With the season’s dreamy décor, gorgeous colour schemes, and the fantastic range of ways to theme your day, you’ll wonder why you ever considered any other time of the year.
All about colour
The autumn and winter months are the perfect time of the year to embrace colour. During autumn the warm reds, oranges and yellows are the perfect complement to a rustic or woodland-inspired wedding theme. They also provide a complementary backdrop to the boho Moroccan-inspired wedding theme, which infuses these bold colours with other jewel tones. Together, these autumnal colours come together to create a warm and chic colour scheme for a truly romantic day.
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While the rich tones of red and gold may be gone by winter, it doesn’t mean you can’t warm up your wedding with your colour scheme. Great options include berry tones infused with blush pink, emerald green with grey, or a warm and natural camel and ivory palette.
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During the cooler months you’ll want to dress appropriately for your day. Keep warm with a long-sleeved gown or accessories such as a fur shrug or a knitted cape. Your groom can also opt for materials such as tweed, which will not only keep him warm but also fit well with the popular rustic theme.
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When it comes to dressing your bridesmaids , you have lots of beautiful options to choose from. Rich jewel tones such as dark purple, deep red or emerald work well. Alternatively you could add a touch of glamour with warm blush or gold sequinned gowns.
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Natural fabrics and materials like raffia, twigs, hessian and wood look great in cosy autumn and winter weddings. There are so many ways you can use these materials too – from hessian table runners and chair covers to wooden log centrepieces or cake stands.
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Laid-back, rustic props also work well with weddings at this time of the year. Think simple when it comes to design - with candles, fallen leaves, wooden boxes and crates and perhaps some cute woodland animal detail.
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Mood lighting is also key for the perfect autumnal or winter wedding. One of our favourite ways to create this ambient look is with fairy lights , both indoors and out.
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Choosing the right venue is key. Barn wedding venues are particularly popular for this time of the year because of their ambience and warm and welcoming atmosphere, which can completely change the feel of your day. What’s more, a rustic barn is also fitting with many of the popular autumnal and winter trends – such as vintage weddings, rustic, woodland weddings, or even a touch of glam!
The best thing about barns, such as Bassmead Manor Barns, South Farm and Larchfield Estate, is that they have a completely neutral colour palette, and while rustic in style, they can adopt pretty much any theme. For something more glamorous in style, come Christmas, just style with light up lights, sequin tablecloths and statement candelabra centrepieces.
Autumn and winter blooms allow you to get creative – with some of our favourite bouquet looks of the year. While you may be limited with flower choice, what you’ll be able to do with the flowers available can look incredible. From rustic, wild bouquets, to posies inspired by the season’s harvest. In winter months you’ll also be able to take advantage of pretty and unique berry beautiful displays, or blooms enhanced with a touch of gold spray.
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Styling a wedding during this time of the year is a lot of fun. With Halloween, Guy Fawkes, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year just some of the special events you can take advantage of, there are plenty of opportunities to get creative.
To add a touch of ghoulish delight, why not incorporate pumpkins into your table design? You could also serve up a menu featuring pumpkin, for example a pumpkin risotto or soup starter. For something fun, why not get your guests involved in a game of trick or treat?
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Guy Fawkes also brings a number of fantastic opportunities to theme your day. The obvious choice would be a firework display or a sparkler send-off. For something more light hearted, why not light up the fire pits at your venue, toast marshmallows and serve up some boozy hot chocolate?
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Thanksgiving and Christmas are all about getting together with your family – so table layout is key to creating the right vibe. Consider long trestle tables – which will not only fit with a rustic vibe, they’ll also complement the whole family-feel atmosphere. Don’t forget to throw in a few Christmas decorations and fabrics like tartan. Lots of mistletoe is a must too!
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A New Year’s wedding celebration allows you to add a touch of glam to your celebration. Think glitzy gold, shimmering silver and a whole lot of sparkle. Fireworks and sparkler send-offs go down a treat during this time of the year too and you can also ask your guests to play dress-up with a black tie or Gatsby-inspired theme.
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