Fall and winter weddings can be absolutely stunning. Whether you’re embracing the beautiful foliage of fall or the stark beauty of winter, your wedding is sure to have something special. Planning for a wedding during these key seasons, however, can present a few unique challenges. These tips and tricks for planning your fall and winter wedding will allow you to make the most of your special day during these amazing seasons.
If you would like a fall Saturday wedding at a popular venue, those dates are some of the highest in demand. I would recommend as soon as you are engaged to begin thinking about your venue options. Sometimes couples want to take some time to enjoy their engagement before they begin planning.
If you know what you want, I recommend going ahead and getting the major elements of your day nailed down before taking a bit of a breather in the planning.
Once you have reserved your wedding date at your venue, you will need to begin securing your other vendors. While I know it is a bit overwhelming to think about photographers, caterers, florists, hair and makeup artists and all of the rest of the team who will make up your big day, locking those down as early as possible will help ensure you get the vendors you want.
September, October, and November Saturdays are always some of our first days that book. Some places book those days up to 18 months in advance. So, book as soon as you can, but if you are planning a fall wedding closer to your big day, don’t be afraid to ask you favorite vendors if they have availability.
Tip #3: PARKING OR TRANSPORTATION
Tip #4: CONSIDER A WEATHER CONTINGENCY PLAN
Weather is always something that is closely watched, regardless of the location of your celebration. While rain or other inclement weather is a possibility for Fall weddings, there is a greater chance that the weather could be nasty on your wedding day. Don’t let that stop you from booking a fall wedding, though. Gorgeous fall days can’t be beat, and the temperatures are often milder than the scorching heat of the summer. Just consider what your backup plan will be, if the weather is bad. Will you be just as happy if you had to, say, get married inside instead of outside under the beautiful tree?
Tip #5: FIND AN ALTERNATE INDOOR LOCATION FOR PORTRAITS
Work with your venue to discover whether or not you have the option to take photos inside. Many venues will allow you to come in and shoot for an hour or two before the event itself. There may be a fee involved, but it’s a great way to be sure that you’ve got the space you need! You may also find that another local area is the perfect venue for gorgeous wedding shots if the weather doesn’t cooperate on your special day.
Tip #6: ELECTRICITY DISTRIBUTION
So you know you’ll need a generator. But are you distributing that power appropriately? Bands, tent lighting, and catering ovens all require electricity so it’s important to make sure you have a distribution box with your generator that will allocate electricity to each vendor. If you have everyone on the generator without the distribution box, you run the risk of surging and causing a power outage.
Tip #7: ENJOY THE SEASON
Fall is one of my favorite seasons and I love a great fall wedding. If you love fall and want to incorporate it into your wedding, go for it, and enjoy all that it has to offer.
Thanks so much for reading. Have a great week y’all! XO