Reasons to ‘fall’ in love with the versatility of an Orangery for your autumn wedding

One of the most important aspects of any wedding is choosing the right venue.  A venue that reflects not only your personalities but enables you to realise your aspirations and one that fully embraces your chosen season. 

It can be notoriously difficult to find a wedding venue, especially if want a venue that:

Therefore, wedding venues with orangeries are becoming increasingly popular for couples who want to marry and hold their wedding receptions in light and bright spaces.  Why, because they create a new sense of space bridging the gap between the inside and the outside.  They enable you to enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of the indoors, as they enable you to dine ‘alfresco’ at any time of the year.  

Garden rooms fit perfectly with modern couples who love the concept of everything all under one room, a space that is flexible but importantly surrounded by nature and sunlight.   

What are the key benefits of an Orangery for an Autumn wedding?

The key benefits of booking an Orangery for an Autumn wedding (September, October and November) is that they allow you and your guests to enjoy the gardens or simply enjoy looking up at the stars, no matter the weather.  They enable you to include the natural beauty, peace and serenity of the world in your big day, helping to keep the stress levels down.

So, while summer is considered the ‘high season’ for weddings, as the Virginia Creeper on the former Hunting Lodge ‘turns’ a deep crimson red, more and more couples are saying yes, we do to an Autumn wedding in the purpose-built Orangery here at Hayne House, as this space begs for you to add your magic colourful touch……..

Why are more couples booking autumnal weddings at Hayne House?

On a crisp Autumn day, if like us, you love nothing better than lighting a cosy fire grabbing a cosy blanket and pulling up an armchair to stare out of the window to watch the leaves gracefully falling from the branches, the new purpose-built, contemporary, echo-chic glasshouse is the perfect fit for you.  With the floor to ceiling windows, your guests can sit-down to your delicious seasonally sourced wedding breakfast and between courses, conversation and speeches they can enjoy watching the leaves tumble onto the manicured lawns, whilst you are safe in the knowledge that the luxurious underfloor heating ensures all your guests are, relaxed, cosy and comfortable.

Designed for weddings at any time of the year, the Orangery enables you to find the right balance between an eco-chic modern, design aesthetic and a relaxed country garden space.  It allows tonnes of natural light to flood into the room without the autumn bite following it.  With neutral-coloured walls and minimalist detailing it enables you to embrace and to transform the space, to suit your theme or importantly your seasonal colour palette.

Who is booking Autumn Weddings and why?

While many couples still book summer, the most popular time for weddings, lots of couples are now opting for autumn weddings, preferring the latter crisp days and magical evening light.  These key months (September, October and November) are fast becoming the go-to time of the year for couples to tie the autumnal knot, why, because getting married in the autumn has many advantages, these include (but this list is not exhaustive):

  • Lower Prices – the ‘out of season discounted prices. If you are looking for ways to cut the cost of your wedding you should give some serious consideration to an autumn wedding, especially if you are planning a last-minute wedding
  • Environmentally friendly nuptials – When it comes to eco-friendly venue choices, inevitably it’s better to choose a permanent wedding space, one that retains the heat, rather than a marquee, as unsurprisingly heating a tent will add to your carbon footprint and you won’t be able to hear the speeches unless you turn it off and grab your coat!
  • Keep your floristry costs to a minimum – an autumn wedding allows you to add that seasonal colour and use lots of seasonal foraged foliage (with permission), but without busting your floristry budget (as the flowers should also be sourced locally)
  • A gorgeous setting – if you go for the early part of the autumn one of the biggest advantages is that you can still have an outdoor ceremony (typically, weather permitting until the middle of October).  For an autumn wedding the in abundance, transitional foliage makes a rich, warm and perfect photo backdrop – we can’t wait to see the new pavilion set against the backdrop of the copper beech!
  • No gaps in your guest list – as no one will probably be away on vacation, especially if you aim for October half term, you should get a better response to your RSVPs
  • Hearty autumnal food – you can work with our caterers to make the most of the locally sourced food for your heartier wedding breakfast
  • A stunning colour palette – the beautiful rich autumnal palette inspired by the seasonal leaves and ripened fruit for us would include damson red, mellow yellow, caramel, cool coffee, cinnamon, marsala and rusty, ochre and amber oranges (if you didn’t already know orange really is our favourite colour), to choose from, with accents of gold and soft muted rose, makes it such an atmospheric and romantic season to get married in
  • No need for confetti – why not gather-up leaves on your autumn walk and have a leaf throwing moment of fun, we think this would be a great ‘party moment’ for the children at your wedding and would give your photographer and videographer a very special to capture
  • Lighting – as the light draws in, fairy lights, festoon lighting and flickering candles gives you an exciting and undeniably classic pretty wedding
  • Optional extras – adding a hot welcome drink like a cider toddy or a hot chocolate bar for the evening sounds like heaven to us
  • Party harder – more of your wedding gang will end up on the dance floor as the drawing in of the cooler and cosier nights means you can get the party started sooner
  • Golden hour – with the long shadows for those perfect autumnal shoots. After dinner, you can grab a cashmere pashmina and with your photographer and videographer go out into the 35 acres for your intimate wedding photos so that your photographer can take pictures of you on the woodland walk and they can take advantage of the soft natural light and warm colour temperature just after sunrise and before sunset.  We can hear the leaves crunching underfoot already.

