Autumn is one of my favourite times of year in Ireland. The landscape that changes from green to gold and red, the smell of bonfires, the heat of a real wood fire, and of course, the delicious Irish stews. It’s also a wonderful time of year for a wedding and is becoming more popular with couples all the time. I especially love when my clients allow me to bring the season into their big day, as it creates such a sense of cosiness. But what is the best way to do it? Here are some of my favourite ideas for an autumn wedding in Ireland.
Start with the invitations. The paper goods always set the tone for a wedding from the minute they arrive in your guests’ hands. So if you’re planning an autumn wedding in Ireland, what better place to start than with your stationery? Incorporating an autumnal motif doesn’t mean you have to go rustic or opt for a classic fall palette (although both are good choices). You can also keep things elegant by pairing one or two rich autumnal colours with something more understated and unexpected. Or why not incorporate a seasonal pattern or texture (like plaid or leather) into your suite?
Dress your bridesmaids in velvet. There’s no fabric quite as lush and plush for the colder seasons as velvet. Whether you choose jewel-box tones like scarlet and emerald or something classic like navy or black, you can’t go wrong with velvet bridesmaid gowns. Add a pretty coverup to keep them warm and they’ll look – and feel! – amazing.
Serve Irish coffees. A warming drink during cocktail hour is a great way to keep your guests happy. And who doesn’t love an Irish coffee? Of course, you don’t have to limit yourself. You could also branch out to create a custom cocktail that incorporates Bailey’s or a tot of Irish whiskey. Serve your drinks either before or after the ceremony, especially if you’ll be outdoors.
Incorporate seasonal touches into your florals. Whether it’s adding a few leaves and pods to your bouquet or having your florist create a statement ceremony arch, foliage is always a gorgeous addition to your florals if you’re having an autumn wedding in Ireland. Don’t forget smaller floral and foliage touches too, like the groom’s boutonniere or the seating chart. A little can go a long way in terms of setting the seasonal mood! Gourds and pumpkins are another appropriate option.
And the groom wore tweed. Tweed is a great choice for the gents. It’s warm and stylish and there are so many options in terms of colour and pattern. Plus, tweed has a long history in Ireland. Although it originated in Scotland, Donegal soon became famous for its tweed. The colours of this classic tweed reflect the landscape in shades of purple, green, brown and gold. A perfect way to bring the colours of the season – as well as a local touch – into your autumn wedding in Ireland!
Organise a fireworks display. Fireworks are common in Ireland around Halloween, but it’s illegal to possess them without a proper licence so it’s important to work with a reputable pyrotechnics company. We can recommend some of the best! It always makes for a delightful surprise for the guests and there’s nothing quite like watching fireworks explode against a crisp autumn sky! It’s a good idea to provide blankets and wraps so that nobody gets chilly during the display.
Which of these autumnal wedding ideas is your favourite?
Slán go Fóill,