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Autumn Wedding Inspiration

Paula McGarry

There’s nothing quite like a beautifully planned and executed autumn wedding. The brilliant shades of rich auburns and bright golds that frame the trees can be turned into the perfect wedding colour palette, whilst the beautiful scenery at this time of year creates a stunning backdrop for your wedding pictures, that will be dramatically different from the standard summer wedding. If you’re unsure of whether autumn is the right time for you to hold your wedding, then let us persuade you with some of our favourite features…

Flowers

Allow your autumn theme to influence your wedding flowers and you will have an abundance of choice. From deep, velvety reds and rich plums, to glowing, burnished oranges and opulent golds, an autumn colour palette offers a rich array to choose from. Choose a mix of bold shades and garnish your wedding bouquet with sprigs of deep green to create an enchanting woodland effect, or offset it with a brightly coloured piece of ribbon that will contrast magnificently with the heavier shades.

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Cake

One of our favourite wedding cake trends is the ‘naked cake’. Simple layers of plain victoria sponge can be tailored to the individual bride and grooms needs by the addition of simple garnishes that create a ‘wow’ effect. For an autumn wedding we love the idea of combining seasonal flowers with mixed berries and fruits. Keep the cake itself very plain and offset your decorations by displaying the finished masterpiece on a piece of rustic bark to add to the autumnal theme.

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Cocktails

An autumn wedding allows you to become creative with your wedding cocktail of choice. If the weather is already quite cool go for a warm drink, such as a lightly spiced apple cider, that will keep your guests toasty warm. If you prefer to stick to a more traditional cold drink then try creating your own version of sangria by using apple cider instead of wine. The beauty of creating your own is that you can also choose fruits and garnishes that perfectly complement your wedding colours and tie into your theme.

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Confetti

Embrace your theme whole heartedly by adopting autumn inspired confetti. Autumn leaf confetti can be bought or made, and provided to your guests on arrival. Again, the colours can be tailored to your specific requirements, particularly if you are making it yourself, and this will provide some truly spectacular shots from your wedding day.

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Accessories and decorations

Autumn-inspired accessories are all about comfort. Think warm, fuzzy blankets on hand for any of your guests that may get cold, particularly if you are in a marquee or have an outside seating area, and soft golden candlelight to set the scene in the evening.  Whether you choose tall, wicker candle lanterns or dainty little tea lights, candles can be used to create a beautiful setting. Another great idea, and one of our top tips is to mix your floral decorations with fruit, such as pumpkins or apples, to add a rustic effect. Using apples is also a great way to highlight your autumn theme – go for a traditional apple pie dessert, use them to create beautiful table decorations or even present all the children with toffee apple favours. Get really creative to add that stamp of individuality to your wedding day.

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A Good Bridesmaid on the Wedding Day...

Paula McGarry

Let everyone see your smile

It’s important to keep the day as light and stress-free as possible. When the Bride looks back on this day she will remember lots of laughter and fun in the run up to her wedding day so make sure you keep a big smile on your face all day and take away any stress for her by just having a good time. This is also a good one to remember as you walk down the aisle – nobody wants to see a miserable bridesmaid! In fact, it’s probably just safest to keep a smile on your face as long as  you can hold one. 

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Keep the Bride in sight

As bridesmaid, it's good to keep an eye out for where the bride is throughout the day. This doesn’t mean being by her side all day, particularly when she is trying to spend some meaningful time with her new spouse, but it means you can swoop in at any moments notice with lipstick, tissues and a cuddle or whatever else her heart desires. 

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Keep a supply of makeup handy

Following on from the point above, not only is it your duty to make sure you are on hand for replenishing makeup and perfume whenever needed, but you also need to make sure you bring it in the first place! Handbag essentials for the bridesmaid include the Brides perfume, underarm, lipstick and whatever other makeup she may want to apply throughout the night. Various hairclips and bobbles are also great in case any last minute hair rescues are needed. You should probably also plan to take care of her phone, keys and anything else important until the end of the night - store this in a safe place.

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Become the Lord of the Dance!

Nobody wants to see an empty dance floor at a wedding and what better way to fill it than by setting a first rate example! The floor is obviously off limits during the first dance, but after that you should plan to confine yourself to it for most of the night. Request the Brides favourite songs, entice her friends to come and dance with you, basically do whatever it takes to make sure she has an amazing time and the dance floor is always at least 80% full.

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Positivity

Along with your smile, install only thoughts of positivity. Say nice things about guests and how much their enjoying themselves. Brides worry about whether everyone is having a good time. They have planned such a big day and want it to all good smoothly. Turn anything negative into a positive. If it's raining, say that it's good luck and the marriage will last forever. 

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Wedding Flower Ideas by Season

Paula McGarry

Your colour scheme is without doubt one of the most important decisions when it comes to planning your wedding. From the bridesmaids dresses to the decision of which flowers will grace your bridal bouquet, the colours you pick will determine many of your subsequent choices. One very important factor when it comes to this decision, that should not be overlooked, is which flowers are in season at the time of your wedding. Picking an out of season bloom can not only be more costly, but there is also the risk that your flowers may not be of the same quality as when they are in season. To ensure your flowers are of the most exceptional quality, and help you keep your wedding budget down, we have selected some of the best bridal blooms according to season below.

 

Spring

 

There are different types of orchid that come into bloom throughout the year, but you can rely on them being available in the spring. Elegant and refreshingly simple, an orchid bouquet can be made to match multiple colour schemes from white, to pinks and purples and even green. For a more simple look, that is guaranteed to go with any colour scheme, you can't go wrong with lily of the valley. (pictured above). These tiny, white blossoms flourish in the months of March and April and a bridal bouquet made up of these exudes simple class. Besides, you can't go wrong by following in the footsteps of the Duchess of Cambridge.

 

Summer

What better flowers for a summer wedding than sunflowers. Bright and daring, they make a glorious summer bouquet that can be embellished with seasonal wildflowers for a stunningly bohemian finish. If you want to make a statement with your wedding flowers then this is the perfect choice. For a more delicate option, alstromerias are perfect. Also known as the 'Peruvian Lily', they comes in several stunning shades from orange and pink to yellow and lavender. Perfect for centerpieces, buttonholes and bouquets this versatile blossom can be paired with almost anything for your desired finish.

 

Autumn

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Image from Love My Dress

For a unique and different bridal bouquet, the use of heather is perfect for an autumn wedding. Accesorise with local wildflowers and brown string for a naturally stunning finish that is down to earth and quite simply beautiful. For a more traditionally bridal bouquet, that can still be styled with a boho finish, look to the anemone flower. Although available in many shades, a simple and pure white allows you to pair it with almost anything else.

 

Winter

Image from Love My Dress

Image from Love My Dress

Despite the less than appealing name, the scabiosa blossom is perfect for a winter wedding, blooming from late summer until November when the frost begins to gather. It flowers in beautiful pastel shades of blues, pinks and purples, as well as white, and can be incorporated into a beautiful winter bouquet. Of course, the most often thought of flower that blooms during the winter months is the delicate snowdrop. Not to be overlooked, snowdrops can be used to create a refreshingly simple and beautiful bouquet for the perfect winter wonderland wedding.

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