Bride, groom and wedding party posing for photos outside during their fall wedding in Columbus, OH by WatersEdge Event Center

Never has there been a more romanticized time of year than the comfortable and crisp months of Autumn. What better time to fall in love than that special time when trees are at their most beautiful, the air cools to a brisk fall wind, and you and your significant other can spend hours in each other’s arms at the fireside? Fall isn’t just a time for carving pumpkins, sipping cider, and gathering around the table for a delicious family feast-it’s also one of the best times of year to consider tying the knot. Weddings held at this time of the year are sure to be an event both the happy couple and guests alike will remember and cherish for years to come. However, as with all weddings, certain accommodations must be made to suit the seasonal conditions. Below are the best fall wedding tips, tricks, and hacks to help turn your special day into the Autumn gathering of a lifetime:

The Venue

Taking into account the temperature changes of the season, it’s important to remember that fall can bring on chilly air and less than desirable weather at a moments notice. Consider investing in canopies or tents, which can be used for both decorative and practical purposes as they will help to shield you and your guests from any undesirable weather. Keep an eye on the forecast days ahead of time and always have a plan B for both the ceremony and reception in case of any surprises. Event planners at WatersEdge are here to help you with every step of the way.

For visual appeal, you may be thinking of having your ceremony in a woodland area that properly displays the breathtaking beauty of the trees in fall. While the varying shades of red, yellow, and amber are sure to be a sight, remember that any area with trees overhead will mean leaves on the ground and more importantly, leaves constantly falling from above. This has the potential to add to the fall appeal, but some couples may find it inconvenient. To keep the charm of Autumn but avoid any leaf related annoyances, look for a nice open spot outdoors in front of a tree line where the scenery can be appreciated but won’t necessarily interfere with your special day.

The Wardrobe

One of the most important aspects of any wedding day, what you and your wedding party will wear can be a tough decision when considering the conditions of fall. You’ll want everyone to be comfortable and of course, look their absolute best. Longer dresses and closed-toed heels will likely be the best option for bridesmaids considering the season. The men in your wedding party should be dressed in appropriate layers, avoiding fabrics that may be too thin or too heavy. While fall is indeed a cooler time of year, full-blown wool suits are probably not necessary.

The bride might consider a dress with lace sleeves, and maybe one with a shorter train that doesn’t run the risk of getting damaged by the elements as you walk down the aisle. If you choose to wear heels, it may be a good idea to invest in heel protectors to avoid sinking into the grass that may have softened due to the fall weather.

The Décor

Sticking true to the Autumn theme, anyone planning on marrying during this time of year will have a variety of fun ways to decorate their ceremony. A rich color palette will help the event flow with the changing leaves and visual appeal of the natural surroundings, especially with the beautiful landscape WatersEdge has to offer. Think about including deep reds, rich shades of orange, and hints of yellow as this will bring out the stunning color around you and look fantastic in photos. Nude shades such as tan and brown make terrific accents and can be utilized in a variety of ways to make the most of your wedding décor. Using fall-specific items such as pumpkins, Autumn foliage, Indian corn or pinecones can give your event unique flare while maintaining the original motif.

Planning an event can be tricky, no matter the time of year. Thankfully, there’s no need to stress over putting together your special day. If you’ve found you would like someone else to take the weight of all that planning, contact us and we would be more than pleased to assist you!