When setting the table for a fall wedding, you have plenty of options in terms of colors and styles. But one thing is for certain: You want to draw your guests' attention to the center of the table. After all, fall is a time of social gatherings with family and friends—and if you think about it, that's exactly what your wedding is. That's where your centerpieces come in.
The No. 1 rule for centerpieces is to keep them low to the table. Why? So your guests can actually socialize and make contact with the people across from them! From there, the rest is really up to you, but, as we said, there are a number of questions to be answered: Candles or no candles? Crimson red or burnt orange flowers? Take the creative ideas and color palettes as your starting point, and then customize away for your style, your party, and your venue.
Keep reading for fall wedding centerpieces we love and start thinking about how you're going to dress your autumnal dinner table.
Fall is a season for farmers market runs and harvest moons, so why not incorporate that vibe into your table centerpieces? This arrangement of dried hydrangeas and pale pink roses looks especially striking next to a bundle of pears. The fruit picks up accents from the floral centerpiece to create a cohesive aesthetic.
Bright leaves may seem like an obvious choice for fall wedding decor, but that doesn't make them any less perfect. We love the texture that leaves add to an arrangement; in fact, you can think of them as your seasonal greenery. This centerpiece also makes a case for pairing a bright arrangement with a dark tablecloth for a little pop!
Yes, bright pink flowers can work for fall. Take this bundle of fresh blooms in shades of pinks and reds for example. It feels fresh and modern thanks to the flowers' warm undertones, the berry accents, and the table setting in general. Seriously, a bare wooden base and copper accents are all you need.
Again, pumpkins may be an expected choice, but this example is anything but. The set-up feels surprising for many reasons—with the first being that the pumpkins are painted in a mixture of both muted and metallic tones. The balance is striking, as is the bundled styling. The more, the merrier, right?!
For a more unexpected approach, you can substitute gourds, squashes, and other seasonal picks to create an organic setting.
The cloche is a centerpiece trend that's here to stay, as brides (and florists alike) love creating a mini showcase of special blooms. Translate this design for your table setting by mixing jars of various heights with votive candles for a romantic look that's full of texture.
We're generally obsessed with this combination of colors and textures. For fall, forget a tight arrangement of roses and create something like this with chocolate cosmos and dark, berry-colored accents. The figs are also a welcome addition!
This styling is definitely not part of some Gatsby-esque celebration. No, this feather-adorned centerpiece feels rustic yet elevated thanks to the browning foliage, yellow roses, and artichokes in the arrangement along with the gold accents and dark-hued tablecloth.
When it comes to metals, copper just seems to innately embody all that the season has to offer. These copper chargers and vases pair exquisitely with the saturated autumnal hues of the dahlias, zinnias, cosmos, and golden ferns. Crystal-cut glassware and gold accents create a tablescape that's the very essence of divine fall opulence.
Feel free to mix metals for an earthy tablescape. Copper, brass, and certain hues of gold can pair well together for a luxe, old-world look.
A candlelit glow is a must for any wedding celebration but even more so for a decadent, fall fête. Lean into the season's indulgent profile by forgoing the usual white tapers for deep navy, brooding burgundy, or moody black options. These soft taupe and gray additions add just the right amount of depth to the otherwise neutral palette of sages and ivories.
This centerpiece idea is quite similar to the previously mentioned cloche idea, but just so much more. Vintage birdcages harken back to a gilded era of romance and inject a hefty dose of drama. This brass wire design looks picture-perfect housing sprigs of eucalyptus and crimson florals highlighted by the warm glow of dove gray pillar candles.
Another way to incorporate autumn's signature dark tones is through the glassware. These saturated goblets pick up the deep burgundy and ripe blush tones in the floral centerpieces beautifully, creating a cohesive total look that really makes an impact. We love how traditional crystal-cut glasses add some contrast and levity.
No, not the bright red winter berries that resound of the holiday season. These spicy berries come in orange and yellow sunset tones that create a stunning blend when tucked amongst the soft florals and trailing greenery of early fall. Such a simple vehicle for transitioning from those late summer centerpieces into the bounty of autumn.
While powdery pinks and soft greens always have us feeling springtime fine, it's the dusty hues of autumn that emit all the cozy vibes. These delightfully bruised colors of persimmon- and paprika-toned blossoms emanate all the warmth of the gold accents and soothing flames surrounding them. The deep greenery and bare wood add grounding to the scene.
The homegrown comforts and laid-back simplicity of all things rustic embody the very essence of the season. While an all-out rustic bash is the style of choice for some, a few well-chosen accents can also make a statement. These chipped candlesticks evoke a sentimental note while complementing the lemon-colored velvet linens, organic floral centerpiece, and bounty of foraged fruit.
This is not the time for starkness and modernity. Autumn is all about the cozy and inviting, the luxury and the drama. This tablescape incorporates all of the softness from the plush silk linens in inky black to the fluffy textures in the jewel-toned centerpiece of amaryllis, pomegranates, garden roses, and greens.
Drama, drama, drama. Gilded metallic accents offer it in spades while simultaneously evoking all the warmth of the season. The spectacular golds in the candelabras, vases, votives, and trims contrast elegantly with the dark trailing greenery and deep crimson bulbs.
Airy blushes aren't only for warmer weather. With dusty undertones and deeper, mauve-tinged hues, they make for a stunningly soft fall color scheme. This romantic vista draws on it in spades, incorporating the color everywhere from the runner to the linens to the wild-looking centerpieces of pampas grass, asparagus fern, roses, pussy willow, and anthurium. The bare table and brass pieces add just enough depth to keep the theme grounded and supple.
Amber Waves of Grain
If it's harvest inspo you seek, you need not look any further. Beautiful in its simplicity and minimalism, all this Western theme requires is a few identical centerpieces of bundled wheat neatly tucked into vases running down the length of the table.
Harness the earthiness of this time of year by expertly mixing natural textures into one cohesive tablescape. Bare tables and praline-colored velvet create the perfect canvas for adding layers of depth in the form of marble candleholders and floral-filled terracotta vases.
Sugar and spice and everything nice—an adequate description of not only the season but also this centerpiece. Chocolate cosmos, mauve garden roses, saffron lisianthus, scarlet scabiosa, and burgundy dahlias carry all the spicy notes of fall festivities. Hints of brown velvet, gilded accents, fresh pears, succulent figs, and additional decor in eggplant and lilac complete the opulent, Dutch masters-inspired scene.
Cue the romance with a centerpiece that's sophisticated enough for a late-fall affair. Here, tall crystal vases filled with lush greenery and peonies eloquently adorn two long banquet tables. In addition to bringing an element of nature to the candlelit space, they're a perfect match for the black-and-white palette.
Set the ambiance of your reception—while keeping the overall vibe autumnal—with nude votive candles that provide a warm glow. Add in a fall floral arrangement consisting of peppergrass, lisianthus, heuchera, sage, scabiosa, and honey dijon roses for the perfect setup. Together, both elements help to create a centerpiece reminiscent of the season's changing foliage.