With its changing colors and perfect temps, Autumn is perhaps the most rustic-friendly of all wedding seasons.
There is no doubt that autumn is the new trend in seasonal weddings. And it’s easy to see why: you can avoid the busy summertime weekends and get off season rates from many vendors. Not to mention, Mother Nature provides stunning outdoor décor, the weather is typically pleasant, even outdoors, and guests have more availability and fewer schedule conflicts than during summer vacations.
There are many fall wedding locations that set the scene for a stunning wedding; combining the vivid hues of fall foliage with dazzling landscape features like waterfalls, lakes and mountains. Here are some great ideas for wedding venues that have it an extra something special:
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A sunny fall day can be perfect – but a cloudy fall day can be unexpectedly chilly. But in Aspen it is sunny 300 days a year, so breathe easy (and the mountain air will feel amazing!) The shimmering gold Aspen trees make a lovely backdrop for photos and with an elevation of over 7,000 feet, almost all venues will have a spectacular view.
Stowe is the perfect location for romantic Vermont weddings. The first 2 weeks of October is ideal for a peak foliage VT wedding, and the Green Mountains are a dramatic foil for the rich crimson and amethyst foliage. Everything is in full swing in the small town of Stowe and it’s easy to find local produce, like fresh blueberries and morel mushrooms, to create a local sustainable wedding reception. The temperature averages a perfect 60 degrees making fall the best VT wedding season.
The Smoky Mountains are fondly known as the wedding capitol of the south, and couples love the abundant waterfalls and streams that make a wedding venue sparkle. Couples looking for a rustic mountain wedding will find the venue of their dreams in Gatlinburg.
Summertime in Maine is the ideal for many couples getting married. But fall brings a special something that can’t quite be described. The charming towns like Camden, Rockport and Stockton Springs, come alive in the fall when the seasonal tourists leave and the community begins it’s offseason lifestyle. The charm of the coast with lovely fall foliage, Camden is a perfect combination of nautical elegance and quaint small town comfort.
Columbia River Gorge, OR
There’s nothing like the drama of a cliff-side wedding to make a fall wedding unforgettable. Columbia Gorge is home to rustic venues in the shadow of Mt. Hood with heart-stopping 100-foot waterfalls and lush autumn colors.
Once you find the location that speaks to you; whether it’s the sky-grazing Rocky Mountains or the oceanside views find a photographer who knows how to capture the natural beauty of the location and a venue that can host your ideal wedding.
Jumpsuits are making a big step from the runway to the the wedding aisle with a new (resurging) trend; jumpsuits. In its spring/summer 2014 bridal collection, J. Crew debuted a chic bridal jumpsuit that is casual and comfortable and unmistakable bridal.
A jumpsuit is perfect for a lot of destination brides considering a more laid-back but envelope-pushing style. Also, an ideal option for those marrying for the second time.
The J. Crew Eyelash Lace Jumpsuit is a fun alternative to customary wedding gowns and super gorgeous. However, J. Crew isn’t the only one getting in on this 2014 wedding trend. Similar wedding day looks from designers like Lanvin and Rivini are popping up in bridal stores in all different styles.
At $750, the J. Crew option is much more affordable for many brides in comparison to conventional bridal gowns with prices generally in the thousands. Unlike a princess gown, a bridal jumpsuit has massive appeal to a woman who wants to wear their wedding attire again.
If walking down the aisle in pants is not your style, this wedding trend is a great option for a rehearsal dinner look or wedding reception outfit. Though the 2014 look is nontraditional, J. Crew’s kept the gorgeous trappings of a customary gown intact. Its ivory hue, sheer sleeves and bows down the back make the bridal jumpsuit just as feminine as any a-line pick. Now, that’s a twist on the classic bridal silhouette that we might just fall in love with.
Getting engaged is one of the most exciting times in your life. You and your partner have made the decision to be together forEVER! And that’s pretty special. What to do next; how you share the news, and how you celebrate, can be overwhelming. Lucky for you we’ve rounded up the first 8 things you should do upon getting engaged!
Call your relatives
Of course, you’ve called your parents and your siblings and had a chance to laugh and cry with them. But before you start posting engagement photos online, as tempting as it may be, call your extended family to share the news. Even if you rarely talk to them in person or by phone, this simple gesture and a 2 minute telephone call can make a world of difference.
Be ready to tell your engagement story a million times
It is inevitably the first thing every person will ask you. “How did they propose?” Don’t skimp on the details, even though you’ve told the same story a dozen times. It is a truly special moment and your friends and family want to hear all the sappy or hilarious details.
Get your ring resized
Your new ring is stunning, but it might still have some wiggle room. Don’t risk letting it slip off your finger while flaunting it around. Take it to a jeweler ASAP. Especially if you aren’t used to having a ring on your finger, having it properly sized can help a new ring feel more comfortable and secure.
Set the season and year
The question that immediately follows your engagement story will be “When are you getting married?” Although you don’t need to set a firm date, it can be extremely helpful to choose a tentative season and year. The summer of 2015 or fall of 2020? People appreciate that you are keeoing them in the loop and it will give you and your partner some direction when you start to plan.
Plan a night out with your fiancé to celebrate
It can be wonderful to have family and friends come out of the woodwork to celebrate this huge life changing moment with you. But don’t forget that engagements and weddings are about starting a life together as partners. Take a night to celebrate as a couple and look to an amazing future together.
Make some big decisions as a team
After you celebrate together, and definitely not on the same night, make sure you talk about some of the big planning questions together. What type of wedding? (traditional, destination, offbeat) What size? (intimate, family and friends, large party) What size wedding party? (Just siblings, 2-3 closest friends, 6-10 large party) Make sure you are on the same page before your parents and BFF’s start offering their suggestions for what they want and what worked for them. You will be able to answer with clarity and confidence and avoid potentially hurt feelings.
Start a savings account
Even small weddings cost money. And planning ahead can help you avoid relying on credit cards when unexpected costs start to add up in the weeks before the wedding. And those last minute costs are unavoidable even for the most organized couples. Start a separate savings account when you get engaged (or even before) and start putting away a small amount from your paycheck every month until the wedding.
Don’t rush through things and enjoy the planning process. This is your moment to celebrate how far you’ve come as a couple and how you want to start the rest of your life together. That’s so exciting! Don’t get too caught up in family politics or minute details of planning. Rely on other people to help when you need it and keep the planning process manageable. This is your big day, so enjoy it!