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20th September 2018

15 Autumn Wedding Ideas for Your Special Day

Weddings are no longer solely summer affairs: this year the number one wedding date in the US was 7th October, followed by four other autumn dates throughout September to November. End of year nuptial celebrations are in and there’s plenty of autumn wedding ideas to help shape your big day.

There’s something about the idea of beautiful burnished leaves, cosy receptions and the stunning natural light of the later months that are drawing more and more couples towards hosting an autumn wedding.

But with temperamental weather, fading daylight and the potential for cold snaps, planning is key for a big day after summer. From perfecting autumnal colour schemes, to ensuring your venue won’t turn into a mud bath, here are 15 autumn wedding ideas to ensure your special day is a beautiful and unforgettable occasion.

1. Consider rich, regal colours for your bouquet

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Autumn is the season of rich tones, from burnt oranges to rustic reds and the most magical autumn weddings reflect the natural colour scheme. Consider deep greens, rich reds and golden tones for bridesmaid’s dresses, décor schemes and over-arching schemes.

For flowers, rich jewel tones are beautifully set off in the warming autumnal light. Consider colours you might not initially be drawn to such as pops of bright yellow, and the royal tones of a vibrant purple.

2. Take your menu seasonal

Autumn weddings allow you to be adventurous with your food options! Let your menu be inspired by the seasons with warm, comforting dishes.

Apples, blackberries and pumpkins are all in season during the UK autumn – can you imagine tucking into a steaming crumble for a wedding dinner pudding?

Form porkpies and wood-fired pizzas to pumpkin pies and sausage and mash, the autumn wedding ideas for disrupting wedding clichés is endless when you’re hosting your day later in the year! Home comforts will go down a treat and help keep the cold at bay.

3. Warm up cold hands with unusual drinks

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Keep guests warm with a glass of mulled wine when they arrive or invest time in concocting some personalized cocktails to bring a special something to your wedding bar. Add cinnamon, blackberries and sloe gin for warming touches to a delectable drink inspired by the autumnal outdoors.

4. Be practical with what you wear

You might love chiffon, but is it going to keep you warm when it starts getting chilly in the evening? Autumnal days have changing temperatures so you should be more mindful of how practical your dress is.

Opt for three-quarter length sleeves, or a shrug for the later hours to stop the cold ruining your magical day and ensure, if you’re having an outside reception, that you’ve got the necessary Bride’s wellies available to keep your feet dry!

5. Dress the cake in the colours of autumn

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Opt against a traditional white wedding cake and look towards the more rustic colours of caramel, golden and brown to complete your autumnal theme.

Cakes dressed with the bounty of an autumn harvest, with berries, figs, grapes and wintry fruits will reflect jewel tones of floral bouquets, while adding touches of burnt orange with sugar flowers, glossy nuts and using partially frosted edges will echo the woodland beauty of autumn.

6. Keep guests happy with seasonal treats

The colder temperatures also invite you to create some delectable autumnal treats to keep guests happy. If you’re heading outside at any point, why not offer creamy hot chocolates to keep hands warm, or include some toffee apples on a treats table for hungry little mouths?

7. Match your flower arrangements to the natural world

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Look to roses, chrysanthemums, tulips and carnations to bring some warmth and structure to your wedding boutique at an autumn wedding. Chose reds, yellows and oranges with deep green foliage for a focal point to your special day.

For a perfectly matched wedding theme, why not look to inspiration from woodland for floral arrangements? Add forest foraging treasures such as pinecones and conkers to centerpieces for a reflection of the natural world.

8. Plan for all eventualities

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The weather in England is always unpredictable and, unfortunately, hosting an autumn wedding likens the possibility that you might be visited by some unwanted rain clouds.

But that doesn’t have to be a worry. Adequate planning will mean that the rain is a feature of your special day, rather than a negative.

Make sure your venue has some back-up indoor spaces if the heavens truly open (and spaces that you would be happy to pick as a wedding venue). Our Garden of Eden suite, at The Shankly Hotel, has a stunning roof terrace looking out over the Liverpool skyline and plenty of indoor space with panoramic views from its beautiful windows, ensuring whatever the weather, you get the venue you wished for.

Signature Living Wedding specialist Ciara Martin thinks that the Eden suite at The Shankly is the best venue for an autumn wedding. It’s perfect for capturing dusk photos and looks stunning when the hanging woodland decorations on the ceiling are incorporated into bold autumn colour schemes.

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A stunning photo taken on the Eden rooftop

And if you’re worried about guests getting wet moving between venues, why not provide umbrellas for everyone, as well as snuggly blankets for outdoor venues that might get chilly in the evening?

