How to Pull Off the Perfect Fall Wedding

by Danielle Salazar September 12, 2015

Personally, fall weddings are one of my absolute favorites. The weather is beautiful, the colors are deep and muted, and everyone just seems to be in good spirits! However, to pull off the perfect fall wedding doesn’t only mean having the right colors and decor, it also means being prepared for any type of weather that could occur. So to fully prepare you for your beautiful autumn nuptials, we’ve prepared a guide with plenty ideas on how to plan a fall wedding. From picking the right long, chiffon bridesmaid dresses to choosing the perfect seasonal venue, here are some helpful tips to get you started!

How to Pull Off the Perfect Fall Wedding

Ideas for Planning Your Fall Wedding


Picking a venue is going to be completely dependent on your location and budget. Besides the more traditional indoor options, consider venues that are perfect for fall, such as barns, lodges, orchards, vineyards, etc. One of the best things about these venues is that they are usually stunning enough on their own so you won’t need to break the bank to spruce them up with tons of decor.

If you’re doing an outdoor venue such as an orchard, make sure to have a back up plan. Whether your back up plan is to move into an indoor location, have a tent set-up, or include some extra heat lamps, making sure that you are prepared for rain, heavy wind, or possibly even snow will be absolutely crucial!

Just so you’re aware, make sure to check with the venue to ensure that their policies fit with your needs. Do they have an alcohol license? Are there bathrooms on site? How late can the event go? Do they have a clean-up crew or will you need to provide one? If you aren’t sure what to ask, check out our Vendor Question Guide for a full list of questions.

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Deciding on colors is one of the biggest decisions a bride and groom has to make! From the bridesmaid dresses to the decor, the colors will definitely be noticed, so getting them right is key! When deciding on your scheme, you want to make sure that you’re keeping a consistent theme and not getting too color focused (only one shade throughout the entire wedding) or getting too color crazy! Consider the 60/30/10 rule:

60% of a primary color (ie. bridal party attire, invitations, and bridal bouquet)

30% of a secondary color (flowers, linens, centerpieces, and decor)

10% of an accent color (flowers, centerpieces, and flatware)

It’s that simple! Consider a deep, rustic color for your primary such as an eggplant purple, navy blue, or a dark red. Dustier shades such as a blush pink, sage green, slate blue, or forest green are perfect for a secondary color. For accents, consider soft neutrals or metals such as gold, bronze, or copper. Try to keep your palette cool and earthy, especially since depending on what month your wedding lands in, you might have some bright, colorful leaves as a gorgeous backdrop for your outdoor pictures!

You can also check out our blog on our favorite wedding color palettes for fall.

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The key to the perfect fall decor is knowing how not to overdo it. It’s easy to get carried away with any one theme, but being able to execute it in an elegant way is what really makes a wedding stand out. Add in rustic and natural elements such as leaves, branches, twigs, wood, and flowers into your decor. Seasonal edibles such as apples, pumpkins, and cranberries also make great autumn ornaments.

Create centerpieces adorned with candles, deep greenery, and metallic flatware. Create an arch made of branches for the ceremony. Use wooden signs to indicate the reception location or the bar menu. Just remember — a little bit can go a long way, so don’t overdo it!

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Bridal - I’m a very strong believer in the fact that the bride deserves to wear whatever the hell she so pleases, regardless of venue or season. A lot of people might disagree with me (in fact, I know they do) but seriously! It’s your day and I say that you get to wear whatever you want! However, if you want a fall look, consider something light, flowy, definitely long, and possibly even with sleeves. Lace sleeves are super trendy right now, so it’s not a hard look to find and it’s also extremely classic so you won’t regret it years down the road!

Bridesmaids - For your ‘maids, long chiffon bridesmaid dresses are a gorgeous choice. They give enough coverage in case of chilly weather, but they still have a chic, romantic look that’s perfect for the theme! For something a bit more unique, try a lace and chiffon combo. Kennedy Blue’s lace top, chiffon bottom bridesmaid dresses are a stunning look for fall and coordinate really nicely with almost any and every bridal gown.

In case of chilly weather, make sure to bring a light jacket, sweater, shawl, or flannel for you to wear in between pictures. A cardigan or shawl would also make a great gift for your bridesmaids and a super cute photo opportunity!

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Yummy! Isn’t wedding food delicious? A super easy way to incorporate the autumn season is with the food. Serve seasonal dishes such as pumpkin soup, butternut squash ravioli, a turkey dinner, and just good ol’ comfort food! For deserts you can offer options such as a s’mores or caramel apple bar, mini pies, or even caramel corn.

The theme can even be carried over into the bar items. Perhaps you could serve a rum-based apple cider, Irish coffee, or a maple bourbon cocktail as your signature drinks. One quick Pinterest search for “fall cocktails” will bring up endless options!

How to Pull Off the Perfect Fall WeddingRay + Kelly Photography


Deciding on affordable favors that your guests will enjoy is always a tricky task. My suggestion? Anything edible! Gifts such as homemade oatmeal cookies, popcorn kernels, pumpkin spice cake mix, nuts, and honey, all make great fall favors. If you don’t want to go the edible route, you could give out mini pumpkins, fall-scented candles, or even a small blanket to wrap up in!

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Other Fall Wedding Ideas To Keep In Mind:

  • In case of rainy weather, you and your bridal party should come prepared with high boots or rain boots so that you don’t get their feet or pants all muddy.
  • Bring umbrellas! Pay attention to the weather forecast and if you see any sign of rain, stock up! You can find them relatively cheap so buy enough for everyone in the bridal party and then they can be used by guests at the reception, need be.
  • Keep your guests bug-free. Make sure to provide insect repellent, wipes, or candles to avoid any nasty little creatures eating away at your guests.
  • Be flexible about your hair. If it’s extra windy, up-do’s are probably your best shot at keeping your hair from going limp. Keep lots of hairspray on hand and ask your stylists what they’d suggest.

Danielle Salazar
Danielle Salazar


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Measurement Guide

Taking Your Measurements

For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your measurements should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the ones you will wear with your dress. The measuring tape shouldn't be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel with the floor. 

**Wedding apparel is typically sized differently than retail clothing, so keep in mind that it's not uncommon to find yourself requiring alterations.

Bust size: Wrap the tape around your back and under your arms at the fullest part of your bust (not underneath the bust).

Waist size:  While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. Take the measurement where the natural crease happens in your side. This should be a few inches above your belly button.

Hip size: Standing with your feet together, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt to get this measurement.

Choosing your correct size

Compare  these three measurements to the Kennedy Blue size chart above. It is very important that you order the largest size that corresponds to your measurements. For example, if your bust measures 40.5" (size 12), your waist measures 31" (size 10) and your hips measure 41.5" (size 8), we advise that you order a size 12, and get your dress altered down to custom fit your body. Ordering anything smaller than a size 12 would not fit in the bust area. Please note: Our bridal gown size chart is different than the bridesmaids sizing and is listed below.