Fall In Love With Fall – Autumn Wedding Ideas

Autumn Wedding Ideas For A Barn Wedding

The nights are drawing in and, there’s a definite chill in the air – yes, autumn has most certainly arrived. However, we couldn’t be more excited about the new season here at Upwaltham Barns because we adore autumn weddings. We’ve fallen in love with the decor, the cosy atmosphere and the delicious food and drink that all make an autumn wedding beautiful. In this feature, you’ll find lots of wedding ideas for seasonal details so, take your pick and create your own perfect autumn wedding.

Pick your colour pallet

Before you start planning your decorations and details, you need to choose your wedding colour palette. Autumn gives you lots of choices – you can work with natural tones that really speak of the season such as browns, greens and oranges or you could opt for a softer, romantic palette and include neutral tones with blush, pink and even lilac and grey. If you prefer a bolder look, go for berry reds, jewel tones, metallics or even teal with orange. Whatever you choose, you can be sure it will work at Upwaltham Barns – the natural, neutral look of the East Barn and South Barn provide the perfect blank canvas.

A welcome wedding sign at Upwaltham Barns is decorated with autumn wedding flowers

The East Barn at Upwaltham Barns is set up for an autumn wedding ceremony

Our favourite autumn wedding ideas

Floral decorations always play a part in bringing your wedding theme to life and in autumn, you’ve got a great choice of beautiful blooms. We love seeing floral installations above the entrance to the East Barn – add richly coloured statement flowers such as hydrangeas, with leaves that look like they’re ‘falling’ from the arrangement. This wild, organic style works so well in autumn!

An autumnal flower garland hangs above the entrance to the East Barn at this West Sussex wedding venue

Wedding bouquets are made up of autumnal blooms for an autumn wedding at Upwaltham Barns

Of course, you don’t just have to work with flowers and at this time of year, what could be better than pumpkins and squashes of all shapes and sizes? Use them, with foliage and candles, to line steps, create table centres or just to dress guest book tables and seating plans.

Use pumpkins for your autumn wedding at Upwaltham Barns to create seasonal table centrepieces

We also have to mention your wedding food because when autumn arrives, the thought of a warming and delicious menu will undoubtably make everyone smile. Start with hot canapes after your wedding ceremony and then move onto a menu that’s full of hearty favourites. Gourmet pies served with buttery mash potato and hot puddings with lashings of custard will make sure all your guests are fully fuelled for an evening of fun and laughter.

Hearty pie and mash was served for an autumn wedding breakfast at Upwaltham Barns

It’s all in the detail

Upwaltham Barns is a glorious setting for an autumn wedding. Make sure there’s time in your schedule for wedding photos in the fantastic autumnal light – speak to your photographer and ensure you make the most of the ‘golden hour’ on your wedding day.

A couple use the autumnal light and countryside surrounding Upwaltham Barns for a beautiful wedding photo

A bride and groom make the most of the autumnal scenery at Upwaltham Barns on their wedding day

Lighting always plays a big part in creating atmosphere at a wedding and in autumn, a soft, warm light is just perfect. The romantic glow of candles during a wedding breakfast can’t be beaten and, fairy lights with warm white bulbs add extra sparkle and magic too. If you can, avoid bright white light as it can be a little harsh – gentle and flattering is much more appealing!

Newlyweds admire the cosy lanterns that dress the South Barn for their autumn wedding at Upwaltham Barns

Newlyweds head to the balcony of Jasmine Cottage at Upwaltham Barns for an autumn wedding photo

In autumn, a natural, rustic style always works well as it just speaks of the season. Little details that include elements from the countryside are perfect. Stationery with woodland animals or leaves and berries always looks fantastic and, if you embrace rustic styling, there are lots of wedding DIY options for you too. Make your table plan or wedding signage with old pallets, craft your own place cards with tags and decorate them with modern calligraphy or an ink stamp. If you want to make personal favours, who can resist tasty jams and chutneys or even toffee apples?

A couple used woodland animals to add decoration to a table plan for an autum wedding at Upwaltham Barns

Fairylights are used to decorate the beams in the South Barn at Upwaltham Barns for an autumn wedding

Barrels are used to create a drinks station for an autumn wedding at Upwaltham Barns

For your autumn wedding at Upwaltham Barns decorate your wedding cake with berries and greenery for a rustic look

Lastly, give guests plenty of time to enjoy your wedding. Encourage them to linger by the fire in the Stable Bar and just relax. Good food, great company and a gorgeous location – these things will always make an autumn wedding spectacular!

Guests can relax by the fire in the Stable Barn during an autumn wedding at Upwaltham Barns

If you’d like to visit us and experience autumn at Upwaltham Barns, we’d love to welcome you. You can book your visit here or if you want more wedding ideas visit our blog and connect with us on Facebook or Instagram.


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