The Best Fall Wedding Colors

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A guide to fall wedding colors and how to use them in a wedding color palette.

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Fall is a great time to have a wedding. The weather is crisp, the leaves are beautiful, and it’s often still warm enough to have a wedding outdoors.

If you are planning a fall wedding, then you may be thinking about colors for your wedding.

This post tells you about popular fall wedding colors and wedding color trends for 2021.

It also provides you with complimentary colors for each popular fall wedding color, to help make planning your fall wedding color palette a little easier.

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What is a Wedding Color Palette?

A wedding color palette consists of the colors that you choose to decorate your wedding. It influences things like the flowers that you choose for your bouquet and boutonnière, the color of the bridesmaids dresses, the look of the wedding decor, and more.

Often, at least two colors will be chosen for a palette. One color may play a more prominent role than other colors in the palette.

Popular Fall Wedding Colors

Nature is a great source of inspiration for fall weddings. Many fall weddings take place outdoors so the engaged couple often chose colors that blend well with the natural setting around them.

Changing leaf colors during fall include shades of red, orange, brown, and gold. These colors are a great place to start thinking about colors for your wedding.

Fall wedding colors often include tones that bring together the following ideas and themes.

  • Colorful fall leaves
  • Autumn sunsets
  • Fall harvest
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Rustic settings

No matter what the trends are for a current year, there are plenty of fall wedding colors that remain popular year after year.

Popular fall wedding colors include jewel tones like burgundy, navy blue, and rich purple, and soft colors like blush pink, dusty pink, or rose gold.

Neutral colors like silver, gray, soft blue, blush pink, and champagne gold, and earth tones like terracotta or sage, make great background colors for a wedding.

Black and white are classic colors for a wedding, from a sharp black suit to a dazzling white dress.

Deep, rich tones create a moody, dramatic atmosphere for a wedding, while lighter tones help to soften things up.

What colors should the bride and bridesmaids wear?

The bride often wears a white dress. Other wedding dress colors include ivory, winter white, and gold.

Bridesmaid dresses are usually worn in colors that match one of the theme colors for the wedding. Popular fall wedding colors for bridesmaid dresses are:

  • Burgundy, maroon, or cranberry red
  • Mulberry, plum, or merlot purple
  • Dusty rose
  • Dark orange or rust
  • Copper
  • Emerald green
  • Navy blue
  • Cornflower blue

Here are some tips on how to choose bridesmaid dresses.

What colors should the groom wear?

Classic black or navy blue suits are always in style for fall weddings. These two colors go with everything. Charcoal and gray are also great colors for suits.

Men’s shoes can help to tie in the other colors of a wedding. Rich brown tones highlight deep reds and blues, while rich tan or camel tones compliment colors with orange undertones, rust, copper, and soft colors like rose gold, sage, gray, or light blue.

What colors should fall wedding flowers be?

It’s your wedding, so you can choose any colors that you want. In general, dusty pink, orange and apricot, dark purple, brown, and ivory make dramatic and memorable colors for a fall wedding bouquet.

Blush pink, burgundy, and ivory are great colors to combine in a color palette, too.

Fall Wedding Colors for 2021

Autumn 2021 is a great year for fall wedding colors. Many of the wedding colors that are on trend for this year are colors that are already popular to use for fall weddings.

Fall wedding colors for 2021 include:

  • Burgundy, maroon, cranberry red, and other rich reds
  • Mulberry, plum, merlot, and other deep purple tones
  • Rust, apricot, and other orange tones
  • Cornflower blue
  • Emerald green
  • Sage green
  • Marigold
  • Terracotta

You may have seen many of these colors popping up in your Pinterest feed. The great thing about trending fall colors for 2021 is that many of these colors can be used to help plan a wedding for fall 2022, also.

When thinking about fall wedding colors, think about pairing them with other colors to create a wedding color palette.

One of the best ways to choose a wedding color palette is to research the colors that you are interested in, and then get samples to see what the colors look like in different lighting scenarios. You should also test to see how the colors look in real life, on video, and in photography.

Here are some ideas for great fall wedding color pairings:

Reds, Pinks + Purples

Rich red colors are very “in” this fall season. This includes colors like burgundy, maroon, merlot, mulberry, and rust.

  • Maroon. Maroon is a deep, rich shade of red. Maroon is a mix of red and brown, so the red will have a brown undertone. Dusty rose, caramel, beige, and gray all go well with maroon, as do cooler tones in general. Gold and teal are also great colors to pair with maroon.
  • Burgundy. Burgundy is a slightly lighter shade than maroon, and it is a big color trend for 2021, in general. Burgundy is a mix of red and purple, so the red will have a purplish undertone. Complimentary colors include navy blue, purple, green, brown, beige, yellow, gold, white, and black.
  • Cranberry red.
  • Merlot and mulberry. Deep purples like merlot and mulberry look great with softer colors like dusty rose, blush pink, and ivory.
  • Dusty rose. Dusty rose can have a slight purple undertone, and it pairs well with burgundy, navy blue, cornflower blue, dark purple, lavender, gold, gray, ivory, white, and shades of green. Dusty rose is a great wedding color for almost any season.


