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Spring and summer are undoubtedly the most popular seasons to get married. It’s no surprise that the warm weather and the abundance of sunshine make these two seasons very attractive to engaged couples. However, autumn is becoming more popular these days. When you come to think of it, an autumn wedding does come with benefits. Generally, wedding venues have more availability and are more likely to offer generous seasonal discounts. Wedding peak season is also over by this time so wedding suppliers are not as busy as in the spring or summer.

Autumn or spring wedding bridal look. Natural makeup using light blush and lip tint, false eyelashes and light eye shadows by Urszula MUA. Loose curls, side braid with faux flowers hairstyle by Tina Elliot. Fairytale 3D flower wedding dress by Kate Fearnley. Photo by Cristina Ilao. more at www.cristinailao.com

If you’re planning your autumn wedding and looking for inspiration, you’re in the right place. I’ve listed below some top tips that you can consider to start with. Have a read and get off to a great start in planning the autumn wedding of your dreams.

Go for the classic natural look

You’ve been waiting for a long time and now your special day is finally here. Those months you’ve spent exercising regularly, going to bed early, sticking to a healthier diet and following a strict regimen have finally paid off. Your skin is looking absolutely flawless for your wedding day. In fact, you’re at your absolute best. Don’t ruin it now by piling all that make-up and hiding your lovely face.

Burgundy and gold elegant rustic wedding theme. Natural make-up look with minimal products used by Urszula MUA. Relaxed side plaits and loose curls hairstyle by Tina Elliot. Tulle with 3D flowers wedding dress by Kate Fearnley. Photo by Cristina Ilao. More at www.cristinailao.com

Go light and au naturel. Autumn wedding or not, this look will never grow old. It’s no secret that less is always more. Follow that mantra and you’ll never go wrong. The “no make-up” make-up look will not only enhance your natural beauty. It will also help make your wedding photos look timeless. Years from now, you will look back and relive the memories of your special day. Wouldn’t it be amazing to see yourself looking bright and fresh in your wedding photos?

Opt for seasonal local flowers

Burgundy and gold elegant rustic wedding theme. Natural make-up look with minimal products used by Urszula MUA. Relaxed side plaits and loose curls hairstyle by Tina Elliot. Tulle with 3D flowers wedding dress by Kate Fearnley. Photo by Cristina Ilao. More at www.cristinailao.com

There’s nothing prettier than a wedding filled with gorgeous flowers. Are you with me on this? But flowers cost a lot, I hear you! Yes they do, especially if you’re importing them from overseas. So let me share with you a useful wedding planning tip. Go for seasonal local flowers. If you want to go all out on the flowers but you’re worried about the cost, then this is your solution. Trust me, your wedding florist will love you for it.

big blush blousy roses with burgundy dahlia accents, eucalyptus leaves autumn bouquet

Not only will you get better prices, you’ll also get better quality flowers for your wedding. Seasonal flowers grown closer to home are more likely to be pesticide-free. They also contribute less to the CO2 emissions as they don’t travel far. Isn’t it good to know that you’re not just saving money? You’re also being eco-friendly and supportive of the local economy! It’s a definite win-win, right?

Carry a theme across your autumn wedding

Fairytale fine art spring wedding cake with blush rose sugar flowers by Sadie May Cakes. Photo by Cristina Ilao. More at www.cristinailao.com

The best way to elevate the style of your wedding is to stick to a theme. This makes your wedding look more coherent and polished. Ask your wedding stylist or planner for ideas or go to Pinterest for inspiration. The possibilities are endless. It could be as simple as using the same flower in all the wedding decorations. It could also be a colour or various shades of a certain colour that is used throughout the wedding.

bride with wedding flowers sitting on a cross back chair

Why not ask your cake designer to decorate your wedding cake with sugar flowers that are similar to those on your wedding bouquet? You could also use silk ribbons on your wedding bouquet that are of the same colour as your table napkins? Maybe use the same foliage from wedding bouquet on the top table? The important thing to remember is to not go overboard. Remember what I said earlier? Less is always more.

Be practical when choosing your autumn wedding outfit

elegant dancing bride with A line style white wedding dress

Don’t just say yes to the dress without thinking about the time of year when you’re getting married. Yes, it’s important to choose a wedding dress that looks gorgeous on you. However, it’s also important to check whether it’s practical for the kind of weather you’ll expect on your wedding day.

Autumn is generally mild in the earlier months. However, autumn weather can be very unpredictable. It could go from crisp and dry one minute to windy and wet the next. It’s best to take this into consideration when choosing what to wear for your wedding. You’ll not just want to look perfect on your special day. You’ll also want to feel comfortable and prepared for any weather.

Have a back-up plan

Northumberland autumn outdoor wedding top table setup by Sprig and Thistle. Photo by Cristina Ilao. more at www.cristinailao.com

It’s your chance to take the wedding party outside before winter hits and while the weather is still at a comfortable level. Sure, it’s a little chillier than spring and summer. However, it’s still manageable at this time of year and you can still nail that garden wedding of your dreams. However, autumn weather can be temperamental and unpredictable. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, make sure that you have a back-up indoor venue should things go South. It pays to always be prepared.

I hope you found this useful! I’m excited to know if you decided to follow any of my tips. Send me an email if you did or comment below if you have any more useful autumn wedding ideas. If you’d to be notified the next time I share wedding planning tips like this, then please join my email list and let’s stay in touch. Speak soon!

Much love,
Cristina xx

CREDITS:
Photography: Cristina Ilao Photography |Flowers and styling: Sprig & Thistle | Cake: Sadie May Cakes | Dress: Kate Fearnley | Hair: Tina Elliot | Make-up: Urszula MUA | Chair Rental: Crosby Hire | Venue: Stanton Hall Gardens and Nursery

London wedding and editorial photographer

Meet cRiSTina

Born and raised in the Philippines, Cristina is an award-winning international wedding photographer currently based in London and Newcastle, UK. She is known for her fine art approach and light and airy photography style.

Throughout her career, Cristina has worked with distinguished television celebrities, leading UK fashion influencers and international brands, cementing her place in the UK and extending her reach to a global client base. Cristina has been featured by Nikon Europe,  Yahoo Style UK, and some of the most notable international wedding and photography magazines.

Her work has taken her to some of the most beautiful places in the world including the USA, France, Malta, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Greece, and the Caribbean just to name a few.

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