Diy outdoor fall wedding ideas
There are tons of advantages to getting married in the fall:
- Lots of seasonally-inspired décor
- Typically temperate weather
- Gorgeous foliage
- Possible off-season discounts to take advantage of
Plus, because peak wedding season is waning in most parts of the country, it may be easier for you to book your venue on a specific date or get your first choice of vendors.
However, there are some disadvantages to be aware of:
- Fall holidays can cause potential date conflicts
- As we’ve mentioned, autumn weather can be variable, not to mention even freezing, rainy, or snowy on the East Coast!
- Daylight Savings Time ends, which means some states will experience a really early sunset (and that could affect the timing of your wedding ceremony and photos!)
Be certain to check with your photographer about the earlier sunset’s infamous «golden hour.» This is the prime time to take outdoor wedding photos, and it’s worth planning your ceremony around.
Katie Stoops Photography
Autumn Color Palette
Do a image search for «Fall Weddings» and you’ll no doubt see tons of deep reds, oranges, and browns.
Although this color palette mimics the changing of the leaves and provides natural warmth to any style of décor, don’t be boxed in by the «fall foliage» feel!
Wanna get a bit more modern with your drop color palette? Consider using gold or copper for a bit of glitz and glam, deep plum and emerald green for elegance, or neutral shades love champagne, cream, and slate gray.
Bridesmaids and Groomsmen
If your wedding location is in a cooler climate, you may desire to pick a heavier fabric for your bridesmaid dresses or own your entourage wear boleros or pashminas to hold the chill at bay.
Deep jewel tones, glimmering metallics, and long-sleeved bridesmaid dresses are every lovely options for autumn attire.
The groomsmen can get creative with their drop wardrobe, too! How about argyle socks or plaid ties? Brilliant navy or gray suits are a sophisticated choice with these bold accessories.
The Lees Photography
Another reason to love fall?
It’s the start of the holiday season! From Halloween to Thanksgiving, there’s no shortage of reasons to celebrate during this time of year. (Do Black Friday and Cyber Monday count as holidays? No?)
Whether you host your wedding on a holiday weekend is up to you, but in general it’s a excellent thought to steer clear of major holidays such as Thanksgiving. That said, it could be enjoyment to own your wedding on, tell, Veteran’s Day weekend when some of your guests may own the following Monday off work.
Fall is also the start of football season, with NFL games on Sundays and college football on Saturdays. If you own a diehard Bama fan in your wedding party, they’d be mighty disappointed if your large day was the same day as the large game.
Why not get creative by incorporating football into your wedding? Putting your favorite team’s logo on your wedding desserts or naming a signature cocktail after them is a excellent way to get your team spirit on.
Working With What’s In Season
When you purchase what’s in season, you get food and flowers at the peak of their supply when costs are normally lower. Plus, when they’re locally grown they don’t need to be shipped halfway around the globe. So not only do you save money, but you also reduce your carbon footprint. Win-win.
—Fall Wedding Food—
The drop harvest boasts some comforting eats.
In-season vegetables include root veggies love turnips and rutabagas, along with every sorts of squash, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes. How does a steaming bowl of butternut squash soup sound for a starter?
Colorful fruits love apples, cranberries, pears, and pomegranates are also available in abundance. Besides incorporating these fruits into your menu, consider decorating your cake with them, or giving some of these edible beauties as wedding favors.
tPoz Photography | Chef’s Expressions
—Fall Wedding Flowers—
While numerous flowers bloom year-round, there are some in-season drop flowers that are pure wedding perfection:
- Marigolds come in festive drop colors of gold, orange, and red.
- Anemones, with their striking black centers, are a sophisticated addition to a bouquet.
- Garden roses are the perfect alternative to peonies this time of year.
- Dahlias are absolutely gorgeous in a wedding bouquet, and deep burgundy dahlias are especially beautiful in the fall.
- Sunflowers add a touch of sunshine to any drop affair.
- Protea is an unexpected addition to a super-unique bridal bouquet.
We love the thought of using autumnal foliage, seasonal berries, or even acorns as part of your floral arrangements or table décor.
