It’s likely that most of the weddings you’ve ever been invited to were scheduled sometime in the spring or summer. That’s because those months are peak wedding months and with good reason! School is out, there is more free time, and the weather is warm. However, that doesn’t mean you need to plan your wedding within these months. While there are pros to a peak-season wedding, there are also cons. For example, the weather is too hot in some places (hello, Texas summers!), calendar conflicts with family vacations, and paying peak-season prices for your favorite venue and vendors, or those establishments being already booked up. The answer to all these problems might just be an autumn wedding!
In fact, there are so many perks to planning an autumn wedding that rival those coveted peak-season months and make planning your wedding so much easier. Here are seven reasons why planning an autumn wedding might just be the best!
The first reason why an autumn wedding is the best is that the weather can’t be beat. Not only is this generally true no matter where you are in the U.S., it is especially significant here in Texas. Peak wedding season is throughout the spring and summer. However, those months in Texas, especially the Houston area, can be sometimes be unbearably hot and humid, not to mention rainy.
No one wants a sweaty wedding, or for all the work of your beauty stylist to end up melting off your face or frizzed out of it’s coiffure. Planning an autumn wedding makes it highly likely that the weather will be gorgeous. This will ensure a more enjoyable day overall for you and your guests.
Not only does the cool weather of fall make the day more pleasant, it also means that you have nearly unlimited options when it comes to wedding dress and fashion styles.
If you’re all about the elegance of long sleeves, you’ll have a miserable, sweaty time with them in the summer. However, long sleeves are perfect for an autumn wedding. Not only that, but the transition from warm to crisp and cool allows for essentially any sleeve length, or lack of sleeves if that’s your preference.
Additionally, no fabric is off-limits. If you’ve always dreamed of a white crushed velvet wedding dress, you’ll be more comfortable with the reality of that fabric in the fall. Likewise, if you’re into fun shoes to accompany your dress that showcase your personality, you can reasonably pull off anything from flip flops to high-knee boots in the fall!
While we love the bright and cheery colors of spring and summer, your color palette options for an autumn wedding open up to include rich, romantic jewel tones along with cooler hues. Not only that, but your floral options for arrangements, bouquets, and bouquet alternatives are equally endless and unique.
Incorporating the natural colors of fall like deep reds, bright oranges, and soft greens is sure to create a stunning color base for your wedding. Likewise, using natural elements such as leaves and pinecones can add a simple, elegant, and organic touch to your arrangements and decor. Not only are organic elements lovely as part of an autumn wedding, but they are inexpensive too!
With the world putting on a show of color as a natural backdrop, you’re sure to get some stunning photos with an autumn wedding. You can save time and money with your photographer on the setup. With the gorgeous foliage of fall, you can simply pick a favorite spot outside for an instant attractive backdrop for your wedding photos.
Not only will the photos be perfectly Instagrammable, but they will also be meaningful. Just as the world is transitioning to a new season, so are you and your partner entering a new season as a married couple.
Another very important reason to love an autumn wedding is the seasonal food options! If pumpkin spice and apple everything is your thing, you can fully embrace it for an autumn wedding. Fall is all about hearty, rustic comfort foods that can lead to a satisfying and inexpensive wedding menu. Cozy soups and creamy pastas are always crowd-pleasing favorites. You can also save money on cocktail hour. Instead of making individual cocktails, make large batches of apple cider, hot cocoa (spiked for the adults, unspiked for the kids at the reception, of course), or hot buttered rum.
Also, choosing your wedding cake flavor will be a breeze with fall-themed flavors like pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon, spiced pear, maple butter, carrot cake, or spiced chai. Or choose a fun fall-themed wedding cake alternative for your autumn wedding reception like apple cider donuts, miniature apple pies, pumpkin macarons, or maybe even a s’mores station!
When planning an autumn wedding, there is the added benefit of less calendar conflicts. As previously mentioned, peak wedding season is in the spring and summer. Planning your wedding in these months means you will potentially be competing with other weddings when it comes to your guests being able to RSVP. Not only that, but in planning an autumn wedding you will be competing with less holidays and potential trips families typically make in the spring, summer, and winter. This makes it more possible for your guests to be able to come. It also makes things easier on your bridesmaids and entire wedding party to commit to your wedding. And if you are being future-minded, all these benefits will similarly apply to being able to celebrate your wedding anniversary as a couple each year.
Lastly, planning an autumn wedding means your wedding will be during off-peak times. This means you can more likely expect to snag your dream venue and vendors, and possibly at a reduced off-peak price, too. Not only that, but plenty of florals are in-season and therefore less expensive. Likewise, since this is off-peak season for travel and accommodations as well, it will be cheaper for your guests to travel to your wedding, too.
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