58 Genius Fall Wedding Ideas
Fall comes with cool, crisp weather and gorgeous foliage—the perfect recipe for a seasonal wedding. Autumn does more than set a pretty scene, though. It's signature spices lend themselves to delicious cocktails, it's muted, earthy color schemes make for stunning paper goods and fashions, and it's signature fruits (think apples and pumpkins) make for the sweetest décor. Ultimately, if you're trying to decide when to host your wedding, you can't go wrong with September, October, or November.
Here, you'll find a broad range of ideas—from weddings cakes to place cards—perfect for virtually any type of fall fête. Casual or formal, rustic or modern, these seasonal elements are versatile enough for any type of wedding. They can even be used in a fall wedding that's not seasonally-themed. Subtle leaf motifs, velvet fabrics, and hay bales are all ways to incorporate the time of year, without committing fully. Sourced straight from real weddings, these ideas are tried-and-true ways to bring the best of the season to your big day.
With cozy fireplaces, fruit-filled centerpieces, and beyond, these rustic, harvest-oriented ideas make for picturesque tablecapes, landscapes, and, of course, wedding photos. Ready to see all of the fall fun for yourself? Click through for a comprehensive of autumnal wedding ideas to inspire your upcoming nuptials.
Apple Bin Escort Cards
Sourced from a nearby farm, these 500+ apples nested this wedding's escort cards, which were beautifully calligraphed in a fall-appropriate shade of red.
This bride calligraphed beautiful leaf-shaped name tags, which were tied to cotton napkins with blush silk ribbon and set against a vibrant china backdrop.
A moss-filled, brass-trimmed glass ring box brought the outside in at this New York City wedding.
This couple had their signature cocktails (made by Grand Bevy and composed of vodka, Lillet, cucumber, basil, ginger honey, and lemon) stenciled with a flavorful, seasonal monogram of cinnamon, ground espresso beans, and edible gold.
Fire Opal Ring
Celebrate the season in a detail you can continuously cherish. "It was sunny and the leaves were all super colorful, which matches the warm red in my ring," said this bride of her thematic, vintage engagement stone.
Flower Girl Crown
Any flower girl would be honored to be crowned by this autumnal accessory.
Fall Flower Market
Wheelbarrows, hay bales, flower carts, and fruits turned this venue into an open-air flower market. Guests were even permitted to take their favorite blooms home.
Farmer's Market Fresh
Hitting up the farmer's market is a classic fall pasttime, and this wedding's bountiful centerpieces tapped into the seasonal joy.
This couple ended their October wedding with a warm at-home reception, fireplace and all.
Communal bounty is festive, intimate, and seasonal (Thanksgiving anyone?). This spread included apple, cherry, and coconut cream pies, coconut cake, and cranberry-walnut bars—uh, yum!
Seasonal Welcome Snacks
Follow the lead of these pre-ceremony cider donuts and get your guests hooked on fall the moment they arrive.
Attendees at this wedding chose from hot, cold, and hard cider to sip on during the ceremony.
Breathtaking Fall Backdrop
Newlyweds Melissa and Adam pose for portraits in front of an oak tree full of fall shades in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania.
Cedar Wedding Programs
Maria and Robert's programs were festooned with cedar twigs and bound by brown taffeta ribbon.
The fall elements were purposely subliminal at Melissa and Adam's reception: dried greenery and flowers, figs, and warm candlelight. The one overtly autumnal decoration was a pair of heirloom pumpkin displays.The bluish gray skins were carved with the couple's initials, revealing a soft orange flesh that matched the color palette perfectly.
Muted Fall Shades
A large arrangement of Queen Anne's lace, dusty miller, and succulents anchored the bar at Joey and Jeff's September wedding reception in California's wine country.
The meal at Taryn and Brian's fall wedding began with a few seasonal starters: a pumpkin and roasted-chestnut soup topped with toasted pumpkin seeds.
The homespun dessert buffet at Liesl and Kevin's October wedding in Franklin, Tennessee, featured a charming three-tier cake covered with white-chocolate maple frosting and decorated with organic apples and currants.
Pinecones wired to a tree marked the entrance to Lena and Joshua's wedding site in Twain Harte, California.
Fig Place Setting
Each place setting at Dana and Quinn's reception in Jamestown, Virginia, was accented with a fresh fig.
At Giovanna and Schuyler's California nuptials, shawls were set out with a calligraphed tag reading "cuddle up and stay warm" so guests could keep cozy as temperatures dipped.
Rustic Place-Card Napkins
For Melissa and Adam's October affair, they incorporated decorations that celebrated the natural landscape and the season. The bride crafted these wood tags labeled with her guests' names and stamped with a fall branch icon to tie around the napkins.
Dana and Quinn warmed guests on a chilly October evening with mugs of hot chocolate rimmed with crushed graham crackers accompanied by s'mores.
Melissa and Adam's friend packaged s'mores kits in paper bags as favors for their fall wedding. Each contained homemade marshmallows, graham crackers, and Hershey's chocolate bars. "S'mores" was stamped in white wood-grain lettering on each bag.
At Eunice and Daniel's West Coast wedding, guests were given blankets for their laps to ensure everyone stayed cozy and comfortable.
Bride Fraser's bouquet took a cue from the season and is a fragrant mix of white majolica roses, Scabiosa, sage, basil, rosemary, and lily of the valley.
Wreaths of seeded eucalyptus made by bride Amy (with help from her groom, Kevin) hung as decor at the couples reception venue, the Grange Hall, in Edgartown, Massachusetts.
Wheat Wedding Cake
The cake at Cara and Spencer's wedding celebration sat atop a wooden pedestal surrounded by stalks of wheat, which matched the colors and atmosphere of the setting.
Woodsy Wedding Cake
At Megan and Steve's fall wedding in Calistoga, California, a faux-bois cake brought the outside in.
At Fraser and Matthew's New York City wedding, votive candles illuminated a canopy of grapevine arbor, which tied in the couple's cozy color palette of rich brown and white.
Instead of one large wedding cake, Maria and Robert offered a number of seasonal choices for guests at their reception in Sunriver, Oregon. A square layered tiramisu decorated with Lady apples dipped in caramel and chocolate was served along with a chocolate sour-cream pound cake with raspberry filling, miniature cupcakes with apricot filling and topping, and a round layered spice cake with cream-cheese frosting.
Fall Foliage Display
Leaf patterns in a flattering amber hue were projected onto the tent ceiling at Caroline and Keating's elegant wedding reception in Charleston, South Carolina.
At Claire and Benjamin's outdoor wedding in Beverly Hills, nearly 1,000 feet of California bay laurel garlands ran along the house, the yard, and down the tables' centers; persimmons, figs, raspberry branches, and passionfruit vine punctuated the garlands.
Stitched Ceremony Programs
Joey and Jeff's ceremony programs were hand-stiched by the bride's cousin, Helen; her mom, Marla, rubber-stamped them.
For his walk down the aisle with Lena, groom Joshua topped off a brown suit with a lighthearted tie and a fall boutonniere of oak leaves and acorns tied with a jaunty bow.