Truth be told, fall is probably my favorite time of year. The reds and golds of the falling leaves are everywhere, there is a crisp feel in the air and there seems to be a growing excitement for the upcoming holidays. So in my eyes it’s perfectly natural to plan your wedding for this time of the year. However, if you do, there are a few things you need to keep in mind if you want your big day to go off without a hitch.
1.) Plan for the weather. Fall may be beautiful, but it is also a bit unpredictable. It’s often a toss-up as to whether you’ll be hit with leftover heat from summer or a light dusting due to an early winter. You’ll need to make sure that any venue you choose not only has an indoor option if things get rough outside, but also has a plan to execute the indoor option. You’d surprised how many venues claim to have a backup venue but no backup plan.
2.) Navigate the holidays. Having your wedding in October or November may sound like a great way to avoid the summer wedding rush, but don’t forget about holidays. Many people begin putting away money for Christmas shopping and traveling plans. If you’re going to ask them to spend money on a plane ticket this close to the holidays, you’ve got to give them plenty of time in advance and make sure it’s not running right up on Thanksgiving weekend. Otherwise your guest list could end up shrinking considerably.
3.) Decorate accordingly. Fall is known for its breathtaking palate of oranges, reds and yellows, so if you’re planning on having a pink and blue themed wedding ceremony, make sure you aren’t going to clash with any of the natural decorations. A clean slate free of falling leaves might make a better backdrop to your bridal party photos then one full of colors not included in your wedding planning. Of course, if this seems like it would be a hassle (it really might be), you might want to consider tweaking your wedding colors a bit to allow them to mesh better with the abundant fall foliage.
4.) Take advantage of deals. Planning a wedding in the fall or winter instead of summer or spring means you may be able to save some money on wedding basics like the venue or certain decorations. Wedding vendors are slowing down this time of year, so they often offer incentives to bring in new clients. Check with local photographers, florists and bakers to see if any of them are running a new fall wedding package. Plus, it never hurts to hit up a few sales at your local wedding dress boutiques; you never know when that gorgeous dress you saw last spring could be marked down.
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