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5 Ideas for Planning an Autumn Wedding

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There are so many wonderful things that come with the changing of the seasons, including cooler weather, leaves turning spectacular shades of red and gold, college and professional football, apple picking, hayrides, and pumpkin spice everything. What better time to get married than in a season that emphasizes inspiration, warmth, and comfort?

Here are some tips and ideas for planning an autumn wedding.

Use Fall Colors to Your Advantage

Orange and brown certainly reflect the season, but by no means are they the only colors you should consider when planning a fall wedding. The nice thing about this season is that it offers an amazingly vast color palette, so there is no reason to limit yourself to the ordinary. The Knot recommends combining earthy hues with rich jewel tones for a wedding that is as unique as the couple saying their “I do’s.”

Borrow Inspiration from Mother Nature

Few settings are as romantic as an outdoor wedding in the fall. Just imagine exchanging your vows with a colorful mountainside or autumn leaves in the background. Apples, pears, pumpkins, and gourds make for gorgeous centerpieces. Line the aisle with dried leaves or in-season flowers for a stunning look as you walk past your guests to meet your groom.

Serve Seasonal Foods at the Reception

Create a rustic dinner buffet of your favorite comfort foods for the reception. For the main course, consider in-season dishes, such as rack of lamb served with mashed potatoes or roasted pork served with spiced apples. Wild mushroom risotto can be considered for a vegetarian option. Spice up the dessert table with assorted pies and cakes (e.g., apple, pumpkin, carrot, etc.), warm apple cider and pumpkin spice lattes or hot chocolate.

Plan for Cooler Weather

Arizona is one of those magical places where temperature remain comfortable year-round. The evenings, however, can get a little chilly during the fall and winter. If planning an outdoor wedding/reception that may extend into the evening, it is important to consider your own, and your guests comfort. One popular idea is to arrange baskets of cozy throws that can double as decoration and/or wedding favors. Combine this with a few strategically placed fire pits.

Be Mindful of Fall Holidays

Just one more reason to love fall? It is the start of both the holiday and football season. When selecting a date for an autumn wedding, taking care not to plan it during major holidays, such as Thanksgiving or big sporting events can help your guests avoid scheduling conflicts. You can, however, play on the holidays or sporting events in your wedding theme/décor.

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