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The Best Locations for a Fall Wedding

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October 24, 2023
Words by Kinsley Brown
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(Feature image by Gideon Photography)

One of the easiest ways to ensure a stunning wedding backdrop is to choose a location that bursts with natural beauty. And what better time to incorporate nature into your backdrop than fall, when the treeline is set ablaze with red, orange, and gold hues? We asked some wedding experts for their favorite autumnal destinations. If you’re looking for a wedding inspired by fall colors and cozy vibes, these are the places to go.

Berkshires, MA

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“Known for its idyllic charm, the Berkshires offer a quintessential New England experience for fall weddings. It is close to major city hubs but still far enough away that it feels like a quaint New England town. The Berkshires boast rolling hills, historic estates, and charming small towns that come alive with vibrant autumn foliage. Couples can celebrate their special day in elegant barns, historic inns, or stunning mansions amidst the beautiful landscapes. The local arts scene, including theaters and galleries, adds a touch of cultural richness to the celebration.” – Jackie Watson, ​​Jaclyn Watson Events

Photo by Aleksandr Verbetsky

Boston, MA

“Typically, I wouldn’t think of a city for a destination to see autumn foliage but don’t rule out Boston. The city is full of established hardwoods that display myriad fall colors. There are so many places for portraits in the city, like the Brownstones at Beaconhill with treelined streets, one of my favorite spots for a symmetric wedding photo. There are two gardens in the city’s heart with oversized trees that flaunt the bold colors of fall, and of course, the picturesque Charles River, where autumn trees meet the water and the pathways along the river, are great spots for brides and grooms to take portraits.” – Mary Angelini, Key Moment Films 

Newport, RI

Newport is quintessential New England. It’s known for sailing and summer cocktails on the lawn, but do not miss out on fall in Newport. The historic colonial buildings of downtown and streets lined with hardwood trees, some dating back to revolutionary times, brighten the dull autumn sky with brilliant colors. Downtown Newport is where much of the Halloween-themed movie ‘Hocus Pocus 2’ was filmed. The town is an ideal location for a destination wedding, embodying the classic charm of Americana in the fall. Many venues in the area offer views that perfectly complement a destination wedding in the Autumn season.” – Mary Angelini, Key Moment Films 

Richmond, RI

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Located in Richmond, Rhode Island, restauranteurs and foodies can dine at the renowned The Preserve’s Hobbit Houses, lined with hundreds of pumpkins, there is truly nothing like it or more Instagrammable in New England. Friends and family can also reserve time to explore the legendary homes of the Shire folk to capture unforgettable memories and share their mythical experiences on social media.

Vermont

Photo by Celia Kelly Photography

“Vermont’s fall foliage is so special and known for its breathtaking and vibrant colors of the trees and mountains. All the beautiful birch, maple, and oak trees burst into brilliant hues of red, orange, and gold, creating a picturesque and awe-inspiring natural tapestry that draws visitors from around the world to witness the beauty of autumn. The unique combination of clear skies, pops of colors, and charming small towns enhance the experience of having a wedding in Vermont, making it a truly unforgettable seasonal spectacle.” – Jackie Watson, ​​Jaclyn Watson Events

Photo courtesy of The Equinox

With forests covering the surrounding Green Mountains, and the highest percentage of vibrant maple trees anywhere, The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa in Manchester is the perfect getaway to experience the explosion of color once the leaves start to turn. With everything from boating and fly fishing to off-roading excursions and tree-top adventures, The Equinox has fall activities abounding at a picture-perfect convenient location with elegant accommodations and fantastic on-site dining.

New York, NY

Photo by Amy Sims Photography

“Is there anything more magical than New York City in the autumn? From Central Park’s iconic tree-lined walkways to the brisk air on the water in DUMBO, you can’t go wrong tying the knot between October and November in the big apple. The weather’s not too hot and not too cold; it’s perfect for a sweat-free celebration with beautiful fall colors all around you.” – Megan Breukelman, Megan & Kenneth

Whitehouse Station, NJ

 

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Located in rural Hunterdon County in Whitehouse, The Ryland Inn is a long-running culinary and hospitality icon that started as a humble stagecoach stop and developed into one of the country’s founding farm-to-table dining destinations and farmhouse wedding venues. Within the main space, the property’s Grand Ballroom provides the look of refined country elegance, including breathtaking 30-foot windows and a matching stone fireplace are ideal for enjoying a fall wedding vibe.

Elkins Park, PA

Discover the allure of hosting your autumn weddings at Elkins Estate, just a short 40-minute drive from Philadelphia in Elkins Park. This expansive 42-acre estate, boasting seven architecturally captivating buildings and three versatile event spaces, provides an idyllic setting for couples seeking a fall celebration. With over 100 overnight accommodations for wedding guests, Elkins Estate ensures a seamless and memorable experience. Ideal for those desiring a touch of High Renaissance charm, the indoor spaces exude opulence with intricate historic details, dazzling crystal and bronze chandeliers, original marbling, ornate moldings, and sumptuous furnishings, creating a venue that is both lavish and timeless.