What food would you serve for an Autumn Wedding?

Another joy of booking an autumn wedding at Hayne House is that you get to work directly with our handpicked caterers, Scott Andersons, to curate your locally sourced menu for your wedding reception or evening buffet to really evoke the season.  Being located on the Kent coast and in the ‘Garden of Kent’ in Autumn there is an abundance of fruit and vegetables for the perfect seasonal foodie experience

How would you decorate an Autumn wedding in the Orangery?

Taking the concept of gracefully falling leaves, the soft rich colours and the abundance of ripening fruit associated with harvest time, we would love the opportunity to embrace and decorate the Orangery as a modern harvest-inspired wedding.  For an autumn overall look, feel and vibe, we would include:

  • Autumnal Décor – incorporate nature into your indoor decor by embracing earthy-toned dried seed heads (we can see this coming for 2020/21), incorporating into the wedding party’s bouquets, buttonholes, the new outdoor pavilion and for the tablescapes
  • Chair dressing – for an autumn wedding we would love shimmering chair hoods to give that extra special sparkle to your wedding
  • Fall Cocktails for chilly evenings or your reception drinks – we love the idea of a mix of autumnal coloured Bellini’s that might include orange, blood orange, raspberry, blackberry and cranberry
  • Flatware – use black and gold crockery for a lush, bit of a moody vibe
  • Furniture – hire in dark wooden tables (we love stock) to give a more homely feel
  • Fruit – mix real fruit into the ‘overflowing’ tablescapes, buttery yellow pears and the perfect berries for an al fresco autumn vibe that will be both rich and elegant giving a theatrical feel
  • Glasses – hire in water glasses in deep hues
  • Napkins – hire in coloured autumnal napkins or tie white napkins with vintage velvet and tuck in autumn leaves for your escort cards
  • Pavilion – for the new gazebo and in the Orangery lanterns, to add drama and opulence we would include ‘cascading’ florals and ‘falling’ foliage by hanging chandeliers of naturally coloured leaves and ‘stringed’ florals (Indian style), to bring the autumn into every aspect of your wedding
  • Soup – add a pumpkin or butternut soup
  • Tapering Candles – use autumnal and metallic coloured tapering candles that romantically flicker during dinner – but don’t forget to place them in candle holders to contain the wax
  • Textiles – We would play up on cosy textiles and have light blankets (‘to have and to hold, in case you get cold’) for your guests to grab, as they step out into the evening and wave twinkly sparklers above your heads
  • Trees – place autumnal coloured potted trees behind the top table to give focus and further draw the garden inside – these could be given as gifts at the end of the evening to your nearest and dearest
  • Vintage ribbons – run autumnal vintage ribbons through your hair ready for that golden hour moment with your photographer
  • Wedding cake – for an ultimate four-tiered wedding cake, to make all of your guests happy we would include in descending order a small rich coffee tier with salted caramel buttercream, a tier of maple syrup and cinnamon apple, spiced carrot cake – everyone’s favourite and the largest of the tiers, of course, chocolate and red wine, we think we have just gone to heaven
  • And for you – don’t forget your Weddington’s so you can kick up the leaves for the most fun pictures ever!

If you were thinking of a summer wedding, perhaps it’s time to re-think your date and take your wedding to the next autumnal level! Find out more and get your bespoke quote here.