Fall is upon us – and what a beautiful season to pick for your wedding. You can make the best of any season, but when it comes to fall, brides cannot go wrong. From luxurious color palettes to rich natural backdrops, fall is the perfect time to get married. Let FPW fill you in on what is trending for the autumn months in 2014.
A great place to begin when considering how the upcoming season will affect your wedding plans is to think about color. Pantone distributed their color selections for this season and they add some romance to the typical auburn, beige, and burnt orange with additions of radiant orchid (their color of the year) and bright cobalt.
Radiant orchid is a shade of purple, which can be a popular choice for wedding colors. Purple does add some flexibility because it is a variation of stronger tones like red and pink. But, we love the crispness of bright cobalt. It adds a strong flare without appearing too effeminate. It can also be accented by metallics or other Earth tones that really make the color pop.
Fall offers the perfect opportunity to explore what is called the “woodland wedding”. Think ethereal meets hipster meets glamour; that is a lot of different adjectives, but it hints at exactly why woodland weddings are so appealing… they are versatile.
One reason that a woodland wedding is a great theme is because you can use cost-efficient items like tree branches, pines, baby’s breath, lavender, wood stumps, etc. for decoration. Because the feel is supposed to be rustic, you can get creative with how to incorporate nature. Some brides even opt to wear a flower crown in place of a veil. Centerpieces are made easier with simple candles and wood blocks. There is even more freedom with bridesmaids dresses since over-coordination disrupts the theme.
Think woodland weddings look a little bland? Add some glamor. Sometimes the best weddings are ones that look to add contrast. For example, if the bride has a lace gown with embellishments, she can actually stand out more against a rustic backdrop than if the rest of the wedding is competing with additional sparkle and opulence.
A great way to incorporate the crisp and decadent season of fall into your wedding is through creative cocktails. Since the dog days of summer are over, people look forward to the warming comfort of an apple spice martini or a seasonal sangria. It is smart to pick one signature cocktail for your bartenders to make. Here are some of our favorite simple fall recipes.
Hot Apple Pie
2 oz Tuaca
Hot Apple Cider
1.5 oz Kahlua Cinnamon Spice
3 oz Sparkling Apple Cider
Spiced Pear Collins
1 ½ oz gin
1 ½ oz pear puree
¾ oz rosemary – and clove – infused simple syrup
¾ oz lemon juice