Isn’t Autumn beautiful.
As I ran (when I say ‘ran’, it was more like a medium-page shuffle) into work a couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t help but be struck by the beauty of nature.
Now I’m a summer girl, through and through – give me long days and hot summer nights any time, but there’s something beautiful about the changing of a season, and going from summer to autumn is as spectacular as it gets.
As the leaves rustle on the floor and the landscape changes from green to orange, it all starts to get a little bit cosier. On this particularly perfect autumnal day, the sky was cloudless and blue, the air was crisp, and there was that feeling in the air that life was refreshing itself.
Although we got married in the height of summer, I couldn’t help thinking, as I shuffled along to the showroom, that if I had to get married in another season, then it would definitely be autumn.
So if you’re on the countdown to an autumn wedding next year - or the year after - here are our top four tips to style your Big Day.
Where better to start!
Our specialist subject - and after the venue is booked, the start of most wedding journeys.
Save the date cards are usually sent out around a year before the big day, so if you’re getting married this time next year, now is the time to start thinking about this if you haven’t already. Our Save the Date cards start from 95p and there are plenty of styles to look at in our Milton Keynes showroom if you’d like to pop in.
Oranges and browns are unsurprisingly popular choices for colours at this time of year, as are deep reds. Falling leaves feature heavily in designs with the natural colours of the foliage taking centre stage. Take a look at our falling leaves folded card for some Autumnal inspiration.
The natural feel of a rustic wedding fits perfectly with this time of year. Hessian and recycled card are popular autumn wedding stationery choices, and if you didn’t want to feature some foliage, then a simple postcard package like this one, wrapped in hessian could be the answer.
When you get to ‘On Your Day’ we can carry across your chosen theme – check out these autumnal lottery card place name holders we completed for a lovely bride at Hedsor House in 2017.
When it comes to dressing your venue, we asked Sophie Cooper from Forevermore Events for her advice. We regularly work with Sophie by providing stationery for some of her weddings (we even did her invitations back in 2015), and can highly recommend her!
Sophie’s experience of colour choices at this time of year is similar to ours, but says "I've found a lot of deep purples, and oranges seem to be very popular. We have a few autumn weddings coming up and a few of our couples have opted for Golds and Chocolate browns, Navy Blues and Coppers”, so there a few more colour choices there for you to consider.
When it comes to inspiration at this time of year, what do couples use to inspire their venue dressing? “I've found a lot of brides love to use Pinterest for inspiration” says Sophie. “A lot of our couples who have chosen an Autumn wedding seem to go with the darker, rich colours and lots of beautiful soft foliage and greenery. There is so much inspiration you can get online for wedding themes/flower ideas/styling ideas but have a think about what you love about autumn and incorporate that within your day. Whether it be lots of low lighting/fairy lights and candles or lavish flowers for your bouquet including roses, orange orchards, or ivory blooms.”
For table decorations, Sophie loves to use floral centrepieces for an Autumn wedding and suggests using lots of soft foliage with lots of soft candlelight to create a soft, intimate atmosphere.
Now, our expertise lies firmly in stationery, and whilst we can bake a cake or two for the kids’ birthdays (the expectations of a 5 and 7 year old are about our level), we wouldn’t like to turn our hand to baking a wedding cake! So, for advice on how to incorporate autumn into your cake, we asked Kate from The Model Wedding to give us some ideas. “When thinking about autumn, I would ask the couple to think of autumnal colours - leaves, late summer flowers, warm colours, blue skies and warm days.
If they are thinking of a simple cake with flowers as the feature I would suggest red, oranges, rich yellow. If they wanted a cake that really depicted autumn I would suggest a tree stump cake with autumnal leaves and flowers with berries”.
But what puts autumn on a plate – what flavours would represent the season well? "warming and comforting like caramel, toffee apple, chocolate, carrot and red velvet cake” is Kate’s advice, “but of course, regardless of the season, people will always choose their favourites!”
For more information on The Model Wedding’s cakes, follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/themodelwedding/
Food is such an important part of a wedding day, and it’s where your guests will spend a lot of their afternoon. When it comes to an autumn menu, Giorgio Locatelli, Britain’s favourite Italian chef (according to Brides Magazine), says that it should “begin with rich and earthy flavours, and finish with a crisp dessert to cleanse the palette." For the main course, he suggests you “try loin of venison, cep mushrooms and fried pastry cream” and for dessert, “poached pear with red and white wine”.
So, certainly lots of deep, rich flavours going on there. Personally, I’m a little bit scared of adventurous flavours like venison, so make sure you opt to put a menu card on each table (one per table is fine), so that fusspots like me know what we can look forward to :)
We can of course help you with that menu card, and with any other item of stationery you can think of. So whatever your wedding ‘theme’, pop into our showroom or book a dedicated appointment, and we’ll offer you our expert advice as always!