Our Favorite Seasonal Ideas for a Fall Wedding
It's no secret that fall wedding dates have become more popular than ever, and there are plenty of good reasons for that. In addition to mild, predictable weather, a wide variety of in-season flowers, and changing foliage that makes for the perfect photo backdrop, there's also an abundance of autumnal accents that you can use throughout your ceremony and reception.
Those seasonal details just so happen to be some of our favorite aspects of fall weddings. Berry-hued bridesmaids' dresses? Incredibly flattering on every attendant. A lush ceremony arch filled with orange and yellow flowers? Rest assured it will pop in photos. Warm cocktails and a hearty reception meal? Both will be on the menu. And apple cider donuts, pumpkin-flavored treats, and miniature pies for dessert? Guests will be coming back for seconds and thirds.
That's not all. We also found ceremony aisles lined with pampas grass, pumpkin decorations, wedding cakes decorated with seasonal embellishments, and fall-hued reception place settings. Whether you're looking for the perfect finishing touch for your upcoming nuptials or just beginning to plan your fall wedding day, know that there's inspiration here for you.
Click through to see 37 of our favorite seasonal details for a fall wedding.
An arrangement of roses, berries, and dried greens is an ideal way to add a touch of the season to your bridal look. This arrangement, by Jolley's Gift & Floral, did just this for the bride's otherwise classic white wedding dress.
Dessert has never looked better. These mini pies are a great swap for classic wedding cakes. Go with apple and pumpkin varieties to really drive the fall vibe home.
Maple Syrup Favor
Is there a favor more seasonally appropriate than a miniature bottle of maple syrup? Finish yours off with a sweet note of thanks or a tag complete with your monogram, as seen here.
Autumnal Ceremony Arch
What couple doesn't love a ceremony arch? This one, by The Southern Table, got an autumnal upgrade thanks to yellow and orange blooms.
If you're tying the knot during peak foliage season, you're practically required to head outside for portraits. After all, how could you better highlight the season than with a backdrop of changing leaves?
Orange and Yellow Centerpieces
These lush centerpieces filled with orange and yellow ranunculus, berries, and greenery pair perfectly with a rustic wooden table for a fall reception.
Personal Naked Cakes
What's better than one giant wedding cake? Personal wedding cakes for each and every guest. These mini naked varieties, baked by Sweet & Saucy Shop, were covered with a dripping caramel glaze. Don't they look almost too good to eat?
Burgundy Bridesmaids' Dresses
These 'maids look great in their deep burgundy gowns. Dress your attendants in a similar shade for a seasonally-inspired look.
For a favor no one will leave on the table, send guests home with mini bottles of bourbon. The spirit is a fall cocktail staple. You could even invite guests to add it into hot cider served at your after-party.
Woodsy Invitation Suite
Paper Daisies Stationery went all out with the wooden laser-cut tree motif on this couple's invitation suite. A similar look would be perfect for your own save-the-date or invites.
Apple Escort Cards
Is there anything that says "fall" more clearly than a shiny red apple? The seasonal fruits are an unexpected option for a seasonal escort card.
Since foliage is one of the hallmarks of fall, let your guests enjoy it. Set up a lounge beneath a colorful tree or where the changing leaves will be on full display.
Donut-Topped Wedding Cake
This bouquet of roses, ranunculus, greenery, and berries, arranged by April Flowers, celebrates the best of the season. A trailing white ribbon is the perfect finishing touch.
A Warm Welcome
Welcome guests to your autumnal wedding with a gift bag filled with seasonal goodies. Local beer, candy, and other treats will keep guests happy throughout the wedding weekend.
Pumpkin Escort Cards
Pin escort cards to white pumpkins to guide guests to their seats. It's a simple DIY project even the busiest bride and groom can tackle.
Autumnal Aisle Décor
Decorate aisle-facing chairs with sprays of in-season blooms. Dahlias, roses, and seasonal foliage fit the bill.
Seasonal Ceremony Arch
A birch ceremony arch was made all the more fall-inspired with an arrangement of in-seasonal flowers. Dahlias, roses, and foliage made the look pop.
Apple Ceremony Decorations
Bushel baskets filled with shiny red apples can be just as pretty as flowers, as evidenced by this seasonal set up. Use the fall fruits throughout your ceremony and reception for a unique decorative element.
Dahlias are one of the most beloved in-season flowers, so it's only right to take advantage of them in your fall wedding bouquet. This arrangement features the blooms in shades of burgundy and peach.
Pine Cone Pace Cards
These gold-tipped pine cone place cards certainly pop! The subtle metallic detail helps tie the rustic wooden elements together with the vintage-inspired dinnerware.
Swap wedding cake for miniature cider donuts. We promise, there won't be a single one of these sweet treats left at the end of the night.
Deep burgundy blooms are a beautiful addition to a fall wedding. A fall groom would look great with one of these ranunculus and thistle boutonnières.
If you want a classic bouquet that still feels subtly seasonal, look to this pretty example. Majolica spray roses, tuberose, and snapdragons were paired with seasonal foliage in this Sarah Winward arrangement.
Cozy blankets and wraps in autumnal colors or festive flannel prints are the perfect way to keep your guests warm during the ceremony and reception.
Seasonal Naked Cake
Blooming Flour Bakery dreamed up this seasonal unfrosted confection. Bold red peonies, fresh currants, and sliced figs drive the fall vibe home.
Foliage Ceremony Arch
Flower-covered ceremony arches are lovely, but consider using changing foliage and dried flowers instead. This arch, by Greenwood Events, is proof that the finished product will wow on your wedding day.
If you're looking for a signature cocktail for your fall wedding, consider a cider-based concoction. Served hot or cold, apple cider pairs well with everything from bourbon and whiskey to vodka and rum.
You don't need tier upon tier of wedding cake to make a seasonal statement with your dessert. This single-tiered confection, baked by Lux Sucre Desserts, featured a lace-inspired fondant design and a sprinkling of seasonal blooms and foliage on top.
Plaid Invitation Suite
Few patterns speak to the fall season more than plaid, and this invitation suite, created by Amber Moon Design, certainly suggests autumn. Complete with metallic calligraphy, a copper wax seal, a deer illustration, and real pheasant feathers, guests won't be left wondering about the wedding's inspiration.
Pampas Grass Ceremony Aisle
These wispy grasses look great at any time of year, but we love them most in the fall. Line your aisle with arrangements of tall pampas grass for an eye-catching look.
All dessert tables are sure to please, but there's something extra special about an array of mini pies at a fall wedding. Serve a variety of different flavors so guests can indulge in a little bit of everything.
Candy Apple Wedding Favors
Everyone craves a candy (or caramel!) apple during the fall. Wrap up candy-coated fruits for a favor guests will eat right up.
Owl Place Settings
Perfect for a whimsical couple's reception or on a kids' table, this adorable owl dinner plate and twig-inspired flatware set makes a major fall statement.
Deer Cake Topper
Embrace the season through your dessert by opting for a gilded deer topper and the dark layers of cake and frosting.
Pumpkin Place Card
White pumpkins calligraphed with each guest's name are the perfect seasonal swap for traditional place cards.