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Try to estimate the weather, but also have a back-up plan.

Like spring, fall is a season with rapid changes in weather. One week it still feels like the dead of summer, and the next you are frantically digging your wool sweaters out of storage. Look over the last few years' local weather trends (particularly if you don't live in your wedding location) and try to estimate what the weather might be like at your event. However, as with any season, back-up plans when planning a fall wedding are wise. If you want your wedding ceremony outdoors, make sure that you have a contingency location in case a sudden storm hits.

Layer your look and your bridal party looks.

In early fall, the weather will still be warm during the day, but as the sun sets, it will cool off quickly. The smartest plan is to incorporate cute toppers and layers into your looks. From cozy wraps to faux fur shrugs, there is a cover-up out there to match any bridal or bridesmaid dress.

Find venues with both indoor and outdoor spaces.

It's a shame to miss the magic of a cool, clear evening at a fall wedding. If you can, find a venue that will allow you to use both indoor and outdoor spaces. Keep warm around fires, and serve lots of hot cocoa to get everyone into a festive fall spirit! Reserve the inside for dinner and dancing.

Select a color palette that you love, and that goes well with the season.

Planning a fall wedding isn't just about the traditional orange and brown color palettes. From glam garnets and sapphires to creamy earth tones, the latest in fall wedding color palettes are spectacularly diverse. Find one that works well into your vision and how you interpret the season.

Plan a wedding menu that emphasizes fall flavors.

Favorite fall foods are generally more flavorful and decadent than what you would plan for a hot summer event. From pumpkin spice everything to sticky caramel apples, have fun celebrating the season with an eclectic menu.