Fall in love: Trends for those planning an autumn or winter wedding

Erika Enigk

Ah, the outdoor wedding. Naturally beautiful, wonderfully romantic … and nearly impossible to plan in any area that gets snow and rain. Brides who live in cold climates and want to get married in the fall or winter have to get creative, says Franny Andahazy, CEO and creative director of PBD Events in Braintree, Mass.


After years of attending hotel ballroom receptions, couples who get married in the cold months want to have a wedding that’s different than others they’ve been to.

“We wrack our brains to find unique spaces for brides now,” Andahazy said. “Nobody wants a hotel.”

Industrial and loft spaces are popular wedding venues right now, she said. Décor can be anything from modern to traditional, and the two styles mix together nicely, says Andahazy. Mirrored tables and wooden tables may be placed in the same room together; lighting can be soft, romantic candles or bare light bulbs.

“The whole eclectic mix is very hot,” she said.

Branding and theme

Many couples are getting married later or getting married a second time, so they want their weddings to be more about the celebration than the pomp and circumstance. Some want a nightclub or party feel with lounge chairs, and others choose a different theme and decorate accordingly.

One couple Andahazy worked with chose an Italian theme. All their guests sat at one long table that went all the way around the dance floor, with each area of the table representing a different region of Italy.


Dress trends don’t change much from year to year. Many brides and bridesmaids still wear the traditional attire, even if the reception setting is non-traditional, Andahazy said.

According to thebeautybridal.com, “texture, alternative necklines and mild pops of color” are the hottest trends in bridal gowns. Ruffles, ruching and crystal or pearl embellishments are seen on this season’s dresses.


No matter what the trends, weddings are still costly, and favors are often a way couples try to cut costs. However, when they do give their guests a token of thanks, that’s getting more creative, too, Andahazy said. One fall bride gave out apples in bags with the couple’s names.


Simple is still in, according to yourweddingcompany.com. Most bridal bouquets are simple — flowers tied with a ribbon. It’s in the reception centerpieces that couples get creative, Andahazy said.

For winter, tall, bare branches with candles are popular. Flowers can be used creatively to bring brightness and life to a room when the weather is less than perfect outside, she said, and anything is possible, from small touches to a wall of roses.