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Fall Wedding Ideas 2012

Updated on June 15, 2012

Fall Wedding Ideas

Fall weddings are understated glamour. They are filled with rich colors and contrasted with a simple elegance. Here are ideas for your fall wedding.

This lens will give you ideas for your wedding dress, wedding style, wedding favors, foods ideas, and flowers. Hopefully after reading through my lens you will have gained valuable insight that will help your wedding be awesome.

Congratulations on your Engagement and Happy Futures.

Fall Inspired Weddings Cakes - Yummy.

Fall gives you the option to play with seasonal flavors that are fresh and warm. Skip the white cake with buttercream frosting and go for something glamorous such as pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting. Get the picture? Here are some really wonderful ideas for you to consider when planning your fall wedding:

Cake Flavors

-- Spice cake with blackberry filling

--Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

--Individual pumpkin pies with fresh whipped cream

Bold, Yet Minimal Colors

It can be an epic failure to add too much color to the cake. Feel free to stick with the typical fall colors like red, burnt orange and yellow, but don't be afraid to try something else. Think Kelly Green and Slate Gray or Blackberry and Light Yellow. The key here is to stick with classic ideas such as chocolate fondant with a trim in your color of choice.

Individual Wedding Cakes

Cake Pans

Curious to make the cake yourself? Think about individual cakes for each guest!

Fall Wedding Favor Ideas

Here are some beautiful fall favors for the perfect fall favors:

1. Caramel Apples

Have them packaged individually and tied off with a ribbon that matches your colors so guests can grab the treat as they exit without getting caramel on their nice clothes. These can be made on your own if you are having a small wedding, but I would suggest hiring help if you are doing more than 100 caramel apples.

2. Autumnal-Shaped Chocolates

Chocolate is always a favorite favor (who doesn't love a sweet after a night of dancing?), so consider chocolates in the shapes of maple leaves and acorns. Display them in individual boxes at each place setting or on trays near the dessert table.

3.Individual Apple Tarts

These pretty, sweet treats won't take the spotlight away from your cake, but it will be a reminder in the car ride home, that your wedding was spectacular.

4. Sunflower Seeds

Both for eating and for planting, packets of sunflower seeds are ideal for a rustic fall wedding. Display the packets on a table alongside fresh sunflowers in vases, or simply place little pouches filled with seeds at each setting.

5.Apple Butter

vWhether you buy it or make it yourself, apple butter is a unique fall favor that not only looks the part, but tastes great too. Package the sweet spread into mini jars; cover each jar lid with fabric to match your wedding day colors; and tie them off with a thin piece of raffia and a small thank-you note.

Ideas inspired by The Knot articles.

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Funky Fall Wedding Cake!

Fall Wedding Color Schemes

Color Scheme #1:

Color Scheme: Brown, orange, yellow, and red

Table Settings: Start with brown linens, burnt orange napkins, and brown thatch chargers, and try twig-like flatware with ivory plates. In terms of glassware, think orange-tinted wine glasses and salad plates.

Centerpieces: Tall reception centerpieces made of willow branches and plenty of fall wedding flowers -- like fresh dahlias, sunflowers, and calla lilies -- in shades of red, burnt orange, and yellow. Add romance to the ambience and illuminate each table with candles in small clay votives.

Sweet Extra: Add a sugar cookie in the shape of a leaf to each place setting as the wedding favor.

Color Scheme #2:

Color Scheme: Eggplant and gold

Table Settings: Get dark purple damask linens and napkins and some pretty gold chargers. For your plates, use gold-rimmed china and simple flatware. Dark purple-hued glassware will add an elegant touch, and gold or brass napkin rings will tie it all together.

Centerpieces: For a formal fall reception centerpiece, try arrangements of dark roses and calla lilies. Alternate low, lush centerpieces with tall, candlelit floral centerpieces to give dimension to the room and create an elegant atmosphere.

Sweet Extra: Place a box of maple leaf and acorn-shaped chocolate wedding favors at each place setting, packaged in gold boxes tied off with eggplant-hued ribbon.

Color Scheme #3:

Color Scheme: Brown and yellow

Table Settings: Go for brown table linens, brown napkins, and bold yellow chargers. Opt for simple, minimalist designed flatware; get yellow glassware and yellow-tinted glass plates for the first course.

Centerpieces: The reception centerpieces should be all about shape. Consider yellow calla lilies in cool modern vases, with a few small votive candles to add warmth to each table.

Sweet Extra: Modern fall wedding reception decorations call for big-idea wedding favors. Give a donation to your favorite charity, create cards in a brown and bold yellow color palette explaining the donation, and put one at each reception table or place setting.

