If you haven't heard, September and October are now the most popular months to say "I do." And it's really no surprise why. Fall weddings involve not-too-hot, not-too-cold weather, seasonal cocktails (hello, apple cider!), and décor elements in the some of prettiest shades of the rainbow (orange, red, yellow, and more).
Plus, let's be honest: Fall is naturally a beautiful time of year. There are gorgeous leaves on the trees; bright flowers (like dahlias, marigolds, and zinnias) in bloom, and items like pumpkins, gourds, and fresh fruits (apples, pears, pomegranates) at the market. Why not utilize them in your fall wedding décor? We think you should and found plenty of creative ways to embrace the season—from leaf-accented escort cards to pumpkin centerpieces and arbors of fresh foliage.
Beyond the seasonal beauty, we also love the cozy, casual vibe that comes with fall wedding season. There's something special—dare we say magical!—about seeing couples embrace unique color palettes (think yellow with blue and orange with brown) and creative, experience-minded ideas like mini beer flights and customized corn hole games.
Take our word for it, and keep reading to see why we love fall weddings so much. You'll find 39 fall wedding décor ideas that might just convince you to celebrate with the season's foliage at your back—and with plenty of warm beverages, cozy blankets, and romantic candlelight at your table. Check them out below!
Embrace the Foliage
Take advantage of your surroundings and play up the textures and colors of fall. You can accomplish this look—even if you aren't marrying in a forest!—by incorporating fresh foliage into the day's décor details like escort cards, centerpieces, and the altar itself. We especially love how this organic structure makes a statement impression while also blending into the environment.
Set the Tone
A wedding invitation is your first opportunity to share your wedding vision with guests. So, if you're experimenting with color in your décor (more on that later!), go ahead and begin with the invitation suite. We're obsessed with this bold design, which incorporate botanical accents, textured details, and tonal hues like yellow, green, and cooper.
Showcase Seasonal Blooms
There's something simple yet beautiful about carrying a single flower variety. We're all for this bundle of wild cornflowers, tied together with a dusty blue ribbon, but you can recreate this look with any in-season variety (like marigolds and dahlias).
Set a Dress Code
We all know the environment is important. And so are the photos! If you want your guests to coordinate with the setting you've so tirelessly created, consider giving guidelines (within reason) for what to wear. We love the idea of a rainbow of warm-toned hues, as shown here.
Decorate with Branches
You can bring the fall foliage indoors, especially when saying "I do" in a window-filled space. This look is particularly stunning because the branches' warm hue coordinates with the room's worn brick walls and wooden window panelling.
Provide Comfortable Seating
Comfort is key—especially at the ceremony! If you're marrying outside, make sure everyone is warm and cozy by providing a blanket on the back of each seat.
Serve Apple Cider
We believe that every wedding needs a signature cocktail—and that every fall wedding should have a spiked apple cider. The seasonal favorite can be served warm or cold and garnished with spices such as cinnamon and rosemary.
Write Personalized Thank You Notes
We love the idea of thanking each guest individually with a handwritten note. (It is the season for being grateful, after all!). These calligraphed letters are guaranteed to make an impression with everyone, especially when displayed with a fresh apple favor.
Incorporate Natural Elements
Think beyond foliage to add other natural elements (such as natural wood, cotton, and grasses) to your wedding décor. This bundle of cotton goes perfectly with the rustic vibe of fall weddings, yet the acrylic pedestal makes it feel decidedly chic and elevated.
Consider Batch Cocktails
If you're doing signature cocktails, consider serving them in batch. This cuts down on guests' wait time in the bar line—plus, they look pretty special when marked with creative name and label.
Add Seasonal Infusions
There's something moody about a dark beverage, even if it's not made with dark liquor. We think these blackberry-infused cocktails look especially yummy—plus, you can add apple flavors for even more seasonal taste.
Showcase Local Brews
No fall bar is complete without seasonal brews! You can take this idea to the next level by having tasting flights for every guest, as wedding planner Callista Osburn of Callista and Company did her own fall wedding.
We're always fans of a farm-to-table menu. And with all the produce in season, make a show of it, why not make a display of it? This couple made their own market—named T + F after their first initials—at cocktail hour, and it made for some unique photos—and, perhaps, some practical favors for guests!
Think Beyond Paper
When assigning guests seats, it can be fun to consider something other than a folded white card. This is an opportunity to incorporate another seasonal touches such as the delicate leaves shown here.
Consider Two-in-One Favors
Another idea is to make the escort card and favor one. At this Wyoming wedding, the couple gave each guest a key chain along with their seat assignment.
Make a Statement Entrance
Lights, camera, action! A fall wedding is all about the warm ambiance so think of a creative way to create just that, especially after dark. A favorite of ours? Copper lanterns (plus, a garland of magnolia leaves) at the reception entrance.
Layer with Rugs
We're all for the cluster of lights up above, but it's really the printed rugs below that make this tent feel home-y. We'd gladly have dinner here.
Create a Cozy Setting
It's important to make everyone comfortable at dinner—chances are, it's where they'll be spending the majority of the night. You can accomplish this by sitting everyone at long dining tables, providing blankets, and decorating with candlelight and warm hues (like the blankets and water glasses, here).
Make the Menu Memorable
A fall wedding is about the food so play it up with creative, customized menus. This one (by Fourteen-Forty) is especially cool because it features sophisticated leather on the outside and whimsical watercolor illustrations on the inside.
Embrace the Bare Table
Every detail of this table—from the orange blooms to the wooden cross-back chairs—feels like the epitome of fall. And we're here for it all. But if we had to choose a favorite piece, we'd say it's the rustic base that really ties it all together.
Incorporate Rustic Accents
This tablescape feels mismatched yet cohesive with vintage china, wooden chargers, and wildflowers. The finishing touch? Bandanna napkins tied in a knot!
Get Creative With Lighting
Finish each table off with an abundance of lighting. At this wedding, the couple used tall taper candles (in a fun color!) below an installation of Edison bulbs—and more fall foliage, naturally.
Reinvent the Flower Wall
And instead consider covering the bar with dried florals. The bar is the most popular spot, so why not make it the focal point? We love the idea of covering it with something unexpected, as Saipua did here with dried blooms and branches.
Embrace the Semi-Naked Cake
Semi-naked cakes will be in style every season but they look especially fall-like when covered in a dark caramel drizzle, blackberries, and dark flower buds.