Indoor fall wedding with terracotta flower décor and white brick backdrop with fireplace | PartySlate
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17 Fall Wedding Ideas That Blend Cozy With Classic

Indoor fall wedding with terracotta flower décor and white brick backdrop with fireplace | PartySlate

Is there any season more romantic than fall? By the middle of August, the PartySlate team is already dreaming of sweater weather, pumpkin spice lattes, and our favorite fall wedding ideas

June weddings have become iconic, but fall is still the most popular season to exchange vows. And with good reason. Fall weddings routinely win us over with their dramatic décors, cozy ambiances, and harvest-worthy cuisines.

As new autumn weddings appear in the Wedding Gallery, our team often erupts with exclamations like “Did you see that velvet tablescape!?” and “Those vibrant trees are the perfect wedding backdrop!” 

Discover our favorite fall wedding ideas, both classic and trending. From fall-hued florals to apple cider cocktails, we’ve narrowed down the best autumn inspiration for a standout wedding. We can already feel the thrill of a chill (and romance) in the air.

Autumn days range from bright and sunny to crisp and chilly. Keep your celebration weatherproof with transparent tenting. We love how this clear tent gave guests a chance to admire the fall foliage at every turn. Click to see how this rustic celebration also incorporated bonfire seating and Scrabble board signage for an autumn-themed celebration.

Two brides hold lanterns decorated with orange blooms and Oxford blues, one of PartySlate's favorite fall wedding ideas | PartySlate
photographer: Studio XIII Photography planner: Heartthrob Weddings & Events floral: Little Green House Florist venue: Noon rentals: La Piñata Party Rents

Think outside the box (or bouquet) with vintage lanterns. Additions of sea holly, orange blooms, and wild greenery perfect the look. See other curated details from this rustic wedding. You’ll find everything from bench ceremonial seating (with cozy flannel blankets) to a head table crafted from tree logs.

We love how these fall-hued bridesmaid dresses (in glorious, on-trend ombré), perfectly match the wedding décor. Click to see how the ceremonial seating featured hand-held fans in the same hues — as well as floral centerpieces spanning from burgundy to cream. Talk about picture perfect.

Autumn trees offer endless inspiration. We adore how this couple exchanged vows in front of an ancient oak tree (with a cascade of colorful blooms). Discover other picture-perfect details from this outdoor wedding. We especially love the rustic white pickup truck laden with foliage and fruits. 

Fall wedding mandap with red and orange flower pillars and crown of autumn leaves | PartySlate
photographer: Stak Photography planner: Premini Events décor: Design House Decor venue: The Rockleigh

This stunning mandap subtly shifts from orange and red blooms to a crown of autumn-hued leaves. Click to see how real fall trees were interspersed with ceremonial seating — immersing guests in the beauty of the season. We are officially swooning.

Does fall have a favorite color? If so, it must be terracotta. From the wedding invitations and stunning ceremonial backdrop to the curated tablescapes, this autumn wedding proves the power of a unified color palette. Did we mention the tented floral entranceway? 

This stunning outdoor wedding ceremony proves comfort and style are a match made in heaven. Eclectic (and ultra-comfy) seating offers guests a luxury experience — while also creating the perfect photo op. Make sure to also see the tablescapes. Trust us, they’re just as impressive.

Swap rustic flannels for fall’s more glamorous textile: luxe velvets. These velvet pumpkin seating cards beckoned guests to their tables in style. Moreover, discover the tablescapes laden with florals (and golden pears) that awaited friends and family. We can’t imagine a more perfect autumn dinner.

Fall wedding reception table with pumpkin décor and maple leaf place card | PartySlate
photographer: White Klump Photography planner: KATE & COMPANY

The fall harvest rewards gardeners with a cornucopia of mouthwatering cuisine — and that invariably includes pumpkins. Of course, pumpkins also make for unique décor details. We love how this tablescape features a cascade of vibrant hued blooms accompanied by bright and cheerful pumpkins (with a touch of maple leaf). Bon Appetit, indeed. 

