16 Fall Wedding Flowers We're Absolutely Obsessed With
Not only is fall a great time to get married, but couples tying the knot during autumn are lucky because they have access to plenty of fall wedding flowers that are in bloom. Before you go too far down the rabbit hole of brainstorming dream fall flower wedding ideas, it's important to consider what's in season around the time of year of your wedding.
Selecting seasonal flowers is great for a number of reasons. Notably, they're easier to procure and therefore better for the budget. Additionally, fall wedding flowers that are in season are going to look fresher and more vibrant in your fall wedding bouquets and centerpieces. Read on to learn all about flowers for a fall wedding with tips from notable wedding experts.
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Tips for Sourcing In-Season Fall Wedding Flowers
Before we dive into specific types of flowers for a fall wedding, there are a few important tips you need to know when it comes to sourcing fall wedding flowers. We connected with two wedding experts to better understand the ins and outs of fall wedding flowers. Bron Hansboro is an East Coast-based professional wedding floral designer and owner of The Flower Guy Bron, founded in 2014. Eddie Zaratsian is the owner of his eponymous company Eddie Zaratsian Lifestyle & Design, founded in 2011 and based in Los Angeles.
Consider Your Wedding Vision Holistically
As you're setting on a plan for your wedding floral arrangements, don't make those design decisions in a vacuum. Consider all the elements that are going into your wedding decor so that you end up with a celebration that feels thematically cohesive. Zaratsian emphasizes how the venue you choose deserves particular attention. "Your venue will also play a major role in what your bouquet should look like. If you're hosting your wedding at a gorgeous estate or a beautiful oceanside venue, it's key that your flowers evoke that luxury, over-the-top
Keep Your Bouquet in Water for as Long as Possible
Keeping your bouquet in water prior to the wedding will help the arrangement look its best during the wedding. Hansboro advises that you "keep your bouquet in its water source as long as possible, with lukewarm room temperature water. The last thing you want is to have your florals wilt before you have a chance to walk down the aisle. Your florist should be able to store and preserve your flowers up until the big day, but this knowledge is great to have on hand in case your plans change." Similarly, boutonnieres should be stored somewhere cool until they're ready to be pinned onto lapels.
Utilize Grasses and Foliage in Your Fall Floral Arrangements
As the trees around you start to show off their fall foliage, consider incorporating leafy branches and dried grasses in your wedding-day arrangements as a nod to the season. Pampas grass works great for boho-themed weddings while seeded eucalyptus or ruscus would work well in romantic floral designs. In addition to grasses, berries like snowberry and hypericum also work well as filler.
Hire an Experienced Wedding Florist
A surefire way to nail your flowers for a fall wedding is to hire an experienced wedding florist. The Knot Marketplace is a great place to begin your wedding vendor search as you look for a pro that knows everything about fall flowers for weddings. Once you've found a florist candidate that is promising, there are some questions to ask a wedding florist for proper vetting.
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In-Season Fall Wedding Flowers
A great way to ensure your wedding flowers are as fresh as possible and blend beautifully with the look of your wedding is to select flowers that are naturally available on your wedding date. While it's possible to ship in out-of-season flowers for your big day, these seasonal blooms may prompt you to reconsider in favor of local botanicals.
Whether you're looking for September wedding flowers, October wedding flowers or November wedding flowers, we've got you covered. We're dicing into our favorite fall flowers for a wedding below.
Commonly referred to as the Peruvian lily, alstroemeria is a colorful pink bloom that will bring a spring or summer wedding vibe to your fall nuptials.
Easily identifiable by its dark red tendrils, amaranthus is a great option for to-be-weds considering cascading bouquet ideas.
Similar in appearance to scabiosa, astrantia is identifiable by its prickly mauve blooms. The unusually shaped flowers are a great option for fall wedding bouquets.
This timeless bloom (similar in appearance to tulips) is known for its elegant trumpet shape and long stems. Calla lilies are a great option for couples planning glam or modern weddings with minimal black-and-white color palettes.
Celosia is similar in color to amaranthus, however, instead of its blooms falling in long tendrils they stand up straight like little cones. Celosia comes in a variety of colors from purple and dark red to burnt orange and bright pink.
Chrysanthemums, especially spider mums, are a great option for fall weddings. Chrysanthemums are identifiable by their numerous petals and bright colors.
Dahlias are a favorite flower in the wedding world. However, they have a limited growing season which often disappoints couples tying the knot during the spring. Fall couples are in luck because the lush blooms' limited growing season goes from August through October.
Similar in appearance to sunflowers, Gerbera daisies are a fun option for casual, eclectic weddings. They're also an incredibly versatile option since they come in a range of colors from yellow and red to pink and white. Gerbera daisies have a rather long growing season and are available from spring through early autumn.
Hellebore blooms are growing in popularity and are a good option to consider if you want flower arrangements that feel unique. Their growing season begins in late fall and continues through winter.
Often seen at Hindu weddings, marigolds (similar in appearance to carnations) are a great option for creating large flower installations because they're a fairly budget-friendly bloom. Marigolds come in red, yellow and burnt orange colorways.
Pansies are edible so they're a fun option for couples who want to meld their catering and floral plans. From pressed pansies on a wedding cake to fresh pansies used as cocktail garnishes, your options are limitless.
A good option for boho and rustic weddings, yarrow is a yellow plant with blooms that resemble sea coral. Yarrow is shaped much like Queen Anne's lace with a flat array of petite blooms atop a thin stalk.
Fall Foliage for Your Wedding
While most types of foliage can be easily sourced all year round, there are a few types that would look especially great at an autumn wedding. These fall foliage wedding options will blend beautifully with the fall leaves surrounding your venue.
Not all fall wedding foliage has to be greenery. Named after its uncanny resemblance to rabbit tails, bunny's tail is a petite, yet fluffy, filler option that is neutral in color.
Eucalyptus is a common foliage option that is both attractive and beautifully fragrant. While many wedding flower trends highlight silver dollar eucalyptus as a greenery go-to, baby blue eucalyptus (seen here) and seeded eucalyptus are varieties that shouldn't be overlooked.
Beer enthusiasts, this filler foliage option is for you. In recent years, florists have begun expertly including dried hops in some arrangements. We're especially partial to this fall wedding foliage idea if you're saying "I do" at a brewery wedding venue.
What's more quintessentially fall than bright red and orange maple leaves? Maple leaves pair beautifully with many fall wedding flowers, like burgundy dahlias and yellow chrysanthemums.
Year-Round Flowers to Consider for a Fall Wedding
Some wedding flower varieties naturally bloom all year round. These botanicals are especially great options to include in your wedding flower arrangements because they'll be easy for your florist to source and the flowers are sure to look healthy and fresh.
Baby's breath is a hearty option to act as a filler in arrangements. Additionally, since the flower is so affordable, it can be used in large-scale installations as well. We love this variety whether you're dreaming of rustic fall wedding flowers or want something more bohemian—baby's breath is wonderfully versatile.
Lisianthus is like a cross between a rose and carnation. Lisianthus works great when used in tandem with roses. Pro-tip: Since lisianthus blooms are a bit smaller than roses, the plant works especially well in boutonnieres.
Roses are nearly synonymous with weddings and a big reason for that is that they're available all year round so all to-be-weds have access to stunning garden roses and spray roses alike. For a fall wedding, consider roses in colors that complement fall wedding color palettes, like caramel and mauve.
Waxflower gets its name from the waxy surface of its petite blooms. For couples who don't want to use baby's breath as filler, this is a great option for to-be-weds who want their arrangements to resemble wildflowers.