Autumn Offers Romantic And Rustic Weddings

Spring and summer may be the most popular seasons for weddings in Australia, but autumn can also provide the perfect romantic setting.

With the trees in spectacular colour and the days a little cooler it can create a fabulous theme for the bride and groom to work around.

"Brides can choose a beautiful rustic theme which lends itself to a country or winery destination," says editor of Australia's Bride-To-Be magazine, Sarah Stevens.

More couples are choosing to hold weddings at many of the wine-growing districts around Australia where guests can easily book accommodation and make a weekend of the celebrations.

"There's something really nice about an autumn wedding and not having to worry about the harsh sun and really hot days where everyone is hot and sweaty - and the bride's make-up is going run everywhere," Stevens adds.

And don't be fooled by thinking that there are only beautiful flowers in spring and summer.

"When it comes to flowers there are still so many beautiful flowers around in autumn - David Austin roses are always around, poppies, lilies, some beautiful Australian natives - it's actually a really lovely time in terms of flowers."

There are also the dramatic leaves and flowers from the magnolia tree, or there can be structural centrepieces made with branches.

When it comes to the bride's dress Stevens says the flow-on affect from Kate Middleton's dress is still strong.

"Since Kate walked down the aisle we've seen a lot more sleeves.

"There are a lot of beautiful lace sleeves, which may not be the warmest but it's a lot better than a strapless dress," she says.

Brides can also choose to wear little boleros or fabulous wraps in satin or fake fur.

Couples these days are paying so much more attention to food, Stevens says.

"We've seen that people are even cutting their guest list so they can spend more per head."

With all the new season food such as pears, figs, pomegranates, pumpkins and quinces chefs can work these into interesting menus. An autumn feast can be a little more heavier and richer than a summer menu.

All this produce can also look fabulous created into striking centrepieces on the table.

And for couples looking to save money, Stevens says many venues have much more attractive booking rates outside the key times of spring and summer.

With Australia's unpredictable weather over the past couple of months, Stevens adds that autumn is also becoming a more appealing time to have a wedding.

Here's what to watch out for as the temperatures cool down.

1. Luxe is back

Say goodbye to the tea-length dresses of summer and hello to show-stopping gowns and head-turning accessories. As the temperatures cool down, brides are opting for longer veils, gowns with jewelled embellishments, and bold accessories, such as cocktail rings and lace gloves.

2. Foodie focus

While comfort food has been big for the last several years, couples are now turning to local ingredients and a farm-fresh style of cooking. Gone are wedding guest horror stories of half-cooked mystery meats. Instead, couples are turning to gourmet chefs to make their main courses the main event at the reception.

3. Timeless wedding cakes

We agree cupcakes are cute, but nothing beats the majestic look of an all-white wedding cake standing by itself in a reception hall. While brides are still dressing up their cakes with personalised toppers, flowers, or intricate scrollwork, the all-white, classic cake is making a serious comeback.

4. Art deco-inspired colours

Skip the autumnal gold and garnet combo for a vintage-inspired look: black plus a single rich hue, such as emerald, aubergine, or ruby. Black reception decor makes for a sleek, sophisticated look while the accent colour will keep it all from being too drab.

5. Extra entertainment

Wallflowers can rejoice - receptions these days have more options than "dance or sit out." Cultural entertainment such as mariachi bands, belly dancers, or even Irish step dancers, can be a great way to kick off the evening while little extras like sleight-of-hand magicians, palm readers, or life-sized photo booths will keep guests laughing throughout the night.

6. Mad Men beauty touches

From their hairstyles to their makeup, brides can't get enough of those elegant and chic Mad Men-inspired looks. Be on the lookout for scarlet lips and smoky eyes, along with hair that's neatly curled and perfectly tucked into place with an heirloom brooch.

7. Mix and mingle-style dining

Rather than halting conversation for an abrupt transition to dinner, couples are opting to extend their cocktail hours and serve heavier hors d'oevres. And when it finally comes time to sit down and dine, it's banquet seating and family-style service. The main idea: Keep the conversation going.

8. Whisky bars

Of course signature cocktails are a great way to show a little personality, but what about an entire bar devoted to a drink of choice? Whisky bars and bubble bars (that feature sparkling wines) are some of the most popular specialised bars that will take centre stage this autumn.

9. Custom illustrations

From custom silhouettes to graphic designs of the couple's favourite hobby, illustrations are popping up on invitations, ceremony programs, and even on thank-you cards.

10. Eclectic centrepieces and table settings

Ditch matchy-matchy plates and centrepieces for a look that's one of a kind. Shabby chic finds, like vintage floral designed plates and mismatched fabric squares for napkins, can make any ho-hum reception table look festive and customised.

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