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 32 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.
Red, Yellow and Orange Bouquets
Are there any colours more suited for fall than red, yellow and orange? Nope!
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.
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.
Looking to give your wedding arrangements a little something extra? Add some wheat to give them a dose of fall flavour.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 25 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.