Guest Post: Michelle Brown
Fall is fast approaching, and the excitement of the seasonal spices is upon us. I know, I can’t wait for my first sip of the pumpkin spice latte (with almond milk)! What’s more exciting than lattes and cider mills? Fall weddings! I love the color schemes and the seasonal foods and drinks—cider and rum being my favorite! But this year, I’ve found that there are some fall wedding trends that might surprise us! Some more shocking (and fun) than the others! Check ‘em out to see what you think.
Oh my, color!
And it’s everywhere! Including the white wedding dress. Yes, I said it: brides are opting out of the traditional white wedding dress for something more on hue with the season. While some are straying only a little outside of tradition, with ivory, champagne or a blush tone, others are adding color or black embellishments and accessories to their yes dress. There are also brides forgetting white altogether, wearing millennial pink and gold. *gasp*
Long and whimsical
With the summer heat leaving (no more sweat! Yay!), brides are keeping the short-sleeves and strapless dresses on the hangers and are sliding into long-sleeves and/or high-necklines. Regardless of the material—lace, chiffon, or velvet— it adds an elegant and romantic feel to any fall wedding. And, you’ll still be able to elicit some ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ without breaking the white dress tradition.
Fall can be a tricky time for the weather because depending on the month, or day, or time of day, it can be warm or cold. But if your wedding is closer to winter, keep your eye out for blankets. Some brides give shawls and blankets as a gift to their bridal party, but couples have also been using them as favors, especially if you have a wedding design or pattern. It’s a terrific addition if you’re having an outdoor wedding. Plus, as a guest, how awesome is it be to go to a wedding and get a blanket? Sign me up!
DIY…for your guests
Out are the old boring wedding buffets and in are the new DIY bars and make-your-own food stations. This trend has been around for a while, but now, people are getting creative and using them all over their wedding—even before the ceremony. Guests no longer have to wait for the late-night pizza buffet because they can make their own taco, pizza, burger, or even a s’more for dinner! Amen! It’s a laissez-faire approach and it makes for a relaxed and fun evening. Here are some really cool ideas!
Food as decoration and entertainment
Why does food only have to have one purpose? Sure, you can eat it, but you can also use it as décor and a way to entertain your guests. You can construct a donut wall, have a mixologist create craft cocktails or a barista make killer lattes. See? Food has many purposes. But why stop there? Add fruit to your floral arrangements for a pop of color, like, hypericum berry sprays or raspberries—the colors are perfect for the season too.
Less is more
Minimalism has been a popular trend in 2018, and it doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon. What’s surprising and different in fall are the new ways it’s being incorporated. It seems like there’s little glitz when it comes to fall weddings. Rather, they tend to be more natural, relying on untamed greenery, weathered wood, and whimsical touches. Cakes are even going au naturel (naked), showing off their delicious layers. Or couples forget the cake and offer a variety of seasonal homemade pies (I vote pumpkin pie!). And, the uniform look for tablecloths, dishes, and centerpieces are being replaced with mismatched tablecloths and dishware, adding a personalized touch. If it’s done right, it can make any space feel cozier than the crisp fall air.
Here’s to falling in love with these surprising wedding trends! 😉 Cheers!