By Felicia Zammit-McMann, Wedding Connections of the Hudson Valley
Autumn in the Hudson Valley is a magical time—there’s really nothing like it! Between the beautiful foliage, the crisp air and the abundant harvest, it’s easy to see why this season is so alluring.
It’s so mesmerizing, in fact, that September and October have now outranked June and July in popularity for weddings in the Hudson Valley. I was a fall bride, and in 2017 alone, over 3,100 couples got married here last September and October, compared to just over 2,500 in June and July. That’s nearly a 25 percent increase in weddings!
Luckily for fall brides and grooms, nature provides a bounty of ideas for your wedding to truly make it your own, while showcasing all the area has to offer for your guests. One of the things I enjoyed most was knowing that our guests would not only see what makes the fall so special, but taste it as well. I’ve outlined four details of your day perfect for highlighting our Hudson Valley autumn.
Flowers. One of the easiest and most dramatic ways to showcase our Hudson Valley autumn in your wedding is through flowers. There are so many gorgeous flowers in season during the fall, it’s hard to pick a favorite. Between your bouquet, boutonnières, altar decorations and aisle decor, there’s so much you can do. Imagine making a bold statement by walking down the aisle with a bunch of freshly picked sunflowers, or vibrant dahlias. Planted potted mums and pansies, flowering kale and even bales of hay would look beautiful gracing the aisle you walk down.
Tablescapes. Another great area to showcase the fall bounty in the Hudson Valley is by decorating with your tablescapes. Try hollowing out a pumpkin and filling it with decorative grass or leafy foliage. Aster, ornamental peppers and black-eyed susans would look amazing as well. Next to the pumpkins, filling out the tables, you can add some gourds or mini pumpkins or squash to really give it that fall harvest feel.
Food. This is always my favorite way of highlighting all the region has to offer. Butternut-squash soup, pumpkin ravioli, apple cider and apple-cider donuts are total must-haves, but if you want something different, try creating a signature cocktail using hard apple cider or local ales and IPAs. If the weather cooperates and the venue allows it, treat your guests to a s’mores bonfire.
Favors and Escort Cards. Now, this is where things can get really interesting. You can use the fall bounty in so many ways. Try painting mini pumpkins or mini gourds and using them as your escort “cards.” If you have the time, consider making candied apples as favors, since apples are so abundant during this time of year. You could even give your guests little baskets of apples as favors…something really unique and different.
What is your favorite part of the fall? Are you planning on using any fall elements in your wedding? Perhaps you did. If so, we’d love to see photos. Send your thoughts or photos to Felicia. █