Fall weddings are beloved for their stunning colours, delicious seasonal foods, bold florals, and endless opportunity for charming decorations. Not only can fall foliage make for a beautiful backdrop for the perfect wedding photos, but the crisp autumn air can also be the most ideal weather for a gorgeous outdoor ceremony.
With all these wonderful benefits, there’s no questioning why so many couples opt for a wedding during this lovely season. If you and your partner have picked a wedding date in the fall, you may be wondering how to perfectly plan this event.
Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about planning a fall wedding.
Prepare for Different Weather
Fall weather in Canada can range anywhere from a warm sunny day to light snowfall. This is why it’s incredibly important to have backup plans in place. One of the best ways to do this is by choosing a venue with both outdoor and indoor seating options. If the ceremony is outside, offer your guests warm, cozy blankets that match the rest of your decorations.
It’s also important to have a contingency location for your ceremony in case a storm hits or the weather significantly worsens. During the reception, if you have outdoor areas for your guests to enjoy, serve warm drinks and keep them comfortable around little fire pits.
Wear Layered Clothing
Provide layered clothing for your bridal party to make sure they are comfortable throughout the entire day. Fall weather tends to be cool in the mornings, warmer during the day, and then cool again at night.
A nice layer such as a gorgeous wrap, elegant pashmina, or a cozy faux fur shrug can prevent your bridal party from getting too chilly. If you suspect the weather may be cooler on your wedding day, then choose bridesmaid dresses with slightly heavier fabrics.
Set the Perfect Colour Palette
There’s no arguing that fall colour palettes offer some of the most beautiful and bold aesthetics. Whether you want dusty mauves, neutrals, jewel tones, copper, or metallic tones, there is a perfect palette for you. Autumn brings out deep rich colours that can be beautifully reflected in your decor, venue, and wedding look.
Choose a Menu That Emphasizes the Season’s Flavours
Fall wedding food often consists of root vegetables, squash, sweet potatoes, soups, and colourful fruits. This can make choosing a fall-themed menu very exciting. There are so many delectable food options available that your guests will absolutely love.
Some of the most delicious ideas include butternut squash soup, apple bruschetta, shrimp cocktails, cider-braised chicken, Brussels sprouts, cornish game hens, sea bass, and much more.
Pick Stunning Fall Flowers
Fall foliage and flowers are absolutely stunning. Calla lilies, marigolds, anemones, sunflowers, protea, dahlias, pampas grass, orchids, roses, and chrysanthemums are all in full bloom during the fall months.
A special combination of autumn flowers with their rich colours can create a picture-perfect bouquet. For your table floral arrangements, you can even add seasonal berries and acorns to give your decor a more rustic fall feel.
Choose a Wedding Cake That Fits Autumn Themes
Fall wedding cakes are typically more rustic looking with flavours such as apple spice, pumpkin spice, red velvet, or gingerbread. Your fall wedding cake can be covered with fall foliage and flowers that match your carefully selected autumn colour palette. If you choose a more rustic-style cake, you may opt to have very little icing on the sides of your cake and have a delicious drizzle of caramel or ganache on each layer instead.
On top of a cake, we recommend that you have a full table dedicated to your favourite fall desserts. Churros, hot chocolate, apple pie, pumpkin pie, berry tarts, donuts, and almond galettes are all fan favourites!
Find Elegant Fall Decorations
Finding elegant fall decorations can significantly enhance your wedding’s appearance, mood, and photography. You can decorate your fall wedding in numerous different wedding styles including rustic, traditional, romantic, bohemian, fairytale, or modern.
Choose a wedding style that best reflects you and your partner. Once you’ve picked your style, you can add harvest colours, beautiful foliage such as pumpkin and cranberries, as well as autumn floral arrangements.
Create Autumn-Inspired Wedding Favours for Guests
Fall wedding favours such as heart-shaped pies, s’mores, seasonal fruit edible arrangements, caramel apples, or glass bottles of local honey can make for the cutest parting gifts. Showing your appreciation with an adorable wedding favour can leave such a positive impact on your guests and guarantee everyone will leave happy.
If you don’t want edible wedding favours, there are many other autumn-themed alternatives. Other popular fall favours include woodsy bottle openers, mini-cocktails, pumpkin-scented candles, sparklers, chapstick, or cozy blankets.
For further information about planning a fall wedding or booking a reception hall in Vaughan, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the friendly staff at Chateau Le Jardin at 1-888-529-8573 or contact us online. Our team can help turn your dream fall wedding into a reality by providing you with gourmet cuisines, a luxury venue, and a level of excellence that goes above and beyond. Chateau Le Jardin looks forward to hearing from you soon.