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fall wedding basics

Fall is one of the most popular times to plan a wedding -- and for good reason! Gorgeous natural foliage and temperate weather make for great fall weddings. But for all of autumn's positive attributes, there are still potential issues that you need to keep in mind while planning a fall wedding. First, keep in mind that even if guests are comfortable at your afternoon wedding ceremony, they need to prepare for the temperature to drop in the evening. One idea: Arrange bins of inexpensive wraps at the reception entrance, or set up heat lamps in outdoor areas where guests will want to relax. You could even embrace the season with a few fire pits (and maybe some s'mores!). Another common obstacle is fall wedding flowers. Though many popular wedding blooms are not in season during this time of the year, this is the perfect opportunity to get creative with a fall wedding bouquet. Incorporate unexpected plants like wheat, crabapples, and ornamental vegetables. We even know of one bride who used cotton plants in all of her wedding arrangements! Finally, remember to do your research when selecting an autumn wedding date. There are many holidays during the fall -- including Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and the Jewish high holidays -- but by doing your research you can help your guests avoid scheduling conflicts. Don't let these potential pitfalls scare you, though -- fall weddings are worth every bit of effort.

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fall by the numbers

  • 14% of weddings take place in September, the most popular month for weddings.
  • 12% of weddings take place in October, the third most popular month.
  • 6% of weddings take place in November, which ranks ninth in popularity.

Our Fall Weddings Editor, Anja W.