Just because fall is upon us doesn’t mean the wedding season is over. In fact, many people (including myself) choose to get married in the fall. I was married six years ago in mid-October in a park. The fall season was perfect and the day was beautiful. Here are some pictures and tips to help you with fall wedding reception ideas. For more fall wedding reception ideas hightail it over to Pinterest…in fact, if you’re planning a wedding, Pinterest should be your new BFF!
Getting married on a budget may seem daunting but it can be done. There are plenty of ways to have a high class wedding without the high price tag. Simply follow these frugal fall wedding reception ideas and you’ll have a beautiful fall wedding while saving money.
To get started planning your wedding or reception, make a list of all the items you’ll need. For example: Caterer, photographer, and DJ. Then number those items in order of importance. You’ll want to splurge or hire a professional for the items that are the most important and eliminate, downgrade, or turn to DIY fall wedding reception ideas for items that aren’t as high up on the list. For example, we could have upgraded the chairs at our wedding reception so that they were gold rather than white but it cost twice as much so we stuck with white; on the other hand, food was much more important so we splurged on the catering.
DIY fall wedding reception ideas (again, look to Pinterest) are a great way to save money on decor such as centerpieces or wedding favors. Ask crafty friends or family members to help you with a few DIY projects instead of purchasing you a wedding present. In addition, if you’re willing to help set up or clean up the reception you may be able to save a few bucks. Ask able-bodied relatives and friends to pitch in. I had a coworker’s wife and sister help the day of my wedding and they were instrumental in ensuring my mind was on having a good time and enjoying my reception rather than worrying about whether or not the park staff remembered to set up a table for hand towels in the bathroom.
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When it comes to fall wedding reception ideas, often simple is the best way to go. Not only is simple usually cheaper but it is also elegant. These gold boxes were favors for the guest and they contained sugar coated pecans. Nothing too crazy or complex here but the favors still went over perfectly.
Since I love fall colors I went with red and orange flowers in my bouquet.
If you’re having an outdoor wedding or reception, save money by using the space itself to accentuate your decor. For example, this beautiful stone pavilion provided the perfect backdrop for our cake. Check out the venue thoroughly beforehand to see what fall wedding reception ideas come to mind.
My cake maker tied our fall colors into the cake beautifully with her handmade leaves and fresh flowers that matched my bouquet.
When it comes to the cake (a very important aspect of the wedding for most), you can save money by having a culinary student help make the cake. Simply do a quick search for culinary schools near you and then call one up and ask if they make cakes for events. Nervous about using novice cake makers? Don’t be! Can you tell that students helped make this cake? Well they did. Our cake maker teaches at the local culinary school and she oversaw the entire project and assisted with more difficult aspects like making the leaves but by allowing the students to help with the cake we saved money.
Our table setting is one of my favorite fall wedding reception ideas. I still can’t believe I paid as much as I did for the tablecloths but they were perfect. This is one of the items I chose to splurge on because I wanted the table setting to look natural, like an extension of the park and I think we achieved that.
Here’s a closer look at our table centerpieces. Notice all the candles? This is a great frugal fall wedding reception idea. Use candles (lots of them!) to create ambiance on a budget. We put them on tables and on the stone wall surrounding the reception area to create a peaceful glow and beautiful mood.
Here’s a better look at the candles we placed on the back wall of the reception area. They’re large glass vases filled with white candles and flower petals. The florist made ours but this fall wedding reception idea would be super easy (and cheap) to replicate yourself at home.
Now, let’s pull it all together. Here’s a “big picture” shot of my cozy, intimate fall wedding in the park. As you can see, there are plenty of frugal fall wedding reception ideas out there. Simply prioritize your spending, enlist help from friends and family, and look for ways to save at every step of the process (ex. using natural decor or candles).
Do you have other frugal fall wedding reception ideas? Share them in the comments!