Plan a Fall Wedding
Looking for fall wedding inspiration? Here are fall wedding ideas to get you started towards planning a autumn themed celebration…
Advice for Fall Weddings
Back to school
This means Friday night football games and scores of other after-school activities - all which may affect the ability of some guests with kids to attend.
Fall weather can be unpredictable: what starts as a sunny warm morning can turn into a brisk chilly evening. Be prepared for both extremes. Have portable heaters available if you’re planning an outdoor fall wedding, and dress the bridal party in layers.
Fall Wedding Ideas & Details
Fall Wedding Invitations & Stationery
- Add a fall motif - such as an acorn, maple leaf, or tree silhouette - to your stationery suite
- Consider color - use paper or inks in traditional fall hues – brown, gold, rust, deep reds, and orange or non-traditional fall wedding colors that speak to the season like eggplant, mustard, gray, and green.
- An added touch - insert a sprinkling of silk fall leaves into each envelope
Fall Wedding Location Tips
- Outside splendor – the season seems to call for an outdoor, rustic setting affording prime leaf peeping views. Some ideas: parks, orchards, vineyards, farms, ranches, barns, mills, or the grounds of an historic inn or mansion.
- Room with a view – if an outdoor setting isn’t an option, find a venue boasting a clear view of the fall foliage or countryside.
Fall Wedding Décor
- Back to nature – use simple fall items throughout the décor to subtly enhance the season’s natural bounty; think purple cabbage, gourds, pumpkins, squash, fall leaves dipped in gold, bales of hay, and jugs of cider.
- Go fall glam – you’re not confined to rustic and casual in the fall. Create a posh autumn ambiance, and drape lush velvet (a traditional fall/winter fabric) in a rich chocolate brown or eggplant throughout your reception space and accent the scene with gold branches, crystal candelabras, and antique stemware.
Fall Wedding Colors
- Adhere to mother nature’s palette – but without being too obvious. Orange, mustard, and deep red are great but pair them with unexpected colors, like gray, coral, and eggplant for a unique look.
- Jewel tones – these rich, interesting twist to the traditional autumn color scheme
- Mix in metallics – gold, copper, bronze – for added pizzazz
Fall Wedding Flowers
- Seasonal blooms – popular fall flowers include anemone, thistle, hypericum, scabiosa, privet berry, mums, sunflowers, garden roses, and seeded eucalyptus. Consult our complete list of fall wedding flowers
- Autumn harvest - add pears, apples, or cranberries to your fall centerpieces
- Natural texture – incorporate leaves, acorns, and wheat
- Creative containers – hollow out pumpkins or use stained wooden boxes, vintage cream cheese boxes, terra cotta pots, or rustic lanterns
- Tossing alternative - have your flower girl toss leaves or acorns or maple leaves instead of flower petals
Fall Wedding Menu
- Traditional favorites – you can’t go wrong with seasonal standbys: turkey, red potatoes, corn bread dressing, green beans, and honey glazed carrots.
- Family style – re-create a traditional thanksgiving feast by incorporating your family recipes into your wedding menu and serving the meal family style (if your guest list is small).
- Hearty proteins - Choose a hearty meat that will pair with heavier side dishes – turkey, roasted quail, rib roast
- Keep it elegant – you can serve traditional fare in sophisticated, creative ways – present soup or veggie puree in mini shot classes or hallowed out gourds, or warm apple cider in glass mugs with cinnamon sticks.
Fall Wedding Cakes
- Go pumpkin – round out a fall feast with a pumpkin cake or even a tiered pumpkin pie
- Consider chocolate – serve a hearty, rich flourless chocolate cake covered in a dark chocolate ganache
- Hearty dessert – the texture of carrot cake is reminiscent of the season
Fall Wedding Attire
- For the Bride
- Off white – cream, off-white, or even beige wedding gowns accent a richer color palette
- Lace up – antique or vintage lace adds texture to a rustic setting
- For the ‘maids – think jewel tones. your bridesmaids will look stunning in deep purple, mustard, or jade green gowns made of rich fabrics like lace or velvet
- Keep them comfortable – be prepared for chilly or warm temps. Strapless dresses should include wraps, capelets, or stoles
Fall Wedding Favors
- Make it – homemade goodies like candy apples, sugar cookies, fudge, or jams presented in festive packaging always go over well
- Bag it – fill mini burlap bags with candy, herbs, bulbs, or any treat you desire. Tie them off with ribbon or baker’s twine, and a label with your monogram
- Pour it – miniature bottles of maple syrup are a sweet treat
- Fill it – miniature wood crates lined with straw and filled with goodies are a rustic touch
Fall Wedding Exit
- Hay ride – ride off into the sunset on the back of a hay wagon, or invite the whole group to take a hay ride back to the hotel
- Horseback – make sure you practice!
- Vintage Truck – ‘cause you’re a down home couple at heart