10 Cozy Ideas for a Fall Wedding
While dressing your bridesmaids in snuggies is not an option for your wedding, there are a bunch of other ways to give your cold-weather wedding that cozy, flannel pajamas, and hot chocolate feel for your big day. If you're looking for ways to inject touches of warmth to a wedding, consider working with soft, textured materials like yarn, feathers, and velvet. And whatever you do—don't forget the whiskey! Here, 10 simple ways to bring "something cozy" to your big day.
The Coziest Material
There is nothing cozier than fluffy yarn. The homespun staple has upped its game lately with a variety of textures, widths, and color combinations. Use it to tie around favors or string up escort cards. Our go-to source for chic yarn (yes, chic) is cult favorite shop Purl Soho.
À la Carte
Champagne is practically synonymous with celebrating. Create a cozy Champagne bar by adorning a wheeled cart or stationary bar with a bountiful in season garland. Florist Jackie Reisenauer of Minneapolis' Munster Rose created this with privet berries, bay leaves, and kumquats. Winter wedding? Use amaryllis, anemones, paperwhites, seeded eucalyptus, stephanotis, or tulips. As Reisenauer points out "it's very affordable, relying only on foliage and fruit."
Fur Shoe Clips
Give neutral shoes a fuzzy DIY embellishment with fox fur pom-poms. They can be removed after any party, although we highly doubt anyone will want to!
Warm Up with Whiskey
Everyone wins when you DIY a drinks station. Try this set up for an intimate wedding or rehearsal dinner. Choose a few liquors and suggest pairings for a fuss-free bar or have a signature cocktail premixed. Warm up cold hands at a fall wedding with warm cider, hot toddies, Irish coffee, or hot buttered rum. This couple included Irish whiskey, a nod to the groom's heritage. Cold hands, warm heart? No thanks.
Velvet is equal parts cool and cozy. Send guests home with a pine-filled sachet. To make one, cut two 4-by-5 inch rectangles with pinking shears and sew three sides. Fill with balsam, stitch shut, and bind with a bow.
Velvet Ring Pillow
Even Palm Springs gets chilly in the evenings. Edyta and Jared collected blankets to toss over the backs of their thrifted and vintage chairs to keep their guests cozy at their alfresco wedding feast. Blankets can be rented (we love Splendor for Your Guests) or collected over time. Stitch on a monogram or the date, and you'll be able to cozy up at home long after the wedding.
A Slice of Spice
Use spice to heat things up at a cozy fall wedding. Pair sugar and spice with the appropriately named True Love Cake—its two key ingredients are sugar and cardamon—a traditional confection at many Sri Lankan weddings. Baker Samantha Seneviratne offers her own version of the traditional Sri Lankan confection in her book, The New Sugar and Spice. "The dense crumb and chewy edges remind me of something that would happen if a butter cake and a blondie had a baby," she writes, "a pleasingly crunchy, tender, and sweet love child." Serve it post-dinner with bourbon-spiked Ceylon tea.
Feathers—on dresses, bags, shoes, and more—were all over the fall runways. And we can see why: Feathers add soft cozy texture to a fall wedding. Let plumes take flight at your celebration with this super-simple idea, made with offerings from The Feather Place and good ol' glue.
These pheasant feathers are available as a trim! Just hot-glue a length onto a ribbon and you've fashioned a flower-girl belt ($27/6 yds). The same technique works on clothes, too. Use leather glue and trims (from top: 4 1/2-by-5-inch partridge pads, $30.50/dozen; duck pointers trim, $27/6 yds).
Slice of Heaven
Pie, anyone? This bride's family made 30 of them, including blueberry-cream and peach. For a local wedding, asking family members and close friends to bring a pie for the wedding dessert is sure to also bring one the warm fuzzy feelings. If Aunt Kathy doesn't have a go-to flavor, might we suggest a pumpkin pie for the ultimate fall treat?