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One of the most exciting parts of wedding planning is designing your invitations. Not only is there a fun in customizing everything from font colors to envelope liners, but there’s also a thrill in knowing that the invites will likely be displayed on your guests’ fridges for months to come. And if the vibe of your wedding invitations matches the season you’re getting married in? That’s even better, as it gives your guests (and you!) a taste of what to expect from the big day down the line.
If you’re having a fall wedding, there are plenty of options for giving your fall wedding invitations an appropriately autumnal theme, from color palettes with burgundy, russet, and golden tones to lush botanical detailing.
It’s all about the color palette, says Kelli Teglas, a wedding and event planner based in Westchester, New York. While light pastels might be perfect for spring, “warmer colors and jewel tones” fit best with autumn celebrations, she notes—and not just for the invite itself, but in the envelope liners and enclosure cards, too. Additionally, keep an eye out for invites that feature watercolors or geometric shapes, two things that are particularly popular during the fall season, Teglas adds.
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Kelli Teglas is the founder and owner of Kelli Teglas Events, a wedding and event planning complany in in Westchester, New York.
Whether you’re simply looking for some early ideas or are hoping to order your invites ASAP, we've rounded up some of our favorites.
Read on for the best fall wedding invitations.
Minted Autumn Meadow Wedding Invitation
This Minted + Brides collection invitation is ideal for fall weddings. It features a beautiful, hand-painted meadow on the bottom, and the hand-illustrated brush text is pressed in bronze foil, giving the invite a lovely, memorable look. You can choose from several different color themes, foil colors, and silhouettes to make it even more personal to you and your partner. Trust us: Your guests will remember this invite for its originality and thoughtful touches.
Zola Saranac Wedding Invitation
If your wedding date falls towards the end of autumn, this invitation from Zola might be the one for you. Featuring both watercolor greenery and elegant string lights at the top of the card, it encapsulates the late fall, early winter season spectacularly. You can add a gold foil option, too, to make it even more in line with the time of year, and even change the silhouette of the invitation to be rounded instead of square.
Paper Source Lautaret Foil Wedding Invitation
With light pink and white flowers and greenery making up the border, this foil-stamped wedding invitation from Paper Source is such a pretty choice for anyone having a fall wedding (or any wedding, really!). The floral framing adds a delicate, intricate touch, and the accompanying response cards, menus, programs, and information cards have a similarly appealing look. Personalize the cards however you like, and you’ll end up with the invitation suite of your autumnal dreams.
Zola Gramercy Invitation
No invitation says “fall wedding” quite as strongly as this eye-catching option from Zola. The red- and gold-toned wildflowers evoke the prettiest autumn sunset and contrast the solid gray background in a bold, satisfying way. Even more, although the rest of the cards in the invitation suite match the theme, they each interpret it differently, so you can enjoy the design and colors in several, equally attractive iterations.
Penelope's Paper Pantry Romantic Fall Wedding Invitation
Etsy has a ton of pretty wedding invites that work well for fall events, but this dark-hued design stands out for its arresting color scheme and romantic vibe. Depicting both fall leaves and a haze of glowing lights, the invite is a serious stunner, and an amazing budget option that won't break the bank.
Minted Wedding in Aspen Invitation
Despite what the name says, you don’t have to get married in Colorado to use this gorgeous, foil-pressed invitation from the Minted + Brides collection. With a rust color theme and bronze foil, the hues are ideal for autumn, and the watercolor florals make it especially apt for the season. If you love the look but want an invite with a more unique feel, you can even customize the actual shape of the paper for an extra special touch.
Zazzle Modern Abstract Watercolor Terracotta Wedding Invitation
How beautiful is this wedding invitation from Zazzle? The hand-painted watercolors framing the edges are nothing less than spectacular, and the color scheme of burnt orange, dark green, light pink, rich brown, and beige evoke serious autumnal vibes. The faux metallic glitter foil and bold script font are just icing on the cake, as this invite truly has it all—including an affordable price point.
Shutterfly Blooming Nuptials Wedding Invitation
The design of this lovely invitation, available on Shutterfly, practically screams fall. From the red- and orange-hued flowers around the edges to the gold foil color, it's an invite that truly incorporates the best of what the season has to offer. To customize, chose from six different card shapes, two background colors, and three foil options.
Minted Arched Pampas Invitation
Another creation from the Minted + Brides collection, this stunning invite will stand out from the crowd in the best way possible. It features a vibrant bouquet of botanical greenery and pampas grass, making it a perfect choice for fall weddings with a more artsy, boho feel. Select one of the seven earthy background hues, or customize it even further with your own color combo.
