Autumn is a magical and practical time of year to host a wedding. The seasonal colours are a great source of inspiration for every element of your wedding, from your wedding shoes to your wedding table centrepieces. Autumn also offers wonderful wedding venues, local flowers options and menu inspiration. We've rounded up some of our favourite autumn wedding ideas to celebrate everything the season has to offer.
Here are some of our favourite autumn wedding ideas.
Autumn wedding invitations
Spread the news with an autumnal design by choosing seasonal fruits, florals, leaves and berries in rich colours for your wedding invitations.
Don't let the chillier weather dampen your pre-wedding pampering party. Gift your bridesmaids with cosy robes to hang out in.
Outdoor wedding ceremony
Choose a wedding venue with an outdoor wedding ceremony space. Saying your ‘I dos’ on a sunny autumn day is a glorious idea. Just make sure you have a backup plan in case the weather turns to rain.
Contrast your white dress with wedding shoes and accessories that add a touch of autumnal colours, such as orange, yellow and gold.
Change of shoes
If you plan to spend quite a bit of your wedding day outdoors, you’ll want to pack some comfortable wedding shoes like flats, boots or sneakers.
Bouquet with autumn tones
Fill your wedding bouquet with a combination of the best autumn wedding flowers and foliage in earthy hues or jewel tones for a stunning arrangement like this one.
Ask your florist to craft an equally original wedding buttonhole using feathers, flowers, berries, leaves and twine.
White and green arrangements
If you prefer simpler floral arrangements, green bouquets with a touch of gypsophila will contrast beautifully with an autumn wedding colour scheme.
Take advantage of the changing colours and stage your first look and your wedding portrait photoshoots outside. Even if it’s overcast or raining, your photos will be magical at this time of year.
Drone wedding photos
What better season to use a drone than in the autumn? Ask your wedding photographer and videographer if they have the equipment to capture a bird’s eye view of your wedding location and the changing landscape.
Nest ring pillow
Here’s a sweet autumn wedding idea: instead of the traditional ring bearer pillow secure your wedding rings with a ribbon tied to a bird’s nest.
Dress for the season
You don't have to choose orange for your wedding suit. Instead, opt for a more copper tone that will add elegance and style to the groom's look. Balance it with elegant white blooms for the buttonhole.
Are the groom and groomsmen planning to wear kilts? Have them pair a deep shade of tartan with a black shirt, vest and jacket for a handsome ensemble.
Outdoor drinks reception
If you’re having an outdoor ceremony or drink reception, offer your guests blankets to cosy up in.
Make a gorgeous backdrop for your ceremony and wedding photos decorated with foliage and flowers.
Wooden decor elements
We love wood heavy decor for a rustic wedding theme. Barrels, tree trunks, crates and vines can be used to create dramatic displays.
Tree slice everything
Tree trunk slices can be used for so many things in your ceremony and reception decor including your wedding table plan, coasters, chargers, platters and cake stands.
Copper and geometric shapes
So many natural elements sometimes need modern accents. You can achieve this balance by including some geometric candle holders in copper tones.
Rich colours with gold
If you want to go for something more elegant and rustic chic, create a warm ambience with golden elements and rich red flowers and linens balanced by more neutral taupe tones.
Apples are in season
Choose a countryside wedding venue with an apple orchard for adorable photo ops. You can also use the abundance of apples to hold your place cards or decorate your centrepieces.
Decorate with pumpkins
Pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes so the options really are endless. You can use them throughout your wedding decor.
Light it up
Fairy lights or strings of coloured lights will create a very romantic, warm ambience. Balance it with long hessian table runners and white table cloth.
Let your guests help themselves to snacks during your drinks reception with grazing stations featuring seasonal eats.
A bowl of hearty spiced pumpkin soup is the perfect starter for your wedding breakfast menu. It'll warm everyone's tummies and souls.
Naked wedding cake
Naked wedding cakes are perfect for autumn weddings. Add some frosting along with a drip wedding cake design and an unusual floral cake topper for a wow-worthy confection.
Pecan pies are one of our favourite things about autumn. Serve mini pies at your reception to cater to everyone's sweet tooth.
After dinner, treat your guests to mugs of hot chocolate (this would also make great wedding favours). If you want an alcoholic option, go for mulled wine and let the scent of aromatic spices will fill the air.
Autumn can get chilly, so give your guests the chance to cosy up around a fire pit and enjoy the fresh evening air.
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