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Unique Touches for Your Autumn Wedding

Fall is just around the corner, which is scary for those of us returning to school, but marvelous for those planning a wedding. For those lucky enough to planning an autumn wedding, you have a bevy of seasonal details to add to wedding colors, decor, fashion and theme. If you would like to add more than the run-of-the-mill red, yellow and orange leaves and pumpkins, then we can help! Here are some other ideas to help add autumn touches to your wedding in interesting ways.

Autumn is about the colorful change of seasons. Outside of blooming flowers in the spring, it is the most colorful time of the year {arguably even more colorful}. Therefore, generally speaking, an autumn wedding incorporates more natural and rustic elements than those of any other season. Instead of straying from quintessential concepts of fall weddings in order to achieve originality, focus on making everything distinctively your own.

Autumn is a time for farms: pumpkins, apple orchards, corn fields and more. These locales are ideal venues for autumn weddings. Vineyards are used quite a bit in all seasons, but orchards are underused, especially during autumn. Farms are also common during the summer, but idyllic for autumn as well. In my opinion, a farm full of corn fields is possibly the most perfect setting for an autumn wedding. Whether you choose a pumpkin farm or a grove of trees amidst changing colors, just choose a setting that captures autumn.

Whether or not you choose a farm setting, you can still integrate farm elements into your wedding. The most basic farm element to use is hay bales. They make for charming seating during the wedding ceremony and they also add a dose of color. If your ceremony is indoors, then hay bales can be used later on during the reception as seating or tables. One great idea is to set them up as a place for guests to relax outdoors when stepping away from the reception. You can always just incorporate straws of hay or bales of hay here and there in your overall decor.

What is the most indispensable element of fall? That is right, pumpkins. A wedding is not truly autumn without pumpkins. However, they do not have to dominate your autumn decor. You can make them unique and elegant by turning them into art. You can use them to light the path at night. You can also make them a focal art piece in your decor or use them as a vase for your centerpiece. Just take this autumn element and try to be creative with it to make it unique to your theme. Pumpkins are common but very versatile, so there are many ways to incorporate one, two or more into your wedding decor.

Although pumpkins are integral to autumn, do not forget the other natural elements that come with fall. Fall is a time for foliage, squash, wheat, apples, cranberries, corn and more. You do not have to use them all, but a variety of natural elements can help make your decor more robust. Try mixing in some leaves and squash with the pumpkins and lace the bouquets with wheat for a fuller look.

Candles are a lovely and fitting detail to add to an autumn wedding. They add to the rustic and vintage feel of the season and truly enhance the ambiance of the ceremony especially as the night goes on. Make them interesting by adding an autumn twist. Rather than lanterns or metal holders or anything else common, try using plants and food as holders. As I mentioned above, it’s a good idea to use more than pumpkins in your natural decor. Turning apples or squash into candle holders is a great way to incorporate them into your decor in an interesting way. You can also go for autumn aromas, such as cinnamon or vanilla to complement your autumn atmosphere.

The wedding aisle can be decorated beautifully for the fall, especially when outdoors. The changing colors and the natural beauty that accompanies autumn makes the outdoors in general romantic. Use it to your fullest advantage with only as much effort as needed. You don’t need to do much to make fall romantic and beautiful, so only do what’s needed to enhance what’s already there.

One of the most telling elements of the wedding theme is the bouquet. Although it seems like a minute detail, the bouquet ties the wedding colors and theme all together. It is the most visible accessory of the bride, who is the focal point of the wedding ceremony. So, to show off your fall theme, incorporate autumn aspects into your bouquet. The usual fall colors of yellow, red, orange and brown aren’t necessary, but there should b rich, deep colors present. While summer and spring are about vibrant, bright hues, fall and winter relate to dark, robust shades. And, using a few natural components only found in the autumn can also help to incorporate the fall theme as well. Acorns, hay straw, wheat, cranberries, leaves and more make a bouquet distinctly fall. Choose colors and elements for your bouquet that best fit your particular autumn theme and it will surely be beautiful.

As mentioned above, the deep colors of fall make it an ideal season for wedding colors. The rich colors look gorgeous against a white wedding dress or white dress shirt. And, because fall is usually a cool season, there are more opportunities to accessorize your ensemble. For some color that really pops, add a splash of autumn color to your outfit. Whether it be a jacket, purse, shoes, lipstick or a ribbon around your waist, adding something definitively autumn gives that extra bit of color that shines in every wedding.

The elements which will set the tone for you fall wedding theme are your save the date cards and wedding invitations. Autumn colors make for beautiful artwork whether formal or informal. And lovely leave patterns set the mood for your wedding splendidly. If you don’t wish to have leaves, pumpkins or other common fall artwork on your save the dates or invitations, then simply use autumn wedding colors in your design.

We’ve mentioned this idea before, but because it completely fits the fall wedding theme, I must mention it. The thumb print guestbook is a perfect fit for fall weddings. Just put out a few different paint colors, and let your guests create a tree covered in yellow, red and orange hues that will last forever. It’s a lovely keepsake that will always remind you of your autumn wedding.

I just love the play on word with this sign. It’s a cute detail to add to any fall wedding and can be a great backdrop for photos as well.

If you are having your wedding at a rustic location, then think about truly getting into the spirit and have hay rides! Whether it be horse-drawn or on the back of a truck bed, guests will appreciate the thoughtful touch, which will help make your wedding more memorable.


Above all, enjoy planning your autumn wedding. It may be the best season to be married in for the beauty and romance that is native to it. Make it uniquely your own special day and enjoy the fact that you are lucky enough to have an autumn wedding!


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  • Rose - August 31, 2012 - 6:59 am

    What is the source for the first picture of this post? The one with the bride and groom. I love that wedding dress. Would love to try to track it down so just wondering where you found that picture?ReplyCancel

  • Claire - August 31, 2012 - 11:32 am

    It’s from Stoffer Photography. The link is available in the post.ReplyCancel

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