes as favors, and leave out blankets for guests to grab if you opt for an outdoor ceremony. We love the idea of having a hot chocolate or cider bar to give everyone a yummy treat to help them warm up! Set an intimate, cozy feel by incorporating lots of candles and warm colors. Your invitation suite and bridesmaid dresses give you the opportunity to decide how much of your accent colors you want to include. Opt for a more bold and colorful invitation suite to show off your color palette a bit more, or stick to a more subdued palette and let your florals do the talking!
Even within a rustic, neutral theme, there are still so many ways that this concept can go. We love how versatile it is and how you’re really able to make it our own!
One of the most important parts of planning your wedding is of course setting a date! Do you want to get married surrounded by a soft sheet of snow, or maybe sinking your toes in the sand on the beach? Whichever season you’re leaning towards to celebrate your big day, be sure to know some pros and cons of each.
There’s nothing more romantic than a cozy atmosphere surrounded by a fresh sheet of snow, a fireplace, and your loved ones in the winter months!
Since winter is considered the slow season for weddings, you have a better chance of finding discounts on venues!
- Comfort foods
You get to have all the fun in creating your menu filled with comfort foods to keep your guests toasty warm!
With winter comes snow, and unpredictable snow storms could prevent guests from being able to attend.
People are saving money for the countless winter holidays, such as Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, and Valentine’s Day.
- Natural Beauty
Flowers are blooming, trees are slowing getting back their greenery. Have fun matching your wedding colors with the natural colors of spring surrounding you!
- Weather warming up
Everyone loves when the weather starts to warm up, especially after a chilly winter season! It’s a great time to have an outdoor ceremony where guests won’t be too hot or too cold!
- Peak Wedding Season
Spring time is a very popular season to get married. Venues may be booked, and it is hard to compete with others for that prime wedding date!
Spring is the peak season for allergies, which means itchy eyes and runny noses!
- Rainy Season
If you decided upon an outdoor wedding, keep in mind that April showers bring May flowers… and could potentially wash out your venue.
- Option of an outdoor wedding
Long days, longer sunlight, and warm nights call for great outdoor weddings for you and your guests to enjoy!
- Themes are endless
Garden theme, rustic theme, beach theme, you name it, you got it! Aside from a wintery wedding, the themes that you can pull off are endless!
Although we can’t wait for the warm weather to arrive, there’s always the risk of getting married on the same day the weather is in the 90s. Be prepared to offer some shade for your guests!
- Vacation Season
Another risk is having your wedding weekend land right in the middle of someone else’s vacation week. Summer is a very popular time for families to take vacations!
- Reliable weather
Just like spring, the weather is not too hot and not too cold!
Use nature to your advantage with decorations! Fall is the perfect season to save money in the decoration department since the foliage is as beautiful as it comes!
- Tight finances
People are starting to save money for the upcoming holidays in the winter season, which means they are more likely to have a tight budget (and you also might be tight on your budget for the same reason)!
The Perfect New England Fall Wedding
We are in L-O-V-E with Lindsay & Tyler's beautiful New England wedding. The perfection of this day is found in the elegance of this couple and their warm and inviting style.
We were lucky enough ask Lindsay about her wedding planning process and how it all came together.
What area of your wedding did the bulk of your budget go to? Landscaping my parents yard and creating a large level space for the tent were definitely the most costly. (Is there an up-charge for wedding dirt?) My dress was a big ticket item and I probably spent more of the budget on flowers than most people do. I love love love flowers and my florist was wonderful. Annmary of Dandelions spent hours meeting with me and asking questions to ensure she understood exactly what I liked and was looking for.
Where did you get your inspiration for your wedding? We love living in New England and wanted to celebrate fall in New England. My aunts made pies and we served Vermont cheddar cheese from the Boston farmer's market. The wedding was at my parents' home in the hill towns. We embraced the firewood piles and my dad built a pallet bar for the reception along with a birch arch for the ceremony. Our guests "camped" at the AMC, and we gave them cider donuts, maple syrup from our favorite farm in Granville, and local honey from a beekeeper we met at the fair! We used family china I collected from our mothers, grandmothers, and aunts. I didn't want my wedding to look like a Thanksgiving table so I used white pumpkins, peach flowers, gourds, blue hubbard squash, rust colored mums, sage colored succulents, herbs, eucalyptus, and gold stripes.
Did you hire a wedding planner? If so, how did they help? I hired Tanya Costigan Events for month of and day of service. Her team was integral to day of set up. I had spent a year choosing the table settings and she made sure it was perfect on the wedding day. She also was a knowledgeable resource and suggested Classical Tents & Party Goods for rustic rentals.
What is your best advice for future brides and grooms on their big day? Include the traditions, moments, and decorations that are important or sound fun to you and skip what's not!
What moment do you cherish the most about your wedding day? The cocktail hour! (Ours was an hour and a half and we were there for every minute of it!) We did wedding party and first look photos ahead of time as suggested by Andrea York Photography and cocktail hour was the most unscripted and natural period of the day. We could start celebrating, visit with our friends and family, and enjoy drinks and our favorite band with our guests.