An autumn wedding is a beautiful occasion. Fading from summer into winter, autumn gives us romantic skies, breathtaking nature and a beautiful colour palette – a total change from the pastel hues of spring or vibrant colour pops of summer.

So how does a bride ‘wear autumn’ well? Here we’ve rounded up a few thoughts to give you some inspiration for your autumn celebration.

To sleeve or not to sleeve…?

Although the sun is still beautifully warm when it peeps out, chilly moments are a definite possibility, so you may decide to opt for a dress with a sleeve to give a bit more warmth. We just adore Amelie from Watter’s Love Marley collection. With its soft draped tulle and romantic lace, this dress is the perfect autumn gown. And its three-quarter length sleeves only add to its beauty, extending the lace detail which balances out the simple skirt. Sleeves can enhance a dress beautifully, but make sure they don’t make it top heavy, or become the overriding feature! Long sleeves mean you’ll need a dipped neckline or simpler detail.

Sheer perfection – the sleeve really adds elegance to this gown

Cover ups

Cape, coat, shrug or bolero, if you’d rather go strapless for the dress, a gorgeous cover up can be your best friend. Whether you want to save the ‘big reveal’, create a layered look or protect your shoulders from the nip in the autumn air, you cannot go wrong with a piece from Lucia Silver’s Adornment collection. Rather than covering up the beautiful gown, these pieces will embellish any outfit – so stunning you may not want to take it off at all! Intricate beading or simply sheer, the right cover up will be your best friend. Make sure you weave it into your plans early on so dress and cover up are completely in tune with each other.

Adorn your shoulders with a stunning drape

Autumn hues

Autumn somehow feels more relaxed – gone is the pressure of a ‘hot summer wedding’ and the more relaxed hues of the season encourage the same in a wedding. Autumn is a transitional season, fusing summer and winter, so if you’re feeling brave, why not go for a ‘fusion’ dress? Ombre or dip dye gowns can be simply breathtaking, and by using your chosen autumn colour palette, you will ensure your husband-to-be (and your guests) cannot take their eyes off you all day. We have fallen in love with this airbrushed hemline – its bold, striking colours and gorgeous detail are simply to dye for!

Ombre to dye for

Bohemian style

It’s never the wrong season for a dramatic showstopper, and autumn lends itself to the on trend bohemian style. Slightly more relaxed and quirky, you are free to express yourself with a theatrical number if you wish! Why not go for something a bit different? This Galia Lahav ticks all the boxes with its tumble down straps, intricate embroidered lace bodice and billowing tulle layers mirroring the seasonal falling leaves.

And why not mix it up – forego the traditional veil and choose a striking tiara – we think this one is the perfect accompaniment to complete the bohemian look. Teamed with tousled curls and stunning accessories, you will simply glow with autumnal radiance.

Cinderella meets boho

Mirror the changing season

Crunching leaves underfoot and a low sun peeking over the rusting trees embodies the atmosphere of the change in season. Just enough warmth in the air to remind us of the summer and gently turning leaves still clinging to the trees.

A perfect way to take a nod to summer is to team up a floating layered skirt with a strapless bodice featuring a lace overlay. Reminiscent of warmer summer months whilst giving a bit more cover, we love this Caroline Castigliano gown for a wedding in this transitional season. The unstructured hemline dances around the feet, reminding us of kicking up leaves and the scalloped bodice edge and lace detail give a beautiful natural flair to this soft, elegant gown.

Caroline Castigliano’s ‘Beloved’ gown – natural, elegant beauty

We think autumn is a very special season to choose for a wedding. There are so many gorgeous colours, tones and hues, echoed in nature and creating a beautiful atmosphere. Whatever choices you make for an autumn wedding, with a sprinkling of autumnal magic, you’re sure to have the perfect day.