Falling leaves. Tones of copper, plum and rust red. Golden sunsets that linger. Autumn is nothing short of awesome, so why not get married then?
Swap a spring or summer celebration for an autumn wedding and you could find yourself saving a significant amount of money. By marrying out of peak wedding season, not only will your venue often offer reduced rates, but many suppliers and photographers will do, too. That means your big day budget can go further, getting you those few wow-factor purchases that may be out of reach otherwise.
You don’t need us to tell you that in the UK a summer booking does not guarantee sunshine. The light in autumn can be particularly beautiful, with glowing sunsets and that romantic, hazy half-light both regular occurrences. With that in mind, we bring you our pick of magical autumn wedding ideas so you can swap seasons for your special day!
A floaty dress with light sleeves is perfect for autumn. You’ll stay cool if there’s an Indian summer, but if the cold is starting to creep in you’ll still be comfortable. This champagne coloured gown accentuates the changing colours of the trees and grass and the sparkling embellishments shimmer beautifully.
Glitter is the way to go for accessories! It’ll shimmer in the late summer, early autumn sunlight and make you feel super glam!
If you’re worried about the chance of rain, follow the expert advice of our real brides and invest in a pair of white wellington boots for a bridal take on practical wet weather footwear.
When it comes to accessories, why not pick up the details in your flowers or colour scheme in your bag design, too? The deep purples and reds on this floral clutch echo the rich hues of autumn and create a stunning focal point.
Don’t forget the accessories for your groom! If you’re looking for patterns and colour choice galore, you’ll love the range of bowties, pocket squares and cufflinks available at Le Colonel Moutarde. This mustard colour will complement the autumnal blooms in your bouquet, as will the subtle leaf design.
Take inspiration from your natural surroundings when you choose your bouquet flowers. The palette of oranges, greens and deep reds in this one is the epitome of autumnal country charm.
If you’re looking for a brighter or more colourful autumnal take, opt for rich jewel tones of deep pink, purple and golden yellow, or check out these purple and silver autumnal arrangements.
A rustic look will bring any cake into your autumnal wedding scheme. The pops of rich purple and orange in the flowers evoke the season, while the ombre brown to white buttercream finish suggests all things woodland. We love it!
Your autumn wedding is also the perfect time to swap a traditional sweet cake for something savoury instead! Pick the cheese tower of your choice, then serve with port or red wine and crackers for a sophisticated dessert option.
Let your guests guess at your autumnal wedding theme when you send out your invitations! This stationery set subtly combines rustic wood and chalkboard designs with red and gold blooms, suggesting the seasonal inspiration for your “I dos”.
The nights might be drawing in, but that’s no bad thing! Take advantage of the earlier darkness with an abundance of glowing fairylights, festoon and candles for a romantic and cosy atmosphere.
Your autumn wedding ideas can even be reflected in your confetti choice! Present your petals in a rustic basket and choose colours that reflect the season for maximum effect. This confetti makes us think of red maple leaves!
The earlier evenings also create the opportunity for some magical photo opportunities. Steal yourselves away with your photographer in tow to share an intimate moment as the sun starts to set, showering you in a glorious golden light that is hard to beat.