You may also desire to check out in-season fillers such as scabiosa pods, which lend a modern yet rustic touch.
Lauren Scotti Photography | The Bloomin Gypsy
The Skinny on Autumn Weather
Autumn is known for being a bit more brisk than the preceding summer months; however, depending on where you live, you may experience warmer-than-average weather. In the U.S., average autumn temperatures range from 72° in sunny Florida to a chilly 27° in Alaska.
- Host your autumnal affair in Massachusetts and you’ll get the quintessential drop fête with chillier temps and changing leaves.
- In Arizona, October is the ideal time of year to own an outdoor wedding.
Not too boiling and not too cold.
- While summer months in San Francisco are a bit foggy, autumn clears up the skies and you can enjoy an Indian summer wedding in November.
So, again, if you’re planning a wedding during this season, remember that the weather varies greatly based on which part of the country you’re in.
Whatever your wedding date may be, it’s always a excellent thought to hold an eye on weather predictions, and inform your guests if they should bring a sweater, jacket, etc. And if your autumn event is going to be outdoors, own a contingency plan in put just in case.
Maison Meredith Photography
As of tardy, summer has officially been dethroned by drop as the longstanding wedding season…which you’ve probably noticed from the sudden influx of save-the-dates in your mailbox.
Step aside, June, because October is now the most favorite month to get married—and it’s plain as day to see why. Autumn’s cooler temperatures permit for tons of gorgeous drop wedding ideas: cozy drinks, s’mores around the bonfire, and a not-so-sweaty time outdoors to be had by every. Seasonal produce can also provide natural decorations (hello, pumpkin centerpieces!) and unused farm-to-table reception menus. Festive drop fruit, for instance, can even get a second shelf life as surprisingly gorgeous personalized put settings or escort card holders. Drop foliage alone also makes a visually appealing case for open-air autumn weddings, and you can capitalize on Mom Nature in your wedding bouquet or ceremony backdrop.
To inspire you for your own wedding day, we gathered some of the most effortless rustic wedding ideas for drop with the assist of the pros behind Carats & Cake and Be Inspired, which you can easily recreate. You’ve found love in your partner and wedding date—now prepare to fall in love with the best décor, photography, and color palette ideas to make your celebration pop.
1Fall Ceremony Sign
2Fall Wedding Photo Idea
It’s practically sinful not to incorporate the stunning, color-changing drop foliage into your wedding photo shoot, but ponder exterior the box. Lauren Fair Photography captured this amazingly autumnal shot of wedding rings atop calligraphy leaves.
SHOP WHITE PAINT PENS
3Rust Drop Table Linens
Minimalism and drop marry well with this cool table contrast, made possible by rust-colored napkins against white plates and tablecloths.
4Outdoor Drop Wedding Decor
It’s hard to compete with the grand outdoors, but this open-air ceremony setup perfectly plays off the natural elements. Shot by Cork Creative, the stunning scene melds rustic and bohemian touches thanks to the flower-covered arch, barrels, and tasteful pumpkins.
SHOP WHITE PUMPKINS
5Fall Reception Centerpieces
Kill two birds with one rock in the most stylish way possible—stash your favorite drop florals (like these blooms by The Marmalade Lily) in a galvanized vase, then let the centerpiece do double duty by adding a wooden table marker.
SHOP WOOD TABLE MARKERS
6Fall Wedding Welcome
Set the tone for your drop wedding with a welcome table (this one’s by Lemon & Lime Events). Guests can grab coffee and blankets or pashminas that will hold them warm—and the latter doubles as a fitting wedding favor.
SHOP Boiling DRINK DISPENSER
7Fall Wedding Tablescape
8Fall Wedding Bouquet
Ask your florist to incorporate drop foliage into your bouquet, and let the colors of the leaves inspire the relax of the blooms.
9Fall Boiling Chocolate Bar
Cold-weather ceremonies call for warm refreshments.
We love this boiling chocolate display, finish with cinnamon, marshmallows, and peppermint stick garnishes, courtesy of Wedspire.
