September is upon us. Sunlight hours begin to shorten, a chill fills the night air, and leaves turn magical hues from golden ochre to warm russet. It is Fall Wedding season! Time to celebrate and inspire brides planning to say “I Do” with wedding dates in late September, October, and November. Here you go ladies, lots of ideas to make your special day shine and pay homage to the wonderful season of Autumn! xo
To start us with a vision for the day, let’s delve into the colors of Fall for your inspiration…
Wedding dresses are no longer seasonal with brides having the choice to wear strapless gowns in Winter and lace sleeves in Summer. That being said, we wanted to highlight a few gowns from our collections which would be particularly beautiful for Fall weddings…
Mystique / Anne Barge Couture - The Cameo color option of this illusion tulle A-line gown is perfect for Fall. The cascading beadwork would certainly shimmer under candlelight too!
Mystique - Anne Barge Couture
Devoted / Anne Barge Couture – A soft blush toned satin faced organza and Alencon lace accents make the Devoted a romantic silhouette for Fall. The bateau neckline signals a change of seasons while keeping a subtle sexiness with inset panels and low back neckline.
Devoted - Anne Barge Couture
Garland / Black Label by Anne Barge – Delicate hand-embroidery gives a vintage feel to the Chantilly lace on this soft sheath gown. The sheer cap sleeves and V-neckline have a vintage glamour feel.
Garland - Black Label by Anne Barge
Eden / Blue Willow Bride – For the bride wanting modern yet traditional, this gown is perfect. The Alencon lace is offset with a blush lining and the trumpet shape lends a flattering silhouette.
Eden - Blue Willow Bride
Grooms need not feel left out for Fall fashions! From alternate suit colors outside of classic black, opt for charcoal, chocolate, or tweed for the modern man. Boutonnieres for the men’s lapels also have many options with the bounty of Fall flowers and seasonal accents such as nuts and herbs.
Boutonnieres - Fall Wedding
Bride’s have a multitude of choices when it comes to bouquets. Fall flowers in bloom include Dahlia, Chrysanthemum, Statice, and Zinnia to name just a few. Don’t limit yourself to just flowers as sheaths of wheat, dried herbs, and seasonal fruit can also be stunning accents to carry down the aisle.
Bouquet of Herbs
Decor at your wedding and reception can honor the season with the use of gourds such as pumpkins. Paint them for a DIY project that transforms them to your desired color scheme.
Reception table centerpieces look dramatic with gold accents on service pieces and china, especially against the deep jewel tones of cranberry or amethyst.
For a more rustic feel, golden sheaths of wheat displayed with lush satin ribbons add texture and height to a table.
Seasonal fruit such as apples and pears can also be displayed along the wedding aisle, atop the guest book table, or at the dessert table.
A fun DIY project would be to hand-cut escort cards in the shape of falling leaves for guests to find their calligraphed name and seat assignment at the reception. Display the cards on branches amidst moss for a unique nod to the outdoors.
Guests at your Fall wedding reception are now ready for the celebrations to begin! Have your cocktail hour set up with a bar highlighting these signature Autumnal drinks for all adults to enjoy…
Bourbon + Apple Cider + Ginger Ale
Hot Cider + Spiced Rum + Cinnamon Rim Garnish
Vodka + Pumpkin Butter + Sparkling Wine + Pumpkin Spice
Dining for guests can have just as much flair with these suggestions ranging from delicious seasonal flavor bites to comfort food sure to warm the soul.
Pear Slices with Camembert Cheese
Fried Squash Blossoms
Crostini with Honeycrisp Apples, Warm Brie, & Rosemary Honey
Pumpkin Soup with Grilled Cheese Points
The wedding cake design can take some fun details from the season too — Leaves, Gilded Details, and Fruit!
Burnished Gold Wedding Cake
Cake by Sylvia Weinstock
…And to satisfy any sweet tooth, why serve just cake? Set up an entire dessert table.
In the latter part of the reception festivities, give guests fresh and hot donuts dipped in cinnamon sugar. This will surely help to keep their energy up as they dance the night away!
And when this magical night comes to a close, send your loved ones home with a token of thanks. These wedding favors will be enjoyed at home by your guests and bring wonderful memories of the night before.
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
For more ideas to make your Fall Wedding extra special, visit us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/annebargebride
We wish all of our Anne Barge Brides happy wedding planning! xo