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What to Wear to a Fall Wedding

Now that the autumn season is upon us the big question is: what do you wear to a fall wedding? The weather can be very tricky this time of year depending on where you live or where the wedding takes place. One day it could be 80 and sunny and the next stormy and 64. So, we have some great options for you to think about if you’re attending a fall wedding!

A lot of brides pick this season because it’s beautiful and the cooler temperatures don’t hurt either. For a fall wedding it’s great to wear layers. That way you can be comfortable during all parts of the day. We also recommend looking at the invitation to get an idea of the color scheme of the wedding. Or, if you know someone in the bridal party just ask what colors the bridesmaids are wearing. You wouldn’t to clash with them either.

Let’s take a look at some cheaper dress options if you are on a budget. Or, you might have more than one fall wedding to attend and you wouldn’t want to wear the same thing four times, would you?

First dress is lovely crimson colored dress with lace sleeves. This is a comfortable fit for most body types and it’s a striking color! The lace gives it a nice feminine touch as well.

A second option would be to go to the Rent the Runway site. You can rent high quality dresses for as little as $3o.  You get the option of a 4 day or 8 day rental. The downside is you don’t get to keep the dress but who needs the maintenance of a high end dress anyway?  Just be sure to take lots of pictures!

Whatever your taste is for a fall wedding you’ll do it in style! Let’s not forget that old little black dress in your closet either. That is perfectly fine to wear to a fall wedding – just glam it up with accessories and amazing shoes!

Fall Wedding

It’s that amazing time of year again – Fall! A fall wedding can be perfect for those brides who love rich color palettes and crisp air. We have several great ideas for you to try!

  1. Instead of confetti, bubbles or rice, have guests throw leaves instead! You and your groom will be showered with beautiful, vibrant foliage that will look amazing in pictures. You can even make your own leaves if you don’t want what mother nature has to offer. Many craft stores will sell paper leave that mimic the real ones!

2. For your fall wedding you might be worried about getting cold. We love a fall blazer over a wedding gown! It keeps the glam but also gives you a great sense of style. It’s edgy and unconventional but you’ll make a great statement!

3.  Fall wedding food is the best! You can play around with favorites like apple pie or pumpkin pie. They can be served in a variety of forms like apple pie pops or have a pie dessert bar. The options for these comfort foods will keep guests full and warm.

4. What fall wedding would be complete without table decor? We love the floating branches with candles look. Even if you’re not going for a rustic wedding this elegant piece still gives your tables the romantic light you want!

5. If you are a bride who wants the more rustic chic feel then we recommend hosting your reception at least half way outside. That way you can have bonfires! Especially if your wedding is kid friendly because who wouldn’t want to roast marshmellows and make s’mores? Of course, you need a venue that will allow for an open fire. We think you’ll love the added excitement and great smell to your reception!

Wedding Bonfire

Fall Wedding Ideas

The weather should be changing any moment and we’ve got fall wedding ideas for you! You might not be a fall bride but here are some things to consider. The weather is cooler so you won’t be baking in that gorgeous gown if you’re taking pictures outside. The brilliant foliage this time of year is perfect for photos. And, warm spices and comfort food recipes lend themselves favorably to cocktail hours and reception food!

  1. Apple Bin escort cards. What’s not to love about a cute bin full of apples (real or fake) with your guests names and table numbers on them? We love the rustic accent that is so popular this year and it provides a necessary purpose.

2.  Another fall wedding idea is velvet. Normally, this heavier material isn’t utilized but it’s perfect for a fall wedding! A velvet sash, shoes or bows can make your wedding pop. Many think it’s an old fashioned material but velvet can give your big day the glam you want. Your bridesmaids can also rock velvet dresses since they won’t die in the heat of summer. Or your groom can wear a velvet jacket. You can have lots of fun deciding what accents would look great in the soft, plush material.

3. Seasonal welcome snacks are a great way to have a fall wedding! Most people enjoy apple cider donuts, warm spiced cider and pumpkin pie. You can use these delicious treats as cocktail hour snacks or desserts at the reception. You could have a caramel apple bar with different caramels to dip slices into or even bags of candy for children. Get your guests into the brisk fun of fall right away with seasonal food.

