You may have originally been planning for your Spring or Summer Wedding but have now joined the many couples who have decided to reschedule their wedding to later in the year.   Fear not, autumn is actually a very popular season for weddings and here you will find plenty of wonderful ideas and inspiration to help you create your beautiful autumnal wedding with all the incredible textures and colours and the soft light this wonderfully romantic season has to offer.

The beautiful, rich tones of the rust coloured leaves and harvest colours of burnished gold, rich reds, deep greens lead to the most stunning colour palette for your celebrations;  the dappled, subtle, fading light sets the whole magical scene.

Image Credit | The Enlight Project | Wedding Dress: The Bridal Boutique of Jules | Suit: Vintage Suit Hire.

Your Wedding Ceremony

Although your dream was for an outdoor wedding ceremony, even in the summer months, with the weather in the UK being so unpredictable, I always advise my couples to have a Plan B of an indoor or undercover ceremony area! 

Image credit | The Enlight Project | Backdrop: Locate to Create | Celebrant: Nikki Wood | Venue:  Meadowfield Wedding Venue

You may be fortunate and be able to enjoy a wonderful dry, hazy autumn day, but with sufficient planning, there is no reason why you shouldn’t continue with your plan for an outdoor ceremony whatever the weather!

Image credit | Florence Berry Photography

If you are concerned about your guests staying warm you could always provide them with cosy throws in case it turns a little chilly, you might also consider some faux fur cushions for the chairs?  Using fairy lights around your ceremony area will complete the perfect, romantic and utterly magical effect.

Image credit | The Enlight Project

You might also wish to embrace the retro vibe and arrive at your wedding ceremony in style in a Classic Vintage Camper Van or a VW Beetle.

Image credit | Heline Bekker

Image credit | Alan Barnes Photography |
VW Campervan: Buttercup Bus Vintage Campers

Wedding Flowers and Decor

You may have already planned your colour scheme for your summer wedding, but now think about replacing some of the bright summer colours in your flowers with the quintessential warm, rich, seasonal coloured blooms that will blend well.

Left image credit | The Enlight Project | Flowers:  Boho Botanical

Right image credit | The Enlight Project | Crockery and Glassware: Harriet’s table

Think about including wildflowers and hedgerow berries and also dried flowers into your arrangements.

Of course, autumn is also pumpkin season and many couples feel an autumn wedding wouldn’t be complete without including a few for good measure.  Pumpkins may be presented in their natural vibrant orange, or sprayed copper and gold for a more subtle effect.

Image credit | The Enlight Project | Flowers:  Boho Botanical

Try to ensure some continuity of seasonal colours with the displays, the bouquets, the button holes, the centre pieces and the design of your wedding cake.

Image credit | Florence Berry Photography

If you have already set your colour scheme, you might also consider silk flowers, they are always in season and also a great idea for those with allergies.

Silk Flowers | Forever Bloom

Ceremony Backdrop

As a Celebrant I do love a beautiful ceremony backdrop and as I am not restricted to licensed areas your ceremony can be held absolutely anywhere so you really can think outside the box and get incredibly creative!

Balloons: The Glitzy Balloon Company

There are some amazing designs and ideas that use stunning natural displays of emerald green trailing woodland foliage, plump blackberries, ears of wheat, pampas grass and vibrant Autumnal hues of rust and golden leaves mixed with jewel-toned seasonal flowers.

Image credit | Florence Berry Photography

You might also consider an impressive balloon display in warm, Autumnal colours or a combination of balloons with flowers, this can create a really striking effect.

 Balloons: The Glitzy Balloon Company

All ceremony backdrops can be created for both outside and inside use, so as long as you have the head height indoors and agree with your suppliers when the final decision as to where the ceremony will be held, you can still proceed with working with your supplier to create your design.

Image credit | The Enlight Project | Venue: Meadowfield Wedding Venue

What to Wear for Your Autumn Wedding?

Although three-quarter length sleeves will keep you warm, if you have already chosen your wedding dress and it is more of a summer style, it is a great idea to accessorize with a beaded, lace or fur bolero to easily take your spring or summer wedding dress into autumn.

Image credit | Florence Berry Photography

For your bridesmaids and maid of honour, you may decide to compliment their dresses with flower crowns or hair pieces that tie in with your colour scheme.  Many summer brides have chosen pastel colours for their bridesmaids such as blush, silver grey or pale green colour schemes and these can be beautifully complemented with autumn coloured flowers and foliage. An autumn theme also blends beautifully with stronger summer colours.

Natasha from Matchimony very kindly provided some shots of dresses currently in stock (April 2020).

Dress and stole by Matchimony.co.uk

Dresses by Matchimony.co.uk

Hair and Make-up

An autumn wedding is the perfect opportunity to enjoy warm golden shades, so discuss a soft makeup look, with your Make-Up Artist; not too bright and shimmery.

Consider continuing your floral theme in your hair by adding a stunning flower crown or a beautiful hair piece with your chosen greenery and flowers.

 

Image credit | Caroline Opacic Photography

Image credit | The Enlight Project | Hair piece: Ritz and Sass | Veil: X O Floveils

From a Photographer’s Perspective

Sarah at Lawless Rose Photography explains why she loves weddings at this time of year:-

“The softer, lower natural light can be very romantic and atmospheric resulting and the light elements of your wedding décor can be so much more impactful.   The earlier sunsets give a warm glow to the couple’s photos and also darker evenings present the opportunity for sparkler and firework shots.”

 

Image credit | Lawless Rose Photography

Simon at Simon Hawkins Weddings also explains why photographers refer to the time just before sunset as the golden hour.

