Fall Wedding Ideas We Love

October has officially surpassed June as the most popular month to get married in the United States. And we can see why! There's something special about the autumn season - a crispness in the air, beautiful foliage and usually some good weather. If you're getting married in autumn, check out these fall wedding ideas we love.

Bring on the cozy. When you're having an outdoor wedding, it's best to let your guests know on the wedding invite so they can dress accordingly. Even with that knowledge, fall can be a time of year when temperatures can take a dramatic dip. A basket of blankets or pashminas makes a lovely offering if you end up experiencing cooler-than-normal temps. Let guests know if they can keep them or if they need to return the blankets to the basket once they ceremony is finished. Want to spread some kindness? Pass on those blankets to a local homeless shelter or humane society. 

One of the best parts about a fall wedding is getting to incorporate all the gorgeous fall colors. Try mixing burnt orange, purples and reds with a more neutral palette of creams, muted greens or soft golds. Choose your mix and then use some of those colors for your bridesmaid dresses, decorations and flowers.

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It wouldn't be a fall wedding without a fall flavored signature wedding cocktail. And your possibilities are endless! If you want to go with an apple flavor, try a spiced up appletini, an apple juice mimosa or spiked apple cider served once the sun goes down. If you're feeling like pumpkin, try serving pumpkin beer or a pumpkin Irish cream. For a non-alcoholic option, a hot chocolate bar is sure to please both kiddos and adults. 

A naturally beautiful part of fall is the changing landscape of the trees and leaves. Choose a wedding venue that showcases that with either an outdoor ceremony, large windows in your reception area or an outdoor patio for your cocktail area. If you're opting for an outdoor ceremony, a wedding arch made of fall foliage, either real or fake, makes for a lovely backdrop to exhange wedding vows.

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Make good use of the gourds. Whether you like pumpkins, squash or gourds, they're all plentiful this time of year to use in your fall wedding decor. Line the wedding aisle with pumpkins for a fun pop of color. Or for an inexpensive table centerpiece, fill glass containers in various shapes with smaller gourds. You could even use small pumpkins, gourds or even a fig for a name setting. Simply write your guest's name of a small piece of paper and use a push pin to attach to the top of the pumpkin.

A fall wedding is the perfect time to have fun with wedding favors - especially edible ones. Send your guests off with DIY s'more packages, gourmet candied applies or cinnamon rolls for the next morning. Wanting something a little less sweet? Package up your favorite tea bags for your guests to use when the weather gets even cooler.  A fall scented votive candle or a succulent that can last through the winter on an indoor window sill are also both lovely ideas for a fall wedding favor. 

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Fall food is bursting with comfort and flavor. For your first course, serve pumpkin soup or a salad topped with spiced pears or nuts. For a main dish, pork chops with an apple chutney are a classic fall comfort food. Dessert is definitely the star of the show with a fall wedding. If you're opting for a wedding cake, ask to add in cinnamon and other spices in one or two layers for a traditional fall spice cake. If you're serving non-cake desserts, mini apple pies, warm waffles or even a donut station are sure to please. Can we come too? 

Get creative with candles. If you're utilizing the cooler weather of fall with an outdoor ceremony or reception time - use candles to make your space stylish and cozy. At the ceremony, line the aisle with candles and use candles in all different heights and sizes near the altar. At the reception, make cozy little nooks with furniture and accent pieces, and use candles to distinguish those areas from the rest of the space. If having lit candles at your wedding scares you - opt for the battery powered, flame-less ones. 

Fall weddings are a great time of year for the bride to show off a super stylish wedding dress with sleeves. You can embrace the cooler weather and not be freezing, while showcasing your fashion forward side. Sleeve lengths can range from a cap sleeve to a full length sleeve, and everything in between. Lace and illusion sleeves will be very on-trend as we move into 2019. 

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