Hudson Valley, NY

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“Some of the most picturesque locations for fall weddings can be found in New York. One location is Hudson Valley which has many historical castles where you can have an outdoor wedding. Can be sure there are plenty of unique places to choose from. Hudson Valley in New York also has incredible weather around the first two weeks of October and would make a lovely destination wedding for fall foliage.” – Lilia Shatnaya, Plume and Stone Invitation Studio 

Catskills, NY

Photo by Jessie Casey

“Beyond the Hudson Valley lies the Catskills, a region north of New York City famous for its autumn colors. With peaceful lakes and rolling hills, the Catskills are a dreamy spot to tie the knot.” – Megan Breukelman, Megan & Kenneth

Aspen, CO

Photos by Sarah Roshan

“When fall arrives in Aspen, it’s not just some trees that change color, but all of them. As the town is covered in Aspen trees and the trees act as a single organism, they all change colors together. The mass golden yellow color is just mesmerizing and so rich and beautiful, especially in contrast to the surrounding mountainside and blue sky. And being a destination itself, Aspen makes for a nice getaway for guests to enjoy, whether you’re coming from Denver or elsewhere. And as fall is the low season, it’s both less crowded and less expensive, which makes for a wonderfully private and intimate wedding.” – Jamie Chang, Mango Muse Events

Asheville, NC

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“With its stunning Blue Ridge Mountains backdrop, Asheville offers a picturesque setting for a fall foliage-filled wedding. The vibrant mix of red, orange, and gold leaves, combined with charming rustic venues, creates a romantic and memorable atmosphere. Couples can enjoy local farm-to-table cuisine, explore places like the Biltmore Estate, and experience the region’s arts and culture scene.” – Jackie Watson, ​​Jaclyn Watson Events

Photo courtesy of Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville

Tucked within Asheville, North Carolina’s historic Biltmore Village lives Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville – a Kessler Collection boutique property, just steps away from the famous Biltmore Estate. The Tudor-inspired luxurious hotel hides away along the richness of the Blue Ridge Mountains, making it the perfect destination for an outdoor adventure to see autumn unfold before your eyes.

Park City, UT

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Recognized as ‘America’s favorite mountain town,’ Park City, Utah is the perfect destination for travelers to experience beautifully vibrant leaf-peeping alongside crisp mountain air, exciting seasonal events and ample outdoor recreation. With over 400 miles of open trails, Park City extends a variety of activities on land like horseback riding, hiking and biking – noting, Park City is an IMBA-certified Gold Level mountain biking destination. To add, Blue Ribbon fly fishing along the Provo River or nearby reservoirs provides an immersive experience for guests as they are surrounded by panoramic views of the Wasatch Mountains that radiate green, yellow, orange and red hues of lush foliage. For an aerial view of the mountains, hot air balloon rides can be arranged. As a central location to all of the exciting experiences taking place in Park City this fall, travelers are encouraged to stay with Westgate Park City Resort & Spa which sits at the base of Canyons Village at Park City Mountain, dazzling guests with its stunning and sprawling mountain-scape views. Park City is an ideal destination to visit no matter the time of year, but little do most know, the fall season delivers some tremendous perks – such as lower rates and a higher return on experiences that will certainly ‘peak’ every type of traveler’s interest.

Loire Valley, France

Photo by Hilda Weges

“Fall colors can be found all over France, including Paris, but what makes Loire Valley special are the fall colors amongst all the châteaux. The sprawling estates come with so much history and old-world charm and elegance, which is beautiful to see and experience. But the chateaux set amongst wooded areas bursting with an array of fall colors, contrasting reflective rivers and waters, and a peaceful countryside make for a really special place to gather and celebrate.” – Jamie Chang, Mango Muse Events

Burgundy, France

Photo courtesy of Abbaye de la Bussière

Burgundy, France, sets the stage for an exquisite fall destination wedding with its enchanting vineyards, historic châteaux, and the rich hues of autumn foliage. The rolling hills adorned in shades of burgundy and gold create a picturesque backdrop for your celebration.

Abbaye de la Bussière is a timeless retreat nestled on 17 acres amidst the enchanting autumnal hues of Burgundy. Embrace the allure of fall as you wander through the historic 900-year-old walls of this Cistercian Abbey turned five-star chateau. The beauty of the season is amplified by the lush landscape, ablaze with the vibrant colors of fall foliage.” – Abbaye de la Bussiere Public Relations

The South of Ireland

Photo courtesy of Liss Ard Estate

From the cozy ambiance of traditional Irish pubs to the breathtaking beauty of coastal cliffs, the South of Ireland offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and cultural charm, creating a dreamy setting for your fall celebration.

Liss Ard Estate is nestled within 163 acres of the lush, autumn-kissed landscapes of West Cork, where the culinary delights of Southern Ireland shine brightest. This stately Georgian-style mansion, a recent addition to the prestigious Relais & Châteaux family, embodies the seasonal enchantment of the Irish coast. As the emerald hues of summer fade into the warm tapestry of fall, Liss Ard Estate unveils its true magic. The estate’s natural surroundings transform into a symphony of golden foliage and rustic charm, creating an atmosphere that’s nothing short of magical.” – Liss Ard Estate Public Relations

Whether you prefer the cozy towns of New England, the dramatic landscapes of the Rockies, or the historic châteaux of Europe, there’s a fall wedding destination for every couple’s taste. Just remember to choose a venue that takes full advantage of the stunning views — and preferably one that provides warm beverages to sip while you take those views in!

(About the author: Meghan Ely is the owner of wedding PR and wedding marketing firm OFD Consulting. Ely is a sought-after speaker, adjunct professor in the field of public relations, and a self-professed royal wedding enthusiast.)

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