The weather is getting colder, leaves are falling off the trees and pumpkins are ready for harvesting. October is such a picturesque time of the year it’s no surprise that is becoming one of the more popular months to get married. If you’re planning on an October Wedding then here are some top tips to incorporate Autumn (and Halloween) into your Big Day.
When choosing the venue for your October wedding think rustic and trees. Barns are an obvious choice and provide a beautiful rustic interior, ideal for Autumn. Country Houses are another popular choice especially if they have a scenic driveway with trees showing off those Autumn colours with the falling leaves. Teepee tents are also a great option as you can pitch them up where there’s beautiful scenery and you can even have an open fire inside! A less obvious option is an Orangery which can provide a truly dreamy backdrop for your photos.
Decor in Autumn can be simple, easy and actually pretty cheap, with a lot of DIY options meaning you can stretch your budget further. Think about bringing the outdoor inside by using twigs and branches decorated with fairy lights for a lovely romantic look. Pumpkins are obviously big in October and can be a great addition just dotted around or for centrepieces. They can be hollowed out and filled with flowers or candles on top of a wooden slice to add that extra touch. Wooden slices also work really well as a Wedding Cake stand. Don’t forget to top up the rustic Autumnal theme with hay bales, pinecones, berries and chestnuts and finishing touches with hessian for bunting, table runners and even for a bow around your bouquet to help tie in the rustic look.
For a Wedding in October you just need to look to nature for a colour palette. Think rusty oranges, berry pinks, aubergine purples and leafy greens to set the scene for an Autumnal ambience.
11am or 1pm are the most popular times for the Wedding ceremony. But with daylight starting to fade earlier in the day some may want to push the time back a little to enjoy a candlelit ceremony. However whilst a sunset wedding does sound very romantic don’t forget to capture the beautiful autumn scenery too. What could work well is to have the ceremony just before the ‘golden hour’ (an hour before sunset) so that the natural light is at its softest and is perfect for photos. This way you can still enjoy the evening celebrations with warm romantic lighting.
Comfort food is big at this time of year and a good hearty meal would certainly warm the cockles of your wedding guests’ hearts. A great starter could be a soup using the delicious seasonal vegetables such as Pumpkin and Parsnip or Butternut Squash. Autumn is game season so you could consider pheasant for the main meal or some wholesome pies. And as for dessert why not make the most of the seasonal fruit and have a tasty blackberry and apple crumble. Or if you don’t fancy the sit down meal the weather should still be pleasant enough for a BBQ or hog roast to add to the rustic feel.
When thinking about the cake, whether it be a beautiful sponge cake, iced or naked or even a cheese cake served with crackers and port. Whatever you choose in Autumn you can adorn the wedding cake with icing leaves and berries to decorate.
Along with serving champagne at your wedding why not truly embrace the Autumn theme and offer hot apple cider, mulled wine and some sloe gin cocktails with berries and cinnamon.
Antique gold and ivory tones work best for an autumn wedding dress as they compliment the copper colours of nature during this time of year. You can also layer up with lace for a rustic look and extra warmth of course. A three piece suit made from wool or tweed and accompanied with braces is great for the Groom and Groomsmen. For Bridesmaids dresses think full length satin in chocolate or deep purple with sleeves to keep out the chill. Guests shouldn’t be restricted with outfits either for an autumn wedding as the weather is relatively consistent.
When it comes to flowers at this time of year you’ll have so much to choose from. For your bouquets, boutonnières and floral arrangements go for rustic oranges, deep reds, plums and burgundies using Calla lilies, Gerberas or hydrangeas. Autumn is also the perfect time to add some additional interest with berries, foliage and seed heads to create a real rustic arrangement.
The extra details can make all the difference in your wedding and make it one to truly remember. Autumn has an abundance of seasonal comforts and great treats that work well as favours or just sweet treats to enjoy throughout the day such as cinder toffee, cinnamon biscuits, popcorn, jars of jam or toffee apples. And speaking of apples why not play some autumnal games like apple bobbing to keep the the little ones entertained (and adults alike). You could even have a craft table for the children with pinecones and leaves to colour and make collages.
As the evening draws in and you need to keep your guests toasty and warm why not provide blankets galore around a fire pit with marshmallows to roast and hot cider to sip on. And to top of an unforgettable day why not put on a firework display and hand out sparklers (which make for a great photo opportunity too) for a truly spectacular finish.