October is the most popular month to get married, and it’s easy to see why. Fall is naturally beautiful, and the cooler temperatures and gorgeous colors create an unending array of options for an unforgettable day.
How can you create a memorable fall wedding? Start with embracing unique color palettes and unexpected décor. Check out these ideas that will make you fall in love with fall weddings.
And don’t forget to talk to your insurance agent about protecting your investment in your wedding. You can actually purchase wedding liability insurance and other types of coverage that can reimburse you if there’s a big problem on the big day.
Fall Wedding Ideas
The colors, scents, and warmth of fall provide endless inspiration for wedding themes and even food and drink. In fact, there are probably too many ideas to mention. But here are some fall wedding ideas that we love.
- Serve special fall drinks and cocktails. Serve “spiked” hot chocolate during cocktail hour, or regular hot chocolate with your late night snacks or treats while your guests dance the night away. What about a fall-themed hot toddy bar with unique fall cocktail recipes? You can even have a supply of hot drinks like coffee, tea, and hot ciders ready for your guests.
- Consider unique locales. If you’re looking for a warm and rustic setting, even outdoors, the possibilities are endless. Consider having your event in a blooming sunflower field, a barn, or any other warm and inviting outdoor space that allows nature’s beauty to provide a stunning and colorful backdrop.
- Incorporate seasonal foliage. If you’re event is in a rustic setting with rustic decorations, and even if you’ve got a more traditional indoor event, incorporate seasonal foliage into your decorations and centerpieces. You can use flowers, seasonal fruits, wood slices, gourds, and burlap for centerpieces and other décor. Think about blending elegant white dinnerware with more rustic pieces for a unique look.
- Embrace the pumpkin. Pumpkins are the ultimate symbol of fall. Use pumpkins (or another fruit like beautiful red pomegranates) for seating cards. If you’re not a fan of orange pumpkins, white pumpkins are elegant and can complement any color palette. You can also incorporate pumpkin-flavored or inspired dishes into your menu.
- Have an outdoor photo shoot. Choose your photography venue carefully to make sure to take advantage of the fall foliage and colors for a natural backdrop.
- Use maple leaves. The maple leaf is another perfect fall décor element. Sprinkle them down the aisle, use them as props for your photo shoot, or place them on your tables as part of your centerpieces or décor.
- Make use of fairy lights. Fairy lights look great in any season, but the warm glow can create a magical scene when paired with fall colors.
- Go for a hayride. Forget about fancy cars and limousines! Make your grand entrance and transport your guests using the ultimate fall tradition, hayrides!
Fall Wedding Colors
Why have a fall wedding if not to take advantage of your surroundings and play up the textures and colors of this special time of year. Even if you’re having a traditional wedding in a traditional venue, incorporating foliage into your décor including cards, centerpieces, and even your wedding altar can really make your day memorable.
Consider using fall foliage as a starting point for your color palette. Incorporate fall foliage into your wedding bouquets and work from there to create a cohesive color theme that touches every element of your event.
Jewel tones, earthy shades, and red, yellow, and orange are some typical fall color combinations. Want to truly set your day apart? Consider some of these fall-inspired but completely unique color combinations:
- Frost, blush, and boysenberry
- Silver and dove gray
- Gray and navy
- Lilac and violet
- Cardinal red and pineapple
- Peach, cherry red, and orange
- Brown, orange, and hunter green
- Navy and burnt orange
Fall Wedding Guest Dresses
Your wedding invitations set the tone for the event, and your guests will take their cues about what to wear from the tone and style of your paper, the colors that you use, and the other design elements that you include. If you’re going for a specific look or feel for you guests, be sure to call it out in your invitation. What’s more, be sure to indicate if your event will specifically be formal or casual, or if you want guests to wear a certain color or colors.
Obviously your guests will dress differently for an outdoor rustic barn wedding than for a formal, downtown affair. But given the season, many guests may opt for colorful, jewel-toned colors like marigold, maroon, deep purple, turquoise, or dark green. Fabrics like velvet, satin, lace, silk, and other shimmering materials are also popular in fall.
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Fall Wedding Cakes
A fall wedding provides an opportunity to get creative with your wedding cake and other treats. Consider adding a bit of faux wood to your cake’s décor, or sugary leaves and some understated fall colors that match the day’s color palette. Semi-naked cakes are also popular, using dark caramel or fruit drizzles, blackberries, and fall-colored flower buds in lieu of more traditional white frosting or fondant.
You may also want to offer individual cozy rustic desserts instead of a traditional cake, or even as a late-night snack. Crumbles, mini-pies, and homemade tarts are surprising and delightful for your guests.
If you’re really looking to be creative, offer some type of fall-themed tarts or mini-confections to go. Package them in a cute takeout box with a heartfelt thank you note.
Wedding Liability Insurance
Weddings are expensive. If circumstances beyond your control (COVID-19 anyone?) force you to cancel or postpone your wedding, or if someone is hurt at or because of your event, the costs can be hard to overcome.
That’s where wedding insurance comes in. Wedding insurance is a type of special event insurance that can cover you for unexpected financial losses resulting from various circumstances, including unexpected illness, cancellation, and the theft of wedding gifts.
There are a few kinds of wedding insurance that can help you protect your investment in your big day.
- Wedding cancellation insurance: This protects you from financial losses related to having to cancel or postpone the wedding.
- Wedding liability insurance: This protects you against property damage, bodily injuries, and alcohol-related incidents caused by a vendor or a guest during the rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, or reception.
Wedding insurance varies widely among insurance companies. Most will offer different options for cancellation and liability insurance, and your needs will vary depending on the type of wedding you’re having, the type of venue, the number of guests, and other variables.
An independent insurance agent can help you find wedding insurance that fits your needs, so you can worry about more important things, and enjoy the most important day of your life.