7 Tips For Planning the Perfect Fall Wedding in Connecticut

1. Plan a Harvest-Happy Menu

Find inspiration in Thanksgiving palate-pleasers and put together a menu full of fall fare fixin’s like turkey, mashed potatoes, and corn. Our very own Morgan’s Restaurant also serves up a superb specialty pumpkin and roasted chestnut soup, along with fresh root vegetables, roasted chicken, and braised local short ribs. Don’t forget to top it off with some pumpkin pie or caramel-dipped apples!

2. Have Apple Cider At The Ready

Nothing hits the spot and warms the soul on a brisk fall day like some hot apple cider. When your guests walk up to your venue and see some white steam rising from everyone’s mugs, you can count on seeing smiles within seconds.

3. Decorate For Fall, But Don’t Overdo It

Autumn wildflowers as centerpieces, pine cones as place markers, cakes adorned with dahlias… the ways to spice up your space are as plentiful as a Thanksgiving harvest. Don’t get too carried away, however — by mid-to-late October, nature will have already done most of the decorating for your fall wedding in Connecticut.

4. Keep Guests (And Yourselves) Nice and Warm

Let’s face it: fall weather can be pretty unpredictable. If you’re worried about your guests being too chilly to celebrate, take a tip or two from our favorite ways to keep warm at Interlaken. Convene in a rustic, spacious, and (of course) heated indoor gathering space, gather ’round a beautiful lakeside bonfire, and retire to a cozy countryside cabin at night.

5. Stock Up On Seasonal Stationery

Why whip out plain white note cards during a season saturated with colors and spices? Apple or leaf-shaped invitations and seating cards will direct people to the right spot while stirring some excitement and giving your guests a taste of your fall fondness.

6. Use Nature’s Backdrop To Your Advantage

Pick out your top spots for photo-ops ahead of time and focus on picture-perfect fall backdrops. Classic corners for autumnal Kodak moments here at Interlaken include wooded paths, countryside gardens filled with late-season flora, and of course, our pristine lakefront complete with rugged mountains in the distance.

7. Get Creative With Fall-Inspired Wedding Favors

The number of ways to thread fall nuances into your wedding arrangements is endless. We’ve seen couples craft candle holders made of wood, liven up their linens with fallen leaves, and name their tables after native trees (Maple, Oak, Spruce, etc.). Make it a mission to combine the spice of fall with the spice of your own tastes and personality.

When planning your special day, feel free to bounce some ideas off our crew here at Interlaken Inn — we know a thing or two about fall weddings in Connecticut (including how magical it is to see it off with a horse-drawn hayride).

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