As we approach the fall season, we are keeping all the fall brides out there in mind. When the air turns crisp and the leaves change colors, there is something magical in the air. It makes sense for a couple to choose this time of year to celebrate the love they share.
However, choosing the season and, more importantly, date is no easy task. You have a lot to consider, and you want to pick a time of year that you enjoy the most. Before you send out any save-the-dates, plan showers, and book venues, you need to know the date of your ceremony. So take your time and weigh your options.
Choosing the right month for your wedding is important, and there are many benefits to each month. If you’re considering a fall wedding, these are some of the top advantages:
• There are plenty of unique themes to choose from.
• The cooler weather means no bugs and happier guests.
• Fall is the start to the holiday season—the happiest time of the year!
• The foliage of the leaves provides stunning scenery for the ceremony and/or photos.
After you are sure of the date of your wedding, next comes another tough part—the location. Like for her sister the summer bride, fall weather allows for many different locations that make it a picture-perfect season for a destination wedding.
If you thought that destination weddings only happened in the summer or on a beach, think again! There are so many great places that have near-perfect weather and stunning foliage that provide a great landscape for any wedding.
Don’t believe us yet? The following is a list of why you should consider a destination wedding:
• They are budget-friendly.
Contrary to what most people would think, destination weddings fit any budget. You can go as big or small as you desire. A lot of resorts and venues will offer discounts and package deals to help keep your costs down. Plus, you save on decorations, as your location will serve as natural décor!
• You can start the honeymoon early.
What’s not to love about this one? Arriving at your destination will probably serve as a sense of relief from all the pre-wedding stresses. You can let loose and enjoy activities in the days leading up to your ceremony. Whether you stay in that location for the honeymoon or leave after the ceremony, you will be on vacation time as soon as you arrive.
• You get quality time with loved ones.
Since destination weddings require a weekend, most guests will get there at least a day early. This allows for you and your spouse to spend time with loved ones before you leave for the honeymoon.
• It’s easier.
If you want a totally hands-off approach to your ceremony planning, don’t worry! Most resorts have amenities and services that handle as much as you like, from hair and makeup appointments, to the food. With these options, you can usually customize and choose how hands-on you want to be.
• There will be no family feuds.
Families are less likely to argue and fight when they are not at home. Destination weddings provide both sides of the family with a neutral environment.
Need help to brainstorm some great locations for a fall wedding? Don’t worry! We have provided you with five popular destinations:
1. Asheville, North Carolina
Located in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville stuns in the fall as the temperatures lower! For those who enjoy sweeping mountain views and a rich array of leaf color, you are sure to enjoy planning a wedding here!
Calling all beach bums! Just because you want to get married in the cooler months doesn’t mean you can’t still get married on the beach. Fall is a great season to visit Aruba, as the summer crowds are gone and the island sits well below the hurricane belt, so you are safe from hurricane season.
3. Hot Springs, Virginia
Virginia is known for some magnificent views of the annual leaf change. Take in the yellows, oranges, and reds while nestled in a 3,000-acre valley. The best time for the foliage is late October to mid-November.
4. Hudson Valley, New York
Hudson Valley is just a quick 90 miles from Manhattan, and it does not disappoint! This is a great place to take in autumn’s color show. The valley is surround by a forest and will make a beautiful setting for a wedding.
5. Yosemite National Park, California
This one is for all the nature lovers out there! Yosemite National Park will make a breathtaking backdrop for your ceremony. The best time to experience the wild landscape and fall foliage is late September to early October.