Autumn. We all love it for the pumpkin spiced lattes, the pumpkin picking, and the sweater-and-boots-weather. Not too chilly, but just crisp enough to make us think of wood fires and candle light. But not many of us immediately think wedding season when the temperatures start to drop.
I'm here to give you six reasons our collective favorite cosy season could also be your best bet for your wedding. From cost to color palette to accessories, I know a lot of planning brides will be penciling in October and November fall wedding dates for 2015!
1. The Loveliest Light
First, let's talk about photographs, something so many of us have at the top of our lists for wedding priorities. Want glowy light? Go for an autumn wedding. Have your heart set on sunset photos? In autumn, the sun sets that bit earlier, so you'll be more likely to get a dramatic pink and purple sky this time of year without having to wait until 10pm, when your makeup and hair might not be at its freshest. We think even your photographer might thank you - summer can mean bright, harsh light that makes taking photographs more difficult and the result more severe.
2. A Naturally Beautiful Backdrop
And on the top of photographs, and decor in general, autumn can provide some of the most amazing natural backdrops for your wedding. You have to have a healthy dose of luck (and geography) on your side to orchestrate the changing of the leaves, but if the stars align and you've got bright yellow and red leaves anywhere near your wedding venue, you'll hardly need to do anything else!
Here's where a little recon goes a long way. Make sure to visit potential venues in the autumn season to see where, when and how leaves might be changing. Then cross your fingers!
3. A Deep, Dark Color Palette
When the temperature starts to drop, it's the perfect time to bring out those gorgeous jewel tones, making for some of the most stunning decor options of the year. Emerald green, dark pinks and maroons, creamy whites and even some sunflower yellow or deep blue can work together to make a royal color palette perfect for the season.
4. Wedding Party Outfits and Bridal Accessories
You'll want to make sure your wedding party is warm enough for all those gorgeous outdoor photos you're going to ask them to take, and this is the season to wrap up in luxurious scarves or sweet cardigans. For the men, think how lovely (and warm!) a tweed jacket would be.
And don't forget to think about your own accessories - we love how this bride wrapped up in the cosiest fur jacket that's just perfect for a few outdoor portraits.
5. Branches and Seasonal Florals
When it comes to decor, autumn can be the simplest and most economical season to hold a wedding. Think branches and lots of them! Whether they're covered in beautifully colored leaves or not, they add texture and can often be found in the back field instead of a florist's shop!
And autumn brings another treat with it - dahlias. Personally, I think dahlias are the new peony. They come in the most dramatic colors and some of them can be downright giant! Dahlias can be a game-changer in a bouquet, adding so much personality with just a few blooms.
6. Cut the Cost
Of course, with an autumn wedding, you're less likely to be competing with all the other brides (or at least the ones who haven't read this article yet!), so venue costs can be a bit cheaper than the summer season. If you manage to bring in some natural decor or a gorgeous leafy backdrop, you can save bundles on decorating costs.
So what do you think, do I have you convinced that our favorite pumpkin latte season is the primo time to get married as well?
Emily Westbrooks is an American-born writer and blogger based in Dublin, Ireland. She is the Online Editor for Confetti Magazine, one of Ireland's top bridal magazines. She also writes her own lifestyle blog, From China Village, where she chronicles her adventures in Dublin, travels around Europe, DIY projects and Irish design. She shares her home with her husband, one cat, and four sassy chickens!