Fall weddings are delightfully cozy and beautiful. Autumn is a wonderful season to have a wedding, especially outdoors. The days are cooler, the colors are deeper and richer, and the changing leaves make a perfect backdrop for your wedding photos. If you’re planning for a fall wedding and looking for inspiration, you’ll want to check out these elegant decor trends.

Autumn is known for its rich, bright colors, textures, and cozy flavors. When thinking about your wedding, the details are where you can have the most fun with your elegant fall wedding theme. Let’s dive in!

11 Elegant Outdoor Wedding Trends for Fall

Dusty Earth Tones

Traditional autumn colors are bright orange, red and yellow — thanks to the changing leaves. If you’re looking to bring an elegant spin to fall color wedding trends, try muted or “dusty” earth tones like sage green, burnt orange, copper, rust red, and gold. Incorporate these tones into your wedding colors or as accents if you’re sticking to a more neutral color palette.

Deep Jewel Tones

If you love bright or rich colors, try these deep jewel tones: emerald green, sapphire or navy blue, merlot red, and plum. Again, you can incorporate these rich tones into your wedding colors or use as an accent to a neutral palette.

Gold Accents

In the same richness of fall colors, use gold as your metallic accent. Gold cutlery on the dinner table, gold jewelry for the bride and bridesmaids, gold everywhere! It is a warm, bright addition to the rich jewel tones and earthy colors of autumn.

Velvet Bridesmaid Dresses

Picture this: long bridesmaid gowns made of velvet in copper, wine, or sage green. Not only is the material beautiful, but it will keep your bridesmaids nice and warm during an outdoor ceremony and reception. If a full gown of velvet isn’t your style, consider velvet accents — ribbons for the bouquets, shoes, or hair pieces.

Dahlia Flowers

Dahlia are flowers that bloom in late summer and early fall, making them the perfect fall flower for your wedding bouquet and boutonnieres. They bloom in a variety of colors, such as orange, red, peach, lavender, white, yellow, and pink. Pair them with silver-dollar eucalyptus fronds for a balanced bouquet.

Dried Florals

On the same line of thinking, when you’re deciding on the decor you’d like for centerpieces, accents, and even the wedding arch, think of dried florals and grasses. You can make (or buy!) beautiful arches made of pampas grass or line the aisle with them. 

White Pumpkins

Want to lean into the cornucopia of fall foliage, vegetables, and more? Consider the humble pumpkin — in white. You can line the aisle with white pumpkins or use tiny white pumpkins as favors, table markers, and accents around your wedding. 


An important element to all weddings, but especially fall ones: light. As the days get shorter, we want cozy light to brighten the evening. Along with candles everywhere, consider adding lanterns as a design element. You can line the aisle walkway with lanterns, use them as table centerpieces, or even use tiny lanterns as wedding favors. 

Tapered Candles

Another elegant decor idea is tapered candles. They’re not just for your mother’s dining room table! A long tapered candle in copper or gold just oozes autumn vibes and elegance. Pair with long dining tables for an elegant feel to your reception. 

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Warm Beverage Stations

To keep your guests warm and happy during your outdoor cocktail hour, serve mulled wine and warm cider in little beverage stations. If you’re one for drinkware details, you can find goblet style glasses to serve your guests.

Vineyard Wedding Venue

For an elegant outdoor wedding venue, don’t forget the beauty that surrounds vineyards. Fun fact: Vine leaves change the same way tree leaves do. Grapevines offer a beautiful backdrop to your wedding photos. Leave your guests with memories of a love-filled wedding bright with colorful changing leaves and blue autumn skies.

Ready to Plan Your Fall Wedding?

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