Many couples prefer the crisper temperatures and the delightful colors that hallmark the eye-catching season of Autumn. Choosing to celebrate your nuptials outdoors at this time of year requires attention to detail in order for all of your guests to be comfortable and happy.

Weather considerations

The fall season can be captivating. Watching the crimson, burnt orange and golden leaves swirl on the breeze makes for spectacular photos. The lower temps mean that there is less “suffering” for beauty and dressing up to the nines. These are extremely appealing qualities about the season. Still, the weather can be a bit unpredictable this time of year, so every outdoor wedding needs to take the availability of nearby indoor shelter into consideration just in case. Does your location have a backup building or covered gathering place in case you need to step out of rainfall? Checking the details now will help you be organized regardless of the weather circumstances on your big day.

Cozy outdoor heaters

Many venues that have outdoor wedding and reception spaces often are equipped with lovely propane or electric free standing heaters. Propane fire pits are another great option to help keep all of your guests cozy. Autumn is the perfect time for an outdoor wedding; especially when you cover all of your bases. Encourage some intimate seating or place numerous propane fire pits together to create a campfire effect.

Hand warmers and hot drinks

Having a basket of hand warmers can be a thoughtful idea if you are planning on dancing the night away under the stars. Of course, having some tea, coffee and hot chocolate on hand is always helpful for cold hands. Consider making your custom drink for the evening a special coffee or hot toddy.

Tents, gazebos and arbors

Many venues have permanent shade and rain covers on the grounds in the form of tents or gazebos. If yours doesn’t, wedding decorators and party rental places often have a wide selection of rentable items. If you are planning on getting married over a busy holiday weekend, it is wise to secure your rental by leaving a deposit as soon as you have decided on a date.

Fingers crossed your big day is full of nothing but golden sunshine and blue skies. However, even the sunniest outdoor weddings can use a shade barrier. Your outdoor equipment rental won’t be wasted rain or shine.

Cigars anyone?

Weather aside, most weddings have a few smoking guests. Even if it is a minimal amount of people, it is vital to make everyone feel welcome. Anticipate the needs of your smoking family and friends. Do they have a spot out of the weather where they can smoke without bothering your non-smoking guests and still feel like they’re part of the action? Having some extra seating and a table for ashtrays, candles or outdoor lanterns and drinks is smart planning and will be appreciated.

Baskets of blankets

Guests who are sitting at their outdoor tables or not busting a groove on the dancefloor may feel a little chilly as night falls. In fact, many people get cold when they are tired. A few baskets of rolled up fleece blankets can help everyone stay comfortable and happy for the duration of your reception.

No need to decorate with a fall backdrop

A brilliant feature of any fall wedding is the exquisite photography it permits. Having nature’s beauty frame your wedding photos with dazzling colors will make them even better. Utilize the vibrant fallen leaves to accentuate your candles, centerpieces, wreaths, napkin rings, etc. It is easy to work with the Autumn theme thanks to the abundance nature has to offer this time of year.

Swan Manor offers beautiful landscaped grounds with a covered gazebo for spectacular outdoor weddings. In case of rain, the manor house and the carriage house can be used to save the day. Contact us for a tour of the property so you can see all the wonderful amenities Swan Manor has to offer.

Call 704-776-2530 or use the contact form here on the site. We look forward to hearing from you.