The Must Read Guide on Fall Wedding Planning


Are you looking for ways to make the most of your fall wedding?

Of course! Fall-time reminds us how life is ever-changing. This season comes alive with the beauty of deep red and yellow tones. In nature, the falling leaves create an opportunity for so many places to add personalized touches to your wedding.

fall is a beautiful season & we cover everything to love about it

Don’t get me wrong, weddings are amazing events throughout the year. However, there is a magical and warm feeling about planning a fall wedding reception. When couples incorporate seasonal flavors & beautiful décor like hanging Edison string lighting it gets us excited!

If you are a fan of fall and currently planning your upcoming wedding, we have plenty of ideas. Learn how to make your wedding a memorable celebration.

Keep reading & find inspiration with a whole set of ideas for how to plan a fall wedding. This way everyone include you, your fiance and all your guests will leave with a lasting impression of the season.

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Ideal Venue Locations for Fall

Fall is particularly beautiful in places with natural landscapes and mild weather. When you think of fall weddings you immediately think of bonfire weather (aka sweater weather). Because of this a lot of fall weddings are planned outside.

Locations to Consider

  • Rustic Barn Wedding

  • Sail Cloth Tent Wedding

  • Vineyard Wedding

  • Historic Breweries

  • Structured Pavilions

  • Sprawling Ranches

  • Weekend Getaway Resorts

  • Apple Orchards

  • Outdoor Backyards

  • Large Estates

  • Natural Forests

  • Botanical Gardens

will your outdoor event be affected by local ordinances (noise decibel, music curfew)

In general, fall is a great season because you don’t have to worry much about rain or extreme heat. Still, having a rain plan never hurt anybody.

Things to Consider

  • Does your venue have soggy ground?

  • Will the chairs you rent sink into the ground?

  • How will you keep guests warm?

  • Where will your guests’ park?

  • How will guests get transported?

  • If guests are walking will the path be lit?

  • If you are outdoors do you need tent draping?

  • Do you have a ceremony backup location?

Seasonal Holidays in Autumn

Just the timing of the year is another thing we LOVE about fall weddings. You have families gathering to be thankful.

This creates a warm & heartfelt environment around the season. Harvesting festivals & pumpkin patches are some clear examples of the festivities surrounding fall wedding planning.

when you begin your search for the perfect fall venue, keep in mind the current season

Chances are you start looking during spring when trees are blooming or even winter when no leaves are left. Imagine your wedding location in the fall, even better request photos to picture how it will look.

Perhaps an oak tree can be a background for your ceremony. You can enhance the naturally beautiful spot with outdoor uplighting in a soft & warm color.

Fall Wedding Photography

Your wedding is a moment you can forever treasure through wedding photos. Future generations will experience the magic of your celebration just by looking at pictures. Do you know that wedding photographers love to shoot receptions in autumn?

Even if your venue is indoors, ask your photographer to help you find the perfect outdoor location for wedding photos. This could be a pond, a river, or even the top of a mountain.

You might even consider setting up wedding ceiling draping inside your venue. If you are celebrating a wedding in the city then go to parks & botanical gardens to capture the magnificent colors of fall.

photographers love shooting outdoor fall weddings with amazing nature views

Wedding photography does not stop with your photographer. Share your memories in another format with a photo booth. Your guests will thank you later for the moments of fun they can share while taking pictures.

Your guests get to keep the photos as a gift. We recommend sprinkling in your wedding color with a personalized design.

Fall Food & Drink Ideas

Fall is the season filled with pumpkin, spices, apple, maple & brown sugar. You see this everywhere you go at farmers’ markets & restaurants.

This is one of the things we treasure most about fall weddings! Have a delicious menu personalized & made with seasonal local ingredients.

Fall themed wedding cocktails

  • Apple Bourbon Fizz

  • Apple Cider Mimosa

  • Pumpkin Pie Mocktail

  • Pecan Pie Martini

Even work in spiced lattes for those who don’t drink alcohol. For dinner time, favorites like pumpkin tarts, potato skins, cranberry & nuts salad work well. Serve a chicken or turkey as the main dish.

you can pretty much smell fall season through wedding photos

Okay now onto the tastiest part… dessert! This is what wedding guests love when it comes to fall weddings. There are an endless amount of recipes available!

Fall Wedding Desserts

  • Cider & Donuts

  • Caramel Apples

  • Classic Pumpkin Pie

  • Cinnamon Apple Pie

  • Bread Pudding

  • Pumpkin Cheesecakes

  • Carrot Cake

  • Apple Tarts

Don’t forget to offer warm sides like cider, hot chocolate, fruit punch, or a spiced latte. Maybe even have a small fire to roast marshmallows for a do-it-yourself s’more station.

Fall Wedding Decorations

Fall brings to our mind a colorful palette of warmth. This includes blush, deep orange, burgundy, mustard, & many other tones. There are so many options for your color scheme that you can adjust depending on the formality of your fall wedding theme.

plan a romantic evening with blush or peach, add rust or burgundy with a hint of gold

Natural materials remind us of bohemian & rustic wedding themes. Those themes work well with a fall color palette.

Include bold colors like burnt orange & mustard yellow, with classic ivory or blush. Add wooden chairs & tables, soft drapery as your head table backdrop & glass vases for natural floral centerpieces.

Incorporate seasonal beauties like elegant white pumpkins or classic orange on tables. Stationery can have falling leaves or simply the colors of the season.

Gift favors like pumpkin spice scented candles, pumpkin flavor macaroons individually boxed, or spiced tea bags. This is an amazing way to thank your guests for being by your side.

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Will You Plan a Fall Themed Wedding

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Fall wedding planning is one of our favorites. Remember to include fall colors in your wedding attire or perhaps your bridesmaids’ dresses. You can even ask your guests to wear seasonal colors so your wedding photos look perfectly balanced.

We are so thrilled to know you are planning your upcoming wedding. We hope our fall ideas help you to envision the autumn wedding of your dreams. Fall weddings are magical. We are certain your guests will enjoy them as much as you both will. Congrats!

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