There are a multitude of reasons why more and more couples are saying "yes" to a fall wedding. Not only is the weather (and the light!) totally amazing, couples that say "I do" during autumn have a fresh color palette of warm reds, bright oranges, and pale yellows to work with. While there's plenty we love about fall nuptials, one of our favorite aspects has to be the harvest-inspired reception tablescape.
After a summer filled with bright pink and white centerpieces, there's something downright magical about a warm-colored reception and cozy seating. So how do you turn your space into one brimming with harvest-inspired details? While there are a lot of ways to ensure your reception is filled with autumnal style, there are a few surefire ways to give your guests a taste of the season. Among our favorites are seasonal flowers and greenery in warm hues, wooden details, plaid linens, and plenty of pumpkins.
There's no wrong way to create a fall tablescape, but there a lot of ways to do it right. Here, we share 17 favorite reception tables for a fall wedding, with countless ideas you can incorporate into your own party.
Hang Bistro Lights
If you want to share the love and make every table feel special, consider hanging bistro lights across the top of the entire reception space. This idea works to create a romantic, well-lit ambiance and can even add a casual touch to your event décor when done in a rustic, outdoor setting.
Use a Dark Linen
It's no secret that we're all about warm-toned hues for fall, but that doesn't mean we're totally against moody dark tones. The two palettes can be paired together, as demonstrated with this navy-backed tabletop. We're into this particular combo because the dark tablecloth doesn't overwhelm the tablescape—instead, the contrast makes the whole thing pop!
Add a Statement Runner
If a dark linen isn't your jam, do no tablecloth at all! If you opt for a rustic wooden table, consider dressing it up with a statement down the middle. This can be done with a garland of greenery, sheer draping, or even a sheet of papel picado as artist Karina Puente did at the Aspen wedding shown here.
Provide Comfy Seating
Do you want your guests to be comfy? We thought so! Ensure happy wedding guests by providing comfortable seating at the ceremony and reception. This can be accomplished in a number of ways, from spacious benches to cushioned bistro chairs—or even banquette seating, a la your favorite restaurant.
Choose a Unique Palette
We know we've already discussed our love of warm tones and dark accents, but we haven't quite hit on our favorite new color concept, and that's one that's combines two vibrant hues in a completely unexpected way. Take this yellow and blue display as proof that, sometimes, the most unexpected of color pairings can create one pretty place setting.
Set the Mood With Color
Once your color palette is decided on, spread it throughout the table décor in a way that doesn't feel too matchy matchy. You can accomplish this but using shades of your favorite tones (rather than an exact match!) splashed around the table's linens, paper goods, vessels, candles—and, of course, en masse with the flower arrangements!
Consider Copper Flatware
When choosing flatware for a fall wedding, we say skip silver and opt for a warmer-toned copper or gold. Copper especially feels especially elevated yet rustic—i.e. perfect for fall weddings!—this time of year, so we say go for it with copper chargers, mugs, utensils, and more.
Use Colored Candles
We're obsessed with taper candles in all colors, but we especially love them when they blend in with the rest of the wedding palette. Take this design as inspiration: Nude taper candles are woven between pale blue linens, garland of spirea branches, and more votive candles, for one curated, cohesive finish.
Focus on Statement Blooms
Fall calls for statement blooms, like dahlias and mums, so embrace them by incorporating the season's finest into your flower arrangements. Focusing on a few statement blooms (rather than an abundance of flowers) can even cut down your floral budget if you pair them with (free!) foraged fillers.
Of course, you can't forget about pumpkins when setting the table. Underscore your fall vibe by putting them front and center. See even more ideas here!