Autumn may not be the sunniest season, especially in Ireland, but it is a great time for a wedding. Not only have you passed wedding season during the summer, you’re also guaranteed the beautiful colours of the changing leaves which make a perfect backdrop for wedding pictures. If you’re planning an autumnal wedding, here are our best wedding inspiration and ideas to give it a real seasonal feel.
The most obvious change in the seasons is the weather. Once you get over the end of summer, it’s easier to appreciate the beauty of autumn and the gorgeous bouquet of colours. You can incorporate the colours of the season into your wedding décor from the bridesmaid’s dresses to the centrepieces. Embrace the burnt oranges, browns and deep reds of the falling leaves and use them as a complement rather than a hindrance. There are many places close by, such as the Japanese Gardens and St Fiachra’s garden, that are ideal for capturing the beauty of Autumn in your wedding pictures.
Autumn weddings mean you have a lot of freedom when it comes to dress styles. You could choose a cover-up dress with floral lace sleeves or a strappy number covered with a chic shawl. For the groom choose a rustic style suit with autumnal style fabrics such as tweed and wool, accessorised with a chic bowtie and pocket square. The signage for the wedding, as well as the invites, can be less than polished - brown paper and rustic font add to the autumn feel.
Just because it’s not summer doesn’t mean your favourite flowers are not in bloom. You can incorporate autumnal flowers into your bouquet, grooms party buttonholes and décor, almost anything you can think of! For your bouquet, consider autumnal blooms such as dahlias and roses and pair them with fillers such as berries and autumn leaves. These fillers can be dried and placed into glass vases as a cheaper alternative to expensive fresh flowers. If you’re into DIY, add some glitter to large leaves to make personalised bunting.
Dried Petals as Confetti
Instead of paper confetti, which may look good for a picture but can be very damaging to the environment, consider an alternative and more eco-friendly option. Colourful petals from all sorts of flowers make a gorgeous alternative to paper confetti. You can choose dried petals or fresh ones and coordinate the colour to match your theme. You can even crunch up a few gorgeous autumn leaves to bulk it up a bit.
White wedding cakes, while they are traditional, are becoming a little dated with all of the new wedding cake trends. A themed cake table might feel a little more modern and give your guests a good selection of treats to choose from. You could fill the table with rustic pies and bakes, and you might even consider a Halloween treat like toffee or chocolate apples for something a little different. As a centrepiece, consider a ‘naked’ or non-iced cake decorated with fresh autumnal berries and fruits would be perfect to tie the look together.
For your perfect location for an autumn wedding, consider a chic and stylish wedding in Osprey Hotel. We are easily reachable from Dublin, Dublin Airport and well connected by road to the rest of the country. Contact our dedicated and experienced wedding team today to discuss your unique wedding needs.