Read more: Fall Weddings: Reception Tables for Every Style - Real Weddings - Fall Weddings -

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Bridal Gowns for fall Weddings

Wear what you want. Wear what you love, but in case you are lost, here are some ideas:

Ethereal elegance

Get inspired by Greek goddess looks and try a billowy, featherweight gown that will make walking down the aisle a breeze. Focus on light, airy fabrics (think sheer chiffon and Chantilly lace, not heavy silk satins) and loose flowing shapes. Even ball gowns with full skirts will seem to float when made of breathable fabrics like taffeta and tulle.

Try These Designers

Vera Wang, Nicole Miller, and Claire Pettibone

Fashionista glam

Infusing ready-to-wear concepts into bridal design creates some truly spectacular styles. Perfect for a bride with a passion for fashion, these buzz-worthy wedding gowns will certainly keep all eyes on the aisle. Go for of-the-moment details like dramatic necklines, 3-D accents, and rough trims that add a very contemporary edge to even classic and demure designs.

Try These Designers

Oscar de la Renta, Monique Lhuillier, and Amsale


Girlie girls will love this season's selection of super-feminine styles. You can accentuate your curves in one of the season's popular trumpet or mermaid silhouettes, or draw attention to the decolletage with daring new necklines, then embellish the look with delicate details like lace appliques, petite bows, and pleated ruffles.

Try These Designers

Reem Acra, Tara Keely, and Jenny Lee

Sexy siren

Shorter styles -- from ankle length bubble hems to sequined minis -- give brides a chance to strut their stuff. Search for a style that suits the formality of your affair For a formal fall wedding, you'll want to keep hemlines below the calf, while more casual parties allow for a bit more creativity (and exposed leg!).

Try These Designers

Angel Sanchez, Melissa Sweet, and Vera Wang

Unabashed whimsy

Reminiscent of a more romantic era, bustled trains and corset-style bodices are back in a big (and voluminous) way. To keep this slightly old-fashioned look of-the-moment, consider a gown with interesting design elements like hand-painted or patterned fabric.

Try These Designers

Ines Di Santo, Elizabeth Fillmore, and Carolina Herrera

Fall Wedding Flower Trends - From the Knot

Classic Wedding Flowers in Rich Hues

Although texture is key, classic flowers still rule for fall weddings. Tailor them to the time of year by choosing more deep and dramatic shades than you would in the summer -- opt for classic autumn hues or go with more unexpected colors like aubergine, copper, and forest green. Lush, elegant dahlias may be the quintessential fall blossom since they come in all the autumnal tones (red, burgundy, orange, and plum). Of course, roses will always be popular and are available in any hue you need for your fall color scheme. Also hot for fall weddings: antique hydrangeas in greens and purples, and deep crimson calla lilies.

Use Plants as Reception Centerpieces

Succulents are a hugely popular landscaping trend right now, and stylish brides are working them into their centerpieces too. They're seasonless but come in deep, fall-appropriate hues like aubergine, cactus green, and pomegranate. Since their leaves look like petals, succulents mix easily with flowers, and they're a natural choice for weddings in the Southwest.

Bypass Boring Glass Vases

For centerpieces, unique containers are de rigueur. Classic glass vases may feel right in summer, but for fall, style-conscious couples are using everything from eye-catching copper pots to silver trophy cups and gold-leaf vases, or going earthy with containers made of wood or covered in lichen. Mismatched antique urns or pots from the flea market are also popular. Use a collection of pots in different sizes -- as many as five per table -- that your guests can take home at the end of the evening. If you decide on glass vases, you can add a distinctly fall feel by using wheat berries or millet as a base for the flowers.

Go Green

Eco-conscious couples and their florists are focusing on using locally grown organic flowers. One eco friendly wedding tip for your flowers: Stick to flowers grown near the wedding site, which lessens your environmental impact, rather than flying flowers in from another continent. Organically grown blooms spare the earth (and your guests) from exposure to potentially harmful chemicals. It's also a great way to support nearby nurseries and celebrate the local region.

Fall Wedding Myth Destroyed

You Must Stick To a "Fall Foliage" Wedding Color Scheme

Experts agree that you do not have to use leaf-hues for a fall wedding, and that some couples tend to rely too heavily on these and other earth tones (like chocolate brown) in autumn. We're not suggesting that you ignore the season entirely and use bright, summery colors or spring pastels; simply consider other rich and glamorous hues that fit the time of year. Try plum and aubergine combined with shades of cream and blush, or classic navy blue paired with a glam shade of gold. If you have your heart set on brown, try mocha or cappuccino hues rather than chocolate, which combine beautifully with black, cream, and even red. See couples' real fall weddings.

