Rustic Fall Wedding Decor Ideas to Bring Nature to Your Reception


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Autumn brings the crisp weather we crave after a long hot summer along with the perfect weather for a wedding. There are no worries about guests sweltering in the heat, yet it is still warm enough to have your ceremony outdoors. Weddings in the fall also lend themselves to an array of rich colors for decorations and a variety of comforting, heart-warming food. By using nature as your inspiration, you can create elegant rustic fall wedding decor that brings in all the splendor of the season. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Rich Autumn Colors

Choose colors such as rust, burnt orange, wine and bronze to complement the season. Your wedding party will look beautiful when each attendant is wearing a different color found in fall leaves. Decorations for the wedding venue and the reception could include a mixture of all these colors or one dominant color. For example, you could use a rich bronze with splashes of orange, red and burgundy in your place settings, centerpieces and accessories.

Seasonal Fall Flowers

Flowers that are more easily found in the fall are mums, chrysanthemums, and daisies. Mums and chrysanthemums can be found in brilliant colors such as golden orange, crimson, and a soft golden brown. Adding wheat stalks, cornstalks and sunflowers are excellent ways to incorporate a harvest atmosphere into large displays for the end of the aisle and the entrances into the reception area. Instead of the flower girl basket being filled with rose petals, opt for silk leaves in the colors of fall. You can even get ones that are personalized with your names to use as part of your table décor.

Fall Wedding Venue Ideas

Depending on how late in the season you are having your wedding, it is wonderful to have it outdoors. Holding the wedding in a gazebo surrounded by trees will add a romantic touch to the ceremony as well as provide you with a fantastic backdrop for your photos. If the weather does not permit an outdoor event, bring as much of the outdoors into the wedding and reception as possible with the use of leaves, pumpkins, flowers and twigs. By arranging leaves on the tables and floor area, you can have the experience of being married outdoors without the cold weather.

Autumn Wedding Decorations

When designing the décor for your fall wedding, you can create an atmosphere reminiscent of the harvest season by using available items from nature. For a very casual and rustic wedding feel that would be great for an event on a farm, try covering hay bales with fabric for seating. Orange paper lanterns throughout the reception can give a nice glow in the evening whether the wedding is indoors or outdoors. For the actual ceremony decorations, you can also attach grapevines, wheat and dried corn to the chairs and bridal arch.

Food & Cake Inspired by the Season

Fall is associated with comfort food, the smell of hot apple cider, and pumpkin pies – all of which can be incorporated into the meal served at your reception. Have a hot drinks station where the guests can sip on a cup of cider or hot chocolate. Serve food buffet style and include traditional down-home cooking, such as casseroles, a hot potato station, or those foods typically found at a pot luck dinner. Another great idea is to have a barbecue by enlisting the help of a few friends to cook up ribs, burgers and sausages with a delicious barbecue sauce.

The cake is the show stopper for many weddings and a fall inspired wedding cake is no exception. Choose chocolate, spice, or carrot as the flavor of the cake and decorate it with edible leaves. Place silk leaves, gourds, apples or small pumpkins around the cake display table to add a delightful finishing touch.

Fall Inspired Wedding Favors

There are hundreds of options to choose from when deciding on the wedding favors. Purchase several varieties of seed packets and tie a piece of twine in a bow shape, attach to the seed packet and place one at each place setting. You can do this with forced bulbs as well by placing a few in a small burlap bag with a ribbon and tag attaché.

For fall inspired food favors, there are some great teas, cider and hot chocolate mixes that can be monogrammed or placed in colorful favor bags. Guests can then have a soothing hot drink the morning after your party while they rehash all the fun of the previous day.

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Do You Need Some Inexpensive Wedding Decoration Ideas?

When you are starting your wedding planning one of the important things you consider is the wedding decorations and color theme.

You are probably on a budget but still want beautiful and memorable decorations. Maybe some of these inexpensive wedding decoration ideas will help you do a great centerpiece and will keep you within your budget.

Wedding centerpieces can be done using flowers, candles, edibles and lovely lighting.

1. Flowers

When choosing your flowers for the centerpieces if you buy locally you will save shipping fees and support your local growers.

Seasonal flowers are less costly and if you are having a casual wedding think about growing the blooms yourself or using native wild flowers.

For containers you have choices of baskets, mason jars, a mixed assortment of vases which lend an interesting charm to each table. Better yet use your creative ideas to come up with something that says “You.”

2. Food

Some small bowls of candy and mints arranged on a reflective mirror with votive candles placed around the bowls is inexpensive, looks great and is a tasty treat for the guests.

A lovely arrangement of fruit that is non perishable and theme colored confetti sprinkled around the container make a great looking centerpiece.

Another idea is to get rich artisan breads from your local bread baker and arrange in various shapes of interesting baskets.

Make your wedding cake a decoration by having the cake table set in a prominent place. Decorate the table attractively and have the cake there from the very beginning of the reception for all to enjoy.

A fall wedding would look fantastic with the wonderful colors of fall vegetables such as squash arranged on fall colored leaves and greenery. Scatter some nuts in their shells to add to the seasonal look.

3. Balloons

When tastefully done balloons can be really nice decorations and certainly help you stay within your budget.

