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Fall is my favorite time of the year. The colors are beautiful, the weather is cool, and it's just nice to be able to warm up with your loved one on a crisp fall evening. Football games, leaves falling, and fuzzy sweaters are what you think of first when you dream about this season of the year. There are several reasons to celebrate the season, but your special wedding day is the best one.

The Colors

Warm, earthy colors come in with a bang during the autumn months. The natural colors of the outdoors are what come to mind first. Warm, rusty oranges, deep plums, mossy greens, burgundies, browns, and golden yellows are the epitome of fall and are simply wonderful colors for a wedding. Keeping with a fall theme, you can incorporate nature by including the changing leaves, pumpkins, and coordinating colored flowers into your fall wedding theme. Your bridesmaids' dresses, guys' accessories, wedding décor, and flowers can make your fall wedding look like fall. There are so many ways to incorporate fall colors into your wedding.

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The Flowers

There are so many cool ideas that can transform a traditional bouquet of flowers for you and your bridesmaids into a fun fall bouquet. By incorporating straw instead of the traditional greenery, you can turn any normal wedding bouquet into a fall bouquet. Willow branches that curl will give an arrangement a rustic, outdoorsy feel. Another way to bring autumn into your ceremony is to replace some of your flowers with berry twigs or some fall vegetables, such as squash, pumpkins, or gourds. A rustic bouquet will say "I love the fall."

The Attire

What better way to give your fall-colored wedding a base than in your bridesmaids' dresses? The ideal colors for a fall wedding are the colors that you see in nature. The oranges, yellows, plums, greens, and browns are each beautiful in their own right. Dresses, bow ties, or sashes can all give your fall wedding the color accents that it needs. There are so many choices when it comes to choosing the color of the ideal fall wedding!

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Dressing for Warmth

A great way to give your wedding attire the fall touch that it may require is to add a shawl, pashmina, or cropped jacket. Anything faux-fur lined or wool will give you and your bridal party the warmth they need to stand up and be there for you. A great idea for the bride is a simple white cashmere sweater or shrug that can still allow your dress to be seen. Guys can wear several different options for jackets. A warm muff or a matching scarf and hat are also cute accessories for your bridal party if you are having a casual outdoor ceremony.

Footwear

Why not bring some fall fashion to your wedding attire by having your bridesmaids and groomsmen wear boots? Cowboy boots with a cute fall-colored dress bring fall to your ceremony. Even a cute furry boot with an appropriate dress will be a very autumn fashion choice. The fall is all about warm footwear and boots to keep your legs appropriately toasty in the cool weather.

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Décor

Let your guests feel the warmth of your love by showing them that it's fall in your wedding day décor. There is nothing that says fall like hay bales for seating and wheel barrows holding pumpkins, potted mums, and sunflowers. Incorporate dried flowers into your theme by using them for décor along the aisle or up at the front of the ceremony. Antique furniture and other pieces will give a bit of a rustic feel to the wedding for your guests to enjoy. Vintage metal lanterns or antique wrought iron décor will give you an outdoorsy feel. Any type of burlap or twine in your décor is a rustic touch and can give your wedding a certain type of casual and natural feel. Incorporate wood into your ceremony and reception by using weathered pieces to make signs, hold candles, contain place cards, or create centerpieces.

Use Nature as Your Décor

The natural look of fall includes the beautiful colors of the trees right before the leaves begin to fall. When having your ceremony or reception outside, use those things in nature as your décor or backdrop. A walk down an aisle lined with deep rusty leaves or your first kiss in front of a colorful mountainside is the best way to use nature as your décor.

Food

Allow your guests to enjoy fall cocktails before your ceremony as they get ready for your "I do's." Fall not only brings with it the beauty of Mother Nature, but it also brings yummy treats with it as well. Warm apple pie and a delicious spiced pumpkin pie are two wonderful treats that come with the fall weather. Incorporate these treats into your wedding reception to give your guests that fall flavor they are craving. Warm apple cider for your toast is a great way to celebrate your nuptials as you are cutting your spiced carrot cake for your guests. For a super-casual reception, a wonderful fall idea is to build a bonfire and enjoy s'mores with your friends and family at the end of your awesome fall reception.

Cool Temperatures

A fun way to use this season as your theme is to have an outdoor wedding and provide space heaters for your guests along the rows. An unheated barn or an open-roofed venue is a great way to use the cool temperatures as a way to set the tone of the ceremony. A fun idea is to have blankets ready for warmth and snuggling for guests during the cool ceremony for an outdoor fall wedding, especially in the late afternoons or evenings when the temperatures tend to drop. A bonfire at the end of the evening can be a great way for guests to cozy up and enjoy their time with each other.

Lighting

A great way to incorporate your fall theme in the lighting for your wedding is to use natural lighting that gives you a warm glow. Using lots of candles for your lighting at your ceremony and reception will give you the warm, natural feel of the outdoors in the fall. Using a warm-colored candle is even better to give you a colorful glow. Use candles to decorate the venue and also as table décor. Lanterns with tea lights or a twinkling string of lights around your décor will also give you the same effect.

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