7 Amazing Ideas for Your Fall Wedding

This post was provided by The Marquardt Ranch, a stunning wedding venue in Boerne, TX.

 

Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year. And with this season comes some of the best wedding ideas. Take a look at some of our favorite fall wedding details!

 

Plaid Shirts

Nothing says fall like plaid. If your wedding will be on the cooler side, thank your bridesmaids with plaid flannels. They can slip the flannels on before and after the ceremony for some fun photos, and they’ll thank you for the extra layer of warmth. For a more casual fall wedding, pick out the perfect plaid shirts for the groomsmen to wear.

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Pie

There’s just something about fresh pie on a crisp, autumn day. If you’re a pie lover, pick your favorite pie to serve as your wedding cake. Or have a small cake for you and your groom to cut, and have a variety of pies for your guests to enjoy.

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Bridal Blanket Scarf

A blanket scarf is the perfect detail for bridal shots, and the cozy wrap will keep you from freezing on the best day of your life. Choose a scarf that matches your color scheme, or just choose your favorite scarf!

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Pumpkin Spice

Why not bring everyone’s favorite fall drink to your reception? Set up a drink station with mugs and warm drinks…like pumpkin spice lattes! If you decide to keep it simple and stick with coffee, provide a pumpkin spice creamer for your guests to try.

 

Caramel Apples

The yummy treat that reminds every one of their childhood. Why not wrap them individually and use them as wedding favors? If you already have favors, set up a bar where guests can top their apple with whatever they want.

 

Pumpkins

White pumpkins, mini pumpkins, orange pumpkins, huge pumpkins, and beyond! Use mini pumpkins as adorable placeholders, and use larger pumpkins as centerpieces. If your wedding is near Halloween, you could even use jack-o-lanterns instead.

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Leaves

Include fall-colored leaves in your wedding bouquet or even in your flower crown. Gather leaves and use them to decorate gift tables, drink stations, seating tables, and more.

 

If you love gold, this is for you. Spray paint leaves gold and write your guests’ names on them as place holders. Or arrange gold spray-painted leaves to create a stunning backdrop for your ceremony. Gold leaves are seriously magical.

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Venue Feature: Sunset Station - San Antonio Wedding Planner

Historic Sunset Station welcomes the opportunity to work with couples to ensure memories to last a lifetime. Their beautifully restored wedding reception venues, rehearsal dinner locations and excellent catering services provide a great opportunity to make your wedding magical.

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Venue Feature: The McNay Art Museum - Wedding Planner San Antonio

For this month's venue feature, we've chosen to highlight the McNay Art Museum

Venue Feature: The McNay Art Museum

Set in an exquisite Spanish Colonial Revival-style home on twenty three acres of beautifully landscapes gardens, the McNay Art Museum is an oasis in the heart of San Antonio. As the first museum of modern art in Texas, the McNay offers a unique opportunity to entertain in style as well as view an internationally renowned art collection. The intimate Octagon room, the breath-taking Courtyard, and elegant Leeper Auditorium together make a wedding unforgettable. For those interested in modern architecture, the Stieren Center for Exhibitions is sure to please. We invite you to experience some of the most magnificent works of the 20th Century, in one of the most spectacular creations of the 21st. 

The museum has four venue options to choose from based on the size and theme of your wedding and two locations for weddings on the grounds. Click here to learn more about their options and weddings on the grounds. 

Photo Courtesy of  Limelight San Antonio

Photo Courtesy of Limelight San Antonio

Photo Courtesy of  Limelight San Antonio , Florals by  Statue of Design , Rentals from  Luxe Event Decor

Photo Courtesy of Limelight San Antonio, Florals by Statue of Design, Rentals from Luxe Event Decor

"I love working at the McNay!  I get to experience three different environments in one:  the art gallery, the outdoor courtyard, and the elegant ballroom.  I love watching the guests' reactions as they transition from one area to the next," says Haute Weddings Owner & Wedding Planner, Lisa Morales.

Venue Feature: The McNay Art Museum
Photo Credit: Noah Hawthorne Photography

Photo Credit: Noah Hawthorne Photography

The McNay Art Museum offers a unique opportunity to entertain guests in a beautiful and historic setting. Offer your guests the chance to experience an internationally renowned art collection during your reception. Dine and dance in the elegant Leeper Auditorium and enjoy the oasis of the courtyard. See what others had to say about the McNay from their reviews on The Knot! Click here to view.

Venue Feature: The Lambermont - San Antonio Wedding Planner

If you follow our blog you'll notice a series of featured venues around the San Antonio area.   This month we're highlighting The Lambermont, located in downtown San Antonio at 950 East Grayson Street, San Antonio, TX.

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The Lambermont, located within steps of the renowned Fort Sam Houston, offers a romantic and uniquely charming spot to hold your next celebration. With its exquisite craftsmanship and detailed artistry, you'll be transported to another time and place. This historic and elegant castle built in the late 1800's, captures the French-style chateaus and Belgium-inspired castles of northern Europe.

To this day, the castle continues to be representative to its time. Adorned with crystal chandeliers, hand-carved woodwork, molded brick fireplaces, original cabinetwork and rich hardwood floors, this venue captures more than the luxurious and elegant Victorian era.
The castle is situated on a 1-acre corner lot surrounded by a large variety of lush greenery with an open yard space ideal for gatherings. The porch, embellished with large beams and limestone balustrades, is the perfect location to relax and take in the enchantment of this lavish castle.

