With fall comes cool, crisp weather, gorgeous autumn foliage, and the perfect opportunity for a rustic fall wedding. Warm spices and comfort recipes provide the perfect ingredients for delicious cocktails and reception menus. Earthy color schemes, pumpkins, apples and all things autumn offer endless inspiration for centerpieces and bouquets. We have some tips and ideas to help you create the perfect rustic, outdoor fall wedding this year
Outdoor Rustic Decor
Take advantage of what nature has to over during this colorful time of year and tie in seasonal decor. Incorporate gourds, pumpkins, apples, twigs and corn stalks when decorating. Use hay bales that are covered in blankets as seating for your guests. Sprinkling a carpet of colorful leaves down the aisle instead of rose petals creates a grand fall entrance for the bride. Consider using things like twigs, leaves, apples, fruits, and cranberries in your centerpieces and bouquets. These things not only drive home the fall theme but also add loads of color and texture for little or no money!
Practical Wedding Favors
Fall weddings held outdoors can get a little chilly. So instead of offering wedding favors that they may never use again, give your guests something that will be useful not only at home, but that they can use during the ceremony as well. Tie up throw blankets and have them displayed for your guests to grab as they arrive to the ceremony. Or offer up hand warmers covered with coordinated material to help them stay nice and toasty.
Reception food and drinks
There are several autumn-themed food items that truly embrace the season and will make your guests feel like fall is finally here. Begin with some yummy fall-themed hors d’oeuvres like sweet potato rounds topped with sour cream, cheese and chives and bacon-wrapped figs stuffed with blue cheese and pecans. Replace the salad course with a flavorful soup, such as butternut squash. You can even serve it in a hollowed out pumpkin for the perfect fall wedding appetizer. For the entrée, roasted pork with spiced apples is a traditional autumn dish. You could also serve a comfort food such as pot pie or shepherd’s pie.
Alternative desserts aside from the traditional wedding cake have become very trendy in weddings. Incorporate fall flavors such as pumpkin, cinnamon, apple, caramel and spices in your wedding desserts by having a dessert bar with an assortment of pies or single serving pies including apple pie, pecan pie, pumpkin spice cake or pumpkin cheesecake. Or, go a different route entirely and have your guests make their own caramel apples at a candy apple bar. Your beverages could include starting off the evening by toasting with festive apple cider mimosas. Offer hot, cold and hard cider along with a signature drink of maple bourbon cocktail or this recipe for caramel apple sangria. Just use the Igloo Compact Ice Maker from Buydig.com to keep the ice flowing for you chilled drinks.
Use your DSLR from Buydig.com to take pictures in the morning or in the afternoon because the sun goes down faster, and the lack of natural light may spoil your images. It will also get colder when the sun goes down, so it won’t be comfortable to take photos outdoors. Make sure you take this opportunity to use nature’s backdrop to your advantage.