Temperatures are dropping, leaves are falling, pumpkin spice is back in stores -- you know what that means right? Fall is finally here! There’s a lot to love about the season, but here at Witt & Co. we’re especially excited about the latest and greatest trends taking over the wedding scenes. Explore the inspiring seasonal ideas that are turning heads!
1. Colors: Burgundy and wine seem to be the color choices taking over weddings this season. These deep, rich colors are a perfect choice to give your wedding a romantic feel. Other notable colors seen this season are plum, mauve, blush, ivory, navy, and other pretty jewel tones. Accent your colors with metallics to add some brightness and depth. Gold is a popular choice, but the hottest pop of color this season seems to be copper.
2. Wedding Attire: Crisp, cool air settles in as temperatures drop. The cold weather not only has brides selecting dresses with long sleeves, but bridesmaids too. Lace is a popular option during this time of the year as well for the elegant, detailed look it gives. Brides are choosing dresses that are a softer white, such as ivory, or even a blush colored dress to stand out against the beautiful fall colors. Let’s not forget about layers! Denim jackets and soft fleece sweaters are perfect for extra warmth. As for the men, they can be seen in any neutral color. Navy and burgundy are the latest fall trend colors for suit jackets. If they’re looking to stand out a little more, they can select a textured jacket or have a pair of suede brown shoes.
3. Desserts: Just as the trees are losing their leaves, the wedding cakes are losing all their extravagant extras. During this season, couples seem to opt for simple, clean cakes with some texture and small bunches of florals. Naked cakes are still very common, but a new version of this cake is taking over as the go-to choice. Translucent cakes are like naked cakes, but instead have a thin veil of frosting covering the layers with just a little bit of the cake showing through. In addition, couples are selecting smaller wedding cakes and adding an additional dessert to serve for guests. Seasonal picks include pies, smore’s, and caramel apples!
4. Drinks: Guests will love the tastes of apple, cinnamon, pumpkin, caramel, and other spiced-infused cocktails. Some crowd-pleasing signature drinks include spiced mulled wine, apple cider hot toddy, pumpkin beer, and caramel apple martinis. Select a drink that you and your significant other with enjoy cuddling up with together!
5. Flowers: Florals are often chosen to match the changing foliage outside. Rich, lush, textured arrangements with bursts of burgundy, red, orange, yellow, and plum are what can be expected. Dahlias are a favorite during the fall season with bouquets as they come in multiple colors such as red, burgundy, orange, and plum. Another popular flower choice is burgundy colored spider mums. Bouquets can be seen wrapped with ribbons, sashes, or textured fabric as well. Incorporating enchanting greens, such as evergreen branches or magnolia leaves, and fun accents, such as small twigs or berries, into floral arrangements adds interest and captures the great outdoors.
6. Favors: Trying to think of the perfect fall favor to gift to your guests? Boxed caramel apples, plaid blankets, caramel popcorn, and hot cocoa mix are just a few of this season’s best favors. If you’re looking to kick your wedding up a notch, you could offer a caramel apple bar or smore’s bar for guests to build their sweet treat themselves to take home!
7. Décor: Having a wedding in fall gives you so many options for beautiful, unique décor. Gourds, pumpkins, and leaves are seasonal favorites for incorporating into your wedding. Dreamy lanterns and candles give a soft, cozy feel whether they’re used as table numbers or hung around the reception. Simply gorgeous!
8. Extras: Still looking for a few more fall wedding ideas? We’ve got you covered. Instead of serving salads before dinner, why not substitute it for soup? Nothing beats a warm bowl of soup on a chilly fall night. If you are having an outdoor wedding, then you may have the option of offering hayrides during cocktail hour for your guests. This is a fun and memorable event to have at a wedding!
Happy fall, y'all!
Caryn and Katie shared part of their wedding week in Vail, CO, just before Labor Day - - At the very same place where they had their first official date! But this wasn't their original plan...
Within about a week during the middle of their planning, Caryn and Katie faced one of the bumpiest roads I've ever encountered during planning a wedding. They had booked a florist that was no longer available. They got news that their officiant might not make it back from the military. They were having trouble connecting with a caterer. AND They would have to start a new search to replace their beloved photography duo in Wisconsin.
So life happens, but these lovely ladies faced it with grace and understanding. We were so, SO glad that we could help smooth things over and we have to thank the unbelievable vendors that came to their rescue for making this one of the most memorable events in the history of weddings!
My husband and I packed up early on Saturday morning after a wedding the night before, and started our trek to the Northwoods.
It was hazy, and a little misty when the sun came up. Then it turned a little rainy on our northward travels. And then it down-poured. (Not like cats and dogs. Like elephants and whales, kind of down-poured!)
So what did we do even though Mother Nature had her own plans?
We rolled with it just like we did while planning the original celebration!
With the help of their A-MAZING friends, we started clearing out the mansion's furniture and hauling in tables and chairs and all sorts of rentals from the rain to create our indoor Plan B.
