Fall weddings offer a great opportunity to incorporate fall-themed elements into your wedding day. From flowers to food to wedding photos there are tons of ways you can highlight this beautiful season. Here are some of our favorite ideas.
For brides, this can be as simple as choosing a wedding gown with sleeves to distinguish your dress from strapless or sleeveless gowns typically worn in the spring and summer months. If you don’t like the look of sleeves you can also accessorize with a shawl or light sweater to keep you warm whenever you’re outside.
For the bridal party, you can select bridesmaid dresses in darker shades like charcoal grays, dark pinks, plums, darker greens, and oranges. You can also accessorize their outfits with sweaters, shawls, and sashes to keep them warm outside. For the men, you can accent their suits with fall colored pocket squares, ties, and even socks.
There are a few flavors that are specific to fall, like apple, pumpkin, and pomegranate. A fun way to incorporate these flavors into your wedding is to greet guests with glasses of champagne garnished with cranberries or pomegranates. You can also serve autumn-themed desserts like pumpkin or apple spice flavored cakes. If you prefer a traditional wedding cake flavor you can serve fall-themed desserts like pumpkin or apple pies, candy apples, or apple cider donuts. Serving fall drinks like hot apple cider, hot cocoa, and appletinis is another great way to make use of fall flavors.
One of the easiest ways to represent fall in your wedding is by using seasonal fall flowers in your bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces. Some of the most popular fall flowers include asters, calla lilies, chrysanthemums, dahlias, gladiolas, marigolds, roses, and sunflowers.
If you are planning to have your wedding ceremony outdoors consider handing out light blankets or throws for guests to use to keep themselves warm. Decorating your wedding arch with fall foliage, or using pumpkins to line the aisles are other ideal fall ceremony decor ideas.
For the reception, you can use pumpkins or leaves as escort cards to direct guests to their tables, choose napkins or tablecloths in rich fall colors, or use pumpkins to accent your table centerpieces. There are endless ways you can incorporate both fall colors and fall-themed items into your wedding decor, the sky is the limit!
Making use of warm lighting is also perfect for any fall wedding. You can accent tables with tall candelabras or lots of tealight candles. Adding candlelight to the room adds an element of romance to the reception room.
Send your wedding guests home with a taste of fall. Edible favors like jars of honey or jam, candy or caramel apples, or even hot cocoa or hot cider mixes are all great options. If you don’t want to give out edible favors you can give out small plants like herbs or succulents, which can also double as escort cards, decor, or table centerpieces.
One of the best reasons to have a fall wedding is the opportunity to take stunning fall photos. Fall colors provide the perfect backdrop for stunning wedding portraits. Even if the temperature is a bit cool, take some time to take some photos outdoors, especially in areas with lots of foliage. Take some time to scope out locations near your reception venue, and be sure to ask your photographer if they know of any great spots for fall wedding photos.