“The early Autumn evening is the perfect time for a photographer to find beautiful, soft, golden light.  The flattering tones of the warm sun setting provides the perfect canvas for those all-important couple shots.”

Image credit | Simon Hawkins Weddings

“I always try and snatch a few moments away with my couple to get some personal shots of the newlyweds. The changing of the colours as we move into Autumn means that the trees are an array of rich greens and browns. An interesting woodland backdrop can help add depth and a really natural feel to your wedding photos.”

Image credit | Simon Hawkins Weddings

Florence Berry Photography also very kindly provided some beautiful photographs of recent autumn weddings:-

Image credit | Florence Berry Photography

Food and Drink for an Autumn Wedding

Autumn is an amazing season for food and you will be able to work with your caterer to provide an incredible wedding feast full of hearty fare.  You may be inspired by the rich colours and flavours of seasonal foods, such as pumpkins, squash, parsnips and apples, figs and blackberries.  Your guests will feel they are being wrapped in a lovely warm blanket of flavours!

Image credit | Grazing Table:  The Graze Girls | Photographer:  The Enlight Project

As Autumn brings cooler weather you may wish to consider incorporating red meats such as beef, lamb or game, into your menu paired with a rich flavoursome sauce.  Or perhaps a beautiful grazing table showcasing all the amazing produce that the harvest season has to offer for your evening guests?

For vegetarians and vegans, with the abundance of fruit and vegetables available there are many wonderful options, a risotto is a tasty and hearty dish that can be flavoured with many wonderful ingredients such as mushrooms or butternut squash.

Whilst maintaining certain traditions of the champagne toast, you may decide to embrace this wonderful season and get a little more creative with mulled wine or mulled apple juice to keep everyone toasty from the inside out!

Your Autumn Wedding Cake

Why not think about incorporating the wonderful spices associated with autumn into your wedding cake such as cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, all these amazing flavours work beautifully well with the standard chocolate or vanilla flavours so you can have a great time playing with the flavours in each tier.  Or perhaps you might choose to combine some autumnal fruits such as apple, pear or blackberry, these can also work wonderfully well with rum, so you may choose to have an adult only tier?

Image credit | Cake designed and made by Cobi and Coco | Photographer: James Grist Photography

An autumn themed wedding cake can be as subtle or as striking as you wish, with such an abundance of bold, opulent colours, foliage and flowers your cake will undoubtedly make a big impact

Image credit | Cake Design: Cakes and Leaves | Photographer: The Enlight Project

Image credit | Florence Berry Photography

Gemma and Matt’s Autumn Wedding

Gemma and Matt opted for an October Wedding at The Oak Grove Wedding Venue and husband and wife team; hair and makeup artist Pretty Please by Katie and documentary wedding photographer, Simon Hawkins, have kindly provided an insight to their thought process.

“The beautiful outside space at The Oak Grove Wedding venue allowed us to capture images that perfectly complimented the rich golden tones and earthy palette of their wedding theme.  An autumn wedding is the perfect time to get a little creative with colour and light.  We let off smoke bombs and the bride had handmade rustic hanging accessories to complement their wedding style.  The bridesmaids wore deep flower patterned dresses which added to their outdoor, woodland vibe.  Gemma’s long red hair was styled by Pretty Please by Katie, who also used airbrush makeup and natural, golden tones to perfect Gemma’s bridal glow.”

Image credit | Simon Hawkins Weddings

If you would like to find out more about how wonderfully romantic, unique and beautiful a Autumnal Celebrant Wedding ceremony can be, then please get in touch for a relaxed chat, it would be fantastic to hear from you.

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With thanks to the following Surrey and Kent suppliers:-

VENUE | www.meadowfieldweddings.co.uk

CONCEPT & PHOTOGRAPHER | www.theenlightproject.com

WEDDING PLANNER & STYLIST | www.lilyjonesevents.co.uk

VIDEOGRAPHER | www.russellkentnicholls.com

PROPS & FURNITURE | www.locatetocreate.com

FLORIST | www.bohotanical.co.uk

CAKES | www.cakesandleaves.com

GRAZING TABLE | www.thegrazegirls.co.uk

RINGS | www.customandcojewellery.co.uk

DRESS | www.customeandco.com

SUIT | www.vintagesuithire.co.uk

HAIR & MAKE UP | www.clairehartleystylist.co.uk

HAIRPIECE | www.ritzandsass.co.uk

VEIL | www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BeyondtheveilDesign

SHOE BROOCHES | www.presentperfectcreations.com

CROCKERY & GLASSWARE | www.harrietstable.co.uk

VW CAMPER VAN | www.buttercupbus.com

PROSECCO VAN | www.ohprosecco.co.uk

STATIONARY | www.loupaper.co.uk

TABLE PLAN | www.boardsbyjess.com

CAKE | www.cobiandcoco.com

PHOTOGRAPHER | www.simonhawkinsweddings.co.uk

PHOTOGRAPHER | www.lawlessrose.co.uk

PHOTOGRAPHER | www.florenceberry.com

PHOTOGRAPHER | http://helinebekker.co.uk/

PHOTOGRAPHER | https://www.alanbarnesphotography.com/

PHOTOGRAPHER | www.jamesgristphotography.co.uk 

BALLOONS | www.theglitzyballooncompany.co.uk

HAIR AND MAKEUP | www.prettypleasebykatie.co.uk

SILK FLOWERS | www.foreverbloom.co.uk

VENUE | www.theoakgrove.uk

BRIDALWEAR | www.matchimony.co.uk