Inspiration for a romantic autumn wedding
There’s no better place for an autumn wedding than Kippure Estate. With its 240 acres of wild beautiful forests and rolling countryside surrounded by a majestic mountain landscape, it’s the perfect backdrop for a romantic autumn wedding. As the leaves turn to warm orange and yellow shades, there’s endless opportunities for gorgeous photos to treasure for years to come.
If you’re planning an autumn wedding, here are ten ideas to inspire you.
1. Select autumnal colours
Autumn offers a number of stunning shades you can use as the basis of your theme. When it comes to bridesmaid dresses, you could opt for sumptuous warm colours like deep, blackberry purple, warm red or russet or even chocolate brown. If you’d prefer lighter colours for your bridesmaids, you might like creams or golds. Autumn weather can be chilly, so choose dresses in heavier materials to keep everyone comfortable.
2. Think of your theme from head to toe
You don’t have to worry about possible rain if you come prepared. These days you can get wellington boots in a wide range of funky, unique styles that can become a real feature. Pair them with umbrellas in your theme colours to great effect.
3. Create autumn bouquets
There are so many beautiful blooms available for an autumn wedding bouquet. Follow your theme colours when you select roses, gerberas or dahlias, while details such as acorns and oak leaves give an autumnal twist. For rustic details that are a little different, ask your florist to incorporate blackberries, crab apples or rosehips.
4. Have a wedding welcome table
Set the scene with a wedding welcome table laid out with hot drinks, blankets or even pashminas. For something really unique, set up a hot chocolate bar. Lay out cinnamon, nutmeg, marshmallows and peppermint sticks for people to personalize their drinks to taste. Guests can help themselves to stay warm and can keep the pashminas as a wedding favour.
5. Embrace the versatility of leaves
With so many natural striking colours in the foliage, you have lots of opportunities for incorporating leaves in your wedding. Use pressed leaves on your wedding stationery, sprinkle leaves on your table as a decoration or even use them instead of confetti!
6. Toast with Irish Hot Whiskey
There’s nothing cosier than curling up with a hot toddy spiced up with your favourite bourbon or whiskey. Try something different and have hot whiskeys for your toasts. You might like to gift guests miniatures along with the hot whiskey recipe so they can make them at home and relive the moment.
7. Create autumnal table decorations
Let your imagination run wild when it comes to decorating your tables. Think harvest festival and combine pumpkins, gourds, apples, nuts and even antlers and wood slices for a sophisticated autumnal tablescape. Continue the theme into your seating cards, with pumpkin or seasonal fruit and nut decorations.
8. Use little Halloween details
Halloween comes in autumn and while orange and black stripes might not be the first thing that springs to mind when it comes to a classic wedding, there are other ways you can celebrate the season. Pumpkin carving allows you to create spectacular designs for unusual lanterns to light up the venue when the sun goes down. In the hands of a skilled artist, carved pumpkins will really give your wedding the wow factor.
9. Stay in season with apples
Apples are big at this time of year, so consider serving apple cider instead of champagne at your drinks reception. Alternatively, whip up some apple flavoured cocktails, like a Cinnamon Sparkler – mix a shot of Kahlua cinnamon spice with sparkling apple cider and a dash of lemon. Carve out some red apples and use them as an alternative to glasses. You can take this even further and hand out toffee apples as favours for your guests and even have some chocolate coated apples for the children.
10. Take advantage of our location for your photos
One of the best parts of having an autumn wedding is the chance to have romantic photos among the fiery autumnal leaves. At Kippure Estate, our sprawling grounds offer endless opportunities for beautiful pictures among the trees or by the lake. Make sure you get plenty of shots to remember your perfect day.
At Kippure Estate, our wedding team is more than happy to help you decorate your wedding area to match your chosen theme. Get in touch now and let us assist you in planning the autumn wedding of your dreams.