47 Autumn Wedding Ideas

Autumn is a colourful, atmospheric and romantic season to get married in: get some seasonal inspiration with our 47 autumnal wedding ideas

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Gone are the days when summer was the only season to seriously consider for your wedding: now many couples are having autumn and winter weddings to take advantage of sizeable seasonal discounts and atmospheric weather.

If you’ve booked an autumn wedding – and you’re looking for inspiration for seasonal decor, themes and menus – we’ve compiled 47 gorgeous autumn wedding ideas to get your planning started.

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To set the scene ahead of your wedding, “fall in love” is a clever autumnal slogan to use throughout your stationery and decor

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Seasonal invitations with leaves and rich, vibrant colours really do add to the anticipation of an autumnal wedding

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Consider a late afternoon ceremony, at dusk, to increase the autumnal ambience

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Use atmospheric lighting in your ceremonial room or church: LED tea lights are a good option if naked flames aren’t allowed

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If possible, bring a couple of small trees into the church or ceremonial room and decorate them with fairy lights – the effect is stunning

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Using twigs and branches as interior decor is another great way to bring the outdoors in

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Choose a venue with lots of trees in the garden (visit the venue during the autumn before your wedding to suss out the photographic opportunities)

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The weather in autumn can, of course, be iffy – if your guests will be expected to walk from the church/ceremony to the venue, make sure you provide wellies/umbrellas/shrugs etc.

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A rustic theme is wonderful in autumn – you can embrace this style with everything from a beautiful venue to a rustic wedding dress

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Hay bales work brilliantly for a seasonal setting in a barn or a rustic venue

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Bunting in muted colours (think brown, burnt orange and faded yellow) looks gorgeous at an autumn wedding

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Mulled cider is a great arrival drink to serve

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Rust is the classic shade for this season – incorporate it everywhere from your flowers to your bridesmaid dresses

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Chocolate is a less obvious shade, but it looks warm, rich and gorgeous in autumn

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Autumn colour schemes don’t have to be dark...add pops of cerise, neon yellow, lime green and sky blue

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Burgundy is another beautifully opulent colour for the bridesmaids...

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...or they will shine in bright orange dresses

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Shrugs for the bride and bridesmaids are a must in autumn

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Add berries and baby squash to your bouquet

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You could also use small pumpkins (or squash) as vessels for carrying the bridesmaids flowers (or confetti)

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Cinderella had a pumpkin carriage...Disney fans could consider a pumpkin carriage cake – or a Cinders-themed wedding...

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Pumpkins make great centrepieces – hollow and fill them with dried flowers for maximum impact...

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... or fill pumpkins with ice and use them as wine coolers

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Toffee apples make lovely table decorations – or use them as place holders with name tags attached to the sticks

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Pine cones are a lovely, affordable addition to your decor...

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...as are chestnuts: use them in jam jars as place holders, or to surround the base of your bell candles

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Use leaf motifs on invites, place settings and menus

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Tree stumps look great as autumn decor, additional seating or as the stand for your wedding cake (depending on their sizes)

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Adorn your autumn wedding cake with icing leaves and fresh berries...

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...or choose an “inside out” apple cake with thin layers of sponge and decorate it with real apples and lashings of icing sugar

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Comfort food is big at this time of year: consider a wedding breakfast menu that features kedgeree, stew and dumplings or pie with seasonal vegetables

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Butternut squash soup is a great autumn starter for your wedding breakfast

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Autumn is game season so consider adding pheasant to your menu

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Slow roasted pumpkin is another seasonal treat

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Cinnamon is an evocative autumnal spice – use it in biscuit favours and cocktails

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Blackberries are a fantastic seasonal fruit – use them to decorate your wedding cake or plump for a blackberry-based dessert

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Choose a red wine bursting with seasonal notes like blackberry and damson...

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...or if you prefer white wine, serve a rich, oaky Chardonnay with a gorgeous golden colour

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Jams (in beautifully decorated jars) made with seasonal fruit are great favours

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Sloe gin cocktails with pear and blackberry garnishes look – and taste – delicious (you can easily make non-alcoholic versions too)

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Swap a traditional cold evening buffet for simple jacket potatoes with lashings of butter and a choice of toppings

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Serve cinder toffee as a sweet treat in the evening

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Popcorn is another great snack: coat it in caramel for autumnal comfort

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Play autumnal games – like apple bobbing – at the reception

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To keep younger guests amused collect a bucket full of fallen leaves and set up a crafts table so the kids can make autumnal leaf collages

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A firework display is the classic way to end an autumnal wedding in spectacular fashion...

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...but indoor fireworks make an affordable and fun alternative if you can’t splash out on an outdoor display (or if fireworks aren’t allowed at your venue – make sure you check)

 

Do you love the idea of an autumnal wedding day? Then our Autumn wedding inspiration gallery is just for you.



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