Autumn Wedding ideas to Fall in love with

Autumn Wedding Ideas

to fall in love with

Autumn Wedding Ideas

to fall in love with

the Lake District : A perfect location for inspiring autumn wedding ideas

Autumn in the Lake District is breathtakingly beautiful. It’s the perfect location for an autumnal wedding! The colours, landscape, and weather are a constant source of inspiration to artists, poets, adventurers… and wedding planners! It’s one of our favourite times of year at Cote How, and September and October are particularly special. In this blog, we’ll share some of our favourite autumn wedding ideas to inspire you too…happy planning!

A groom holds an umbrella over his bride on an autumn day

How do you know if an Autumn wedding is for you?

Are you the kind of couple who enjoy the summer, but secretly can’t wait for the nights to start drawing in? Do you love a snuggly jumper and woolly socks, or a hot chocolate by a cosy fireside? Does the smell of woodsmoke create a sense of excitement, like a child on bonfire night? If so, then an Autumn wedding would probably be your dream. Read on for autumn wedding ideas you can fall in love with…

Cote How Lake District Wedding Venue in Autumn
A bride and groom walk hand in hand at their Autumn wedding
A bride and groom embrace on the shores of Rydal water in Autumn

Naturally inspiring

Can you remember collecting leaves, acorns, and other natural treasures for a school nature table? Subtle references to seasonal changes, such as leaf motifs, are an elegant choice for invitations, wedding veils, or accessories. Around Cote How there are hand-painted flora, foilage and trees to reflect the natural world around us. Chestnut-coloured, polished wooden ring boxes remind us of the joy of collecting conkers in an ancient woodland. A harvest-themed ‘montage’ (think pumpkins and berries) creates a nostalgic display for wedding accessories.

A newly married couple stand in the doorway of a Lakeland Barn in Autumn
Guests thrown confetti over a bride and groom with an Autumn view of the fells beyond

Scents and sensibility

Nothing evokes a feeling more than a scent or fragrance. Autumn is associated with a variety of warm, comforting, and earthy scents. The smell of woodsmoke creates a cosy feeling of ‘home’. Cedar reminds us of autumn forests, whereas apple and cranberry are harvest fragrances. Often blended with vanilla or jasmine for a sweet comforting aroma, autumnal-scented candles are  the perfect wedding favour. Our homemade Cote How scented candles are fragranced with blueberry, found growing wild on the fells in early September.

Cote How Scented Candles
Cote how through the autumn leaves

Pumpkin Spice and all things nice

Wedding cakes are a sweet and delicious treat that can be tailored to suit an autumn wedding. Try a rustic, semi-naked sponge flavoured with orange or blueberry. Pumpkin, carrot and ginger are other autumnal flavours for a taste of the countryside. The Lake District is famous for its Grasmere gingerbread, a tasty wedding favour to gift to your autumn wedding guests.

Buttercream semi-naked wedding cake on log cake stand in rustic lakeland barn
Bride and Groom celebrating after tying the knot at Cote How in the Lakes

A celebratory toast for autumnal celebrations

As the days grow shorter and the nights draw in, we love to welcome our guests with a warming, spiced cocktail. Ruby red and crimson orange drinks served by the fireside guard against the autumn nip in the air and make guests feel at home. A visit to one of Cumbria’s artisan, local distilleries is a great way to bond with bridesmaids and groomsmen. Or why not try an autumn foraging experience? A great idea for any lake lovers.

Wedding Arrival Drinks - Pimms Cocktails

Perfect Photo opportunities

Autumn is a photographer’s dream. Golden light, ever-changing skies and the vibrant colour of fells and foilage create a stunning backdrop for wedding portraits. A pre-wedding shoot on a woodland walk, kicking up the fallen leaves hand in hand, is wildly romantic. 

Bride in white wedding dress dancing by Rydal Water in Autumn
Wedding couple in the autumnal sun

Colour me Happpy

Autumn colours inspire memorable wedding ideas and details. Choose suits and wedding gowns in colours found on the hillsides and in the forests as summer fades. What could be better than marrying your best friend and soul mate, in a blaze of autumn colour, then retiring to toast marshmallows on an open fire or sink into a hot-tub under the stars? An autumn wedding in the Lake District is a glorious package, wrapped in a warm hug and tied with a golden bow. It really is no surprise that Wordsworth called it, “The loveliest spot that man hath found.”

thank you... and further reading

If you are a regular wedding supplier here at Cote How and would like to contribute to our wonderful wedding blog, please get in touch. To find out more about how to get married in South Lakeland, contact Westmorland & Furness Registry Office. Special thanks to the wonderful photographers who’ve shared their work, Claire Gelderd, Jo Greenfield, Tiree Dawson and Dean Hindmarsh. 

A view of Rydal Water and boathouse in Autumn with red and gold trees reflected in the lake


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Autumn Wedding Ideas - Bride and Froom dancing on the edges of Rydal Water

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