If you haven't heard, September and October are 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 some of the 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 the 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.
Don't take our word for it. Keep reading to see why we love fall weddings so much. You'll find 39 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 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 incorporates botanical accents, textured details, and tonal hues like yellow, green, and cooper.
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 warm hue of the branches coordinates with the room's worn brick walls and wooden window paneling.
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 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.
Set Up a Lounge
We know we already mentioned comfy ceremony seating, but this idea applies to cocktail hour as well. Fall is a season for gathering, so ensure your guests do the same with a distinguished lounge area (or a few).
Consider Batch Cocktails
If you're doing signature cocktails, consider serving them in batches. This cuts down on guests' wait time in the bar line—plus, they look pretty special when marked with a 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 of a seasonal taste.
We're always fans of a farm-to-table menu. And with all the produce in season, why not make a show 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.
Accomplish that casual vibe we've mentioned before by having games at cocktail hour. We've seen giant games of Jenga, Connect Four, and corn hole. (Personalization is encouraged but not required.)
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 touch 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 (made out of horsehair) 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 unique way to create just that, especially after dark. A favorite of ours? Copper lanterns (plus, a garland of magnolia leaves) at the reception entrance.
Bring the Outdoors Inside
As you might be able to tell, we can't get enough of autumnal leaves. We'd honestly cover every surface with them—much like planner Calder Clark did here when she covered columns inside an industrial space with maple leaves.
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.
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.
Decorate with Pumpkins
Well, we've found the great pumpkin. This mixture of mini ones (in shades of blue, gold, orange, and white) balances perfectly with matte china and antique-looking charger sets by Casa de Perrin.
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
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 floral designer Saipua did here with dried blooms and branches.
Have a "Branded" Photo Booth
Let's be honest: Your guests are gonna want to document the night on the 'gram. Give them a place to stand that's unique but not distracting.
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.
Serve Mini Pies
When most people think of fall holidays, they think of pies. Which is why a mini confection is the perfect fall wedding favor—especially when packaged with a takeout box, fork, and thank you note.
Make the Perfect Getaway
Embrace the traditional rustic-ness of a fall wedding with your exit. This vintage truck makes for one pretty photo op—and one finishing touch of fall wedding décor.