If you're planning an autumn wedding, pumpkins might not be at the top of your must-have décor list. But with their range of hues, sizes, and textures, these versatile and undeniably autumnal fall decorating elements can make a chic and striking statement.
But first things first: It's best to skip the jack-o-lanterns and black-and-orange accents to avoid Halloween associations. Instead, consider your wedding color palette and overall décor vibe and adapt your strategy accordingly. For instance, if you're going for a seasonally fall feel, you can opt for pumpkins in traditional orange and subtly incorporate them throughout your wedding day for consistency.
A few favorite ideas? Lining them up as aisle markers, placing them on a welcome table, or sending guests home with them at the end of the night. If your color palette clashes with bright orange, consider buying faux options or a few cans of spray paint. When done in different hues, pumpkins can add texture to your décor without taking away from the design's overall aesthetic (think metallic tones for an elevated vibe and white for a more subdued look).
If you're after an organic take on the stereotypically seasonal décor, pair pumpkins with other fruits and vegetables (like squash and apples) for an effortlessly chic market-style vibe.
We’ve rounded up a dozen favorite ways to incorporate the beloved gourd into your big day, and trust us, these ideas are anything but basic.
Line the Aisle
Make your fall wedding décor the center of attention (literally) by lining the ceremony aisle with pumpkins in various shapes and sizes. The seasonal favorite—shown here in shades of green, white, and orange—can add a rustic touch to any setting and frame the aisle for the perfect photo op.
Post ceremony, consider guiding guests to their reception seats by attaching escort cards to mini pumpkins. This look can be accomplished in a number of ways, but we're especially into the blue-and-white look shown because it complements the wedding's color palette. To recreate this display for your own wedding, simply tie ribbon (in any color!) to individual white pumpkins, then arrange them on a vertical structure like a cabinet or bookshelf to show them off.
Add a Touch of Glam
If you're going for a more elevated vibe, meet your new best friend: spray paint. Pumpkins can be painted any color you'd like, but we're partial to a metallic hue if you're looking to elevate the rustic look.
Accentuate the Setting
Pumpkins can also serve as an accents for otherwise understated areas, like this natural table display. Paired with bistro chairs and an arrangement of pampas grass, the pumpkins play up the autumnal aesthetic without overshadowing the set-up.
Decorate the Table
Of course, you can't forget about pumpkins when setting the table. Underscore your fall vibe by putting them front and center. But, as with any centerpiece, remember that the décor shouldn't overwhelm the table or your dinner guests. Avoid this faux pas by scattering the pumpkins throughout and keeping them below eye level.
Set the Mood
When decorating with pumpkins, it's important to remember that you're working with produce that is not symmetrical or perfect in its design. Pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes, so work with what you've got by creating bundles of mismatched pairings. Overall, this intentional yet carefree approach can create a relaxed, warm, and welcoming look.
Play Up the Season
Another favorite idea is decorating the table with purely fresh produce. When done right, this concept evokes chic market vibes, even when done on a budget. Our only suggestion is to take the theme and run with it, meaning avoid the candelabras and chandeliers and keep the rest of the décor equally laid back and casual.
If you're looking for a really unexpected way to decorate the table, copy Casa de Perrin and create fresh works of art. Keep this look more "creative" and less "craft project" by sticking to a simple and cohesive palette, as shown here in blue and white.
Mark Each Seat
With a slip of paper and a loop of string, custom name cards can be inserted or attached to pumpkins letting everyone know where they’re going to be seated. After use, they’ll make great guest favors at the end of the night.
Play With Different Styles
We've said it once, and we'll say it again: Fall wedding décor does not have to mean rustic. This decidedly modern setting incorporates midcentury-inspired glasses and candlesticks alongside pampas grass and gold-accented gourds.
Highlight the Head Table
Mark your distinguished seats with an extra special display of pumpkins. Here, we love how their warm tones are repeated in the table candles and blooms up above.
Mark Your Exit
Before the clock strikes midnight, make one final getaway surrounded by an abundance of pumpkins. Talk about a major photo op moment—and perfect end to your fall wedding.