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Hot topic: Autumn weddings

Our local experts offer stellar advice on seasonal celebrations

Down to earth

Down to earth

Q. My partner and I are having an autumn wedding as we've always loved this time of year, and we want our venue décor to reflect that – any suggestions?

A. Serena Honke says: Autumn is the perfect time of year for a riot of colour and texture for both flowers and foliage. Colours can range from soft, golden yellows through myriad tones of orange and red to deep shades of earthy browns, while a wide choice of texture adds to this eclectic look. For the more adventurous couple or individual, the use of fruits and vegetables can add another dimension to the décor choices. Try pumpkins (carved or plain) as flower or tea light containers, apples, peppers and fir cones for texture and willow branches for height. And why not create a warm, cosy and intimate atmosphere to your day by using lots of candles or fairylights within your design?

An autumnal theme works well in all types of setting. A country or barn venue can lend itself naturally to a more rustic style of autumnal theme, but the strength of the colour at this time of year can provide an intense and dramatic look that's well suited to a more modern environment. No matter what your style or look you would like to achieve for your special day, an autumnal theme will be a success.

Seasonal wisdom

Seasonal wisdom

Q. We're planning an autumn wedding, and we'd like our day to reflect the time of year – what do we need to keep in mind?

A. Audrey says: Autumn is a beautiful time to get married. As with planning any wedding, it is the details that matter most. First, pick a great location, and make sure it has both indoor and outdoor options, as the weather in autumn can be unpredictable. Have wellies and umbrellas available, as well as warm wraps in case the evening gets a little chilly.

Venues such as vineyards, converted barns and country manors are all perfect choices. Find picturesque grounds to capture the stunning autumnal colours, and choose a theme to complement the season. Rustic browns and rich reds all work great in this season, but also try to incorporate seasonal accessories. Toffee apple favours, pumpkin-inspired centrepieces, lanterns, hay bale seating – these are just a few ideas.

Natural harmony

Natural harmony

Q. We've booked our big day and can't wait to send out invites, and we want them to look as good as possible! We're thinking about using natural themes and motifs.

A. Anika Sood says: The trend of the outdoors, with lots of foliage and greenery, is here to stay. Expect to see this on a bigger scale, with organic, natural arrangements and a much looser finish helping to fill larger spaces.

Couples are going for a more clean, sophisticated look with their stationery and playing around with different textures and print finishes. There is so much choice available, so have fun experimenting. Using a mix of traditional and modern typography can give your stationery an edge. This elegant and simple approach will contrast well with the natural theme of your wedding.

We're seeing darker accent colours used to add an atmosphere of romance to invitations. Burgundy, rust and copper tones complement each other. Play around with ribbons, tassels and wax seals to personalise your stationery suite. A coloured envelope can also add a lovely pop to a simple design. We still love seeing handwritten calligraphy on those little finishing touches. Why not try a metallic ink for your place cards. Your invitation sets the tone for your wedding day, so make sure it reflects your individuality.

Naked glory

Naked glory

Q. We want to wow our friends and family with our wedding cake – could you give us the lowdown on the latest trends?

A. Victoria Carr says: It's not always about following the trends. Your perfect wedding cake is right for you and the style of your wedding. We're seeing more naked cakes these days, especially with the rustic trend taking the wedding scene by storm. These designs can create a real centrepiece, especially when decorated with an elegant topper and gorgeous flowers that match the bouquets. If you choose a naked or semi-naked creation, it can form the basis for a showstopper, with added decoration for pure elegance that will get people talking.

It's not just about cakes. You can add eye-catching macaron towers – a great talking point that allows you and your guests the opportunity to grab one (or three) on your way to the dancefloor (and something you'll be remembered for).

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