Everything You Need To Know About Having A Fall Wedding

Fall Wedding Ideas

Getting married in the fall or planning a fall wedding? Today, we're giving you all the advice and everything you need to know about getting married in the fall. There are so many reasons to love a fall wedding. In this wedding planning advice post, we're offering up tips for planning a fall wedding plus our favorite fall wedding ideas.

Wedding planning can be stressful but take a deep breath and find some zen because we're serving up our best wedding advice for fall weddings to keep you on track.

And, if you're stressed about your fast approaching fall wedding don't forget to check out our last minute fall wedding ideas.

Fall Winery Wedding

Photo Credit: Jen Vasquez Photography

Fall is an ideal time to host your wedding. With the oh so beautiful autumn season, fall is the most popular time of year for weddings. We're thinking fall leaves, crisp air and fun decor elements galore that heavily lean into the fall theming.

Since the fall season is both not too hot and not too cold, it's perfect for weddings that share both outdoors and indoors. Between your ceremony, cocktail hour, reception and wedding photos you'll want to take advantage of the gorgeous golden hour sunset lighting during the fall season.

No wonder October is the most popular month for weddings and September is a close second!  Let's get planning!

Fall Wedding Themes and Decor

Color Palette

Popular fall wedding colors include burgundy, orange, yellow, fuchsia, ivory, copper, gold and even cobalt. When choosing your wedding colors for a fall wedding think moody jewel tones and shining metallic hues.

Terra cotta is another popular choice for fall wedding colors. No matter which fall wedding colors you choose, try keeping to 3 main colors to incorporate throughout your wedding. From wedding invitations to wedding decor, you'll be using these fall hues a lot!

Fall Colors Wedding Invitation Suite

Made by: Paper Cactus Prints


Table Decor

Bringing a fall harvest feel to your wedding can be easily achieved by incorporating the right fruits, pumpkins and leaves into your wedding table decor. Whether you opt for real or faux pumpkins and fruit, we love a beautiful fall tablescape and fall weddings are a great opportunity to focus on your table decor.

Showcase your centerpieces to create beautiful wedding tables. Textures are key for fall wedding tables. Consider incorporating wood slices for a rustic touch, clay pottery vases for your centerpieces, and velvet or gauze table runners to your fall wedding.

Copper Gauze Table Runner Fall Wedding Table
Made by: Lovely Heart Things


Wood Wedding Signs

We've talked about the important of wedding signs many, many times on the blog. You'll want to greet your guests, direct your guests and inform your guests throughout your wedding using wedding signs! For fall weddings, we love wood wedding signs!

Welcome signs, directions signs, unplugged ceremony signs, bar menus, etc. - there are so many opportunities to use signs throughout your wedding. Wood wedding signs add that rustic touch to your fall wedding.

Made by: Evergreen Design Signs


Fall Foliage and Wedding Flowers

Take advantage of the fall foliage for your wedding! When it comes to wedding planing it's important to use what you love but also make sure it matches with the season and scenery of your wedding. Take some hints from mother nature and incorporate the right flowers and accents.

Not sure what flowers to use for fall weddings? Most importantly, stick to the right fall hues. Fall flowers often include mums, combo roses, cushion flowers, cremones, pharlaris dried grass, dried setaria grass, dried wheat, and dried eucalyptus. Chat with your florist or consider dried or even silk alternatives for an easy DIY wedding options.

Ceremony Flowers 

There's nothing more beautiful than a wedding ceremony arch adorned with fall foliage and flowers. It's truly a beautiful sight. Wood wedding arches a popular choice to make a picture perfect spot to exchange your vows. Accent your wood wedding arch with fresh or faux fall flowers.

Where else can you incorporate those beautiful fall florals? Don't forget about the wedding aisle. Adorn the pews or chairs with beautiful fall wedding flowers that will pop in your wedding photos. It's a simple addition that makes a big impact.

Fall Wedding Burnt Orange Flowers
Made by: Babys Breath By Sarine


Fall Wedding Bouquets

There's no right or wrong answer here when it comes to bridal bouquets for fall weddings...but we love a show-stopping bouquet! Showcase those fall colors, because you chose a fall wedding for a reason. Add in some dried flowers and stems for a chic boho look. Consider accenting your gorgeous fall bridal bouquet with a velvet ribbon bouquet wrap.