SHOP TEACUPS AND SAUCERS
10Hot Toddy Drop Wedding Drinks
And for your signature drink, you can’t get any cozier than a boiling toddy featuring your favorite bourbon or whiskey. «For favors, you could present guests miniatures plus the recipe for them to recreate at home,» suggests Lesley Smith from Ceremony App.
SHOP Boiling TODDY GLASSES
11Fall Wedding Colors
Dress your bridal party in jewel tones for a unused take on drop colors. The bridesmaids in this portrait by Rachel May Photography needn’t match to glance love a set.
12Pumpkin Seating Cards
Embrace the season straight away.
Kelli Durham captured this close-up of beautiful pumpkins which greeted guests and showed the way to their seats.
13Fall Fruit Put Setting
14Fall Wedding Venue
Be certain to pose for a few portraits in front of the wedding venue—particularly if you’re saying «I do» in a space as rustic as this beautiful barn at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards surrounded by colorful drop foliage.
16Fall Wedding Boutonnieres
In this photo by Elisa Bricker, classic white boutonnieres get an autumnal twist thanks to pinecone and evergreen accents.
17Rustic Wedding Bar Decor
It’s every in the details. A simple garland and lanterns light up the rustic event space at this drop wedding planned by Calder Clark.
What you’ll need: garland (from $16, etsy.com); black lantern ($20, amazon.com)
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A reader writes in:
What advice do you own for a frugal wedding on a budget?
We’re getting married this drop and desire to explore as numerous cheap wedding ideas as we can. Since we’re both in our early twenties and don’t own a lot to spend, we were hoping to hold our wedding as little as possible. We were thinking no more than six to eight people including ourselves.
Glad you asked. My wife and I were married in the summer of 2003. Although our wedding was actually fairly frugal, we recognized afterwards that there was plenty more we could own done to make it even less expensive.
Hindsight is always 20/20, so here are 20 tactics you could attempt to cut below the cost of your wedding without diminishing your experience or that of your guests.
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0 Tips to Plan Your Wedding on a Budget
Purchase dresses off the rack – and on sale.
If you desire to save on bridesmaid dresses, attempt to avoid ordering custom dresses altogether. Instead, head to a few stores with dresses on sale and see if you can every discover something “off the rack.”
This works best if your colors are chosen ahead of time and if the store you’re shopping at carries plenty of sizes. To minimize spats within your wedding party, you can also store ahead of time and only own them attempt on dresses you already approve of.
Another cheap wedding idea: Instead of buying new dresses, own every bridesmaid wear a specific color dress they already own.
Price store for decorations – and consider buying used.
My Wedding Favors, Paper Warehouse, and Hobby Lobby every own sales throughout the year.
If you know what you’re looking for ahead of time, you can simply wait until it goes on sale and “pounce” when the time is right.
Meanwhile, you can also consider buying used centerpieces and decorations. Recent brides often sell their decorations on sites love craigslist.org, and you can save a bundle of money — and effort — going that route.
Borrow stereo equipment or use yours from home.
Rather than hiring a DJ, just use your own home stereo equipment, or equipment you borrow from a friend.
Put speakers around the dance floor area – there’s no need to spread them around the entire reception room.
Create a playlist on your iPod that features a few hours’ worth of your favorite songs – or see if you own a friend who might desire to make a playlist for you. Choosing your own songs is a grand way to personalize your entire experience.
Avoid guest list bloat.
Although you might be tempted to throw everyone you know on your guest list, that isn’t always a grand thought. With each addition you make, you’re adding additional costs while also making your wedding less intimate.
To a degree, this was a trap we fell into with our own wedding – our guest list grew and grew to the point where we invited people that we didn’t know well simply because we felt obligated.
To save as much as you can, attempt inviting fewer people and making the event more intimate.
Start by whittling your list below by 20%, then another 20%. Then see if you’re happy with it.
Do the catering yourself, or hire a family-owned restaurant.
For our wedding, we handled our own food preparation and catering with a lot of assist from my wife’s family. This drastically reduced the food costs for the ceremony.
If this isn’t your forte, glance around your community for a family-owned restaurant and enquire the owners directly to cater your wedding. Family-owned restaurants are always the first put to check – they will almost always go the additional mile to make your wedding special and are generally more understanding of your specific budget needs.
