Marry in September’s shine, your living will be rich and fine
If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry
If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember
When December snows fall fast, marry and true love will last.
– English wedding rhyme

As summer slowly gives way to fall with its cooler weather, crisp air and harvest flavors, brides planning fall weddings can easily be swept up by making the most of what the season has to offer by way of colors, textures and motifs. We live for the coziness and familiarity. For this week’s Wedding Wednesday post, we’ll take a look ways to bring autumnal touches and color palette inspiration to your wedding cake. Enjoy!

Think about the iconic flavors of fall: pumpkin, spice, cold-pressed cider. Rich, hearty and exciting to the palate. Instead of a traditional white cake, a cake accented with the the flavors of fall incorporate easily into the theme of your special day. Cinnamon, mace, and ginger are wonderful spices into build into your cake’s flavor profile. A spice cake with blackberry filling and cream cheese frosting? Delicious and memorable.

Color counts, too. Burnt sienna, mahogany and cappucino all accent an ivory buttercream with great bursts of color. It’s easy to overload with the common colors of fall; think hints and accents.

Match your cake to your bouquet. Ask your baker and cake designer to create sugar versions of your fall flowers or “paint” seasonal flower accents on the cake using an edible dye. Fruit and the golden leaves of the fall adorn the tiers of the autumn wedding cake. Anyone who has ever wallked the forest in the autumn months knows of the beautiful golden leaves that crunch underfoot. Dark berries, pine cones and leaves that garnish the fall autumn wedding cake make a beautiful contrast to the fondant cake walls.

Natural elements like acorns and maple leaves made from chocolate, sugar or gum paste have long been used to create a clearly seasonal cake, but the temptation to go overboard is always there. Consider a chocolate cake with an ivory buttercream frosting accented with molded-chocolate acorns or leaves.