As Anne of Green Gables so aptly said, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” Nothing can beat a brilliant, fall-toned wedding complete with cool weather and unique seasonal touches that range from your food to décor options. Let’s dive into the world of rustic gold tones, shimmering candles, and cups of spiked apple cider!
Rustic Fall Ideas
The modern rustic trend lends itself beautifully to both an indoor or outdoor fall wedding. Pair the usual rustic elements with fall foliage, pumpkins, or baskets of fresh fruit. Keep the burlap runners and mason jars but fill them with popcorn seeds, acorns, cotton plants, or chosen flowers from your color palate. Hang up a gorgeous display of dried flowers around the bride and groom’s table and use pressed leaves as part of the embellishments for the seating cards. Those beautiful wedding arches would look spectacular covered in autumn verdure. Ideas like these will transform and set apart your wedding from the dozen other rustic weddings your friends have attended in the last few years.
Another unique opportunity that fall affords is the use of pumpkins and gourds. If your color choices are warm-toned, pumpkins in their original state are perfect additions to your table centerpieces, food tables, and added visual displays around the wedding venue. An evening wedding might feature elegantly carved pumpkins with flickering candles. Other couples use the hollowed-out pumpkins as vases for their flower bouquets or floating candles! And, of course, a gentle cascade of pumpkins and other fall gourds weaving their way down the center of the reception tables would make an amazing photo backdrop for your guests.
If orange isn’t in your color palate, simply spray paint the pumpkins to coordinate with your wedding theme. Shimmering gold, cream, or a soft silver can enhance whatever décor theme you have chosen! Include baskets of small pumpkins as wedding favors for the guests as they leave. The options are limitless with these beautiful autumn beauties!
Did anyone mention apples yet?
As popular as pumpkins are for fall weddings, the apple takes a close second. Imagine tall glass vases filled with apples and cranberries and then topped with choice flowers and greenery. Or think centerpieces comprised of candles, apples, and other fall plants running down the center of your tables with pomegranate seating cards adorning each place. However you choose to incorporate this beautiful fruit, it can add a surprising elegance! And, of course, the apple is incredibly versatile so it can serve a dual purpose for both décor and kid entertaining! Include a heaping basket of apples on the kid’s table to help quiet the hunger pangs of the little guests as they await dinner. You will earn the gratitude of every parent as the kids happily munch away! And for an additional laugh, make sure to include the game “Apples to Apples” at your game table if you plan to incorporate games at your reception.
Moving past the cream-toned rustic summer weddings, fall weddings provide the perfect opportunity to feature tonal ideas that can elevate and modernize the wedding. Using splashes of deep-hued colors paired with gold tones is a simply stunning choice. Add fall greenery or other balancing elements for a complete look that will frame your day in beauty. Fall palates range from coupling shades of red, white, pale pink and yellow together to the simple pairing of chocolate browns and oranges. Whatever your ultimate choice, let the autumn colors do the work for you!
A fall wedding discussion wouldn’t be complete without bringing up food and all the deliciousness that can be had by incorporating unique seasonal food choices. Autumn is all about the harvest, so why not choose to serve a tomato or minestrone soup with crusty French bread? Another rather cost-effective yet seasonal dinner option would be to set up a chili bar with pans of fresh cornbread and honey. Talk about filling and delicious! A popular foodie-pleasing option would be to offer cheese boards with mulled wine as part of your appetizers.
For the perfect fall dessert or sweet, set up a s’more table with all kinds of options for making this highly popular and nostalgic sticky treat. On a more elegant note, naked cakes are wildly popular, so create a striking fall look with a drizzle of dark caramel and a cascade of flowers and berries.
A signature cocktail like a pumpkin pie martini or a blackberry smash would be a perfect option for the autumn wedding. Cinnamon-rimmed glasses of apple cider (whether spiked or not) are a sure-fire crowd pleaser, and don’t forget how eager the little guests would be to drink cups of steaming hot chocolate!
With ideas like these, you can’t go wrong in planning the perfect fall wedding! May your day be filled with autumn beauty and lasting love!
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