Skip the groomsmen and bridesmaid gifts.
While it’s considered customary to give gifts to your groomsmen and bridesmaids in some circles, it isn’t always necessary. Instead of buying gifts they may not even desire or enjoy, consider writing them a special note to tell “thanks” instead. If your friends know that you’re trying to own a frugal wedding, they will understand.
Contact the local university.
If you’d love live musical accompaniment for the ceremony (and perhaps for the reception), one put to glance for lower-cost musicians is your local university’s music department.
Contact them and enquire if there are any students who are studying a specific instrument or vocal work and see if they’re available to provide music for a wedding.
It can assist them develop their resume and save you on this typically pricey part of your wedding.
This goes for photographers as well — if there’s an art school or photography program at your local college, see if there are any talented students or recent grads who would be willing to photograph your wedding at a discount for the portfolio-building experience and exposure they’d receive.
Hold the ceremony at home, or outdoors.
Renting a building or function hall for your ceremony and reception can be extremely expensive.
Instead, consider using your own home (or the home of a parent) for your ceremony, or perhaps a public park with a beautiful view.
In each case, you can also own your reception outdoors, creating a picturesque, memorable ceremony while eliminating the cost of renting a venue.
If you go the outdoor route, however, it’s best to own a back-up plan in case of bad weather; you don’t desire to get married in a downpour that leaves every your friends and family soaked. That might mean renting a sturdy tent if rain is forecast, or a few industrial fans if it’s an extremely boiling day — or simply stuffing everyone inside the home to wait out a storm.
Select affordable wedding rings.
Wedding bands are traditionally an significant part of the marriage ceremony, symbolic of your commitment to each other. That doesn’t mean they own to cost you a fortune.
A typical 14-karat wedding band can cost upwards of $1,000, and wedding website TheKnot says American couples tend to spend about 3% of their overall wedding cost on the rings (plus thousands more on an engagement ring). If you’re trying to tug off your wedding on a budget, this is an area where you can trim costs beautiful easily.
Unlike the wedding itself, which is over every too quickly, you’ll (hopefully) be wearing this ring every day for the relax of your life – so it’s significant you love the way it looks and feels.
But again, that doesn’t mean it has to cost $1,000 or more. Titanium, sterling silver, and other materials are less expensive, durable, and can be personalized for even deeper meaning. Check out some affordable wedding ring options here.
Display ‘vendor cards’ in exchange for reduced rates.
If you’re hiring people to provide services for your reception (musicians, a DJ, florists, caterers, photographers, etc.), offer to advertise for them in exchange for reduced rates.
At the reception, put a little card by each person’s put setting that lists the businesses responsible for each service at the wedding, along with their contact information.
Since this tends to be extremely effective advertising, numerous businesses will happily provide services at reduced rates in exchange for this opportunity.
Plan, plan, plan.
When you’re trying to own a wedding on a budget, it’s significant to plan ahead. List everything you can ponder of and stroll through these items step by step.
The earlier you get started – and the more things you ponder about early on – the less “last-minute stress” you’ll own, and the more time you’ll own to discover sales and discounts and research other excellent ideas.
Go minimal with the flowers.
Instead of spending boatloads of money on flowers that will die shortly after the reception, hold it simple but elegant — for instance, a single rose for each bridesmaid and a extremely little bouquet for the bride. If you know someone with a rose bush, you can actually make your own bouquets the day before the ceremony by cutting the roses yourself and trimming away the thorns.
Another cheap wedding thought – go with fake flowers instead. It’s likely that no one will even notice, and you could save a bundle by making the arrangements yourself well ahead of time.
Plan a simple honeymoon, not an ostentatious one.
A huge, over-the-top honeymoon might sound enjoyment, but it’s far, far cheaper (and often more enjoyable) to stay closer to home.
Instead of planning a large, expensive journey, focus on what matters: Unwinding after those hectic weeks leading up to your wedding, and savoring some time alone with your new spouse.
An 18-hour flight across the world with multiple connections isn’t going to assist in that regard.
