10 Fall Wedding Colors That Are Beyond Gorgeous

From the expected to the color pops, we've got your fall wedding palette covered

Updated 10/31/17

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

With fall wedding season upon us, everyone in the BRIDES office wants to think about the delicious, rich colors that come with this season’s pretty palette. It’s no wonder that fall wedding’s are fast becoming the most popular time to get married—aside from the crisp weather and some of our favorite holidays, the colors that come with the changing of the season make for the perfect décor palette.

Not just the colors that you see in nature (fiery reds, yellows, and oranges), but beautiful jewel tones and deep, dramatic hues are also apropos if you’re having your wedding during the fall months. Here are our favorite seasonal colors you have to have for your wedding—and suggestions on what to pair them with—plus ideas on how you can sneak it into your décor in unexpected ways. Remember, don’t be scared to play around with what you may think are unexpected colors for the season you're getting married in—sometimes it just takes a little experimentation to get the perfect palette!

1. Black

Reception Table

Photo by Sarah Falugo

Black isn't just reserved for suits and tuxes! Add it to your tables with candlesticks to pump up the moodiness, or even via your centerpieces—anemones have a black center and are a super versatile flower. Get creative when you're pairing it with other colors—seriously, don't be shy! Instead of just going with the expected black and white combo, add in some antiqued gold and jewel tones to make your palette a little more rich.

2. Apricot

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

Apricot may not be the first color that comes to mind when you think of fall colors, but when you use alongside surprising pops of dark red and burgundy (like in these figs and chocolate cosmos) the once spring-y color feels much more fall-y.

3. Navy

Nametags on table

Photo by Danielle DeFiore Photography

Sneak in some navy details via reception decor accessories if you don't want to go TOO dark. We love the idea of lining your tables with navy blue bud vases of varying sizes and filling them with a mix of white flowers and pretty orange, red, and burgundy foliage.

4. Cranberry

Photo by Kristen Kilpatrick Photography

A very fall-ish color indeed, this pretty color can sneak in through flowers (we love mixing it in with pops of pink—who says pink and red is just for Valentine's Day??), or how about making your escort cards calligraphed pomegranates?

5. Slate Gray

Photo by Christine Lim Photography

Deep, dark, dramatic gray. Sexy! Compliment it with shades of rich purple and lighter shades of gray (hey, maybe even throw in some black) for a sultry décor scheme.

6. Plum

Fritillaria Wedding Bouquet

Photo by Kate Osborne

Plum has a way of working very specifically with certain other colors—and can go tacky if you don't choose the right shade and incorporate it in the right way. It works well when you use it with other darker flowers, or is subtly used in your paper goods. Steer clear of using plum in your table linens—too much purple can be dizzying!

7. Cornflower

Lucite Table Number

Photo by Ashley Sawtelle

This color is like a happier shade of denim. We like how this table has a cornflower runner and lots of wood accents—the natural textures add a little breathing room to this color so that it doesn't turn too sweet or juvenile.

8. Pinky-Orange

Chantel Marie

That's the official name of this color, right?? It almost reminds us of a deeper shade of sherbet, with a little added sophistication. Think of it as burnt orange's prettier sister. A little more feminine, a little more sophisticated.

9. Copper

Photo by Carrie Patterson

You know we had to get a metallic in the mix. Copper works pretty much year round, and for fall add dark colors in with the copper to really make it pop—like the black of this escort card display as a backdrop!

Burgundy

Deep Red Peony Bouquet

Photo by Readyluck

And to close on a classic, there's no end to how you can get burgundy into your fall wedding decor. It's pretty much a must-have color if you're getting married this time of year!

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