39 of Our Favorite Ideas for Your Fall Wedding
Fall comes with cool, crisp weather, and gorgeous foliage—the perfect recipe for a seasonal wedding. Autumn does more than set a pretty scene, however. The season's signature spices lend themselves to delicious cocktails; muted, earthy color schemes make for stunning paper goods and floral arrangements; and the harvest's signature fruits (think apples and pumpkins) make for the sweetest décor. And there's a reason why fall has become one of the most popular seasons for nuptials: The predictable, temperate weather allows for the prettiest outdoor events. Ultimately, if you're trying to decide when to host your wedding, you can't go wrong with a September, October, or November date.
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 big day. 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 nod to the time of year, without committing fully to a red-and-rust, apples-everywhere event. Sourced straight from real weddings, these tried-and-true ideas will help you bring the best of the season right into your big day.
With cozy fireplaces, fruit-filled centerpieces, and more, these rustic, harvest-oriented ideas make for picturesque tablescapes and landscapes (the season's transitional burnt orange, scarlet, and ochre leaves create an unparalleled backdrop for your portraits!), alike. Ahead, a comprehensive trove of autumnal wedding ideas to inform your upcoming nuptials.
Fall Floral Cake Sash
Looking for a way to dress up your all-white confection for fall? Make like Max Owen Design and add a train of in-season blooms—in a slew of autumnal colorways—to the front.
Now here's a fun, unconventional way to play off the season's colorful foliage: RO & Co. Events and Oak & the Owl created this lucite escort card station using multicolored hydrangea blooms (which filled a large acrylic box) to reference the transitional trees just outside the venue. Laura Hooper Calligraphy added guests' names and seating chart to each note, which were laid on top of the box.
Get your groom in on the seasonal fun with an ochre-hued tuxedo jacket (it's the perfect fall reception look!).
Tying the knot in early fall? Bookmark this ceremony structure by Nature Composed, which incorporates floral elements from both seasons. Tropical (but muted!) protea nod to the warmer months, while rust-hued astilbe offer fall vibes—together, the floral elements made for the perfect transitional décor detail at this Donovan Groves Events wedding.
We love this bride's copper leaf hair accessory, which paired prettily with her bright orange lipstick (Nicole Grittani Artistry handled both her swept-back style and makeup).
Getting married in the fall doesn't mean you have to throw a rustic celebration. This Birds of a Feather Events tabletop is proof—the cobalt ceramic plates, set with coordinating brass cutlery, brought a contemporary vibe to the tablescape, which featured an array for seasonal colors and florals by Max Owens Design.
Thematic Escort Card Display
Mismatched boutonnières can still feel seasonal. Just be sure to make like Flowers by Kim and keep yours with a unified seasonal color palette, like burgundy and mauve.
Velvet, always a popular fall wedding fabric, is the perfect medium of choice for your big-day accessories. Consider a soft bow for your hair or copy this bride and choose emerald velvet pumps (instead of traditional white stilettos).
If you're trying to curate an unexpected autumnal color palette, bookmark this setup. Slate gray taper candles brought a unique cool-weather touch to this otherwise classic fall tablescape, which featured crimson, green, and cream shades.
Seasonal First Look
Searching for the best place to have your first look on your cool-weather wedding day? Take a note out of this bride's playbook: She and her husband-to-be shared this special moment on a Pippin Hill pathway surrounded by transitional foliage—end-of-year hydrangeas, included.
Full Bloom Arch
The secret to the ultimate fall ceremony arch is incorporating both fresh, in-season blooms (like dahlias and garden roses, which were incorporated into this structure by Rebecca Rose Events) and dried elements (note the crunch leaves featured here).
Modern Fall Suite
Reds, mustards, and burnt oranges don't have to define your celebration's color palette. Get creative by pairing one of fall's go-to hues (like scarlet!) with an unexpected contemporary monochrome, like gray; this Steph B. and Co suite shows how fresh the combination can be when translated onto your paper goods.
In-Season Ceremony Space
Foliage-centric aisle and altar arrangements by Seascape Flowers weren't this ceremony space's only nods to the season. The yellow leaves from a tree just beyond the setup reinforced the celebration's fall vibes.
Feathers and Foliage
Need proof that you can make a pink color palette feel fall-ready? This Stefanie Miles Events setup has plenty. The pros topped these tables with blush velvet linens; the cozy texture made the springy shade feel more autumnal. As for the Bows and Arrows centerpieces? Terra-cotta pots and dark red orchids and scabiosa toned down the pinker blooms, like peonies, spray roses, and carnations.
These 'maids look great in their deep burgundy gowns. Dress your attendants in a similar shade for a seasonally-inspired look.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Pumpkin Place Card
White pumpkins calligraphed with each guest's name are the perfect seasonal swap for traditional place cards.
Upgrade your groom's lapel with a boutonnière of colorful foliage and soft garden roses. This one, by Gossamer, is so muted and romantic.
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?
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.