Autumn Wedding Trends Brides are Falling in Love With

September 22 marked the first day of autumn.  The leaves are changing, the weather is beginning to get a bit cooler and the seasonal pumpkin craze is back.

Many couples choose October as the month to say ‘I do’.  In fact, The Wedding Report notes that May, June and October are the most popular wedding months in Virginia.

So, cheers to those who are planning to celebrate their nuptials next month – and for those who are in the engagement phase and eyeing a fall wedding for next year, here are some of the trends we are seeing.tablesetting

The Dress
Wedding dress trends change with the seasons.  Fall offers brides a chance to break away from the standard summer strapless and explore a world of sleeves, wraps and cropped coats.  According to The Knot and Brides Magazine, some of the hottest looks this season include delicate cap sleeves, romantic full lace sleeves, illusion lace and beaded necklines and sheer strap dresses.

The Groom
Autumn is all about rich, warm color tones – so it is the perfect time to stray away from the traditional black tux.  Mix it up with suits that are grey, tan, brown or navy and add in some extra layers and fun (yet manly) accessories like vests, suspenders and bowties to bring in elements of the bridal colors.

The Colors
Speaking of colors… Picking the colors for your wedding is one of the biggest choices you’ll make as the colors play a role in almost every element of the big day. Pantone offers some help with its Fall 2013 Fashion Color Report. While it might be difficult to find Mykonos Blue or Samba in your local dress shops, it at least gives you a sense of what hues are hot this season.  Just remember that even though shades of brown, orange and green may be the common go-to’s there are many other color options that can still help you achieve the perfect fall festive look.

The Flowers
Fall wedding bouqflowersuets and floral arrangements can take a variety of shapes and sizes and include numerous textures and non-floral elements – wheat, moss and berries can all be used to compliment a fall inspired wedding.  Succulents are also becoming popular because they come in deep, fall-appropriate colors and brides can easily work  them into their centerpieces.

The Dessert
In general, it seems that couples are getting creative with desserts at their weddings – whether it be cupcakes, sundae bars, candy stations – the traditional wedding cake, just doesn’t seem to be, well, cutting it anymore.  The deliciously warm flavors of fall, like maple, cinnamon, ginger and apple cider (and who could forget pumpkin) can make for some amazing new twists for after dinner cocktails and tasty treats.  Consider serving fall favorites like tarts, turnovers and pies to give your guests a unique dessert and end your celebration on a sweet note.

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