In fact, you can use any color you crave -- even electric brights or baby pastels -- as long as you combine it with a darker hue to create balance. Some examples we love: Tiffany blue with mocha, and hot pink with charcoal gray. And if you want to use some classic fall hues, highlight them with fresh, unexpected tints like burnt orange and deep gold spiked with mango or fuchsia.

Fall Wedding Dilemmas Solved

The Dilemma: An outdoor ceremony complete with natural foliage backdrop sounds perfect -- until your Indian summer wedding gets frostbitten by an unseasonable cold front.

How to Deal: An outdoor fall wedding is definitely doable, as long as you (and your guests) are prepared for the elements. Make sure guests aren't left shivering by clueing them in on the forecast -- use your wedding website to give guests a friendly reminder that the evening might turn chilly. And consider other ways to keep everyone comfy: Display a basket of inexpensive wraps near the entrance to the ceremony, set up heat lamps around any outdoor area where guests might mingle, and, if your reception site permits, set aside space for a fire pit (along with fixings for s'mores, of course!).

The Dilemma: You've always loved lily of the valley, but three little words dash your hopes of carrying them down the aisle: out of season.

How to Deal: One way to keep wedding costs down is to use in-season flowers, and though you might not be able to pack each arrangement with your favorite blooms, you've got tons of options for elegant fall floral arrangements. Dahlias, chrysanthemums, and asters are all at their peak. Also consider a few non-floral elements to create a bouquet that really plays up the season. Incorporating fall fruits and vegetables -- like crabapples, ornamental cabbage, and peppers -- can create an arrangement that's equally elegant and eye-catching. And if it's lily of the valley or bust, there's still hope -- many florists can provide greenhouse-grown flowers, albeit for a steeper price.

Keep the Menu Earthy

Make an Organic Menu

Though many are now specializing in organic foods, "any caterer can be organic," says Danny Seo, author of Simply Green Parties. "Choose one you love, then talk about replacing the ingredients." Why? "Buying organic ensures that you, your guests, and the workers who harvested your food won't be exposed to pesticides," adds, Ariel Dekovic, coauthor of 365 Ways to Save the Earth. You can learn more about organic meals and menus at For dessert, consider serving guests scoops of organic ice cream. PJMadison's, for example, offers five flavors of organic gelato.

Find Good Food

Free-range, organically raised beef and chicken aren't just delicious -- choosing meats raised with sustainable farming practices is better for the animals, the environment, and the farmers. If you're serving seafood, avoid fish that are commercially raised or high in mercury. Opt for a white fish like tilapia, or choose wild salmon (it's generally named for the areas they originally came from -- just plain "salmon" is most likely farmed).

Think Locally

For all of your reception eats, choose local and seasonal foods if possible. They're fresh and readily available (read: delicious and cheap!). "Especially for your salad course, go with what's in season," says Seo.

Have Your Cake

And feel good about it too! Again, ask about substituting organic ingredients like sugar, flour, butter, and eggs. Choosing organic ingredients will undoubtedly increase the cost of your cake, but many say the taste will be even more delicious. Or, look for a baker who specializes in organic cakes. Some will even prepare a vegan cake (meaning it doesn't contain any animal products or processed sugars) -- you won't believe there's not butter.

Drink Up

Just as with your food, think local for your drinks. If you're oenophiles, local, organic wines are a great option, and also a fabulous way to personalize your meal. Look to vineyards in your area, or find a shop that specializes in homegrown goods.

Save Your Leftovers

Don't let those extra entrees go into the trash -- instead, work with your caterer to send leftovers to a food rescue group. These organizations pick up fresh, untouched but unwanted food and deliver it to local shelters and families in need.

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    • siobhanryan profile image


      6 years ago

      Lovely photos-Blessed

    • Mary Crowther profile image

      Mary Crowther 

      6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      All so beautiful! Angel Blessings!

    • bbsoulful2 profile image


      6 years ago

      I love this lens! Those cakes look fabulous. I am not looking to get married this fall (that would surely surprise my husband ;) but these are awesome ideas for other fall parties. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

    • designsbyharriet profile image


      6 years ago from Indiana

      Beautiful fall wedding ideas. Blessings.

    • seedlingspublis profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thank you for your support!

    • JoyfulReviewer profile image


      6 years ago

      Thanks for many nice ideas ... especially like the fall-themed wedding cakes. Congratulations on your lens being featured on the Fall Harvest Fest monsterboard.

    • Wednesday-Elf profile image


      6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      The colors of Autumn would certainly lend itself to many gorgeous themes for a Fall wedding. Enjoyed your suggestions. Congratulations on being featured in the Fall Harvest Fest monsterboard.


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