Throw A Fall-Inspired Southern Bridal Brunch

Wedding season is in full force and here at Southern Living, we couldn’t be more thrilled. We’ll be bringing you weekly wedding-related posts—DIY ideas, etiquette tips, real weddings and more. This week, we’re collaborating with internationally recognized event planner Sofia Crokos of Sofia Crokos Events, who's bringing her expert insight on hosting a fall-inspired Southern bridal brunch.

Although the summer wedding season has come to a close, we're welcoming in the beautiful colors of fall. Whether you're the maid of honor, the mother-of-the-bride, or the bride-to-be, throwing a bridal brunch can be an overwhelming task. Here are five tips for hosting the perfect event.

1. Mix-and-Match Patterns This fall's wedding trends are all about romance and glamour. Try adding luxurious fabrics to your tabletops, like velvet and lace, as well as bold interior-inspired prints. Don't be afraid to mix and match patterns and textures. Or, add a feminine touch with some sparkle. Rose gold or copper rimmed glasses, shimmery chargers, and jewelry-inspired napkin rings are all simple ways to achieve a glamorous tablescape.

2. Highlight Fresh Fall Colors Play up rich fall colors in your floral arrangements. Choose cranberry, bordeaux, or persimmon for your blooms. For a pop of metallic glitz, try painting a few leafy sprigs with gold or copper paint and adding them into your centerpieces. For a more natural look, work in fresh autumnal fruits and vegetables, like pomegranates and artichokes.

3. Drink Outside The Box Look beyond traditional fall pumpkin and apple into other yummy seasonal flavors that autumn has to offer. Start your brunch with a bubbly Pomegranate Champagne cocktail garnished with pomegranate seeds and rock candy. Offer a signature drink with seasonal flavors, such as a Pear & Cranberry Bellini, Ginger Fizz, or Fig & Thyme cocktail. For the non-alcoholic option, complete your Southern bridal brunch with some refreshing sweet tea.

4. Play Up Harvest Flavors Serve a combination of sweet and savory foods at your bridal brunch to satisfy any palette. Embrace harvest flavors with dishes that include ingredients like sweet potatoes, pecans, kale, fennel, pumpkin, or butternut squash. For a fun brunch 'dessert', round out your spread with mini sugared beignets. Enjoy them as-is or pair with melted chocolate, caramel, or seasonal fruit.

5. Add A Splash of Tradition Work a Cake Pull into your bridal brunch. Not only is this classic Southern tradition a fun brunch activity, guests also receive a take-home memento. A variety of charms attached to ribbons are hidden between the layers of a cake. At the bridal shower, each party guest pulls out a ribbon. The charm supposedly foretells her/his fortune, such as a horseshoe for good luck or a flower signifying a blossoming relationship. Customize your Cake Pull by mixing in modern charms with the traditional ones, or by using ribbon that matches the brunch's color scheme.

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