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Tips for Autumn Brides

It might be summer for the time being but autumn is practically upon us. Of course it is not here just yet, and it might be a strange thing to think about, but before you know it there will be cooler temperatures, warmer clothes, hot toddies, pumpkin ale, spiced wine and–yes, it’s true!–autumn weddings. We love all weddings and times of year. But there is no doubt that autumn is one of our favourite wedding seasons at Todich Floral Design- and we're not the only ones who love it!

Sarah Tottle, a Corporate Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Writer, says: "Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere often signifies a new season. This feeling comes from the fact that from a very young age, Autumn is associated with new starts, new school years and new beginnings. This perfectly sums up a wedding. It's the start of something new and brides embarking on this journey can reflect this new beginning in the choices they make for their big day. This can be reflected in what they choose to wear, setting the scene, and even the location. It's not uncommon for brides to want to rock a new look; to glam up when they don't usually, and to do things differently on their wedding day.

"I'd recommend brides choose a theme that is congruent with who they are, to not be afraid to do something bold so long as it sits well with them, and to even think about what the colours they choose represent too."

Read on to find out why and see our 5 fantastic tips for planning your autumn wedding.

Really Take Advantage Of The Autumn Outdoors

As long as you and your beloved dress appropriately, there is no reason not to take full advantage of a fine, beautiful autumn backdrop, as long as you remember to add a few layers of clothing and advise guests to dress warmly.

As long as you have that (and yourselves) covered, be sure to take lots of outdoor wedding photos in country settings, with bare trees and branches and blue skies, or have a photography session in and around London. Weather permitting, you might also consider an outdoor cocktail reception.  

Don't Be Afraid To Embrace Autumn Colours

There is a lot more happening with autumn colour schemes than people typically think. In reality there is a expansive, sweeping array of hues and shades at your disposal. You are not stuck with orange and yellow, but can actually luxuriate in paler tints of beige, gold and silver and bronze, and champagne. All offer a vibrant alternative. And if you want something that really speaks to a more sensual sensibility, then go for burgundy, mauve, matte pink, blush and lavender colour palettes. They will pair especially well with lighter greens, dark green, and light red.

Katarina Matekalo, Event Stylist at Decorations by Jelena, adds: "One of my top tips for autumn brides is to allow your stylist to incorporate the natural textures and colours that are in abundance this time of year to create the most wow for your wedding. Also, the sunset tones in the florals can be accentuated by using complimentary neutral tones in the rest of the styling such as neutral table linens, and clean simple lines for ceremony furniture."

Use These Seasonal Autumn Flowers In Bouquets

Autumn brides also have some breathtaking options when it comes to flowers used for centrepieces, bridal bouquets, and buttonholes for the groom and his groomsmen (don't want the men to feel left out!), so there is no need to fret.

Choose from purple and lavender flowers, such as asters and purple Peruvian lilies. Then there are dahlias,  orange and gold gerberas, chrysanthemums, Calla lilies, and more!

Delve Into A World Of Autumnal Decorations

Autumnal accouterments and wedding adornments are abound. You're not limited to bales of hay and using dry leaves to decorate the aisles, either. Crab apples, acorns, wheat and lit candles make festive, warm, luminous additions to centrepieces. You may also find a way to use gourds and small pumpkins around traditional vases.

Feature Favourite Autumn Foods

You don't need to dig that deep into the larder to come up with some delicious seasonal autumn dishes and recipes to serve at your wedding. Remember to ask your caterer about pumpkin soup, fruit and nut tarts that use plums, dates and figs, savoury pasta dishes, and roasted vegetables.

"Don't forget to add a bright little touch to the menu, too, for colour and flavour, with some edible flowers." – Joanna Wells, Taylor Wells

Another tip from Dorothy Polka from Polka Dot Bride has is to make the most of the season! She says: "Look for a venue that shelters both you and your guests from the cold. Serve up hot drinks (mulled wine, anyone?) and consider warming touches like reception venues with roaring fires to create a cosy atmosphere."


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