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The wedding planning team at The Embassy Row Hotel says the secret to a tasteful Fall wedding hinges on two key touch points: a rich color palette and capturing the deep flavors of autumn. Here’s what other trends are on Destination wedding planners radars this Fall.

The wedding planners at The Embassy Row Hotel in Washington, DC went on to say that “the best way to capture the ambiance of autumn is to incorporate natural elements of the season into your décor.” With The Embassy Row Hotel’s urban location, they encourage guests looking to add an element of nature to their wedding to extend their ceremony outside on the street when it’s lined with colorful leaves and umbrage. For the perfect fall color palate, The Embassy Row Hotel's team recommend rustic reds, golden yellows, cranberry and deep violets. Fall menu inspiration: try seasonal hors d’oeuvres and like orange-glazed acorn squash, butternut squash bisque soup, pumpkin gnocchi and petite pumpkin tarts. These subtle touches will create a warm and welcoming fall atmosphere for your wedding guests.

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(image: Rooftop View at The Embassy Row Hotel)

At La Cantera Resort in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, they recommend tapping into your wedding guest’s inner child with festive fall treats like a DIY caramel apple station and a hot toddy bar. In terms of wedding décor, apricot roses or orange Cali lilies add soft subtle autumn colors throughout your event. Flowers aren’t your thing? Try a broach bouquet and use pine cones and cinnamon sticks in table settings.  

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(Image: Wild Dunes Resort Wedding Reception / Liz Duren Photography)

At The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, they're all about naked wedding cakes and feather bouquets and boutonnieres. For the perfect fall color palate, try a rich Marsala with Champagne gold accents. Oh, and did we mention sequins? These eye catching accessories add texture and visual interest to table settings and cakes, so feel free to indulge! Their go-to website recommendations for busy brides: Better off Wed and Vow to Be Chic. On the table brides at The Carolina Inn are pulling out all the stops for their guests. Gone are the days of beef or fish. Couples are requesting three and four course dinners with elegant touches like individual cheese boards and custom wine pairings. 

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(Image: Wild Dunes Resort Wedding Reception / Lauren Jonas Photography)

With pleasant, mild fall weather and ample sunshine in Charleston, SC, it’s a fabulous time for outdoor weddings and receptions at Wild Dunes Resort. Wedding Specialist Samatha Martin and Catering Manager Amber Williams say these are the hot trends for fall weddings in Charleston: 

Popular Fall Color Palettes
Deep Purple and Red
Copper and Cream
Clay and Lilac
Pairing Deep Colors with Muted Pastels
Dark Gray and Soft Pink
Wine with a light lavender or even blush

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(Image: Wild Dunes Resort Wedding Reception / Richard Bell Photography)

Fall Florals, Foliage & Décor
Incorporating lush greenery and leafy centerpieces versus floral-only arrangements is on trend for fall design
One popular way to incorporate a more chic fall harvest theme is to color squashes or pumpkins to match your palette. From white to turquoise, coloring your seasonal props is a less expensive but high end element to enrichen your décor or centerpieces!
Coppers and golds and industrial string lighting is on trend for fall

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(Image: Wild Dunes Resort Wedding / Renee Nicole Photography)

Fall Food & Drink Catering Ideas
Thinking seasonally about your food and beverage is always encouraged.  On a crisp fall evening, guests will be distracted if served gazpacho shots or ceviche but will thrill at mini tomato bisque shots with grilled cheese triangles.  Welcoming your guests to the ceremony with hot apple cider or hot chocolate if the weather is calling to be chilly is a fun add-on as well!

Bridal Fall Fashion Trends
For the bride, lace sleeves, full length skirts, cut outs and hints of metallic
Capped sleeves are in for bridesmaids

For more information or to start planning your wedding or special event, visit Destination Weddings and let our experienced planners help you craft your dream wedding.   


By Laura Heathcott

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