Why I love Autumn Weddings in Phoenix

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!

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.”

  1. 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.

  1. 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.”

  1. 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.

If you’re looking for a venue for your fall wedding, here are some of my favorites in Phoenix, Arizona! Just looking for a photographer? Here are some of those too!

Questions to Ask When Hiring a Wedding Planner

Hiring a wedding planner is one of the first decisions you have to make when planning your wedding, and also one of the hardest. Why is it one of the hardest? Mostly because no one’s ever sure that they need a wedding planner in the first place.

In the beginning, you don’t realize just how much time and effort planning the wedding will take. The whole process is fun and exciting, and a wedding planner just doesn’t seem to be worth the money. Recently, I wrote a blog post about wedding budget allocation, and on average, a good wedding planner should cost about 3% of your wedding budget. It’s a big commitment.

If you find a quality wedding planner, they’re usually worth their weight in gold.

Some couples operate under the misconception that a wedding planner is meant to save them money by finding them discounts and bargains. This is not necessarily true. A wedding planner is there to make sure you’re matched with the right vendor for your price range, alleviate stress, and help turn your wedding vision into reality—as realistically as possible.

The best way to achieve this is to have a good relationship with your wedding planner. To have the best possible relationship with your wedding planner, you need to hire the right one. Below are some questions you should ask any prospective wedding planner before hiring. Good luck!

  1. How do you collaborate with couples?

This is important. You want to make sure you’re kept in the loop, and that you have a say in all of the important decisions. Yes, your wedding planner is meant to alleviate stress and make decisions for you—but not all of them! It’s meant to be a collaboration, not a one-man-show. Ask if they prefer to be called, emailed, or texted.

  1. Do you have preferred vendors?

Preferred vendors are a great way to find your vendors with a seal of approval already in place. However, if you already have different vendors in mind, make sure your planner is willing to use these other vendors.

  1. How many clients do you have in a year, and in my wedding month?

This will give you a good idea as to how much time the wedding planner will be able to devote to planning your wedding. Planning a wedding requires a lot of attention to detail, and you will need someone with time to spare. If your wedding planner has too many weddings booked around yours, your wedding could suffer. According to Huffington post, “High-end planners should book no more than 1-2 weddings per month, whereas day-of coordinators can get away with 3-4 weddings per month.”

  1. How do your weddings differ? How are they the same?

Odds are you’re going to be able see some similarities between weddings planned by the same person, but you still want yours to be unique. Ask to see photos of other weddings planned by any prospective planner, just to be sure you’re not paying to get a carbon copy of someone else’s wedding.

  1. What happens in case of an emergency?

Let’s face it, it’s very rare for any big event to go off without a hitch. There’s too many things going on at once for that to happen. Since the wedding planner will be coordinating all of it, it’s their job to have a Plan B.

  1. Can you help us stay on budget?

This is one of the most important questions to ask a wedding planner, and it should always be answered with a firm “yes.” This shouldn’t be one of those home improvement shows where a $5,000 problem is found every 15-minutes. Yes, you should allocate a small “emergency” budget, just in case something goes wrong. But having a nice wedding, on-budget is half the point of hiring a wedding planner. If they can’t answer this question affirmatively immediately, they’re not the wedding planner for you.

  1. Are there additional fees we need to know about?

You should always ask this before agreeing to anything in order to avoid any unexpected costs. Wedding Wire suggests you look at the contract before committing to anything. This document “should explain all of their pre-wedding day services, wedding day services and other fees which may be added to the balance, like travel fees, parking and other expenses.” If everything looks to be in order, feel free to sign on the dotted line!