Popular shades of blue, and colors to pair them with, include:

  • Navy blue. Navy is a deep, rich shade of blue. It can be used as the main color for a wedding, or used to compliment other colors in the wedding palette. Complimentary colors for navy blue include maroon, burgundy, rust, copper, charcoal, black, and white.
  • Cornflower blue. Cornflower blue is a beautiful color to use if you want a lighter shade of blue for your wedding.
  • Teal blue. Teal blue is a great accent color to pair with a jewel tone, like maroon.

Navy blue suits are always classic and a great look for a fall wedding. Splashes of red and pink make great companion colors for navy blue.

Greens, Oranges + Yellows

Emerald green is very on trend this year. Bright yellows, like sunflower yellow, and rich fall tones, like copper, are also very popular this year.

Complimentary colors for yellow and gold tones include burgundy, gray, charcoal, and navy.

  • Emerald green. Emerald is a dark, rich shade of green that looks amazing with dusty rose. It also compliments burgundy, navy blue, gold, and white.
  • Forest green. Forest green is a deep, rich color that looks good in moderation for a wedding. It highlights neutral tones like blush pink or sage green well, and it also looks good with other jewel tones.
  • Sage green. Sage is a popular color for fall 2021 weddings. It looks great with almost any other fall wedding color, but burgundy, dusty rose, champagne, and navy are good choices.
  • Rust. Rust has great yellow and orange undertones that compliment many other colors that are used for fall weddings, like burgundy.
  • Peach.
  • Copper. Copper and cornflower blue is a great color combination for fall.
  • Marigold.
  • Sunflower yellow.
  • Gold.

This is a great look for a fall wedding. The groom is wearing a blue suit, while the bridesmaids are in rich copper-colored dresses. Tan shoes look great with the blue color of the suit, and help to tie the wedding theme colors together.

Brown + Earth Tones

Earth tones help to soften bolder tones in a fall wedding color palette, and they are great colors to use for a boho wedding, too.

  • Caramel brown.
  • Burnt orange.
  • Apricot. Apricot is a wonderful color to pair with darker colors for a fall wedding. It compliments maroon, burgundy, purple, and brown. Apricot is a great color to include in a fall wedding bouquet or other flower arrangements.
  • Cream. Cream, ivory, and winter white are all great colors to use for a fall wedding, because they compliment almost every other color that you can think of.
  • Sage green. Sage green is often categorized as an earth tone. This color goes well with so many other fall wedding colors, and it looks great when incorporated into the greenery, too.
  • Terracotta. Terracotta is a beautiful earth tone that has red, orange, and pink undertones. It is a great color for boho weddings, and it also looks great when paired with sunflower, marigold, or other yellow tones for a fall wedding.

How to Use Fall Colors in Your Wedding

Once you choose a fall wedding color scheme, you’ll want to incorporate those colors into your wedding.

One of the easiest ways to use your wedding colors to decorate your wedding is in the bridesmaid dresses. Use bridesmaid dresses that match one of the wedding colors that you chose.

The groom often wears a suit in a neutral tone, such as shades of blue, gray, charcoal, beige, or black. His shoes can help tie a wedding theme together. Rich brown or tan shoes are a great choice for fall, especially if these colors are complimentary to colors that you chose for the wedding.

Your wedding bouquet should also include your wedding colors. The groom’s boutonnière should match the bouquet.

The wedding cake can also be decorated in complimentary colors. Flowers and other cake decorations are a great way to tie in wedding colors.

Another creative idea is to have the wedding cake icing tinted to match a complimentary earth tone color—such as blush pink, rose gold, champagne gold, peach, or sage green. Then feature a more prominent color in small details, like flowers or other cake decor.

Fall wedding decor—including aisle markers, signs, candles, candlesticks, napkins, linens, and ribbons for the bouquet—is a great way to show off your chosen wedding colors.

Fall wedding favors can also highlight the theme. Blankets are popular for fall weddings to help keep guests warm. Use blankets in earth tones that are complimentary to the main wedding color palette for a great look.

Other great fall wedding favors include locally produced honey, mini jars of hot chocolate mix or caramel popcorn, mini bottles of maple syrup, and caramel apples.

Last Minute Fall Wedding Ideas

Here are some last minute fall wedding ideas, and ideas for what to include on a fall wedding dessert table.

Other Things to Consider

  • Fall can be an unpredictable time of the year, as far as weather goes. Have a back-up plan in case things don’t go quite as expected.
  • Don’t wait too long to order a custom wedding cake, as popular bakeries may not have vacancies for up 6 to 12 months at a time. The same goes for wedding planners, florists, caterers, photographers, and other wedding specialists and event services related to weddings.
  • Use wedding decor, such as aisle markers, candles, candlesticks, napkins, table linens, table numbers, and flower arrangements to highlight your fall wedding color palette.
  • Cozy blankets make great wedding favors, as well as keeping the guests warm.

This post was all about fall wedding colors and how to use them in a wedding.

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