You could even just hop in the car and spend a week or two seeing every of the local sights you’ve never had time to see until now. Whatever you do, just enjoy this time together.
Bonus idea: If you’re set on a more distant honeymoon, attempt paying for most of your wedding expenses with a credit card that offers grand travel rewards or a sign-up bonus, which could assist cover the cost of your flight (but pay off the balance before it accrues any interest).
Involve your closest friends and family in the preparations.
As you’re brainstorming cheap wedding ideas, you should get your closest friends and family involved with the details.
Fairly often, they’ll own surprisingly excellent ideas that can save you money and effort.
For example, they might know a vendor that would offer you a deal, or own something you could borrow for your special day. Excellent friends and family are always there to assist, and they’ll be especially happy to contribute to such a joyful occasion — so you might as well take advantage of their generosity.
Rent tuxedos as a group, or simply wear matching suits.
Unless you own a specific reason for owning a tuxedo (and few people do), you should rent one.
It’s often useful to rent the tuxedos as a group through the same trade, as you’ll often get a group rate.
If you don’t desire to go the tuxedo route, you can also own every of your groomsmen wear a black suit from home or other matching formalwear.
Enquire for wedding assist instead of wedding gifts.
We were fortunate that several of our friends and family had musical talent, so they were capable to provide musical accompaniment for our ceremony. We also own a shut friend who’s an extremely skilled amateur photographer, and he was willing to photograph our ceremony as our wedding present. Then, after the ceremony, he provided high-quality digital images of everything.
Asking family and friends to offer assist or services that align with their talents in lieu of a present is a grand way to hold your wedding on a budget.
If you’re getting married in your own church, enquire the ladies’ auxiliary for help.
Most churches own a women’s organization that is extremely happy to assist with wedding preparation in exchange for a little donation. Get them involved – they can take a lot of worry off your shoulders for a relatively low price.
At our wedding, the “church ladies” were a grand assist with church decoration and other helpful things on the day of the ceremony.
Stock the bar yourself.
Alcohol is a large expense when it comes to a lot of weddings, and it’s also a large variable you can frolic around with to cut costs.
Instead of opting for a full open bar, for instance, you can save money offering just beer and wine, or a free cocktail hour followed by a cash bar.
If you do rent a function hall, enquire if they’ll let you supply your own alcohol instead of using the venue’s, which can be a large money-saver. Glance for a discount liquor store in your area, and stock up on the basics: red and white wine and a few types of beer at the extremely least.
If you desire to offer a full bar, pick up the standard liquors love vodka, gin, rum, and whiskey, plus a few mixers and soft drinks love sodas and juice.
Keep in mind that while it’s more cost-efficient to purchase a keg of beer instead of cases, any leftover beer will go to waste, whereas you can store excess bottles for months.
And that’s helpful, since it’s a excellent thought to overestimate — you don’t desire to run out of drinks halfway through the reception.
Make your own invitations.
With a quality home printer and some time, you can make extremely classy invitations on your own. My wife and I picked up a simple empty invitation kit on sale at Staples and made our own invitations to our wedding.
No pictures or anything – just a extremely classic font and simple text. It looked stylish and didn’t cost us much at all.
Sites love VistaPrint also offer cheap wedding invitations you can order from the comfort of your home. Their options aren’t too fancy, but they’ll certainly do the trick. You can even hire a freelance graphic designer to whip up a custom invitation for you on Fiverr for beautiful short money (starting at $5).
Something will probably go incorrect at the final minute – a little detail of some sort won’t work out.
For example, our pastor almost missed our rehearsal dinner, so we barely rehearsed.
Don’t worry about it. Just assume something little is going to go incorrect and avoid the urge to throw money at the problem. Most likely, no one will even notice the little issue, and fairly often someone in your wedding party (or someone helping out) will come up with a beautiful excellent solution to repair things.
Good luck (and congratulations)!
Cooler temps, cozy scarves, and pumpkin spice everything.
If we’re speaking your language, a drop wedding may be correct up your alley.
But, before you drop in love with a drop wedding, read our guide to discover what’s in season, what’s in vogue, and what to take into consideration.
Joey Kennedy Photography