It’s September, folks. These days the nighttime temp is into the 40s, pumpkin spice is available in all varieties (I’m sipping a pumpkin spice caramel cheesecake latte as I type), so it is fair to say that fall is here. If you like me you are here for it.
If you are also like me, you might be dreaming of fall wedding. Maybe this year or next year, but definitely sometime soon, for sure. Outside of June, the months of September and October are traditionally very busy with autumn nuptials, and for good reason. It’s the perfect season.
How can you get a wonder-fall wedding planned? Here are a few tips for fall weddings I’ve picked up over time:
- EMBRACE THE DARKNESS: I don’t mean Halloween (if that’s your vibe, though, by all means). This time of year it starts to get darker earlier, and at a rapid clip. One big tip I have for fall weddings is to go with it not against it. Be open to experimenting with your photographer with some artificial light to make the real light last a little bit longer. Sparkler shots are also often the best this time of year because it is a bit darker earlier AND it is still warm enough were people want to be outside. Don’t fight the early sunset–work it to your advantage.
- PLAY INTO THE WARMTH OF THE SEASON: Incorporate a nice soup into your menu, or let your wedding party rock a rich burgundy velvet and a toasty brown cashmere scarf. This season is perfect for those warmer elements that don’t work as well during the summer or spring (s’mores bars and bonfires even hit differently in September and October). This isn’t to say be thematic–in my tips from last year I explain NOT to do that–but cooler days and night lend different opportunities. Take advantage of that.
- HAVE FUN WITH SEASONAL FLORALS: With all the supply-chain talk these days, I think this tip for fall weddings is just as functional as it can be fun. As the growing season winds down, the availability of some fresh florals naturally decreases. Try to keep an open mind and allow your florist to play with “what’s in season” to create something just right.
I love fall, and I love that your love will bloom in the harvest season. With these tips, your fall wedding will be everything you’re dreaming it can me…with maybe even a little more spice and everything nice.
Kayla Lee is a Minnesota-based wedding and elopement photographer (and handcrafter and designer on the side). She provides services to elegant, authentic, sentimental couples who not only choose their own adventures, but also live them to the fullest! See more about the KLP Wedding Experience!