Dried Flower Fall Bridal Bouquet
Made by: Taylors Touch Floral


Attire and Accessories

Tweed Suits

Get the groom and groomsmen involved in the fall theme with a tweed suit. A classic tweed suit lends to the autumn season. The men in your wedding will look sharp and feel comfortable in a suit made of tweed. Plus, you can incorporate some of your fall wedding colors into the tie or even the stripes within the suit!

Maroon Tweed Suit
Made by: Craft By Annu


Velvet Bridesmaid Dresses

There's something about velvet in those jewel tone hues to remind us of fall. So why not dress your bridesmaids in velvet? Plus as weddings transition from summer to fall we start to see more long dresses over short dresses for bridesmaids - and we love that! It's all about embracing the season and long, velvet bridesmaids dresses are perfect for fall.

Velvet Bridesmaids Dress
Made by: Scholle Dress


Shawls and Layering

Those fall evenings can get chilly! Be sure to opt for some shawls, pashminas or some type of layering option for yourself, your bridesmaids and even for your guests! Offering a pashmina for the ladies in attendance of outdoor weddings can help ensure your guests are comfortable and enjoying themselves at your celebration!

Shawls for Wedding Guests
Made by: Mia Krafts Shop


Food and Drink

Fall Cocktails

Fall weddings are also when we start to see more fun cocktails on the bar menus. Some unique cocktails that fit seamlessly into the fall wedding theme are a Moscow mule, apple cider bellini, cranberry cocktail and whiskey sour. Show off your fall cocktail choices with a custom bar menu sign and add some flair to your wedding bar with fall themed stir sticks, custom cups and cocktail napkins.

Fall Signature Drinks Sign
Made by: Magnolia Papers and Co



Dessert time! From wedding cakes to cookie tables, you can't go wrong with wedding desserts. Embracing the fall theme means incorporating pies into your wedding desserts is fair game! A pie bar for your wedding is the perfect way to allow your guests to indulge and select from a variety of flavors.

Pie Topper Wedding
Made by: The Virginia Artisans


Charcuterie Boards and Grazing Tables 

Colorful charcuterie boards and grazing tables are perfect for fall weddings during cocktail hour, reception buffets and even late night snacks for fall weddings. Besides offering great food options to your guests, charcuterie boards and grazing tables become beautiful decor made of food!

Grazing Table Layout Template
Made by:


Fall Themed Touches

Apple Cider

We can't talk about fall without bringing up apple cider! Guests will appreciate this fall staple at your wedding. It's a perfect option as a welcome drink while guests arrive or for offering as a snack during your reception.

Apple Cider Donuts
Made by: Our Daily Bread Elijay



Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins! Bring on the pumpkins! From invitations to aisle decor, there are so many ways you can use pumpkins in your fall wedding. We love seeing them used in the table decor and centerpieces. Lining the aisle with pumpkins make for a beautiful photo! If orange isn't your favorite fall hue, don't forget those beautiful white pumpkins, too! You simply can't say fall without pumpkin so we know they are perfect for fall weddings, too. 

Calligraphy Pumpkin Wedding Decor
Made by: Folmar Street



A late night treat never hurt anyone! S'mores are a staple for fall evenings and your fall wedding is the perfect time to share a s'more. Creating a s'mores bar is an easy feat! Source the perfect accessories from Etsy like a s'mores bar sign, s'mores sticks and even a s'mores caddy. Purchase the ingredients at your local grocery store or ask your caterer to take care of it. Guests will love it, and you will too!

Smores Station
Made by: Caledonia Road Designs


Fall Wedding Favors

We know guests love a good wedding favor that's useful or a cherished keepsake. So, what about fall wedding favors? Choose something that your guests will enjoy and will also remind them of fall!  Fall candles with personalized labels are top choice! To-go s'mores kits are a great option if you can't do a s'mores station on site.  Mulling spices are a great option for usable gift.

Rustic Jam Wedding Favor
Made by: Southern Jams and Jelly


There you have it! Our top tips, advice and ideas for fall weddings. Are you ready to plan your autumn nuptials? Which ideas will you be including in your wedding day?

If you're stressed and need ideas for fall fast, don't forget to check out our last minute fall wedding ideas and tips! We got you!

Don't forget, we have so much helpful and practical wedding planning advice on our blog. Whether it's with our our tips or our wedding heirlooms, our main goal in life is to share our expertise and help you have a joyful and stress-free wedding planning experience. You can shop our wedding garters and bridal accessories anytime.

For more of my wedding ideas and inspirations, be sure to check out my Garter Girl Loves blog series and you can see all of my wedding garter designs right here.

With love,

The Garter Girl

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