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Fall Wedding Themes

Fall Wedding Themes

As you plan your fall wedding; there are more wedding themes than Halloween. Fall wedding themes can range from elegant neutrals to spooky and quirky. If you are have a fall wedding, then you should think about what sort of fall wedding you want to have. With this in mind, we have plenty of fall wedding themes to make your decisions easier.

First, The Obvious Halloween Wedding

If you see yourselves as a fun, quirky couple, a Halloween wedding would be so fun. You could go as far as having guests dress up in costumes, or as simple as using orange and black as your wedding colors. You could have activities such as bobbing for apples, or simply have themed desserts such as apple, or pumpkin spice flavors. As you can see, there’s quite a range you can choose with the Halloween wedding theme.

Second, The Soft and Elegant Fall Wedding

This theme also gives you the option to be informal or formal. For wedding colors think golds, soft nudes, mauves, and silvers. For flowers think soft colors with added wheat or greenery for texture. Your neutral color palette will make your bridal party pop in outdoor photos because of the vivid colors of fall foliage. Especially if you want your wedding photos and color choices to be timeless, sometimes neutral is best.

Third, The Autumn Foliage Themed Wedding

For this wedding option, think harvest colors. These color options range from eggplant, to orange, and many colors in between. For your flowers we recommend vivid colors and textures, such as sunflowers to compliment your fall foliage theme. When you are planning your bridal party’s décor you can choose to blend in the bright colors with some neutrals, or keep all the attire bright and fun. This is where showing your personality in your wedding theme choices comes in.

Garfield Park Neighborhood Wedding Bakery Fall Foliage Wedding Theme

Bakery: The Quintessential Cake, located in Wheaton, Illinois, Venue: Chicago Botanic Gardens, Photographer: Gavyn Taylor Weddings

Lastly, If you are of the Mexican culture, a Día de Los Muertos Wedding Theme

Traditionally in the Mexican culture, Día de Los Muertos is a day to celebrate loved ones who have passed. This is a beautiful way to incorporate your lost loved ones who couldn’t be there on your wedding day into your day. Typically, traditional dishes are made, which we think are delish! For decoration, you can use your family’s beautiful Mexican sugar skulls both to decorate the tables, and as symbolism. Candlelight is another beautiful symbol of light and hope as well as a pretty aesthetic. If your family has a specific ritual for Día de Los Muertos it would be a beautiful thing to incorporate at the beginning of your wedding reception.

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A Tasteful Halloween Wedding

A Tasteful Halloween Wedding

Perhaps you’re planning a fall wedding and want to not only embrace the season, but also Halloween theme! You may be afraid such a spooky, dark theme is too over the top. Because of this, we have great ideas to keep the haunted spirit without exactly saying it’s entirely a Halloween themed wedding.

For starters:

Not all Halloween themed weddings have to be tacky with fake blood and zombies. We love the idea of a masquerade ala the Italian Renaissance or any Victorian era! You can have the ambience of decadent, sophisticated and elegant, with a touch of spookiness.

Halloween Wedding Venue:

The venue can certainly pull of a Halloween themed wedding, more than simply decorating with pumpkin and colorful leaves! We love the idea of a mansion for the reception or a Gothic looking church for the ceremony. When the venue is gorgeous it can double for amazing pictures too! If you want a more overt spooky tone, have your reception at a haunted location. A great example is The Stanley Hotel in Colorado was where Stephen King was inspired to write The Shining. A lot of local historical buildings have their own ghost lore you can capitalize on as well.

Halloween Wedding Decorations:

In tune with venue are the decorations for your wedding. We love huge chandeliers and long drapes. You can also arrange bare branches if the venue has a fireplace all the better for throwing shadows and light. Candles dripping wax are a nice touch. You can also use decorated skulls (picture Dia de los Muertos) on the tables as centerpieces with your wedding theme slogan “until death do us part.” This gives it a fun, slightly macabre feel that your guests will enjoy!

These are just some ways you can throw a tasteful Halloween themed wedding. We love the autumn wedding season because there’s so much variety in how you can show off your big day! For more fall wedding inspiration check out the recommended blog posts below!

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Woodland Weddings

 

A reoccurring trend for this year has been Woodland weddings. Whether it’s a destination or just in your backyard, Fall is a perfect time of year for this trendy theme! Brides, you can bring the outdoors inside with simple touches like branch center pieces and combining natural colors like whites, olives, golds, silver and jewel tones.

Woodland Weddings
We are also loving how affordable mother nature can be! If you have a special tree, why not consider getting married under it? Or had a great memory in a park or forest preserve, why not check out that space as the venue for your ceremony? Weather is certainly something to consider so if you’d rather not chance it, then bring the beauty to your tables, chairs, décor or bouquet. Deep plum colors contrast very well with beige and brown, making your decorations pop. You can even think about making the food match the Woodland theme with a s’mores bar!

Go have fun with fall colors and if you’re a more rustic bride but don’t want the standard barnyard, then consider the Woodlands theme.

Fall Wedding Trends

It’s that time of year again; the air is turning extra crisp and the days are getting shorter. That’s no reason not to celebrate however, because Fall is one of our favorite seasons and paired with the changing hue of the leaves and charmingly rich tones we get to enjoy, we don’t see why Fall can’t be the perfect time for a wedding.  Since we are merely weeks away for the big holiday kickoff, the time is ripe for more intimate affairs and for the unexpected send- off to wedding season. In years past, summer weddings in May, June and July dominated in popularity when it came to planning your nuptials. Not that those months have taken too much of a hit but just last year it was revealed (in Chicago anyway) that September, the unequivocal welcome mat of Fall took the top prize for most popular month. And October and November aren’t falling that far behind.

So let’s dig in to our favorite fall trends.  There’s something quite magical and full of whimsy when it comes tot his time of year and these ideas are sure to echo that sentiment.

GOLD! We’ve seen the latest craze in Gold foiling and metallic spray painting pumpkins ( which could easily be used in a rustic, cornucopia style wedding) and now we are seeing other fall staples such as leaves, apples, pears, and even acorns used as décor.  The idea of walking into a wedding and finding your name wistfully scrolled onto a card attached to a perfectly gold polished apple is about as gorgeous as it gets. And so easy!  It’s organic, budget friendly, and something to really set-off the tone of Fall.  Follow it up with many other small gilded gourds or foliage around vases of seasonal flowers for your tables and you are golden!

Burgundy: If you think you are experiencing fashion déjà vu, you are not alone. Burgundy is without a doubt, the HOTTEST color for Fall and we have been seeing it on everyone!  Some call it Merlot, wine, jeweled maroon, but any way you put it, one thing cannot be denied: It’s HOT! The rich color is always a showstopper for bridesmaids as it really compliments most skin tones, and mixed with this season’s ever –so- hot hint of lace, it is a true fashion statement. We are even seeing brides with bright burgundy sashes on dresses and oversized bows for their bouquets. Either way you incorporate it, this color of the moment is sure to please even the most fashion- forward guest.

Natural Elements: Some of the most elegant Fall weddings we’ve seen actually took place in barns. With natural bead lights, and rustic table settings, the choices are anything but ordinary. Using the natural beauty of nature is key when it comes to an Autumn affair.  We love the use of seasonal fruits in large bowls; the dark grapes, the perfectly rouge Anjou pears, varieties of seasonal squashes mixed with natural raffia twine and seasonal flowers.  Take advantage of what’s all around you and you may be surprised by the inordinate and breathtaking choices you have available. Skip the peonies and lilies for something that makes sense. Practicality has never been so chic!