 

Our fall wedding ideas are just things to keep in mind if you’re aiming for an autumn wedding!

 

Gothic Wedding

Gothic Wedding
Fall is a fantastic time of year for a wedding, and there’s something fascinating about a bride who is daring enough to use Gothic wedding themes on her big day. It’s not traditional, it might scare some of your guests, but if they’re dare devils like you then they should get into the theme. What better time of year than October for blood red elegance?
Our favorite main piece is probably the thousands of Gothic wedding dresses you can pick from. They can be as expensive as traditional dresses but we’ve found some deals where they seem slightly less pricey. They can be simple to ornate, for example this stunning red A-line.
Other styles can be darker for your more Victorian rocker side.
The possibilities of a Gothic themed wedding are spectacular. You have permission to use dark colors that most people would think are too dramatic. There really isn’t anything too dramatic or wrong in this theme. We love brides who think outside the box! Your Gothic wedding doesn’t have to death and skeletons, like most people associate with the word. Gothic can simply refer to romanticism and you can wear white, like this stunning cascading gown.
Whatever colors you choose it’s all about the romance and elegance even with a Gothic wedding theme. But, feel free to go wild with black roses, cloaks, crimson accents and all the wonderful darkness that’s out there to play with! Your guests can also get into the theme by wearing top hats, long gloves and canes. Your perfect fall wedding is waiting.

Save the Date

October 12Everything is cyclical right? And all fashions come back around again, don’t they? So it’s no surprise that every few years or so, the most popular dates for getting married change and those tried and true dates of the past become quite trendy once again. This year was no different. The most popular date for 2013? Drumroll please…10.12.13!  And while October is certainly very popular, especially in most areas where the weather is pretty mild (not too hot, not too cold) the clever numbering definitely makes it desirable for couples seeking a memorable date…literally.

So what else is in a date?  Well, the once prominent and most popular month of June is back! Big time! The second most popular date this year was June 1st. Thankfully, when a number like 1, or 31 lands on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, you can almost always be sure that it will take off in terms of popularity. Venues and churches alike tend to see major spikes when notable dates in the Spring through Fall land on a weekend. Typically in the case of couples with no real ties to a specific date or month go looking for availability they really just end up picking a date that sounds good. And from there, a lifetime love of that date will ensure. Kind of cool, right?

And so far the final numbers are in on popularity with June, the old favorite that was later passed up for Fall fetes, reigning in at number one. September, the favorite of the last few years came in a close second and October, the new fall preference was right on target in third place.

 

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For destination areas in the U.S., experts followed the trends down to Florida concluding that the high times are November and December. The reason for the Holiday wedding spike? Most couples consider their guests desire to escape the colder temperatures and with most people getting more time off for Thanksgiving and the break between Christmas and New Year’s the idea of a beach wedding is music to their ears. Also, the temps in the South are scorching the Summer and even into early Fall, making winter a better time to say “ I Do.”

 

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One thing is for sure when it comes to dates. According to MSN Weddings, if you really want to stand out, set the date for January!

pins of the week

Pinterest: Pins of the Week

Glassware + Greenery: As soon as we saw this table, we knew we’d be seeing it at an upcoming celebration.  It’s just too pretty not to recreate!  The simple yet stunning vibe of this tablescape can be attributed to two major pieces, glassware and greenery.  If you look at photo, there isn’t much else there.  A combination of vases and different shaped glasses mixed with moss and mismatched ferns create a nice balance at a likely elegant event. And don’t even get us started on the cloches; they are gorgeous!  Even if this doesn’t fit for your wedding day, we could see this as a gorgeous holiday table, easy to recreate in almost any location or climate.  Who knew a stunning table was as easy as glass and greenery?

Dia de Muertos Inspired Invite: With October drawing to a close, we are gearing up for several fun and festive celebrations, including Dia de Muertos, the famous and much celebrated Mexican holiday that remembers friends and family who have died.  We pinned this Dia de Muertos inspired invitation, loving its boldness and quirk, as well as its nod to an important cultural event.  It may not be everyone’s cup of wedding tea, but we love to see couples take risks and make their day uniquely theirs!

