Are you and your fiancé considering a fall wedding? If so, you’re in for a very special treat! Fall months provide an absolutely beautiful backdrop for weddings. The benefits to a fall wedding are almost endless, but here are a few of the most notable:
- The chance of rain is lower during the fall than it is during summer and spring.
- Cooler weather means less humidity, which will be great for everyone; the bride and bridesmaids won’t have to worry about hair and makeup maintenance as much, and the groom and groomsmen won’t be overheating in their suits.
- Fall provides a stunning color palette, full of rich autumn tones that can be utilized for decorative purposes.
- September and October smell amazing! Nothing beats the crisp autumn scents of fallen leaves, apples, pumpkin, cinnamon, and burning wood.
- It’s easy to incorporate locally grown, seasonal fruits and vegetables into savory dishes and beautiful decorations.
- Photo opportunities will be in abundance with gorgeous foliage, colorful leaves, and stunning sunsets.
While there are numerous benefits to planning a fall wedding, there are some pitfalls that you and your fiancé need to be aware of. Fortunately, taking steps ahead of time can significantly decrease the impact of potential problems. To ensure your wedding day is as close to perfect as possible, keep these common fall wedding issues—and how to solve them—in mind.
1. Unpredictable Weather
The number one problem that couples face when planning a fall wedding is weather. In fact, anyone who wants an outdoor wedding should be aware that their plans may be thwarted by unpredictable weather. While fall is rarely a time for rain storms, it can get quite cold rather suddenly. Depending on where you intend to tie the knot, it could start snowing as soon as October!
Unfortunately, there’s no way to change the weather to suit your needs on the day of your wedding. You can, however, prepare for potential weather complications. Start by researching the area where your wedding will take place. Read up on the history of weather conditions around the date you’ve set and adjust as needed and able.
It’s also not a bad idea to establish a backup location for your ceremony and/or reception. This way, if the weather does take a turn for the worst, you can proceed without too much difficulty.
2. Colder Temperatures Than Expected
As previously mentioned, it’s completely possible that colder weather hits hard around your wedding. Cold weather doesn’t necessarily mean bad weather, however. You may still get those gorgeous falling leaves pictures—you’ll just be freezing while the photographer takes them! Combat this by selecting appropriate apparel or accessories “just in case.”
You and your significant other won’t be the only ones who are cold. In fact, a huge mistake many couples make is not keeping their family and friends informed about potential weather conditions. They get so caught up worrying about how the weather will impact them that they forget that it will impact their guests as well. Help your wedding guests avoid discomfort by keeping them updated about potential temperatures via your wedding website.
Other solutions include providing blankets and hand warmers or working with your venue to ensure outdoor heating is available. Including hot beverages in addition to beer and wine is also a great idea, and your guests will surely enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or warm apple cider.
3. An Early Sunset
It’s not uncommon for couples to begin planning their wedding a year or more in advance. While this is necessary, it’s easy to overlook small details—like the time of sunset. Fall weddings are beautiful, but only if you can actually see them! It’s important to remember when planning your wedding day schedule that the sun sets significantly early in the fall. An early evening ceremony and photoshoot afterward probably won’t work.
4. Schedule Conflicts for Guests
The fall is actually quite a busy time for many people. Between Labor Day vacations, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and preparing for the winter holiday season, scheduling can get a little cramped. The unfortunate truth is that there may be family or friends who simply can’t get away for your fall wedding weekend.
Avoiding scheduling conflicts can be difficult, especially because you’re not in control of everyone’s personal and professional responsibilities. There are, however, a couple things you can do to help ensure as many of your loved ones are present as possible. First, sit down and make a list of the people you absolutely want present for your big day. Then reach out to them personally before setting your official date to verify they’re available. After that, send out your save-the-dates as early as absolutely possible.
Luckily, now that you’re aware of the potential issues, you can schedule your event appropriately. Consider having your ceremony earlier during the day or, at the very least, taking your pictures beforehand. Many couples opt for early photo sessions anyway, so they can join the reception quickly after the ceremony has concluded.