As Seasons Change

 Welcome to September! While being in California makes the changing seasons less of an event, wedding colors, themes, and styles still make the summer to fall transition. Many couples take advantage of the changing season and choose fall-like colors and themes for their weddings. Burnt orange, darker greens, mustard yellows, and browns begin to make their appearance.

 But there is no need to feel trapped into thinking that just because your wedding is in September that you must have pumpkin centerpieces and fall leaves strewn about the tables or that your colors must be within the rust to mocha range. Instead try a rich plum paired with shades of cream, classic navy combined with gold, or mango alongside caramel hues.

 In summer, decorations tend to be light and airy; in fall, decorations take on a more dramatic look and feel. Try champagne-colored pillar candles instead of tiny white votives, choose textured linens over lacy or sheer materials, use onyx or plum colored goblets rather than crystal clear ones.

 Wedding favors for guests can be made to be especially fun in the autumn. Apple cider mix tucked inside a mug, jam, candy apples, and fudge in festive packaging are fun ideas.

 Fall leaves and dried wheat can make a unique addition to an autumn bridal bouquet, and are stunning when paired with sunflowers, mums, and roses. Pheasant feathers and a spray of wheat make a fabulous boutonniere.

 I have come across several advice columns that call for antique or off-white wedding dresses in the fall. While many brides choose the antique white anyway, it is certainly not necessary simply because of the season change.

 “In the season of white wild roses we two went hand in hand; but now in the ruddy autumn together already we stand.” Francis Turner Palgrave

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