Monday, August 23, 2010

Autumn-Themed Weddings

Autumn, my favorite season, is just around the corner. You can tell because the air is just a little bit crisper, the days just slightly shorter, and a few leaves on my Eucalyptus bush out front are turning a vibrant bright red.

I love this season for many reasons: I'm a sucker for over-the-top Halloween parties, cozy sweaters, carmel-covered apples, homemade chili, and the COLORS! I can't get enough of the rich reds, beautiful browns, yummy yellows, and outrageous oranges. Fall is so beautiful in Utah, don't you think? In fact, every fall my husband and I take a ride up Big and Little Cottonwood canyons to take in the beauty of the fall foliage and the crisp air.

Although lots of brides prefer a summer wedding, there are so many advantages to getting married in the beautiful autumn months. For one, the weather is a little cooler so you're not dying of heat. Sweating to death in a heavy wedding dress or a tux is no idea of fun, and every girl knows that a hair style will hold much better when you're not dripping wet in the hot summer sun. For that reason alone, fall is awesome!

Another advantage of a fall wedding are all the options for decorating and decor! The colors of this time of year are so fun to work with and everything ends up turning out so beautiful. Take for example this bouquet. Doesn't it just pop with loads of lovely colors?

And you can't forget the wedding cake. For an upcoming wedding I'm doing in October, the bride chose bunt cakes instead of the traditional white fondant or buttercream cake. We'll have three individual cakes on different sized cake tiers. And each one will be decorated slightly different. One cake will be covered in red flowers and fall leaves while another will be adorned in orange colored decorations, and the third will be decorated in tones of yellow.

Bunt cakes can be so fun, especially for fall weddings because there's so many options. And, because the cake is typically exposed under the icing, you can get a beautiful array of colors from dark chocolate browns to lighter spice and carrot bunt cakes, and even velvety yellow poppy seed and lemon cakes.

And then there's all the different icings and toppings that come in a variety of fun colors like the tans of pecan and butterscotch icings, to dark chocolates and bright cream cheese flavors.

Another important element when planning a wedding is picking a stylish invitation and save the date card that will prepare your guests for the look and feel of your wedding. For example, you wouldn't want to send out wedding invitations with seashells on it when you're getting married in the fall months, or even in the summer months for that matter if you're not having a beach-themed wedding. Make sure that what you select is style appropriate and is paired well with the decor of the wedding.

These are some really fun fall-themed wedding invitations and save the date cards that would nicely accompany any autumn wedding or ceremony.
So many brides have no idea what to do when it comes to favors. Typically, you want something that's slightly inexpensive since you'll be purchasing enough for all your wedding guests, but you do want to make sure that your favors are a classy expression of your sincere thanks to those who attend and share your special day with you. And there are so many fun options when it comes to fall-themed thank you gifts and favors. Here are just a few ideas that would delight any guest attending a fall celebration:

Carmel-covered apples or little bags full of fall themed fresh fruit.
Fall inspired jellies, jams and trail mixes full of pumpkin seeds,
cranberries, and white chocolate chips.

Monogrammed sugar cookies in the shapes of leaves, acorns and pumpkins.
Candy-coated pumpkin seeds in cute fall colored treat bags
finished with a hand-stamped tag and colorful ribbon.

And last but not least, I'll leave you with a little glimpse of the decor for a fall wedding I'm currently working on. The bride chose a variety of fall colors which made it so easy to put together really fun and colorful center pieces. Each table will be adorned with a square mirror that will hold and reflect a fall colored (and scented) candle, fall foliage, gold berries, fall ribbon, and wooden leaves covered in sparkles. Metallic leaf-shaped confetti will be sprinkled upon ivory linens, and sprigs of glittery fall foliage will brighten her gift table, buffet tables, and favor table to tie everything together. Here's a peek of her center pieces, wedding bouquet, and favors: 


Her favors are chocolate-colored boxes tied shut with a fall green ribbon with and metallic leaf in the center. They will be filled with yummy handfuls of fall inspired trail mix comprised of granola bites, cranberries, white chocolate and peanut butter chips, almonds and pumpkin seeds.

This wedding isn't until October so more pictures to come when the big day arrives!

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