11 Tips for Fall Weddings

Everyone thinks of summer as the time to get married, but wedding bells ring all year round here in Hampton Roads. (Actually, come to think of it, I’ve yet to photograph a wedding where they actually rang church bells!) Since the climate here is (usually) not too extreme, couples can choose to get married in whatever season they please, and fall is becoming increasingly more popular for Virginia weddings! Here are my best tips for your wedding day, season by season!



Embrace the cooler weather and help your wedding guests feel extra cozy! Serve hot cocoa and cider, have a basket of blankets for an outdoor ceremony, and rent heaters or a fire pit.

Know when the fall color is likely to hit the area. Charlottesville leaves change earlier than Richmond. And Hampton Roads trails behind them both, with most of the fall color not showing up until mid-November.

Check what time the sun sets on your wedding day and make sure Daylight Savings doesn't surprise you. This can be the difference between a ceremony at 5:00 and one at 3:00.

Fall is a really popular wedding time in Virginia (contrary to popular belief), so book your vendors early.

Also, be aware of big baseball and football weekends if your guests are big sports fans. Check for the World Series date, where the NFL teams are playing, and what big college games might be going on if you’re close to a college campus. The big game can be distracting to your guests, but it also could greatly affect the local traffic.

Know that fall weather is unpredictable, so be prepared to make last minute adjustments for both cold and hot weather as well as big rain storms.

If you’re having a November wedding, ask your venue when they start putting up their winter and Christmas decorations and whether you’d be allowed to move any of it.

Incorporate natural elements into your décor, like branches, apples, and cranberries. Fall is more than just leaves and pumpkins!

This time of year is perfect for comfort foods. How awesome would a Thanksgiving dinner be?

Have a warm reception space for guests, even if you choose an outdoor ceremony.

If weather is cool, we’ll plan to do family portraits inside to keep your older relatives from getting too cold.