Fall Weddings in Chicago


Fall is a season of change. The leaves turn, the weather gets chillier and we trade our swimsuits for scarves. The change in season also brings a bushel of new wedding trends. TCW spoke with Chicago-based wedding planner Katie Jackson-Meara, founder of So Dressed Up, about the trends heating up as the weather cools down.

Long gone are the quintessential choices of orange or yellow that we see so often in fall. Couples are embracing jewel tones and berry hues such as a deep purple, emerald green or reddish magenta to accent, rather than match, nature’s color palette. Gold or silver accents can be added to compliment the jewel tones and bump up the décor to the polished look of a lux wedding.

Popular flower choices such as Dahlias or Calla Lilies can be customized to the season by incorporating non-floral elements such as wheat or barley. Nature’s bounty is being carried over to table settings too with leaf garland, acorns and wheat popping up in centerpieces and place settings.

Bridal fashion seen on the runway recently has drawn focus to the back of the dress with elaborate detailing and unique designs along with pops of color and bold headpieces to complete the look.

799_3756892Fall is a season of well-loved flavors, and a wedding menu is the perfect time to let these favorites shine. Bars can be stocked with craft pumpkin beer, hard cider or a fall cocktail followed by a steaming mug of apple cider to keep guests warm into the night. Menu choices tend to focus on comfort food with a seasonal twist such as pumpkin lasagna, butternut squash ravioli or cinnamon sugar donuts. Many couples set up a make-your-own s’more station or caramel apple bar to add variety and embrace the season.

Fall is a great time to flee the city and embrace the cool air and rich colors of nature. The vineyards of harbor country create the perfect romantic and cozy spot for couples to say, “I do.” The open space of the country allows for more flexibility in creating an indoor/outdoor combination for guests to truly get a breath of fresh air. A solid heating system, a blazing fire pit or baskets of blankets are simple touches that ensure the guests will stay warm even after the sun goes down.

By Chelsea Zweig


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