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If there’s a season of love these days, it’s autumn! Fall weddings are so popular with brides and grooms, and it’s easy to see why. The weather’s getting cooler, nature is showing its best colors and there are so many options for celebrating.

If you have fallen in love with the idea of a fall wedding, start getting creative with your location. Think reception in a rustic barn filled with vintage chandeliers. Hold your ceremony outdoors in a wooded area with hay bales for seating and cups of hot cider available to keep guests warm. Get married in your family church and fill it with fall flowers like chrysanthemums, dahlias and sunflowers.

When you have your venue set, find a fall wedding invitation that clues guests in to your wedding style and theme. Choose a wedding invitation in rich fall colors to introduce your elegant color scheme or one with a wood grain background if you’re going for a natural or rustic look. Be sure to make it clear on your wedding invitations if your event will be outdoors or in a rustic location so they can plan to dress for the venue (no stilettos for a wedding in the woods!).

What's the most popular wedding season? Fall weddings! If you're planning an autumn wedding, look to Invitations by Dawn for fall wedding invitations and tips.

Go natural for your decorations! For an indoor wedding, bring in the outdoors with real tree branches, grapevine, acorns, berries and nuts for centerpieces and atmosphere. Use gourds and pumpkins and other late-season garden items like ornamental cabbage, artichokes, apples and grasses for decorating accents. Mix burlap with velvet for your tables and draping – guests will love the “rustic elegance” look! It’s fun to accent with favor boxes, personalized napkins and other items printed with a fall leaf design to fit in with your fall wedding theme.

Dress up your wedding party autumn style! Choose rich colors for a fall splash, or go with black, brown or cream so your flowers stand out. Make sure to buy your wedding party matching wraps (for the ’maids) and warm scarves and hats (for the ’men) in case the weather is cool

Then treat your guests to the bounty of the autumn harvest. Serve apple pie instead of wedding cake, pumpkin soup for an appetizer, baked fresh pears as a side dish and warm, rich dishes for your meal. Include hot spiced apple cider on your menu. And for a fun touch, offer guests caramel apples “to go” after the wedding has ended.

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