17 Fall Wedding Ideas That Make the Case for an Autumn Ceremony

We found the coziest wedding ideas for your country celebration.

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Photographer: Nick Plus Danée

As of late, summer has officially been dethroned by fall as the longstanding wedding season…which you’ve probably noticed from the sudden influx of save-the-dates in your mailbox. Step aside, June, because October is now the most popular month to get married—and it’s plain as day to see why. Autumn's cooler temperatures allow for tons of gorgeous fall wedding ideas: cozy drinks, s’mores around the bonfire, and a not-so-sweaty time outdoors to be had by all. Seasonal produce can also provide natural decorations (hello, pumpkin centerpieces!) and fresh farm-to-table reception menus. Festive fall fruit, for instance, can even get a second shelf life as surprisingly gorgeous personalized place settings or escort card holders. Fall foliage alone also makes a visually appealing case for open-air autumn weddings, and you can capitalize on Mother Nature in your wedding bouquet or ceremony backdrop. To inspire you for your own wedding day, we gathered some of the most effortless rustic wedding ideas for fall with the help of the pros behind Carats & Cake and Be Inspired, which you can easily recreate. You’ve found love in your partner and wedding date—now prepare to fall in love with the best décor, photography, and color palette ideas to make your celebration pop.

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1 Fall Ceremony Sign
Eden Day Photography

A wood welcome sign—captured by Eden Day Photography—adds an instant homey vibe to your ceremony, especially when it's advertising open seating.

SHOP WOOD WELCOME SIGN

2 Fall Wedding Photo Idea
Lauren Fair Photography

It's practically sinful not to incorporate the stunning, color-changing fall foliage into your wedding photo shoot, but think outside the box. Lauren Fair Photography captured this amazingly autumnal shot of wedding rings atop calligraphy leaves.

SHOP WHITE PAINT PENS

3 Rust Fall Table Linens
Dawn Charles Photography

Minimalism and fall marry well with this cool table contrast, made possible by rust-colored napkins against white plates and tablecloths.

SHOP NAPKINS

4 Outdoor Fall Wedding Decor
Cork Creative

It's hard to compete with the great outdoors, but this open-air ceremony setup perfectly plays off the natural elements. Shot by Cork Creative, the stunning scene melds rustic and bohemian touches thanks to the flower-covered arch, barrels, and tasteful pumpkins.

SHOP WHITE PUMPKINS

5 Fall Reception Centerpieces
Britt Jaye Photography

Kill two birds with one stone in the most stylish way possible—stash your favorite fall florals (like these blooms by The Marmalade Lily) in a galvanized vase, then let the centerpiece do double duty by adding a wooden table marker.

SHOP WOOD TABLE MARKERS

6 Fall Wedding Welcome
Maria Linz Photography

Set the tone for your fall wedding with a welcome table (this one's by Lemon & Lime Events). Guests can grab coffee and blankets or pashminas that will keep them warm—and the latter doubles as a fitting wedding favor.

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7 Fall Wedding Tablescape
Sarah Kate Photography

For this fall tablescape captured by Sarah Kate Photography, antlers, wood slices, and gourds on a burlap runner are rustic without being overly so.

SHOP WOOD SLICES

8 Fall Wedding Bouquet
E. M. Anderson Photography

Ask your florist to incorporate fall foliage into your bouquet, and let the colors of the leaves inspire the rest of the blooms.

9 Fall Hot Chocolate Bar
A Brit & A Blonde

Cold-weather ceremonies call for warm refreshments. We love this hot chocolate display, complete with cinnamon, marshmallows, and peppermint stick garnishes, courtesy of Wedspire.

SHOP TEACUPS AND SAUCERS

10 Hot Toddy Fall Wedding Drinks
Ann Blake Photography

And for your signature drink, you can't get any cozier than a hot toddy featuring your favorite bourbon or whiskey. "For favors, you could gift guests miniatures the recipe for them to recreate at home," suggests Lesley Smith from Ceremony App.

SHOP HOT TODDY GLASSES

11 Fall Wedding Colors
Rachel May Pho​tograp​hy

Dress your bridal party in jewel tones for a fresh take on fall colors. The bridesmaids in this portrait by Rachel May Photography needn't match to look like a set.

12 Pumpkin Seating Cards
Kelli Durham

Embrace the season straight away. Kelli Durham captured this close-up of pretty pumpkins which greeted guests and showed the way to their seats.

SHOP PUMPKINS

13 Fall Fruit Place Setting
Josh Gruetzmacher

Not a pumpkin person? Opt for a seasonal fruit instead! This Jacin Fitzgerald-designed place setting features pomegranates marked with calligraphed names.

SHOP FAUX POMEGRANATES

14 Fall Wedding Venue
Eric Kelley

Be sure to pose for a few portraits in front of the wedding venue—particularly if you're saying "I do" in a space as rustic as this beautiful barn at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards surrounded by colorful fall foliage.

15 Autumn Table Setting
Abby Jiu

White pumpkins mixed with red and pink florals makes for an elegant autumnal table setting by Grit & Grace.

SHOP WHITE PUMPKINS

16 Fall Wedding Boutonnieres
Elisa Bric​ker​

In this photo by Elisa Bricker, classic white boutonnieres get an autumnal twist thanks to pinecone and evergreen accents.

17 Rustic Wedding Bar Decor
Tec Petaja

It's all in the details. A simple garland and lanterns light up the rustic event space at this fall wedding planned by Calder Clark.

What you'll need: garland (from $16, etsy.com); black lantern ($20, amazon.com)

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