Autumn weddings are splendid events filled with lush fall wedding colors like burgundy, scarlet, burnt orange, and amber. Fall weddings can also be surprisingly frugal, since avoiding peak wedding season in the summer is a great way to save money on wedding venues, honeymoon destinations, and more.
We’ve put together some lovely fall wedding ideas that are as beautiful as they are budget friendly. From fall wedding invitations to caramel apple reception treats, we’ll show you how to plan a fall wedding to remember.
Go With a Fall Leaf Motif
Nothing says autumn like fall leaves in all their rich colors. You can incorporate fall leaves in everything from the invitations to reception table settings to bridal bouquets. Here are a few examples:
Fall Leaf Wedding Invitations
We love how this photo wedding invitation from Invite Shop incorporates falling leaves. An invitation like this sets the mood for your upcoming fall wedding, and since it’s customizable, you can incorporate your own colors and fonts as needed.
Have the Flower Girl Spread Fall Leaves
Gather fall leaves in a basket for your flower girl to spread along the ceremony aisle instead of flower petals. It will fit the mood a little better and add rich fall colors to your ceremony decor. Since real fall leaves tend to crumble apart when they are walked on, we recommend using artificial fall leaves to achieve the look you want without the mess. This is especially important if your wedding will be indoors and you want to keep things tidy. You can easily find silk fall leaves on Amazon and at craft stores.
Make Your Own Wedding Confetti out of Fall Leaves
Making wedding confetti out of fall leaves is an easy DIY and a great option for guests to throw in the air over the newly married couple as they make their way to their getaway vehicle. You only need fall leaves and a few different handpunches to create the look you want. We love how this confetti is natural and biodegradable, which is important since rice and other wedding confetti options can be harmful to birds and the environment. Check out the Wildflower Favours blog for the full tutorial!
Fall Leaf Tiara
Instead of a traditional veil, try a floral crown that incorporates fall leaves or choose a handmade leaf tiara, like the example below from the Floral Jewellry shop on Etsy.
Rethink the Classic Pumpkin
Pumpkins are great decorations for a fall wedding in and of themselves, but with a little creativity, they can be taken up a notch to be truly elegant, especially when you find them in colors other than orange.
If you plan to use pumpkins as a design theme for your wedding, the best place to start is with your wedding invitations. We love how this fall wedding invitation from Invite Shop uses a charming pumpkin embellishment on top. The antique trim on this card adds an additional touch of elegance.
White Pumpkin Centerpieces
Did you know pumpkins naturally grow in white varieties? You may have even seen them at your local farmer’s market. Several white pumpkin options are available, including the medium-sized Valenciano pumpkins featuring a flattened look, and little Caspers, which are pint-sized white pumpkins that make a great addition to a wedding reception centerpieces. We love how the tablescape above featured on the Tone on Tone blog uses white pumpkins, white flowers, white candles, and naturally shed antlers for a rustic fall wedding look.
Gold Pumpkin Floral Arrangements
Gold is a top color choice for couples planning a fall wedding. Traditional pumpkins can be washed, spray painted a fine metallic gold, and filled with flowers for a luxurious fall look along your ceremony aisle or throughout your reception venue.
Have Fall Themed Treats at the Reception
Certain foods tend to come to mind when you think of fall. Why not offer some sweet fall treats to your guests at the reception? Here are a few ideas:
- Apple cider (regular and spiked)
- Caramel apples
- Peanut brittle
- Fall pies, such as pumpkin, apple, pecan, and buttermilk.
- Sweet potato cupcakes
One of the coolest ideas we’ve seen is a caramel apple station at a wedding reception where guests have access to all the ingredients they’d need to dip their own caramel apples. Toppings for this unique dessert bar might include chocolate sprinkles, shredded coconut, chopped nuts, mini marshmallows, and crushed graham crackers.
If you are planning a rustic fall wedding, you can’t go wrong with woodgrain as a design element. Unfinished wood rounds are often used as a base for wedding cakes, as an alternative ring bearer pillow, and underneath floral arrangements.
Woodgrain Wedding Invitations
A great place to incorporate woodgrain is in fall wedding invitations. The woodgrain background in the invitation above from Invite Shop has a distinct fall feel, especially with the fall leaf embellishments.
Wood Wedding Decorations
We love how the cake table below uses unfinished wood in the design. While the example below features cinnamon sticks, we think the multi-tiered displays of unfinished wood logs would be great for displaying cupcakes, cake pops, and other wedding reception treats.
Wood Cake Toppers
Wood rounds can also be used for custom cake toppers, like this example from the A Life So Simple store on Etsy. It’s so much more original than cheesy bride and groom figurines!
Decorate with Apples
Apple harvesting takes place in the fall, which makes it the perfect harvest-themed design element. Better yet, apples add a nice pop of autumn red to your wedding decorations. Just look how these Red Delicious apples provide a vivid contrast to the white decorative birdcages below!
If you’re going to use apples to decorate, we recommend McIntosh or Jazz apples since they have such pretty fall-toned color gradients. Here are a few ways you can include apples in your wedding decorations:
- Metal buckets filled with apples along the ceremony aisle for a rustic look
- Tall clear vases filled with apples for reception centerpieces
- DIY apple tea lights, like the example below.
Fall Is For Lovers
We hope these fall wedding ideas inspire you to plan the beautiful fall wedding of your dreams. We also hope the crisp weather on your wedding day leads you to hug your sweetheart a little tighter. After all, fall is for lovers!