29 Fall Wedding Decor Ideas We're Loving in 2018

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

Updated 09/09/18

Photo by Judy Pak

There's something exciting about a change of season, and especially so when that season is fall. With fall comes good weather, great food, and even better company (everyone is back together after summer vacay!). Plus, beyond the general good vibes that come with the season, 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 fresh produce (apples, pears, pumpkins) in season.

Basically, all the highlights of fall double as elements of a great (and beautiful!) wedding. So, when gathering inspiration for the season, our editors decided to focus on what exactly makes a fall wedding so special, year after year. (It is the most popular season to say "I do," after all.) And this time, after years of twisting the look of fall with new takes on fall colors, et cetera, we found ourselves drawn to environments and palettes that felt almost stereotypically fall. But not in a cheesy way—there's not a pumpkin or gourd in sight in this gallery. Instead, we thought about the warm hues of the flowers and leaves (reds, yellows, oranges), plus the textures (woods, ceramics) associated with being in the great outdoors. And as you'll see in the gallery we created below, combining these textures and colors can result in gorgeous, natural, and seasonal wedding perfection in every shape and form (from tablescapes to invites and more).

Plus, in addition to our general inspo for the season, we threw in a few surprises from you. Take our new favorite color pairing (spoiler: it's yellow with blue!) and guest-pleasing ideas (think mini beer flights. So keep reading to see what is inspiring us this season—we hope it will inspire your own big day as well. And if you're still seaching for more pretty pics after all these slides, head over here and here for even more seasonal ideas. After all, we wouldn't dare limit our fall wedding inspiration to one post!

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A Color-Coordinated Bar

A Beautiful Bar

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. Let's also discuss the oh-so-perfect contrast between bright flowers and light wood, as evidenced in the above photo.

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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, custom menus. This one (by Fourteen-Forty) is especially cool because it features sexy leather on the outside and whimsical watercolor illos on the inside.

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Mini Beer Flights

beer flight

Photo by Lacie Hansen; Planning by Callista & Company

When a wedding planner gets married, you know the ideas are gonna be good. And this one is a new favorite! At her wedding this past fall, Callista Osburn of Callista and Company welcomed guests with flights of local brews. We suggest copying her idea to give your guests a literal taste of the surrounding area.

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A Beautiful 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. And with our new favorite combo of yellow and blue hues (plus wood, fresh veggies, and organic flowers), this photo is all the evidence we need.

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Keychain Escort Cards

Name tag tassels

Photo by Alex Bramall; Planning by Firefly Events

Two-in-one favors are all the rage. Why? They double as both an escort card and gift in one.

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A Cozy Lounge

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

No wedding is complete without a comfy lounge area. And this is especially important at a fall wedding when your goal is to make everyone feel warm and comfortable.

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An Organic Cake

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

We're not sure if this cake is actually made from organic ingredients, but we do know that it's a natural fit for fall.

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Wildflowers

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.

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Textural Place Settings

Photo by Birds of a Feather; Design by Vanessa Noel Events; Florals by Felisa Funes of Of The Flowers

Threat this as further proof that yellow and blue are our new favorite pairing. With this place setting, we're especially obsessed with how the frayed edge of the napkin looks against the raised-rimmed plates. And the flower touch, naturally.

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Special Seating

Photo by Nancy Neil; Design by Bash Please

If you're looking for ceremony inspo, look no further. We love the look of these simple wooden chairs paired with soft, branded blankets. We think your guests will too.

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A Wooden Escort Display

table assignments

Photo by James & Schulze; Planning and Design by Bluebird Productions

Made of actual logs of wood—yes, you read that right. Make like this detail-filled Aspen wedding by writing your guests names and table assignments on a pile of wood. Talk about something that feels authentically fall!

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A Seasonal Cocktail

Photo by Lacie Hansen; Design by Bash Please

Spiked apple cider? Say no more.

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A Statement Entrance

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. A favorite of ours? Copper lanterns that make a welcome statement.

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Tone-on-Tone Florals

bouquets

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

These may be our favorite bunch (natch!) of bouquets we've seen in a good while. Why? The mums and amaranthus feel whimsical and different even if your squad is in matching dresses (or, in this case, jumpsuits!).

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Copper Details

Photo by Lacie Hansen; Planning by Callista & Company; Florals by Studio Mondine; Rentals by La Tavola Fine Linen, Chic Event Rentals, Casa de Perrin

With this casual outdoor tablescape, we love how the copper-esque details (flatware, chargers, and even chairs) pop against the table's white linen base. The final touch? A pop of the same hue in a few statement blooms.

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Elegant Candleabras

table settings

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 the fancy iron candelabras, which singlehandedly elevate an otherwise rustic design.

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Papel Picado

Photo by James & Schulze; Art by Karina Puente; Planning by Bluebird Productions; Florals by Mindy Rice Design

Also, we must zoom in on the banner from the tablescape above. Artist Karina Puente created this decorative display of paper cut outs in the style of papel picado, a practice that originates in Mexico. Who knew it could look as natural in a mountain setting as it does on a beach in Mexico?!

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Sage Bundles

sage smudge sticks

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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Specialty Cocktail Mugs

Photo by Lacie Hansen; Planning by Callista & Company

It's no surprise that we still love copper for fall. That's why we're always suggesting a signature cocktail in copper mug. Take this idea to the next level by engraving each with something special—like your initials, a family crest, or even a landmark from your wedding location.

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Carpet Flooring

Photo by Heather Waraksa; Planning by Classic Events NYC

Rentals for the win at this couple's rooftop rehearsal dinner! We're all for the cluster of lights up above, but it's really the oriental rugs below that take this tent to the next level.

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A Branded Photo Booth

photo booth

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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Mix-and-Match Details

Wedding reception tablescape

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

We're obsessed with this tablescape of different patterns and textures, like vintage china, wooden chargers, and wildflowers. The finishing touch? Bandanna napkins tied in a knot.

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A Wooden Cake Stand

Photo by Jeremiah & Rachel Photography; Planning by Greenwood Events; Cake by Miss Patticakes

This photo is proof that a dark base can make a simple cake shine. We're especially into this one because it's rustic without being, um, too rustic!

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A Dress Code

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 so tirelessly created, give them guidelines (within reason) for what to wear. We love the rainbow of warm hues in the photo above.

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Wicker Lanterns

Photo by Heather Waraksa; Planning by Aab Creates; Florals by Saipua

Add texture at the top of your tent with unique lanterns. Also, take this photo as further proof of our wood-on-wood obsession.

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An Open-Air Structure

Photo by Jeremiah & Rachel Photography; Design by Greenwood Events

Embrace the season with vows in the great outdoors. This couple created a chapel in the woods (complete with the most epic aisle) for their scenic ceremony.

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A Basket of Flowers

flowers

Photo by James & Schulze; Florals by Mindy Rice Design

This bride was inspired by the colors of the late-summer harvest, so she had florist Mindy Rice create a bundle of wildflowers in an actual basket! We won't judge you for copying.

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A Fruit-Topped Cake

Photo by Olivia Rae James; Design by Luke Wilson Events; Cake by Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal

Apples, pears, and cranberries are in season this time of year. Feel free to take advantage by using fresh produce to decorate your cake on a budget.

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A Fire Pit (with S'mores!)

fire

Photo by Lacie Hansen; Planning by Callista and Company

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

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