We love how this romantic wedding evokes a Dutch baroque masterpiece with sumptuous velvets and moody floral centerpieces. The backdrop of ivy and autumn leaves add the perfect pop of brightness to this dramatic reception dinner.

White tented wedding with upended orange blooms and greenery for ceiling décor | PartySlate
photographer: Mallory Munson planner: Table 6 Productions – Colorado floral: Design Works venue: Grand Hyatt Vail

Ceiling décor can take your wedding to the next level. We love how upended orange blooms pop against airy white tenting for a dramatic effect. Click to see how amber glassware and pumpkin-hued linen kept the tablescapes on theme.

Ikebana-inspired details meet a wild cascade of branch ornamentals for this unique wedding backdrop. Click to see how the centerpieces also create a luxuriant aesthetic — even with perfectly-curated details.  

Think of your dance floor as a blank canvas. We love how this dance floor glimmers like a forest of dappled leaves. Make sure to check out how the band kept guests of all ages on this autumn dance floor for a night of nonstop entertainment.

Gold wedding dinnerware with taupe napkin folded around menu with purple blooms and sunflower designs | PartySlate
photographer: Rhinehart Photography coordination & design: Leo Design Gallery floral: Colonial Gardens venue & décor: Jaindl Farms cater: Sage Catering

We love how this beautiful menu features floral designs found throughout the celebration — while a sprig of rosemary perfects the plating. Click to see how this wedding further incorporated the fall harvest with a farmer’s market, pumpkin décor, and a truly delectable turkey dinner.

Autumn wedding with red sparkling wine and gold cocktails | PartySlate
photographer: Jessica Manns Photography coordinator: Laurel Wedding Co. LLC floral: Cottage Flowers cocktails: Spirit Forward

This intimate autumn wedding wows with curated details like velvet lounge seating and beautifully-designed menus. But we especially appreciate the autumn-hued cocktails. Cheers to love (and our favorite season).

Fall outdoor thanksgiving tablescape with apple cider spiced cocktails | PartySlate
photographer: Kerry Jeanne Photography planning, design & floral: Valley & Company Events venue: Rockwood Farm caterer: Table Catering Co.

This intimate holiday tablescape offers perfect inspiration for a fall wedding. We love how ruby-hued pears and pomegranates adorn the tablescape while curated apple cider cocktails tempt guests to linger over dinner. Make sure to also see how guests found a cozy flannel blanket draped over their chair.

White wedding cake with pressed autumn flowers and accompanying fall-hued floral décor | PartySlate
photographer: Justin Lee Burr planning & design: Lonney Jane Productions floral: Kim Starr Wise Floral Events cake: Bittersweet Confections

A white wedding cake is the perfect blank canvas for an autumn-hued floral design. We love how this cake’s pressed blooms mirror the hue and structure of the accompanying floral design. Discover other gorgeous details from this intimate event. We especially appreciate the crushed velvet linen and floral-pressed menus.


When’s the Best Time to Have a Fall Wedding?

Close your eyes and conjure up the perfect autumn scene. There’s a good chance you imagined trees ranging from soft gold to brilliant crimson. The changing of the leaves makes for a beautiful wedding backdrop. Use this interactive map from the Smithsonian to determine fall foliage peaks by state.  

In many states, fall weather can range from sunny to downright chilly. If you plan on hosting your wedding later in the fall, we recommend using transparent tenting for a weatherproof celebration. Transparent tenting gives guests both the best of the natural world and the comforts of indoors. Learn more about tent weddings here.

What Kind of Food Do You Serve at a Fall Wedding?

By the end of August, we’re already excited about fall cuisine (cue the Pumpkin Spice Latte). Some of our favorite fall menus feature spiced cider cocktails, butternut squash soup shooters, and single-serve pumpkin pies — just to name a few.

Autumn is also a great time for guests to gather around the fire pit and roast marshmallows. Click here to find the best local caterers to bring your fall menu to life. 

Where Can Find More Inspiration for My Fall Wedding?

PartySlate is here to connect you with timeless wedding inspiration, as well as the latest trends. Click on following for more fall wedding ideas: