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Hot topic: Autumn themed weddings

Local experts on autumn-themed weddings

Seasonal shades

Seasonal shades

Q. Autumn is our favourite time of year and we want our wedding to reflect all the warmth and colour of the season. What would you suggest?

A. Vanessa Harness says: Vanessa says: Autumn is a great time to be bold with your colours. You don't have to stick to orange, yellow and green, think rich, deep, bold tones. The daylight hours are shorter and it's darker outside, so use colour to accent your wedding and bring the outside elements in using foliage and berries.

❤ Try deep plum, dusky and neutral pink shades with lots of foliage in varying colours to add depth and texture, creating interest in a variety of different displays from bouquets to entrance archways and table centrepieces.

❤ Autumn is generally a season for warmer tones which can be reflected in your bridalwear by opting for softer shades instead of bright white and adding gold accents to details like the stationery or tableware.

❤ Use interior lighting and uplighters to give your venue a welcoming atmosphere. Combined with candlelight it creates a feeling of warmth and intimacy and is a great way of making a large space feel cosier.

❤ When it comes to the table design, coloured glassware works well with gold cutlery or gold glass vases as low centrepieces.

❤ If your venue allows, coloured taper candles are also great for adding height, colour and interest to your tables or cake display.

All in the detail

All in the detail

Q. We’re both great cake lovers and want a real showstopper to complement our seasonal wedding theme. Any ideas?

A. Giles Cowley says: Giles says: Autumn and winter weddings offer a wealth of inspiration and colours to play with. Our wood wedding cake (pictured) is popular all year round and changing from fresh green shades to brown and red hues can easily transform it from a spring to an autumnal theme. Adding chocolate pine cones and acorns all add to the feel.

Rather than fresh citrus and floral flavours try something comforting like a dark chocolate sponge with chocolate ganache or maybe a spiced ginger cake with marmalade preserve, rhubarb and custard or burnt caramel and cream. For those who like a classic, carrot cake is also a great option with its warming cinnamon and ginger spices.

Seasonal style

Seasonal style

Q. I know the weather can be unpredictable in the autumn but I still want to look glamorous. What would you suggest that's suitable for the time of year?

A. Victoria Arndt says: Victoria says: It's that awkward season when you might feel the need for a full winter coat first thing and a summer dress by late afternoon.

Personally, I love a good sleeve on a wedding dress but for autumn you may need a more delicate fabric so that you don't get too hot. Sassi Holford's Vivian dress has a beautiful silk crepe bodice and soft tulle skirt with a stunning deep V neckline and keyhole back. With the sleekness of the bodice, almost what you might expect for a winter wedding, and the softness of the skirt, reminiscent of a summer bride, you have the perfect combination of the seasons. Also the simplicity of a dress like this is perfect for showing off a bolder, darker bouquet.

When it comes to cover-ups to keep the chills at bay, it doesn't have to mean shawls or cardigans anymore, although I do love a bridal cardi. Brides are now rocking personalised leather and denim jackets on their wedding day, I mean who doesn't love a good denim jacket?

Bringing the outside in

Bringing the outside in

Q. We want to include lots of natural touches and decorative details to reflect the season for our October wedding. Any ideas?

A. Jo Pywell says: Jo says: I love natural and simple styling and for me it's all about the detail. Autumn is the perfect time of year to be inspired by what's all around us, especially the wonderfully rich colour palettes wtih gold, burgundy and burnt orange tones which all look stunning for a seasonal tablescape.

Bring the outside in and make use of what nature has to offer. Our countryside, forests and woodland areas are full of rich pickings – and all for free! Acorns sprayed gold look great scattered in among your floral arrangements. Fern works well too when it turns that gorgeous golden brown colour and adds extra interest and texture too.

Candlelight always creates a sense of romance so go all out, if your venue allows. Brass candle holders, copper and metallic details reflect the light beautifully and log slices create a lovely natural rustic vibe for your table setting, especially on long trestle tables. Willow hoops decorated with fairylights and trailing ivy are always a winner for filling any blank empty spaces at your venue. Add some ribbon or a few flowers for extra impact and just have fun using nature for inspiration.

Keep calm & marry on

Keep calm & marry on

Q. We're just starting to plan our wedding for early November next year and are feeling a little overwhelmed. What are your top tips.

A. Natalie Solanke says: Natalie says: If you've decided on a theme or just a colour, run with it. Don't be afraid, this is your time to really create something beautiful and special for you as a couple. Work with your suppliers; they can really help bring your ideas to life. Autumn is an amazing time of year to marry, with all the warm colours starting to come through in nature you can really capture the full romance of the season.

Don't be scared to ask questions either, no matter how big or small they may seem. Planning a wedding is very personal; the industry professionals that surround you during this time will only want the best for you and to create an enjoyable day for everyone involved. Also, on the big day, make sure you take some time out for just the two of you, even it it's only 15 minutes, so you take it all in.