“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”
– Emily Brontë
It’s fall in Florida, so forget those June bride clichés. There’s no better time to enter into wedded bliss than the beautiful autumn season. We’ve got a few tips to help you plan your special day in Tampa Bay. From the perfect décor to the best Tampa wedding car limo, we’ve got you covered. Read on to learn more!
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We cannot stress enough the importance of making a reservation early. Tampa Bay is a busy area with lots of people and lots going on, year-round. Fall is an especially busy time for Tampa events.
With the holidays and sports seasons, everyone is looking for somewhere to party. Venues and limo transportation need to be reserved well in advance to guarantee the options that you want.
Good Timing is Essential, What Autumn Brings
The autumn months (Late September – Mid December) bring optimal outdoor wedding temperatures. Florida winters aren’t frigid, but they do get a bit chilly. Summer is much too hot and humid.
- During the fall, average temperatures range from low-60s to mid-80s.
When fall kicks off in September, the rainy season is just coming to an end. Though it’s said that rain is good luck on your wedding day, you don’t necessarily want it to happen.
From October through December, the Tampa area typically gets fewer than five rainy days each month.
Good Hair Days
Less rain and lower humidity mean better odds that your hair will keep its style all day.
Less frizz and fewer hair products make for better pictures and greater comfort.
Placement Makes Perfect: What’s Your Theme?
New colors enter the playing field with the seasonal changes.
◦ The leaves change from green to reds, yellows, and browns.
◦ Seasonal fruits and veggies come in darker colors like oranges and deep purples.
◦ The bright whites of other seasons transition into creams or soft beiges and tans.
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Autumn is the harvest time and seasonal décor tends to reflect that. You can decorate with rustic flair using gourds, hay bales, and even burlap.
Cornucopias—a traditional symbol of abundance—make great centerpieces. They look great and can double as a symbol of your overflowing love, in your marriage and for your guests.
‘Tis the season for apple-picking and pumpkin spice. As the seasons change, so do the tastes and smells of nature. Why not incorporate some fall favorites into your menu?
Consider these fun ideas:
▪ Sweet treats – Caramel or candy apples, apple pie, baked cinnamon apples
▪ Pumpkin spice – Lattes, cupcakes, pumpkin pie
▪ Party games – Bobbing for apples, Pumpkin carving or painting
Where Will You Be?
Set the scene to reflect the feel and vibe for your special day.
Indoor ceremonies can be warm and cozy.
Outdoor settings will be more comfortable now than any other time of year.
Be sure to also take into consideration the unpredictable, like visiting animals or wind conditions, too.
Avoid throwing rice, as it endangers birds and other wildlife.
Lightweight decorations will need to be weighed down if it gets windy out.
Of course, there will be lots of professional photos taken during the ceremony. Your guests will likely want to take photos of their own, too. Consider destinations that provide good backdrops for both seasoned and novice photographers.
Venues along the Tampa Riverwalk will give your photographers and guests nice views.
Later in the year, the best Tampa beaches will have less traffic. If you’re planning a beach wedding, the fall may be a good time to stake out an area all to yourself.
Take care not to overlook this important piece in planning…
The bride and groom often have limousine service to and/or from the ceremony. They may arrive together or separately, depending on your traditions and the type of entrance you want to make.
Consider a Tampa wedding car limo for other important people for the service, too. You don’t want key family members lost or arriving late. That also goes for the wedding party.
- You may have already planned to book a Tampa party bus for the bachelor and bachelorette parties. The party bus rental is also a great way to ensure that your bridesmaids and groomsmen arrive together and on time.
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Who Will Be There?
The size of your guest list goes a long way to determine the venue.
An outdoor wedding with a small turnout can be held in a backyard or park.
Larger crowds will need much more space and will require reservations farther in advance. The same goes for indoor venues, as well.
When Do the Festivities Take Place?
Daytime weddings in Florida get a little uncomfortable during much of the year. The cooler temperatures, lower chance of rain, and lower humidity make fall the perfect time for outdoor daytime weddings.
Nighttime ceremonies can be held outdoors most of the year, but can draw unwanted pests during steamier months. Fall nights can get a little chilly, so plan to bundle up or consider moving the reception inside.
Tis The Season
It may sound counterproductive, but planning a wedding around the fall holidays could work in your favor.
People are often traveling this time of year anyway. Planning your ceremony during common travel times may help guests who wouldn’t be able to make multiple trips.
The deal gets even sweeter when you can bundle a family vacation into the festivities. Before the ceremony (or while you’re away on your honeymoon) friends and family can explore the Tampa area.
With Busch Gardens Tampa Bay nearby and other Tampa events, there will be something to keep everyone entertained.
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