Fall is a favorite season to many people, and with all the beautiful foliage on the trees, it’s not hard to see why! While this beautiful backdrop may only be around for a short period of time, many couples take advantage of this to accent their wedding. Fall weddings are great aesthetically, but you can tend to run into more speed bumps than a traditional Summer or Spring wedding. However don’t get discouraged, luckily you have the award-winning Selective Sound Entertainment team to help guide you in the latest trends for your Fall wedding!
Outdoor Venues or Barn Weddings
If you’re planning on having a Fall wedding, it’s probably a safe bet that you pictured it taking place outside. While Fall may be one of the most beautiful times of the year, it can also be one of the most challenging seasons to accommodate to the weather. If your reception is taking place in a tent/outside, how many guests can your venue comfortably hold? If rain arrives, even if just for a quick shower, you’ll need to be sure that all your guests have adequate, comfortable cover.
With or without rain, you’ll also need to prepare for colder weather. Barns are usually secure structures, but a tent may need walls to help keep out bad weather. Also, set money aside in your budget for portable heaters to be brought in to ensure your wedding remains at an appropriate temperature. These are a proven solution, and with some nights in October falling as low as 30º F, a majority of your guests won’t hang around long if they’re shivering at your reception.
Another topic to consider with your venue is your catering service, your entertainment choice, and how feasible it is for both of them to work at the venue you decide. Be sure that your vendors are familiar enough with the location to do their jobs well, and to ensure they can easily get their equipment and materials to your location! Remember that DJs and caters can use ALOT of power with their setups and that special accommodations (generators, extra supplies, etc.) may be necessary. Thankfully, your planner from Selective Sound Entertainment can handle all of your generator needs.
Atmosphere (Music, Lighting, & More!):
Fall weddings have their own distinct style, and it is important to accent that style with other complementing amenities! Acoustic and Indy-style music selections are good picks for outdoor/barn weddings and can set a great mood of a quaint love story in Fall. Some artists our team recommends include Colbie Calliet, Jason Mraz, and Andy Grammar, or even booking a live act to perform. With such a simple feel for a wedding, you’ll want to keep your music selection upbeat, but not too heavy for guests. Lighting plays a large role in setting the mood of any event, and Fall weddings are no different! By using Fall colors such as amber, burnt orange, gold, and accents like blush or a light shade of blue, you can really “warm up” the look of any venue. This works well at ensuring guests keep that warm, toasty feeling throughout the night. Weddings that share the outdoor theme should also have compact setups, with the bar, dancefloor, DJ, and food all being within close proximity to one another. This will ensure your guests don’t stray too far from the reception and will help your formalities remain on schedule so that you wedding moves smoothly and seamlessly! While bathrooms don’t need to be as close as the bar or dance floor, be sure there are clean facilities available for your guests to use nearby.
Fall Food Favorites: Choosing food options that reflect your outdoor wedding can really help you set the atmosphere for the night! Adding a smores bar or flavored coffee station is always a nice touch for cooler, Fall weddings. Drinks such as apple cider or cocktails with cinnamon sticks are also good choices to have available to guests, along with possibly a seasonal stout or craft beer. A new trend for Fall Weddings has been serving fresh pies, cooked to perfection for guests to enjoy after their main course at the end of the night. From apple pies to pumpkin pies, this timeless dessert just screams “Fall!”
Other Things to Consider:
We’ve covered a lot of things in this article including location, weather, and atmosphere, but there are still a few more things to consider before the big day! Provide guests with a reminder that it could get chilly, and that bringing a jacket or sweater of some sort may be a good idea. As for female guests, remind them that heels or open-toed shoes may not be the most forgiving footwear on a hilly or muddy terrain. Check the area around your venue as well for sound ordinances and other restrictions that could hold you back, and be sure that your entertainment is able to play for a substantial amount of time before being asked to turn it down.
Fall Weddings can seem a bit overwhelming, but there’s nothing our team of Selective Sound can’t make possible for you! Contact our team of wedding professionals today to find out more options, or to being planning your Fall wedding today! Photos courtesy of Selective Sound Entertainment and Google Images.