The days are growing shorter and there’s a beautiful crispness to the air. With the explosion of colors, fall is a bride’s dream backdrop for her big day, lending lots of inspiration for everything from the food to the décor. If you’re an autumn bride, here are a few seasonal ideas to help make your big day one-of-a-kind.
Take your décor in a different direction and opt for something different than the traditional flowers. Consider using fall fruits and incorporate them into the landscape of your reception space. Incorporate delicious smelling cranberries, color-rich persimmons and more into centerpieces for a unique twist. Pumpkins with your initials carved into them and lit with candles make a unique aisle runner and provide the perfect lighting for a sunset ceremony out by the observation tour on the Museum grounds.
Food stations are becoming every increasingly more popular at wedding receptions. They are a great way to maximize your budget while creating a memorable moment. For your fall wedding, consider going with a smaller cake and offering an untraditional dessert station. Some great options include a pie bar with fall favorites like pumpkin, pecan, and apple. Want to make a bigger statement, consider a build-your-own caramel apple station or my personal favorite a donut bar with seasonal favorites like apple cider donuts. Don’t forget the do-it-yourself glazes and toppings!
Having an open bar isn’t always a budget-friendly option for some brides. However, fall lends itself to the perfect time to create drink stations and signature beverages that your guests will enjoy! A Cider bar offering hot apple cider with and without an alcoholic twist can create a seasonal drink that will wow your guests. A coffee bar with loads of options from pumpkin spice to Bailey’s Irish Cream will keep your guests warm. With all the great fall craft beers on the market, work with your venue or your caterer to provide a few seasonal options. Consider setting out the beer bottles in a hallowed out, half pumpkin, lined with a bowl and ice to keep drinks cool. At the National Railroad Museum, we work with many established vendors who can help personalize your reception.
Beyond the Wine Glass
Personalizing your day with a one-of-a-kind party favor can get expensive, but autumn does provide a bounty of affordable favors for guests to take home in memory of the wonderful time they had celebration your nuptials. Jars of jam, small burlap bags of apples with a pie dessert recipe, and honey are making a huge appearance this fall. And for those brides who are getting married outdoors, we know weather doesn’t always cooperate. If you have the budget, one on-trend idea is a blanket to keep guests warm while you say, ‘I Do’.
Use Mother Nature
Mother Nature blessed us with a rich landscape in the autumnal months. With most of it at your fingertips and free, consider incorporating what you can into your décor. Bright colored leaves scattered on the aisle runner can come from your home and be scattered by your flower girl. Branches, twigs, logs and other wood can be used in centerpieces, woven together and mixed with white twinkle lights and leaves to create an arch for your ceremony. We can put it out there for you or you can work with our Events Coordinator to schedule a time to set it up.
Whether you have a big budget or a modest one, fall lends you a backdrop that will help you create a wedding day that is elegant and memorable. And for more ideas on creating a fall wedding, check out our various Pinterest Boards for ideas at https://www.pinterest.com/nationalrailroadmuseum/.