By Liz Johnson
With the colorful foliage and perfect temperatures, fall is a popular time for weddings in Montgomery County. For anyone planning to tie the knot this autumn, here are a few fun trends to tap, making for a memorable event.
Outdoor weddings in rustic, barn settings are still popular, although this fall’s trend is to add a bit of polish with fine china or rich fabrics such as velvet. Montco Happening Wedding Venue Finalist Graeme Park in Horsham offers the perfect setting.
With cooler temperatures, fall gowns are featuring long sleeves, cashmere sweaters and two piece ensembles. Also popular this season, a second dress for the reception. For designer gowns at affordable prices, check out Montco Happening Bridal Boutique Winner Le Bella Donna Bridal in Jenkintown.
Gourmet coffee stands and barbecue stations are in favor this fall, which explains why Montco Happening List Wedding Caterer Winner La Prima Catering in Willow Grove has added a special barbecue menu.
The cake..or is it pie?
Statement cakes with dark colored icing are in demand this fall, as are wedding fruit pies. Kriebel’s Custom Bakery in Norristown, which has appeared on Cake War’s, can dish up whatever a bride fancies. The bakery is a Montco Happening List Winner.
Ivy vines, thistle and small leafy twigs are giving bouquets and flower arrangements a whimsical appeal this fall. Wine-colored dahlias and pampas or wheat grass add a touch of grace. Beth Ann’s Flowers in Royersford excels at such arrangements, garnering it Montco Happening List Winner title for Best Wedding Florist.
Another Royal Wedding spillover trend is painted-portrait like photography featuring great lighting and dramatic architectural backdrops or building décor. Montgomery County provides a natural backdrop with so many historical settings. Montco Happenings List Winner for Best Wedding John Kellar Photography in Collegeville captures many of those backdrops in his work.
Invitations on natural paper with water color images or plaid or geometric borders and custom calligraphy are in vogue this fall. Plum, burgundy and copper colors highlight the season. Montco Happening List Winner Stone Hill Paperie in Skippack has a wonderful collection to choose from.
Blackboards as welcome signs at venue entrance or glass in ornate frames with calligraphied cocktail offerings are replacing paper signs at weddings. Montco Happening List Finalist for Antique Shop Nannygoats Antiques in Narberth is a great stop for vintage frames. Nest Home Decor in Oaks, Montco Happening List Home Décor Finalist, is the go-to for anything blackboard sign related.
It’s up to individual taste whether to go with a band or a DJ, but in Montgomery County, musical acts are expected to put on a visual show. That’s why bands such as Where’s Pete Band in North Wales, a Montco Happening List Winner for Favorite Wedding Band, are so popular. They add lighting and props to make the show memorable. DJs such as Montco Happening List Winner Excyte Entertainment in Hatfield will add to the fun with dramatic lighting effects.
This fall’s makeup for brides is more au naturale with hues of browns, champagne and burnt orange tones. Montco Happening List Make-Up Winner Beauty by Victoria C in North Wales customizes its makeup application to bring out a bride’s natural glow.