Perfect Fall Bouquet: When we’re searching for wedding bouquet inspiration on Pinterest, we often come across stunning bouquets.  Many are full of bright pops of color and bold florals, perfect the bride wanting to pack a floral punch.  We often also see some gorgeous neutral bouquets, made up of white and cream florals with touches of greenery.  However, it’s often hard to find bouquets that fall between the two, keeping a neutral base with just the right amount of spark and spunk.  So when we pinned this bouquet, we noted how wonderfully it seems to balance a neutral palette with a splash of personality.  We love the mix of texture, depth, and color, making this a delightful choice for a fall bouquet.

 

How To Have a Thanksgiving Wedding

How To Have a Thanksgiving Wedding

While Turkey Day is synonymous with well, turkey, it also seems like the perfect holiday and time of year to tie the knot. They saying timing is everything and the greatest gift you can give yourself on your wedding day is time as well. The week of Thanksgiving usually allows most people some extra time off and an excuse to treat themselves to a mini vacation or even staycation.  Be mindful, however, that for some guests, you are taking them away from their families and yearly traditions for a moment and asking them to share with you this very important day. In this case, some couples are choosing to get hitched the day after Thanksgiving or even the Saturday that follows. Whichever day you pick, a Thanksgiving Wedding is a stunning time of year to be wed!

Thanksgiving wedding montagePhotography via The Knot

As far as themes go- stick with the rich gifts of the season! We love the idea of re-creating a Thanksgiving meal for your wedding reception. With such an emphasis on food during this week, guests might be surprised and delighted to see you go in a totally new direction, while keeping it seasonal.  One couple we know chose sweet potato risotto with a perfectly roasted chicken accompanied by butternut squash soup and seasonal salad. For those hell-bent on sticking with tradition, the choice of taking your typical turkey dinner to the next level with individual stuffed Cornish game hen and roasted fingerling potato should do the trick.  Wood roasted root vegetables and poached pear salads followed by a pumpkin and chocolate mousse dessert is sure to show off your creative take on the normal. It keeps your guests guessing but sets a very homespun tone. You are after all sharing a holiday with them and now they are sharing the most important day of your life with you.

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Another great way to celebrate a Thanksgiving wedding is with small homage’s to the upcoming Christmas season. We certainly don’t mean having a full-fledged Christmas wedding, but small touches like balsam and fir twigs and glowing candlelight with tablescapes sprawled with pinecones is a lovely transitional décor idea. It may not be the perfect occasion to blend Fall wedding trends with the simplicity of winter wedding white. Some of our favorite wedding looks of all time are centered around keeping simplicity while combining natural elements. This time of year is perfect for that tone and allows you to really embrace the exciting time leading up to Christmas.

Fall Lighting

Autumn Weddings

Autumn Weddings Infographic by SimplyBridal

Autumn Weddings
Spring and summer are the most popular seasons for weddings. The weather warms up, flowers are in full bloom, and many people take holiday around this time; can you blame couples for selecting this time of the year? Venues and services are generally both a bit pricier during the peak season. If you’d rather opt for another season, autumn has its perks as well. The weather is a bit cooler and the leaves change colors to different shades of yellow, orange, red, and brown. Depending on your location the peak foliage times are a little different. Check out SimplyBridal’s newest infographic to help you determine if you should have a September, October, or November wedding.

Autumn Weddings

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One Shoulder Dresses Are Here to Stay!

One shoulder

When Oscar nominees Naomi Watts showed up on this past year’s red carpet in a custom Naeem Khan metallic creation I think she made one thing totally clear: the one shoulder “look” is here to stay. So it came as no surprise with Brides Magazine names the one shoulder dress the biggest thing in wedding dress fashion for the upcoming season. We shy away from calling it a trend at this point- it’s more like just another great option that might be the most flattering neckline for many brides- especially those trying to switch it up from strapless.  And let’s face it- it gives enough coverage for a Fall or Winter wedding while also being perfectly appropriate for a Spring or Summer wedding.  Could this be the most versatile wedding dress look yet?

