Throughout many parts of the United States, one of the most beautiful seasons is autumn. Summer heat gives way to cool breezes, and the leaves on the trees change to all shades of gold and red. Yet this isn’t just the time for pumpkin spice lattes and cozy sweaters — it can actually be a wonderful time for a wedding, too.
Couples who marry in the fall have plenty of choices for a venue, and weather permitting, they can even tie the knot outdoors. If you’re considering throwing a fall wedding, or even putting the finishing touches on your plans now, use these three tips to throw a beautiful autumn celebration:
Choose the perfect autumn venue. Whether it’s a small backyard party or a grand affair at a local orchard, see if you can host your wedding outdoors before the temperatures drop too low. Many people may think that outdoor weddings can only be planned for the summer, but fall is also an ideal time for a wedding and reception. Fall foliage provides the perfect backdrop at any outdoor setting, and there are plenty of party supply rentals to complete your event. Choose from table and chair rentals to seat guests banquet style, or pick from wedding tent rentals to keep everyone comfortable.
Decorate with fall’s colors in mind. One of the best ways to develop a theme for your wedding is to choose three colors and carry it through all of the decorations. For instance, you can choose wedding linen rentals in a variety of fall colors, from bright golds and oranges to deep reds and plum shades and use them for chair covers, table clothes, table runners, and more. This is also a great time to add a touch of nature to your wedding and reception. Use fake maple leaves or fall-inspired flower arrangements for your wedding arch, or pick chrysanthemums and other flowers straight from the garden to use as centerpieces at guest tables.
Plan a fall-inspired menu for your guests. With the weather growing cooler, plan for heartier meals for your guests. Sweet flavors like cinnamon, ginger, and clove are usually added to foods like sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and stews and can remind people of all their favorite fall holidays. Serving those meals is easy if you use party supply rentals like chafing dishes, glassware, and other food service products. Additionally, don’t forget to think about drinks. Research shows that if you offer your guests coffee or tea, 80% of them will accept, and these warm beverages are perfect on a cool fall night. If you have an open bar or a cocktail party-like reception, most people will have about two to three drinks on average, so make sure to stock up on fall favorites like Octoberfest beers and pumpkin ales.