Tips for a Fall Wedding in Massachusetts
Inspiration for a fall wedding invitation – event design by Celeste Greene
(Photo credit: Brumley and Wells via Style Me Pretty)
Fall is one of the most stunning seasons in Massachusetts, and it’s a spectacular time to tie the knot. There’s something about the chill in the air and the falling leaves that makes the season feel especially romantic. We’ve put together our top tips for couples considering an autumn wedding in New England:
1. Prepare for the weather
In the fall, the weather in New England can vary and it’s hard to know just what to expect. In October temperatures can range from the mid forties to mid sixties. On your wedding day you may have sunshine and a crisp blue sky -- or you may end up with a gray drizzly day, which is why it’s a good idea to have a contingency plan in place. Having a back-up option will give you peace of mind when your wedding day arrives. If you’re planning to host your ceremony outdoors, you may want to consider long dresses or pashmina scarves for your bridesmaids, to help them stay warm in case of cold weather. You might even consider placing a blanket at each chair for your guests or serving a hot beverage, like apple cider, before the ceremony. At L’Andana you have the option to host both the ceremony and reception onsite, which will alleviate the stress of having to worry about the weather. Some of our couples choose to host both onsite and others have their ceremony at an alternate location and then travel to the restaurant for the reception.
Fall Bridal Bouquet by A Day in Provence
(Photo credit: 4Eyes Photography via Style Me Pretty).
2. Embrace a seasonal color palette
Autumn is the perfect time to embrace a deeper and richer color palette that matches the season. Jewel tones like burgundy, navy, eggplant, cranberry, and emerald green are especially elegant in the fall and play off the colors that are naturally occurring in the landscape. We’ve seen couples incorporate colors like these into their linens, bridesmaid dresses, suits for groomsmen, place cards, and more. This stunning bridal bouquet designed by A Day in Provence uses rich hues and we love how berries are incorporated.
Cranberries in a specialty cocktail || Pumpkin Escort Cards
(Photo credit left: Bring to Light Photography via Style Me Pretty)
(Photo credit right: 4Eyes Photography via Style Me Pretty)
3. Use what’s in season
In Massachusetts, there’s plenty in season that you can incorporate into both your décor and your menu. You can easily use items like pumpkins, gourds, apples, and more. We especially love when guests incorporate cranberries (the state berry of Massachusetts), like in the specialty cocktail above. At L’Andana we use only the freshest seasonal ingredients on our menu so you can be sure that your guests will be treated to flavorful autumn dishes! We use produce from our garden as well as apples from the trees that are on-property. In the fall you’ll find fresh apples and honey from our beehives highlighted on both our dinner menu and our cocktail menu.
Wedding Ceremony at L’Andana
(Photo credit: Servidone Studios Photography)
4. Pick a venue with ambience
The ambience of a venue can make all of the difference! A space that has rustic charm can be very fitting for the season in New England. Special touches at the venue, like a fireplace, can add ambience and set the tone for the day. L’Andana has rustic touches like end grain wooden floors and chandeliers made from wine barrels, as well as contemporary elements like a sleek fireplace. Every fall we also decorate our patio and front entrance with pumpkins, gourds and other seasonal touches!
If you’re interested in learning more about fall weddings at L’Andana, we’re here to help! Click below to read more about our private events and to contact Shannon St. Pierre, our Marketing and Private Events Manager for a bridal consultation.