Cool, crisp weather and gorgeous foliage is the perfect recipe for a seasonal wedding. If you’re trying to decide when to host your wedding, you will never go wrong with the fall months of September, October, or November. The Autumn season does more than set a pretty scene. Signature scents and spices lend themselves to delicious cocktails, earthy color schemes, and stunning signature fruits such as apples and pumpkins. Here are five fall wedding ideas that will help inspire your big day!

Love is In the Air in Autumn

Colors of the Season

Set the tone of your big day in festive fall colors of the season! Dress your bridal party in jewel tones like purple, red, emerald green, and gold for a fresh take on fall colors. Your bridesmaids needn’t match to look like a set. Choose a theme that incorporates the feeling of the season and translates those emotions through color!

Fall Foliage and Flowers

Make sure to incorporate fall foliage not only into your own bouquet, but also into the other details surrounding your whimsical weddings such as the bridesmaids’ flowers, groomsmen boutonnieres, table settings, and even a flower girl crown. Let the colors of the leaves inspire the rest of the florets and use a variety of different seasonal blooms such as Mokara and Cymbidium orchids, various mums, hydrangea, and bi-colored roses, paired with other seasonal items like oak, thistle, eucalyptus, and Nigella.

Seasonal Wedding Venue

Depending on the temperature, you definitely want to consider having your wedding at an outdoor venue, versus an indoor setting to hold the ceremony and festivities. A Fall wedding calls for natural elements, rustic landscapes, and many times, outdoor backdrops. Barns, vineyards, and even a lakeside setting make for a beautiful and earthy backdrop. Lamps, candles, and Italian bulb lights give a luminescent warmth to outdoor spaces. Make sure to pose for portraits in front of the venue especially when the sun is setting, casting a warm glow that accentuates all the shades of the season.

Warm Welcome & Libations

Set a cozy tone with a welcome table where your guests can grab coffee and blankets that will keep them warm upon walking in. Cold-weather ceremonies call for warm refreshments and you can offer a coffee, hot chocolate or apple cider display, complete with cinnamon sticks, orange slices, marshmallows, or peppermint stick garnishes. It’s all about the details. String leafy garland and place candles or lanterns around the beverage station to light up the rustic event. For your signature drink, consider warm cocktails and libations like hot apple toddies mulled cider wine or even hot buttered rum.

The Perfect Place Setting

White and gold pumpkins mixed with red and pink florals make for an elegant autumnal table setting. Embrace the season by capturing the essence of harvest time with miniature pumpkin place card holders that greet guests and show them the way to their assigned tables and seats. Not a pumpkin person? Opt for a seasonal fruit instead, such as apples or pomegranates marked with calligraphed names.