Many consider "wedding season" to be in full swing in summer, as brides and grooms take advantage of vacation days, warm weather, and sunny days, but more and more brides are choosing to tie the knot in fall. A 2016 study conducted by The Knot found October 7 to be the most popular date to wed (take note). If you have wedding bells tolling as the leaves turn, the inspiration is endless for turning your nuptials into a one-of-a-kind experience fitting for the season. Instead of bright summer florals, it's all about moody, romantic tones inspired by the changing seasons to set the tone for your big day.
We reached out to the wedding experts of 100 Layer Cake to have them weigh in on the top fall wedding ideas you can expect to see this year. Below, co-founder and creative director Amanda Dawbarn breaks down each trend today's brides are loving for fall. From harvest-inspired floral arrangements to autumnal palettes in dusty pinks, antique ivories, and soft plums, to cozy and inviting cocktails, there are so many ways to honor the season while exchanging your vows. Keep reading to discover 12 fall wedding ideas that will inspire every kind of bride. Major wedding inspiration, ahead.
Florals in Soft Plum
So much of the mood of the wedding is set by the color scheme through décor details and florals. "Bouquets with seasonal flowers and foliage are always trending in fall, but soft plums give them a moodier palette," describes Dawbarn.
Harvest-Inspired Floral Arrangements
"Can't follow a bridal bouquet trend without a complementary boutonnière," says Dawbarn. "This harvest arrangement is an inspired pick in the fall."
Archways Adorned in Seasonal Flowers
Fall is a season to connect with nature. "Lush arches adorned with flowers and greens bring an altar to life," explains Dawbarn.
Lanterns for Lighting
Sometimes the simplest solutions can be the most impactful, especially when it comes to fall wedding ideas. Dawbarn notes that "warm-toned lanterns on the floors and tables are popular because they keep the lighting romantic and intimate."
Dusty Autumnal Hues
If you're looking for a lighter palette, faded rose and antique ivory bring striking color while still feeling fitting for the season. "Delicate flowers in a dusty palette give off a romantic autumn vibe," says Dawbarn.
Pumpkins as Centerpieces
"You don't have to have a Halloween or Thanksgiving theme to have pumpkins in your wedding," Dawbarn says. They're a fun and quirky fall wedding idea. "These centerpieces are subtle and seasonal," she says.
Classic Fall Cocktails
"'Tis the season for signature drinks," declares Dawbarn. "Everyone loves a classic fall cocktail." Serve up this cozy and inviting bourbon recipe for your guests.
Hot Cocoa Bars
For a nonalcoholic option that still warms up guests, Dawbarn explains that hot cocoa bars are also huge this time of the year. "Create a DIY version so guests can add all the fixings themselves," she says.
Festive Punches of Fall Color
A fall wedding doesn't mean you're limited to somber tones. Brighten things up with a pop of color. Dawbarn notes how "classic fall-inspired palettes are given a vibrant twist in tablescapes like this."
Cinnamon Roll Cake
Sweeten things up with an unexpected cake style. "Pie tables are big this time of year, but something like a cinnamon roll cake will make your dessert table unique."
Apples as Décor
When decorating, it's possible to underscore the autumnal vibes with the simplest of details. "We love seeing apples as décor," Dawbarn says. "Whether on a place setting or as a focal point in the venue."
If your wedding is outdoors, so much beauty is already provided by nature. "For a woodland wedding, stack pumpkins and candles on logs as décor," suggests Dawbarn.