Our wedding guru, wedding planner Katrina Otter shares her autumn wedding essentials
Well here we are in autumn and I have to admit that I’m a huge fan of this beautiful season. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way because more and more couples are choosing to get married at this time of year. So, if you’re planning an autumnal celebration then here’s my guide to a few autumn wedding essentials that will help you celebrate in seasonal style…
The best bridal gowns for autumn
Autumn in the UK is nothing if not unpredictable when it comes to the weather so my first essential has to be a bridal ensemble that will look (and feel) fabulous whatever Mother Nature throws at us. So, if you’re opting for a short sleeve or strapless gown, you might want to think about including a wrap or shrug in case it’s cool (or a leather jacket for a real statement!). Umbrellas are also essential in case of rain and hair styling products should be included in your emergency kit if the rain plays havoc with your hair!
For the guys, autumn brings you so much choice for your look too. As the evenings draw in, a black tie is classically elegant and utterly irresistible! I can promise you that black tie weddings are definitely on the increase and remember, there’s no such thing as being over-dressed! Alternatively, rustic tweeds are great in autumn or, if you’re feeling daring, how about a touch of velvet?
Autumn wedding flowers
Seasonal flowers and foliage are a must and in autumn there are an abundance of rich and adventurous choices. Beautiful dahlias would be top of my list and, as someone who adores the foliage trend, I’d certainly include masses of greenery in any autumnal decorative plan. Suspended and asymmetric installations bring a current feel to foliage and for maximum impact go as wild and unstructured as you dare!
If you’re a boho bride who still wants to rock a floral crown, then how about embracing natural-luxe and opt for twists of twigs, more foliage and some seasonal berries for an intense pop of colour. Although there’ll be fewer petals and blousy blooms than a summer crown, it’ll still look super cute and irresistibly gorgeous.
The best food for an autumn wedding
When it comes to food and drink, let harvest be your inspiration and serve up a fabulous feast to your guests. Sourcing local and seasonal produce for your wedding breakfast is a great way to support local producers and you’re guaranteed a truly tasty menu. Delicious grazing stations allow you to serve a whole range of goods and they make a great talking point for your guests too.
Seasonal fruits also make brilliant starting points for your autumnal colour palette. Natural tones look amazing alongside bolder colours inspired by plums, berries, apples and even pumpkins. Add in touches of leafy browns and dark blues for a contrast that’s earthy and beautiful.
You can use these natural touches throughout your day to join up the whole look. Imagine a naked or barely-iced cake decorated with berries and foliage sitting on a wood slice cake stand or stationery with hand-drawn seasonal motifs – styling heaven!
Autumn wedding decor
Finally, my ultimate autumn wedding essential is probably the simplest yet most effective wedding addition ever and that’s candlelight. Make the most of the darker evenings and fill your wedding with soft, romantic candlelight to create the most wonderful atmosphere for your big day.
If you’re looking for more advice on how to plan the perfect autumn wedding then please do get in touch, I’d love to hear from you.
Katrina Otter is a Cambridgeshire based wedding planner and event organiser with over 10 years experience. Find out how she could help you plan your wedding day