These fall wedding ideas are pumpkin spice and everything nice.

Weaving pumpkins into your wedding décor doesn't mean your venue has to transform into a haunted house. Done right, pumpkins can pay a hearty and festive homage to the fall season as opposed to a Halloween tribute. After all, we're all guilty of loving anything and everything pumpkin spice — who says you can't bring that flair to your fall wedding?

First things first, skip the jack-o-lanterns and black accents to avoid holiday overkill. If you're feeling traditional orange, subtly incorporate different sized pumpkins throughout various elements of your wedding for consistency. Line them up as aisle markers, place them on a welcome table, or litter a corner with them for a playful look. If your color palette doesn't involve this bright color, get out the spray paint. White transforms a pumpkin's loud vibes into soft ones, and silver, bronze, or gold (or all three!) are just the trick to glamming the squash up. Add sequins, lace, sparkles, or embellishments to create some texture and further tie the pumpkins into your theme. Or, pair them with other fruits and vegetables of the harvest such as squash and apples for an earthy and bohemian feel.

But pumpkins aren't all about the aesthetic — they're also about function. Creativity can transform them into vases, soup appetizers, or even escort cards. Use them in lieu of flowers as pumpkin centerpieces to cut the costs, and get it to do double duty by carving table numbers into their faces — creepy jack-o-lanterns, goodbye!

Here's a secret — your pumpkins don't have to be real. Faux pumpkins are just as delightful and come in finishes (like metallic) that spray paint can't necessarily recreate. Brown wicker pumpkins are another option, a whimsical choice for a rustic wedding.

Not convinced pumpkins and weddings don't equal cheesy, Halloween theme overload? From seating arrangement displays to ceremony set-ups, these creative ideas will make you fall in love with this seasonal gourd.

Photo: Graham Terhune; Illustration: Carolina Barreto

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