While the look dates well back into ancient Greek and Roman times (think the movie Troy with style star Diane Kruger modeling the look almost exclusively)  it has made quite the resurgence in the last decade.  And while the 60’s saw Jackie O wear it and the 70’s were all about it with designers like Halston making slinky one shoulders a staple look, it seems to be a more permanent fixture nowadays, which makes it perfect for the Tradition dress seeker with modern taste.                      

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And this season is no exception, with several magazines calling for even more of the look! The bridal runways were filled with one straps of all kinds. Right now, we are especially loving the delicate late wrapped ones and the all beaded, blinged-out one shoulders. For a more feminine look, we think our Southern brides will absolutely love the flower embroidery and ruffled straps we are seeing with full skirts for the utmost in tradition. You really can’t go wrong with the look but here is the low down on the best bets on who is perfect for this kind of dress!

Bridal stylists everywhere agree that while once trendy, the one shoulder is actually extremely easy to wear for the majority of brides of all shapes and sizes.  The one shoulder strap or simply “one covered arm” look elongates the neckline and continues focus downward , which is perfect for accentuating a long torso. It also gives you a very statuesque look, again perfect for long and lean body who really wants to play it up but even better for a girl looking for a little heights. But what is really beautiful away the one shoulder is that is draws attention up to the face. You can play with your hair to sweep mot of it up and have pieces framing the face. Playing up the most important feature for the most important day of your life is always a plus!

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Tips for a Fruitful Marriage

We just love new ideas when it comes to decorating your wedding tables!  Perhaps there is no better way to make a statement than with a show-stopping tablescape that mimics your weddings central theme.  When scanning all of the new trends and timeless accents, we find ourselves always drawn to elements that are both natural and extremely elegant.   Flowers are always our favorite go-to, but there seems to be another “from the earth” statement piece making quite a name for itself of the décor circuit: FRUIT!

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Studio Benjamin James

From citrus for summer soirees to plums and deep hued pears for Fall fetes, we keep seeing this trend used year after year to compliment florals and greenery.  It sounds like it couldn’t be any simpler, but using fruits and other seasonal objects can maximize their statement when used in some pretty interesting new ways. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use fruit right now!

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Summer Citrus:  Fresh, vibrant, and fragrant!  Meyer lemons, key limes, and gorgeous navel oranges are all bright and fun but can also add a certain whimsy to a summer wedding.  Our favorite look is taking lemons in bulk and keeping the look monochromatic. That means large revere bowls overflowing with stacked lemons, various sizes of apothecary jars filled to the brim with even more lemons and bud vases and bowl filled with yellow flowers interspersed between the displays.  We say when it comes to the big, bold colors of summer, keeping things all one tone maintains a level of elegance that is imperative for a wedding.  We also love sliced lemons bordering a clear glass vase that is filled with bright yellow roses, tulips, or daisies.  Fun summer flowers like ranunculus can also be a fun addition to the mix!  For those ready to really mix it up, we say it’s okay to throw in a small pop of green with some key limes and lemon leaves. The mix of greenery and long garland with lemons and limes or even oranges mixed in can be a really fresh and organic way to celebrate!

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Jennifer Weems Photography

Fruits of Fall:  The deep colors of Fall make the season one of our absolute favorites for any event, especially weddings.  In recent years, September and October have replaces Spring and summer months as the most popular for couples to say “I do.” And we can totally see why:  Perfectly rouge plums, pomegranates, and pears are the perfect show pieces for an Autumn affair.  Mixed with plush, deep hued florals and accented by napkins or menus tied with natural raffia, runners of burlap or small natural linen satchel bags, we can hardly resist this look!

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Martha Stewart Weddings

So when planning your event, don’t forget to think of all of the seasonal elements, not just flowers.  Fruits also prove to be a huge money saver considered how much bang you get for your buck. We love seeing this trend and hope its homage to all things natural continues!