10 Fall Wedding Decor Ideas

Wedding arch is on the background of autumn trees and house.
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The fall—October in particular—is one of the most popular times to get married in many cities throughout the United States and beyond. The weather, though sometimes cool and crisp, is still more favorable than the summer’s hottest weeks. Outdoor ceremonies, lawn games during cocktail hour, and receptions feel more enjoyable. There are still plenty of flowers available and in season. Menus can change, new drinks are welcomed, and bonfires feel fun and festive. And, color palettes, whether they’re bold and bright, moody and darker, or inspired by the foliage that’s changing in the landscape, truly make fall come alive.

This season is more than pumpkins, Halloween, and black, white, and orange. Fall is about gathering, layering, rich tones, and plenty of texture. From invitations and bridesmaids’ dresses to tablescapes and late-night treats, we’re sharing 10 ways to welcome fall into your wedding day.

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    Burgundy and Gold Wedding Invitations

    Burgundy and gold wedding invitations
    Valerie Darling Photography

    Your wedding invitation sets the tone for your wedding day by offering a peek inside your celebration’s style, colors, and even textures. When you think of fall, burgundy and gold always come to mind. As a result, a burgundy and gold wedding invitation would be as fitting for a rustic romantic fete as it would be for a black-tie soiree thanks to the rich textures and elegant calligraphy.

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    Bouquets of Fall Foliage

    Rustic fall foliage wedding bouquet
    Jen Fariello

    Fall foliage is the hallmark of the season, and bouquets that include leaves in their design are an ideal way to display them. It allows the bouquet to feel seasonal and texture-filled, and it also leaves plenty of room for additional greens and berries. You could also opt to include in-season flowers, like dahlias and garden roses for a lusher design. 

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    Moody Bridesmaid Dresses

    Jenny Yoo off the shoulder bridesmaid dress
    This Modern Romance

    Jenny Yoo designs bridesmaids’ dresses the ladies in any wedding party can and will want to wear again. This off the shoulder design feels appropriate, since the sleeves add a little more coverage, and the burgundy hue is just right for autumn.

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    Fall Ceremony Arch

    Fall wedding arch
    Rebecca Hollis Photography

    As featured on Brides, fall-themed arches are stunning. Thanks to the leaves incorporated throughout, they will make your wedding ceremony instantly feel like fall. Not to mention it’s a beautiful piece that could be transitioned throughout your event. It may start in your ceremony, but then it could also act as the backdrop to your sweetheart table if your space is serving double-duty.

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    Apple Cider-Inspired Signature Drinks

    Apple cider fall wedding signature drink
    Mademoiselle Fiona Wedding Photography

    Temperatures can dip during the fall, and apple cider feels like the most festive drink. Think about serving apple cider before your ceremony if you’re welcoming guests with refreshments. You can incorporate cider into a signature cocktail, or serve apple cider as part of a late-night treat.

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    Cozy Cool Accessories

    A bride wears a custom leather jacket
    Matt Horan Photography

    A light coat will look and feel like a great accessory at a fall wedding. Rather than simply adding a leather jacket or a jean jacket, have it customized. A custom jacket is also a great gift idea for your bridesmaids.

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    Leaf Escort Cards

    Fall wedding escort cards
    Ali Harper

    Skip the typical wedding escort cards. Calligraphers can write on nearly any surface, leaves included, and the brown tones paired with the white ink looks fantastic in these escort cards. Make sure to tape or clip your leaves onto a surface to protect them from the wind.

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    Apple and Pomegranate Wedding Cake

    Fall wedding cake with ruffled layers and seasonal fruit
    Landon Jacob

    You'll love the red, green, and white color palette of this cake, which was photographed by Landon Jacob; the design incorporates in-season apples and pomegranates. Adding greens and additional fruit to a wedding cake allows it to double as a dramatic display in addition to simply placing your cake on a table.

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    Flower and Gourd Centerpiece

    Fall wedding centerpieces
    Jessica Lynne Studios

    This fall wedding centerpiece from Wedding Chicks features in-season burgundy blooms as well as plenty of greenery. However, what sticks out the most is how it beautifully incorporates gourds and pumpkins. The candles and mustard-colored glasses help to tie the fall palette and look together.

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    DIY S'mores Bar

    S'more station at a fall wedding
    Stacey Hedman

    It wouldn’t be a fall wedding without s’mores. Whether guests are invited to make their own by a bonfire or your bakery provides them for everyone, s’mores are a late-night snack favorite. Plus, if you don’t like cake, s’mores offer a great alternative.