October Wedding Themes and Food

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October Wedding Themes and Food
Fall colours are a source of inspiration for an October wedding. (fall colours image by Horticulture from Fotolia.com)

Fall weddings are a romantic and appealing option because of the gorgeous natural foliage and temperate weather conditions. In some locations, the weather is still sufficiently warm enough for an outdoor wedding, and the naturally beautiful seasonal changes and family-oriented holidays provide many points from which to draw inspiration for planning your special day.

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Harvest/Seasonal Menu

Fall's food bounty is one of the most celebrated aspects of the season, and October is an ideal time to take advantage of the harvest. You can design your menu based on local and seasonal items, making the dishes not only distinctive but also environmentally friendly and responsible. Adding warm spices such as cinnamon, ginger and pepper will give your food a characteristically fall touch. Taking advantage of produce that is only available during this time is another way of using the season as a point of inspiration. Especially seasonal is having pumpkin and apple in your wedding menu. These two very versatile ingredients can be used in a variety of savoury and sweet dishes, including cakes and stews, and as accompaniments to roasted meats.

Fall Color Theme

One of the most iconic characteristics of fall is the beautiful changes in foliage colours. The combination of crisp fresh air and brightly coloured leaves is intoxicating and romantic. Often, the weather in October is still sufficiently warm for an outdoor or tented wedding. You can hold your wedding outdoors, incorporating the natural beauty of the season and using fall colours as part of your wedding colour palette. Mixing the bright fall colours with white will help them stand out even more. It is also advisable to rent heat lamps for outdoor events regardless of the expected weather, as sudden drops in temperature can occur.

Rustic/Country Theme

A rustic or country theme in your wedding can add a sense of coziness and nostalgia to your special day. Using branches and twigs as part of your wedding decor is a simple and easy way of adding character to the celebration. Including raffia and twigs as part of your decoration for centrepieces is one way of adding a fall element to your wedding. To further emphasise the rustic or country theme, you could also have the wedding take place in an unconventional location, such as a country resort or a farm.


Fall is one of the busiest holiday seasons in the calendar year. By including family-oriented holidays such as Thanksgiving and the religious celebrations, planning your wedding around this season may mean that family and friends can more easily fit your wedding into their social calendars. Using the time of year as an inspiration for your wedding menu, you can easily reproduce variations of classic holiday favourites such as roast turkey or blinis and latkes for your wedding reception.

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