Turns out, it could not have been a more perfect setting for their tear-inducing vows and ring-warming ceremony, cozy cocktail hour, and candlelit dinner reception.
With strands of bistro lights and dinner tables lined with votive candles, Caryn and Katie walked together into the middle of their guests to exchange their vows on the loft overlooking the first floor. Their rings, tied to a horseshoe, were passed through the circle of guests that surrounded them. A few guests including their parents and most influential people in their lives were asked to help with their vows. This was by far one of the most unforgettable ceremonies I've ever been witness to.
After the ceremony, guests mingled back to the first floor for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, prepared by none-other-than the incredibly talented executive chef, Charles Behrmann. Caryn and Katie had been on the hunt for a caterer but things just weren't working out, when I knew exactly who to call!
Originally they had just talked about having someone other than family on-site to cook some burgers and create a relaxed outdoor dining experience for everyone. But Charlie worked his magic, and came up with the most beautiful spread of appetizers and "fancy" barbecue eats!
While guests enjoyed the bite-sized appetizers, cocktails, and a canoe full of beer downstairs, we busily reset the ceremony into a large community table for dinner. Guests were invited back upstairs with a personalized glass of champagne where they enjoyed a tasty dinner, followed by dessert, dancing, s'more's around the fire outside on the patio, air hockey, yard games, and a photo station in the mansion's private movie theater....this party had everything you could possibly want.
After all was said and done, the planning might not have taken the easiest route, but I truly believe their day turned out better than any of us ever thought possible. And I think they would both agree that sometimes the road less traveled leads to the most beautiful destination!
Caryn and Katie, the two of you have a lifetime of exciting travels and destinations ahead of you, and I for one am so happy that your paths led you to each other. I can't think of a better and more fun-loving couple to live out your grand adventure!
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Synergy Salon and Spa // Hair + Make-up
The Cake Lady // Cake
Charles Behrman, Executive Chef | Catering
Kevin Paris // Live Entertainment
Horants Garden Center | Florals
Oshkosh Event Rental | Rentals
TylerVisions Photography | Photography
Kyle Kadow | Cinematography
Wild Eagle Lodge | Guest Accommodations
Cranberry Castle | Venue
Witt & Co. Events | Wedding Planner
Kristin and Paul... Such a lovely duo!
Read on for just a few of their wedding day details and some stunning photos from Emily Steffen Photography!
They chose to be married and party the August night away at one of the most breath-taking properties I have ever seen, Rondele Ranch in Harshaw, WI! Amidst a sprawling tree line, friends and family watched as Kristin and Paul tied the knot under a traditional white gazebo on the lawn between the property's lodges. (Although their pup and honorary ring bearer, Winston, may have stolen the show!) Oh the little tux, you guys!
A bright white sailcloth tent was brought in and decorated to the nines by Evolutions in Design. They used fresh flowers along with freshly cut tree branches... (Yes, you read that right! Off Randy went into the forest, lumberjack style!) .... and created an elegant garden dining experience. Navy blue table linens grounded the design against the stark white tent and hanging, crystal chandeliers.
The day was captured by both Emily Steffen Photography and videographer friend, Casey Huxtable.
And let me tell you....Guests were treated at literally every corner!
From the comfy cocktail lounge and yard games, to a feast of appetizers between the ceremony and reception. Dinner was impeccably plated by Urban Street Bistro, and a delicious cake was served up for dessert from Sugar 'n Spice Cheesecakes. Later in the night, guests were blown away by an incredible fireworks display, danced the night away with the Michael Walters Orchestra, and indulged in some late night WI comfort foods from the Urban Street Bistro food truck and a gourmet s'mores bar curated by the bride herself!
In return, and as a complete surprise to noone (EXCEPT the Bride and Groom), Kristin's sisters gave the most incredible Maids of Honor speech ever "danced," with a little help from everyone in attendance!
Kaitlyn and Kendra introduced their choreographed moves by telling Paul that Kristin "will always be there for you no matter what, and will support you in everything you do, even if that means showing off some dance moves..."
They danced. The wedding party joined in. And then this magic happened! Enjoy!
It was truly an amazing day with the Hilgemann and Lundine families! And we wish Kristin and Paul nothing but the very best in their many years ahead!
Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Lundine!
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Melody Sopa Artistry // Make-up
Studio 121, Wausau // Hair
Sugar 'n Spice Cheesecakes // Cake
Urban Street Bistro // Catering
Michael Walters Orchestra // Ceremony and Dance Entertainment
Evolutions In Design // Florals & Rentals
Emily Steffen Photography // Photography
Casey Huxtable // Cinematography
A.R.F Pyro & Professional Displays // Fireworks Presentation
Charnecke Tents // Tent
Bee Happy Handlettering // Stationery Lettering
Rondele Ranch // Venue
Witt & Co. Events // Wedding Coordinator
Hi there! I'm Jo, a certified wedding planner and the owner of Witt & Co. Events in Neenah, Wisconsin. I'm a wife to my amazing husband and high school sweetheart Matt, A mama to our sweet little James, (and a Fur-mama to Scarlett and Charlie!)