The leaves are changing and so are wedding trends! Autumn has a lot to offer, and we’ve got some amazing fall wedding ideas that’ll make your big day one for the books. From outfit suggestions to decor recommendations, we’ve taken a few of our favourite ideas from real Canadian weddings to give you a bit of design inspo for your fall wedding ceremony and reception.
Here are 46 of our favourite fall wedding ideas.
Sprinkle them down your aisle, use them as photo shoot props or use them to fall-ify your food displays - you really can’t go wrong with this Canadian staple, so get creative.
Bridesmaid Dresses in Rich Colours
Want to really embrace those autumn vibes? Ask your girl squad to wear earthy shades like orange, taupe and burgundy or jewel tones like ruby, emerald or sapphire.
Autumnal Wedding Stationery
There are so many beautiful autumnal motifs that your stationer can use to adorn your wedding invitations. Leaves, apples, pumpkins and berries will help capture the fall beauty.
Fall Engagement Shoot
Fall is a wonderful time of year for an engagement shoot. You'll also get some autumnal photos to put on your wedding website and invitations.
Gold Wedding Dress
A golden-hued wedding dress looks stunning against the backdrop autumnal colours. Take inspiration from these stunning gold wedding dresses.
Red, Yellow and Orange Bouquets
Are there any colours more suited for fall than red, yellow and orange? Nope!
Sunflower Bridesmaid Bouquets
A single sunflower is a cheerful addition to your maids bouquets and really packs a punch.
Harvest-Inspired Wedding Bouquet
Or, for something a little more unusual, ask your florist to add some cobs of corn, sprigs of wheat and berries for some fall harvest elements.
Festival season may have come and gone, but flower crowns are still in. We suggest ditching the daisies and add some jewel-toned blooms and leaves to fall-ify them a bit.
Floral Pocket Square
Take the classic boutonniere for the groom up a notch with a floral pocket square also in jewel-toned colours.
Flowers and Berries
If sweet and simple is more your style, take inspiration from these petite floral and berry boutonnieres.
Rustic Ring Bowl
Here’s an easy fall wedding idea. Rather than a ring pillow, hold your wedding bands in a burlap wrapped basket stuffed with hay or even a bird's nest.
Farm Wedding Venue
Celebrate the harvest with a farm wedding. Many have both indoor and outdoor event spaces, giving you plenty of options depending on the weather.
Fall Chuppah Design
A draped arbor decorated in fall foliage and hydrangea creates a wonderful autumnal-themed chuppah.
Wheat Wedding Decorations
Looking to give your wedding arrangements a little something extra? Add some wheat to give them a dose of fall flavour.
For a neutral and chic fall colour scheme, a few sprigs of pampas grass can really pack a punch. In fact, we've round up 18 Creative Ways to Use Pampas Grass in Your Wedding Decor .
Pop of Colour
To create an unexpected colour scheme for fall, contrast the natural autumn palette with bright colours like blue green orange and red. Use streamers, bold blooms and strings of tassels for a modern and festive vibe.
Those hot summer days are long gone, so your guests may need help staying warm. Offer up some cozy throws if you’re hosting an outdoor fall wedding ceremony or reception.
Want to save a little money and still land some chic aisle markers or centerpieces? Go with candles! These will brighten up even the rainiest fall wedding day.
Outdoor Photo Shoot
Take advantage of those beautiful fall colours by taking your wedding portraits outside! You’re sure to get some amazing shots, even if you are a bit chilly.
Strappy sandals aren’t exactly what you’d call practical fall footwear, so go with something a bit more seasonally appropriate, like boots. These’ll give your outfit some added flair and are way more comfy than sky high heels.
Winter nights may call for faux fur jackets and stoles, but fall is all about the plaid flannel. P.S. grooms and their groomsmen can totally embrace the lumberjack vibe and sport plaid shirts instead of plain old white ones, too.
Custom Leather Jacket
If leather is more your style, have a leather jacket customized for your wedding with a decorative illustration or calligraphy applied to the back.
Outdoor Wedding Reception
Book a wedding reception venue with indoor and outdoor options. If the weather cooperates, you could host a cocktail hour and maybe even your wedding meal in the great outdoors.
Pinecones may be considered winter decor, but just remember that the solstice isn’t until mid-December, so they’re a perfectly appropriate fall wedding idea. Plus, you can repurpose them when you’re decorating your house for Christmas.
Tree Slice Coasters
Here’s a fun fall wedding idea! Create custom coasters from tree slices printed with your wedding monogram. Use them at your bar or package up as a set and gift them as wedding favours.
Bubbles and Draught Trailer
Hire a mobile bar like this converted horse trailer to roll in for post-ceremony drinks and mingling in the great outdoors.
Pumpkin and Spice Cocktails
Ask your bartender to shake up fall-flavoured drinks. For a DIY option, use the Pumpkin and Spice cocktail infusion jar by Maiden Voyage Cocktail Co. to infuse your favourite liquor with a blend of autumnal fruits, squash and mouth-watering pie spices.
If the weather is on the cooler side, have a healthy supply of hot drinks like tea, coffee and hot ciders at the ready for your guests. You may even want to make your signature bevy a hot toddy or spiked hot chocolate.
This is one of our favourite fall wedding ideas. Finish off your reception space with an adorable shabby chic bar. A couple of vintage wooden barrels, some reclaimed wood and a fall floral arrangement or two look super stylish together.
Gold Place Settings
Gilded tableware is almost a necessity for this season. Accent it with some rustic details like a tree-slice place card.
Wood Burned Decor
From table numbers to bride and groom chair signage, just about anything can be wood burned.
Fall Foliage Wedding Centerpieces
Use maple leaves and grasses in various colours (including gold spray-painted leaves) to craft DIY wedding table decorations. You can even use the maple leaf motif for your table numbers, like the ones pictured below that are held in place by a cork inserted in a bottle. A bundle of corks are also used to hold the menu card. .
Celebrate the fall bounty with grazing platters. Pile up cheeses, meats, bread, nuts and seasonal fruits for a feast for the eyes and the belly!
Speaking of feasting, work with your wedding caterer to design a harvest-themed wedding menu that features locally-sourced items and seasonal favourites.
Autumnal Wedding Cake
Adding a bit of faux wood, some sugary leaves and a few rich, autumnal colours will make your rustic wedding cake look like a work of art.
Fall Floral Cake Topper
Planning on a small single-tier wedding cake? Go big with a fall flower cake topper for more impact.
Give your guests some cozy rustic eats to finish off their meals. Crumbles, pies and homemade tarts are all crowd-pleasers.
Fairy lights can be used in every season, but their warm glow really works wonders with an autumnal colour scheme.
You may be too old to trick or treat, but you’re never too old for Halloween candy. Stock your dessert table with fun-sized bars of your favourite chocolate, they’ll be easy to find during the season. Bonus: Want to take this October wedding idea even further? We have 33 Awesome Halloween Wedding Ideas.
When the season changes from summer to fall, you can expect to see some rain in the forecast. Plan ahead like this couple and get some cute matching umbrellas for your photoshoots (they’ll also come in handy when going to and from your venue).
Jams, jellies and marmalades are the perfect rustic wedding favours to give out at your fall wedding. Bonus: if you’ve got the time, they’re pretty easy to DIY.
Forget about town cars and limousines! Make your grand entrance and transport your guests in the most autumnal way possible: a hay ride.