Fall and Winter weddings- you may think cold, dreary and unconventional. But with all the pressures & potential pitfalls that come with your traditional spring & summer wedding, autumn and winter nuptials offer some significant advantages- less chances of rain (which can cause glitches according to your wedding venue), gorgeous food options (rich and savoury palettes and seasonal comfort food- yummy!), not to mention the lavish naked cakes with countless adornments that we love), wonderful foliage options rather than flowers (availability of your favourite blooms may be difficult, so instead choose lush green moss as a surface for your escort card table and manzanita branches lining the isle during your ceremony.
But amongst all of these memorable and beautiful options lies our personal favourite: the opportunity to choose a stunning nature-inspired wedding colour palette that compliments the cooler months of September through to March.
Google search ‘Fall & Winter Weddings’ and your bound to find countless images of pumpkins, orange gerbera daisies, red leaves galore and so much white. But at Julianne Young Weddings, we believe that you can do an autumnal wedding with traditional elegance, soft tastefulness, and classic romance that will be forever timeless.
There is something very satisfying in stepping into fall and crunching down on the newly fallen leaves. The colours are breathtaking. Nature is truly exquisite, especially when the seasons change. Warm tones of orange, yellow, green, gold & browns are rich and nurturing.
Have your guests instantly warmed at the sight of warm tones of orange and accents of gold- as if they’re walking in a fields of golden wheat. Harvest-inspired wedding palettes must also yield inspired menus; warm apple crisp, decadent puff pastries, quiches with rich & spicy fillings and a hearty main course are all sure to make your guests feel right at home.
EVENING AT TIFFANY’S
Channel your inner Holly Golightly and choose one of the most iconic tones of blue known to any diamond fiend. Be sure to balance it out with warm browns, jewel toned purples and a classic ivory. You want to be sure to stick with complimentary classic fall colours to highlight the powder blue, and avoid having it look like a passing fad.
Green, chartreuse and brown- the perfect natural trio seen in any fall landscape. Folding chairs in a neutral tone, a spread of leaves as the isle runner and voluminous bouquets of greenery to frame the newly weds while all set in a mountainous forest landscape makes for a lovely event.
Chocolate is a neutral- as is ivory and black. Pairing these with silver hardware is sure to add a classic and elegant touch to your event. Clean linens, wooden folding chairs, pristine ivory cushions and light bouquets are perfect & classy. Add some twinkling lights on a outdoor deck, heat lamps and a beautiful sunset- how romantic.
Regal jewel tones are amongst our favourites for a fall colour palette. Gold plates & utensils will add the perfect touch of Tudor-esque glamour. Choose ivory and white roses, maroon dahlias and orchids, lots of greenery and wooden accents.
Rustic elegance is a challenge, but if you choose your wedding venue with a few things in mind, this lovely style can truly be romantic and beautiful. Navy blues, white, grey and soft green are perfectly complimentary and look amazing in photographs.
For the true at heart romantic desiring pastels during the fall months have some truly gorgeous options when it comes to choosing your ideal shades. Pale lilac, grey, peach and a pop of navy blue are amongst our favourite shades. With gorgeous florals available in the fall months, ceremony arches are sure to wow all your guests. Dahlias, Chrysanthemums, Roses, Queen Anne’s Lace, Hyacinthus, Freesia, Iris, Magnolia, Orchid Cymbidium, Snap Dragons, Stock, Delphimium, Lily of the Valley, Lilies, Stephanotis… the choices are magnificent!
Still craving more blue after you already have a ‘something blue’? Incorporate the nautical shade into your wedding party and choose soft & romantic long bridesmaids gowns in teal or navy. Still wanting a bit more? Ask your florist to use lambs ear, succulents or eucalyptus in the bridal party bouquets!
You may think tropical weddings are solely for the spring/summer months, but choosing a tropical destination wedding during off season is both economical and more intimate. As long as your venue has tropical elements: bamboo features, palm fronds, tropical landscaping and a humid temperature (to help tropical florals survive), beautiful tropical decor is serene and striking. These beautiful colours of fuchsia, chartreuse, deep orange and lilac allow you to incorporate beautiful flowers including Orchids, Heliconias, heavenly fragrant Plumeria, Protea, Anthurium and Ginger Flower.
Navy blues, greens & purple, antique furniture, lace, gold heirlooms and chandeliers. These are a few things we think of when Vintage elegance comes to mind. Silver votives and antique silverware will add a perfect romantic & personal touch, while chandeliers will add a perfect glamorous ambiance.
FROZEN WINTER GARDEN
This absolutely beautiful colour palette is soft & romantic, more for the classic bride wishing to have a somewhat muted decor style, but with lots of traditional and elegant touches. A soft powder blue silk napkin adds the perfect amount of colour paired with the neutral tones of ivory and soft beige, while the greenery of the flowers brings in a perfect natural influence. Add plenty of white floating candles, tall glassware, twinkling lights and silver chiavari chairs and you have a truly gorgeous reception room that is bound to create awe within every guest.
Beautiful icy tones of blue, green and ivory are perfect and iconic for winter weddings. This amazing bouquet is filled with some of our favourite flowers for the winter months, and the palette is truly romantic & beautiful.
I hope this post has inspired all of you who love fall weddings as much as JYW, and are in the midst of planning one themselves.