Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Welcome Fall!

It is the first day of fall today...well, not officially until 11:09pm, but I am known to celebrate early! Like many past autumnal equinox in Savannah, it doesn’t necessarily begin to feel like fall until October and sometimes even into November. Even though the weather may not cooperate until later in the year, the change of seasons from summer to fall brings with it an excitement that radiates throughout the city. Kids return to school, another football season is well underway, and I don’t get heat stroke walking from the front door to the mailbox!

Here at TH&Co, fall means we kick it into high gear as the days of 95-degree weather turn into weekends filled with weddings! Rich, bold colors make their return to wedding design, and to help you get in the mood for fall, here are a few great ideas for autumn weddings.

An easy way to infuse fall themes into your wedding is through your floral design. Whether you opt for a bold mix of colors or select a single color in various shades, fall hues create a rich, warm atmosphere for celebrating during the cool months.

Many brides are opting to forgo a floral table design and autumn is the perfect season to do this. Fill your tables with fall favorites like pumpkins, squash, cranberries, and finish it off with lots and lots of candles. Pottery Barn has wonderful inspiration for non-floral designs.

Using wheat as an alternative to flowers is always a popular choice, especially for a casual, outdoor affair or at a location with a rustic ambiance. Wheat can be used in lieu of flowers for nearly any aspect of the wedding, including aisle decorations, bridal bouquet and boutonnieres.

I am a big fan of the not so “matchy matchy” look for wedding parties, especially when a bride is faced with the prospect of dressing women with varying hair colors and skin tones. One way to combat this is to dress each woman in a different shade of the same color, but I found another suggestion on Real Simple’s website that I loved, especially if you have a mixture of blonde, brunette and redheads…pick the same dress, just change up the colors! These beautiful fall colors look great individually while still providing a cohesive color palate for your photos.

Let’s not forget about the men! To give the groomsmen a sense of individuality, choose a range of colors like these from vibrant red to soft peach.

Food plays a huge part in many autumnal activities and what better way to incorporate the season into your wedding than with food and drinks! Cocktail hour is a great way to provide your guests with signature fall treats like these mini candied apples and caramel apple martinis.

These cakes exude the warmth of fall without being too overly themed. The brown orchids and bold reds and oranges provide a lovely contrast against a traditional white cake. I especially like the idea of using chocolate icing for fall bridal cakes.

Pecan and apple pies are staples of many a Thanksgiving table, so why not share these crowd pleasers with your guests and send them home with a miniature version!

Photos courtesy of: Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot, Pottery Barn, Good Life in the City, Geoff White Photography, Melias Floral, Williams-Sonoma, Real Simple Weddings, Francoise Weeks , The Wedding Bee

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