39 Fall Wedding Décor Ideas for the Ultimate Seasonal Celebration

Think warm colors, textural florals, and plenty of creative details

Updated 09/13/19

 Photo by Judy Pak

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!

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Embrace the Foliage

Photo by Rebecca Hollis Photography

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.

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Say "I Do" in a Rustic Setting

Photo by Ashley Brown, Shining Light Photography

Take this ceremony scene as proof that "rustic" can be done in an elevated way. There are no mason jars or hay bales here! Instead, this couple created a rustic-chic setting with bench seating, warm blankets, and natural greenery accents.

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Set the Tone

invitations

Photo by Olivia Rae James; Planning by Gregory Blake Sams Events; Stationery by Mary Mac Wilson

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.

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Welcome Guests

welcome box

Photo by Lacie Hansen; Planning by Callista & Company; Paper Products by Copper Willow Paper Studio

The welcome gift is another chance to make a great first impression. In our research, we've learned that guests really just want something to eat and drink so we suggest making those a priority. Take a cue from this box by including seasonal favorites like local brews and honey.

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Showcase Seasonal Blooms

bouquet

Photo by Forged in the North; Design by Jove Meyer Events; Florals by Doan Ly of A.P. Bio

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).

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Set a Dress Code

guests

Photo by Isabelle Selby Photography; Design by Jove Meyer Events

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.

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Decorate with Branches

Photo by Morning Light by Michelle Landreau; Floral Design by Floressnce Flowers

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.

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Provide Comfortable Seating

ceremony seating

Photo by Nancy Neil; Design by Bash Please

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.

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Serve Apple Cider

Photo by Elisa Bricker; Design by Jacin Fitzgerald

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.

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Light Sage Bundles

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Photo by Evan Hopman

Good vibes only! The ancient ritual of burning sage is a perfect addition to your wedding day. We suggest incorporating it into the ceremony—or, if you want to include the crowd, put a bundle of the lucky herb at each place setting.

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Write Personalized Thank You Notes

Photo by Simply Sarah Photography

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.

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Set Up a Lounge

lounge

Photo by Rachel Havel; Planning by Bluebird Productions; Florals by Prema Style; Rentals by House of Yonder

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 distinguished lounge area (or a few!).

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Make the Bar a Focal Point

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Photo by Isabelle Selby Photography; Design by Jove Meyer Events; Florals by East Olivia; Rentals by Rent Patina

Match the signature cocktails to the rest of the decor—that way, you can put the ingredients on display (in chic, minimalistic vessels) without the bar feeling cluttered. We're obsessed with this oh-so-perfect pairing of bright flowers and light wood.

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Incorporate Natural Elements

Table with Flowers

Photo by For the Love of It

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.

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Consider Batch Cocktails

batch cocktail

 Photo by Meg Smith Photography; Catering by Paula LeDuc Fine Catering & Events

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.

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Add Seasonal Infusions

Photo by Anna Delores Photography; Flowers by Coco Rose Designs; Design by Vanessa Noel Events; Cocktails by Soiree Center

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.

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Showcase Local Brews

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Photo by Lacie Hansen; Planning by Callista & Company

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.

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Do Farm-to-Table—Literally!

farm to table station

Photo by Rachel Havel; Planning by Ashley Nicole Events; Catering by Catering by Design

 

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!

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Play Games

cornhole

Photo by Olivia Rae James; Planning by Gregory Blake Sams Events 

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!)

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Think Beyond Paper

Photography by Arturo Diluart; Styling by Mila Diluart

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.

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Consider Two-in-One Favors

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Photo by Alex Bramall; Planning by Firefly Events

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.

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Make a Statement Entrance

lanterns

Photo by Eric Kelley

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.

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Bring the Outdoors Inside

reception

Photo by Ryan Ray Photography; Planning by Calder Clark; Floral Design by Blossoms Events

If you can't tell, we really cant 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.

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Layer with Rugs

rehearsal dinner

Photo by Heather Waraksa; Planning by Classic Events NYC

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.

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Create a Cozy Setting

Photo by Tec Petaja; Design by Calder Clark

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).

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Make the Menu Memorable

Leather-Bound Menus

Photo by Isabelle Selby Photography; Menu by Fourteen-Forty; Event Design by Jove Meyer Events; Catering by Fig & Pig Catering

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.

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Play with Produce

tablescape

Photo by Rachel Gomez Photography; Design by Calluna Events; Florals by Siloh Floral Artistry; Rentals by Yonder House and Eclectic Hive

As we mentioned, we're obsessed with mixing textures and colors this season. Take this photo, with its yellow and blue color combo and tomatoes and wildflowers, as evidence.

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Embrace the Bare Table

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Photo by James & Schulze; Design by Bluebird Productions; Florals by Mindy Rice Design

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.

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Decorate with Pumpkins

pumpkin tablescape

Photo, Tabletop Design, & Rentals by Casa de Perrin

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.

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Incorporate Rustic Accents

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Photo by Alex Bramall; Design by Firefly Events; Florals by Saipua

This tablescape feels mismatched yet cohesive with vintage china, wooden chargers, and wildflowers. The finishing touch? Bandanna napkins tied in a knot!

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Get Creative With Lighting

floral installation

 Photo by Lauren Fair Photography

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.

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Reinvent the Flower Wall

Photo by Heather Waraksa; Florals by Saipua; Venue by 99 Scott

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.

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Have a "Branded" Photo Booth

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Photo by James & Schulze; Design by Bluebird Productions

Let's be honest: Your guests are gonna want to 'gram. Give them a place to stand that's unique but not distracting.

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Embrace the Semi-Naked Cake

Photo by Petra Veikkola; Cakes by Gaggui

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.

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Add Festive Toppings

cake

Photo by Bright Bird Photography; Cake by Susie Cakes Bakery; Design by Bash Please

Finish the night off with one final touch of fall.

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Serve Mini Pies

Photo by Heather Waraksa; Pie by Luckybird Bakery

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.

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Gift Herb-Infused Favors

wedding favor

Photo by Julie Paisley; Design & Styling by Birds of a Feather Events; Labels by Southern Fried Paper

After an event focused on food, send everyone home with something they can use in their kitchen. We're into these perfectly packaged bottles of infused oils.

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Have a Fire Pit (S'mores Optional)

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Photo by Lacie Hansen; Planning by Callista and Company

Every fall wedding should end with a campfire. End of story.

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Make the Perfect Getaway!

Photo by Carrie Patterson; Design by Easton Events; Floral Design by Lily and Company

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!

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