Photo Credit:  Haute Weddings

Photo Credit: Haute Weddings

The Lambermont is a hidden gem in the downtown San Antonio area. The facility itself takes you back in time with decor of pure luxury and opulence.  However, the true star of Lambermont is it's owner, Dona Liston. She is the epitome of southern hospitality and warmth.

The Lambermont is available for ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners and overnight accommodations. To learn more about The Lambermont and to inquire about having them host your special event click here

Wedding Venue Feature: The St. Anthony Hotel - San Antonio Wedding Planner

Since the 1940's The St. Anthony Riverwalk Hotel has welcomed couples into its lavish establishment with beautiful ballrooms and hotel rooms to boot! The St. Anthony signifies history and elegance with its long roots in the downtown San Antonio area while providing upscale amenities for guests. 

Imagine a wedding celebration that transports you to a more elegant time: a stunning ballroom, sparkling chandeliers, candlelight, turn-of-the-century décor and a wait staff ready to serve. It’s all possible at St. Anthony Hotel, where they've been giving couples their dream weddings for over 100 years. 

“The Knot” selected St. Anthony as a “Best Of Weddings” reception destination in San Antonio, and it’s easy to see why. With delicious catering and variety of beautiful spaces –  including a terrace overlooking the city – they guarantee an evening you will never forget. 

Photo Credit:  Haute Weddings

Photo Credit: Haute Weddings

Wedding Amenities Include:

  • Complimentary one-bedroom suite
  • Special weekend room rates for your guests
  • Parquet dance floor
  • All tables and chairs needed for your personal room set-up, including cocktail tables
  • Elegant mirror and candlelight centerpieces
  • White floor-length table linens
  • Complimentary cake cutting
  • Traditional china, glass and silverware
  • Wedding receptions are based on 5 hours
  • Scheduled set-up times for your vendors
Photo Credit:  Haute Weddings

Photo Credit: Haute Weddings

Photo Credit:  H  aute Weddings

Photo Credit: Haute Weddings

"I love working at the St. Anthony because the design and decor of the hotel is timeless.  It is truly a magical place in which time stops. Their customer service is top notch and their food is delicious.  All my clients have been so happy with the St. Anthony." Lisa Morales, Owner of Haute Weddings.

Photo Credit:  Haute Weddings

Photo Credit: Haute Weddings

Photo Credit:  Haute Weddings

Photo Credit: Haute Weddings

For more on the St. Anthony click here to visit their website and check them out on The Knot.

How To Choose the Right Wedding Venue - San Antonio Wedding Planner

When it comes to planning a wedding, choosing a wedding venue is one of the first items on your timeline. Choosing a wedding venue can be a rather daunting task if you don't prepare ahead of time, do your research and schedule a visit with enough time in advance. Remember, wedding venues book quickly; typically around a year in advance. So if you want to secure the space of your dreams, you'd better get to work on researching places that fit your personality, wedding style/theme, guest count, among other things. We're going to boil it down to some factors that play a role into selecting your wedding venue and some red flags that may prove the place is not for you.

1. Weather: One thing no bride or groom can control is what the weather will be like on their wedding day. When it comes to selecting a wedding venue you must take this into consideration. Will the space sustain any unpredictable weather conditions that may arise? Will everything go as planned if it rains? What if its during the Summer and heat plays a role? Or a Winter wedding where snow starts to fall? You want a venue that no matter what the weather does, it will not affect your wedding. If you find a place that would require bringing in some sort of tenting or fans that will add to your cost and affect your budget. Be conscious of where you pick, weather permitting. 

2. Envision the Space: Take a good hard look at how the space looks without any decor at all. How are the tables? Are they round? How many seats do they hold? What kind of chairs does the venue provide? Are they to your liking or would you have to rent chairs that you'd prefer? What about linens, lighting, the look of the structure itself? Will you have to do tons of decorating to pull off the theme of your wedding? If you begin the crunch the numbers and its starting to get a little pricey that might be a sign that that particular venue is not for you.

3. Dinner Prep and Serving: This is an area in the space you may overlook, but can be very critical when it comes to catering and cost, especially if you are bringing in your own caterers. If the venue has an onsite kitchen, great! That means the catering crew can set up shop there. If the venue does not have an onsite kitchen you're dealing with the caterers having to build their own kitchen in order to prep and serve all the food for the wedding. Another thing to take into consideration is how you want to serve the food. Do you want a seated dinner or buffet and what is there room for? This again can also add to cost, so if you're adamant about using a specific caterer, be sure to show them the space and make sure it works for them before settling on a venue.

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Photo Credit: sixtystateplace.com

4. Let There Be Light: A venue with a good amount of natural light is important, especially on the big day! Why? Because natural light makes for beautiful photos and your wedding photographer will have more to work with. Plus if you're getting ready at the venue you'll need the natural light to make sure you're makeup, hair and overall look is just right!!!

Photo Credit:  West Vita Photography

Photo Credit: West Vita Photography

5. Noise Requirements May Not Be Music To Your Ears: Something you don't want to find out during the dancing portion of your wedding reception is that there is a noise requirement in place by the venue and what they allow. Is it DJ only? Can you bring in a five-piece band? Also be sure to ask when the music cut-off time is and what level of music can be played. If you're dumping a lot of money into the music portion of your budget and come across a venue with noise restrictions not in line with your desired soundtrack it might not be the place for you. 

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These are just a few warnings to heed when it comes to selecting a wedding venue and we showcase them in this blog post to be a helpful guide on your journey to finding the perfect place to get married. Be prepared and precise, do your research, do walk-throughs, ask questions and make sure you're 100% positive you've found the venue for you before putting down that deposit!