The Best Fall Wedding Ideas for a Memorable Wedding

Here are some of our favorite fall wedding decor ideas and themes for pumpkin season.

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This post is all about favorite fall wedding ideas.

Fall, with its rich colors and autumn themes, is one of the best times to host a wedding.

In some places, early fall can be an especially good time to have a wedding. The weather cools down and the crisp autumn air can bring comfortable temperatures that are perfect for an outdoor fall wedding.

Rustic fall weddings that take place in indoor venues are also popular this time of year. Wedding barns and other venues fill up quickly for fall weddings. As the weather starts to cool down, many people like to incorporate the beautiful outdoor fall scenery into their wedding.

You can bring the outdoors inside using natural decor like faux fall colored leaves, fall wedding flowers, pumpkins, and other seasonal decor. Even if your wedding takes place indoors, artificial plants can make a space feel like an enchanted woodland.

This post is all about some of our favorite fall wedding decor ideas, including wedding flowers, guest gift ideas, and of course, fall wedding cakes.

1—Autumn Wedding Arch Decor

Colorful wedding arch decor is a classic way to decorate a fall wedding. It’s possible to create a lush look by decorating a wedding arch with flowers, leaves, dried pampas grass, succulents, and other rich natural themes.

Italian ruscus and eucalyptus stems also make great decor for fall wedding arches. Popular ideas include draping artificial flowers like amaranthus from the arch, or using other popular artificial flowers, like roses and sunflowers, to decorate a wedding arch.

Fabric wrapped fall wedding arches are also popular. Look for autumn colors, like dusty rose, mauve, burgundy, burnt orange, and ivory, or those colors that match your fall wedding color palette. Terracotta is an especially popular color for weddings.

2—Earth Tone Color Palettes

Warm earth tone wedding color palettes are perfect for fall weddings. Earth tone colors include those that remind us of the outdoors and fall nature, including changing fall leaves, apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and other autumn scenes.

Use colors like burgundy, mauve, burnt orange, mustard yellow, green, purple, tan, and brown the celebrate changing leaves and other special autumn events, like a beautiful wedding.

Terracotta and teal are also popular wedding colors to use this season.

3—Fall Wedding Favors

The sights, scents, and flavors of fall are perfect for putting together fall wedding guest favors. Ideas for fall wedding favors include individual bags of gourmet coffee, small jars of local honey, cinnamon flavored mints, and candies and other sweets, like caramel apples and bags of caramel flavored popcorn.

Other fall wedding favors include cozy coffee mugs for drinking cider and tea, apple cider mix, hot chocolate mix, small bottles of maple syrup, fall scented soaps, and fall seed packets.

Fall leaf shaped cookie cutters and cozy throw blankets are two items that your guests can use well after the wedding. In particular, throw blankets that match your wedding color palette can be a great wedding favor for guests in place where fall brings chilly weather. For outdoor weddings, the blankets can be rolled and placed in guests’ chairs to help keep them warm during the wedding ceremony and other events.

Look for small gifts and mementos that are unique to your love story and the place where you are getting married. Meaningful gifts and favors help to build on the overall vibe of a wedding and create a memorable experience for your wedding guests.

4—Fall Wedding Flowers

The deep, rich, jewel tone colors of fall wedding flowers add a dramatic look to autumn wedding. Flowers are an essential part of decorating everything from wedding bouquets to place settings.

Popular fall wedding flowers include amaranthus, astrantia, calla lilies, celosia, chrysanthemums, dahlias, orchids, pansies, roses, and sunflowers. Artificial flowers and greenery are a great way to decorate a fall wedding.

Dried pampas grass is often used as an accent in fall wedding flower bouquets and decor, as are bunny tails, dried hops, and baby’s breath. When using dried pampas grass for decorating, it can be helpful to let the pampas grass air out for a few days before you use it.

Eucalyptus stems, Italian ruscus, and succulents are popular for adding a touch of green to fall wedding bouquets, flower arrangements, and tablescape decor. Artificial floral bouquets are an easy way to decorate tables, and you don’t have to worry about the flowers wilting during the day.

Sprinkle rose petals or artificial eucalyptus leaves over tables to add a simple, romantic, and natural detail to your wedding decor. Drape tables with chiffon runners to soften the look of a reception hall or venue.

Keeping fresh flower bouquets and arrangements stored in water, and in a cool place, can help to keep them looking fresh for a wedding. An experienced florist may be able to provide tips on how to keep fresh flowers looking their best for your wedding.

5—Pumpkin Themes

Fall is a great time to work a few pumpkins and winter squash into your fall wedding decor. Colorful pumpkins, winter squash, and gourds are usually abundant in autumn, and you can find them at pumpkin patches, farmer’s markets, and farm stands.

If using real pumpkins, look for unique pumpkins, like dusty blue, sage green, buff orange, and white pumpkins to match your wedding color palette.

Another idea is to use artificial pumpkins to decorate a wedding. Artificial pumpkins can be purchased in a variety of colors, and you can also paint the pumpkins almost any color that you like to create unique fall wedding centerpieces and displays.

Smaller pumpkins make great place markers and can be used to decorate everything from welcome tables to a fall dessert table. Mini pumpkins also make great escort card holders. You can also line mini pumpkins up along the center of your wedding guest tables to create beautiful fall centerpieces using rustic fall floral decor and greenery.

While pumpkins and other types of winter squash are often plentiful in late summer and early fall, you may wish to contact a local farmer to inquire about buying fresh pumpkins in bulk for a wedding.

Another option is to use faux pumpkins and gourds, which you can paint to match your wedding decor (gold and silver painted pumpkins make great wedding decor), and then reuse for home decorations and other special occasions. Mini pumpkins are a cute and fresh way to decorate wedding guest favors.

6—String Lights & Lanterns

No fall wedding is complete without string lights and other types of decorative lighting. String lights add soft, ambient lighting to a room or space.

Many rustic style barn or outdoor fall weddings feature LED string lights and decorative lanterns with LED candles. These can provide extra lighting and help to set the mood at a wedding.

Another fall wedding idea is to fill empty decorative lanterns with fall items like decorative pumpkins, flowers, leaves, and other natural decor. This works best in decorative lanterns with glass or acrylic sides. You could also use vase fillers and bowl fillers to add to centerpieces.

7—Wedding Cake Stands

No fall wedding is complete without a fall wedding cake. Having a great cake stand is an important part of displaying the cake and other wedding treats.

Current wedding cake trends include rustic single layer wedding cakes and beautiful sugar flowers and leaves in fall wedding colors, like burgundy, merlot, mauve, burnt orange, mustard yellow, and sage green.

Roses are also popular for decorating wedding cakes. Artificial flowers can be placed in the area to around a wedding cake stand to give it flair.

Fall wedding cakes are often dramatic and beautiful, featuring tall heights and jewel tone flower decorations. For a modern fall wedding look, consider ordering a naked wedding cake with a sugar flower display in fall colors.

A decorative cake stand adds just as much interest to a wedding table as fall wedding table centerpieces, flower arrangements, and other decor. Glass pedestal cake stands are a classic choice for displaying cakes. Wood risers are also a popular choice for displaying cakes and other food and decor.

This post was all about our favorite fall wedding decor ideas.

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