You can create an arch at the entrance for all to walk through

Balloon centerpieces can be elevated so that they do not disrupt table conversation by being in the way. It is a wonderful way to use your theme colors.

4. Favors

The table centerpieces may become your wedding favors at the end of the evening.

You might place a grouping of votive candles with a personal name tag on each one.

Small terra cotta pots with live herbs, baby roses or small green plants makes a lasting remembrance of their day with you as you invite each guest to take one home at the end of the day.

5. Fabrics

The use of inexpensive fabric is another way to get a lovely look and still be cost effective.

Tulle draped at the reception entrance creates a soft and inviting look.

Use soft fabrics as a backdrop swagged behind the head table or draped around the cake table cloth or head table or both.

Another way to use fabric is to layer colored cloths on tables or use colored table runners with contrasting cloths.

6. Other Tips

Ask your venue if they have any decorations you might use as they may be part of your rental fee. If not it could be a minimal charge to use them.

Try to recycle flowers or other decorations from the ceremony to the reception venue and have them do double duty.

Let these ideas start you and your family and friends to use the creative talents you have to come up with even more great and memorable inexpensive wedding decorations just special for your wedding day.

Let me invite you to comment on any other ideas you might have that would be helpful to a couple on a budget.

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Wedding Entertainment Ideas With a Twist

Most weddings follow a very tried and tested formula but there are ways you can make your special day bespoke to you and your personal tastes. And, there is one very easy way that this can be accomplished; by your choice of wedding entertainment. A standard ceremony would have the brides entrance music played on the church organ or via a CD and PA. But, with a little thinking outside the box you could opt for a string quartet or harpist to perform at the ceremony and add a touch of romantic elegance instead. Or, for completely different wedding entertainment ideas, why not hire a few singers and seat them amongst your guests to reinact the classic ‘Love Actually’ movie scene. Some couples opting for classical guitarists, contemporary acoustic duos or even opera singers.

The wedding ceremony tends to be followed by the drinks reception, or, as it is commonly known, the photographs. This time is fantastic for the bride and groom and when it is your own turn great fun also. But, what do you do whilst waiting around for your turn? If you don’t know many of the guests it can actually get quite boring. A funky little jazz band or a rat pack singer could really help keep your guests amused and entertained. Or, why not opt for a magician or caricaturist? They really create a great atmosphere and will help to break the ice between your guests who maybe do not know each other yet. If your budget is quite small you could even ask the ceremony entertainers to stay on a little longer for the drinks reception. Anything at this point to keep your guests amused is better than nothing and will create a great tone for the party yet to come later on.

After the photos comes the wedding breakfast. Again, you could ask your ceremony act to stay on through the meal to help set a lovely background ambience or even entertain table to table if you booked a magician or caricaturist. This is a great way again of helping your guests who may not know each other yet interact. The more relaxed your guests feel in their surroundings the more likely they are to stay on longer into the night and party the hours away helping to celebrate your special day.

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Wedding Planning Ideas – 3 Ideas You Can Do for Your Wedding

Sorting through several unique wedding planning ideas can be fun and it can be a lot exciting if you are also planning your own wedding. Many couples, or brides most particularly, love the idea that their wedding is unique and one of a kind.

If you are planning your wedding and you are looking for unique ideas, here are a few that you might find useful for your wedding plans.

1. Break what is usual.

Your wedding dance does not have to be waltz and the usual slow dances. In fact, these days, wedding dances have become more rehearsed and can go from the traditional waltz to modern, robotic dances. You can also invent your own wacky, ‘anything-goes’ dance moves and surprise your guests. This can be an exciting part of the wedding especially if you and your partner loves to dance and even if you don’t. The wedding dance does not have to be something so formal and stiff. This is your day and you can entertain your guests and family with your hidden talent in dancing, even if how awkward it can be.

Although there are now some out-of-this world, crazy ideas about weddings such as underwater weddings or weddings in the sky, you may not resort to such extreme ideas but can still have an impressive and unique wedding ceremony. Remember that you also have to consider your wedding guests, thus make sure that they too can be comfortable attending to your wedding.

2. Go vintage.

Most often, weddings have become more or less the same and somehow that you will, at least, often know what to expect. If you want to make it unique, you can also go vintage. You can use a vintage car, do some vintage design on your bridal gown and entourage dresses and you can even make the decorations vintage as well. Yes, your wedding theme is one element of the wedding where you can surprise your guest and make it a little different from other weddings.

3. Make it musical.

Creative entrances that allow your entourage to dance or sing or have the groom sing or the bride sing can be great wedding planning ideas you can incorporate in your wedding plans. Creative entrances, singing entourage, dancing entourage as well as making the wedding a little theatrical have become an option these days to make the wedding ceremony unforgettable, memorable and unique.

As mentioned, you also have to consider the ability of your entourage if your wedding idea can be carried out successfully so that everything will not also end up into a big mess instead.

Indeed, there are a lot of unique wedding planning ideas you can do for your wedding. You just have to make sure that your idea of being ‘unique’ is well-planned and is still appealing to your guests. There are of course, unique ideas that may not be appealing and interesting and you also have to make sure that you are not driving away your guests with absurd ideas or weird ones.

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