Featured Photo by Athens Wedding Photographer Blane Marable

A slightly cooler morning breeze and a drop in the average temperature by two degrees may be the only noticeable changes in the weather by the end of September, but nonetheless, fall is on its way to Athens, GA. This time of year brings a wave of wedding trends that make arguably the best season of the year even more worth celebrating. Take advantage of all that Athens has to offer this fall by indulging in a few of these timeless fall wedding trends. Here are a few trends to help set you on your way to planning your dream fall wedding in Athens. 

Photo by Athens Wedding Photographer Blane Marable

Outdoor Barn Venue

Athens is home to dozens of outdoor event spaces that will bring all of your fall wedding dreams to life. A crisp evening in early October showcases the best weather Georgia has to offer, and your guests will surely enjoy the perfect blend of warm and breezy weather under a breathtaking display of Georgia’s colorful oak trees. The area around the Classic City is full of gorgeous outdoor venues like Vintage Oaks Farm, pictured here, that would be perfect for a fall wedding!

Photo by Duy Ho Photography

Halloween Theme

I will admit, when I first heard of this trend I immediately thought of a Frankenstein bride and cobwebs lining the aisle, but this trend can actually look tasteful, sophisticated and whimsical. Opt for black and silver with hints of burnt orange as your wedding colors for a softer spooky look. Decorating with white and metallic pumpkins like these to use in your ceremony or as centerpieces at your reception is another creative way to incorporate the holiday into your wedding. Even creating a Halloween-inspired signature cocktail like this recipe for a blood orange blackberry rum punch is a sophisticated way to celebrate the two occasions at once! To read more about having a spooky yet sophisticated Halloween Wedding, click here!

Photo by Athens Wedding Photographer Blane Marable 

Fall Food Favorites

If you are looking for a more laid-back style wedding reception, try opting for a menu that reflects the homey feeling of the season. Just beginning to shed some of that sweltering Georgia summer heat, fall is the perfect time of year to host your backyard barbeque wedding. Fall is the season for warm apple pie, caramel-coated goodies, sweet potato casserole, roasted squash and many other beloved Southern comfort foods, so why not include a few fall favorites in your reception menu? Caramel is a tried-and-true food staple of the season, so consider offering caramel apples or caramel corn as sweet treats for your guests. 

Photo by Athens Wedding Photographer Blane Marable

Fall Engagement Photos in Athens 

Autumn in Athens creates the perfect background for your engagement photos. Places like UGA’s north campus, pictured here, provide the perfect setting to document your engagement, especially with Georgia’s changing leaves in the background. Plus, who doesn’t look super cute for pictures in a cozy, cotton sweater and boots?

Photo by Bloomin’ Rose Flowers

Fall Flower Arrangements

Dahlias, marigolds, pansies, sunflowers and roses are all classic fall blooms that create breathtaking arrangements in shades of deep red and purple, burnt orange and bright yellow. Incorporating twigs and feathers into your arrangement as well can give your bouquet an even more rustic and hand-picked feel that compliments your fall-inspired colors. 

Photo by Total Wine & More

Fall-Inspired Cocktails

Lastly, try creating a signature cocktail for your special day inspired by the fall season. Warm flavors like apple, cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin and clove can play into your signature cocktail and tie in the homey, cozy feel of your fall wedding into every aspect of your wedding. 

Take our advice and you’ll have everyone ~falling~ for your wedding!


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