Rustic Wedding Ideas for Autumn: From the Dress to the Decor

Published by Claire Gould on

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A guest article from Henryka

As one of the most colourful and vibrant seasons, it’s hardly surprising that autumn is a popular time to get married. With mild temperatures, beautiful scenery and enchanting nights, it’s easy to understand why. If you have your heart set on a cosy autumn wedding, we’ve compiled a collection of practical tips and style inspirations, drawing on autumn’s vibrant natural beauty to help you create the ultimate rustic wedding.

The location

Scenery is a fundamental feature of any rustic wedding, with barn venues being perhaps the most effective location for that snug, rustic autumn feel – often pairing beautifully with the season’s natural hues.

If a barn location isn’t quite what you’re searching for, try thinking a little outside the box by considering a giant marquee or tipi. Add a personalised touch by embracing the season’s natural colour palette throughout the day, before turning to lanterns, candles and tea lights as the daylight begins to fade, creating the ideal warm and romantic atmosphere.

The photographs

Where’s the sense in choosing a stunning location if you can’t show it off? Make sure you’ve planned with your photographer to get some outdoor snaps of you and your loved one surrounded by your beautiful autumn landscape.

To really make the most of your rustic setting, get a photo or two around half an hour before sunset to capture the incredible colours as day melts into night – the result will no doubt be one for a picture frame!

The food

To really pull off your dream rustic wedding, ensure the menu matches the theme by providing your guests with seasonal, hearty courses. The use of seasonal fruit and veg guarantees your food is the best of the best, with pumpkin and parsnip providing a tasty soup option for a starter, or apples and blackberries making the perfect fruit-pie for those with a sweeter tooth.

The flowers

Roses, dahlias, chrysanthemums and carnations are amongst the best flower choices for achieving that distinctive autumn colour palette of rich reds, burnt oranges and bright yellows – and there are a number of ways to work these into your big day.

Whether you’re trying a messy bouquet arrangement with added seedheads and pine cones for an authentic rustic feel or simply looking for something a little different to give the men’s suits that added splash of personality, autumn has plenty to offer in the way of natural flair.

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The little details

It’s often the quaint finishing touches that make a wedding feel really special and unique. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a creative, get your big day off to the best start with homemade invites created from materials like wood and twine. This will help to establish your theme early to excite your guests, all whilst helping that budget stretch a little bit further.

A firepit is the perfect addition to any wedding night, especially one in a dreamy rustic setting. A chill-out area with blankets around a wood fire will provide friends and family with that campfire relaxation before they go back to strutting their best moves on the dancefloor!

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The dress

For the bride, there’s so much pressure and passion surrounding the selection of the dream dress – and with autumn comes a whole world of colour choice to confuse you further!

For that unforgettable dress that complements your rustic theme, think simplistic in design with some delicate lacing. Hints of gold and bronze work perfectly for autumn, so add a touch of sophistication to your look with some simple yet stylish jewellery. For the bridesmaids, consider deep reds to guarantee a unique, stunning bridal party that draws on the natural aesthetics of the season.

For brides and grooms-to-be, following these tips will help you achieve that dream rustic wedding and ensure it’s as beautiful and memorable as the autumn season itself.

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Supplier credits for images

Photography Oobaloos Photography
Stylist Daisy Says I Do
Calligraphy By Moon & Tide
Floral Design Flower Style Co.
Dresses Wedding Days of Cheltenham
Venue The Barn at Upcote
Millinery & Veils Lisa Von Halwyll
Jewellery Beards
Hair Blushes
Make Up Kirsty Caudell
Cake Sugar Bowl Bakes
Cutlery The Cutlery Commission
Chocolates OMmaZing Chocolates

Anna Emmett is the owner of Henryka Jewellery, specialising in hand-crafted, unique silver, gemstone and amber jewellery inspired by the natural world

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

1 Comment

Louise · September 30, 2018 at 2:27 pm

<3 This. This is my favourite time of year so I got tingles reading this! I am SO ready to embrace all the Autumnal goodness!

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