Crisp fresh air, flaming leaves, and the richness of harvest— these elements are part of the appeal of a fall garden wedding. If you’re planning an autumn wedding on a budget, you’ll need to identify which items are most important. Where should you splurge, and where can you save?
Splurge: The Location
For a beautiful fall garden wedding, you must have a gorgeous garden as the setting. Nanina’s in the Park has some of the most magnificent gardens around, with a myriad of picture-perfect angles and photo op spots. Your wedding ceremony can take place on the lovely lawn, under canopies of fall-colored leaves, surrounded by the beauty and bounty of autumn.
Be sure to set aside about 50% of your wedding budget for any venue you choose. You’ll need to secure it well in advance, since a top wedding venue like Nanina’s in the Park is much in demand.
Save: The Decor
When you have a beautiful venue as your backdrop, you need very little by way of extra decorations. If you’re having a rustic fall garden wedding, many of your decor items can be thrifted, borrowed, or obtained for free. Think apple crates, wooden tubs, wood slices, moss, pine cones, sprays of colorful leaves, and cozy throws.
Splurge: The Menu
Your guests may not remember some of the little decor details that you include in your fall garden wedding, but they will likely remember the food! Humans love to eat, and at big celebrations, they anticipate a delicious spread.
Work with the onsite chefs and specialists at Nanina’s in the Park to ensure that your wedding includes a legendary feast. There’s a delectable regular menu and an over-the-top menu, depending on your budget; and the chefs are happy to offer a variety of choices and accommodate your requests. Ask about the inclusion of fall fruits and vegetables from local farms as part of the bounty.
Save: The Accessories and Extras
There are plenty of small ways to trim the costs for your fall garden wedding. You could skip the veil and opt for a different type of headpiece. Keep the wedding bouquet and centerpieces full of stunning fall blooms, but limit the decorations on the chairs and aisle ends.
Another way to save is to choose a simpler cake with fewer tiers, focusing on the tasty frosting and limiting the amount of unappetizing fondant. To save even more, DIY the table numbers, place cards, and wedding favors rather than ordering them.
Splurge: The Entertainment and Photos
The music is another high-interest item at your wedding, so be sure to carve out a sizable portion of the budget for hiring a top DJ, or maybe even a live band. Assign a significant amount of money to the photography and videography, as well. Those wedding photos and videos encapsulate your memories of the wedding so you can relive it all as often as you want in the future.
When you focus your attention— and your money— on the larger items like venue, food, and entertainment, you’ll enjoy yourself more, and your guests will, too! If you need help making plans for your fall garden wedding, contact the event specialists at Nanina’s in the Park. Not only can we provide tours and show you menus, we have plenty of advice and tips born from years of experience with beautiful fall weddings.