Photo: Colin Cowie Weddings
Summer is the time for weddings and there's a 90 percent chance that we all attended one before the season came to a close. Well, that begs the question: Why not get married in the fall? The weather is beautiful (and tolerable), the leaves are changing colors, vendors are less busy, and everyone is in the festive spirit right before the holidays. We tapped the thoughts of the Manager of Catering and Sales at New York City landmark venue The India House, Grace Lui on the five pros of an autumn celebration.
Fall foliage makes everything look magical.
Though blooming, fresh flowers are hard to resist, they're no match for the richly-hued leaves of fall. Of the season's backdrop, Lui says, "If you're in an outdoor space with autumn foliage, the warm orange, reds and yellows will definitely make every image pop."
The summer heat is behind you which means the partying possibilities are endless.
Outdoor weddings can become quite sticky due to the balmy weather, but none of that matters for autumn as the weather is more temperate. This means your guests will hit the dance floor and party until they drop without worrying about the heat and humidity getting the best of them.
It's the perfect time of year for a long-sleeve gown or a bit of fur thrown in the mix.
"Wedding trends have been moving in the vintage direction for some time but even for the most modern bride, the colder season definitely calls for a more romantic feel for a bridal silhouette", says Lui. She adds, "The elegant sleeved and lace style is more popular in the fall partially due to cooler temperatures, but also because it is complemented by the lush elements of décor often woven through the wedding design and theme. Elegant wedding gowns are often paired with a stylish fur or cape. Also, boutonnieres with berries and maple leaves create a burst of color on a crisp gray suit."
A lot of fun can be had with décor that simply doesn't fit the spring or summer months.
Autumn has its own special brand of seasonally-special details. "You can have a lot of fun in a fall wedding with props and décor that may not match the summer months like centerpieces with strings of pearls, gold mercury glass candles, pumpkins and berries," states Lui. "Pumpkins, gourds and bronze-colored lamps give the space an amber glow."
Warm drinks and holiday-inspired pies can be served to your guests' delight.
"Signature cocktails like Spiced Rum Apple Cider and Old Fashioned can be featured as the bride and groom's choice", suggests Lui. "Bisques and pies are often selected for their warm sense of familiarity, too."
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