Shutterfly Barn Door Wedding Invitation
You’ve never seen a wedding invitation quite like this one. Called the "Barn Door" invite for a reason, this card features two beautiful wooden panels that open up to reveal a photo and the details of your wedding, however you choose to display them. With the greenery trim, rustic feel, and interactive design, it will get your guests in the mood for your autumnal big day.
Artifact Uprising Foil-Stamped Geometric Wedding Invitation
Geometric shapes are increasingly popular choices for fall wedding decor, and this unique invitation, available on Artificial Uprising, is a prime example of how cool (yet timeless!) the look can be. The invite itself has an attractive, minimalistic feel, and the gold, copper, silver, or burgundy foil options add a pop of shine. It’s a great pick for a wedding at any time of year, but especially fall, since the colors flawlessly match the foliage.
Paper Source September Herbarium Wedding Invitation
Available on Paper Source, this adorable, floral-heavy invitation is great for a laid back autumn wedding. The flowers and greenery are colored in a mix of vibrant pinks, greens, and reds, while the background is a lovely pale pink that perfectly complements the inner white rectangle. Don’t forget to order the matching response and information cards, too, which also feature the same adorable florals and vivid color scheme.
Zola Stara Landscape Invitation
Does your wedding have a rustic theme? This whimsical, unique invitation from Zola, will set the tone perfectly. From the pretty florals and hanging mason jars to the elegant, yet inviting, calligraphy, this invitation truly stands out from the crowd—and it will look wonderful hanging on guests’ fridges until the big day. It’s especially ideal for anyone getting married in an outdoor setting like a barn or backyard.
Penelope's Paper Pantry Rustic Navy Floral Fall Wedding
The dark blue wood background, the lush greenery and flowers lining on the side, the bright gold and white text—every aspect of this invitation says “fall wedding” in the best way. Instead of the classic orange and yellow hues of fall, we love that this design shows off a jewel toned palette.
Artifact Uprising Venamour Botanical Invitation
This foil-stamped wedding invitation features gold foil and lush florals to give the simple, timeless design an autumnal feel. Every option for the envelope color, too, matches that fall vibe, as do the rest of the options in the beautiful invitation suite. Additionally, you can customize both sides of the invite to make it even more special and personal.
Zazzle Terracotta Boho Wedding Invitation
This simple, eye-catching invitation features a terracotta border frame, a white overlay, an elegant script, and space for not one, but two photos of your choice. The minimalist, earth-toned design makes it a particularly great pick for weddings with a more boho or contemporary feel.
Minted Madly Deeply Wedding Invitation
Another invitation from the Minted + Brides collection, this gorgeous foil-pressed option features watercolor foliage and golden hints throughout the card. The moon color theme gives it a lovely autumnal feel, which is only helped by the striking gold foil color. The floral design becomes even more appealing when you see how it’s used in different forms on the rest of the invitation suite, like the envelopes and liners.
What to look for in a fall wedding invitation
The color palette is key when selecting an autumn wedding invitation. Look for warm tones that reflect what's happening in nature during the season: golden yellow, persimmon orange, deep burgundy, and more. Also, think about where you're holding your wedding. If it's a spot that is more rustic and pastoral—think barns, forests and fields—let your wedding invitation reflect that.
What are some other ways that I can incorporate fall Into my wedding?
First and foremost: get married outdoors, as long as the weather allows. At outdoor fall weddings, Teglas says, “couples are just meshing with the nature and the beauty of what we have around us.” That means vibrant leaves, lush foliage, and natural elements.
You can also easily add those gorgeous fall colors into the decor of the wedding, Teglas adds, such as by including gold napkins or red florals, or even by wearing a flower crown made with vivid, seasonal blooms.
What else can I do to give my wedding invitations a special touch?
One popular option, Teglas notes, is using the invite “as the start of your theme, and carrying that through to the wedding.” If you went heavy on jewel tones, for instance, incorporate those colors into other aspects of your event, such as the linens or tableware. “When you go an extra step and keep everything blended, it’s just so nice,” says Teglas, noting how a unified color scheme can make detail photos of the invitation on your wedding day especially lovely.
Another idea includes using your invites to walk guests through the journey of your relationship, through watercolor drawings or personalized maps. “It does take time, but it's always beautiful when you get story of the couple in the invitation and not just their names and info,” says Teglas.
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