Well, it’s that time of year again. The Pumpkin Spice lattes are up for grabs, and I’m about to start working fall-themed weddings. Honestly, it’s one of my favorite times of the year.
I’m writing this article because many think it’s impossible to have a fall-themed wedding in Phoenix, Arizona. People have told me they weren’t sure they could do it because the weather might be too warm. I say, don’t let the weather stop you from having the wedding you want.
I get it, I do. When you look up weather averages in Phoenix, October has a high of 89 degrees and a low of 64 degrees. In November, it’s can be anywhere from 51 to 76 degrees. I get how some might find it difficult to envision a wedding with fall leaves strewn about when the weather may be hot and sunny.
I prefer to look at it differently.
I envision a fall wedding where guests get to where what they want without having to put a jacket on top of their nice clothes. A wedding where having the ceremony and reception outdoors isn’t necessarily a bad idea. Sounds pretty nice, right?
In fact, more people than you would think choose to get married in the fall in Arizona.
According to theKnot.com, “Fall and spring are the most popular seasons for getting married in Arizona, according to The Knot 2015 Real Wedding Study. The survey shows that 51 percent of couples in Phoenix and 43 percent of couples in Tucson choose dates between the months of September and November for exchanging vows.”
So, don’t let the warm weather get you down. There are plenty of other ways to give your wedding that fall-feel without relying on the temperature. Besides, who wants to spend hours outside in the cold? This is why Arizona’s warmer fall weather is actually the ideal time for an outdoor wedding.
Below are some fall wedding trends that will help give your wedding the atmosphere you want— whether or not the temperature fits your expectations!
- Use Fresh Fruit
The era of mason jars and twine is coming to an end. There are so many ways to decorate your venue, and fresh fruit is definitely starting to take center stage. Fruit is also a good way to give your wedding an autumn-like atmosphere. Not only do many fruits come in the autumn colors of red, orange, and yellow, but they also signify the harvest.
- Think Seasonal Drinks
I’m not just talking about Pumpkin Spice lattes (even though they are delicious). There are a lot of typical autumn drinks for you to take advantage of, and they’re a great way to set your wedding apart. Think every type of cider imaginable—hot mulled cider, hard cider, cider sangria—the possibilities are endless. All it takes is a simple online search, and you can find recipes for Apple-Brandy Hot Toddies, an English Harvest, and a Cranberry-Spice cocktails. This is your chance to get creative.
- Smart Color Pallets
There’s a lot you can do here. You could be very traditional and choose classic fall colors, have some fun with a metallic pallet, or discover the wonders of jewel toned accents.
According to theKnot.com, “A moody range of plum and burgundy are leading the way in wedding color schemes. Pastel and neutral accents are still the most popular complementary colors, but those preppy spring hues have a veil of frost over them… The dark hues are reminiscent of the naturally changing surroundings, while the weathered pastels add just a touch of romance.”
- Naked or Translucent Cakes
Naked cakes have been around for a little while, but they’re still a lot of fun. For any who don’t know, a naked cake is a cake without fondant or icing on top. You can see the layers of the cake, usually separated by icing, as they don’t tend to have too much decoration (but feel free to add some fun fall flora on top of your cake). It gives the cake a simple, rustic look.
Something new that I’ve been seeing is the translucent cake. Translucent cakes have a very thin layer of icing that allows you to still see some of the cake underneath. These simple cakes would be the perfect addition to any outdoor, fall-themed wedding.
- Seasonal Bouquets
There are some in-season, fall flowers that are really amazing. Sprucing up your bouquet with autumn foliage, berries, or pinecones would also be a great idea. Herecomestheguide.com recommends some specific flowers for you fall bouquet:
“Dahlias are absolutely gorgeous in a wedding bouquet, and deep burgundy dahlias are especially beautiful in the fall. Garden roses are the perfect alternative to peonies this time of year. Anemones, with their striking black centers, are a sophisticated addition to a bouquet. Marigolds come in festive fall colors of gold, orange, and red. Sunflowers add a touch of sunshine to any fall affair. Protea is an unexpected addition to a super-unique bridal bouquet.”
- Fall Food Favorites
Fall is the season of eating! This means you have many options when it comes to fall food favorites. Maybe you want to get some inspiration from Thanksgiving? Maybe your wedding is close to Halloween, and you want to pay tribute to it in your dessert? This is the perfect time to serve guests some of their favorite comfort foods.