I had my first pumpkin spice latte of the year today, which can only mean one thing. Fall is here. Both officially and superficially the grand old time of year has arrived when we seem to get the urge to wrap the whole world in a flannel shawl and give it a pair of knee-high soft leather riding boots. There are so many things to love about fall. There are the cliché things (like pumpkin spice lattes) and there is the smell of the air and the golden glow the sun gets in the morning and late afternoon. There is the tangible taste of nutmeg and cinnamon and the intangible feeling of the low overcast sky rolling in.
I love fall. I wanted to be a fall bride, but the timing didn’t quite work out. I know. It’s ok. It’s safe to say it all worked out pretty well, but if I had the chance to plan a fall Baltimore wedding here are the top things I’d include.
Out in the Outdoors
I know it’s risky what with the unpredictability of the weather and all, but I would still take advantage of the fall temperatures and that wonderful smell in the air. Depending on the time of the wedding (the nights do get chilly) I might opt for a sort of outdoor lounge area. It would give guests a chance to cool off from the dance floor and also provide a little place to relax that isn’t at a banquet table. Toss in a few flannel throw pillows and you’re set and on theme.
As Rich as Your Color Palette
I am a pretty firm believer that there are no rules when it comes to wedding colors and you can do whatever you want, whenever you want, but I would certainly capitalize on the season with a rich color palette. I love a mix of navy and cranberry and emerald with just a hint of burnt orange in there. I would also take a cue from the various changing colors and not worry to much about limiting my colors to one or two. You can incorporate this into your bridesmaid dresses and your flowers.
A Need for Tweed
Goodness gracious I do love a nice tweed suit, and perhaps because it so professorial, I tend to associate tweed with fall. The warmth, the color, the texture of the fabric, all go hand in hand with fall. I also like that it gives grooms and groomsmen the chance to up their style game from the usual black tux or gray suit. And just think of that tweed paired with all those navy and emerald and cranberry hues.