With summer coming to an end and a chill in the air, that can only mean one thing: fall weddings in New England are right around the corner. One of the most beautiful times of the year in our area is none other than the fall! With beautiful colors creating a stunning backdrop, there is a reason why this season is always the most popular time for couples to say “I do.”
Our Favorite Things About Fall Weddings in New England
Considering a fall wedding date? We asked a few of our wedding venues’ staff members what they love about fall weddings in New England.
Planning and Production Manager Hillary loves when her couples incorporate fall details into their weddings:
“My favorite thing about fall weddings are the fun details couples can incorporate from cozy blanket throws for guests during the ceremony, to candy apple favors, and white pumpkins for décor. I also love photos with fall foliage. Saphire Estate, The Villa, and Avenir are beautiful for photos as trees surround us.”
Sales Manager Kristen says, “I’m all about our hot apple cider as a welcome beverage and fall foliage for gorgeous picture backdrops!”
Senior Event Producer, Emma says, “my favorite thing about fall weddings in New England is the outdoor ceremonies with the foliage as a backdrop! There is something about those ceremonies that still always gets me! I also love the different elements couples will bring in from flowers to blanket stations, to caramel apples for favors. Fall in New England is the PERFECT time for a wedding!”
Sales Coordinator, Madison says, “I’ve always loved fall and what it brings to weddings is something truly special! Of course, you have the trees changing and the seasonal flavors (hello pumpkin spice!), but there is something about the crisp air that creates this sense of warmth to the event that is very inviting and romantic.”
Three Fall Wedding Venues in Massachusetts
Among our three venues—Saphire Estate, The Villa, and Avenir—we pride ourselves in maintaining fresh, well-appointed, and up-to-date surroundings. No matter what time of year it is, we keep all of our properties meticulously landscaped to coordinate with our venues’ natural beauty. Read on to find your favorite venue for your fall wedding!
Saphire Event Group’s Avenir in Walpole, MA, is the perfect wedding venue for a relaxed fall wedding. The one-event-at-a-time, expansive space features a neutral color palette of black, white, and gray with lots of metallic and crystal accents throughout, making it an ideal backdrop to add pops of fall colors.
You have options to exchange vows al fresco surrounded by beautiful seasonal landscaping and lush forest. Or, choose indoors in our space richly appointed with textured wallpaper, Chiavari chairs, and a lovely, fabric-draped arbor. The indoor/outdoor availability is just one of the many significant perks of hosting a fall wedding at this venue.
Modern amenities and sparkling chandeliers make Avenir pop. This venue on Boston’s South Shore has everything you need to set the stage for your big day with white Chiavari chairs and glamorous light fixtures. The ballroom even features a large white mother-of-pearl dance floor that you and your friends can dance all night long!
Saphire Estate is a classic estate venue that sits atop Lake Massapoag in Sharon, MA, serving couples on the South Shore for more than forty years. Known for having a variety of gorgeous photo locations, this property screams fall with all the formal outdoor shots you always wanted!
The main ballroom and the separate cocktail space feature cozy stone-accented fireplaces (because who doesn’t love cozying up with their loved one next to a fire?).
This beautiful space provides the perfect backdrop for a stunning indoor wedding ceremony. A brand-new heated covered walkway allows your guests to travel from the main property to the cocktail space with ease and minimal autumn chill.
With not one but three spaces to choose from, The Villa in East Bridgewater, MA, has all the options you could ever need for your fall wedding.
The Madera Ballroom exudes rustic elegance with a white shiplap ceiling and dark wood exposed beams, capped off by stunning fireplaces at either end of the room. To see more for yourself, check out Lacie & Paul’s beautifully festive late November wedding in the Madera Ballroom!
If a contemporary chic space is more your style, the Grand Ballroom features a gold-accented ceiling, sparkling chandeliers, and opalescent walls. The main focal point in this space is the fourteen-foot linear fireplace, which will have your guests feel glam and cozy all at the same time. Need proof? You’ll love Jocelyn & Brooke’s brewery inspired fall wedding in the Grand Ballroom, complete with all the donuts and beer you can imagine!
Ensconced by a posh garden and breathtaking grounds, The Tent is the ultimate outdoor space for a romantic fall evening under the stars. You and your guests can enjoy cocktails al fresco by the crackling fire pit and cozy seating area on the Tent’s outskirts, then tear up the dance floor under the dramatically backlit draped ceiling with chic chandeliers and twinkling lights. Check out Ashley & Dan’s fall outdoor Tent wedding here.
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Options
Outdoor fall ceremonies can be so romantic, magical, and fabulous! Just imagine getting married with vibrant autumn leaves, stunning floral arrangements, and cool pumpkin decorations. Saphire Event Group properties offer outdoor ceremony spaces that can be decorated to fit your wedding theme.
Adding some leaves and flowers to the beautiful pergolas or lining your aisle with pumpkins will change your outdoor ceremony from wow to jaw-dropping. Fall is the perfect time to use nature’s backdrop to your advantage.
When venue hunting, there are many key factors to consider—what does the ballroom look like? Can it fit all of your guests? Is it within your budget? But another important thing to keep in mind, especially with the fickle New England weather, is that you want your venue’s indoor ceremony option to be as picture-perfect and unique as their outdoor ceremony space.
Be sure to ask about options for taking interior photos if inclement weather makes outdoor pics impossible. Luckily for us, all of the Saphire Event Group properties offer indoor and outdoor ceremony choices that are both functional and visually appealing!
Pros & Cons of Fall Weddings in New England
- Décor is easy but can also be easily differentiated. You can range from rustic and subtle to bright fall colors!
- There are so many great seasonal flavors for cakes and cupcakes
- Favors are easy and fun, ranging from fall candy to caramel apples
- Weather plays a significant role as it can be challenging based on if it is a hot or cold fall
- It is a peak wedding season, so dates book fast, and couples might find that they have other friends and family getting married around the same time. Booking early and sending Save the Dates about a year in advance may avoid issues like this.
FAQs About Fall Weddings
Are fall wedding dates popular in New England?
September through November in New England is one of the most popular times to get married. Couples love fall foliage as it gives some added color to the landscaping. Couples will typically see savings by moving into November, which is still the fall season with foliage but not paying the high premiums.
What are some misconceptions about fall weddings?
A popular misconception for fall weddings would be the foliage. Most people think that if they do an early September wedding, they will get foliage. You will need to go later to get all those beautiful fall colors. Couples also tend to think it’s offseason; however, fall is the most popular time of the year to get married.
How far in advance would I need to book with you for a fall date?
We would recommend planning at least 15 months out to get a fall date. If you plan to have a Saturday evening fall wedding, we recommend at least two years in advance as Saturday evenings are always the first to book.
What do you think about weekday fall weddings?
Weekday weddings are great for savings! Booking a Thursday to a long weekend holiday such as Labor Day, Columbus Day, and even Veteran’s Day are very popular. Holiday Mondays are great too! Couples can do a wedding weekend full of festivities, all leading up to the Monday wedding.
Just think, the fall foliage and gardens will look the same on a Thursday versus a Saturday; nothing changes other than saving a bunch of money!
New England Fall Wedding Photos
Does a fall wedding feel like the perfect fit for you? Contact us today about our fall available dates!
Featured Image: Gregory Hitchcock Photography