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How to Plan an Autumn Wedding in Georgia | Pristine Chapel

Autumn is a lovely time of year to get married in Georgia! If you’re planning to have an autumn wedding in the next year or two, you should know how the season might affect your plans.

Weather Is Mild and Dry

Weather in Georgia is cool and relatively dry through much of the autumn. Toward the end of the fall we usually get our first freezes. This can affect your wedding in a variety of ways.


Whereas in summer, brides and grooms do their best to choose clothing that will keep them cool, in fall, clothing choices for wedding parties begin to shift. Consider letting your bridesmaids or groomsmen wear layers. Shawls enable women to wrap up when it’s cold and take off layers when it’s hot. Men can wear vests and jackets and remove outer layers as needed. When shopping for bridesmaid dresses, suits, or a wedding dress, look for outfits that look good in layers.

Outdoor Events

Early in the fall, you’ll want to be prepared for all types of weather, from very warm to very cool. Later in the fall, you’ll need a game plan for potential ice and cold weather.

No matter when you’re getting married, you should always have a plan for rain. Tents can provide shade on hot days and shelter when it rains. Portable exterior heaters provide warmth on cold days. Work with your wedding venue to create a game plan for all possible scenarios.


It’s not hard to get beautiful wedding photographs in the fall! Turning leaves and lots of sunshine make for a wonderful backdrop during pre-wedding photography sessions. Plan to take a lot of outside pictures, but have multiple potential sessions lined up just in case it rains.

Venues Fill Up Fast

Mild weather makes fall a popular time to get married in the Atlanta area, so venues fill up very fast. Weekend slots can be competitive. If you want to have your wedding in the fall, especially if you want a wedding on the weekend, book early. Start looking at least a year in advance. Give yourself even more time if you’re very particular about the date.

Daylight Savings Affects Photographs and Quality of Light

Daylight savings time happens in early November. Once daylight savings time occurs, your daylight hours will be very limited. If you’re worried about photographs and quality of light, plan for an early ceremony and a mid-day party. Work with your photographer to ensure that the quality of light will be acceptable. If you’re having a reception later in the day, plan on using a lot of artificial lighting to keep the party going.

Holiday Decorations Go Up in Late Fall

Many wedding venues will put up holiday decorations starting in the late fall, around Thanksgiving. If you’re trying to save money on your wedding decorations, plan to use the wedding venue’s holiday decorations. Find out what their colors will be in advance so you can match your clothes and flowers to the venue’s decor.

Seasonal Foods Make a Tasty Menu

Fall is a time of harvest and abundance in Georgia. If you’re looking for an appropriate food to make the centerpiece of your catering table, locally grown crops are an excellent choice. Grapes, peaches, apples, melons, and pecans are all excellent locally grown foods that can be used in desserts and entrees. Talk to your caterer to design a menu that incorporates locally grown crops.

Work With Your Wedding Venue

Work with representatives from your wedding venue to plan the perfect event. Your wedding coordinator can help you make decisions that make sense for your wedding.

At Pristine Chapel, we’re happy to answer any questions that you might have about planning a wedding in autumn. Contact us today to find out more about seasonal wedding issues, availability and what we can do to help you.

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