9. Treat your bridesmaids to an autumnal spa session before the big day

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When the weather is a bit temperamental, keeping pre-wedding events inside prevents excess spending on activities you can’t enjoy. Treat your bridesmaids (or grooms men) to a day of pure tranquility before the excitement of your wedding with luxurious spa time away from the cold. Head down to a premium spa for a pre-wedding pamper. At 30 James Street, we offer exclusive packages to brides- and grooms-to-be, offering spa treatments, wedding breakfasts and time out to relax before the big day.

10. Keep your guests going throughout the evening

At Signature Living Weddings, we love the wild and the wacky for weddings and food is one of the best ways to express the personalities of you and your partner. Why not order some pizza in from one of Liverpool’s best pizza parlours as a late-night snack to keep your party-goers dancing?

11. Consider an indoor venue that’s as stunning as the outdoors

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The Exchange Grand Hall in Cardiff

Autumn might be a stunning time of year in the natural world, but with it’s windy weather, chances of rain and chilly temperatures, you risk some catastrophes by picking an outdoor venue.

Choosing an indoor venue that’s as stunning as the outdoors makes your job planning much easier. With so many magnificent, historic venues around the UK, you don’t have to compromise on the drama of your wedding backdrop just because it’s raining outdoors. The Exchange Grand Hall in Cardiff radiates grandeur and history, making it a breath-taking wedding venue for a special day.

12.Bring the outside in for your wedding reception décor

Autumn is beautiful for a reason – all those falling leaves are a stunning display in the natural world. And one magical autumn wedding idea is to take the outside in – why not incorporate the colours of autumn into your table decorations, with brightly coloured flowers, golden leaves and even autumnal branches as centerpieces for a rustic, woodland feel to your reception?

Trails of fairy lights across your venue, interwoven with fall foliage, can also create a stunning effect. Unlike summer weddings where pale and minimal often inspirational, avoid the colder tones in autumn to keep your reception looking warm and inviting for guests.

13. Keep guests entertained with seasonal entertainment

For autumn wedding ideas that you might not have considered yet, make sure you think about keeping guests entertained with unique fun and games that will make your day unforgettable. Autumnal games such as apple bobbing, a pumpkin shy (rather than coconut) and conker wars for the little ones will bring a touch of nostalgia with a seasonal twist.

With so much autumnal anticipation in the city of Liverpool, it’s the perfect place to host your wedding. Why not send your guests our guide to enjoying the city over the next few months so they can make the most of Liverpool in autumn during their visit?

14. Spend your wedding night in a cosy location

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The Presidential Suite at 30 James Street

One the party has ended and it’s just you and other half, the cherry on the cake for a perfect autumn wedding is a romantic night in a cosy location. From historic cottage honeymoons, to a rural yurt heated by a wood-burning stove, there are endless possibilities for where to spend your special night.

The Presidential Suite at 30 James Street in Liverpool matches decadent elegance with the warmth of tradition, making it one of the city’s most popular autumn wedding night suites. With a vast and luxurious bed, a plush champagne turret with views of Liverpool’s Three Graces and a spacious roman bath-style pool in the room, plus a twin seated steam room, this magnificent suite is perfect for helping you relax and unwind as a couple after an emotional day. Where better to enjoy the autumn evening than looking out over the waterfront with a glass of champagne in hand?

15. Pick the perfect wedding venue for a magical autumn day

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The Exchange Hotel Cardiff – a beautiful autumn wedding venue

The perfect autumn wedding venue should encompass the warmth of late summer days, but also be cosy at night as the temperatures drop.

In Liverpool, our White Star Grand Hall at 30 James Street is the most magical place to host your wedding. With stunning, historic windows that flood the room with natural night, elegant heritage interiors and the opportunity to use our rooftop restaurant and bar, it brings the beauty of autumnal days indoors for a dazzling day. Plus, it’s officially the luckiest hotel to wed your other half in Liverpool, with over 97% of our beautiful couples still happily married!

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A beautiful wedding at 30 James Street. Credit: Andy Jackson Photography

At Signature Living, our wedding coordinators can help you plan the perfect autumn wedding in any one of our stunning, historic venues. Whether you’re hoping to have burnished orange trees on the rooftop of Eden, or 100 golden pumpkins at each table during your reception, we’re renowned for never saying no to your requests.

We hope you’v enjoyed reading our 15 autumn wedding ideas. To start your Signature Living Wedding Journey today, and begin planning your dream day, call us today on 0151 305 3753.

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